Brewed by Nile Breweries (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Jinja, Uganda


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Nile Special has been the flagship brand of Nile Breweries for over 50 years. An eight times Gold Award and double Grand Gold winner at the Brussels-based Monde Selection International, Nile Special has been trusted over the generations for its satisfying full bodied character and consistency.

A smooth balance of sweet and bitter, trusted for its satisfying full-bodied character that carries a hint of pleasant ester.

Also versions exist that are brewed under licence by South Sudan Beverages Ltd., Juba, South Sudan.

sverhulp's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
sverhulp (14) - - FEB 20, 2014
OK, it's not a very special beer, but served cold in warm Uganda, it tastes perfect. Easy drinkable pilsener.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yasingamyballs (1) - - DEC 13, 2015 does not count
greatest beer on the fucking planet. y’all racist if you don’t like this beer and i bet you don’t even love jesus either #blackbeersmatter

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Manslow (762) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 5, 2015
Wypite w Ugandzie dośc dawno temu, 2007? Typowy niczym nie wyróżniający się lager afrykański dobry na upały.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
kevnic2008 (10529) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2015
Many thanks for this beer to Erzengel.Clear golden color with fat white head, stays. Watery, light hop, corn and boiled potato water taste. Very booring.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerhunter111 (13065) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing! Pours clear pale golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma of grain and pale malt. Taste is grainy, mild hops, pale malt...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
Erzengel (6731) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2015
Many thanks to Travlr for this bottle! Grainy nose. The beer starts rough and grainy. Hints of sweetness in the back, very dry with a strange sharp aroma. The body is not too smooth, sweetish-round, the aftertaste is short, not much bitterness, grainy with a strange sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2015 Premium lager from Uganda allegedly brewed with water from the Nile, thanks to Dorian and Sabine! From a 50 cl bottle. First time I see artificially added carbon dioxide explicitly mentioned on the label; "maize grits" are also mentioned - at least this brewery is honest about that, which does gain my sympathy. Pours a very light yellowish blonde, paler than average, with a slight greenish hue and lively fizz, sustaining a regularly shaped, moussy, snow white, nicely lacing head with pretty good retention. Simple and typical neutral ’macro lager’ aroma of popcorn, iron, some (even rotting) grass, white bread, soap. Sweetish grainy taste, obvious corn but some pleasantly bready pale malts as well, thin and metallic, bit watery body with medium carbonation, dull sourish accent, finishing in only mildly bittering grassy hops, which, however subtle they are, do provide a little bit of balance against the grain sweetness and lay a thin resiny coat on the back of the mouth cavity along with a subtle, slightly rubbery chemical wryness, though the ending remains watery. Straightforward, thin and bland, that is clear, but this is still a bit better than I had expected. I can imagine this being very quenching on a hot day in central Africa and I must say I had much worse tropical lagers than this. Interesting country tick too, of course.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
goochflies (50) - Kaiserstuhl, SWITZERLAND - JUN 2, 2014
Buuuurrrrppp... Like a Bud light but lighter. Not much aroma, not much flavor, almost no hoppiness. Drank like water so i finished the bottle naturally. Was expecting more. Would be good on a hot day in Africa I guess....

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ramboraffe (1532) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2014
Very light with white head. A hint of fruit in smell. Taste is light. Highly carbionised. OK lager and almost the only one you’ll find most places in Uganda.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tmongoose (1960) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2014
pint bottle shared. poured a bright light yellow color with white fluffy head. the aroma was sweet malt and corn..pale lager yes it is...the flavor tells you that just not a sweet malt and corn person. I am sure its as good as bud light or miller light but lighter in nature.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHaines (1) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014 does not count
Of the lagers in East Africa I ran into, this was far away the best. Not a strong, distinctive taste, but a well-balanced, (if slightly sweet) lager and remarkably free of the occasionally ’funky’ notes common to beers from these parts.

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