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Tusker Premium Lager - East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)

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70
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560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website
Kenya

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in Brooks Alberta where there is a large African population.

Light pale yellow, slightly hazy. Decent head retention and good lacing.

faint aroma...mostly grainy malt and a hint of floral hops.

not much of note intially, but the malts and hop come through nicely after a second or two. Both seem to be in concert with each other which makes for a decent taste experience.

Moderate carbonation and lower ABV makes it feel smoother on the palate than some other lagers.

Certainly a decent enough lager and one I'd have on safari in Africa or my backyard.

Shadman, May 19, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first and only African beer I have tried went in with low expectations and well it was pretty average.Pours a clear straw yellow with a decent head but it is gone in a flash,light iron aromas with some toasted grain but not much to it but it didnt offend me so ok.Taste is light just to watered down there is some graininess but just not enough going on.I could see this beer being chugged in the Kenya heat maybe even the NC heat but no other time,I'll pass again.

oberon, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +32.9%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden appearance with a thin white head, decent retention. Some out of place looking fine sediment floating around.

The aroma is faint and sweet, but not horrible. Sort of corny and honeyish.

The taste is sweet, so it lacks balance a tad, but it's not out of control. A touch of juicy fruit gum and fuji apples on the palate. Not high on the carbonation side, which would either make it taste like a macro or help the overall feel. Not sure.

Smooth and drinkable, but unfortunately, not great tasting. Finding a super-fresh bottle would have to be ideal for this beer.

brownbeer, May 07, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Tusker Premium Lager pours from the 500ml bottle a very clear golden hay yellow with a suprisingly big creamy bubbly white head that leaves some lacing on the way down. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas begin with sweet, creamed cereal grains and pale malts. A hint of lemony citric comes through along with a really mellow grassy, herbal hop aroma. Quite impressive for a standard import lager if you ask me. Light and subtle.

First sip brings a crisp, mellow pale grain maltiness that has a nice splash of sweetness to it. I get a hint of lemon and slight citrus with a touch of grassy, herbal hoppiness that follows on the way down. The flavor is light..but it's really refreshing and inoffensive...I'd choose this over Heineken and the likes any day. I'm guessing this would be nice in the super hot Kenyan climate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light and refreshing. Goes down like water becuase it's about the same consistency. Carbonation is nice and not overly excited. Drinkability is good here. I could easily session this brew and maybe I would one day if I travel to Kenya. Obviously, living in the US there are many other beers I'd choose first...but this suprised me for an import lager.

orbitalr0x, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.73/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this 500ml bottle on clearance (how often do beers go on "clearance"? That should tell you something right there) at Potomac Wine & Spirits in MD for $1.

And here we go...

Frighteningly clear. As it poured out of the bottle into my glass, i could only see the faintest hint of coloration to the beer. Of course, the coloration I speak of is the usual pale straw/urine hue that american macro lagers posess.

The smell, or should I say stench, was overwhelming. I uncapped the beer and it punched me in the face, before even being poured. Tusker smells of yard waste clippings. Quite powerful and offensive.
Completely unholy. No beer should ever smell like this.

The taste is one of the stronger points. Of course it tastes like all other light macro filth, but there are a few good points. Tusker lager is not obscenely carbonated, which is good. None of that "burning sensation" on the tongue that Coors gives you. And if you enjoy munching on freshly cut grass, or newly baled hay (who doesn't?), this beer will taste very familiar to you.

The mouthfeel is similar to water, if water had a mildly unpleasant aftertaste and made you belch.

If you're going to mow your lawn, and you can buy this beer for $1 like I did, then you might as well chug a Tusker after you are done mowing. It will blend right in with all the other aromas and tastes in your mouth.

chOAKbarrell, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of grynder33
2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light colored, bubbly big headed pour. Very light hop aroma, bubbles disappeared quickly on tongue leaving a flat feel on the mouth. Light hop tastedisappeared quickly, not much aftertaste. Wonn't buy again, won't recommenend it to anyone.I'm stunned that Bob Klein so highly regards this stuff.

grynder33, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of generallee
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz long neck bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date.

Appearance: The body very light and has a very pale straw color with very good clarity. Its head is bright white in color and made of a loose foam which light and quickly fades out.

Smell: Light grain and clean wet straw notes are just noticeable in the modest light nose.

Taste/Palate: As expected the body was light and thin with a very clean bready/cracker like pale malt. Hops added pale straw like flavor, balanced bitterness and a crisp finish. Underneath is just the very slightest hint of a white grape skin flavor note.

Notes: Overall this is your basic pale thin hot weather lager. It was clean, drinkable and well, boring. Anyway I can now say that I have had a beer from the continent of Africa!

generallee, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Chinook
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this in a 500ml bottle in a BC Liquor Store. Poured into a pint glass from the rather nice stubby bottle.

The head is minimal and dissipated quickly, a little lacing. The colour is a very clear honey blonde. The smell is very faint grains and a general crispness.
The taste is mixed grains much like any American-style Lager, except with virtually no bitterness. It does not linger on the tongue although there is a slight sweet aftertaste. It certainly isn't strong (only 4.2%.) It is very inoffensive, and nicest in its first cold sips. It avoids the worst of American Adjunct Lager stereotypes of wateriness and dull flavourless bitterness, but it is a little watery. The carbonation is mild and again, inoffensive.

Tusker does not have the flavour and character of many other beers of different styles, but it is an OK lager, particularly compared to the domestic macrobrews. It is not something to rave over, but it is OK. It is a nice beer to drink very cold on a hot day.

Chinook, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Half liter brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label, no info about the beer at all.

Appearance: Big chunky white head lays down some lace here and there, very pale with a crystal clear yellowish straw hue.

Smell: Perhaps some skunkiness is there in the aroma but it is so indistinguishable that it does not matter, clean to the nose with hints of a cracker-like maltiness and faint oily herbal hop.

Taste: Moderate carbonation and light body that lands a slickness in the mouth feel. Clean palate with a crisp biting graininess that crops up after the carbonation rolls by. Bitterness rides with wave of prickly snappy character with a watered down herbal flavour. Malt is thin and grainy with a faint cracker grain flavour. Nearly bone dry finish.

Notes: A no frills lager and a damn good import for such a pale middle of the road lager. For less than $2 a bottle is was worth a try, this one certainly does a good job of cutting the humidity of the summer and quenching my thirst.

Jason, Jul 18, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 500 ml bottle pours a clear, pale yellow, body with a tight, white head that settles in at about 2 cm. Impressive, patches of lace adorn the imperial pint glass.

Aroma is of noble hops that are herbal, without a hint of euroskunk(sulfur).

Mouthfeel is about average for a lager, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

The taste is crisp and dry. Herbal hops provide a dominant bitterness. Malt seems understated for an adjunct lager, but has enough presence to result in a nice balance.

Enjoyable, if not exceptional, this Kenyan is crisp and refreshing. Goes down easy, and is a nice thirst quencher. Worth a try.

merlin48, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can't turn down a beer from Kenya, especially one named after the goring of the brewery's founder by an elephant.

Pours a very pale golden, almost straw colour. About a half inch of foamy head, quicky dissolves. Rudiments of lacing.

The nose is pretty hard to detect: light floral hops, maybe a bit of malt. Not much there.

The taste is fairly good, particularly for the style. Crisp and refreshing, with an overlying taste of biscuits or bread. Although I poured most of it into a lager glass, I left about a third in the bottle, and I actually enjoyed drinking it from the bottle better. Strange.

A bit watery, but I imagine in the summer it would be a good quencher. Carbonation is typical for the style.

Not too bad, probably would be quite good in the summer. A bit thin, nothing too exciting about it, but it did the trick and wasn't offensive.

JohnnyBarman, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of magictrokini
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First African beer I've ever tried. Pours clear gold with an average white head. Pale malt and mineral water aroma. Thin, but has a pleasant light and sweet taste. Really good on a hot day, no real shock as it is from Kenya. Not going to get again, but worth trying.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Karyyk
4.18/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Tusker!

I "discovered" this Kenyan lager at an Indian restaurant of all places, and I've been enjoying it ever since.

The smell, while minimal is actually quite nice, vaguely malty sweetness. Taste is great, slightly sweet and very refreshing, with a noticeable taste of sweet malts and honey (even smells of honey...a good thing in this case).

When poured into a glass (the only way I've ever enjoyed a Tusker...most beer is better this way), Tusker offers an abundant head that leaves a noticeable lacing. Mouthfeel is excellent, with a subtle carbonation that almost tickles the tongue, rather than overpower the beer.

Karyyk, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.25/5  rDev +8%

DannyBaldoni, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB date of April 2011. I picked this up from my local off-licence as they like to sell a range of beer cheaply.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale straw colour with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. A finger of foamy white head which lasts for a minute before subsiding to leave a thin surface film. Smells of grainy malt and little else.

Taste is clean and crisp. Light malt and slight bitterness, somewhat grainy. Slightly dry mouthfeel from the carbonation. Not much else to be said really - it just doesn't have that much character.

A bit uneventful - it's rather bland. This probably goes down better in a hot climate where you want something refreshing, but it doesn't do much for me.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Cynic-ale, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of chickenm
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale golden color with a thin white head that quickly disappears. Aroma of grass and sour apples, I did not like. Light flavor, the taste has a little sweet malt and lemon, and some more of that sour apple. Body is quite thin, typical for a lager. Not completely undrinkable, but not something I'd buy again.

chickenm, May 15, 2010
Photo of elBecko
3/5  rDev -0.3%

elBecko, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale golden straw color to it not bad, with a visible frothy white head does leave behind semi decent specks of lacing not bad. Aroma: Lemongrass, light and airy a touch of herbal hop note very mild smell to it, but nice and simple. Taste: A nice blend of semi sweet graininess with, very clean tasting lager with a touch of grassy hops there. Mouthfeel: A light bodied lager with a fizzy note to the overall texture. Drinkability: Very refreshing the type of beer I would consume if residing in Kenya, there's is nothing offensive it's just a clean tasting lager with a nice citrus grassy note to the overall flavor.

WVbeergeek, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Label warns(?) "contains barley".

Pours a light yellow gold; clear; 1 finger white head with moderate retention.

Sweet malty aroma; nice toasted grain notes but rather subtle. Flavor follows aroma; in this case, even the 'sweet' aroma is accompanied by a quite sweet flavor. Indeed, there's even more sweetness in the taste, and I believe this brew would benefit from more hops.

O - African Coors? Pretty much, albeit a little more interesting, sweet and appealing. Not a great beer, but still a pleasant and refreshing beverage.

chinchill, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of dsauter
3/5  rDev -0.3%

dsauter, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of rastaman
1.68/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wasn't expecting much. Thin, light, some light dry grassy hops, boring and bland, but easy to drink, generally inofensive, but entirely bland and pretty boring in the end, so crisp refreshing notes in the finish, wouldn't drink it again, unless i went to Kenya or something..

rastaman, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial strange)

A-This beer has a straw yellow body with a faint hazy and a big fluffy snow-white head. There was a nice gentle carbonation to it.

S- The smell of slightly sweet pale malt with some soft honey malt notes complimented the grain notes. There was a finish of noble hops and a hint of sulfur.

T- The crisp dry pale malt was balanced by the noble hop finish. There was a slight sulfur and spice note at the end that turned to a faint lemon carbonic bite as it warmed in the glass.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but there was a slippery texture that made if a bit more full.

D- This beer was very light and didn't have much character to it. For the style it did have some faint notes of kolsch beers and it would have been nice to pull those out. If I had to drink this style it would probably be this beer.

rhoadsrage, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jun 22, 2014
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Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.