Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Tusker Premium Lager

I got this brew from a co-worker who got me a mixed basket of brews for Christmas! What more can you ask for?? This one is brewed in Nairobi, Kenya and comes in a 500ml bottle. It should be pretty easy to find in most decent liquor stores and I'd say it's well worth checking out. Here goes:

The Tusker Premium Lager pours from the 500ml bottle a very clear golden hay yellow with a suprisingly big creamy bubbly white head that leaves some lacing on the way down. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas begin with sweet, creamed cereal grains and pale malts. A hint of lemony citric comes through along with a really mellow grassy, herbal hop aroma. Quite impressive for a standard import lager if you ask me. Light and subtle.

First sip brings a crisp, mellow pale grain maltiness that has a nice splash of sweetness to it. I get a hint of lemon and slight citrus with a touch of grassy, herbal hoppiness that follows on the way down. The flavor is light..but it's really refreshing and inoffensive...I'd choose this over Heineken and the likes any day. I'm guessing this would be nice in the super hot Kenyan climate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light and refreshing. Goes down like water becuase it's about the same consistency. Carbonation is nice and not overly excited. Drinkability is good here. I could easily session this brew and maybe I would one day if I travel to Kenya. Obviously, living in the US there are many other beers I'd choose first...but this suprised me for an import lager.

Overall I gave this one a 3.3 out of 5. A very nice import lager to say the least.

Check out what else they're brewing up by flying to Kenya as I don't believe they have a website :-)