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Star Lager (Nigeria)

July 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.0

A very rare African beer for me now, I can’t remember the last beer I had from the continent but I know it’s been some time. This one will be only my third Nigerian beer and follows on from the bottles of Guinness Foreign Extra and Gulder Lager from the country that I tried back in 2013 and like Gulder this one is also brewed by Nigerian Breweries. I stumbled across this one in a local Home Bargains store in Glasgow recently and was intrigued by the fact that it was the first new African beer I’ve seen available in a while so I quickly decided to grab a bottle despite not holding out much hope of it being a great beer. Currently one of Nigeria’s best-selling lagers and having been first brewed in 1949, the beer isn’t one that I’m expecting much from but it’s always nice to try a new random beer wherever you get the chance; hopefully it’s an improvement on the bottle of Gulder Lager I had previously as well.

Appearance (2/5): This one is a very light amber colour that is clear and looks almost watered down. The beer is topped with a centimetre tall, bubbly white head that holds on better than IO’d expected but it’s still not a great looking beer given how light it is; there is a few bubbles rising to the surface as well but it definitely looks basic.
Aroma (4/10): Initially quite a sweet beer on the nose, this one opens with some grassy hops and corn but is generally quite light. There is a few lager malts coming through and touches of hay around the middle but as expected it is quite a basic smelling beer that has a light bitterness near the end to see things out.
Taste (4/10): Mirroring the nose quite well, the beer is a sweet one in the early going again and starts with a nice combination of corn and lager malts but is naturally quite basic like the rest of the beer too. There is some vegetable adjuncts and a faint taste of skunk around the middle but for the most part has a light bitterness running through it thanks to the subtle hop presence.
Palate (2/5): Light-medium bodied and fairly smooth throughout, the beer was semi-sweet but came through with soft, almost weak carbonation which meant it wasn’t as fresh or crisp as I’d have liked for the style. There was a subtle bitterness nearer the end and while is was both sessionable and drinkable, it was far from a good beer and it became a little bit of a struggle nearer the end.

Overall (8/20): This one was a very basic tasting beer that had a little skunk running through it but for the most part was quite a light beer with a combination of lager malts and corn making up most of the taste along with some vegetable adjuncts. It was lightly carbonated which was disappointing and it wasn’t as refreshing or crisp as a result and as such I doubt it will be one I have again unless I find myself in Nigeria at some point.

Brewed In: Lagos, Nigeria
Brewery: Nigerian Breweries
First Brewed: 1949
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 5.1%
Serving: Bottle (600ml)
Purchased: Home Bargains (Glasgow)
Price: £1.49

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Gulder Lager (Nigeria)

April 24, 2013 1 comment

Rating: 2.7

Another beer I tried back at my hotel whilst in London earlier this month, this one is also another from Nigeria following on from the Guinness Foreign Extra I reviewed a few days ago. There is also a Ghanaian version of this beer but thanks to Nigerian law, all beer brewed in the country must be made with a portion of sorghum.  Due to grants for growing this sorghum, breweries are able to buy it cheaply and in turn lower the malt content of their beers and produce the beer at a lower cost. This is apparently the sole difference between the Ghanaian and Nigerian versions of this beer although I don’t suspect I’ll be able to confirm this by trying the Ghanaian version any time soon.
Gulder Lager (Nigeria)

Appearance (3/5): Clear golden in colour with a few bubbles rising to the surface and a very thin, bubbly white lacing for a head on top.
Aroma (5/10): Lager malts and a touch of sweetness along with some corn, bread and a lot of adjuncts filling in the rest. There are a few faint, grassy hops and a touch of skunk as well.
Taste (5/10): Mainly a combination of cheap lager malts and corn with some faint hops and a slight touch of citrus. There is a bland taste overall and a slightly skunky finish.
Palate (3/5): Light bodied and fairly smooth with a slight citrus tang and strong carbonation. The beer is a little thin but not totally watered down.

Overall (10/20): A pretty standard to poor pale lager with a rather bland and uninspiring taste without coming across as bad or offensive. Not a bad taste just an incredibly bland one that is reminiscent of drinking flavoured water. Give this one a miss if there is anything else available.

Brewed In: Lagos, Nigeria
Brewery: Nigerian Breweries PLC
First Brewed: 1970
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (600ml)
Purchased: Costcutter (London)
Price: £2.29

Guinness Foreign Extra (Nigeria) (174 of 1001)

April 22, 2013 2 comments

Rating: 3.75

This version of Guinness Foreign Extra was the first to be brewed outside Ireland in Guinness’ first brewery outside the country. For years Guinness Foreign Extra proved to be a hugely successful beer in Africa, particularly in Nigeria where it had been imported into since the 1940’s. When Nigeria gained independence from the UK in 1960, Guinness opted to build a brewery in Lagos to meet demand. Currently the Nigerians drink more of the black stuff than the Irish and make the country Guinness’ second biggest market with sales predicted to overtake the UK in the not to distant future. This is a beer that I have been looking to try for the best part of two years, basically since I tried the Irish version of the beer. The other reason I had for wanting to try it so much is because it appears on the 1001 beers list as the only Nigerian offering on the list as well as being one of the few African beers to feature. I’ve seen the beer in a number of different bottle shops over the past couple months but for one reason or another only managed to pick it up about a month ago and finally made the decision to crack it open after trying and thoroughly enjoying Dragon Stout from Jamaica recently, hopefully this one is as good as that offering from the Caribbean.
Guinness Foreign Extra (Nigerian)

Appearance (4/5): This one is a really dark looking, deep ruby colour that borders on black and is topped with a centimetre tall, creamy head that is a light brown colour and eventually turns into a foamy lacing on the top of the beer.
Aroma (7/10): A mixture of darker, milky chocolate and some coffee with a huge amount of sweetness and some roasted malts, none of which seemed as strong as they were with the Irish version of this beer other than the sweet sugars. There is some darker fruits too with a slight bit of sourness nearer the end.
Taste (7/10): Lots of milky chocolate to begin along with some darker, roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Again the sweetness of the beer outshines most of the rest and there is some plums, raisins and various other darker fruits making themselves known throughout.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a nice amount of carbonation and a creamy, full bodied mouthfeel that has a lot of sweetness and some grain coming through. There is a touch of alcohol grain in the middle and some bitterness to go with the mainly sweet feel as well.

Overall (15/20): A strange beer this one, I was expecting it to taste only marginally different than the Irish version of this Foreign Extra stout but it seemed completely different although that may be because I’ve only tried the Irish version once and that was almost two years ago. This one was very sweet, surprisingly so even after all I’d read about it online and it was a lot lighter than expected with regards to the roasted malt and coffee flavours I come to associate with Guinness. I also felt the alcohol content was better hidden in this one, with both being the same 7.5% abv., making this beer a better one for it. Perhaps not in the same league as Lion Stout but a good foreign extra beer and worth a try if only for the novelty factor of trying a Nigerian beer.

Brewed In: Lagos, Nigeria
Brewery: Guinness Nigeria
First Brewed: 1962
Full Name: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Nigeria)
Type: Foreign / Export Stout
Abv: 7.5%
Serving: Bottle (325ml)
Purchased: The Cave (Glasgow)
Price: £2.50