Tusker Premium Lager - East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
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3.58/5 rDev +19.3%
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
01-29-2012 07:58:01 | More by Mebuzzard
3.48/5 rDev +16%
At last! An African beer. Slowly my list is being completed. But will it be done before my liver and my life is? Doubtful. At least when I meet St. Peter I’ll be able to say “Take me or leave me, I drank an African brew. Bitch.” So….. anyway. Out of a bottle this beer from the Dark Continent was a clear, pale, yellow color. The one finger of white head fizzed out rather quickly and only a few streaks of sticky lacing remained to show for it. The aroma was slightly sweet, with an unexpected note of berries as well as sweet malt, some rice and a hint of floral hops. The flavors were drier than the aroma suggested but still pleasant enough and appropriate for the style. I tasted biscuity malt, the sweet, berry-like malt and the floral hops at the end. All of these notes were subtle and in general I would describe the beer as understated and yet it was altogether pleasant and in no way offensive, unlike many adjunct Lagers. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation soft. An easy to drink beer that would no doubt be very refreshing on a hot day, as I’m sure it was intended. Furthermore, I think it’s worth noting this was one of the best adjunct Lagers I’ve ever tasted. A gem and an oddity; like that girl I dated in VT with truly tremendous “assets” this specimen proved to be the best kind of novelty.
01-29-2012 04:30:46 | More by thekevlarkid
3.9/5 rDev +30%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance is a slightly hazy light straw with a smallish head but excellent lacing.
Smells slightly sweet with slight corny notes along with some hay and grass. Also a bit of lemon.
Taste is light bready grain along with A light grassyness from the hops. Also some light lemony citrus flavors. There is a moderate bitterness throughout leading to a nice dry finish.
This is quite an enjoyable beer and very good for the style. Definitely a thirst quencher perfect for a hot day.
01-27-2012 19:36:27 | More by rangerred
2.33/5 rDev -22.3%
Pours a light gold color with a one finger white head. Average lacing and carbonation. The nose is skunk, grain, and slight malt. Fairly disappointing, even for the style. Taste is actually average for the style. It's not too sweet, got a decent malt background, and is not bad for a AAL. Feel is light, undercarbonated with good malt bill. Overall, a better choice than some others in the style, but I won't seek this out again.
01-21-2012 23:24:47 | More by jayhawk73
2.9/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
12-25-2011 02:41:06 | More by horshack7
3/5 rDev 0%
I bought a single 355mL bottle from Everett's in South Beloit, IL for $1.99 in Summer 2011.
Pours a very light yellow color that is clear with a slight head. Very similar looking to Miller Lite. Scent has some slight grassy tones mixed with wheat. Taste is what you can expect from an adjunct lager. The taste reminds me a lot of Red Stripe and Red Dog. It does however have a little thicker texture and a quite crisp finish. I enjoyed trying a beer from a different country but this was a rather ordinary tasting beer.
11-29-2011 22:38:54 | More by Lemke10
1.83/5 rDev -39%
12oz bottle. Pours pale yellow with a small short lived white head. Aroma and taste of cereal and grains, light malty notes and light hops bitterness. Light body with soda like carbonation and watery mouth feel. Finish is cereal, grains sweet light bitterness ending with a watery, bland and metalic flavor. Overall not much to say, did not like this. Could not finish drinking this beer. Would not reccomend.
11-20-2011 21:26:22 | More by Samp01
2.75/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
10-18-2011 16:17:20 | More by taigor
2.88/5 rDev -4%
poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass
A-nice gold color with a 2 finger head that faded to almost a cap with no lacing with something suspended throughout that doesn't really appear to be yeast but at least it is not still swimming
S-slight malt presence in the smell but noting that is really strong
T-malt with a little corn something like corn flakes
M-carbonation is ok
O-not bad but for $2.99 for a 12oz bottle I think I would rather drink BMC for $0.50 a can and not have the floaties
10-06-2011 23:42:19 | More by tvv375ia
3.2/5 rDev +6.7%
A- I know this is a style based on paleness but this is an abusrdly pale golden. Head is two and a half fingers with a good bit of lacing.
S- The smell is pleasing with a floral crackery aroma. Pretty straightfoward but pleasant.
T- The taste loses some of that. It's still crackery but there's no floral note. It's pretty much pilsner malt and a clean finish.
M- It's more or less watery. Very little carbonation.
O- It's not worse than many adjunct lagers. But it's not much better either. Wouldn't seek out again.
09-25-2011 03:42:53 | More by jsprain1
2.55/5 rDev -15%
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.
09-17-2011 21:54:16 | More by fsvan
2.23/5 rDev -25.7%
Transcribed from my tasting notebook.
Mildly clouded pale straw yellow, very fizzy head like a soft drink, that goes away completely in an instant, no lacing. Smells like a malt with lots of sweet corn adjuncts and strange metallic odors, some earthy-type noble hops (but not very strong) Taste includes more of the annoying metallic presence, some sweet malts completely out of balance with the faint attempt at hopping, mouthfeel is overly watery and not very satisfying at all. I'm probably never going to visit this one ever again, I do not recommend it. Too similar to any other BMC to justify the price.
08-24-2011 17:19:41 | More by WastingFreetime
4.05/5 rDev +35%
I would not move to Africa just to get this, but it is a very drinkable decent brew. Light honey color and sublime hoppiness. Clean rereshing taste but a bit middle of the road; then again the style of pale lager itself is middle of the road! I would drink it again but not go out of my way to do so!
08-21-2011 18:03:04 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.