Tusker Lager

 Tusker Lager

4.2% ABV lager beer

East African Breweries Limited (EABL), Kenya

Posted April 18, 2016

By Bill Lau of Potable Pastime

This is another beer review inspired by my wife, who wanted an African beer to accompany some grilled boerewors sausage (found at our usual place for such exotic, international fare – Jungle Jim’s; see recipe here – it’s distinctive & delicious!). She’d hoped for something specifically from South Africa, but as this was the only beer from anywhere in Africa we could find, it was deemed acceptable for the cause.

That said, I’d certainly heard of Tusker, though I can’t quite recall if I’ve ever tried it before (a distinct possibility; I suppose I could go dig through my old paper beer tasting logs to find out, but it really doesn’t matter, as I’ve definitely not blogged it before!). I seem to have a vague notion that the beer has a bit of a following, so let’s dive in and find out why that might be, shall we? Right!

Best By 25 JUL 16, served in a standard beer mug.

Appearance (4.5/5): Clear, bright golden-yellow capped by a tightly-knit white head. Leaves behind some partial foam rings on the mug.

Aroma (7.5/10): Classic lager aroma with spicy-floral hops over light malt.

Palate (4/5): Moderately light bodied, not too heavy on the carbonation, smooth and easy-drinking.

Taste (8/10): Very German-tasting lager to my palate – crackery malt, spicy hops, and crisp, balancing bitterness. No off-notes or obvious adjunct flavors; a cleanly and well-made lager. The flavors gently fade into the finish and linger a short while. Very quaffable and refreshing beer that won’t get in the way of food or be overpowering, yet is flavorful enough to satisfy.

Overall (16/20): Classic golden lager. Paired quite nicely with that boerewors sausage on a bun with sauce and grilled onions. Seriously satisfying meal! 

Disclosure: The author has received no reimbursement or compensation for this article. All opinions and remarks are those of the author alone.


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