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

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70
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567 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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Photo of albern
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer last night and didn't write down any of the finer points of the beer for a sophisticated review, and that was because there really wasn't much to record and there were no real qualities that jumped out. This is an adjunct lager, with a slightly drying salty finish, there was plenty of cooked veggie, musty lager aromas and tastes. This was entirely mediocre beer that I didn't finish

albern, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev +8%
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.

akorsak, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass. I think this is the first 12oz imported bottle that I can recall. Usually it's 11.2oz (330ml).

Crystal clear golden hue with a very dense, pillow, and fluffy-appearing two finger bright white head. Looks like a settling cloud. I have to say, this is one attractive lager.

Very light bready grains, very weak. A little bit of flowery hop aroma, but also somewhat stale.

The flavor rebounds a bit, with some subtly cooked grains, and a little bit of hop bite. There is a very sweet flavor in the background, maybe the adjunct is corn? Light bodied.

An okay lager. It's actually somewhat enjoyable and I'd certainly except one in Kenya, or actually several places. A little too much of the vegetable flavor in this one, although it's barely there. Good, but plenty room for improvement.

BeerSox, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, Mfg, 6/16/2008, best by 6/16/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is good, not much lacing. Carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass to the top for a while after it's first poured. It smells like sweet malt and a bit of corn. No offensive aromas at all. It tastes like sweet malt, grain, and bit of grassy hops. It's mostly sweet tasting. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin but not watery. Drinkability is good, it is pretty easy to drink. For the style, it's not bad at all, I'd rather drink this than most macro brews. Not that I'd make a point to seek this out, but it's a good alternative if you don't want to drink any BMC brews.

bluejacket74, May 31, 2009
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 fullsweep
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Thick, frothy head of about 2.5 fingers. Off-white foam sits atop a very pale yellow beer.

Grassy grains and a mild hint of coconut in the aroma. These disappear into the pour.

Sweet grains (and perhaps some adjuncts?) in the taste with a mild bitterness on the finish. There are some unusual flavors here that I don't recall having elsewhere. I wasn't sure what to expect from a Kenyan beer, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking--very thin and light, but not necessarily in a good way.

Wouldn't refuse if offered, but won't seek out either.

fullsweep, May 05, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Tusker pours a clear medium straw in color and yields a thin white head. Retention was brief but a surface film lingered longer than expected, yielding some spotty lacing.

Standard cereal grains, barley and rice, on the nose though seems to offer a bit more in body than your typical Adjunct. Hints of Euro. hops hide in the shadows, perhaps some light wheat.

Taste is fairly good. Slightly rich in malts and with a decent body, offering a bit of breadiness on the tongue and with a slightly chewy but short lived finish.

Another example of an 'American Adjunct Lager' done better by non-Americans. 'Named after George Hurst a co-founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, who was killed by an elephant during a hunting expedition in 1923.'

HalfFull, Apr 14, 2009
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 OtherShoe2
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear light gold with a big foamy head that did not last. Minimal lacing.

Light scented with sweet grain.

Light watery flavors of cereal, light sweet grain, some grassy elements, and a little bitter bite. No skunk, nothing offensive, but rather weak.

Light in body and decently carbonated. Refreshing thirst quencher, but that is all. I can see where this would be a choice in 120 degree heat. Overall, not horrific, and no real off-weird flavors -- just not alot going on either. Cool to try, but not worth seeking.

OtherShoe2, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of Amalak
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this at Stout, which is right by MSG in NYC. I figured when else am I going to get to try out a Kenyan beer? This wasn't too bad. Quite malty and somewhat sour.

It was a dull yellow in color with a thick foamy head and average lace. Malt scent to it. Very dry taste to it. Not bad at all, but doesn't really do anything for me, either.

Amalak, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Atricapilla
2.17/5  rDev -27.9%
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....

Atricapilla, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of BWH3
1.65/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow. Rolling active carbonation. Descent white bubbly head with slightly above average.

S/T: I can not get over how much this beer smells and tastes like buttered popcorn. I think this is diacetyl in the beer. I am not sure if this is intended but it is not disguised by any amount of malt or hop character. If you read the back of this bottle, you might be expecting a traditional lager in the German style and this stuff makes Bud taste better.

M: Light, crisp, highly carbonated. Spot on for the macro style.

D: I hope to try more beers from the African continent. I am certain there are better beers than this for the people to enjoy.

BWH3, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Gavage
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Gavage, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of smedley
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow, about a half a finger of white head which disapeared in about 10 seconds with no lacing

S - Not really much to talk about. Was worried it was a little skunky even though the freshness date indicated it was very fresh.

T - OK, so no skunkiness, which is a relief. But honestly, not much taste at all. Very watery, like a watered down Miller Lite.

M - Like a sparkling water...some carbonation, that's about it.

D - I guess this is pretty drinkable. I could probably drink a whole case, although I don't know why I would. Maybe good for a hot summer day. Not a good beer by any stretch.

smedley, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
1.3/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle. Pours a light yellow with a white head. Aroma of light fruits, wheat. Flavor of stale wheat. A slightly (very slightly) better version of Heineken. Blech.
Aroma: 3/10
Appearance: 2/5
Flavor: 2/5
Palate: 1/5
Overall: 5/20
1.3/5

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First African beer I've ever tried. Pours clear gold with an average white head. Pale malt and mineral water aroma. Thin, but has a pleasant light and sweet taste. Really good on a hot day, no real shock as it is from Kenya. Not going to get again, but worth trying.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Spikester
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was about 18 months old judging by the freshness date. So that old a lager could be why I wasn't overly impressed.
Pours clear pale gold with one finger of white head. Some lacings.
Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is sweet malts and just the barest hint of bitter hops.
Palate is watery.
Drinkability is on par with any macro lager. Slightly more crisp than Miller High Life. Next time I'll look for a bottled on date.

Spikester, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of n00tz
1.9/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

n00tz, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of ncbeermonger
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
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!

ncbeermonger, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Named after a murderous pachyderm. My cousin says it's all the rage in Zanzibar.

Freshness dating on the bottle!

Tusker is a sickly pale yellow color with a thin fizzy head that vanishes right before your eyes! It just doesn't look like something I would want to drink.

Smells like wheat and fish tank chemicals.

Tastes like yeast, wheat and malt liquor. Kinda like Miller High Life Light. Thin, fizzy, champagne-ish carbonation leaves a very dry aftertaste. It gets points for drinkability because I could picture some one drinking many on a summer beach. The kind of beer you would put fruit in.

As it's made in Kenya I hope it will make me a faster marathoner.

donkeyrunner, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of germanbeer1
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was drawn to this beer mostly, because I wanted to try an African-style beverage, but my hopes for this beer were quickly dashed. This beer is rather metallic in taste and has an overall sloppy feeling on the palate. This is definitely a beer that you can cross off your list, but probably not worth going back for.

germanbeer1, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

mtbbaboon, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Voonder
3.88/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear pale yellow with small head. Smell is not very strong, grassy and sweet malts. Pretty normal lager smell. Clean taste, average sweetness. Very crisp and light, pretty pleasant. Very drinkable. Very refreshing. Good lager, I'm glad I tryed it and would have it again.

Voonder, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.1/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/10/08.

Pours a clear bright straw-yellow color with a finger of whitish head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is sweet malt with almost a wheat-like character.

Taste is very malty with a slight honey-like sweetness. Faint herbal hops close out the taste. Feel is very crisp and clean. Well-carbonated and very dry finish. Drinkability is pretty darn good. Very easy to drink, very sessionable. Great for a hot summer day.

Overall a very good lager. Very crisp and easy to drink with a decent flavor.

bkilpatr, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Regular 12 oz bottle picked up at a European market in Mountain View, CA.

Why is this considered an American Macro Lager? This really needs to be changed to the Euro Pale Lager category, the same category that Heineken is placed in, with which it shares a strong resemblance.

So on the Heineken comparison: it's a light bodied, slightly hoppy lager with a clean, crisp taste. It tastes very much like Heinken, but better, as it lacks the skunky overtones that seem to be so common with Heineken.

Give it a whirl. It probably won't rock your world, but it's a decent lager that is quite drinkable and should go well with food, even if it's a bit forgetable.

watchnerd, Oct 30, 2008
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.