Israeli Beer: Goldstar, Maccabee & More

15 Jun

11414366_1072972539397218_1315347034_nI recently had the opportunity to go on a tour for 15 days in Israel. The tour was packed full of events but I still found a few moments to try two of the main beers they had at the hotels.

The first was called Goldstar, which is Israel’s best-selling beer. It was not bad, but not my favorite beer ever. It’s a red lager at 4.9% and straight off the tap from the bar at the Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem was nice after a long, hot day.

The second beer we had ordered up to the room on the last night in Jerusalem at the Leonardo Hotel was the 11324070_1072972549397217_1317242675_nMaccabee beer. This is a pale Israeli lager and is apparently dubbed as “Israeli’s official alternative beer,” whatever that means. It reminded me a lot of Heineken. It’s 7.9% abv and if I remember correctly it cost 12 or 20 shekels, which was about $5. I believe it was about the same for the Goldstar, maybe a little more because it was 24 ounces.

Then when we were at a spice shop one day I decided to buy three beers to take home and try. I think they came out to about $5 or $3 a beer. Check them out below:

Bazelet Amber Ale at 6.4% from the Golan Brewery.

Bazelet Amber Ale at 6.4% from the Golan Brewery. This really wasn’t anything special.

 

Bazelet Double Bock from the Golan Brewery. Very smooth and complex.

Bazelet Double Bock from the Golan Brewery. Very smooth and complex.

 

Bazelet OG Blonde Wheat. The sign at the store said it was seasonal. It had a great buttery smoothness, it was wonderful.

Bazelet OG Blonde Wheat. The sign at the store said it was seasonal. It had a great buttery smoothness, it was wonderful.

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