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

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Reviews: 360
Hads: 645
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Photo of Jimmys
3.54/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale gold body. crystal clear. big bubbly white head. retention is reasonable and the lacing

S: honey. sweet grain. oh so slightly toasted. a mild vanilla.

T: chewy bit of base malt. corn. a little bit of earthy hop flavor, but fleeting at best. finish is clean and dry.

M: could use a touch more carbonation. light bodied.

D: as far as an adjunct lagers go, this one is okay. good nose and flavor, considering what little there is to start with. (456 characters)

Photo of thekanna
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, pale yellow into a stein with a thick, frothy white head that, surprisingly enough, dissipated quickly.

S: Some malty sweetness and honey; generically clean.

T: Strong honey malts hit the palate, followed by a slight bit of astringency and medicinal hops.

M: Light to a fault; very thin and watery with not enough carbonation to compensate.

D: The sweet honey flavor of the malts make this a very drinkable and refreshing beer; I can see myself having this with Ethiopian food. (504 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
3.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is there any other reason to drink this beer other than to say "ha, I drank a beer from Kenya." We'll see.

Pours a perfect gold, hazy with what looks like some sediment in it or something. Maybe chill haze. It did not affect the taste or texture of the beer, however. Fizzy head quickly dissipated to leave a faint ring around the glass. Aroma is good, some nice malts overtake the aroma with some faint honey and apples thrown in.

The taste is much better than any macro lager I've ever had over here. A refreshing taste with some spicy bite at the end from the hops.

An all around good lager. The perfect lawnmower beer ... and it's made in Kenya. (658 characters)

Photo of watchnerd
3.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Regular 12 oz bottle picked up at a European market in Mountain View, CA.

Why is this considered an American Macro Lager? This really needs to be changed to the Euro Pale Lager category, the same category that Heineken is placed in, with which it shares a strong resemblance.

So on the Heineken comparison: it's a light bodied, slightly hoppy lager with a clean, crisp taste. It tastes very much like Heinken, but better, as it lacks the skunky overtones that seem to be so common with Heineken.

Give it a whirl. It probably won't rock your world, but it's a decent lager that is quite drinkable and should go well with food, even if it's a bit forgetable. (659 characters)

Photo of micahgoldfus
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light yellow color with a pleasant, bubbly white head. Smell was fairly average and mild: some grainy malts and a little grassy hops. The taste had malts up front that were kind of bready, plus hops that were a little earthy and tangy, leaving a light zing at the end. A tad watery, a dry finish, but the taste was what a light macro lager should be: crisp and freshing. (386 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(purchased at Binny's Beverage, Marcey St., CHI - no freshness date - poured into a half pint)

A: pale, faded, corn gold color... relatively clear... good bit of white foam forms on the pour, holding longer than expected, leaving a cap riddled with big bubbles

S: sweetish malt with shades of pancake... not all that different from your average mass-produced lager

T: basic pale lager taste with some interesting nuances... no clear cut indication anywhere whether this is all-malt or not, but it sort of tastes like it could be... corn muffin, shortbread flavors, light toasted notes... no hops, minimal balancing bitterness

M: feels like an all-malt lager, a bit fuller than a rice or corn beer... clean, soft, mellow... no bite

O: pretty decent... wouldn't mind drinking a few of these if it was the only thing around (825 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright clean straw to pale yellow colored beer. Has a big foamy white head and good lace. Kinda a sweet honey character up front with a sweet grassy note following. There is a light sweet malty character at the start of the taste with a little nibble of hop bite on the finish which carries with it a hint of honey. Easy drinking and not bad tasting. (350 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.59/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY. First beer drank from Africa!

Pours an effervescent, fizzy, golden yellow, classic adjunct lager look. A big 2.5 inch fizzy head forms.

Doesn't smell like a whole lot, smells like sweet grain, with a bit of corniness, and the slightest bit of grassiness.

Nice little bite up front, a kiss of hops, but the bite mostly comes from the carbonation. Finishes a bit sweet and corny. For an adjunct lager, this isn't half bad, honestly. I'd get it again.

Light bodied, slightly thicker body than typical for the style. High carbonation, very refreshing and drinkable.

I'm surprised at how tasty this was. (660 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.59/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this pool-side at Walt Disney's Kadani Village Resort. As such, this beer was consumed from a plastic cup.

Pours a straw-yellow with a fair amoutn of carbonation, with a white head that disipates to a thin white sheen.

Smells sweet, like orange blossoms and honey, with definite floral notes to it. Very nice smelling!

This is a smooth tasting beer, especially as it was served nice and cold. Very refreshing in the late June Florida heat. Crisp and light, with very little in the way of complexity. Some grassiness, slight malt. Very little of the smell translates to the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, light.

Overall, very drinkable and refreshing, which is good for a Kenyan beer. However, at $6 a pop poolside in Disney, it will be my last. (756 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"From Kenya?", I thought. I just had to try this. Poured a nice golden yellow with a medium head. The taste was surprisingly crisp, with subtle hops, and a citric quality. Very refreshing, a good "summer" brew, probably because Kenya is in perpetual summer. A little on the exspensive side at $2.79 for 500 ml, but the price was worth it to taste what they are drinking in Africa. (380 characters)

Photo of canadianbarman
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

--Beer poured a nice clear, straw like color. Nice head that diminished fairly quickly.
--This was my first try of a beer from Kenya so I was pretty pumped. Like all Beer Advocates it is fun to try a beer you have never tried before but even better to try a country you have never tried. I was very impressed with this beer. It was fairly mainstream and nothing spectacular, but it went down smooth and quenched my thirst. Would drink again.
Thx. (448 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly pale yellow, the palest I've seen. Some people have marked this beer down on it, but I thought it looked kinda cool and different. Very highly carbonated with a big, bubbly head.

Smell is spicy and pepperly, with some herb and soap flavours. Not strong though -- quite weak, like most mainstream lagers.

Taste is very clean and crisp, but again sort of weak and watery. What's there is fairly pleasant though, at least a step up from Bud or Molson. Bit of soapyness here too, as well as some more prevalent hops than mainstream American/Canadian versions.

This is quite drinkable, and has a cool looking 500 mL bottle -- with an ELEPHANT on it. Not great, but worth trying. (703 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first African beer!
Showed a very light gold in color with white head building about half an inch, dissipating fast leaving some lacing on the glass.
smell is light malt flavor, maybe hint of honey, little hop.
Very light taste of the same. a little doughy, but actually very refreshing taste and good carbonation.
Considering where it is mostly consumed, a perfect brew for hot climates to quench thirst. very light and smooth, therefore very drinkable. Over all a interesting different kind of beer. (504 characters)

Photo of racer2k
3.62/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in both a bottle and plastic cup. Enjoyed the beer in the plastic cup.

A- Lots of froth on the head with good retention in my cup. medium yellow color with good carbonation

S- Malt, corn, grains, with a light floral hop presence

T- A malty flavor with a light touch of hops. This is a surprisingly balanced beer that is buttery on the finish.

M- Light body with good carbonation

D- Decent beer for an adjunct lager. Good session beer and one that I would drink again (482 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.62/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: perfect clarity nice light gold color light head

S: bready almost light sourishess and a spicy pilsner smell

T: very light bready taste a little corn watery nothing extraordinary not offensive though either

M: light very clean

O: this Is just run of the mill lager probably the Budweiser of another country (357 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow brew.

Smell is lots of big grain smells and hay.

Taste is mildly sweet and grain with a strong hay/smoke flavor. It is good in a rustic untamed way. Taste is of Wild wheat and Barley. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable, EXTREMELY well suited to eating wild game dishes like Antelope. (326 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
3.62/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a very average yellow with a slight ring of head at the top of the glass. A grassy smell makes it's way to the nose in this one, not too bad. Flavor is slightly sweet, very subtle in the hops and malt, with a very clean finish. This is one of the more easy drinking and refreshing brews i've had, Overall, not bad. (342 characters)

Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet grainy malt and corn

T - Like the smell sweet malt and corn flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - For what it is its not all that bad and pretty much fits the style its a decent tasting lager that's refreshing if you haven't had an African beer yet this is one to try (393 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Tusker pours a clear medium straw in color and yields a thin white head. Retention was brief but a surface film lingered longer than expected, yielding some spotty lacing.

Standard cereal grains, barley and rice, on the nose though seems to offer a bit more in body than your typical Adjunct. Hints of Euro. hops hide in the shadows, perhaps some light wheat.

Taste is fairly good. Slightly rich in malts and with a decent body, offering a bit of breadiness on the tongue and with a slightly chewy but short lived finish.

Another example of an 'American Adjunct Lager' done better by non-Americans. 'Named after George Hurst a co-founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, who was killed by an elephant during a hunting expedition in 1923.' (780 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a finger's worth of head that produced marginal lacing and did not retain. The body is a slightly cloudy brass that boasts abundant slow rising carbonation.

Smell: Has a dominant citrus note, but I can't pin down what exactly. Not bitter enough for Grapefruit, not sweet enough for oranges and note sour enough for lemon or lime. Oddly my mind thinks Passionfruit even though it's not citrus. Weird. Either way, the backround has some mixed barley, straw and sweet corn malt, but it's solid.

Taste: Starts with an almost excessively sweet biscuit and corn malt with a sweet wine note to it, that turns to an unremarkable plain barley note that ends has a a citrus snap that reigns in the hop bitterness without killing it.

Mouthfeel: The transitioning is a little rough. The aftertaste is the very basic starting malt taste with a bit of a dry aspect, that doesn't get out of control and the carbonation does well at the start and end of the beer. Enough for good, but not great.

Drinkability: Light bodied, mild to the system, easy to drink, doesn't leave me belching and adequately refreshing so not a lot to complain about here another then a slight dry aspect and being just a little bit too sweet.

Final Thoughts: I honestly did not expect this beer to be as good as it was. This one was not another "tried one Lager tried them all" as there were enough unique aspects to this one that made me appreciate the nuance. Is it worth the cost of importing? Yeah, I'd say just barely,. I'm gonna give it a thumb up, give it a shot. (1,559 characters)

Photo of jackndan
3.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tusker, from Kenya: Very pale, absolutely clear beer from Africa in a brown half liter bottle. Best buy/by day clearly shown on the label (4/03). Very white, thick creamy head. Very little aroma, if any it’s slightly skunky. The first taste was quite a nice surprise, no euro-lager taste at all, rather it has a very nice bread malt flavor, with a crisp hop bite and a clean aftertaste. Very light bodied, and very easy to drink. Wow, I wish I had found this nice lager while the heat was on, particularly at $2 bucks a bottle. (540 characters)

Photo of Enola
3.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good example of the style. Light yellow in color with a white head. The smell is somewhat sweet and grainy. The taste is smooth with no negative bite. There is hints of vanilla and just a touch of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth. Not a chore to drink. One of the better macro style beers I have had. A much better choice than some others. I could easily session this beer, although the price would kindly limit that. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle. (459 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
First beer from this Kenyan brewery with a black elephant on the front logo sticker...
An aggressive pour yielded a light, lucid, golden-colored hue with minimal lacing and a very minor head...
Sweet, corn and grain-dominated aroma with hints of honey...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with an ultra-sweet, yet crisp and refreshing after taste... Candy sugars dance on the tongue, and the modest 4.2% ABV makes this an easily drinkable beer...
Not bad... (549 characters)

Photo of drizzam
3.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, A beer named after an elephant that killed George Hurst. Interesting.

Poured from the brown heavy duty body into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date of Apr 09 stamped on the bottle.

A - Poured a clear and very pale straw yellow in color, topped with a bright white head. The head receded to a thin cap fairly quickly but left some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Lemongrass and a bit of grain. Seems like I'm detecting a buttery diacetyl note as well. Smells a lot better than I would have expected from a Kenyan brewery...smells better than most American Adjunct Lagers that I've had in the past.

T & M - The buttery Diacetyl I smelled in the nose comes across a lot larger in the taste. The lemongrass almost takes a back seat to it. There is also just the slightest hop bite on the back end to make things interesting. Thin mouthfeel (as expected) and it finishes fairly clean, except for a little diacetyl for aftertaste.

D - This one surprised me. I'm not a fan of the American Adjunct style of brewing, but if I did have to drink it, I think I would choose Tusker. This has been a pleasant surprise, from a country that I didn't think would surprise me. (1,185 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born on 5-23-06, not super fresh, let's see how this goes. My friend deployed to kenya back before somolia went to poop & he raved about this beer (in-country)

Pours an efferevescent & chill-hazed straw color with 3 fingers plus of head. This cleared 1/2 way through the beer. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Nice Perfumy/flowery nose

T: Some Grassyness & grainyness up front. Cornyness & soapynmess follows as it warms. Some lemon notes& a little malty sweetnes follow. Has fair taste for the abv. Finishes slightly sweet & grainy

MF: Light bodied with medium carbonation

Drinks semi-okay. More malt please! I'd take this over a BMC any time. Love to get a sem--fresh bottle of this (704 characters)

Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.