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

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BA SCORE
70
okay

557 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 557
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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Photo of weller1js
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%

appearance: pours a watery yellow with heavy carbonation which dissolves quickly leaving little lacing.

smell: faint pilsner scent with a predominant sweet overtone.

taste: begins clean with malty flavor yielding to a semisweet flavor in the finish, no other discernable tastes.

drinkability: overall quality appears poor, drinking the beer gives little worth noting, would not drink regularly.

weller1js, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of jayhawk73
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%

Pours a light gold color with a one finger white head. Average lacing and carbonation. The nose is skunk, grain, and slight malt. Fairly disappointing, even for the style. Taste is actually average for the style. It's not too sweet, got a decent malt background, and is not bad for a AAL. Feel is light, undercarbonated with good malt bill. Overall, a better choice than some others in the style, but I won't seek this out again.

jayhawk73, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of soju6
2.34/5  rDev -22%

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a small head with bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is quite mild with just a bit of corn sweetness and not much else.

T: Taste is quite bland with a bit of malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, just a bit of crispness and no flavor at all.

O: A non-offensive beer that is bland and has no character.

soju6, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of mtbbaboon
2.38/5  rDev -20.7%

Ordered a bottle of this at a restaurant. I poured the bottle into a pint glass. No head to speak of and no lacing. The color is very light. Sitting next to my glass of water, I could barely tell the difference between the two. The aroma is subdued to say the least. There is a slight hint of hops and malt and I really had to take a few deep sniffs to register the aroma. The taste is much the same...very mild on hops and grain, with a bit of a funky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dry and bubbly. Overall, a rather underwhelming beer that barely registered on my senses. I think the bottle with the elephant logo was the coolest part of this beer.

mtbbaboon, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.38/5  rDev -20.7%

Named after a murderous pachyderm. My cousin says it's all the rage in Zanzibar.

Freshness dating on the bottle!

Tusker is a sickly pale yellow color with a thin fizzy head that vanishes right before your eyes! It just doesn't look like something I would want to drink.

Smells like wheat and fish tank chemicals.

Tastes like yeast, wheat and malt liquor. Kinda like Miller High Life Light. Thin, fizzy, champagne-ish carbonation leaves a very dry aftertaste. It gets points for drinkability because I could picture some one drinking many on a summer beach. The kind of beer you would put fruit in.

As it's made in Kenya I hope it will make me a faster marathoner.

donkeyrunner, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.38/5  rDev -20.7%

'Beer Only' is etched onto the bottle.

It pours a pale gold with a foamy collar that leaves lots of lace trails behind. The aroma is very weak with some limpid malt sweetness. The taste is of wet cardboard, grain husks, and stale white bread. The mouthfeel is very watery and theres virtually no hop bitterness. Carbonation is less fizzy than other adjunct lagers. This is an average lager, its definitely more flavorful that Labatt Blue or Bud, but not as flavorful as Becks or Grolsch.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of TAMU99
2.4/5  rDev -20%

Sharp taste with big afterbite. It's not a really good beer. But who cares! You're in Kenya! It passes. Tough to find a cold one.

I enjoyed it and would LOVE the opportunity to go back and try it again.

TAMU99, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.4/5  rDev -20%

12oz bottle to stange. Sampled 10/29/11 with a best by date of 2/16/12.

A: Two fingers of bright white airy foamy head rise from the pour and last much longer than expected. The color of the body is the lightest, palest yellow that I've ever seen in a beer. Clarity is top notch. Lacing is rather decent.

S: Metal, generic grain, rice or corn, with an overall adjunct-y aroma and taste. Not much else stands out in the malt department - and almost nothing as far as hops go. Fruity esters from the lager yeast.

T: Not a whole lot unlike Miller Lite, if memory serves. Embarrassingly enough for the collective American palate, this beer is significantly better - and much better than anticipated.

M: Very light beer with a crisp and snappy finish. A little metallic. With the ABV unlisted, I was thinking as low as 3%. Very refreshing.

O: Hey - not bad man. Would Tusker be a gold medal award winner at International Monde Selection if it were?

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of marc77
2.4/5  rDev -20%

Clear straw hue w/ swirling flakes of yeast, topped by a thick, well retained bumpy white head that leaves good lace. Corn sweetness, light grain huskiness, mild sulfur in aroma w/ a trace grassy hop nose. Pasty creamed corn sweetness hits the palate upfront, then is followed by light, clean bready malt. Devoid of malt character overall. Subdued lemony hop flavor. Typically thinly bodied and watery in mouthfeel from the copious use of adjuncts and consequent lack of protein. Finishes clean and lightly sweet due to the paltry hopping. Tusker isn't flawed, but the large use of adjuncts leave a void in flavor that make it most forgettable. Not unlike macroswill, Tusker's bland enough to leave my palate craving flavor.

marc77, Sep 25, 2002
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.4/5  rDev -20%

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light, straw yellow with an ample white fizz head formed from large bubbles and settles quickly.

S: Aroma is malty with a touch of bitterness and strong with bright honey sweetness, very unusual but welcome for a traditional lager.

T/M: Flavor is more subdued but a lot like what a standard issue lager should be: medium carbonation, tiny bit of hoppy bitterness, touch of honey sweetness, lingering malts, very basic and very light.

It goes down smooth, though, and fast, ideal for a hot day when flavor might take a back seat to refreshment but very average otherwise.

TheBeerAlmanac, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.4/5  rDev -20%

Picked up a 12oz single for $1.99 at Manchester Wine and Liquors in Manchester CT. Bottled on/ freshness dating is stampled on the bottle but is hard to read... I think it says best by Sep 10. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear light yellow brew is extremely fizzy, tons of carbonation on the glass, a fizzy white head fizzles out in a matter of seconds. Smell is practically nonexistent, just a little adjunct sweetness. Feel has mostly settled down, certainly didn't hold its fizz... it went from explosive to nearly flat in about 3 minutes. Taste is mild adjunct sweetness, maybe a little muddy hop... nothing offensive, but nothing interesting either.

BeerNinja007, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of dacrza1
2.42/5  rDev -19.3%

The exotic nature of this brew (from AFRICA!) is tough to not be excited over... still, responsible scrutiny must be adhered to... predominantly transparent, straw yellow body with discernable carbonation... snow white head settles softly to a quarter-inch haze--yup, it's a lager... malty, yes, but much more flowery than expected--almost fruity to a malt-softening level (promising)... thin, almost watery in the throat--a Miller Lite experiencewith added carbohydrates and carbonation--I'm going to burp out an elephant... mellow and toothless (ur, tuskless), thin in taste and presence... lagers named Tusker should STOMP--this one slithers...a seltzery finish cinches it: I'm not going to enjoy this unless I have a six of it IN KENYA!

dacrza1, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Shiloh
2.42/5  rDev -19.3%

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 zeff80
2.42/5  rDev -19.3%

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a pillowy, white, three-finger head. No lace, however.

S - It smelled of corn, grain and a hint of yeast.

T - It mostly tasted of corn/grain. It was fairly sweet and no real hop flavor to speak of.

M - It was fairly crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - I wasn't overly impressed. It looked better than it smelled or tasted. There just was much in terms of flavor.

zeff80, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of GeezLynn
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%

Straw yellow with a white head. Faint odor of corn, not much else in the aroma department. No hops were harmed in the making of this beer. Flavor is a very light and clean version of the basic malt-corn combo. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and watery as is typical with style.

Fairly easy drinking, but too bland to provide more than a refreshing palate cleanser.

GeezLynn, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Beastdog75
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%

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 jarmby1711
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%

I bought this from Purvis , thinking that it had rated well (for some reason )
It hadn't rated well , nor ,in my view should have it.
Being a pretty stock standard pale yellow in the glass ,with a resistant head, the smell is very plain Metallic, chemically.
The taste was an improvment to at least being drinkable.It seemed sweeter than most in this style, which was intriguing for the first 1/2 a glass , but after that it tended towards sickly unpleasantness.
If I was in Kenya I wouldnt go thirsty by not drinking it but not one I would try again

jarmby1711, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of smedley
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%

A - Pale yellow, about a half a finger of white head which disapeared in about 10 seconds with no lacing

S - Not really much to talk about. Was worried it was a little skunky even though the freshness date indicated it was very fresh.

T - OK, so no skunkiness, which is a relief. But honestly, not much taste at all. Very watery, like a watered down Miller Lite.

M - Like a sparkling water...some carbonation, that's about it.

D - I guess this is pretty drinkable. I could probably drink a whole case, although I don't know why I would. Maybe good for a hot summer day. Not a good beer by any stretch.

smedley, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of KenC
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

KenC, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

500ml bottle: Poured a very pale yellow color lager with nice foamy with head with better retention then expected. Aroma of malt and hops are very faint and almost non-existent. Taste is refreshing with some malt and very little hops. The surprising thing about this one is that it is not skunk even though is traveled 5000 miles in a light brown bottle.

Phyl21ca, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of ChipMurray
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ChipMurray, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of threedaggers
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

threedaggers, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of josephwa
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

josephwa, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of Garrett092112
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Garrett092112, Nov 24, 2012
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.