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

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70
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558 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +25%

Alek, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +25%

IowaBiertrinker, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of jackndan
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tusker, from Kenya: Very pale, absolutely clear beer from Africa in a brown half liter bottle. Best buy/by day clearly shown on the label (4/03). Very white, thick creamy head. Very little aroma, if any it’s slightly skunky. The first taste was quite a nice surprise, no euro-lager taste at all, rather it has a very nice bread malt flavor, with a crisp hop bite and a clean aftertaste. Very light bodied, and very easy to drink. Wow, I wish I had found this nice lager while the heat was on, particularly at $2 bucks a bottle.

jackndan, Sep 03, 2002
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking directly from a 500-ml bottle.

Appearance - brown bottle with interesting label featuring an elephant's head. Extended stubby-style bottle does decant the beer a little as I progressed with it.

Smell - clean, grainy smell. Fresh malt attributes.

Taste - again, clean, crisp taste. This beer was exceptionally cold, a degree or 2 above freezing. Some of the flavour took a little bit to come out. Fairly subtle alcohol as it's a low 4.2%.

Mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing feel and excellent when served as cold as I had it.

Drinlability - we've got a winner here! This satisfies very well when you're thirsty and you could pound a few litres of this away without getting messy. I would go for this whenever convenient to do so. Recommended.

DoctorStrangiato, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of beerme626
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Beltway Liquors, in Baltimore, poured into a Weizen glass

A: Beautiful lager appearance. Nice and yellow/amber, with an impressive two-and-a-half head and champagne bubbles. Looks nice.

S: A bit farmhouse-y, but not hoppy like a farmhouse IPA. Barley clearly present.

T: Average+ lager. Better than, say, Miller, and better than most developing countries' lagers I've had, i.e. Latin American ones.

M: Pleasant bubbles and mild taste = refreshing, if simple

O: Comparing to other foreign lagers, excellent. NOT WORTH the 3.49 a bottle, but still very good!

beerme626, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
First beer from this Kenyan brewery with a black elephant on the front logo sticker...
An aggressive pour yielded a light, lucid, golden-colored hue with minimal lacing and a very minor head...
Sweet, corn and grain-dominated aroma with hints of honey...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with an ultra-sweet, yet crisp and refreshing after taste... Candy sugars dance on the tongue, and the modest 4.2% ABV makes this an easily drinkable beer...
Not bad...

dsa7783, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Enola
3.68/5  rDev +22.7%
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 johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Andover Liquors
Pour a crystal clear golden straw color with a decent sized tightly bubbled white head that dissipates quickly to a faint cap on top. Aromas of sweet grainy honey like pilsner malt and a faint floral hop. I'm a bit surprised that the aroma is so damn inviting. The flavor is lightly sweet and honey like with some faint earthy spicy hop to balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and slick sugary water mouthfeel. Very nice example of a pale lager, I could see some of these on a warm summer day.

johnnnniee, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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
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3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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
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3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Tusker pours a clear medium straw in color and yields a thin white head. Retention was brief but a surface film lingered longer than expected, yielding some spotty lacing.

Standard cereal grains, barley and rice, on the nose though seems to offer a bit more in body than your typical Adjunct. Hints of Euro. hops hide in the shadows, perhaps some light wheat.

Taste is fairly good. Slightly rich in malts and with a decent body, offering a bit of breadiness on the tongue and with a slightly chewy but short lived finish.

Another example of an 'American Adjunct Lager' done better by non-Americans. 'Named after George Hurst a co-founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, who was killed by an elephant during a hunting expedition in 1923.'

HalfFull, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow brew.

Smell is lots of big grain smells and hay.

Taste is mildly sweet and grain with a strong hay/smoke flavor. It is good in a rustic untamed way. Taste is of Wild wheat and Barley. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable, EXTREMELY well suited to eating wild game dishes like Antelope.

Zorro, Mar 22, 2004
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3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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
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3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, A beer named after an elephant that killed George Hurst. Interesting.

Poured from the brown heavy duty body into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date of Apr 09 stamped on the bottle.

A - Poured a clear and very pale straw yellow in color, topped with a bright white head. The head receded to a thin cap fairly quickly but left some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Lemongrass and a bit of grain. Seems like I'm detecting a buttery diacetyl note as well. Smells a lot better than I would have expected from a Kenyan brewery...smells better than most American Adjunct Lagers that I've had in the past.

T & M - The buttery Diacetyl I smelled in the nose comes across a lot larger in the taste. The lemongrass almost takes a back seat to it. There is also just the slightest hop bite on the back end to make things interesting. Thin mouthfeel (as expected) and it finishes fairly clean, except for a little diacetyl for aftertaste.

D - This one surprised me. I'm not a fan of the American Adjunct style of brewing, but if I did have to drink it, I think I would choose Tusker. This has been a pleasant surprise, from a country that I didn't think would surprise me.

drizzam, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of racer2k
3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in both a bottle and plastic cup. Enjoyed the beer in the plastic cup.

A- Lots of froth on the head with good retention in my cup. medium yellow color with good carbonation

S- Malt, corn, grains, with a light floral hop presence

T- A malty flavor with a light touch of hops. This is a surprisingly balanced beer that is buttery on the finish.

M- Light body with good carbonation

D- Decent beer for an adjunct lager. Good session beer and one that I would drink again

racer2k, Jul 03, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light yellow color with a pleasant, bubbly white head. Smell was fairly average and mild: some grainy malts and a little grassy hops. The taste had malts up front that were kind of bready, plus hops that were a little earthy and tangy, leaving a light zing at the end. A tad watery, a dry finish, but the taste was what a light macro lager should be: crisp and freshing.

micahgoldfus, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of funkengruven
3.63/5  rDev +21%
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.

funkengruven, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet grainy malt and corn

T - Like the smell sweet malt and corn flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - For what it is its not all that bad and pretty much fits the style its a decent tasting lager that's refreshing if you haven't had an African beer yet this is one to try

armock, Nov 17, 2010
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3.61/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY. First beer drank from Africa!

Pours an effervescent, fizzy, golden yellow, classic adjunct lager look. A big 2.5 inch fizzy head forms.

Doesn't smell like a whole lot, smells like sweet grain, with a bit of corniness, and the slightest bit of grassiness.

Nice little bite up front, a kiss of hops, but the bite mostly comes from the carbonation. Finishes a bit sweet and corny. For an adjunct lager, this isn't half bad, honestly. I'd get it again.

Light bodied, slightly thicker body than typical for the style. High carbonation, very refreshing and drinkable.

I'm surprised at how tasty this was.

GreesyFizeek, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of thekanna
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, pale yellow into a stein with a thick, frothy white head that, surprisingly enough, dissipated quickly.

S: Some malty sweetness and honey; generically clean.

T: Strong honey malts hit the palate, followed by a slight bit of astringency and medicinal hops.

M: Light to a fault; very thin and watery with not enough carbonation to compensate.

D: The sweet honey flavor of the malts make this a very drinkable and refreshing beer; I can see myself having this with Ethiopian food.

thekanna, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Montee
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a 12oz that I picked up from Beverage Warehouse in Culver City.

This is a very drinkable beer.

Goes down quite smooth.

The taste is inoffensive.

To me I do not care what a beer smells like, or looks like. What matters is its taste.

This one tastes good..

Would buy again.

Montee, Jul 29, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev +20%
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 Hopfenpeter
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first African beer!
Showed a very light gold in color with white head building about half an inch, dissipating fast leaving some lacing on the glass.
smell is light malt flavor, maybe hint of honey, little hop.
Very light taste of the same. a little doughy, but actually very refreshing taste and good carbonation.
Considering where it is mostly consumed, a perfect brew for hot climates to quench thirst. very light and smooth, therefore very drinkable. Over all a interesting different kind of beer.

Hopfenpeter, Feb 05, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this pool-side at Walt Disney's Kadani Village Resort. As such, this beer was consumed from a plastic cup.

Pours a straw-yellow with a fair amoutn of carbonation, with a white head that disipates to a thin white sheen.

Smells sweet, like orange blossoms and honey, with definite floral notes to it. Very nice smelling!

This is a smooth tasting beer, especially as it was served nice and cold. Very refreshing in the late June Florida heat. Crisp and light, with very little in the way of complexity. Some grassiness, slight malt. Very little of the smell translates to the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, light.

Overall, very drinkable and refreshing, which is good for a Kenyan beer. However, at $6 a pop poolside in Disney, it will be my last.

TheHoppiest, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(purchased at Binny's Beverage, Marcey St., CHI - no freshness date - poured into a half pint)

A: pale, faded, corn gold color... relatively clear... good bit of white foam forms on the pour, holding longer than expected, leaving a cap riddled with big bubbles

S: sweetish malt with shades of pancake... not all that different from your average mass-produced lager

T: basic pale lager taste with some interesting nuances... no clear cut indication anywhere whether this is all-malt or not, but it sort of tastes like it could be... corn muffin, shortbread flavors, light toasted notes... no hops, minimal balancing bitterness

M: feels like an all-malt lager, a bit fuller than a rice or corn beer... clean, soft, mellow... no bite

O: pretty decent... wouldn't mind drinking a few of these if it was the only thing around

Bouleboubier, Jul 27, 2014
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.