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

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70
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562 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 562
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer from Africa. Pours a crystal clear pale golden straw color with a big foamy head. Some malt character in the nose and perhaps some grassy notes. The palate is light and dry. Malt and breadiness on the palate balanced by some hop bitterness. The finish is dry and quick. Not too bad, if only it were hot and sunny day.

BeardedBoffin, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured pale golden straw w/thick white head that rapidly dissipated and left thin cap.

S-Smells like fresh plain beer in its most basic form. Crisp light hops and very light malt.

T-This is definitely a little better than most macros. The malt and hops are very faint, and there's not much to it, but it is fresh and crisp. The aftertaste is clean and pure. Boring but not bad.

M-Light and crisp with considerable fizz...the best trait of this beer. I'd consider it "The Perrier of Beers."

D-Very smooth. It reminds me of what a good light beer could taste like.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer pours a yellow color and quite clear with decent head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing. the smell is quite average as i can't pick up many characteristics in it. the taste is consistent with a macro lager. the mouthfeel is a bit thin. i did manage to drink quite a few of these pretty easily. i'm glad i tried it, but i would not seek it out.

deepsouth, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of TheBierBand
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at the suggestion of my cousin Chris while we were at Shakespear's Pub in Sarasota, FL. See if I take his advise again....

This beer was average macro lager right down the line. Although, the taste was even more watered down than even most domestics.

Little head retention and no lacing. Color was clear fizzy yellow.

Almost non existant nose on this one.... some light malt taste.

Taste: like a light beer... very little substance.

MF: Too fizzy... but average in every respect.

Drinkability: Nothing special here. Avoid in favor of some richer, more robust beers.

TheBierBand, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an exception to my rule that brew is best closer to home. The only reason (I believe) that Tusker has become so popular is because there are so many tourists in Kenya and it is a novelty to drink an African beer with that oh-so-African elephant on the label. This one is basically plain old beer and is a VERY far cry from the Malt Lager by Tusker, which I think is supremely better and shows more attention to craft. All of this brews qualities are the standard mass produced ones. The end.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of wedge
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear straw color under a tall foamy white head that leaves some patchy lace dripping down the sides. Doughy sweet pale malt aroma with clean fruity honey notes...almost pilsener-like in character. Clean, sweet grainy flavor follows the nose. There is a "papery" taste that cheapens the experience considerably. The body is light but not watery...smooth with a dry finish. Extremely easy to consume and probably quite refreshing on a hot African day. Not bad for what it is.

wedge, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured pale golden with a fluffy white head that dropped quickly. Subtle, pleasant creamy aroma. Taste is unremarkable American macro, better than a lot of our stuff, but certainly not worth the imported price tag.

I'm always a sucker for these brews from countries that have no brewing tradition. What you get is generally this sort of beer -- boring American macro.

alexskovan, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer exits the 12-ounce bottle a light gold color with a creamy white head that crowns the body, as it erodes; the lace forms a thin sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, almost maple syrup; crisp and clean, start has a fair malt presence, thin at the top, which was expected. Finish has a pedestrian acidity, the hops mild but present, dry aftertaste, a fair to middling beer, a product of its environment, certainly better than many beers from such countries.

Gusler, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of morimech
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very pale, clear golden liquid that produces an oddly brilliant white head. A little lacing is noticed. The head eventually settles down to a light cap.

The smell is of corn or rice. Not very appealing whatever it is.

The taste is standard import macro lager that could of come from anywhere. A little malt is detectable in an otherwise adjunct heavy beer. Very watery but it would be refreshing on a hot day.

morimech, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very light pale golden yellow. A large, billowing four inch head of fizzy white foam formed initially on the top and stayed or all of a few minutes. It rested down to just a thin layer covering the top of an otherwise uninspiring looking liquid. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the top of the glass. No side glass lace was present what so ever, overall this looked to me to be nothing more then the average macro lager.



S - Aroma was light to say the least. Not much here really to pick up on, in fact it was hardly there at all. What I found was a light blend of grain and almost corn or maybe rice that was just strong enough to be picked up. A touch of some grass maybe as well, and a bit of a bready thing, but nothing really too special. Kind of musty in the overall aroma.



T - Ehh, I knew where this one was going already. Shall I say best served very cold? This was just another imported macro and I should have saw that one coming. What flavor was there was light grain and corm, mixed in with a touch of fresh grass, just enough to try and give it some semblance of a flavor. For some reason I kept picking up rice notes in here, not really sure as to why. But the flavor either way way very light and rather bland. Towards the end I started to pick up the slightest amount of some bready malt and possibly the smallest hint of some cereal grain, but again nothing standing out to me.



M - Very very light. To its credit this was very light and refreshing, something that is rather common with the style, and I was outside and it was hot, so this one served its purpose very well at the time. Now other then that I really do not have much else to say. Very light with very little body of presence to it. Just a forgettable lager.



D - Superb when it is hot outside and this is cold. Now reverse those to and it might cause you some trouble. This was actually not that bad at all drinking wise when it was first poured; the only problem was when it started to warm up and just fell flat. Cannot let these things get warm and I know better then that, learned my lesson on this one.



Overall I tried it because it was unique compared to what else was there, however it was really not that special at all. I am glad I chose it over the BMC making up the majority of the rest of the choices however it was of the same vain. I suppose you could do much worse in a selection; however this was really not that great. I would have it again if it was ice cold and I was thirsty and did not have to pay for it, but either then that I will find one from somewhere else.

mikesgroove, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special thanks to AndoBrew, who brought this beer, along with many others, back from his recent trip to Africa, the Dark Continent.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a... white head? Hmm. Curious.

Smell: This smells exactly like the White Cap lager produced by the same Kenyan brewery.

Taste: This tastes almost identical to the White Cap lager. Very mild malt taste with an equally light sweetness. Hint of stale grain husks and flowers. The finish holds tastes of chicken broth and simmered veggies.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Another okay, but odd African lager!

ChainGangGuy, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of ChillMike
3.4/5  rDev +13%
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.

ChillMike, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is clear medium yellow. The three finger head slowly sinks down to a finger thick firm white head, leaving lots of fine lacing.

The smell is very delicate. It is clean, a little sweet and flowery with an interesting note of mashed potatoes.

The taste is light and clean. Some semi dry malt and a light pleasant sweetness. Some very mild bitter notes and hints of exotic fruits and flowers. The aftertaste is as mild and fresh. A bit dry hints of vanilla and fruits.

The carbonation is fresh and medium strong. Small bubbles. The liquid isn’t watery at all.

A highly drinkable lager with a crisp and balanced taste. Well done.

bark, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a small thin head that was gone like right now. The beer was very light pale looking and smelled like some weird flowers or something. The taste was very yeasty to me and just not very good. I will not be purchasing this beer again.

Minkybut, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle
4.2%
I tried this beer on September 13, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe' in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold with a thin white head. The aroma was grainy with a hint of malt and some yeast. The mouthfeel was thin with high carbonation. The taste was grassy as with a lot of macro style lagers

cyrenaica, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is one inch in height, white in color, and recedes quickly into sparce lacing. The aroma is of faint caramel, and corn bread. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better marco lagers I have had.

KarlHungus, Sep 12, 2007
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 Overlord
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon spotting this beer at a local Bevmo, I had to give it a whirl. How often does one see a beer from Kenya floating about?

I expected upon the first sip of this yellow/golden, lightly headed and carbonated lager to be whipped away to the serengeti plains, or perhaps dropped deep into the Congo rainforest. Alas, twas not to be.

Tasted thin, but had a slight trace of hips and a pleasant mouthfeel. Certainly no strong taste to write home about, and resembled a slightly more malty macrobrew that you might get here.

Overlord, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of jsawicki603
2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is Kenya's attempt at the american (ie Budweiser) lager. The beer pours a nice golden color with a large head. The head disappates quickly but a lace remains for the entire glass. The malty taste was a little dry which sticks in your mouth after you swallow. Leaves the tongue dry and slightly metallic. A dry lager, not undrinkable but could use some work.

jsawicki603, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of cokes
2.17/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Spews out of the bottle a yellow liquid, with the faintest smokiness. The head rises and falls and disappears immediately after the pours.
Cereal grain nose touched with a sweetness that suggests corn.
Grainy upon entering the mouth with that same sense of cereal. Henceforth, the taste rating serves as a repercussion of the flaccid mouthfeel. The carbonation levels are shockingly low for this type of beer, allowing a cloying cornfed rotten apple sweetness to build up without reproof. Normally, the strafing bubbles will provide dryness and thirst-slaking closure. Not here. Feeble hops are just marginally noted at the close with a nod to plant stalks.
This fails entirely on its relatively simple premises.

cokes, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Clear golden color. Had a decent head about inch thick.

Smell- Hops with some malts and maybe hint of fruits.

Taste- Very crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- It was okay. I don't know why but I expected a little bit more from it.

Beerbuddha, Aug 10, 2007
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 RDAdams
3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle purchased with dinner at the Phoenix Emporium in Ellicott City, Maryland. There was a Beer Menu on each table. I ordered this beer solely because I'd never had an African beer before and did not know it was a lager.

Appearance was exceptional: clear, pale straw color; and a moderate head that it retained much longer than expected.

Aroma was good: mild floral hops, and a malt character more pronounced than I've ever experienced in an American Premium Lager.

Taste was good: crisp, dry, a very low sweetness, and balanced.

Mouthfeel was good: a light-medium body and well-carbonated.

Drinkability was very good. I don't care for lagers, in general, but ordered a second because it was so smooth.

RDAdams, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tusker Premium Lager pours a golden yellow with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is sweet and grainy. I can taste a fair amount of malt and lots of grain, there's not much more to it. Very light bodied. This is a decent enough lager, worth a try.

Drew966, Jul 08, 2007
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.