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

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562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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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3/5  rDev -0.3%

charlesjwinkler, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of tatterdash
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow with a white head that laced well. Smell had a lot of cooked vegetable smell, and a bit of hops. Taste wasn't too bad, not overly carbonated like many Adjunct Lagers. Quite a good amount of hops, and good clean finish. Light mouthfeel and was quite drinkable for an Adjunct Lager, but certainly not something I would go out of my way for. Perhaps if I am ever in Kenya, and this is on tap, I'd appreciate it more.

tatterdash, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours from a 12 oz bottle a clear pale yellow with a one-inch thick ivory white which fades to the rim and a thin cap leaving clumpy lace.

N: Barley, malts, grainy, yeast, biscuits, faint lemony citrus.

T: Crisp, slightly skunked corn, malty, earthy and rather bland.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Semi-dry and clean finish.

O: Just another adjunct lager (JAAL), this time from Africa.

wethorseblanket, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An unbelievably impressive head is the first thing I noticed on this unimpressive beer. The head is tall, thick, and rocky. It’s got serious stability and stickiness, leaving tufts of foam all the way to the bottom of the pilsner glass I drank from. (It’s unfair and probably irrational, I know, but the head was so thick and stable that my first thought was cobalt sulfate.) Other than the appearance, the beer is forgettable. Not much of an aroma….maybe a very faint grassiness. It’s a little watery, but initially somewhat sweet. Crisp, but average finish, and pleasantly drinkable.
Also, I was amused that the bottle had the raised words “beer only”.

Suds, Nov 10, 2002
Photo of jhtipton
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard water glass in Djibouti. Nice golden straw appearance, clear, and provided some head and mild lacing. Nice skunky aroma like some European or German lagers. Actually flavour was better than expected. Some breadiness, some mild bitterness, and some mild metallic taste. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied, refreshing on a hot summer afternoon in East Africa. Overall a very average lager but would drink again if the situation arises.

jhtipton, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of ryan1788a5
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.

ryan1788a5, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : clear yellow color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : light malty and grassy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : mild grainy with a slight bitterness into the finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Pale lager.

thierrynantes, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special thanks to AndoBrew, who brought this beer, along with many others, back from his recent trip to Africa, the Dark Continent.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a... white head? Hmm. Curious.

Smell: This smells exactly like the White Cap lager produced by the same Kenyan brewery.

Taste: This tastes almost identical to the White Cap lager. Very mild malt taste with an equally light sweetness. Hint of stale grain husks and flowers. The finish holds tastes of chicken broth and simmered veggies.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Another okay, but odd African lager!

ChainGangGuy, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a typical straw-yellow, but the head is nice and thick and sticks around for a bit. Aroma is crisp and malty, rather typical of a lager except there is a fruity hint. Flavor is malty, about average for a lager, but better than the typical mega-brew lager. It feels a little thin and watery, but is still pleasant to drink.

Cyberkedi, Mar 29, 2008
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3.05/5  rDev +1.3%

gonzo000, Today at 01:49 AM
Photo of veech
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this beer many years ago when a Fraternity brother was sent to Somalia in the early '90's and he returned with large bottles of Tusker. I found a 12 oz. bottle recently and thought I would test it against my more complex palate some 10 years later. I found this to be a good middle of the road macro lager. Really nothing more or less. It accomplishes what it sets out to do. It could be mistaken for any of a hundred other beers. But if one finds themselves in the bush of the Serengeti it would more than quench your thirst.

veech, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of scottfrie
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours clear with a tint of yellow with a large white head that slowly reduced into a fuzzy film leaving some soapy lacing.
S: Smells like a watery lager. Faint notes of sweet malt with a hint of grassy hops coming through right after the pour. Smells a bit salty almost like saltine crackers.
T: Flavors are light. Light malt is grainy and not overly sweet. Hints of salt and dough.
M: Light body with low carbonation. Goes down quick and easy.
D: Much better than the big American ones. Not much flavor or anything, but it's not overly sweet and it doesn't have that nasty adjunct aftertaste. Very clean.

scottfrie, May 11, 2010
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3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light bodied, slightly hazy light golden color with a small white head.

Aroma is mild, somewhat biscuity, with notes of hay and citrus.

The taste is also light with a slightly sweet caramel tone, sweet grain and grassy hops bitterness for a fairly clean refreshing finish. After a hot day swatting tsetse flies and tripping over lion leftovers, you'd probably kill for a cold six pack of these. Otherwise you'll have to use your imagination after mowing the yard.

Maybe not great without the authentic atmosphere.

whynot44, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 12 Jul 2012 (oh well, I'm twelve days late):

In a pilsener:

A: golden transparent body that leaves a large one finger white head and lingers for a good two minutes. There are some fast rising carbonated bubbles. Some foamy spiderwebbed lacing appears and slides down the glass.

S: all about the rice and the sweet corn. A bit of honey comes out.

T: rice and the corn again except its not as sweet as the smell.

M: light to medium, slightly watery, some carbonation felt on the tongue, sessionable

O: I'm glad I can say I've tried something from Africa, but probably won't seek this out again.

BeerKangaroo, Jul 24, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I was surprised how clear it was as I poured this. Did someone put water in my beer bottle? Once my glass started to collect it a light, thin, golden colour topped with a fast growing, and shrinking, head formed. The aroma is of light cereal grains and syrup with a faint clean hopness to it. The taste adds a bit of white bread and suggestions of lemon to that. Add a light body and clean finish and you got Kenya's Tusker Lager.

It's pretty much Kenya's answer to the macro lager. They've done a better job, however, you pay for that and the whole it's from Kenya thing.

EskimoDave, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tusker Lager was a clear yellow color with a half-inch white head that reduced to a splotchy skin covering. The aroma was that sweet malt, grainy smell so familiar to lager drinkers. The taste was sweet, grain and mildly metallic with a little carbonation bite. The mouth feel was light bodied, oily with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability was good, as the beer had no serious negatives. A good lager, but as with most lagers, damned with faint praise.

kegger22, Mar 13, 2010
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3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up on a whim from KJ Baarons when I saw a beer from Africa. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a typical unappealing yellow adjunct lager colour with a nice two finger head that faded quickly though surprisingly left a thin white halo and even a little clouding. Wow.

S - Standard run of the mill aromas here. Bready grains and nearly no hops.

T - More of the above with that bread and grain flavour along with just a hint of honey. Light hop too.

M - Surprising carbonation here. Step above regular adjunct lagers, but still cant help the watery mouthfeel.

O - Overall, not a bad adjunct lager. While I'm not really a fan of this style at all, I'm glad I got to try an African beer. Wouldn't buy it again though.

rudzud, May 08, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light, golden amber colour with a thin, soapy white head that is really no more than a thin lacing.

All the usual adjunct notes to it including a little grain and corn. Quite standard for the style with minimal hops & an almost indistinct citrus aroma.

Sweet tasting with more hops than the nose suggested and a little grain again. A nice, mild bitter finish that rounds the beer off nicely. The beer is quite mild.

Light bodied with excellent carbonation making a very refreshing & crisp lager that went down very nicely. The finish is quite dry but this has a great mouthfeel.

Not the greatest beer or even pale lager out there but still a solid, very good drink that one should definitely try.

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flyingpig, Jun 22, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon spotting this beer at a local Bevmo, I had to give it a whirl. How often does one see a beer from Kenya floating about?

I expected upon the first sip of this yellow/golden, lightly headed and carbonated lager to be whipped away to the serengeti plains, or perhaps dropped deep into the Congo rainforest. Alas, twas not to be.

Tasted thin, but had a slight trace of hips and a pleasant mouthfeel. Certainly no strong taste to write home about, and resembled a slightly more malty macrobrew that you might get here.

Overlord, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of beergoot
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear, golden yellow body with a large bubble, foamy white head; sticky clumps of foam on the glass. Cereal and honey nose. Light grain flavors with an underlying mild sweetness; decent hop bitterness at the finish. Light bodied; crisp, clean finish.

Aroma isn't very strong but appealing. Too bad the flavor is rather diffused and weak. Okay overall. Makes for a decent thirst quencher but won't do much for you if you're seeking memorable taste.

beergoot, Aug 16, 2013
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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
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3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We were dining at an Ethiopian restaurant in Frederick Maryland, which had a few Ethiopian & African beers. Since this one was $4.00 and the others were $3.50, I thought I'd start with this. My preference turned out to be the Harar Beer (lager) which I'll review, next.

A= nothing special, a solid nice standard good ol' beer appearance, not much head, some standard proliferous bubblings.

S= malt beer.

T= good-- really, just a good ol' beer, no excitement, but a good standard beer if you want something that's not exciting, intrusive or catching you off-guard. Great with a meal. Malt and some light hops, a slightly flat taste but not sour-bitter like certain Butt-American beers.

M= nice, not watery, simply a beer aftertaste and mild belch.

D= you could probably go all night on this if you were so inclined.

therica, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Act25
3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in WFM craft variety pack. Average beer, but my first from Africa.

A: Darker and flatter than high quality pilsner like Polestar. Head disappears. Not much carbonation, no lace.

S: Flat smell. A bit skunky, then grass, malt, grain. Not much
T: Follows the smell, a bit watery, not offensive, but not much better than unsweetened, flattish, ginger ale.
MF. Watery.

I wanted to like this. Will try again but too watery and non-descript. Stella is better.

Act25, Mar 20, 2014
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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
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3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Pale yellow color. Two fingers of fizzy white head that retains better than I thought it would and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Grainy and grassy with rice. Not much going on here, but not as pungently bad as most of the style.

3.0 T: Weak graininess with noticeable rice component.

3.0 M: Light body. Creamy for how light it is.

3.0 D: Didn't expect much from this and that's what I got. Not as bad as a lot of swill though.

DavoleBomb, Jun 30, 2011
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.