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

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BA SCORE
71
okay

582 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 582
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 jzlyo
3/5  rDev -0.7%

jzlyo, Jul 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

thufflife, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of kyle86
3/5  rDev -0.7%

kyle86, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of robertgurley
3/5  rDev -0.7%

robertgurley, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of WoostaBia
3/5  rDev -0.7%

WoostaBia, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Johnct
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Johnct, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -0.7%

rderedin, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of SkinniePost
3/5  rDev -0.7%

SkinniePost, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of MikeRa
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a nice golden color with a head that laces the glass

S: A corn smell with some grainy edge to it

T: Taste of some sweet malt with a hint of corn

M: This beer has some carbonization and goes down smooth

D: This is a beer that I will drink again. It is a good African beer

MikeRa, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of charlesjwinkler
3/5  rDev -0.7%

charlesjwinkler, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of pmcadamis
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this African brew while doing some midnight grilling with friends.

A - Golden bronze yellow with a one and half finger head of foamy white suds. A small amount of lace is left on the glass, and head retention is not the greatest, but it sticks around for a while.

S - Grainy malt, gentle honeycomb, and some laid back herbal/grassy hops. The hops are just barely there, but provide a bit of aromatic balance to the predominately malty notes.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Malty honey and cereal grains with a gentle touch of dried hay hops.

M - Light bodied....maybe a little bit thicker than a pils. Moderate carbonation and a pleasant waxy finish with a little more hoppage. Nice.

D - This basic but tasty lager went well with some big sausages and turkey dogs. Nothing special going on here, but it's a very respectable if a bit basic lager. If this is classified as an American Macro, then it's probably about the best AML that I've ever had.

pmcadamis, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of scaliasux
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Amalak
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this at Stout, which is right by MSG in NYC. I figured when else am I going to get to try out a Kenyan beer? This wasn't too bad. Quite malty and somewhat sour.

It was a dull yellow in color with a thick foamy head and average lace. Malt scent to it. Very dry taste to it. Not bad at all, but doesn't really do anything for me, either.

Amalak, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden, very little head even with a roughish pour, and no retention. Almost fascinatingly little foam (read: none) after a very short while. Lazy bubbles.

S: Mild barley. Nothing else.

T: Barley, malt, other cheap grains. Has a lingering aftertaste, not sure if that is a good thing or not.

M: Light body and carbonation should equal refreshing, but that aftertaste cancels it out.

O: An expensive PBR. I have a fond memory of this beer from college, but upon a real reflection of it I realize that it just isn't that great of a brew. I think I'll pass on it next time I see one and leave that memory (mostly) untarnished.

1000lbgrizzly, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of beveragecaptain
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
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 fullsweep
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Thick, frothy head of about 2.5 fingers. Off-white foam sits atop a very pale yellow beer.

Grassy grains and a mild hint of coconut in the aroma. These disappear into the pour.

Sweet grains (and perhaps some adjuncts?) in the taste with a mild bitterness on the finish. There are some unusual flavors here that I don't recall having elsewhere. I wasn't sure what to expect from a Kenyan beer, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking--very thin and light, but not necessarily in a good way.

Wouldn't refuse if offered, but won't seek out either.

fullsweep, May 05, 2009
Photo of Retroman40
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just a nice change of pace. Very pale in color and certainly with a hint of adjuncts in both the aroma and taste. The mouthfeel is quite neutral with sufficient carbonation. Overall nothing particularly special but certainly worth a try.

Retroman40, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The mythical beer of Hemingway and safaris finally makes it to my lips...

$3.99 for a 500 ml bottle at Liquorama in Upland, CA. Manufacturing date 31May05 15-09 (whatever that means), Exp date 31May06 TL 03, purchase and consumption date 12/06. Whoo boy- how do they allow old beer to be sold?

Seriosuly, I knew a friend was looking to try this, so I gave it a go. Pours a very pale yellow with a decent head but kinda fomay looking. Aroma is of cooked corn and breakfast grains, with just the lightest kiss of hop bites.

The flavor is refreshing and very lemony. Not too bad, I have had much worse in this category. I'd love to try it fresh and on tap. There is minor sweetness and white bread behind the lemon zest. No real hops.

Somewhat watery, but clean and refreshing. Not bad, I've had worse, but not exciting either.

Dukeofearl, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of bmwats
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Transparent, hay colored hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Rising effervescence. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Pungent malt. A little peanut, and rubber.

T: Pale malt with a slight synthetic sweetness, and soapiness.

M: Crisp and fairly light. Sticky and washed out.

D: Session lager.

Atmosphere is decent. Light hue, nice head, and thick lacing. Nose is pungent and nutty. Pale and washed out malt with a synthetic sweet/soapy palate. Overall, this is a pretty average quaff.

bmwats, May 18, 2013
Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
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 cpanossian
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle date stamped mfg 31 Jan 08 exp 31 Jan 09. Maybe I'm a little late on this bottle? Poured into a tall clear glass - proud puffy multi-finger head. Extremely pale yellow color. Light aroma of hops and barley. Very watery with little carbonation, very simple tasting character - not much flavor or taste, just basic thirst quenching stuff. Very innocuous brew that could probably fit in very well with other TV beers (I'd rather drink Tusker than those any day.) Very simple stuff here - try it for the novelty but not much else.

cpanossian, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of abcsofbeer
2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I read a review somewhere that this was a pretty decent beer and I figured the national beer of Kenya, what the hell. Comes in a large brown bottle with April 04 freshness date.

Pours a pale yellow with a good deal of carbonation and a decent white head. Lace is minimal to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is kind of grassy or straw-like. The taste is much the same, kind of grassy with a small afterbite that you can taste on the roof of the mouth. This is not a bad beer, but more average than anything.

abcsofbeer, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of inebrius
2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fluffy white head to rival the snows of Kiliminjaro. A pallid gold. A soft wind whispers aromas of distant hayfields and spun sugar. A malt and hop symmetry at once right and good but quickly lost to a sickly corn aftertaste that lingers badly. A wholly average lager, but likely top notch when on safari in the green hills of Africa.

inebrius, Oct 18, 2002
Photo of rtratzlaff
2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light straw with a small white head that dissipated and left slight lacing.

Smells were slightly sweet malt, herbal hops.

Taste was along the same lines but underwhelming. The hop character was herbal and did keep it from being completely boring. A decent beer, but why pay more for something so mediocre.

rtratzlaff, May 12, 2008
Photo of ckollias
2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace whatsoever.

S: Very faint nose here – mild grains and hops.

T: Slightly bitter and sweet lager. A little tart up front with some mild grain flavor and finishes a little dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a pretty forgettable Lager. It was crisp and refreshing but nothing I would grab again. Although I am pretty sure this would be refreshing on a hot day in Africa.

ckollias, Feb 27, 2012
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
71 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.