Oakes (15292) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - MAY 21, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Light gold. Smells like strong lager, lightly grassy like Tusker but with more alcohol. Lightly alcoholic but doesn’t taste 7% and it has just a vague maltiness. OK strongish lager.
mkel07 (4980) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2016
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
120116. I wasn’t expecting to come across a 7% pale lager in Vanuatu but I found this beer in one of the local supermarkets in Port Vila. I don’t remember seeing it around anywhere when I was there 2 years ago. This beer is basically is basically a beefed up version of Vanuatu Brewing’s Tusker Premium Lager and displays all the same qualities. I am not sure how popular this beer is with the locals, or the tourist for that matter.
When poured into a glass the colour of the beer turned out to be a dark amber and was not as light as I expected it to be. A big cloud of white foam formed before settling to leave some lacing on the glass. Can’t really tell that this beer is reasonably high in alcohol and there is a malty finish to this beer. I didn’t get much of the hoppy bite that Vanuatu Brewing’s website describes this beer as having. Overall the beer is drinkable and not unpleasant but it not a beer that you would want to consume a real lot of.
gyllenbock (7305) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2014
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle from a Supermarket in Port Vila, Vanuatu, August 2014. Clear light golden with a white head. Thin with notes of malt and some alcohol. Also some light bitterness in the finish. Really nothing to write home about.
Imaena (2173) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 31, 2012
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle and Draught. I drank this stuff regularly while living in Vanuatu while serving in the Peace Corps - I’ve tried it hot (on an outer island), room temp (at hotels), and cold (at a bar) - its rough stuff in any state. It basically the same as the lager just with more alcohol added by amping up the dextrose and not adjusting the grain bill. This is what you get in a country with a government controlled brewing monopoly.
KeefOz (1491) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2012
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2012 From tap (March 2012). Pale golden colour with moderate carbonation. Flavour mid-range - not too bland, not too hops driven. Smooth on mouth. Nothing much to differentiate itself from Tusker’s Lager, except it’s 7% alcohol.