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

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 14
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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 jlervine
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly translucent golden body with a thick white head. The head fades quickly, but the effervescense of the beer never quits until the glass is empty. The smell was very tempting with a pleasant hop presence. Unfortunately, the look and smell of this beer were the best part. It's bland to the tongue, blah to the mouth. Calling it Kenya's version of Budweiser is too mean, but I could probably reproduce the flavor of this beer by mixing Singha, Budweiser, and water. Still, it quenches the thirst and goes great with the muggy weather here on a Georgia summer night.

Photo of fsvan
2.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Pale, golden straw. Minimal barely off white head that dissipates quickly and cleanly.

S- A fair amount of bready malts. Really clean for an adjunct lager. No corn, funkiness you think of with Heineken or Bud or the like. No real hop presence. Almost smells like a marzen.

T- There's that adjunctiness that the smell is lagging. The bready malts are gone, replaced with corn like notes. Not strong, but not pleasant. Not really much else to say.

M- Very light. Slight tingle from the carbonation.

O- Not a horrible adjunct lager, but not very good either, certainly not at the price of $2.50 a bottle. I admittedly bought this as a bit of a novelty having never had an African brewed beer and really liking the cap to add to the collection. That being said, this is a one and done for sure.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.49/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear yellow, looks like slightly tinged water. white foamy head.


not much to the smell but some bready malts.
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Thte taste is a lot like a malt liquor, sweet and malty, with some faint hops in the tail end. Really pretty good, id take this over an american adjunct like a miller or miller or bud.

Light beer with modrate crabonation, smooth crisp and refreshing. great on a warm day.

Highly drinkable, smooth, and sweet. easy to chug down and enjoy.

Photo of TripelJ
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took a stab at this one as it was something new at my local pub. I wish I had started with this one, its subtle yet refreshing. Very active carbonation that started with an F4 classification, and gradually moved its way down. Light in color, mouthfeel, and character. Somewhat pungent nose and aftertaste that is bothering me a little bit, but overall, this exceeds my expecations as my first 'african beer'.

Photo of aquaderek
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I was reintroduced to this beer at Nyala resturaunt in Los Angeles, the first time I drank Tusker was in Kenya while in the Marine Corps. From what I remember this was a great tasting thrist quenching beer. It was poured into a chilled beer mug, the appearance was a yellowish gold, the nose was malty and wet metal. The taste is malt with slightly sweet notes, with the food mug and memories, this is a drinkable beer with a decent flavor.

Photo of n00tz
1.92/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Really light gold body with a thin white head. Admittedly it is attractive for a light beer. Carbonation is steady and balanced.

S - Starch... corn and water maybe.

T - Light corn, water, and it might have been poured over some barley before being filtered and bottled. Not impressed at all.

M - Water. Filtered water. All the mouthfeel that could be associated with a filtered water.

D - If this is what Africa has to offer as a "Premium Quality Lager" I'll import my own if I visit.

Photo of Gritsak
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale golden straw colow with a big fluffy white head. head fades to a top film but never fully goes away. no lacing.

S- yeast, fruit, malt, grain.

T- nice yeast flavor with strong grainy finish. very light hop presence.

M- light and watery. little carbonation

D- if you stuck to this all night you would be fine...

overall- really not a bad beer. MUCH better then other macros such as bud/miller and the like. went great with the burger with the first bottle. very refreshing and the taste seems to grow on you the more you drink. worth a taste in my book.

Photo of Olek4374
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had a sample of this beer at the Edmonton international beerfest having never had an African beer before. Basically, this beer is meant to hydrate - it`s got pretty weak flavour, but what it does have is resembles a good beer - not some garbage adjunct lager. It goes down extremely easy, which I suppose makes it easy to become intoxicated off of, but this beer is pretty expensive for one bottle, so that probably isn`t the most practical use.

The colour is very pale yellow like a light lager would be, but it tastes better than one. It`s not super flavourful, but not unflavourful too - it`s really weird.

I likely wont buy a bottle of this again, but it was basically what I expected would come out of a hot place like Kenya - a refreshing and not intensely flavoured lager, but pleasantly not full of adjuncts. Nice work at making a good adjunct lager - where the adjuncts are not the first thing you notice.

Photo of bgildea
2.16/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Looks extremely pale, poured almost looking like water. Head faded quickly, with some lacing.

S: Sweet smell, little beyond the malts.

T: Eh, tastes like a better version of Budlight. Nothing great at all, pretty big strike to me.

M: Very thin, no real substance to it.

D: About as drinkable, as a Budlight. I hope i can finish it.

Overall: I am not a big fan of these "Pale Lagers" and maybe that' because the only ones I drink are the Macro brews. So if there are some good Pale Lagers out there, then I am just not aware of them. But this beer is a slightly better version that any of the main Macro brews. If you only like macro brews, then you can drink this to make yourself look cultured.

Photo of lester619
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow with a white bubbly head. Metalic canned vegetable skunk smell. Not great. Clean dry grainy taste. A fair amoutnt of bitterness with light carbonation. Not much from the malts. More of a hard metalic grain than anything. Some skunk in the aftertaste that reminded me of Red Stripe. Light crisp bubbly mouthfeel. I wouldn't recomend going out of your way for this. Not the worst thing ever, but the flavors just aren't very good. This would probably be one that grows on you. I'm sure the fifth one would be much better than the first.

Photo of jwff
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice pale straw color with an ample white head that shrinks to a layer but leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of grains and a little bit of syrupy sweetness that is kind of inviting.

This is a sticky sweet lager with flavors of grain covered up by sugar and has what seems to be a subdued sugary fruit aftertaste -- something like a fruit roll up. Nothing offensive about the taste, and it's actually quite addicting. Considering the low abv I would have expected this to be very thin, but the sugar seems to beef it up a bit. This is unexpectedly balanced, and I would place it somewhere in the malt liquor category. Somehow I could see this coming in a 40.

Photo of canadianbarman
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of ChillMike
3.37/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright yellow in color, with a small white head that receeds

quite quickly and doesn't leave any trace of lacing at all.

S: Very malty smelling, with a nice floral overtone and a hint of

orange. Quite nice, simple but nice. I like it.

T: Very light and mild in taste, but similar to that of the smell. A

nice floral overtone, hints of orange, a hint of wheat as well. Again

very simple but nice.

MF: A bit watery but carbonated perfectly.

D: This is where this one does very well. It's a very light beer (but

not A light beeer) not overpowering, has enough flavor to keep you

drinking. Price is nice. A good beer to have on a hot day.

Photo of micahgoldfus
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of mtbbaboon
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a bottle of this at a restaurant. I poured the bottle into a pint glass. No head to speak of and no lacing. The color is very light. Sitting next to my glass of water, I could barely tell the difference between the two. The aroma is subdued to say the least. There is a slight hint of hops and malt and I really had to take a few deep sniffs to register the aroma. The taste is much the same...very mild on hops and grain, with a bit of a funky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dry and bubbly. Overall, a rather underwhelming beer that barely registered on my senses. I think the bottle with the elephant logo was the coolest part of this beer.

Photo of Atricapilla
2.16/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very light golden color with a white one finger head of relatively thin foam. Beer was fairly carbonated. Aroma was light: grass and a hint of hops if you strained hard enough. Taste was thin, watery and carbonated, a hint of biting hops. I'd say slightly better than a normal macro....

Photo of cpanossian
2.94/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle date stamped mfg 31 Jan 08 exp 31 Jan 09. Maybe I'm a little late on this bottle? Poured into a tall clear glass - proud puffy multi-finger head. Extremely pale yellow color. Light aroma of hops and barley. Very watery with little carbonation, very simple tasting character - not much flavor or taste, just basic thirst quenching stuff. Very innocuous brew that could probably fit in very well with other TV beers (I'd rather drink Tusker than those any day.) Very simple stuff here - try it for the novelty but not much else.

Photo of Libeertarian
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Mostly clear, but not as much as others of this style. Golden straw colored with white foamy head of low retention, but filming and lacing. Smell is grainy and incredibly sweet from malt and adjunct, not so much esters/alcohol. A strong rice and barley taste, mildly sweet, followed by small hop bite, but mellows back down with grainy retro-olfaction. Thin, a little less than smooth, highly carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Fairly distinct from other Adjunct and Pale Lagers, making less of an attempt to mask adjuncts.

Photo of batty
4.17/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a gift from a friend - bought and drank in cambridge, ma, October 2009.

golden yellow typical color, clear, for some reason reminds me of kellerweiss color without the cloudiness. probably just me thinking of kellerweiss though.. mm. this beer had a decent 20-second head, but leaves minimal lacing.. lame.

smell is pretty good. don't notice any notable off-notes, smell of sweet malts and minimal else.. smells like sunshine on dewy grass, with a touch of earth.

tastes about what you would expect, but better. clean and slightly sweet, finishes clean but not overly dry, having just enough touch of earthy hop notes in the background to keep things balanced, just enough sweetness to not taste like water. no off flavors noticed here.

silky, just enough carbonation to give some spark on the tongue without dominating the brew

really tastes like a beer you don't even notice you're drinking. not necessarily what i usually look for in a beer, but I have to admit, it'd be easy to drink back these babies all night.

Photo of VWBuggirl
4.03/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now, I will start by saying that I fell in love with this beer before first taste. I try to read the labels of every beer I drink, and I HAD to when I saw this was a beer from Kenya. Any beer named after the elephant that killed one of the founders of the brewery.

I did not have very high hopes for this, since to my (limited) knowledge, Kenya isn't known for beer, but I went ahead and gave it a try.

Anyways, it has a light golden brown color to it. The smell isn't very strong, so no real comment for this.

This is a great summer beer as the taste is nice and crisp. It has a slight bitterness to it, but it is very inoffensive and easy to drink. The slight bitterness lingers for a bit of an after-taste, but I enjoy that. I like a beer to have some flavor as so many do not.

I learned a big lesson in not making assumptions as to where a beer is brewed. I will definitely try beers from other places that you don't think of typically for their beers.

Photo of ncbeermonger
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for a Lager! If you see this one give it a shot! its pretty damn good!
Found this at my favorite sofa bar and loved it! It pours well with a good amount of head. This Kenyan lager blows most American Lagers away! It is crisp, and refreshing everything a Lager should be! If you see this one in your local beer store give it a shot!

Photo of jaz58
3.8/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer. Gold and clear in the glass. Lots of carbination. Sweet caramel nose. When drunk suble malt and caramel flavour with a subtle hop finish. Not too dry.Decent mouthfeel.
Foamy head.Not too bad to have on occasion. Not a beer that grows on you quickly.

Photo of MikeRa
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a nice golden color with a head that laces the glass

S: A corn smell with some grainy edge to it

T: Taste of some sweet malt with a hint of corn

M: This beer has some carbonization and goes down smooth

D: This is a beer that I will drink again. It is a good African beer

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Driven solely by curiosity, Bucky nervously picked up a bottle of Tusker Finest Quality Lager ("Tusker") brewed by the East African Breweries Group of Kenya. Tusker came in a brown, 500 ml bottle with a best before date of October 6, 2013 printed on the reverse label, and was 4.2% alcohol by volume. According to the brewer's web site, Tusker has been brewed in East Africa since 1922 and is named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders. The brewery is located in Ruaraka, near the capital of Nairobi, and key brands include Tusker Lager (the flagship brand), Tusker Malt Lager, Pilsner, White Cap, White Cap Light, Senator, Guinness, Allsopps and President Lager.

Tusker poured a very clear yellow/gold colour with plenty of rising bubbles visible. Pouring produced about 1.5" of pure white head that lasted for several minutes, leaving a considerable amount of lacing all down the far side of the glass. Its aroma is quite simple, bready light malts and not much of anything else. The beer's flavour begins with a fleeting light malt sweetness and finishes with a very, very subtle hop bitterness and no aftertaste. Despite the quantity of visible bubbles I found the carbonation to be quite light, and I would describe the mouthfeel as light and watery. I guess this makes sense...if I was living in an African climate I probably wouldn't be looking for a hefty porter or stout. The good news...my first African beer was drinkable. The not so good...I found Tusker to be too light in aroma, flavour and body for my particular taste. Though it wasn't a bad beer, I doubt that I'll be buying this one again. Tusker was selling for $3.35 per 500 ml bottle at the time or writing.

Photo of hooligan
2.08/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pale, straw beer, chill hazy with heavy lacy head.

Smell of malt and buttered corn. Not much else.

Unique butter diacetyl and corn sweetness upfront, almost like a butterscotch. Faintly perceptible hop character, with almost enough bitterness to cut the malt sweetness, leaving a slight "cloy" on the palate.

Thin, with a very fizzy character.

Reminds me of Red Stripe with the heavy "sweet buttered corn" flavor, but not as good.

Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.