Tusker Premium Lager - East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
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3.03/5 rDev +1%
An unbelievably impressive head is the first thing I noticed on this unimpressive beer. The head is tall, thick, and rocky. Its got serious stability and stickiness, leaving tufts of foam all the way to the bottom of the pilsner glass I drank from. (Its 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. Its 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.
11-10-2002 11:28:38 | More by Suds
3.4/5 rDev +13.3%
Presentation: 500 mL brown bottle, capped, with Best Before month and year notches on the label.
This lager poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled but clung a bit and left a little lacing. There was a steady bubbling from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very minimal, but improved as the beer warmed to room temperature: a very light biscuity malt aroma. The taste was lightly malty (biscuit) with a light floral hop flavor and very, very light hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with medium body and low carbonation feel. It was relatively clean with a trace of sweetness. This was a decent lager, surprisingly easy to drink.
02-26-2005 07:58:27 | More by UncleJimbo
3.38/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
08-25-2004 23:34:14 | More by merlin48
3.23/5 rDev +7.7%
A bright and clear sunshine yellow capped by a mountain of effervescing white foam thats leaving a ring lace. Surprising and tempting of what this may be.
Subtle malts in the aroma, but pilsners never have a powerful smell. Taste is fairly sharp and clean of malts along with a roll in the grass. Not a bad session pilsner, and it comes with enough flavor to hold your interest.
Drawback? Im not paying $2 a 12oz bottle for lawnmower brew.
12-19-2006 02:21:23 | More by Vancer
2.55/5 rDev -15%
A very pale, clear golden liquid that produces an oddly brilliant white head. A little lacing is noticed. The head eventually settles down to a light cap.
The smell is of corn or rice. Not very appealing whatever it is.
The taste is standard import macro lager that could of come from anywhere. A little malt is detectable in an otherwise adjunct heavy beer. Very watery but it would be refreshing on a hot day.
10-28-2007 19:11:18 | More by morimech
3.13/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
06-30-2011 20:34:11 | More by DavoleBomb
3.2/5 rDev +6.7%
A 12 oz/355 ml brown bottle ($2.49) at Belmont Station. Poured to a pint glass; brewed since 1922 and 'named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders'. Unfortunate, yet somewhat cool, to have a brewer crushed by a pachyderm.
A: Pale golden, yet full of carbonation. A fizzy whitish head that fades quickly, building to just shy of a finger then dropping to a thin film. Clear complexion.
S: Sweet and corny aroma. Sweet dough, mild fruit (apple?).
T: Corn Pops and the mildest of spices. A bit of grass and peppery dryness blended with the sweeter grains.
M: Super-smooth, eminently drinkable. Lighter body, but crisp/clean finishing.
D: Just fine for drinking as a food accompaniment, but not a beer I have to return to by itself. This was a gamble - a try-worthy beer from a foreign land; as such it was decent enough but not one worth seeking out.
05-27-2009 04:20:22 | More by msubulldog25
3.05/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
05-11-2010 03:20:22 | More by scottfrie
2.05/5 rDev -31.7%
Blind #8- 12oz bottle
A: Light straw ale with brilliant clarity, when held to my pc screen, pretty sure the pixels are amplified for visual assessment. Single finger of white foam falls quickly to a sheet of the same with a central cap. the Collar hugs the glass, but doesn’t keep around - no lacing. (3)
S: Grain, minerals. Reminds me of a Picpoul wine. Very French/mineral and chemical smells. Hints of banana and yeast. Wouldn’t call this complex. (2)
T: Watered down vitamin water with carbonation. When I say vitamin water, I’m talking a One-A-Day pill, crushed and mixed into a solute, then carbonated. Hint of butter. (2)
M: light and still sticky - seems to stick to my palate and dries it to an extent. Highly carbonated. (2)
O: Not really feeling this beer. (2)
Guess: lager of some kind. Cheap.
Reveal: Tusker lager from Kenya.
05-29-2011 09:21:14 | More by harrymel
3.83/5 rDev +27.7%
Bought under huge reviews at BevMo
A - Very light straw, decent all white head to ring, some clingy lacing.
S - A little barn, musky. A little malt.
T - Nice, simple grassy sweet malt. Clean, bitters evenly. I am an extreme beer guy by nature, but I really like this one.
M - Pretty standard for the mode.
D - Very.... Easy
03-10-2009 05:54:05 | More by srandycarter
3.8/5 rDev +26.7%
Despite a vigorous pour, I got only a tiny head which faded right away. Color of this beer is gold, mostly clear apart from some chill haze. Nose is slightly better than the average mass-produced lager, with a clean maltiness, not too grainy. Flavor is moderately good too, malty without any adjunct flavors, sweet but balanced by a moderately light bitterness, and a touch of tartness at the end. Body is a little watery, probably from lack of carbonation.
Better than I was expecting, this is an uncomplex but refreshing lager.
04-28-2006 02:32:35 | More by allengarvin
2.58/5 rDev -14%
Very light gold color, medium head. Aroma is a little hoppy and something else..corn? A light tasting lager. Mild tasting, a little sweet and grassy. Slight hop bite. Not a good beer, but it at least drinkable. Mouthfeel is rather thin. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is neutral. Best Kenyan beer (1) I've tasted.
09-29-2003 02:07:12 | More by beerguy101
3.08/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
09-10-2007 07:46:46 | More by Overlord
2.53/5 rDev -15.7%
330ml can, claims to have won over 15 monde selection gold medals around the rim. Pours out a light clear straw colour, no real head and no head retention to speak of. Smell is sweet and bread-like, malt content has obviously been given the throne over hops in this lager. It shows in the flavour. Sweet, a little lemony, a tad yeasty, this is hot, hot weather beer. A little crisp with no discernable aftertaste. All in all though it is not very impressive.
05-24-2003 07:32:20 | More by IronDjinn
3.7/5 rDev +23.3%
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...
07-27-2008 22:10:51 | More by dsa7783
3/5 rDev 0%
Brilliantly clear straw color under a tall foamy white head that leaves some patchy lace dripping down the sides. Doughy sweet pale malt aroma with clean fruity honey notes...almost pilsener-like in character. Clean, sweet grainy flavor follows the nose. There is a "papery" taste that cheapens the experience considerably. The body is light but not watery...smooth with a dry finish. Extremely easy to consume and probably quite refreshing on a hot African day. Not bad for what it is.
12-27-2007 04:23:56 | More by wedge
2.38/5 rDev -20.7%
Named after a murderous pachyderm. My cousin says it's all the rage in Zanzibar.
Freshness dating on the bottle!
Tusker is a sickly pale yellow color with a thin fizzy head that vanishes right before your eyes! It just doesn't look like something I would want to drink.
Smells like wheat and fish tank chemicals.
Tastes like yeast, wheat and malt liquor. Kinda like Miller High Life Light. Thin, fizzy, champagne-ish carbonation leaves a very dry aftertaste. It gets points for drinkability because I could picture some one drinking many on a summer beach. The kind of beer you would put fruit in.
As it's made in Kenya I hope it will make me a faster marathoner.
11-26-2008 03:02:23 | More by donkeyrunner
United Kingdom (England)
1.68/5 rDev -44%
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..
10-03-2003 14:24:08 | More by rastaman
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.