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

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70
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632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website
Kenya

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB date of April 2011. I picked this up from my local off-licence as they like to sell a range of beer cheaply.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale straw colour with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. A finger of foamy white head which lasts for a minute before subsiding to leave a thin surface film. Smells of grainy malt and little else.

Taste is clean and crisp. Light malt and slight bitterness, somewhat grainy. Slightly dry mouthfeel from the carbonation. Not much else to be said really - it just doesn't have that much character.

A bit uneventful - it's rather bland. This probably goes down better in a hot climate where you want something refreshing, but it doesn't do much for me.

Photo of TheBrewo
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Our pour reveals a crystal clear, pale straw colored brew, with highly active carbonation. The white two finger head is somewhat resilient, and clings to the glass' walls. The aroma is metallic and malty. It does, however, hide some subtle notes reminiscent of apple juice. The players from the nose come through fully in the taste, which begins with a hollow, tinny assault on the taste buds. The sip peaks with a light malty sweetness, leaving a thin appley taste through the end of the swallow. This brew is thin bodied and overly carbonated, and while it has a standard abv, its drinkability is somewhat diminished.

Overall, when we were drinking this brew we kept saying "apple juice". It packs a light punch in the flavor department, and the overwhelming carbonation leaves the drinker somewhat burpy and unsatisfied.

Photo of notchucknorris
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale golden color color with a very thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet and grainy with some boiled corn and a little honey. Yeast creeps in the more the beer warms.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. Lots of grain, some butter, corn, yeast and a bit of malt. Not exactly a clean finish. Kind of a lingering, yeasty flavor at the end. Yuck.

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.

Photo of Garin
2.59/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
2.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight skunky nose. Starts sweet, hops are hidden, not an American lager, sweet corn finish, would make a good lawn mower beer. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of fsvan
2.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Pale, golden straw. Minimal barely off white head that dissipates quickly and cleanly.

S- A fair amount of bready malts. Really clean for an adjunct lager. No corn, funkiness you think of with Heineken or Bud or the like. No real hop presence. Almost smells like a marzen.

T- There's that adjunctiness that the smell is lagging. The bready malts are gone, replaced with corn like notes. Not strong, but not pleasant. Not really much else to say.

M- Very light. Slight tingle from the carbonation.

O- Not a horrible adjunct lager, but not very good either, certainly not at the price of $2.50 a bottle. I admittedly bought this as a bit of a novelty having never had an African brewed beer and really liking the cap to add to the collection. That being said, this is a one and done for sure.

Photo of deciding39
2.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw color with one finger head. Shrinks to a thin film with nice lacing.

S: VERY clean...very little aroma to mention. Slight scent of grain with a barely detectable herbal hop note.

T: Crisp, cracker-like grain flavor. Very little malt character. There is virtually no hop flavor, although a slight herbal hop bitterness becomes present with the finish. Finishes dry. Overall, a little bland.

M & D: Light bodied with strong carbonation. The sensation on the palate is a little thin. Very drinkable, but there's not much complexity here to entice me to drink more than one or two. This beer definitely has two things going for it though - it's damn refreshing and not offensive in the least. I guess I was just hoping for a little more flavor and aroma.

Photo of witster18
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not a bad lager.
a grassy astringency early quickly leaves as there is little to no aftertaste. consistant for the style but WAY overpriced. A little hops can be detected....early...underwhelming but probobly a touch better in taste and distinction than most massprolag's Bought on a recommendation....but I cannot give the same recommendation because this is overpriced and only slighty above average. warsteiner meets budweiser. perhaps the most overpriced beer of all time!

Photo of DogFood11
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
2.64/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Weak beer, but not the worst of the bunch. All countries suffer from adjunct lager syndrome apparently.

Photo of JoeVenito
2.64/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For my first review, I thought I'd go with something that I've wanted to try for a while - Tusker Lager. I've never had an African beer before, so let's try it out.

Appearance - 2.0: I like the lighter ales, but this isn't golden, it isn't yellow. It's not opaque, it's not even translucent. Something about a transparent beer with hops rushing to the head reminds me of a low quality American beer (I won't mention any names) and throws me off. Pours into my Irish mug with just a hint of a head.

Smell - 3.0: Weak smell, which is better than a bad smell, but gives no real indication of what to expect. I can live with that, except that here, as is usual, it predicates a weak beer. On smell alone, though, nothing to complain about.

Taste - 2.0: This beer fails the real test. It reminds me of a weak American beer, made from cheaper ingredients. It's got no personal style to separate it from any other brew. There is a touch of sweetness to it that it's a shame they didn't capitalize on more.

Mouthfeel - 3.0: Very light, low on acidity, seems low on carbonation, designed to appeal to the highest amount of people.

Drinkability - 3.5: A lot of this is thanks to mouthfeel. It's got an inoffensive taste, the proof isn't painful, it's easy on the mouth, so it's a pretty drinkable beer.

All in all, this isn't a beer to avoid at all costs, but it's nothing to get your hopes up about, either. It's designed, like I said, to appeal to the highest number of people, so a lot of the qualities that could make it stand out are diluted. That said, I'm sure Africa has better beers that I look forward to trying.

Photo of Cresant
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on June 22 2006. Body was clear, pale yellow. One finger of head faded but left sporadic lacing down the entire glass.

Smelled like soyburgers(?!?). Corn on the cob sweet. Pleasantly sour.

Tasted tart. Corn syrup sweetness. Interesting grain/malt flavor. Corn husks.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a slightly raspy finish. Medium body. I'm glad I tried it but I probably wont have it again.

Photo of RBorsato
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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

Photo of alexskovan
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured pale golden with a fluffy white head that dropped quickly. Subtle, pleasant creamy aroma. Taste is unremarkable American macro, better than a lot of our stuff, but certainly not worth the imported price tag.

I'm always a sucker for these brews from countries that have no brewing tradition. What you get is generally this sort of beer -- boring American macro.

Photo of Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured just like any other lager would, a yellowish gold with a good head at first that faded quickly. The aroma had some hints of citrus to me. Not really sure where that was coming from but it sparked my interest. The taste was basically like most lagers out there. This brew wasn't too bad but it wasn't anything overly special either.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bb date- 3/2003
Pours a yellowish pale straw color, with a slightly chunky, small white head. On the nose there is a slight oily herbal hop aroma. On the palate, there is a slight graininess, hops, weird chewy mouthfeel almost oily, bread malt character. This is an ok lager, but nothing I’ll ever buy again.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.66/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Alcohol was 4.2% with an Exp date of Feb. 08. Light straw / yellow shade of clear. A frothy white head on pouring but it settled quickly. Some decent lacing looked promising. Gentle carbonation. Mild grass or daisies on the nose, very feint, almost unnoticeable. Taste has a hint of hops but then a bit sweet on the finish. Bitterness is fleeting. Mouthfeel started out smooth but turned a bit syrupy, very light body. This beer is pleasant enough but not a taste sensation by a long shot, a bit boring; did not live up to its label. Then again, it might be a crossover beer for macro drinkers in north america who want to pretend they're on safari.

Photo of WesWes
2.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of chickenm
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale golden color with a thin white head that quickly disappears. Aroma of grass and sour apples, I did not like. Light flavor, the taste has a little sweet malt and lemon, and some more of that sour apple. Body is quite thin, typical for a lager. Not completely undrinkable, but not something I'd buy again.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

On the occasion of my 200th review, I've opted for my first African brew. Hailing from the southern portion of the Horn, Tusker looks Droopy-esque, all sad and unappealing with its run-of-the-mill sallow color and foamy white head. Frankly, if I saw an elephant looking like this, I'd be afeared of cathcing some new-fangled Elephant Flu. The high compliments don't end there, as the smell, though intriguing, is generally off-puttingly sour. Now, I'm not tslking gueuze or Flanders red here, but just a subtle, faint funk. The rest of the smell is very ho-hum: rice, corn, wheat, oh my...how boring and AAL of it. Which reminds me: why do so many non-American countries seemingly exclusively brew up AALs? I guess it's efficient and cheap and whatnot, but still... What would be nice would be a new and different take on the AAL, but no, it's all the same old song here, just with a different label from where it's from (the Temps didn't like that version of the song): corn syrup, rice cake, and vague wheat somber the proceedings the way the Big 3 have for decades. A slight tin flavor makes things extra disappointing. Apparently in keeping with tradition, the light body, moderate carbonation, and watery feel are all maintained in accordance with the BMC Neutrality Laws. At least you can just pound it down, right? All the better to get to your next brew.

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'.

Photo of Cummins9110
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light goldish
S- malty, like malt liquor
T - tast like a malt liquor, not like King Cobra cheap malt liqor, more like a German style malt liqour (there is a differnce)
M- smooth crisp finish
D- not my style of beer, but i have had them and they are slightly appealing
Kinda cool to say you have drink a beer made in Kenya but its not $2.99 worth of beer, domestic brewery's make way better lagers for a lot cheaper, mainly paying for importing price

Photo of artoolemomo
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which really has no retention at all. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a clear pale straw that appears as a mix of pale straw and weak lemon when held up to the light. A speck or two of lacing.

Nose- Fairly boring, typical AAL aroma. I get sour grain from the glass while the bottle shows some cornflakes, grain, and a hint of sweet malt. Swirling does little to coax anymore scents- most likely because there aren't any.

Taste- Pretty much as boring as the nose and reflective of it as well. Sour grain, cornflakes, cereal, and a hint of sweet malt (maybe even a little bit of white grape). A very slightly bitter finish that has some earthiness, perhaps even a tinge of woodiness. Not as watery as a lot of AALs but pretty much as boring. The most positive aspect of this beer is there aren't really any off flavors.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation. A little bit of a dry finish. It maybe could use a little more carbonation.

Drinkability- Very sessionable but the real question is why would you want to? And at 2.50 a bottle, just go and grab a PBR already.

Overall- Very mediocre to almost poor. We've all had this beer before and it's pretty much the reason why many of us are so obsessive about craft beer- we want a beer that tastes like something. This doesn't. You can pass on it.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500ml, tall thin brown glass bottle. Crown cap is color and design coordinated. An Elephants head sits inside a yellow oval which is in turn inside a white one set against a black label. Gold, black and yellow V-shaped neck label completes the presentation. Front label has the inkjet code “Mfg 31 May 05 Exp 31 May 06”, guess this one is a bit past its prime maybe!? Listed as 4.2% v/v Grav: 1037° - 1039°. My bottle is labeled as “Tusker Finest Quality Lager”.

Appearance: Sad flaccid pathetic looks, the fizzling white head disappears rapidly to a thin halo like edge, the surface reflects the lightly hazed milky golden pong beneath.

Nose: Sweet malts, some whiff of that awful pink colored bubble gum that is directed at kids and a gentle floral character which often merges into bubble gum aromas actually.

Taste: Light grain and a sweet hoppy nature. Some flowery tingles here and there. A very low tasting affair that seems one-dimensional and a little boring.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not in a bad way, the texture is in line with the low key taste profile but it never seems to bolster it. The finish has a good balance though.

Drinkability: I can take it or leave it. Hmm, this is another one of those famous local brews that obviously dominates a local market, and has a rather mythical status, but on closer inspection really fails to live up to anything other than a very average beer that has a bigger personality profile that it deserves.

Overall: KenYa beer?!? Nah! More of a KeenNO beer – this is a “I am not so Keen” on this beer actually. I always wanted to give it a whirl though, well that’s my curiosity well and truly put down, I have no plans to head out to Kenya that’s for sure.

Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.