Meta Export Lager | Meta Abo Brewery - Ethiopia

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Meta Abo Brewery - Ethiopia

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 35
Photo of stevoj
1.48/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Faint sour malt aroma. Cloudy golden color with sparse head. Tastes like water, at its best like extrermely weak ginger ale. Palate- again nothing. I will say that n a country liek Ethiopia, it is probably very thirst quenching...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle at Meskerem in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellowish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Hints of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of sweet adjunct malts - corn and grains stand out.

T: Light to moderate flavors of sweet corn adjunct malts with a lighter dosage of grainy adjunct malts. Hints of apple juice. No perceptible hop flavors or bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Due to the lighter overall flavors and aromas along with the slight amount of sweetness, this beer pairs very well with the fragrant and spicy flavors of Ethiopian cuisine - there is no competition between the flavors. Nothing special but I would get it again at another Ethiopian restaurant.

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Photo of metter98
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle at Meskerem, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose along with hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is a little sweet and has flavors of adjunct malts along with hints of apples.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing special about this beer, but it is easy to drink and of course goes well with Ethiopian food.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hay colored body with some haze with an average head and little lace. It has a very straw grassy smell. It has an adjunct taste but no different than a lot of beers on the market. For the most part it is amazingly average. Thin body with a bit of a crisp bite.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it's tough not being able to get Harar, but I will make do and learn to live with some Meta. This beer pours beautifully with a nice amber touched gold and a nice creme head. The nose is what I would hope and expect from an Ethiopian beer. The flavor, thank God, is just the same. It has that slightly sweet tone to it that I expect from Ethiopian beers. Feel is pretty smooth. But the main thing is that this thing is so drinkable. I love this stuff. I really do wish I could get this more often and easier. If you've never had an Ethiopian beer, you are missing out.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.58/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours amber with a small, white head.
Nose is very faint. Not much showing except soft honey and vegetal notes. A bit of hay too.
Very sweet tasting with masses of honey. Quickly fades to a vegetal note. No bitterness. Cloying.
Body is stupidly watery.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Somewhat cloudy, light straw. Nice head, not much lace.

S - Bright smell. Malt and some honey in there.

T - Pretty close to the smell. Malt and a fairly present honey attribute.

M - Med body, good carb and balance.

D - Very interesting. We were at an Ethiopian restaurant so I decided to try it.

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Photo of DannelB
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have lived in Ethiopia for about two years now. Of all the local beers, this is by far my favorite. It definitely has more taste than all the others. I just finished one, which spurred me on to write this review and pour another...

Appearance: Light to medium amber color. Can see through it, but definitely isn't water. Gets a nice head when first poured, but quickly dissipates into a thin film.

Smell: Sort of a typical lager smell. Fresh, clean, sweet with just a hint of mustiness in the background.

Taste: Malt shines through above all else. You get a tiny taste of hops in the background. Very clean and refreshing, especially on a hot/sunny day.

Mouthfeel: Just enough carbonation to play around on your tongue and make you happy. Not too little that it feels like water and not too much that it feels like soda. It's quite nice.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer that plays very well to the Ethiopian climate. It has a lot of taste compared to the other local brews and puts most American lagers to shame. AND at 50 cents a bottle, it's really hard to pass up.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was served a couple bottles of this at a local Ethiopian restaurant. It was wary of it being yet another so-so imported macro lager, and it may be that, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Pretty simple flavors and aromas, but it's marked with a very nice honey flavor. Very basic mouthfeel, but very drinkable, and an excellent complement to the Ethiopian food. Next time we go there, I'll order one of these to go with the meal.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.04/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I ordered this beer at my local Ethiopia joint. They had a dark and a light version. First, the bottle is neat looking. It was served with a pilsner glass. The beer looks like most American layers, a little darker. The nose is slightly malty, nothing impressive. The taste is unique and great. There is a sweetness followed by a crisp bone dry finish. This beer is a good find, I wish it were more readily available.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: nice medium golden hue with about three fingers of creamy white head. This is actually a very good looking beer, especially for the style; it's not deathly pale or anything.

Smell: light, somewhat sweet malt aroma. Not much in the way of hops, but not much in the way of adjuncts, either. So far, I'm quite impressed.

Taste: sweet and malty; flavor is pretty light but it's not bad. Bitterness comes in right at the end, and a good balance is achieved, though there's still not much at all in the way of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation and good creaminess. I'm continually dumbfounded by how much this beer shatters my expectations.

Drinkability: I am not sure why this is classified as an American-style adjunct lager; it is way better than this category normally is. The beer is a little sweet for my taste, but it honestly blew me away. If this is indicative of cheap beer in Ethiopia, then I have found one area where an American can be truly jealous of citizens of that country.

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Photo of ManofWax
4.01/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice dark golden color.

Smell: Unexceptional

Taste: Like really, really delicious candy. No hops at all, but that's not a downside, as some people seem to think. This is not intended to be an IPA, folks. The sweetness is perfectly welcome, not cloying. There's a little spice in the finish, which lingers pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: Solid body coats the mouth.

Drinkability: I could drink these all afternoon. Very light, and at 5% a perfect session beer.

I found this a delightful accompaniment to an Ethiopian meal and a wonderful surprise to boot. There is considerable prejudice in the craft-beer community against lagers, which might explain some of these negative reviews. But if you have an open mind, you might find yourself really enjoying something new and unusual.

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Photo of Offa
3.77/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is mostly a basic lager, simple and fairly standard, more in line with others (unlike Harar), but it's still slightly unique and tasty with decent body.

Clear gold, it has a medium white head that soon dissipates to a thin ring leaving no lace.

The aroma is grain and honey with alcohol/grape undertones.

The taste is sweet grain and honey with a hint of apple and an alcoholic warmth and spice in the finish. Like other Ehtiopian beers I've had, hop character is largely non-existant but this is compensated by some good light matly body. It has a definite light alcoholic quality and warmth, but it's smooth and in this case adds to the beer. The warm, sweet-spicy finish is particularly very nice.

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Photo of sundayboy
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you want something different and slightly sweet (think nutmeg)--this is a beer for you. The bottom line, it's fun ("fun" like you're at an Ethiopian restaurant and want something you've never had before.) I drank about three of these at an Ethiopian dive in Denver and found myself thinking about it often for days after (it's interesting in this regard). Of course, I can't locate it at any speciality beer stores (and Denver has many) so it's a tough find. Oh well, back to the restaurant if I ever want it. Enjoy!

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Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

different strokes for different folks... i'm a huge fan of ethiopian cuisine, so i was super stoked to find that this beer has become readily available all over dc. pours a slightly toasty clear golden with a white head that holds fairly well and leaves a good amount of lace. nose has a surprisingly sweet/spicy scent coupled with a bit of hop. cinnamon and brown sugar with a cheerio cereal malt thing going on. taste exhibits the same... balanced and more sweet than dry. the perfect accompaniment to the spicy flavors of the exquisite itiopian cuisine. picking up some ginger as well. not what one would normally expect from a lager, but i belive terroir really comes through here even though it's probably made with ingredients that are imported in to ethiopia. the beautiful flavors of a place that is exotic and unknown to most beer drinkers. i will definitely make this my go to beer for the food it is meant to go with. to all dc beer drinkers... i have a lot of ethiopian friends, and they have really shown me some exiting and supernaturally good food in town. i believe the best spot is on 9th and u, and it is called habesha. super fresh, cooked right there for you. inexpensive and about as authentic as it gets. unfortunately, they don't serve beer, so pick up a few of these puppies, and bring 'em in all disguised like i do, and enjoy a truly blissful beer and food paring that will knock your socks off. here's to beers... cheers.

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Photo of d07c0m
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A friend of mine grabbed this for me at an Ethiopian restaurant. I drank it at a little cooler than room temp so in my eyes it was not at the ideal drinking condition. Nevertheless, I was intrigued at it's malty flavor and lack of hops. It was almost like a malt liquor but a more natural looking gold colour. Smelled malty, too. Definitely drinkable on a hot day if chilled properly.

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Photo of therica
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When the Ethiopian restaurant ran out of the far-better Harar Lager, they offered me this and said it was the same. Wrong.

A= standard same old, nothing of note here.

S= a bit rusty-scented, otherwise little redeeming quality.

T= slightly musty and watery in comparison to better Lager's. Simply a bit boring, otherwise drinkable. Slight hops but not much. Slightly on the sweet side.

M= slightly sour/bitter but mild. Leaves a bit of a sweet aftertaste residue.

D= if you were otherwise occupied and simply drinking for a beverage, very drinkable. If you are drinking to enjoy beer, look elsewhere-- especially if you can manage to find the far-superior Ethiopian Harar Lager.

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Meta Export Lager from Meta Abo Brewery - Ethiopia
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 35 ratings