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

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583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 20.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | 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 WesWes
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours an almost clear pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is weak and almost non-existant. What little there was smelled of pale malts and little else. The taste is less than average. It is quite watery and bitter. It has little malt flavor, but does go down smooth. The mouthfeel is lacking. I feel like one of those dudes in the Miller Lite commercials; "I can't taste my beer!!!!" It is a low bodied beer with decent carbonation. This beer sucks. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of mschofield
2.23/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden with a three finger stark white foamy head.
Light sulfur, sweet malt, a little bit of lemon and grass in the aroma.
Metallic taste, light malt.
Light and thin bodied, it comes across kind of like unskunked heineken. I imagine it would be rather drinkable in an incredibly hot and humid area. Nothing special, just about Bud/Miller range, but how often would I have a beer from Kenya. Worth buying once just for that fact.

mschofield, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of JustinBathurst
2.13/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an ever-so-slightly green yellow (I even consulted some others in the room to make sure I hadn't lost my mind). The head poured nicely despite having a very-soapy appearance, but dissapated very quickly. It smells like my bottled was slightly skunked.

The taste is very thin and watered-down. The mouthfeel is oddly slick. I detect a slight copper and a little bit of hops shining through. Not much of an aftertaste, but on the other hand, not much taste either.

There's just something off about this beer. I can't say I'd ever have it again or recommend it. Far too expensive at the LCBO for this--$2.85 Canadian per bottle.

JustinBathurst, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Kenyan beer Tusker turned out to be pretty much what I expected. This is a another tropical climate beer that is cheaply made, but it would be an easily drinkable beer if the situation saw fit. A bit unremarkable, but not revolting.

Tusker pours a light yellow color with a decent foam head that lasts for around 35 seconds. The smell reminds me a bit of a euro-lager (even though it's brown bottled). Some skunk, along with some musty/soapy/grainy adjunct smells. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. The flavor has a hint of sweetness. Mostly grain/adjunct flavors here, slightly husky with some soapy qualities to it. Corn is detectable here as well. I couldn't taste any actual hop presence though, so it finishes out watery. There are grainy flavors in the aftertaste, and a burnt corn flavor lingers for a moment or two. This beer finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This isn't a beer I would actively seek out by any means. It's cheap and adjuncty, and I could pick dozens of American macros if I wanted that in a beer. Overall, just plain and unexciting.

Beastdog75, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cracked the bottle open and instant skunk aroma came out. luckily (and strangely) it disappeared for the most part shortly thereafter. this one pours a pale straw yellow colour witha nice white frothy head that dissolves rather quickly to a lasting lace with surprising stickiness. the smell did retain a bit of the skunkiness, but aside from that, there wasn't much else in the smell department, save for maybe some grain and hop smells. the taste is again grain and hop, though mostly watered down, yet crisp and refreshing without being overly carbonated. there's a bit of a sweet aftertaste that did not compliment the dry finish so much. a slightly below average yet still drinkable lager.

SixpointJMH, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of grynder33
2.2/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light colored, bubbly big headed pour. Very light hop aroma, bubbles disappeared quickly on tongue leaving a flat feel on the mouth. Light hop tastedisappeared quickly, not much aftertaste. Wonn't buy again, won't recommenend it to anyone.I'm stunned that Bob Klein so highly regards this stuff.

grynder33, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of rastaman
1.68/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wasn't expecting much. Thin, light, some light dry grassy hops, boring and bland, but easy to drink, generally inofensive, but entirely bland and pretty boring in the end, so crisp refreshing notes in the finish, wouldn't drink it again, unless i went to Kenya or something..

rastaman, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very light gold color, medium head. Aroma is a little hoppy and something else..corn? A light tasting lager. Mild tasting, a little sweet and grassy. Slight hop bite. Not a good beer, but it at least drinkable. Mouthfeel is rather thin. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is neutral. Best Kenyan beer (1) I've tasted.

beerguy101, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of TerryW
2/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow with a rough white head. Nothing special to look at. Gives up a little bit of lace as you go.

Sharp and bitter, quite watery in nature. Nothing special comes out of the glass at you by way of taste or aroma. A slightly sweet lemony smell can be detected early on. Gives way to bread or grain.

Unmemorable.

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TerryW, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of bditty187
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light yellow hue, little animation, thick/chunky white head with good retention, soapy residue produces a reasonable amount of lace. The nose was completely uninviting (damn near foul)… adjunct plagued, very sweet, husky and grainy… thankfully it lacks potency. The palate is similar to the bouquet (sweet, grainy, husky), a dry finish and crisp carbonation helps cut through the sweetness/grain. Any influence of hops is minimal, trace element of hay and grass. As for the malt, it’s absent. Slightly tacky finish, the aftertaste is lightly sweet. Medium body, thin but not watery. This is not a bad beer by any means, just don’t be fooled by the “exotic” location, it is a standard pale lager… you’ve had it before.

bditty187, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of Garin
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks fine... A nice lemony straw yellow, with a decent creamy head that hangs around for a bit before it leaves a touch of lacing.

The aroma is a bit understated. There is a faint whiff of yeasty "beeriness" with some lemon.

As for flavour, well, I was really searching here for any flavour at all. Again I found the nondescript "beeriness", with some lemony flavours. It's so weak tasting that it's hard to describe it any better than that. There is very little sweetness, very little bitterness/hops/malt, very little of anything really.

In the mouth, it feels relatively nice. The carbonation is crisp and refreshing, and the body is smooth and easy-drinking. So score one for mouthfeel!

As for overall drinkability, well, it's refreshing, light, and crisp. But I can barely tell it's beer. If it is served really cold, it seems to go well with spicy food on a hot, hot day. When it warms beyond "cold", it becomes insipid.

Garin, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly translucent golden body with a thick white head. The head fades quickly, but the effervescense of the beer never quits until the glass is empty. The smell was very tempting with a pleasant hop presence. Unfortunately, the look and smell of this beer were the best part. It's bland to the tongue, blah to the mouth. Calling it Kenya's version of Budweiser is too mean, but I could probably reproduce the flavor of this beer by mixing Singha, Budweiser, and water. Still, it quenches the thirst and goes great with the muggy weather here on a Georgia summer night.

jlervine, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a yellow color with a moderate head and minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very pleasing, but not too bad. The flavor is respectable, but nothing special and the aftertaste is a little bitter. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

clvand0, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took a stab at this one as it was something new at my local pub. I wish I had started with this one, its subtle yet refreshing. Very active carbonation that started with an F4 classification, and gradually moved its way down. Light in color, mouthfeel, and character. Somewhat pungent nose and aftertaste that is bothering me a little bit, but overall, this exceeds my expecations as my first 'african beer'.

TripelJ, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
4.47/5  rDev +48%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow, with a white head that receded quickly, but leaves a little bit of lace on the glass. Aroma of lemon is evident. Highly carbonated, with a clean finish. Definetly a thirst quenching brew. I could sit and drink this all night! A real session beer.

Indybeer, May 31, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml can, claims to have won over 15 monde selection gold medals around the rim. Pours out a light clear straw colour, no real head and no head retention to speak of. Smell is sweet and bread-like, malt content has obviously been given the throne over hops in this lager. It shows in the flavour. Sweet, a little lemony, a tad yeasty, this is hot, hot weather beer. A little crisp with no discernable aftertaste. All in all though it is not very impressive.

IronDjinn, May 24, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
1.73/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I would drink this beer if I was on safari in Africa, but not otherwise. And what is up with the label/name? Is this the preferred beer of poachers everywhere? Light and clear gold color with a medium thin white head. No lacing and mild effervescence. Weak grass and hops aroma with a hint of skunk. Light bodied and highly carbonated, the flavor is very mild and unremarkable. Crisp finish with a watery aftertaste.

Dogbrick, May 08, 2003
Photo of brakspear
3.78/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pale lager, with a fair malt aroma, average taste and excellent thirst-quenching ability.

This lager pours a nice golden straw color with a billowing white head, but limited lacing.

The aroma is a very pleasing malty biscuity nose with very little hop presence noted or needed.

The tase is a bit bland, malt is present, but there is a bit of a puckering dryness, perhaps from adjuncts? The hop bitterness is minimal and far towards the finish. The mouthfeel seems a tad too watery as well.

This is definitely a lager I will come back to...I believe it would be excellent in the summer months.....

brakspear, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"From Kenya?", I thought. I just had to try this. Poured a nice golden yellow with a medium head. The taste was surprisingly crisp, with subtle hops, and a citric quality. Very refreshing, a good "summer" brew, probably because Kenya is in perpetual summer. A little on the exspensive side at $2.79 for 500 ml, but the price was worth it to taste what they are drinking in Africa.

bewareOFpenguin, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of paceyourself
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The pour produced a soft white head on top of a very clear golden brew with a extremely active carbonation. This lager is pretty much what i expected, not aroma or taste. The aroma of lemon and coriander are weak. Buttery grain and citrus flavors don't impress. I was surprised by the busy carbonation giving a gentle creamy mouthfeel.

paceyourself, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of canadianbarman
3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

--Beer poured a nice clear, straw like color. Nice head that diminished fairly quickly.
--This was my first try of a beer from Kenya so I was pretty pumped. Like all Beer Advocates it is fun to try a beer you have never tried before but even better to try a country you have never tried. I was very impressed with this beer. It was fairly mainstream and nothing spectacular, but it went down smooth and quenched my thirst. Would drink again.
Thx.

canadianbarman, Mar 11, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first impression of this brew was that of lemons, and that from the initial aroma which was quicky reinforced by the taste..
The colour is a rich golden hue and cloudy..the body is thin and the carbonation is more than ample..
Initial lemony taste which is quickly repaced with bland..
Not impressive..

Shiloh, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not the Tusker Premium Lager... it's the export version of the regular Tusker Lager with the black, white and yellow label depicting an elephant in profile. It has a standard neck label rather than the gold foil of the "Premium Lager". It's strength is only 4.2% compared to the 5.0% of the "Premium", and it's starting gravity is lower at 1038 vs 1044. In addition to it's slightly thinner body, it's also much less hoppy in the nose. The adjunct is sugar, and it appears to be utilized at a much higher rate than the Premium's 10%.

Legend has it that this beer was named after an angry bull elephant that trampled to death one of the two brothers (George Hurst in 1923) that founded the brewery. It was reported to be Ernest Hemingway's favorite beer, and it's the largest selling beer in Kenya.

It pours a clear straw-gold body topped by a full and creamy bright-white head that holds fairly well before dropping, and leaves some nice lace. The bouquet expresses a grainy malt sweetness with some mild grassy and floral hoppiness in the background. The body is thin but exceptionally smooth across the palate with a fine carbonation. The palate is limited to a gently sweet maltiness that's obviously thinned by a liberal use of adjunct; and balanced by an understated bitterness. Some minor floral hop flavor is present if you seek it out, but doesn't present itself otherwise. It finishes short and sweet, just vanishing from the palate in much the same way it came in. It's a teasing beer that continually leaves you looking for more, which adds to it's drinkability but not much else. It's refreshing and light - easy to drink, but lacking in character.

NeroFiddled, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light straw yellow color with a moderate white head. Light malt aroma and a very light hop aroma (Hallertau and Styrians from what I understand). Very light flavor and almost devoid of taste. Light and very thin with a crisp dry finish.

Not a bad hangover beer for the first New Year's Day football game.

[16.9 oz/500ml bottle] Label states: Gravity 1037-1039

Best before: June, '03
Tasted: 01/01/03

RBorsato, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, blossoming, sturdy ,crackling head. Transparent, yellow hue. Aroma is fresh, floral, honeyish, zesty and uplifting. Taste is clean, light bodied, everything one expects from a decent lager. A bit like SingHa, actually. This must go down well in African heat, just as perfectly intelligent North American beer fans will quaff a Crud Light or Swiller Genuine Crap in the summertime.
Slightly different than I remember this from 3 years ago, when last it was available in MN. A label change, not for the better, it appears, put it in limbo, and all the while my customers at the African restaurant and nightclub whose bar I manage demanded Tusker's whereabouts. I found a bottle in Portland, OR and got it's former distributor on the case. Our African customers normally go for Guinness, Extra Stout (NOT "Draught" )or Heineken, and little else. The Kenyans will switch to Tusker, but our main sales will be to the curious CaucasianAmericans, anxious to try something on the exotic side, only to find it's largely like all the decent lagers they've had before.
Not bad, though!

feloniousmonk, Nov 26, 2002
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
71 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.