Tusker Lager | Vanuatu Brewing Ltd.

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Vanuatu Brewing Ltd.

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vikingmike on 08-12-2009

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 36
Photo of SmashPants
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Format: a light green 330mL bottle with a pretty ordinary macro label.

Appearance: clear yellow in colour with chunky carbonation. A white head drops to and lasts at a thin film.

Aroma: quite weak on the nose - just some cheap lager grains. No adjuncts though, seems a bit more pure.

Taste: more standard grains. Not a great beer but it never set out to be - just a cheap macro lager for drinking on the beach.

Aftertaste: drops away pretty quickly, good for more drinking.

Mouth feel: light in body with a higher carbonation. About right.

Overall: a good beer whilst on a very hot beach. Better than your usual cheap as chips macro lagers, that's for sure. Not brilliant, but it never set out to be.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tickers gotta tick Kenya! Pours clear light yellow and makes Coors Light look like an imperial stout. No head. Smells like sweet honey and malt. Super light mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet honey and hay, clean finish. High carbonation. Honestly this isn’t bad for a summer session beer. Easy drinking, sweet flavor. Take this over any US macro.

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Photo of BWED
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, it was a gift from my friend.

A- Crystal clear golden/straw, with a half finger white bubbly head. Retains quite well and has some good lacing.

S- Pale malt, light biscuit backbone, with a crisp hop nose.

T- Light maltiness with a very well balanced hop character.

M- Light, clean, and just a little fizzy.

O- It is a mass produced lager, but I would take it over Bud any day. It doesn't have the stale shitty taste you get from American Lagers.

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Photo of monique
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light colour with the appearance of high carbination

S - no real smell

T - pleasanty supprised with the light taste & not a light beer taste. Hint of a light malt taste

M - no lingering taste.

O - nice light beer to drink after dinner. Though it appeared to have lots of carbination, doesn't leave you feeling bloated like many beers. Went well with salad.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" soap suds bubble head. Clear pale straw yellow in color. Smells like a weak BMC however the taste is a little stronger and sweeter with a touch of maltiness. Although clearly just another American Pale Lager style I enjoyed the fact this was in the upper range of average, it came from Africa, and somehow it wasn't the least bit skunked despite the distance it had travelled. I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a goblet at Garrick's pub in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear yellow. Appears overcarbonated. Thin two finger of decent retention.

Sm: Clean malted barley. Maybe a bit musty.

T: Clean open to otherwise standard body except for a quite pleasant off-caramel note. What is that doing in a lager? I don't know - but I love it. Subtle hops. Simple but balanced. Pear fruit.

The pear makes this stand out as a distinctive lager in comparison to most beers in the style.

Mf: Nicely coarse and no wetter than it needs to be. Lagers are easy to fuck up, but this one is quite nice. Who knew Africa could deliver a far better lager than most European and American brews I've tried thus far?

Dr: High price in Belfast, but it's a unique beer. I'd like to try more Kenyan beers based solely on this one. The ABV is a bit low, however. If I'm ever on Safari, I'll be switching between this beer and me elephant gun. Hemingway style?

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Photo of MarcGetty
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tusker pours a very pale golden yellow with very little head but a little bit of effervescence. It looks like a macro-brew but with less of a head when you pour it. Nothing wrong with the way it looks.

Fair smell, mild at best. Nothing too strong in any way.

The first time I had Tusker, many moons ago, I felt it was incredibly dry. However, as I write this I find it only slightly dry, but at the same time quite refreshing and definitely worth drinking another!

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: maybe the lightest beer in color that i have ever seen; light light straw with completely clear edges; no head at all

s: very sweet hay; light light honey;

t: sweet hay; light skunkiness; some dry wheat; really not much there but very very sweet

m: a little syrupy; light body; tight high carb on the tongue

d: i as disappointed with this beer, i was really pulling for it to be good and loves the aesthetic but it is weak; too bad

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Photo of ImusBeer
2.61/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to say I don't perfer lagers but this was OK.

Appearance was a yellow Gold with one finger of head that died rather quickly all the time bubbles from bottom rose in the glass and collected on the sides of the glass.

The only detectable aroma was fruity. The taste was all citrus and grain rather bland to me.

The light mouthfeel was somewhat refreshing and the slight pine bitterness and high carbonation made it tingly in your mouth. It's light but no better than any US lager the carbonation made be burp more than normal. :P

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Photo of vikingmike
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Most people don't know that there is another "Tusker" besides the Nigerian one. This lager is brewed in the tiny South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, and for all intents and purposes is the one of the only beers in the country (a few Aussie imports and other uncommon offerings by Vanuatu brewing aside).

I rate this beer by taking into account something which if often overlooked in beer reviews...geography and climate. This beer is brewed in the sweltering heat and is meant to be enjoyed in it.

Appearance: Looks like a typical BMC. Very pale.

Smell: Not too much here. A bit grassy and a touch of Heineken-esque skunk.

Taste: Again, nothing to write home about. Typical BMC, with a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Similar to other pale lagers

Drinkability: Ok, it smells like grass and tastes like steel, but after a day of scuba diving, volcano touring and jungle trekking there is nothing better. Just writing this review takes me back to the wonderful nation of Vanuatu.

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Tusker Lager from Vanuatu Brewing Ltd.
3.04 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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