Name: Tusker Lager
Brewery: East African Breweries
Country of Origin: Kenya
City & State: Nairobi
Style: American Adjunct Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.20%
First Brewed: 1922
Pale, almost straw-colored yellow in the glass. The beer has a crisp palate, soft malty nose, and even a hint of malted biscuits or sweet corn before it disappears into a light finish.
This has a BA score of 70 and the bros gave it a 76. Not looking forward to this one. However, they say to drink it for refreshment… I have had a sore throat all week, so that might be a good thing. Also, I wasn’t going to drink today. This is low in ABV, so won’t affect me too bad. I doubt I like it. Oh, talking to Gabe right now. He listened to an ENTIRE podcast. Fun! We are headed to his place this weekend for a rare beer tasting. Pretty excited about that.
Let’s drink. Oh, and while I was prepping this beer, I found that the Total Wine & More website is wrong. They are promoting the Tusker Malt Lager as the Tusker Lager. They are not the same, and, according to BeerAdvocate, we have the Tusker Lager. Should be fun tracking down the other bottle.
In the Glass: Um… Water? It does have a nice thick white head. This makes me think of Dumb and Dumber… So you’re saying there’s a chance? Gabe just called it, “piss water.” I haven’t tried it yet, but chances are he is right. There are a ton of tiny bubbles here. Yeah. Doubt it’s good. Let’s get this over with.
Nose: I am getting a nice wheat based aroma. Think freshly baked bread. Tons of malt and little to no hop character. Look at me… Trying to use big words for a beer that, well, smells like pretty much nothing. That reminds me of this video. Watch it. You’re welcome.
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There is actually a lot more flavor than I expected. It makes me think of all the cheap Polish beers I drank while I was in Poland a few years ago. It has a lot of malty flavor up front, and then the finish is smooth and somewhat drying. For a beer that I didn’t expect to be good at all, I am quite impressed.
Mouthfeel: There is a punch of flavor up front, a hint of carbonation, and then the finish is thick/frothy (is that a word?) and leaves my mouth craving more. It is so low in alcohol that I could drink a TON of this stuff and not even realize it. It’s another “pitcher beer” as I like to call them. I remember nights at the Beer Sellar (they spelled it funny) drinking pitchers of beer. They were $5, too. Oh, and The Spot. Man, I miss The Spot. Memories.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is somewhat drying with again, a nice bready finish. Why is bready spelled wrong? That is a word. Isn’t it? Let’s ask the elephant on the label. Hey, elephant… Is bready a word?
He didn’t reply. For a beer that I didn’t expect to be good, I am impressed. This beer apparently is a winner of the gold medal award in the International Monde Selection. Whatever that means.
Tusker Lager – The bottle says: “Tusker Lager has been brewed in East Africa since 1922. Named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery’s founders, Tusker claims that special heritage of being one of the first beers in East Africa. Over the years, this unique lager has become a part of East Africa’s rich tradition.”
“Tusker is brewed with high quality malt, made from equatorial barley grown at the base of Mt. Kenya, choicest hops and water that springs from the renewed Aberdare mountain ranges. Tusker’s famous crisp, fresh taste and finest quality has concisely earned Gold Medals in the prestigious International Monde Selection Awards.”
I’m not entirely sure why this beer is on the list. I mean, from what I can tell, it’s a pretty plain, boring lager. Sometimes I have to wonder how they came up with these beers. I mean, 1001 is a lot. What makes these beers so you have to try them before you die anyway? They are definitely not all good beers, but I guess that depends on what you like.
As stated, this one just looks like a plain, boring lager. It’s golden yellow and very clear in the glass with a lot of tiny bubbles floating to the top. I’m actually ok with a boring lager tonight. We drank some pretty heavy beers last night, so something light is perfect right now. The beer had a lot of head when poured out, but most of that is gone now. It smells pretty much how I expected it to – like bread. I’m guessing I have some idea what it’s going to taste like too. But let’s find out, shall we?
Hmm. Wow. Honestly, this beer is even worse than I expected. I had been hoping for a decent lager, but this tastes almost flat to me. What’s up with that? How does it taste like this and have all those little bubbles floating to the top? I don’t get it. It just has an odd, off sort of taste to it. It’s not good. I’m very disappointed. On the one night that I would’ve actually liked a lager if it was ok, we do one and it’s not. Sad. I definitely won’t be buying this one again.