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

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website
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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 BeerKangaroo
3.06/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of gopens44
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Straw colored with virtually no head. Clear enough to slow down the same amount of light as a bay window.

S - A little honey but very yeasty. Like uncooked pizza dough.

T - Malty and honey with a hint of mineral water style crispness. Very pleasant!

M - Thin with a dry finish. No aftertaste.

What a pleasant surprise this is. Very clean, crisp and flavorful for the style.

Photo of EskimoDave
3.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of kegger22
3.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of flyingpig
3.08/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of Overlord
3.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of therica
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Act25
3.11/5  rDev +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.

Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember drinking this in London a few years ago and thinking that it was surprisingly good for an African beer with an elephant on the label (having had a painful experience with Carlsberg Elephant a few weeks before that). Let's see if that experience holds true or if this was good the way The Beast was was good when I was 18.
Pale clear pee yellow color with bland head and lacing. Nose is faint but sweet and pleasant, slight hops and some sugars. Taste is light and thin with some arftificial flavors and graininess. Taste isn't terrible but not anything special. Mouthfeel is watery and nothing special.
Fun to drink as far as being sessionable but not an exceptional beer on any real scale. Guess I drank a little more then I thought it in England..

Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a cloudy consistency and a pale yellow color. Not a whole lot of head, but some OK lacing.

S: There was a floral quality to the smell, along with a bit of malt and hops.

T: The taste was a bit on the average side. There was a little malt and some hops along with a slight citrus element. Not particularly complex.

M: This beer could use a bit more carbonation. It had a decently dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is one of the better examples of a macro-brewed beer, it still isn't all that great. Not without its good qualities, though.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though nothing to get excited over, the beer has some freshness and crispness that cary it a long way. Pours a vivid straw color with airy head retention, for about a minute. Aromas of green apples, pilsner malts, and earthy hops seem well balanced. The flavors of apples, pears, light malt, and fresh hops spice things up a bit, but never interfere with the fresh yeast / hop character. The body is lighter than the flavors, but never seem watery. Finihses wiht a minty snap and a crisp dryness. The beer is put together well, but lacks the character to raise far above average.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pale yellow, straw clear bubbly body, 2 finger foam head, nice lacing for an American adjunct lager

S: sweet grain, mild citrus aroma

T: sweet grain, mild corn, slight prick of slow bitter in the finish.

M: med/light body, big carbonation

D: Not bad for an adjunct lager and my 1st African beer. Many imports are nasty, but this could be quite nice in a intense heat of Summer; I would love to have this again on a Safari trip to Africa.

Not awful, but not amazing. If you have the chance, it's not bad.

Photo of magine
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At DIsneys ANimal Kingdom sanaa

Clear pale malt color fluffy white head

Smells of rice and pale wheats

Carbonated and finishes smooth, macro and plain in all aspects. Cool to try but nothing special. Rice and pale wheat malts. Some mellow spiced hops.

Average lager that has better than average flavor. And they do it better then the macros here.

Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears clear straw gold with a short white head with lacing. The aroma is light and slightly metallic with a hint of bread and corn. The flavor has a touch of sweet candy, white bread crust, and an mild off-putting tang which, really, is normal for the style. In the summer heat, this would make for a respectable lager to wash down brats and beat the heat.

Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange. Beer is light yellow and clear with heavy carbonation and a big white head that falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is super weak, mildly sweet.

Beer is thin and clean in the palate. Not much sweetness or anything. no aftertaste, drinkability is fine but its kind of boring.

Photo of Shaw
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The owner of my favorite (now closed) beer store loves this lager. He says it's perfect for hot Florida days.

It looks like an adjunct lager: pale yellow with heavy carbonation and a super-white head that turns into just a thin layer of foam in my glass.

There's a slight grassy smell, very light. The taste is like a light European golden lager or pilsener. There's just enough bitterness to balance the light malt flavors. There aren't any off flavors, which is always a good thing.

The body is very, very light. Neal was right: This is a good lawnmower beer. It is superior to the mainstream American lagers and good for drinking on a hot summer day. Coming from Kenya, I see why this beer is the way it is.

Photo of brownbeer
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very light yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that took a long time to fade away and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
S:
T: The taste is dominated by pale malts and a mild amount of sweetness and has some hints of corn. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels very light-bodied and clean on the palate along with a good amount of carbonation that makes it feel a bit creamy.
D: The beer goes down much too easily. This is the perfect lawnmower beer; it's great if you're looking for something very light on a hot summer day that actually has some flavor.

Photo of Chinook
3.2/5  rDev +6%
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.

Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.