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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Photo of stcules
1.71/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden color. Light perlage, creamy head on the top, not very compact on the sides. Quite thick.
In the smell an annoying sweetness, and note of soda.
The taste is sweet too, poor, with a clear metallic note. Heavy, not inviting. Quite carbonated, too.
Dominant sweetness in the aftertaste, and even here, a clear metallic taste.

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Photo of fizzyted
2/5  rDev -27.3%

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2/5  rDev -27.3%

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

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 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 scalffd
2.47/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With the alternative being the Egyptian version of Stella, I would choose Sakara Gold every time. Out of the bottle, it at least pretends to be a beer. When in Egypt, if you don't want to pay expensive hotel or restaurant prices geared towards tourists, you can actually have alcohol delivered right to you (I stayed in a house so it came by scooter right to the door). The best available is Heineken, but if you are on a budget, Sakara Gold is not a bad alternative. It pours a dark, cloudy yellow with a fizzy head which dissapates quickly. It is slightly fruity - lemony - with some hops in the back. Not that good, but hey, you're in Egypt so its not so bad either. Sakara Gold is your average lager, Egyptian style.

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Photo of borutp
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

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

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2.75/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of MrIncognito
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.07/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

had a .5 bottle at a cheap hotel in Alexandria

A: Looked a pale straw yellow without a great head or lacing. Pretty average...

S: Not much nose on this one. Mostly, I pick up a grainy and earthy character. Perhaps a touch of generic hops.

T: Maybe a 3.5 is a generous... I am not sure. For a .4% beer the taste is pretty big. There are lots of malt flavours present... much better than Stella (Egyptian) in this respect. However, Sakara has a light- but quite unpleasant- chemical taste as well.

M: A bit heavier than water and quite fizzy.

O: Bigger grains and body than Stella, but it comes at the price of the chemical tastes... Overall, I think I would take prefer the Stella, but they are really close.

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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 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 slitherySOB
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's kind of like an African Coors light. But in the dry heat, this is good. Pours a light, transparent brown. Short, microscopic head. But it refuses to go away. It stays all throughout, their just isn't much their. Has a bit of a sourdough smell. Reminds me of a deli in California. Decent taste. Alot hoppier than the scent leads me to believe. It gets metallic as it warms. Drink this sucker cold. Maybe it's the atmosphere, but it's highly drinkable. Not much to praise, but a decent light lager. What it lacks in malt, it makes up for in drinkability.

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Sakara Gold from Al Ahram Beverages Company
Beer rating: 2.75 out of 5 with 29 ratings
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