It turns out that "dark" and "light" are Goldstar and Maccabee, respectively. These are the two leading macro lagers, both made by Tempo Beer Industries. I tasted both and they tasted pretty much like what you might expect of industrial lagers. While not great, they weren't horrible either. I preferred the slightly darker Goldstar. If I were formally reviewing it, I'd give it my 3 star rating. After drinking these two brews, I thought my Israeli beer experience was complete.
After the fourth day, I found myself craving an IPA or some other decently hopped beer. As I glanced at a local tourist map, I was surprised to see "Tel Aviv Brewhouse" located within walking distance of my hotel! Upon further research, I learned that it is one of only nine smaller breweries in the entire country. With destiny calling, I headed over there for dinner.
I thought it was interesting that the descriptions all mention the beers' color and alcohol content, but none of the flavors. That's alright though–the customers can figure it out. Anyway, I wasn't a big fan of Quantum or Moonshine due to their fruity and buttery (diacetyl) off-flavors. Masters had a light buttery flavor, but it was the best of the bunch, so I went with it.
While Tel Aviv Brewhouse's beer wouldn't survive long in Portland, it's not in Portland. It's 6900 miles away in a part of the world where few know what "craft" beer means. I expect the road to great beer takes time and effort and it's great to see the journey beginning in Tel Aviv. I'm glad I had the opportunity to experience it from the start!