Gold Star Dark Lager | Tempo Beer Industries LTD

Gold Star Dark LagerGold Star Dark Lager
BA SCORE
12.4%
Liked This Beer
3.08 w/ 113 Ratings
Gold Star Dark LagerGold Star Dark Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tempo Beer Industries LTD
Israel
tempo.co.il

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RocketWidget on 08-10-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,796
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
113
Liked:
14
Avg:
3.08/5
pDev:
19.48%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
6
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16
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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of captaincoffee
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Goldstar (not Gold Star) is the "best" of the mass produced Israeli beers. There are a few microbrew places (Dancing Camel, Malka, Jem, etc) but at supermarket prices (in Israel) of about $3-4 per small bottle, demand remains meager. Goldstar is just under $2 per small bottle, which would put it in the premium category in the US, but just goes to show you how expensive things are in Israel.

Color is a lovely amber...but don't let that get your hopes up. Smell, taste, and mouthfeel (what mouthfeel?) is more like a lesser Heineken when it hits your lips (reference to Heineken is not a compliment).

If you are in Israel, try one, and then feel sad that this is their best option. I end by saying something nice...it is an easy-to-drink and refreshing (highly carbonated) beer which is better than the mass-produced American lagers (piss).

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Photo of jlindros
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the beer you find everywhere in Israel. Every place that sells beer will have this. It's their version of Budweiser essentially, slightly better but not much.

Pours a light fizzy head that reaches a finger but fades fairly quickly, mostly clear tan honey colored beer.

Nose has bits of malts, hints of caramel and toffee, and light nutty, but it goes downhill from there, with light cheap lager, extract, none of the crisp fruits, and a bit like heavy water.

Taste has a bit of bitterness but a bad bitterness like a weird funky extract or minerals in the water. Malts bring light toffee and toasted malt, bit nutty, with cheap lager taste, and hint of minerality. Finish is semi dry, more lingering mineral bitterness, light sticky malts.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, cheap lager tastes, bitterness from hard minerals in the water I think or something like that, and some over stressed yeast, although there were decent malts.

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Photo of wrath98
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of CMB2012
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle with a description I cannot read. It says on the front in English "Our Genuine taste since 1950." My Mom and Dad picked this up for me on their recent trip to Jerusalem. Poured into an American pint.

A- Pours with an extra large fizzy head that is customary for many adjunct lagers. The difference is this one is off white and thicker than I'm used to. It dissipates slower too and leaves some decent pillows. The color is dark to amber gold and is clean as can be.

S- Sweet caramel, toffee, toasted grains, raw barley, clean and crisp hops on the end. It's a little fruity, smelling somewhere between a grape and a raisin, but this is subtle. The whole aroma is subdued, but again this is in an American pint glass, so yeah. Overall nothing off putting.

T- Faint caramel and grains, tiny amount of that fruit character, and then stale hop finish. I'm not impressed.

M- Watery with super tiny carb bubbles that are barely noticeable except for the rough dry finish.

O- The aroma and look on this one aren't too bad, but the taste and mouthfeel are totally disappointing. I can't say for sure if anything went wrong in the transportation process, but the stale character of the hops could point to oxidation. I don't hate it, but barely a step up from American adjuncts.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of pixieskid
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought by a friend who lives in Tel Aviv, apparently this is one of their "go to" beers.

Pours a nice amber color with a large white head, dissipated after a while.

Aroma is interesting, can't put my finger on it; somewhat fruity.

Taste; some grains and a bit of grassy hops.

Overall; I didn't care for the mouthfeel, it was really lacking crispness which I think would have helped it a lot.

If I find myself in Israel, which odds are I will in the "near" future, I would have no problem drinking this.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl Brown bottle brought back by my daughter and her husband while on holiday in and around Isreal, Egypt and Jordon.

Poured into a Budweiser Budvar stemmed goblet: Clear, dull golden coloured body, huge snow white crown on top, bubbles rising through the beer to greet and meet their mates in the head. Unlike so many beers in the lager/pilsner classes, this kept it's lovely head throughout the review, makes a pleasant change.

Odourless, gets my usual score of 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner. Long grass and grains might have been in the aroma, but not enough to write about. Even as the beer warmed a little in the glass, nothing worthy of mention came into my nose.

The taste is of weak, pale malts and hidden hops, nothing strong or assertive, pleasant enough but nothing exciting or different.

In short a 'run of the Mill' lager from a strange and distant land, without any distictive attributes or factors.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this both on tap and from the bottle. Not much difference IMHO.

A: pretty good, but the color was too light for a Dunkles. Decent frothy head and some lacing!

S: Bread, malt, maybe a bit of caramel. Not much nose.

T: Average is a pretty good adjective for this beer. It may have a slightly 'darker' taste than your average beer. But it is by no means a dark beer. There are some hops and a decent frothy malty body. I did not get the metallic flavor some others have mentioned.

Overall, I was expecting worse. Goldstar is definitely worth a shot if you are spending some time in Israel. (but you should track down some Taybeh anyway)

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark? It's maybe slightly more towards amber than gold, but this is not a particularly dark beer. Light bodied, with a firm but small crown of white foam. Minimal body to promote lacing. A but unfortunate.

Nose is frainy and light, with maybe just a touch of green pepper. It's very mild and rather bland, however. But at the very least, it's bright, dry and inoffensive. Certainly no cloying sweetness, which you often get.

Taste is similar. Bland, but dry and clean. A little grain character and a very weak bit of bitterness on the back. It's all very bland, but inoffensive. Feel is light.

Not a great beer, but certainly better than many. It's clean and drinkable at least, and with a small amount of flavour. It's still very average in the large scheme of things, however.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12/11/10 notes. Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottles said it was imported from Israel to Long Island, NY.

a - Pours a murky brown color with no head and very light carbonation evident Looks ok.

s - Smells of bready malts, dark fruits, sweet fruity malts.

t - Taste is a drop from the smell. Tastes of grain and bready malts, wheat, sweet fruity malts, and maybe some rye?

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok beer but nothingh special at all. It was actually better than I thought it was going to be, but in the end, a bit forgettable. Wouldn't seek out but wouldn't be opposed to having again.

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Photo of anakar
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great basic, not expansive, Israeli beer. If you're ever in Israel try only this (Not Macabi or Nesher!!!). Nice, rich, caramel-like and even better from the tap. not too strong and not too rich, but fairly priced.
This is Israeli pride (and you can ask anyone here and they'll say the same)

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Photo of
3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz glass,

Appearance was good - lingering head and nice color. Lots of carbonation.

Smells and tastes like half ale/half lager. There is a faint dry red wine characteristic to this beer that would be excellent if it were more pronounced. I admit I drank this begrudgingly, but was pleasantly surprised and would order again.

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Photo of wardough
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a bottle shop in Jerusalem. The owner says that this is what the locals drink, so I'll give it a shot.
A: Pours a light amber intot eh glass. Looks promising. Good head retention and tight lacing along the top.
S: Slightly bready, but a little less smell than what I'm used to in a lager.
T: Watery, slightly bitter, then a strange metallic taste that lingers. Yuck.
M: Very light on the lips. Thought that it's a little light for the style, but I'm sure that it goes down well on a hot day.
D: Goes down extremely easy.

All in all, I'd pass, but if you're in Israel, might as well try it since there aren't many breweries.

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Photo of tempest
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer. It wasn't dated, but it also wasn't dusty, so I ave it a shot. It appears a clear amber, more like an Oktoberfest than a Dunkel. It also tastes more like an export lager, with sweet bready malt, at first. Once it warms a touch though, there's a dry caramel note for the finish with a little yeasty bite. This beer reminds me, sort of, of Yuengling, as an easy to drink probably-adjunct lager. It's largely inoffensive and has some pleasant character. If you're curious and want to try an Israeli beer, grab this one.

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Photo of JamesC7625
4.47/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I am in Israel, Gold Star is the beer I drink the most of. It normally available on tap in most bars.

Appearance:
Dark caramel with a light head.

Smell:
Mildly hoppy with some malt

Taste:
Delicious! If there were a beer I could serve to both BMC disciples and my friends who apreciate real beer, this would be that beer.

Mouthfeel:
Not too heavy, not too light, just right.

Drinkability:
I could easily drink 5 or 6 of these in a sitting.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is crisp, plenty of malts and slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 500ml bottle into Macado's Summer 2009 American pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a large, but thin, off-white head, dissipates rather quickly with some lace. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom, but not too many.

Smell: Grainy malt with floral and grassy hop aromas.

Taste: Starts with a light, slightly sweet taste, finishing with herbal hops and a strange metallic taste. The metal taste takes away from what would otherwise be an average beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, with sharp carbonation upfront.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but can't find much that stands out about this one.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.16/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Goldstar is a crystal clear golden beer with a creamy off-white head that has good retention and lacing. There's not much aroma-- maybe funk and lemon. It is light bodied and smooth with a clean finish. There's not much flavor. It's a little funky, almost salty, a touch sweet with a hint of lemon. It's OK.

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Photo of Amalak
3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at a restaurant in Hell's Kitchen called Taboon (52nd and 10th Ave). It had a thick, white, foamy head and had a reddish/copper color to it. Definitely had a malty scent to it with a mix of hops.

For a lager it had a decent toasted, nut taste to it. It was slightly carbonated and goes down very easy. Not a bad lager at all.

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Gold Star Dark Lager from Tempo Beer Industries LTD
Beer rating: 12.4% out of 100 with 113 ratings
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