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

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BA SCORE
70
okay

559 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 340
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, the only other African beer I can remember was from Namibia, and this one is quite a bit better.
Pours a very light golden, clean and clear. Moderate semi-soapy head inches up to about 1 finger, then settles to a very fine collar

Aroma is...not much. And that's good. Well, it's not bad. It lacks to unsavory characteristics of some/most AAL, like stale malt, socks and vinegar. It has a bit of a sweetness and light, very light, caramel. Hint of vague spice

A light flavor profile. Sweet malt, some corn leaves, and light caramel. A quick small burst of hops and some floral spice. All is fleeting, but that's good. The finish has a bit of film on it, but otherwise it does have a zing quality.

Carbonation could use a boost, I think it would help a bit. But not too much bubbles as they would detract from the flavors

Mebuzzard, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear yellow, looks like slightly tinged water. white foamy head.


not much to the smell but some bready malts.
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Thte taste is a lot like a malt liquor, sweet and malty, with some faint hops in the tail end. Really pretty good, id take this over an american adjunct like a miller or miller or bud.

Light beer with modrate crabonation, smooth crisp and refreshing. great on a warm day.

Highly drinkable, smooth, and sweet. easy to chug down and enjoy.

wolfinthemirror, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of saintwarrick
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is there any other reason to drink this beer other than to say "ha, I drank a beer from Kenya." We'll see.

Pours a perfect gold, hazy with what looks like some sediment in it or something. Maybe chill haze. It did not affect the taste or texture of the beer, however. Fizzy head quickly dissipated to leave a faint ring around the glass. Aroma is good, some nice malts overtake the aroma with some faint honey and apples thrown in.

The taste is much better than any macro lager I've ever had over here. A refreshing taste with some spicy bite at the end from the hops.

An all around good lager. The perfect lawnmower beer ... and it's made in Kenya.

saintwarrick, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of ybnorml
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

ybnorml, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of watchnerd
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Regular 12 oz bottle picked up at a European market in Mountain View, CA.

Why is this considered an American Macro Lager? This really needs to be changed to the Euro Pale Lager category, the same category that Heineken is placed in, with which it shares a strong resemblance.

So on the Heineken comparison: it's a light bodied, slightly hoppy lager with a clean, crisp taste. It tastes very much like Heinken, but better, as it lacks the skunky overtones that seem to be so common with Heineken.

Give it a whirl. It probably won't rock your world, but it's a decent lager that is quite drinkable and should go well with food, even if it's a bit forgetable.

watchnerd, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Jimmys
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale gold body. crystal clear. big bubbly white head. retention is reasonable and the lacing

S: honey. sweet grain. oh so slightly toasted. a mild vanilla.

T: chewy bit of base malt. corn. a little bit of earthy hop flavor, but fleeting at best. finish is clean and dry.

M: could use a touch more carbonation. light bodied.

D: as far as an adjunct lagers go, this one is okay. good nose and flavor, considering what little there is to start with.

Jimmys, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. 1/2 inch head with a vigorous pour that settles quickly into a thin layer of tiny bubbles. Malty smell with skunky hops throughout. Relatively active carbonation rising through the pale, yet saturated hue of yellow. The first sip was actually better than I had expected. Big malty flavor and a slightly thick and creamy mouthfeel. The aftertaste has a little tinge to it, but overall I thought this beer was way better than most American/Canadian macro lagers.

Rudgers73, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of KeefD
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of Jan '09. Pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a nice amount white foam that slowly recedes leaving behind little lacing. Smell is of some sweet malt and not much else. Taste is surprisingly refreshing and quite nice for this style. It's simple, yet good. Some lightly toasted malt, small amount of spiciness, tiny notes of fruitiness, and a very light hop character. Slightly sweet up front, dry on the finish, crisp, and decent carbonation. Easily drinkable, and a great session macro-style lager. An all around nice beer, and my first from Africa. I'd take this over any BMC AML any day.

KeefD, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Musky
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager pours a nice clear birght yellow with a massive head that lefts it's mark as it was consumed. Fruity/Floral sweet smell with a little vienna malt aroma (probably not vienna but that is what it smells like). Heavier on the tongue that most lagers with a nice malt character to it. The hops are very well balanced with plenty of malt to back it up. A clean and tangy taste with a kind of dry aftertaste. A good example of the lager style.

Musky, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

DrJay, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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 1759Girl
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it's the history (read your Hemingway, and you can't escape mention of this beer), or maybe it's just that after a hot day on safari, you just want something crisp and refreshing... I don't know what it is, but I wanted nothing more than a Tusker (and an odd G&T, admittedly) most days in Kenya... Or perhaps a Tusker Malt. I digress...
On to the review...

Appearance> Clear, golden yellow. Very lively. Big, white, foamy head with large bubbles. Good lacing. Pretty par for course for a good lager.

Smell>cereal. Nothing special, but luckily nothing bad.

Taste> Balanced. Refreshing. Not very complex. Great start, slightly bitter, but crisp with a soft hang that doesn't linger long.

Mouf>effervescent. okay.

Drinkability> Really. There are worse lagers out there.

1759Girl, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

tdm168, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of klimoja
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

klimoja, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of DeanFan
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

DeanFan, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of evlu1441
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer I've had from the African Continent. I really like the label and bottle cap.

It pours a light golden colour with a thin head. I'm surprised at the good head retention!

The smell is light and grainy, but pleasant.

The flavour is pretty good! It's very light, but all the good things about a light beer! there is a very slight hop flavour with a slightly dry finish. Very fine carbonation make this a really smooth drink.

Overall, this is a really refreshing beer, and I can imagine that it's incredibly satisfying on a hot Kenyan afternoon. If this was slightly cheaper, I'd drink it all the time in the summer!

evlu1441, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Jerseyislandbeer, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

jerefreakinmiah, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of RobertJBeer
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

RobertJBeer, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Kuongming
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Kuongming, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before January 22 2013. I've sort of wanted to try this for a while simply because I've never had African beer, but by the time I came to it on the shelf I always already had a bunch of other Euro lagers I wanted to try in my basket - and the 3+ dollar price tag was also a slight turnoff. But I am a ticker with an itch, so I was bound to get this eventually.

Pours a familiar pale golden-yellow colour, completely clear and highly effervescent. Good, attractive head, especially for the style - big, puffy and pillowy, and it leaves behind lots of webby lacing on the glass as it gradually dies down over the next minute or two to a thin, even cap that remains for much of the drink. Looks really tasty - but the aroma isn't nearly as enticing, differing little from most of the other examples of this style. It is subdued, grainy, a little sweet, and wholly uninteresting. Decent for the style.

Relatively approachable taste. Lots of bready malts, some grainy sweetness with a bit of an adjunct twang. Given the style, I can't really fault it for that - it's not offputting but it's definitely a bit corny. There is a light brush of grassy hop dryness toward the end of the sip, but the aftertaste is mostly adjunct and malt sweetness. Acceptable balance, enough to maintain the inherent refreshing/crisp quality of the style, and certainly not cloying or unappealing. Light-bodied and watery, with relatively mild carbonation for a pale lager. I might have served this a bit too warm, but it's still enjoyable.

Final Grade: 3.5, a surprisingly solid B. I actually rather like Tusker Lager, and I may just get it again some time. It is a fine example of how even this comparatively bland style of beer can be enjoyable, and even charming in its simplicity when done correctly. No, it's nothing to write home about - but it is still a quality quaff, at least to me. Perfect for the patio.

[Updated April 12 2014]

Another bottle. I've been drinking pale yellow fizzy adjunct lagers for basically a decade now, and as with my original review I still feel Tusker is one of the better examples I've tried. The only issue? It's just too expensive to be worth it. If money were no object then this would be a staple in my summer beer fridge, but until then I probably won't bother frequently.

thehyperduck, Jun 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

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Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.