Harar Beer - Harar Beer Factory

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Harar Beer Factory
Ethiopia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brakspear on 08-14-2003)
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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An American Macro-Lager? Your ass. I am calling BS on this one. Bring in the experts and lets figure out the right style of this one.

Pours clouded straw with a touch of gold. White head. Nose is slight metallic with grain attributes. Flavor is smooth with a touch of sweet and a mild metallic taste. Slight lemon there and a fairly firm dough presence as well. Freat bubble on the mouth and a great liquid feel too.

I have had this many, many, many times (in the U.S. and Ethiopia) and have found it to deliver a wide range of experiences. I think if you are lucky you will get a fresh sample and get a good tasting. And when it's fresh it is pretty damn good. When it isn't...it's a waste of time.

Photo of Edmund
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This isn't a macro lager, it's another kind of beast. A very satisfying one.

Had this at the Addis Ababa restaurant in Silver Spring, MD. Pale, cloudy body that reminded me of a witbier. Dense head that didn't stick around too long. It gave a kind of fruity malt smell that was pleasant, but not great. The taste is surprisingly complex, but a little mellow, though not to the point of being watery tasting. Refreshing, with a bit of sweetness and noticeable apple and pear notes, some hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little fizzy. I could drink many more of these.

Photo of therica
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second beer of the night at the Ethiopian restaurant in Frederick Maryland, and the better of the two (Tusker). Unfortunately it turned out to be the last bottle of it on stock, as well. They gave me a Meta Export Lager after this one, and it was of far less quality (will review once I add the brewery & listing which aren't on this site yet).

A= nice golden with slight orange-stain, a modest head fading quickly.

S= Wow, quite a surprise! Very nice and enticing, slight sweet fruity flowery with some hops and apricot apparent, and of course, malt.

T= following the scent, I was glad to find that the taste was just as good. I hadn't expected much, but would love to find more of this. Much like the scent. Mild sweet-malt-floral aftertaste with apricot.

M= very nice, nothing detracting whatsoever, one to actually savor.

D= very very drinkable.

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at an Ethiopian restaurant right by my brother's house in D.C. Imported by some Baltimore importer. The restauranteur claimed that one can't buy this beer in stores. Not sure if that's true or not.

Light golden color with a moderate white head. Faint aroma includes a light grainy sweetness. Flavor is soft and just slightly sweet -- malt and honey notes. Just a touch of hops for balance. This was better than I expected from an African beer. Seemed to have held up fairly well on the journey, at that. Certainly drinkable enough to sit back and put several away if you're so inclined.

Always nice to find new beers.

Photo of trevorwideman
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this little bottle was so expensive! 330ml for almost 5 bucks! Oh well, always up for something new, poured into a Pilsener glass.

Straw coloured, unfiltered, with a 1/4 inch head that recedes quickly, mellow carbonation. Smell is a bit sweet with some apple juice notes accompanied by a slight skunkiness and some mild floral hops. Some corn adjunct seems to appear as the glass warms a little.

Taste is really not as bad as I thought it would be. a slight nuttiness, the apple-like sweetness, and some sticky hops. Mild soapiness from the adjunct I presume, best when very cold. Very dry and a little bitter in the finish, not a cloying beer at all. Mild carbonation, sticks to the throat a bit. Not exciting, would do well paired with some spicy food.

Photo of rodrot
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle of this beer while dining out at an Ethiopian restaurant in Charlotte. I'm not a big fan of this style of beer, but I figured what the hell. Poured a bright gold color with a large head that diminished quickly. Aroma was malty with a bit of a grassy hops mixed in. Not much else in the aroma. Taste was fruity and light with a good bit of corn grit flavor present. This stuff is loaded with cheap adjuncts, however with it's light spritzy flavor it complemented the spicy cuisine quite well. Mouthfeel was very light in the palate. This would make a good thirstquencher during the hotter months. Not bad, but not something I'll go out of my way to try again. The Sam Adams lager that I followed this up with tasted like an Imperial Stout in comparison.

Photo of MMansfield
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

thanks to trevorwideman for this bottle

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy orange colour. You can hear the fizziness quite loudly as it enters the glass. Cannot see fingers through the glass. Medium fizzy head finishes to a half-lacing.

Aroma: Lots of citrus in this beer, as well as something else I cannot put my finger on. Grassy malts are also present.

Taste: Very unique, Not a lot of flavour, strong malt body, with plenty of citrus. Low bitterness, plenty of sweetness, somewhat of a euro lager finish.

Mouthfeel: Not as fizzy as I would expect from the pour. Very thin. Not overly good.

Final Statement: I was just plain curious. You don't think of Africa as a source for good beers. It's pretty good with all things considered, I just hope I don't get sick.

Photo of clickpush
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour: 33cl bottle to pint glass. Comes out with a small white head over a slightly cloudy pale orange beer - like the color of honey or apricot skin. Very scant lacings remain after the head has disappeared.

Nose: Smells of grain, like a silo might smell (minus the other farm smells that would ordinarily accompany it). A bit sweet and malty, with touches of honey.

Mouth: Has a light lemon flavor coming out of the hops... or is it made up strictly of adjuncts? Tastes a bit like corn, kind of sweet all the way through and a strong sweet and astringent finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good, long lasting (forced?) carbonation.

Photo of fisherman34
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Aromas of sweet malt, with a bit of bubblegum and herbal hops. Medim sweet on the palate, with some interesting (if not out of place) spice notes. There’s a bit of a Hallertau note near the end too. The finish is not so clean, but you can tell that there is some German influance to this beer. I was expecting this beer to be a little more dry, condsidering the climate in which it is brewed.

Photo of FirstMan
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Addis Red Sea in Boston.

Pours a deep gold with an amberish edge. Fluffy head somewhat atypical for this style of lager. Purdy.

Nose is very interesting and unique. A fruity, almost mulled spices note is predominant. Mellow light vegetable character from the lager yeast. Quite unexpected.

Taste is refreshing, slightly tart and slightly spicy mellowness. Smooth mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable beer. Great with the ethiopian food I was eating that night.

Photo of DogFood11
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at an ethiopian market in LA. The store owner saw me checking out the ethiopian brews and said this was his favorite after work type beer. I was going to buy a sixer but he said its on him as I've purchased many beers from there. Gotta love beer drinkers and their attitudes. So I cracked this bitch as soon as I got home and poured it into a pounder glass. A bit darker in appearance than your typical lager and the head lasted longer than normal as well with some partial stickiness. The smell had me intrigued as it had that english yeasty presence up front with a sweet grain/malty backdrop. Very refreshing brew. I found the taste to be sweet but it had enough bitterness to balance it out. the mouthfeel was outstanding. Big carbonation that is pleasant and not overbearing. I could session this with ease and pleasure.

Photo of mrgrandefromage
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold, a little cloudy with a decent inch thick head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a strange but not unpleasant mix of malt, honey and vaseline. I agree with the other reviewers that honey is a predominant flavor, followed by peat and malt with a light hop finish. Mouthfeel is surprising full and would help tone down spicy food and get your palate ready for more. A filling beer that would be difficult to drink more than two of.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tart, very refreshing beer. Pale yellow, decent carbonation, and big fluffy head. Whatever lace is left on the glass quickly rushes down to the beer. Nice, hoppy smell, with a bit of honey and malt. Crisp, light, hoppy taste. Aftertaste of honey and whole wheat bread. Crisp, light, refreshing, standard session lager.

Photo of elmocoso
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at an ethiopian restaurant and i can't complain. It went well with the food. it was an average beer, pretty much all around. It was better than i expected, though, not knowing what to expect.

It was a smooth drinker that went well with the spiciness of the Ethiopian cuisine. A light straw color with a small wispy head.

A malty smell, easy on the hops. (Do hops grow in Ethiopia? and if not, where do they import them from?)

I can only imagine how good this beer would taste after a long hot day spent in Ethiopia. Hopefully i will know some day.

Photo of brakspear
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't sure what to expect when ordering this beer at an Ethiopian restaurant in Seattle, but I was pleasantly surprised. This pale lager pours a pale gold with a wispy white head. Both the aroma and flavor are malt dominated and reminded me of some helles I have sampled. The beer also had a slight honey taste in the finish -- perhaps honey is used as an ingredient? The smooth malty finish is a great complement to Ethiopian food.

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Harar Beer from Harar Beer Factory
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