Taybeh Golden | Taybeh Brewing Co.

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Taybeh GoldenTaybeh Golden

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Taybeh Brewing Co.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Taybeh (tai-bey) in Arabic means "delicious." Our Taybeh beer is hand-crafted in small batches in German traditional style using a top fermenting yeast and cold lagering. This process creates a distinctively flavored beer with a clean, crisp taste. Taybeh Golden Beer-brewed with only the finest natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, pure water, and yeast-is the fresh, flavorful alternative to imported beers.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. The aroma is huge on the skunk as soon as I pop the cap. Clove and light sugary malts round it out once that dies down a little. The flavor is light sugary malt with hints of clove and and a bit of earth. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I drank most of it, but I don't think I would again unless I were at the source. I thought this was only ok.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.13/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear slightly darker golden color. Topped with a small and quickly disappearing white head.
There's not much to the nose, just a slight hoppy aroma, barely noticeable.
Likewise the taste. Some initial sweetness, followed by a very watery body and almost no distint finish. Easy to drink, but not much to the taste.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.69/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Bright pale gold, lots of lace

SMELL: Dried grass, lemon pith, floral, mildly biscuity, herbal, very clean

TASTE: Exceptionally crisp, lighter body, very grassy, crackers, bready, cooked veggies, modest hopping, herbal, extremely dry finish

This one just gets by. Digging deep within the dryness, some subtle complexities come forward to keep our palates in check. While it may not stand up against the finest of German Pilsners, it ends up being a pretty damn good beer. We can only imagine that local patrons of this brewery are quite thankful.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-medium golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grains, sweet malt, light fruit, little hop

T-sweet malt, slight orange, light bready, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent lager with good feel and easy drinking, little more sweet than I prefer

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Photo of jlindros
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle had at The Armenian Tavern in Old City Jerusalem.

Exp 16/07/2014

Big fluffy head fades at med pace, nice lacing, crystal clear golden pils color.

Nose very light, little straw and toasty pilsner, light tin and fruity lager, little unhappy lager, dirty water.

Taste lighter as well, little straw and toasty pilsner, little grainy, light fruity lager crisp, light grassy hops, little sticky. Light syrupy, mild to fair bitterness, hint of a sulfury unhappy lager and touch skunk. Finish is crisp med bitterness, light grassy hops and fruity lager.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall kinda meh, a bit of unhappy lager sulfury notes, and so-so flavors that are very light. Enjoyable for really hot days but maybe not much otherwise.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah. I have not have a good beer in a while- (I live in the Mid E and don't get to drink much anymore) however, this one is actually really nice. I got it in Jerusalem. Bought a few extra as well.

Excellent pour, a thick foamy white head that lasts ages and leaves thick lacing on the mug. Nice deep golden color. The nose is not too strong, but has a nice malty hoppy smell to it.

The first day I tried it I did not notice too many hops. The second time was much better. The hops are tasty, but the malts are a bit off for a pils. Some of the flavor actually reminded me of a wheat beer. It had fruity notes and a good malty body. There is a slight metallic aftertaste which is not great and a bit of a soggyness to the malt... in any case, it was very refreshing after a hot day.

Definitely worth buying a few. As far as I know, this is the only Palestinian craft beer so... Let's give them some support.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Palestinian beer, drunk in Israel on the 4th of July, for my own little Independence Day celebrations. Nice.

Interesting and appealing label: nice vignette of barrels and a golden sunrise, surrounded by barley sheafs and hops. "The finest in the Middle East", they claim. Not that much of a boast, but let's see.

Pours a light yellow colour, perfectly clear, with a fine, but filmy white head. Not unlike Budweiser or any other generic macro in this regard. Carbonation is more languid, however, and finer, gving a more full and more refined look to it. Not bad.

Nose is mild, but grain-heavy, with some malty sweetness as well. There's a crispness to it, that might just come from the carbonation. Very little hop character noticeable. But again, it's pleasant enough, certainly not offensive.

Taste is clean and bright, with some husky grain mid-palate and a zesty but dry finish. Clean and refreshing throughout, with nothing off or unpleasant. Feel is smooth and clean with a crispness to the finish.

Quite a refreshing and drinkable beer—clean, smooth and quenching, and tasty enough in its way.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.51/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My first Palestinian tick! Thanks, Richard!

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a fluffy white head that subsides somewhat quickly.

S: Oh boy is this beer skunky. In fact, it pretty much dominates the nose and almost distracts you enough from the sourness, and olive brine aromas. Plenty of adjuncts and some butter, too.

T: The flavor doesn't necessarily have as many atrocious off-flavors, but it isn't anything near good, either. Very watery with just the mildest malt flavor and sweetness. Still plenty of butter!

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: I think my first Palestinian beer my be my last.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Characteristic smell of yuzu, a citrus lemon near the origin of the Far East. Entry into the mouth is a classic Pilsener. Some slightly lemony fruit, which is rather unusual and not bad for a lager, but unfortunately, the drink still leaves an unpleasant odor (dish soap) that prevents typical yuzu beer to reach higher spheres.

ABV= 5.2°
And probably not a German pilsener. Pilsener okay but german, no way.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Taybeh glass. Best before 19 February 2012.

A: Some bubbles, brief white head. Quite clear but with a golden lustre.

S: Beery/lagery. Faint floral scent and a malty base. Nothing special.

T: Surprisingly good. Lagery and crisp, but pleasantly malty. Taste is perhaps thin, but not unpleasant. Aftertaste is brief and clean.

M: Bubbly and fairly substantial. Good mouthfeel.

O: "The Best Beer in the Middle East"? Probably not (even if it is allegedly the only Middle Eastern microbrewery)...but it's still a solid effort. Recommended if you're in the region.

EDIT: The bottle I was poured at the brewery was WAY better. Fresh, with a tartish citrus complementing a fruity crispness.

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Photo of pdoran10
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear apple juice looking color into a snifter. Not much head or lacing.

Smell is a sharp musty wheat, with some odd spicy bitter hops.

Taste is a big dose of bitter with a slight skunked flavor coming through. Some seemingly off flavors here. Wheat comes through on the after taste, but weird slightly acidic bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is moderate with moderate to high carbonation. Not much wrong here.

Some offputting flavors going on here. Not all that drinkable.

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Photo of beerquestman
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden and pure

Smell: fresh, natural, grassy and a bit sweet

Taste: the taste was slightly bitter, could taste the barley and hops. It had a nice grassy taste

Drinkability: very drinkable

Mouthfeel: flows well, it was light and fresh

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the Oxfam shop in Brugge.

Brown 33cl bottle, claims 5.2% ABV, poured into a Veltins badged stemmed tulip.

Typical lager/pilsner colouring, a little paler than some, but golden and bright with a good snow white head on top.

No aroma to speak of, so gets my regular 3 for a non-smelling lager.

Refreshing and tangy, drys in the mouth and isn't the worst pilsner I've ever had.

Didn't realise where it came from, but glad I bought it, adds another country to my list as I drink round the world (63 contries now). In fact it is brewed in Belgium by Strubbe, so I've cheated on the countries count!

I'm not a huge pilsner/lager fan, but to drink around the world you have to review a lot of those styles, this one would hold its own against many I've already had.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Friends of my wife, having seen my house full of beer bottles in every room, surprised me with two bottles of Taybeh when they just returned from the middle east. Really nice and fun to try something that I can't really purchase anywhere in this country, at least about which I'm aware.

Pours a bright clear orange with a short white head. Quite nice looking.

Nose is a perfumy banana malt with hints of white peaches and honey and perhaps a dash of clove.

Mouth is nice and full initially but fades very quickly and what you think is big on the front palate fades to thin in the middle and end. Flavors are light citrus and light malt with a light honey character.

Pleasant white peach/honey finish with a hint of bitter hops and white pepper.

A nice effort for the only Palestinian beer in existence and quite attractive.

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Photo of SargeC
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold colored brew. Very sturdy, white head. Yeast floaters.

Smell: Sharp citrus. Hint of peaches. Mild malt.

Taste: Slight citrus flavor. Cloves and malt flavor shine through, slightly salty. The Belgian influence is apparent.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied brew, dry finish.

Drinkablity: A decent brew. This brewery has an interesting story to go along with it. Much better than many of the third world brews I have sampled.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brewed and bottled in Belgium. So much for the West Bank beer.

A clear, golden beer with a settling head which leaves fine lacing on the glass.

Smells like a German pilsner, quite malty with sulfur notes. Some fruity notes and a clear bottom fermented smell.

Taste is light malty with biscuity and husk notes. Bitterness is muted at first, but grows every sip into a clean bitterness that is pretty bitter. Mouthfeel is light and drying. Carbonation is a little too high. There are some higher alcohols in this beer that make it pretty rough to drink.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a bright, bubbly yellow color. Carbonation is very apparent and there is little head.

Smell- Fairly fain odor, hints of wheat and bread.

Taste- A very refreshing bready flavor, lots of wheat in the body with just a hint of yeast.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good plate coverage for a light ale.

Drinkability- One of the most enjoyable light beers Ive ever had, perfect for a lunch pairing.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first had this beer when I was teaching in the West Bank in summer of 2005. I'm not sure where the brewery itself is located, I'm assuming somewhere near Ramallah. A: Golden to light amber, fairly hoppy smell. T: A little sweet up front, some citrus, decent balance. M: Smooth, moderate carbonation. D: I drank this for most of both the summers I spent in the West Bank, and I felt it was preferable to most of the beer that was available. Nothing amazing but pretty decent considering the conditions they work wiithin.

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Photo of ernie
1.83/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tasted in Israel.

330 cl bottle. Nice golden color. Smell is herbal & hoppy. High level of carbonation. Head modest, bubbly and unstable.

Taste under-ripe, acidic with surprising minimum of malts. It's not a dry beer, but a sour one. Body rather slender, aftertaste bitter-sour.

Giving the present condition of the brewery there's practically no hope for improvement in near future.

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Taybeh Golden from Taybeh Brewing Co.
3.11 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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