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

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360 Reviews
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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 drabmuh
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow with a finger tall bright white head that is fizzy like soda. The head dissipates rather quickly but does leave some lacing on the glass. There is a fair amount of visible carbonation.

S: Very little smell at all to this beer - what I can detect is slightly crisp with the predominant smell being of corn and grain. In addition to that there is a slight hint of a metallic smell which is interesting since this is not from a can.

T: Upfront the taste is mostly corn and grain with the slightest hint of malts. The aftertaste has hints of lemon. Overall the taste is kind of watery and there is not a lot of flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Very easy to drink and quite sessionable due to the light flavors, smell, and ABV. But honestly, I'm not sure that I would really want to drink many of these or have it again... I prefer a little more flavor and something a little more interesting. (992 characters)

Photo of WesWes
2.67/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours an almost clear pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is weak and almost non-existant. What little there was smelled of pale malts and little else. The taste is less than average. It is quite watery and bitter. It has little malt flavor, but does go down smooth. The mouthfeel is lacking. I feel like one of those dudes in the Miller Lite commercials; "I can't taste my beer!!!!" It is a low bodied beer with decent carbonation. This beer sucks. It's one and done for me. (519 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/16/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Medium golden yellow pour with a huge billowing head and light lacing at best.

Smell- Very light smell. If anything scents of malt.

Taste- Very crisp and clean malt taste. Maybe a touch of hop, but hard to tell. A bit grainy and grassy, but very quenching.

Mouthfeel- Great carbonation level and a bit of a full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This one did the trick. It both quenched my thirst and tasted good at the same time. Recommended (506 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.22/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am off of CANs for a short time to realign my bottle numbers and this was a recent acquisition from tone77 who likes to keep me in bottles.

From the bottle: "Tusker Lager has been brewed in East Africa since 1922. Named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders, Tusker claims that special heritage of being one of the first beers in East Africa. Over the years, this unique lager has become a part of East Africa's rich tradition. Tusker is brewed with high quality malt, made from equatorial barley grown at the base of Mt. Kenya, choicest hops and water that springs from the renowned Aberdare mountain range. Tusker's famous crisp, refreshing taste and finest quality has continuously earned Gold Medals in the prestigious International Monde Selection Awards."

The pour resulted in a finger of dense, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a really light yellow, so light that it made me think that I have passed darker urine. NE-plus quality clarity in that I could see into the future with this one. Nose had a very cereal/silage/cooked vegetable scent and I was not terribly surprised. Mouthfeel was medium with an unexpected blandness in the mouth. This was almost like drinking water in terms of its lack of taste. Finish was equally bland and boring. It was not bad, just unimpressive. (1,343 characters)

Photo of Gavage
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing.

Smell: a slightly funky smell with some grass tones.

Taste: malt level is very light along with some sugary sweetness. Bitterness is very soft. Some hints of lemon and hay linger in the background.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Aftertaste is clean. Crisp and mildly refreshing.

Drinkability: very light and boring beer. Easy to quaff but you'll tire of this one quickly. (467 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, this is a definite step up from BMC, which was my worry before I tried this beer. This beer is a bit fuller & has a bit more flavor to it. There are some definite soft complementing spicy hop notes in the flavor, as well as a nice subtle bitterness in the finish. This is a crisp clean beer with a bit of malt-grain sweetness to it. Having said all this, it is still not a great beer. Worth trying perhaps because it is from Kenya, but just barely. (454 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a good amount of white head retention.

S: Very light, malty, a bit of cereal sugar character.

T: Bready malt taste is mild, with a bit of husky grain character which gets watery at times. Hops lend a spicy mild note. Flavour is mild, but clean, no off-flavours.

M: Mouthfeel is where the beer shines for me. Crisp and clean, endlessly drinkable and refreshing, strong biting carbonation, for the style it's about as good as it gets.

D: For the style quite good, a step up in flavour and quality than your average light lager. (566 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First came across this beer while in Kenya for a holiday and Safari in 2007. I thought it an ideal beer to wash away the dust and heat in Africa.

However, on a March afternoon in a cold, wet and windy England, it isn't so great.

This bottle was brought back with me, purely to review on this site (you can now buy it at TESCO's supermarket chain in the UK).

It looked fine in a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass. Pale golden and as clear as any lager/pilsner on earth. The white head was thin to start with and got even thinner very quickly.

As with most lagers/pilsners there was next to no aroma worth talking about. Some wheat type smells, but no beery bits got up my nose. It gets my normal 3 score.

I was disappointed in the taste, it was nothing like I remembered. Almost tasteless, like a Bitbuger Pilsner.

Watery and weak flavoured, this is a hot day beer, as mentioned earlier.

If I had reviewed this beer in Africa, the score would have been a lot higher. Sadly in the cold light of an English day, it didn't come up to muster. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, the only other African beer I can remember was from Namibia, and this one is quite a bit better.
Pours a very light golden, clean and clear. Moderate semi-soapy head inches up to about 1 finger, then settles to a very fine collar

Aroma is...not much. And that's good. Well, it's not bad. It lacks to unsavory characteristics of some/most AAL, like stale malt, socks and vinegar. It has a bit of a sweetness and light, very light, caramel. Hint of vague spice

A light flavor profile. Sweet malt, some corn leaves, and light caramel. A quick small burst of hops and some floral spice. All is fleeting, but that's good. The finish has a bit of film on it, but otherwise it does have a zing quality.

Carbonation could use a boost, I think it would help a bit. But not too much bubbles as they would detract from the flavors (830 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Andover Liquors
Pour a crystal clear golden straw color with a decent sized tightly bubbled white head that dissipates quickly to a faint cap on top. Aromas of sweet grainy honey like pilsner malt and a faint floral hop. I'm a bit surprised that the aroma is so damn inviting. The flavor is lightly sweet and honey like with some faint earthy spicy hop to balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and slick sugary water mouthfeel. Very nice example of a pale lager, I could see some of these on a warm summer day. (542 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 biegaman
3.21/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tusker Finest Quality Lager pours with a sheep's wool of lowly suds and large bubbles, both of which quickly become little more than a thin creamy film. The body is spotlessly clear - it's essentially water with a bright banana yellow tinting. As this approaches its 'best before' the webs of lacing and active bubbles are a reassuring sign to see.

The aroma is relatively clean of corn or rice or any such thing. So many commercial breweries resort to adjuncts that a pale lager can almost smell empty without them. Of course, Tusker's clean and bready notes - including its normal, natural hint of sweet corn - are inherently good things and undeniably work in the beer's (or at least my, its drinker's) favour.

For better or for worse, and likely by design, the mouthfeel is virtually as neutral as any beverage can be. There may be a slight smidgen of bitterness though my palate, after all these years of drinking beer, is entirely insensitive to it. There are happily no unwanted adjuncts tasted and any note of corn is moderate and unoffensive. This is little else but quenching.

There's a subtle but appreciable malty flavour that lingers on the finish. The taste is familiar enough - bread and white crackers mostly - to not stand out as anything out of the ordinary, but I found there was, in some unquantifiable sense, something distinct about it. Then I notice they source the barley from the base of Mt. Kenya. Neat. Can't be many beers that do that!

I've yet to travel to Kenya but I'd imagine that under a humid East Africa sun this may be exactly the kind of beer you'd hope to see in front of you. Even still, I've had Tusker Finest Quality Lager on many occasions over the years and, even from the confines of my suburban Canadian dwellings, never once thought it a bad beer. In fact, its consistency and quality are exemplary - I'd take this over most any domestic commercial lager. (1,913 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight skunky nose. Starts sweet, hops are hidden, not an American lager, sweet corn finish, would make a good lawn mower beer. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (337 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to anniesak for bringing this one back from her Tanzanian trip.

A: The lagerbier is a stark pale color, lighter than straw but darker than, well, water? Seriously, the light yellow color barely registers. A finger of white foam on pour was fast to disappear.

S: The nose is lacking, a generally inoffensive brew that shows off some rice and cereal. A mild sweetness peps things up.

T: The lager has a sweet malt undertone, strong enough to peak through the bland cereal from time to time. Cereal grains dominate but share the stage with corn and rice flavors. A decent drink that is the exact opposite of extreme.

M: The mouthfeel is painfully bland, punctuated by points of sweet grain. The aftertaste has a distinct corn syrup flavor.

D: I could drink this all day long but I really wouldn't want to. (814 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a Tusker whilst visitng the Tusker restaurant in the Animal Kingdom of Walt Disney. Tusker Lagar has a clear golden color with decent carbonation which provided a nice white foamy head. The smell and taste are powered by grain, but there is an interesting taste as it comes off the pallete...not sure if that is a malt that they are using or not.. The beer is easy on teh mouth and is best suited to be drank on hot summer days. (432 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.79/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, rice, hint of hops, and a hint of sorghum. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of rice, pale malt, hint of hops, and a hint of sorghum. Overall, decent appearance, but otherwise average at best in all other categories. (446 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Faint aroma of sweet malt and grassy wheat. Flavor is light slightly sweet malt and a hint of grassy hops. Finishes rather dry and abruptly leaving a slightly mineral aftertaste. Light bodied. A very bland and lightly flavored lager with no off flavors, but nothing really to recommend it. At least I can tick Kenya without flying thousands of miles for this. (485 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a very clear and pale golden-lemon color with a ½ finger frothy white head that was less then average retention wise. Visible carbonation was rapid and medium in nature.

S: light sweet buttery notes and grains but was very faint and had to work to get much of a scent here.

T: sweet dried buttered grains and popcorn notes, and a soft flowery hopping which was sweet and spicy in nature. A very light dried honey and fresh dough flavor was also detected. Overall the flavor was very sweet, almost like pancake syrup, I enjoyed it somewhat but found it very sweet at times.

M: fizzy and very active, smooth with a light texture and a buttery sweetness. Overall very smooth and slick on the tongue and slides off the back off the tongue effortlessly.

D: A decent, smooth and sweet drink that was easy to put down, but may be limited in quantities due to its high sweet character. As a single, moderately enjoyable. (931 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Best-by date is March 1, 2011, so we're good there.

Appearance: pale golden hue with lots of apparent effervescence and three fingers of foamy white head. For its style, actually not too bad.

Smell: sweet, malty aroma. Light, but the common adjunct aromas don't jump out at me, nor does the harsh grainy aroma so common in this style. There's a bit of a fruity character and even a touch of earthy hops. One of the best smelling adjunct lagers I've ever had.

Taste: light malt flavor with a touch of graininess. Flavor is kind of bland and nowhere near as enticing as the aroma, but for all that it is inoffensive. Call it OK.

Mouthfeel: light body with a little fizzy carbonation. It's quaffable, but it doesn't exactly feel great. I'd have liked either a little more body or a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: with its inoffensive flavor and light body, it's pretty quaffable. Throw in its great aroma and general sessionable-ness, and I find it quite drinkable. (1,018 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich, gold color with 1 inch head. There is a light, sweet aroma. Taste is very flavorfull. Starts a little grainy and finishes sweet. Medium bodied in the mouth. This beer is very drinkable and quite delicious. I really enjoyed this beer. (293 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.52/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium yellow with a bit of chill haze. Bright white head that recedes to a thick collar with some lacing evident. Malty aroma with floral and fruity hops, maybe a bit of honey sweetness as well. Clean flavour with lightly fruity malt sweetness and delicate floral hops. Bitterness appears towards the end and contributes to a slightly drying finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Not bad at all. I kind of like it. (422 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec14 2009

A clear straw yellow with a thumbs width of bone white head that fell quickly and left a few patches of lace

S grassy lemon and floral hops with just a little malt

T as it smells with a little biscuit

M clean and crisp with just enough carbonation to please

D even on this cold winter day it's pretty good

a good lager when all is said and done, not what I expect from Kenya (429 characters)

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