Ladies and Gentelmen, boys and girls of all ages….(that is according to the legal drinking age of your respective country)…It’s time for our weekly installment of New Brew Tuesday. (Cries of excitement can be heard echoing from the masses, yes I said masses dammit) (more…)
This Polish brew pours a light golden straw color with almost no head and no lacing. The nose matches the color, giving off a very light sweet scent.
The taste has a light sweetness at the tip with a grassy bitter finish, but not hoppy. Intermixed is a hint of honey, not too light that you can’t tell it is there but not Winnie the Pooh honey filled either. This brew doesn’t have a strong beer like taste, for all its in-betweens it is almost watered down. There isn’t much body to the beer. It’s not a bad drink, doesn’t scream beer. Does that make sense?
It has drinkability, I could imagine putting these down all night as a light and easy going beer. However, it is forgettable and isn’t anything too special. Which is why I give this beer 2 and a half bananas out of 5. I’m not impressed, but not disappointed and that gets you somewhere in the middle.
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“A golden, bottom fermented lager with a well balanced character and a rich hop aroma.”
After a recent guest post: My Blind Date with Malta I was excited to try this beer that Author Louis Jobin described as “a sweet, cheap and delightfully refreshing local beer that was well-needed after another hot day of gorgeous weather.” I’ve never tried Cisk or been to Malta but I was excited to place myself right next to the author as I re-read his post.
So what was my take on this beer…
The scent had a touch of grains and malts, which is very typical of a lager nothing outstanding. There was a little bit of sweetness in the nose, but it was subtle.
Down the hatches it went and I do have to say it drinks smooth, light and almost creamy in texture. However, there isn’t much in taste, not even in the finish, but it’s likable. I could see enjoying this on a nice hot day with a hearty rabbit meal or stew. Or at least that’s what seems to be a traditional dish in Malta.
As I continued to drink this beer down there was a faint hint of hops that were noticeable, but more so the malts, without being malty that is. (Hmm Malta’s malty malts – hehehe)
The one peculiarity about the beer was that it leaves only the tip of my tongue feeling dry. Overall it doesn’t leave much of an impression. It is drinkable, I could drink these all night and it was cheap as Jobin stated, even as an import. Yet it doesn’t give you enough of anything to be craved, missed, reminisced, or in other words its forgettable. Maybe if I was sitting on the shores of Malta enjoying this beer after scuba diving it would leave an impression. Yet that would be the scene not the beer that puts me there, but then again that seems to be common for beers from hot climates.
Overall, I give this beer 2 1/2 out of 5 bananas. It was middle of the road good, which is more than I can say about a lot of beers.
“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 renowned Aberdare mountain ranges. Tusker’s famous crisp, refreshing taste and finest quality has continuously earned Gold Meals in the prestigious International Monde Selection Awards.”
The nose doesn’t give away much of anything at all. The beer pours a light straw color with a quick fading head. The taste is light and refreshing, with a hint of sweetness to it, almost a bit of crispness to it – Honey? Lemon? To be frank, it isn’t amazing in that it leaves a lasting impression but it does give you a fresh light taste.
There really is no aftertaste but the after…effect leaves a dry finish. Which is surprising to how light the initial taste is. I don’t know if I would go out of my way to purchase these as an import but if I was there in Kenya I could easily see myself enjoying this beer on a hot summer day. It is also something that I could see myself drinking all day, since there isn’t much to it. It would be hard to get tired of, but then again it is nothing that I could call out if you switched it out with any other nameless beers.
I give this beer a 2.5 out of 5 bananas. My hope is to try this brew next to the source and see if that atmosphere improves the taste to make it something a little more memorable.
I had the opportunity to test out this beer with my friend WilsonUsman after a fun night out on the town, and I followed this testing with a bottle of wine. Needless to say it was a good thing I scribbled out a few notes because memory wasn’t going to serve me on this one.
This was my first taste of India, well Indian drinks that is. I love Indian food and would love to travel there to sample some. I used to think curry was purely Indian until I was in Japan, but that is food and today is all about beer.
This beer had your typical lager taste and scent, a grassy – skinniness to it. The taste has a light very slight sweetness to it. It is easy to drink but there isn’t much to it, what taste is there gives off quickly to an absent aftertaste. The initial taste matches that of the smell that you would expect from any Pilsner Lager. My experiences with food from India had me a little disappointed with the blandness of the beer. Although if your food is overly spiced maybe they just want something simple that wouldn’t compete with the food.
It has more of a malt than hop flavor even though it boasts the, “finest malts and hops.” Overall, I’d give this beer a 2 out of 5 bananas. It wasn’t bad but I’m not a huge Lager fan and this wasn’t much to begin with, which may be why the company has discontinued the production of this brew. Have you used this beer to cool your curry tinged tongue? What was your take?