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Safari Lager - Tanzania Breweries Ltd.

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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 31.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tanzania Breweries Ltd.

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: slitherySOB on 03-22-2004)
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Reviews by YouSkeete:
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3.7/5  rDev +25.4%

From notes, had in Tanzania, 26 July 2012

Light amber to gold appearance, no head whatsoever. Pale malts, light spice, wheat, lemon grass and shredded barley; certainly smells like a lager. Fruity, citrusy light hop bite and creamy malts with a hint of brown sugar on the first sip. Body smooths out to a grainy, white-rice-like mouthfeel while subtle hops and malted sugar linger on the tongue. A lot better than i had anticipated!

08-10-2012 15:29:28 | More by YouSkeete
More User Reviews:
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United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev +9.5%

500ml Bottle:found in a basket at the bottle shop in the National Brewery Museum at Burton-on-Trent (of all places), I wonder if Mr Coors knows what his staff are selling?

Poured into a 'Veltins' badged pilsner stemmed tulip glass three times: golden, clear and bright, a typical lager/pilsner in fact complete with the white head of fast fading bubbles on each pour.

Grainy nose if any aromas at all, again typical of most beers within this style the world over.

Dry hop bitterness and a refreshing feel to the initial sip, it become sweeter as the beer settles in the mouth. Not great, but pleasant enough and better than a lot of mass produced lagers from Europe (and elsewhere).

A lager is a lager and this one was OK.

04-13-2013 05:54:18 | More by BlackHaddock
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1.5/5  rDev -49.2%

01-29-2012 07:20:55 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of Thorpe429


1.63/5  rDev -44.7%

Can courtesy of travlr at a recent tasting. Served in a SAVOR glass.

Pours yields a very light-straw-colored brew with a minimal white head that goes away quite quickly, leaving only the thinnest of collars for a short period of time. The nose is a bit hoppier and drier than many adjunct lagers, but there's also quite a bit of cardboard there. The flavor is fairly vegetal with a dry and slightly-metallic finish. Light, but not particularly crisp. Very cool that this came straight from Africa, but it's not something I'd go for again.

03-28-2011 10:28:08 | More by Thorpe429
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

01-18-2014 15:08:13 | More by Kurmaraja
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5/5  rDev +69.5%

07-30-2013 20:01:01 | More by stephanos
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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -32.2%

11-25-2011 03:17:21 | More by nmann08
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3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

02-21-2014 16:06:10 | More by vermilcj
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3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

11-03-2012 23:00:50 | More by monitorpop


1.73/5  rDev -41.4%

tanzania's second largest brand, but with 5.5% alc a bit strong for tropical climate. but it's the high alc content that the SAFARI affectionadoes like! nice golden colour. Usually very oxidized with (rancid) maize aroma. you may most likely have a head ache the next day. The manufacturer should attach an ASPIRINE tablet to each bottle, you may need it! Summary: There are better beers in Tanzania.

10-01-2005 08:32:19 | More by SERENGETI
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3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

08-18-2012 15:08:01 | More by VelocityXMass
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2/5  rDev -32.2%

08-24-2012 21:40:17 | More by PhatAtUT
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New York

3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

09-09-2013 02:05:55 | More by Duncanster
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Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev +1%

Safari Lager. Kind of a plain, lawn mower beer. Pours out a little darker than yellow. Has about a one finger head, but lacing was scarce. Very carbonated. Visually seeing the bubbles rise up to the top is almost mesmerizing. Light sweet malt smell. Alcohol makes itself known to the nose. Sweet tasting. I wouldn't be surprised if sugar was added to this beer. Checked the ingredients, and it was. Still, not soda sweet. It's still a beer. Light body mouthfeel leaves the mouth and throat with ease. Good hot day, drinkable beer. When rinsed, it's great for putting small sand boas in when you can't find the proper container.

03-22-2004 02:31:01 | More by slitherySOB
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3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Drank on a safari in Africa.

Nice light grassy smell and typical yellow lager color, maybe with a touch of amber. Original foam from pour, some lacing but no head retention. Tastes better than others of this ilk, maybe that's where the extra .5% ABV is going - a few extra fermentables? Overall very refreshing.

04-07-2014 17:41:34 | More by hopley
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3.13/5  rDev +6.1%

"As the red sun sets, like a glowing tribute to our work, our pride, our tomorrows, one reward is in order. Full bodied, full flavored, a beer for people of purpose. Safari Lager, more than just a beer. Safari Lager, ladha kamili, sifa thabiti."
Nice sentiments, presented on the back of the label in English and Kiswahili.

500 ml bottle, brought over from Tanzania by my friend Mankwe. Blue label, with a red script "Safari Lager" berfore an illustration of twin thatched huts. "Tanzania's Great Beer" it reads below. 5.5% abv. "Ingredients: water, malt, cornstarch, sugar & hops." Mmm-mmm!

Clear golden color, small white head, Copious bubbles die a quick death. Subsequent pours show a longer lasting layer of foam, staying strong longer. So, there's that.

Aroma is typical swill. Vapid, corny, sort of sweet, but mainly bare.

Taste: largely vacant, yet inoffensive. Bland, dry, then smooth to the point of tepid. Light bodied, faintly flavored (despite the label's claims...but, they all lie, anyway), with a watery feel, slightly creamy texture, and a whispering finish.

Wetness is the main characteristic, not any property of malt or hop. However, this firmly fits in the mold of a typical American Macro Lager, no worse, to be sure, but not much better, either. There's nothing wrong with it, it doesn't taste bad, just doesn't taste like much. I'm sure that's a moot point in the Dar Es Salaam heat, where the smooth drinkablity and utmost wetness would be key to continued consumption.

Actually, the closer I get to the end, I like it more and more. Almost pleasing, and much finer a brew compared to crap cranked out by the American big boys.

This gets a "not bad" from me. Stood well the "safari" across the world to find it's way to me.

12-10-2005 10:02:14 | More by feloniousmonk
Safari Lager from Tanzania Breweries Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.