1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Tusker Premium LagerTusker Premium Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

567 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 567
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Tusker Premium Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 567 | Reviews: 341 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bostonryan
2/5  rDev -33.6%

bostonryan, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +32.9%

wrightst, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of DeanFan
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

DeanFan, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev +8%

JMS1512, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of CUbeerfan
3/5  rDev -0.3%

CUbeerfan, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of graybayou
3.25/5  rDev +8%

graybayou, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of atrocity
2/5  rDev -33.6%

atrocity, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of aasher
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

aasher, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.61/5  rDev +19.9%
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 CAcker
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

CAcker, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.31/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw gold filtered with a moderate to low number of large bubbled carbonation, a finger of white head.

S: Canned peas, offal, malt, yeast, like a good old lager beer from the west but done in Africa, with a cool elephant on the label to boot.

T: Malt, yeast, offal, canned peas, but balanced, smooth, well done for this style.

M: Light body, medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Great for an African beer. Again, cool bottle and label, and unique coming from Africa. This was my first beer ever at the University of Guelph years ago. Nice to have found it again today in Port Perry, ON.

patre_tim, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of BeerMeister8
3.25/5  rDev +8%

BeerMeister8, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +8%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

KevMo84, May 28, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of mick_cooper
4/5  rDev +32.9%

mick_cooper, May 25, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle served in a pilsen glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear pale yellow color forming a medium fluffy and bubbled white head. Medium retention and lots of lacings left in the glass

S: Strong sweet malts in the nose. Very bready and biscuity. Notes of adjunct malts, mainly rice. Light notes of flowery hops

T: Follows the nose. Strong notes of sweet malts. Quite biscuity and crispy. Again, some notes of adjunct malts. Light hops bitterness in the end

M: Very light body and medium carbonation. Crispy malty aftertaste

O: Drinkable and not that bad for an Adjunct Lager

eduardolinhalis, May 09, 2014
Photo of RobertJBeer
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

RobertJBeer, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of MarkoNm
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, golden color, topped with a very generous white head and nice retention.
The aroma is pretty easy to pick up - some malts and lots of grassy aroma. Not completely pleasant.
The taste is slightly sweet and grassy. There is some bitterness in the finish, although it leaves a slightly weird aftertaste.
Still drinkable enough to enjoy it.

MarkoNm, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of beersdmf17
3/5  rDev -0.3%

beersdmf17, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Pens1967
3.25/5  rDev +8%

Pens1967, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Driven solely by curiosity, Bucky nervously picked up a bottle of Tusker Finest Quality Lager ("Tusker") brewed by the East African Breweries Group of Kenya. Tusker came in a brown, 500 ml bottle with a best before date of October 6, 2013 printed on the reverse label, and was 4.2% alcohol by volume. According to the brewer's web site, Tusker has been brewed in East Africa since 1922 and is named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders. The brewery is located in Ruaraka, near the capital of Nairobi, and key brands include Tusker Lager (the flagship brand), Tusker Malt Lager, Pilsner, White Cap, White Cap Light, Senator, Guinness, Allsopps and President Lager.

Tusker poured a very clear yellow/gold colour with plenty of rising bubbles visible. Pouring produced about 1.5" of pure white head that lasted for several minutes, leaving a considerable amount of lacing all down the far side of the glass. Its aroma is quite simple, bready light malts and not much of anything else. The beer's flavour begins with a fleeting light malt sweetness and finishes with a very, very subtle hop bitterness and no aftertaste. Despite the quantity of visible bubbles I found the carbonation to be quite light, and I would describe the mouthfeel as light and watery. I guess this makes sense...if I was living in an African climate I probably wouldn't be looking for a hefty porter or stout. The good news...my first African beer was drinkable. The not so good...I found Tusker to be too light in aroma, flavour and body for my particular taste. Though it wasn't a bad beer, I doubt that I'll be buying this one again. Tusker was selling for $3.35 per 500 ml bottle at the time or writing.

BuckyBeerBeaver, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of tclipse
3/5  rDev -0.3%

tclipse, Apr 12, 2014
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.