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

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70
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567 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 567
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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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderate skunkyness in the nose, despite being packaged in a (light) brown bottle. I noted that Pegasus rated this beer not too long ago, and the packaging was much different. His was a green long-neck, and mine was a brown bomber. Poured up with the whitest head I think I've seen yet.

Some of the skunk carried in the taste, which overall was quite light, bordering on thin. Some mild grassy notes, and what I perceived as a distinct grape flavor, which I sometimes get with some Canadian brewed lagers. Although not too impressive, it was pleasant drinking.

I did note with some curiosity that the bottle had a "best before" notch date which was 9 months later than my purchase. I doubt this beer made it from Kenya to Kentucky in a big hurry, which makes me wonder if the brewer promotes a one-year shelf-life. I've always assumed a six-month shelf life was pretty standard for non-bottle conditioned beer, and I can't imagine a one-year shelf life for a light lager like this one.

Brent, Jun 26, 2002
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 UncleJimbo
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

UncleJimbo, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of morimech
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

morimech, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 09, 2014
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 Vancer
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A bright and clear sunshine yellow – capped by a mountain of effervescing white foam that’s 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? I’m not paying $2 a 12oz bottle for lawnmower brew.

Vancer, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of DavoleBomb
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
Photo of tommyguz
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

tommyguz, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of msubulldog25
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

msubulldog25, May 27, 2009
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
Photo of jmdrpi
2/5  rDev -33.6%

jmdrpi, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.05/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Not surprised.

harrymel, May 29, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

srandycarter, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of andrenaline
3/5  rDev -0.3%

andrenaline, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of threedaggers
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

threedaggers, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -0.3%

WDJersey, Aug 03, 2012
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 allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

allengarvin, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of KevMo84
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

KevMo84, May 28, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev +8%

Kurmaraja, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of beerguy101
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

beerguy101, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of Overlord
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 IronDjinn
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

IronDjinn, May 24, 2003
Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
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...

dsa7783, Jul 27, 2008
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.