Tusker Premium Lager - East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
2.8/5 rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Poured into a nonic pint glass on 12/3/12
APR 13 printed on the bottle
Pours with almost no color at all. It's very light even in the glass; kind of a dulled golden apple juice color. Fizzes like club soda. One finger head dissipates quickly leaving a ring of smooth foam that tapers out to rather impressive lace. Good rings of lace overall.
The aroma calls to mind a gin and tonic. It has an herbal spiciness and grassy, nippy hops. The malt backing is barley dusk and clean cereal grains. Focus shifts toward the grains over time.
The flavor and feel are both thinner and more hollow than the aroma had me hoping for. A watery body is punctured by aggressive, crackling carbonation. To top it off, the finish has a coating feel; no idea how they pulled that off with such a thin feel.
My initial impression of the flavor is weak. After I drink on it for a while (and after I move past some of the body issues), cereal grains flesh out and spar with herbal hops and something of a spicy, herbal-tinged finish. A little skunky, too.
Tusker is far from great, but it's drinkable. I reckon fresh bottles are pretty solid.
I doubt I'll ever find myself in Kenya but if I do, I'd probably drink the hell out of this.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2012 01:52:46 | More by Ryan011235
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3.03/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.
A: Dull golden straw color. No real head to speak of, it doesn't stick around. Tiny dots of lacing.
S: Dusty sort of grainy scent. Vague light fruits. Pithy, lemony hops. Hay and grass.
T: Earthy, dusty grain. Odd pervasive sweetness. Grape leaf and vague fruitiness. Grass and hay. Clean. Drying grainy finish.
M: Light bodied. Some malty firmness. Moderate carbonation.
O: I can see how this would be refreshing in its native climate, but then again I'd probably chug any beer you put in front of me while the hot African sun was beating down me. A pretty average "Euro" feeling lager in every respect.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 15:56:53 | More by ryan1788a5
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.