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

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70
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570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
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 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
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 Shadman
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in Brooks Alberta where there is a large African population.

Light pale yellow, slightly hazy. Decent head retention and good lacing.

faint aroma...mostly grainy malt and a hint of floral hops.

not much of note intially, but the malts and hop come through nicely after a second or two. Both seem to be in concert with each other which makes for a decent taste experience.

Moderate carbonation and lower ABV makes it feel smoother on the palate than some other lagers.

Certainly a decent enough lager and one I'd have on safari in Africa or my backyard.

Shadman, May 19, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though nothing to get excited over, the beer has some freshness and crispness that cary it a long way. Pours a vivid straw color with airy head retention, for about a minute. Aromas of green apples, pilsner malts, and earthy hops seem well balanced. The flavors of apples, pears, light malt, and fresh hops spice things up a bit, but never interfere with the fresh yeast / hop character. The body is lighter than the flavors, but never seem watery. Finihses wiht a minty snap and a crisp dryness. The beer is put together well, but lacks the character to raise far above average.

BEERchitect, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of zeff80
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a pillowy, white, three-finger head. No lace, however.

S - It smelled of corn, grain and a hint of yeast.

T - It mostly tasted of corn/grain. It was fairly sweet and no real hop flavor to speak of.

M - It was fairly crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - I wasn't overly impressed. It looked better than it smelled or tasted. There just was much in terms of flavor.

zeff80, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of Enola
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good example of the style. Light yellow in color with a white head. The smell is somewhat sweet and grainy. The taste is smooth with no negative bite. There is hints of vanilla and just a touch of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth. Not a chore to drink. One of the better macro style beers I have had. A much better choice than some others. I could easily session this beer, although the price would kindly limit that. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle.

Enola, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of stephendr
1.95/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

335 ml. bottle- color of bight yellow, with a thin white small bubbled head – light sweet nose of corn , perfume , melon , straw, and hits of detergent – taste of cantaloupe , slight straw , and light bitterness– body is watery , dry , and lightly carbonated – aftertaste of , sweet corn , soapy , and rotten melon

stephendr, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. 1/2 inch head with a vigorous pour that settles quickly into a thin layer of tiny bubbles. Malty smell with skunky hops throughout. Relatively active carbonation rising through the pale, yet saturated hue of yellow. The first sip was actually better than I had expected. Big malty flavor and a slightly thick and creamy mouthfeel. The aftertaste has a little tinge to it, but overall I thought this beer was way better than most American/Canadian macro lagers.

Rudgers73, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight skunky nose. Starts sweet, hops are hidden, not an American lager, sweet corn finish, would make a good lawn mower beer. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of veech
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this beer many years ago when a Fraternity brother was sent to Somalia in the early '90's and he returned with large bottles of Tusker. I found a 12 oz. bottle recently and thought I would test it against my more complex palate some 10 years later. I found this to be a good middle of the road macro lager. Really nothing more or less. It accomplishes what it sets out to do. It could be mistaken for any of a hundred other beers. But if one finds themselves in the bush of the Serengeti it would more than quench your thirst.

veech, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A very pale clear yellow with a slight head that melts to only a film of white bubbles.

Aroma is typical adjunct smells...sweet pale malts and possibly some corn.

Taste is extra sweet for an American Macro Lager and missing completely on the bitter hop finish that should be present. Aftertaste of lingering canned corn that is not pleasant.

Kenya's version of Bud...not a bad impression...but nothing more, either.

IntriqKen, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of witster18
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not a bad lager.
a grassy astringency early quickly leaves as there is little to no aftertaste. consistant for the style but WAY overpriced. A little hops can be detected....early...underwhelming but probobly a touch better in taste and distinction than most massprolag's Bought on a recommendation....but I cannot give the same recommendation because this is overpriced and only slighty above average. warsteiner meets budweiser. perhaps the most overpriced beer of all time!

witster18, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Musky
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager pours a nice clear birght yellow with a massive head that lefts it's mark as it was consumed. Fruity/Floral sweet smell with a little vienna malt aroma (probably not vienna but that is what it smells like). Heavier on the tongue that most lagers with a nice malt character to it. The hops are very well balanced with plenty of malt to back it up. A clean and tangy taste with a kind of dry aftertaste. A good example of the lager style.

Musky, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had never tried a beer from Kenya, so this was worth it from that standpoint. However, it really was not much different from a BMC nmacro lager, except that it wasn’t quite so heavy on the graqin. Poured a sparkling golen yellow, with some carbonation, a thin head and okay lacing. Some hops in the aroma, but nothing dominant. Likewise with the flavor. Not too much on the mouthfeel or finish.

Kenya is much better known for their long distance runners than for their beer, and Tusker beer illustrates why. Maybe they run a long way to get better beer.

kimcgolf, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born on 5-23-06, not super fresh, let's see how this goes. My friend deployed to kenya back before somolia went to poop & he raved about this beer (in-country)

Pours an efferevescent & chill-hazed straw color with 3 fingers plus of head. This cleared 1/2 way through the beer. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Nice Perfumy/flowery nose

T: Some Grassyness & grainyness up front. Cornyness & soapynmess follows as it warms. Some lemon notes& a little malty sweetnes follow. Has fair taste for the abv. Finishes slightly sweet & grainy

MF: Light bodied with medium carbonation

Drinks semi-okay. More malt please! I'd take this over a BMC any time. Love to get a sem--fresh bottle of this

russpowell, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of therica
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We were dining at an Ethiopian restaurant in Frederick Maryland, which had a few Ethiopian & African beers. Since this one was $4.00 and the others were $3.50, I thought I'd start with this. My preference turned out to be the Harar Beer (lager) which I'll review, next.

A= nothing special, a solid nice standard good ol' beer appearance, not much head, some standard proliferous bubblings.

S= malt beer.

T= good-- really, just a good ol' beer, no excitement, but a good standard beer if you want something that's not exciting, intrusive or catching you off-guard. Great with a meal. Malt and some light hops, a slightly flat taste but not sour-bitter like certain Butt-American beers.

M= nice, not watery, simply a beer aftertaste and mild belch.

D= you could probably go all night on this if you were so inclined.

therica, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A bright and clear sunshine yellow – capped by a mountain of effervescing white foam that’s leaving a ring lace. Surprising and tempting of what this may be.

Subtle malts in the aroma, but pilsners never have a powerful smell. Taste is fairly sharp and clean of malts along with a roll in the grass. Not a bad session pilsner, and it comes with enough flavor to hold your interest.

Drawback? I’m not paying $2 a 12oz bottle for lawnmower brew.

Vancer, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of aquaderek
3.28/5  rDev +9%
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.

aquaderek, Dec 17, 2006
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
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