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

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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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.25/5  rDev +8%
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.

orbitalr0x, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

crwills, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of BamaScholar
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

BamaScholar, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

whynot44, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.73/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

chOAKbarrell, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Gritsak, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this from Purvis , thinking that it had rated well (for some reason )
It hadn't rated well , nor ,in my view should have it.
Being a pretty stock standard pale yellow in the glass ,with a resistant head, the smell is very plain Metallic, chemically.
The taste was an improvment to at least being drinkable.It seemed sweeter than most in this style, which was intriguing for the first 1/2 a glass , but after that it tended towards sickly unpleasantness.
If I was in Kenya I wouldnt go thirsty by not drinking it but not one I would try again

jarmby1711, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle: Poured a very pale yellow color lager with nice foamy with head with better retention then expected. Aroma of malt and hops are very faint and almost non-existent. Taste is refreshing with some malt and very little hops. The surprising thing about this one is that it is not skunk even though is traveled 5000 miles in a light brown bottle.

Phyl21ca, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of SERENGETI
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The TUSKER I tried was the one brewed in TANZANIA! Beer drinkers say that it is better than the Kenyan original. It is a light beer with only 4.2% alc. good for a hot day in DAR. Taste and aroma are neutral. Good for thirst quenching but not for pleasure.

SERENGETI, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First impression is that it is refreshing.

Looks like champagne with tons and I mean tons of tiny bubbles that maintained activity all throughout the gobblage process.

Rice/grainy taste that finishes dry. Lingering aftertaste makes the drinkability low for me....

Overall I thought it was drinkable but barely. If your having a BBQ or laying around in the hammock or something this is decent. I like lager's too so it had nothing to do with the style.

DogFood11, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Ego
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

half liter brown bottle with the classic old school logo of an elephant (tusks? hello..), freshness date marked on front label july 2005

appearance:
1.5 fingers of pure cotton head, pale yellow hue, clear, amply carbonated, nothing special but right on for the style

nose:
barely detectable hop traces buried by the smell of rice, the malt is also barely detectable... not one for the sniffing really...

taste etc:
I expected this to suck, suprisingly it has a smooth mouth feel (watery a touch but only if you let it get to warm is it a problem, I mean this is a macro style eh?). it finishes fast and clean (dry), refreshing, just enough carbonation kick for that "ahhh" feeling. not too bad at all compared to american macros.. it is kind of enjoyable kickin back here on my deck this muggy summer night

verdict:
it does the job it is supposed to do. this isnt for a heavy beer geek night, maybe for a summer night at the grill hockin' down steamers and other light fare. session beer ahoy...

Ego, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of scaliasux
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Very light and clear yellow. Fizzy head that quickly dies into a lifeless film. Champagne bubbles. Not real tempting.

Smell - Adjunct smell. Plus a little fruitiness, a little like green apple. Like a macro brew, but a bit stronger.

Taste - Pretty standard macro flavor thats a notch stronger, maybe a hint less sweet and has a touch of citrus to it. Not even a hint of bitterness. Clean and dry.

Mouthfeel - Quite watery even for an adjunct. Seems almost flat.

Drinkability - Plenty light enough to drink without thinking. But nothing to go chasing after. Flavor is plain to slightly better than plain adjunct. But hey, it's from Kenya and its got a friggin elephant on the label (extra 1/2 point in the drinkability column for hippnes). Bia Yangu Nehi Yangu (Kenyan for : try it once if you like to try a large number of beers because it is ok, but nothing unusual or extraordinary).

scaliasux, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of beersarang
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big cloudlike head that leaves patches of lacing here and there. Light golden with a brilliant clarity. Pretty appetizing.

Nice grassy aroma with a hint of some bread in the background, maybe skunky.

Very soft malt presence with a quick and clean herbal hop bite. Finishes clean and smooth. Very average if not a tad bland, but then again at least there is no corn flavor.

Lighter on the carbonation and the body is thin. Goes down easy.

I would drink this one again in hot weather. Solid macro lager.

beersarang, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle, best before date clipped into label (same bottle as picture). Pours a bright yellow color with a fluffy 1 inch white head. The foam quickly shrank to a thin ring aroound the edge of the glass. Didn't leave any lacing. Smell was very mild and weak. The taste has some slight grains, some sweetness and a touch of hopat the end. Full carbonation leaves a tingling bite on the tongue, with enough dryness to erase any aftertaste. Clean finish. At only 4.2% it could be a better than average light beer. I thought a bit overpriced, but I guess it is an import.

BigBry, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. This beer is almost completely clear. There is just a shade of yellow. The head is big, white, and fizzy. The aroma is a grainy. It's the smell you often get walking into a brewery. The flavor is bland, but inoffensive. Just a bit of maltiness, but otherwise this is seltzer water. No bitterness. Maybe a hint of hop flavor. This beer is pretty refreshing, so it gets a high drinkability rating. As a light beer, this is pretty solid, but don't go out of your way for it.

beveragecaptain, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of SetarconeX
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They make beer in Kenya? I had to give it a try.

Nice little color, nice and bubbly, and not as transparent as a lot of other lagers. All of which, in my opinion, in canceled when you take a whiff of the stuff. A relative seemed to enjoy it, comparing it to jasmine. I can see where you could get that, but it would have to be a weird, fermented jasmine.

Decent taste, decently hoppy, without really launching off in any particularly unique directions. I suppose it gets toasty in Kenya, and the beer's supposed to still seem somewhat light and refreshing.

A solid beer, if not overly impressive. Would probably pick it over many of the standard macro lagers. Besides, how often do you find Kenyan beer?

SetarconeX, May 14, 2005
Photo of oberon
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first and only African beer I have tried went in with low expectations and well it was pretty average.Pours a clear straw yellow with a decent head but it is gone in a flash,light iron aromas with some toasted grain but not much to it but it didnt offend me so ok.Taste is light just to watered down there is some graininess but just not enough going on.I could see this beer being chugged in the Kenya heat maybe even the NC heat but no other time,I'll pass again.

oberon, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 mL brown bottle, capped, with Best Before month and year notches on the label.

This lager poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled but clung a bit and left a little lacing. There was a steady bubbling from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very minimal, but improved as the beer warmed to room temperature: a very light biscuity malt aroma. The taste was lightly malty (biscuit) with a light floral hop flavor and very, very light hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with medium body and low carbonation feel. It was relatively clean with a trace of sweetness. This was a decent lager, surprisingly easy to drink.

UncleJimbo, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear lager, pale gold, with a big-bubbled foamy head that didn't last a minute. Buttered corn smell overpowers any grassiness. Honestly, this tasted about like most macros. A solid adjunct lager. The mouthfeel was slightly lighter than I expected, as if water had somehow separated from the beer and remained on the tongue. Unless it is skunked or warm, most adjuncts are relatively easy drinkers. I'll get some of these and have folks over to watch "Hatari!" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro". I heard someone say that Hemingway liked this stuff, so it's only fitting. Bia Y Angu Nchi Yangu -- "My Beer My Country"

pentathlete, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of Shaw
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The owner of my favorite (now closed) beer store loves this lager. He says it's perfect for hot Florida days.

It looks like an adjunct lager: pale yellow with heavy carbonation and a super-white head that turns into just a thin layer of foam in my glass.

There's a slight grassy smell, very light. The taste is like a light European golden lager or pilsener. There's just enough bitterness to balance the light malt flavors. There aren't any off flavors, which is always a good thing.

The body is very, very light. Neal was right: This is a good lawnmower beer. It is superior to the mainstream American lagers and good for drinking on a hot summer day. Coming from Kenya, I see why this beer is the way it is.

Shaw, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of Karyyk
4.18/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Tusker!

I "discovered" this Kenyan lager at an Indian restaurant of all places, and I've been enjoying it ever since.

The smell, while minimal is actually quite nice, vaguely malty sweetness. Taste is great, slightly sweet and very refreshing, with a noticeable taste of sweet malts and honey (even smells of honey...a good thing in this case).

When poured into a glass (the only way I've ever enjoyed a Tusker...most beer is better this way), Tusker offers an abundant head that leaves a noticeable lacing. Mouthfeel is excellent, with a subtle carbonation that almost tickles the tongue, rather than overpower the beer.

Karyyk, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good solid lager; one that I actually enjoy. Nice golden colour, with a thick white head.

Taste is typical lager, but a bit richer. A bit thicker than most lagers I've tried to date.

Nice and refreshing. A beer I enjoy in a style I generally don't enjoy. I'll defintely buy more of this.

BDTyre, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very mild aroma of sweet malt. Now for the taste... the thing I notice first is the carbonation, but in this case that's a good thing. Lots of tiny bubbles that were barely noticeable in the glass are very noticeable in my mouth. A very nice refreshing mouthfeel. Very mild taste... sweet malt, a hint of citrus, spice and herbs... just enough to make this much more tasty than a malt liquor. All said, very refreshing and enjoyable... I'd love to give this to my friends who think Corona is beverage of choice on a hot summer day... this beats it by a mile, and no need for a lime to mask the flavor.

On a pairing note, pairs well with mild, buttery foods like juicy roast chicken or buttery potatoes.

apintofknowledge, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/16/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Medium golden yellow pour with a huge billowing head and light lacing at best.

Smell- Very light smell. If anything scents of malt.

Taste- Very crisp and clean malt taste. Maybe a touch of hop, but hard to tell. A bit grainy and grassy, but very quenching.

Mouthfeel- Great carbonation level and a bit of a full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This one did the trick. It both quenched my thirst and tasted good at the same time. Recommended

GClarkage, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

'Beer Only' is etched onto the bottle.

It pours a pale gold with a foamy collar that leaves lots of lace trails behind. The aroma is very weak with some limpid malt sweetness. The taste is of wet cardboard, grain husks, and stale white bread. The mouthfeel is very watery and theres virtually no hop bitterness. Carbonation is less fizzy than other adjunct lagers. This is an average lager, its definitely more flavorful that Labatt Blue or Bud, but not as flavorful as Becks or Grolsch.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 14, 2004
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.