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

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70
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560 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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 crwills
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly pale yellow, the palest I've seen. Some people have marked this beer down on it, but I thought it looked kinda cool and different. Very highly carbonated with a big, bubbly head.

Smell is spicy and pepperly, with some herb and soap flavours. Not strong though -- quite weak, like most mainstream lagers.

Taste is very clean and crisp, but again sort of weak and watery. What's there is fairly pleasant though, at least a step up from Bud or Molson. Bit of soapyness here too, as well as some more prevalent hops than mainstream American/Canadian versions.

This is quite drinkable, and has a cool looking 500 mL bottle -- with an ELEPHANT on it. Not great, but worth trying.

crwills, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of horshack7
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's a very pale yellow with a head that I could hear fizz as I poured it then it thinned out quick.

Aroma: Grassy, very minor citrus even a little bit skunked but oh well. The rest is on the not so aromatic side a subtle touch of brediness way in the back.

Taste: Oh yeah this is quite the fizzy beer on the palate. A touch of citrus, breadiness and a twinge of lemon. The finish does have a little bit of dryness.

Notes: Not anything spectacular but if you want a quick beer to drink quick on a hot summer day this will do the job. Cheers.

horshack7, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of seand
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light yellow with a small white head. Most of the head dissipates, and it doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Very light aroma, slightly malty.

T: Light, slightly malty bread flavor, and a hint of a sweeter almost banana-y flavor. A bit more interesting than I expected, to be honest, though still relatively bland.

M: Medium carbonation, light to medium body, pretty standard.

D: Made to be drinkable, and even has a fairly low ABV.

A pretty standard lager, but not bad if that's what you're looking for.

seand, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of beerme626
3.73/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Beltway Liquors, in Baltimore, poured into a Weizen glass

A: Beautiful lager appearance. Nice and yellow/amber, with an impressive two-and-a-half head and champagne bubbles. Looks nice.

S: A bit farmhouse-y, but not hoppy like a farmhouse IPA. Barley clearly present.

T: Average+ lager. Better than, say, Miller, and better than most developing countries' lagers I've had, i.e. Latin American ones.

M: Pleasant bubbles and mild taste = refreshing, if simple

O: Comparing to other foreign lagers, excellent. NOT WORTH the 3.49 a bottle, but still very good!

beerme626, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of olafphysics
3/5  rDev -0.3%

olafphysics, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

jerefreakinmiah, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Natural510
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale, almost clear, yellow with average amount of foam which quickly dissipates.
Almost no scent atall, other than a very light malt.
Tastes very sweet; light, sweet malts make up the flavor. No hop note, which is probably a good thing as it would create a sweet/bitter combination which wouldn't meld well together in this brew.
Very crisp & refreshing. Upon sipping the brew crisply melts away to almost nothing, leaving a dry finish.
Not much in the way of flavor, but it is highly drinkable...particularly in a hot-weather climate.

Natural510, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of slitherySOB
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good African lager. One thing about Africa, they have a love affair with lagers. This beer poured a faint, standard yellow. Sort of what most North Americans would think of when they think of beer. Head was a short, 1/2 finger height, but boy was it strong. That foam lasted til it was suds at the bottom of the mug. Sparce strips of lace were left in purely random places on the glass. Very odd. Apparent, almost soda cracker smell dominated the nostrils. It was pleasantly refreshing. A bit of a sweet/starchy smell overall. Same soda crackerlike taste. Sort of a dry, starchy taste. Never experienced that in a beer before. But hey, I like it, and my judgement will show it. Their is a hop presence when swallowing. Refreshing, dry and crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing lager.

slitherySOB, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first African beer!
Showed a very light gold in color with white head building about half an inch, dissipating fast leaving some lacing on the glass.
smell is light malt flavor, maybe hint of honey, little hop.
Very light taste of the same. a little doughy, but actually very refreshing taste and good carbonation.
Considering where it is mostly consumed, a perfect brew for hot climates to quench thirst. very light and smooth, therefore very drinkable. Over all a interesting different kind of beer.

Hopfenpeter, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

magpieken, May 25, 2013
Photo of jarmby1711
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this from Purvis , thinking that it had rated well (for some reason )
It hadn't rated well , nor ,in my view should have it.
Being a pretty stock standard pale yellow in the glass ,with a resistant head, the smell is very plain Metallic, chemically.
The taste was an improvment to at least being drinkable.It seemed sweeter than most in this style, which was intriguing for the first 1/2 a glass , but after that it tended towards sickly unpleasantness.
If I was in Kenya I wouldnt go thirsty by not drinking it but not one I would try again

jarmby1711, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of taigor
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear pale yellow straw color with very thin head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly malty with floral and corn hints but not much there.

T - Very grainy with taste of corn and slight flavors of malt and yeast. Slightly metallic taste towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation.

O - Very simple adjunct lager. Not much was expected and this lager proved to be just that. I would not recommend it.

taigor, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear golden color into a pint glass. It was just a shade darker than straw. Two fingers of foamy white head developed and dissipated very quickly to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: Sweet, almost light caramel, malts. It has a very pleasant, barnyard helles and vanilla aroma to it as well, enticing me to take a sip.

Taste: Surprisingly tasty for an adjunct. The light caramel and barnyard malts from the smell dominate the taste. A vanilla smoothness is also carried over from the aroma, but the beer is also crisp.

Drinkability: No wonder Hemingway drank it for breakfast. Tusker stands out on its own. Damn good lager.

TheQuietMan22, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Act25
3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Act25, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of lpayette
3/5  rDev -0.3%

lpayette, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Atron67
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clear straw yellow with a decent amount of white head, lasted a brief while, and left no lacing
S- malty, a slight hop notice, but a solid malt scent
T- A clean smooth malt taste, not spectacular but it is a solid flavor, got a little better as it warmed too, balanced pretty well.
M- a slightly crisp fine carbonation, slightly light body
D- pretty high, a solid picnic beer or something for summery days, clean smooth, but nothing spectacular

Atron67, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of thekanna
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, pale yellow into a stein with a thick, frothy white head that, surprisingly enough, dissipated quickly.

S: Some malty sweetness and honey; generically clean.

T: Strong honey malts hit the palate, followed by a slight bit of astringency and medicinal hops.

M: Light to a fault; very thin and watery with not enough carbonation to compensate.

D: The sweet honey flavor of the malts make this a very drinkable and refreshing beer; I can see myself having this with Ethiopian food.

thekanna, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Alcohol was 4.2% with an Exp date of Feb. 08. Light straw / yellow shade of clear. A frothy white head on pouring but it settled quickly. Some decent lacing looked promising. Gentle carbonation. Mild grass or daisies on the nose, very feint, almost unnoticeable. Taste has a hint of hops but then a bit sweet on the finish. Bitterness is fleeting. Mouthfeel started out smooth but turned a bit syrupy, very light body. This beer is pleasant enough but not a taste sensation by a long shot, a bit boring; did not live up to its label. Then again, it might be a crossover beer for macro drinkers in north america who want to pretend they're on safari.

ThatWineGuy, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is there any other reason to drink this beer other than to say "ha, I drank a beer from Kenya." We'll see.

Pours a perfect gold, hazy with what looks like some sediment in it or something. Maybe chill haze. It did not affect the taste or texture of the beer, however. Fizzy head quickly dissipated to leave a faint ring around the glass. Aroma is good, some nice malts overtake the aroma with some faint honey and apples thrown in.

The taste is much better than any macro lager I've ever had over here. A refreshing taste with some spicy bite at the end from the hops.

An all around good lager. The perfect lawnmower beer ... and it's made in Kenya.

saintwarrick, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a 12oz single for $1.99 at Manchester Wine and Liquors in Manchester CT. Bottled on/ freshness dating is stampled on the bottle but is hard to read... I think it says best by Sep 10. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear light yellow brew is extremely fizzy, tons of carbonation on the glass, a fizzy white head fizzles out in a matter of seconds. Smell is practically nonexistent, just a little adjunct sweetness. Feel has mostly settled down, certainly didn't hold its fizz... it went from explosive to nearly flat in about 3 minutes. Taste is mild adjunct sweetness, maybe a little muddy hop... nothing offensive, but nothing interesting either.

BeerNinja007, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3/5  rDev -0.3%

SonOfKyuss, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Noxious26
1.65/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle poured in a dimpled mug.

Clear, pale straw yellow. Big 1/2 inch white head on the pour settles in to a thin cap.

Aroma is grassy/herbal hops with a light malt sweetness in the background. Reminds me more of a Euro Lager than a Macro Lager.

Very little flavour. Mild floral hops and petrol notes at the start and a hint of sweetness at the finish. Zero aftertaste. Is this beer? or coloured carbonated water?

Amazingly thin and watery mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Kind of like mineral water, only less bubbly.

Wow. What a lot of nothing. The aroma totally lies to you. I was expecting atleast some grassy hops on the palate, but nothing. Goes down like nothing, so drinkability should be good, but who'd want to drink another one of these?

Noxious26, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a very average yellow with a slight ring of head at the top of the glass. A grassy smell makes it's way to the nose in this one, not too bad. Flavor is slightly sweet, very subtle in the hops and malt, with a very clean finish. This is one of the more easy drinking and refreshing brews i've had, Overall, not bad.

funkengruven, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of gopens44
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

gopens44, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bb date- 3/2003
Pours a yellowish pale straw color, with a slightly chunky, small white head. On the nose there is a slight oily herbal hop aroma. On the palate, there is a slight graininess, hops, weird chewy mouthfeel almost oily, bread malt character. This is an ok lager, but nothing I’ll ever buy again.

WilliamPhilaPa, Sep 22, 2002
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.