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

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71
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589 Ratings
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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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 TheLongBeachBum
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500ml, tall thin brown glass bottle. Crown cap is color and design coordinated. An Elephants head sits inside a yellow oval which is in turn inside a white one set against a black label. Gold, black and yellow V-shaped neck label completes the presentation. Front label has the inkjet code “Mfg 31 May 05 Exp 31 May 06”, guess this one is a bit past its prime maybe!? Listed as 4.2% v/v Grav: 1037° - 1039°. My bottle is labeled as “Tusker Finest Quality Lager”.

Appearance: Sad flaccid pathetic looks, the fizzling white head disappears rapidly to a thin halo like edge, the surface reflects the lightly hazed milky golden pong beneath.

Nose: Sweet malts, some whiff of that awful pink colored bubble gum that is directed at kids and a gentle floral character which often merges into bubble gum aromas actually.

Taste: Light grain and a sweet hoppy nature. Some flowery tingles here and there. A very low tasting affair that seems one-dimensional and a little boring.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not in a bad way, the texture is in line with the low key taste profile but it never seems to bolster it. The finish has a good balance though.

Drinkability: I can take it or leave it. Hmm, this is another one of those famous local brews that obviously dominates a local market, and has a rather mythical status, but on closer inspection really fails to live up to anything other than a very average beer that has a bigger personality profile that it deserves.

Overall: KenYa beer?!? Nah! More of a KeenNO beer – this is a “I am not so Keen” on this beer actually. I always wanted to give it a whirl though, well that’s my curiosity well and truly put down, I have no plans to head out to Kenya that’s for sure.

Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 500 ml brown bottle, neck label claims Kenya’s Heritage since 1922. Label has 4.2 v/v and GRAV: 1037-1039, imported by St. Killian importing co., Inc., Kingston, MA.

Aroma: A faint floral note with some mild grainy sweetness. A odd whiff of dried bubblegum.

Appearance: Slightest haze in a bright yellow glass that sports an impressive white head the lasts and gives very respectable lacing.

Flavor: Matches the aroma, a clean, slightly grainy base with that same light floral note. Well balanced with a slight hop flavor at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, full carbonation, drying finish.

Overall Impression: I’m impressed! I really didn’t expect much from this beer, but there is nothing wrong here. Well crafted, mild but pleasing taste, it’s not going to scratch a craft beer itch, but it could make a fine hot summer afternoon session.
Give it a shot!

Photo of funkengruven
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of PSUguru
1.73/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

For as much as this beer cost I was expecting a lot more. I've been disappointed by imports in the past but heard good things about this beer. For the style its not horrible but if I'm going to drink a bland macro lager, I'll stick with a U.S. product like Rolling Rock, Iron City, Straub, or Yuengling Premium. It was however my first African beer, most likely not the last.

Photo of karst
3.9/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To E. Hemingway - African hunter and American novelist and short-story writer, awarded 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1899-1961!

"There is no friend as loyal as beer" ( or was it "a book"?)

Pours clear straw 2°SRM with a creamy white head that holds and leaves substancial lace on the 0.4L rastal sniffer.

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."

A very good aroma of grainy sweet malt that almost kills a more gentle grassy and floral hops.

"Don't you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle."
0.5 L brown bottle with foil neck and front label in attractive gold and black with bull elephant profiled to show tusks. Simple white govt warning back label.

"I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does? The only time it isn't good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief."

4.2% abv ( Stronger in Africa) respect alcohol.

"Live life to the fullest."

Lighter body is supported carbonation and lightly dextrinous malt and balanced by understated bitterness.

"The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it. "

Tusker finishes short and sweet, just vanishing leaves you hoping for more - light and refreshing.

best by November 2005

I have no doubt that Hemingway found this the most drinkable beer on the Dark Continent.

"In order to write about life, first you must live it!"

Review when called to but first you must drink beer.

Photo of Noxious26
1.65/5  rDev -45.4%
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?

Photo of Prufrock
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into a pilsner.

clear pale golden yellow with an inch of foamy white head that falls quickly. some rising bubbles.

smells like an american macro lager, with hints of sweet malt and hops. also has a slightly sweeter honeylike component.

taste and mouthfeel are fairly light and thin. starts off with a hint of bitterness but the finish again has a slight honey flavor. comes off as sweeter but more balanced than most other mass-produced lagers, and is very drinkable, if uninteresting.

Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured very pale yellow with a thick, foamy head the became a well-retained lace.
The smell was thin - smelled vaguely of corn syrup with a touch of fruitiness.
The taste was of syrupy malt, with a touch of some vague fruit mixed with a bit of yeast and plenty of water.
At first it felt like a malty seltzer water on the tongue, but then a sweet, salty stickiness overwhelmed all tastes and a touch of a sulphur-like metal feeling remained.
The high carbonation made it drinkable at first, but as it warmed it became worse. Drink this one cold and fast.
IMO - it's not awful - there are worse out there - but nothing about it would have me buy it again.

Photo of jwff
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice pale straw color with an ample white head that shrinks to a layer but leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of grains and a little bit of syrupy sweetness that is kind of inviting.

This is a sticky sweet lager with flavors of grain covered up by sugar and has what seems to be a subdued sugary fruit aftertaste -- something like a fruit roll up. Nothing offensive about the taste, and it's actually quite addicting. Considering the low abv I would have expected this to be very thin, but the sugar seems to beef it up a bit. This is unexpectedly balanced, and I would place it somewhere in the malt liquor category. Somehow I could see this coming in a 40.

Photo of jayc333
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale yellow with two fingers of frother white head. Many tiny bubbles rise to the top quickly. They head stays for a good period of time, and has good lacing.

Strong smelling. Sweet upfront, with a sort of biscuity malt backround. Hops are present as well. More complex than I expected.

Malty taste upfront, but unfortunately quickly followed by a metallic flavour. Sort of an apple juice aftertaste.

Watery and fizzy mouthfeel.

Everything was going good until the taste. If you're looking for a top quality macro, this isn't it. Do yourself a favour, and get a Red Stripe.

Photo of goschool
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tusker as an awesome history. In a brilliant display of dark comedy, the beer is named after the elephant who killed one of the founding partners. The other cool thing about this beer is that Ernest Hemingway took a liking to it during his safari.

There was a respectable head on the beer while I was pouring it but it shrunk way down. The nose and taste has grains and a weak grassy hop aroma. There's nothing spectacularly exciting about this lager, but it's head and shoulders above BMC and things like Heineken. The most impressive thing is how well this 4.2% abv beer holds up in transit across the world. Everybody seems to forget (myself included) that drinkability should factor in whether you want to drink or buy the beer again. Sure it's easy to drink and mighty refreshing, but I don't plan on spending $2.99 for another one of these anytime soon.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear and extremely pale. Thin head, but fairly substantial looking for a macro.

S - Sweet malt and notes of apple and grain.

T - Inoffensive. Nothing off, with a strong grainy taste. Bitterness is low, as expected, with a teeny weeny bit of aftertaste. Crisp, refreshing, sweet-ish.

M - Hurts a bit. Carbonation is too strong.

D - Not too bad at all. Can't say it's flavourful, but within the style, it's really quite good.

Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite a vigorous pour, I got only a tiny head which faded right away. Color of this beer is gold, mostly clear apart from some chill haze. Nose is slightly better than the average mass-produced lager, with a clean maltiness, not too grainy. Flavor is moderately good too, malty without any adjunct flavors, sweet but balanced by a moderately light bitterness, and a touch of tartness at the end. Body is a little watery, probably from lack of carbonation.

Better than I was expecting, this is an uncomplex but refreshing lager.

Photo of daliandragon
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember drinking this in London a few years ago and thinking that it was surprisingly good for an African beer with an elephant on the label (having had a painful experience with Carlsberg Elephant a few weeks before that). Let's see if that experience holds true or if this was good the way The Beast was was good when I was 18.
Pale clear pee yellow color with bland head and lacing. Nose is faint but sweet and pleasant, slight hops and some sugars. Taste is light and thin with some arftificial flavors and graininess. Taste isn't terrible but not anything special. Mouthfeel is watery and nothing special.
Fun to drink as far as being sessionable but not an exceptional beer on any real scale. Guess I drank a little more then I thought it in England..

Photo of Imbiber
1.85/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The second of two Tusker beers sampled for review. 500ml brown bottle with ingredients listed, including corn syrup and sugar. Two months to go before the best before date.

Clear gold with an energetic white head as expected. Not much aroma, a little grassiness. Meek on taste, with mild balance of malt and hops and a little corny sweetness, which becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. Corn butter at the finish.

I hope it doesn't give me a headache.

Photo of Cindirene
4.03/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading the reviews I was kinda scared of this one but I persevered - Poured from 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass - Color a clear gold with tight bubbles - Taste was full and clean and refreshing - Maybe the American Macro Lagers should be called African Macro Lagers

Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium yellow with a bit of chill haze. Bright white head that recedes to a thick collar with some lacing evident. Malty aroma with floral and fruity hops, maybe a bit of honey sweetness as well. Clean flavour with lightly fruity malt sweetness and delicate floral hops. Bitterness appears towards the end and contributes to a slightly drying finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Not bad at all. I kind of like it.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial strange)

A-This beer has a straw yellow body with a faint hazy and a big fluffy snow-white head. There was a nice gentle carbonation to it.

S- The smell of slightly sweet pale malt with some soft honey malt notes complimented the grain notes. There was a finish of noble hops and a hint of sulfur.

T- The crisp dry pale malt was balanced by the noble hop finish. There was a slight sulfur and spice note at the end that turned to a faint lemon carbonic bite as it warmed in the glass.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but there was a slippery texture that made if a bit more full.

D- This beer was very light and didn't have much character to it. For the style it did have some faint notes of kolsch beers and it would have been nice to pull those out. If I had to drink this style it would probably be this beer.

Photo of ybnorml
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright clean straw to pale yellow colored beer. Has a big foamy white head and good lace. Kinda a sweet honey character up front with a sweet grassy note following. There is a light sweet malty character at the start of the taste with a little nibble of hop bite on the finish which carries with it a hint of honey. Easy drinking and not bad tasting.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Tusker Premium Lager pours from the 500ml bottle a very clear golden hay yellow with a suprisingly big creamy bubbly white head that leaves some lacing on the way down. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas begin with sweet, creamed cereal grains and pale malts. A hint of lemony citric comes through along with a really mellow grassy, herbal hop aroma. Quite impressive for a standard import lager if you ask me. Light and subtle.

First sip brings a crisp, mellow pale grain maltiness that has a nice splash of sweetness to it. I get a hint of lemon and slight citrus with a touch of grassy, herbal hoppiness that follows on the way down. The flavor is light..but it's really refreshing and inoffensive...I'd choose this over Heineken and the likes any day. I'm guessing this would be nice in the super hot Kenyan climate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light and refreshing. Goes down like water becuase it's about the same consistency. Carbonation is nice and not overly excited. Drinkability is good here. I could easily session this brew and maybe I would one day if I travel to Kenya. Obviously, living in the US there are many other beers I'd choose first...but this suprised me for an import lager.

Photo of crwills
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of BamaScholar
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In my effort to diversify sources, picked up a Kenyan brew.

Beer pours cloudy Serengeti grasslands yellow. Some fizzing, no head.

Clean smell, can't detect much of anything except grain.

Pretty carbonated, clean and crisp. It's thin, offering less than most Asian macros, maybe a little more than most American macros.

This brew doesn't offer that much (even ice-cold) but it doesn't include anything unexpected either. Glad I tried it...on to something else.

Photo of whynot44
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light bodied, slightly hazy light golden color with a small white head.

Aroma is mild, somewhat biscuity, with notes of hay and citrus.

The taste is also light with a slightly sweet caramel tone, sweet grain and grassy hops bitterness for a fairly clean refreshing finish. After a hot day swatting tsetse flies and tripping over lion leftovers, you'd probably kill for a cold six pack of these. Otherwise you'll have to use your imagination after mowing the yard.

Maybe not great without the authentic atmosphere.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.73/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this 500ml bottle on clearance (how often do beers go on "clearance"? That should tell you something right there) at Potomac Wine & Spirits in MD for $1.

And here we go...

Frighteningly clear. As it poured out of the bottle into my glass, i could only see the faintest hint of coloration to the beer. Of course, the coloration I speak of is the usual pale straw/urine hue that american macro lagers posess.

The smell, or should I say stench, was overwhelming. I uncapped the beer and it punched me in the face, before even being poured. Tusker smells of yard waste clippings. Quite powerful and offensive.
Completely unholy. No beer should ever smell like this.

The taste is one of the stronger points. Of course it tastes like all other light macro filth, but there are a few good points. Tusker lager is not obscenely carbonated, which is good. None of that "burning sensation" on the tongue that Coors gives you. And if you enjoy munching on freshly cut grass, or newly baled hay (who doesn't?), this beer will taste very familiar to you.

The mouthfeel is similar to water, if water had a mildly unpleasant aftertaste and made you belch.

If you're going to mow your lawn, and you can buy this beer for $1 like I did, then you might as well chug a Tusker after you are done mowing. It will blend right in with all the other aromas and tastes in your mouth.

Photo of Gritsak
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale golden straw colow with a big fluffy white head. head fades to a top film but never fully goes away. no lacing.

S- yeast, fruit, malt, grain.

T- nice yeast flavor with strong grainy finish. very light hop presence.

M- light and watery. little carbonation

D- if you stuck to this all night you would be fine...

overall- really not a bad beer. MUCH better then other macros such as bud/miller and the like. went great with the burger with the first bottle. very refreshing and the taste seems to grow on you the more you drink. worth a taste in my book.

Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
71 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.