Sakara Gold | Al Ahram Beverages Company

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Al Ahram Beverages Company

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 02-25-2004

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by genaro:
Photo of genaro
2.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I quickly found that there were few beer choices in Egypt. Sakara sounded very local so I tried it first. It was pretty much what I expected it would be: From a green bottle it poured a light gold in color with a short-lived head. It had a grainy taste and aroma (not as bad as I anticipated). There was some sweetness along with a slight hop bite, and less carbonation than expected. All this led to an unimpressive dry, grainy finish. I never wanted more than one and I quickly found a decent local wine.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sakara is Egypts other main offering. Sakara is a typical american adjunct/euro pale style beer. It is clear golden in color with good carbonation that keeps the thin white head coming until towards the end. The smell is standard grain, barley, hops. The taste follows suite....nothing abnormal or notable about this beer. Mouthfeel is good...again standard beer. Good for drinking in during the hot days in Cairo.

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Photo of borutp
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of elricorico
2.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow gold and started with a thick white head that fizzed away rather quickly. Looks like a pale lager generally looks.

The smell is a bit grassy and slightly sour. Almost like a sour acidic mix. Not really pleasant.

I'd best describe the taste as off. Metallic, sour and doughy. One dimensional, nothing really notable in the hops. Gets more palatable as you drink more, I don't know if the off tastes fade or I've gotten used to them. By the time I'm half way through the pint it is a mix of corn and grain. Not bad enough to call it awful, but really not good.

Mouthfeel is average for a lager. This isn't watery, just not as lively as some better lagers are.

Drinkability depends on the situation. If I was in the desert, this would be like an oasis, but really it is just another adjunct lager without much flavour.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of two local beers in Egypt, hard to get anything else in Egypt. Had on tap:

A - Straw yellow. Mild head.

S - Not much to smell, light grassy hop smell

T - Classic euro lager type of beer, light on taste of any kind. Grassy hops, Rice?

M - Light bodied, well carbonated.

D - It practically hydrates you, you can drink it all day.

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Photo of 54V4G3
2.3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Globetrotter
3.11/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hand-carried back from Egypt to Moscow, this brew comes in a tall long neck green half liter bottle with a green and gold label featuring a pyramid and writing in English and Arabic. No ingredient or freshness information.

Pours a very good looking clear gold with lots of tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom to feed the one finger white head that lingers very well and leaves excellent lace. The nose disappoints however, full of corn and/or rice. The mouth is prickly and light. The taste is malty, with a healthy portion of hops. The hops are quite harshly metallic, however, and the malt is a bit stale. The finish is slightly rusty, while the aftertaste is chewy. This is not a bad beer, but its good looks ultimately led to disappointment.

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Photo of Radcpa
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.71/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MrIncognito
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
2.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Toaster
3.65/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Anyplace else, this would be, at best, an average brew. Unremarkable head, unremarkable color. The flavor is mild, but pleasant and balanced with enough malt so that you know it is beer and enough hops to clean the palate. A hint of citrus sets it above the mass market beers here in the US.

Nonetheless, this is an exceptionally drinkable beer. Sure, it could be maltier, hoppier, etc, etc. Yet, after getting verbally assaulted by cabbies in Cairo, after being shaken down by the Tourist & Antiquities Police twice, after baking in the July Sahara sun for 3 days and after spending 8 hours on a bus from Siwa to Alexandria, a cold Sakara *really* hits the spot. It may not be the best beer in the world, but it is a beer that is desperately needed in a place like Egypt.

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Photo of ernie
2.38/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted in Egypt. Most beer-like from all Al Akhram range.

Color pale, appearance libely with a high level of carbonation. Crown medium, falls quickly.

Start spritzy, lemony-malty. Then the hops come in, making the brew drinkable. Body light and thin, aftertaste malty with a faint bitterness.

Stick to this when you don't find any imported beers in an Egyptian bar.

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Photo of fizzyted
2/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of der_meister
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.77/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow colour, with lots of coarse carbonation. Except for very initially, there is no head and no lacing.

A slight flowery fragrance. Sweetness, a bit of yeast. It's pretty clean, and expected for the mass-produced lager style. Suitable without being great.

Taste is pretty clean, with a bit of bitterness. Unfortunately, otherwise very weak and flavourless. It's a bit like soda water. It's massively carbonated. That's not too bad, but it makes you feel bloated.

It's drinkable, unoffensive and bland. Hard to prise apart this and Stella, the other major available Egyptian beer.

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2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of pascilla
2.81/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Brabander
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer the last ten days on my holiday in Egypt, Hurgada. Went to the Sinbad beach resort where the have this beer on tap.

The first days i drank this beer out of plastic glassware which is horrible. After i gave the bartenders some Egyptian pounds they were as fast as hell with real glasses.

The beer is not spectacular but it's drinkable when you are there. There is a small head which disapears fast. Good cabonation though. Dry taste with no hoptaste.

In the plane i drank a Heineken because there was no alternative. I don't like Heineken but in such an emergency...

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Photo of DerBayer
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was better than many overseas lagers and therefore much better than expected.

Whilst taste is a bit thin there is no trace of adjunct grain and the can prevents it from being skunked.

The colour and appearance is normal for the type a pale staw with bright white fizzy head.

The drinkability was very good since the only alternatives were wine, Stella and Heineken

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Photo of rcole1958
4.3/5  rDev +56.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have rated this beer a touch higher to offset the uninformed post some have made. In my view, in some cases, 10% of a beer's taste is a function of the context in which it is found. Sakara deserves additional points by virtue of to where it is indigenous, and most likely to be drunk. In other words, it is unlikely that Sakara will find itself on the East or West coasts of America, as part of a flight of craft beers.

Having said that, I must point out that after a tremendously hot summer day of sightseeing in Cairo, Sakara is a mighty fine complement to the cooling evening breezes of the Nile.

I have been here for a week and each night Sakara has meet the demands of this homebrewer-- the right beer for the moment!

A clean beer, Sakara does not try to deliver a hop bomb that would insult one's sensibility when seeking relief from the heat of North Africa. Nor does the brew cloy with one's desire to be refreshed in a quick, vanquishing mouthful. I daresay, the Egyptians have this beer just right.

Needless to say, they know beer insofar as 5,000 years ago the Egyptians were not only drinking it, but packaging it with the dead to take to the afterlife. Say what you will about our American or European craft choices, how often do we toss in a six-pack with the dearly departed so that they may quench their eternal thirst?

While I could detail the lingering lacing, excellent head, the nose, and so forth, I would rather wax philosophically. Tonight, Tahrir Square is again filled with those putting themselves in harm's way for the simple freedom of dignity to which all humans are entitled. At the moment I am far removed, in a quieter part of the city, overlooking all of this. Tonight, and I would say most any hot summer night in Egypt, Sakara is a fine beer indeed!

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Photo of strongaf
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of 22Blue
2.51/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of zotzot
2.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Sakara Gold from Al Ahram Beverages Company
Beer rating: 2.75 out of 5 with 31 ratings