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.
BA SCORE
71
okay

582 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 582
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 20.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | 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)
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: 582 | Reviews: 343 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CrazyMike
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden appearance with lots of bubbly head that quickly disappears. Smell is grassy and malty, but nothing significant.

Has a sweet malty taste with a hint of corn and grain. Slightly bitter and creamy, but overall, the taste is light. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. After taste is almost non-existent, but a bit dry.

When compared to other beers, it's a mediocre adjunct lager, but not bad for a lighter beer and refreshing. Worth it just to try a beer from Kenya.

CrazyMike, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of JoeVenito
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

JoeVenito, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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
Photo of dhannes
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Hy-Vee around 11/2010 as a single, and poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass.

A=Nice foam of 1/2" lasting for at least a minute, but color of beer was a rather light yellow, in between Bud and Bud Light.

S=Fresh bread and hops...expectations increased.

T=Lightly carbonated...very watery, followed by a weird aftertaste...almost a faint charcoal flavoring similar to the old Stroh's, only not as appealing...improved enough that I could finish it.

M=Lighter than average but still quite acceptable.

D=The off-taste that I experienced made this very difficult to stick with.

dhannes, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : clear yellow color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : light malty and grassy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : mild grainy with a slight bitterness into the finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Pale lager.

thierrynantes, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of paxkey
1.95/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Freshness date on Label says bottled 19 aug. 2010.
elephant head image on bottle cap. At least he looks happy.

I've only just popped the cap and this beer is giving me a headache from the whatever is wafting out...this smells malty and dirty.

pours a pale golden with small white head. sticky lacing.

smelling mostly malt..corn. a bit of hops.

cardboard. crisp dry and thin. and more cardboard.

chalky, sandy residue.
I'm guessing this stuff needs to be sampled fresh and then it would be a passable light lager. but this bottle is awful

paxkey, Jan 21, 2011
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of jneiswender
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a Senegalese restaurant in the South end. Served in a chilled pint glass cold.

A-very light and a light white head.

S-light sweet body, corn.

T-sweet, husk, bland.

M-light.

D-okay for the style, the style is just not great. I would drink this beer again if I get it with African food.

jneiswender, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of gopens44
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Straw colored with virtually no head. Clear enough to slow down the same amount of light as a bay window.

S - A little honey but very yeasty. Like uncooked pizza dough.

T - Malty and honey with a hint of mineral water style crispness. Very pleasant!

M - Thin with a dry finish. No aftertaste.

What a pleasant surprise this is. Very clean, crisp and flavorful for the style.

gopens44, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of SickPythons
2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light head with apple and lemon aromas. Maltiness appropriate to the style.

Crisp malt flavors and minerals from the native water.

Overall not bad. This beer seems similar to Spanish style lagers and gets my "better than Budweiser approval." Unfortunetly, the price doesn't match up with the taste.

SickPythons, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Cummins9110
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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

Cummins9110, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of salvo
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with immediate heavy carbonation. Little head that dissipates quickly, leaving little trace. Nose is tinny, faint hops. Between an American adjunct and mass market Asian beer.

Taste is very light: starts sharp, dry, and sparkly and ends corn sweet and metallic. Lawnmower drinkable; tempered the spicy sauce that went with the African food I was enjoying. Not surprising in any way. Fine so long as you have appropriate expectations.

salvo, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of MikeRa
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a nice golden color with a head that laces the glass

S: A corn smell with some grainy edge to it

T: Taste of some sweet malt with a hint of corn

M: This beer has some carbonization and goes down smooth

D: This is a beer that I will drink again. It is a good African beer

MikeRa, Nov 23, 2010
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.

TheBrewo, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Drizzam!

A - It sounds like a soda with its head creating quite a fury as it fades very fast from its cloak of white merely a trace at the surface. The body is thin, watery and a pale yellow. Far from an inviting look.

S - Slight corn aroma with a grainy edge.

T - Firm flavor of pale malt. Not much else happenin' here.

M - This beer has an interesting feel. It has a decent thickness to it making it rather smooth on the intake. But once it reaches the back and sides of my tongue a mild coarseness is released.

~ While the American adjuct lager is not by any means one of my top favorite styles I have to say this beer wears on me. With each pull it seems to get a bit better. That being said, its hard to rate the drinkability anything less than good.

cdkrenz, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
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
Photo of cpanossian
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle date stamped mfg 31 Jan 08 exp 31 Jan 09. Maybe I'm a little late on this bottle? Poured into a tall clear glass - proud puffy multi-finger head. Extremely pale yellow color. Light aroma of hops and barley. Very watery with little carbonation, very simple tasting character - not much flavor or taste, just basic thirst quenching stuff. Very innocuous brew that could probably fit in very well with other TV beers (I'd rather drink Tusker than those any day.) Very simple stuff here - try it for the novelty but not much else.

cpanossian, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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 25, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Surprise present from my dad. I saw that it was a Kenyan lager and I almost didn't even want to try it. Being the ticker that I am, I gave it a shot, and this is exactly why we don't judge a beer by its location...Appearance nothing to note...Aroma is light and sweet, corn, but you'd expect tons of skunk and none is present...The aroma is light and sweet, not at all a typical lager. This isn't a great beer but it exceeds expectations for a lager and a Kenyan beer.

jrallen34, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange. Beer is light yellow and clear with heavy carbonation and a big white head that falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is super weak, mildly sweet.

Beer is thin and clean in the palate. Not much sweetness or anything. no aftertaste, drinkability is fine but its kind of boring.

drabmuh, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Best-by date is March 1, 2011, so we're good there.

Appearance: pale golden hue with lots of apparent effervescence and three fingers of foamy white head. For its style, actually not too bad.

Smell: sweet, malty aroma. Light, but the common adjunct aromas don't jump out at me, nor does the harsh grainy aroma so common in this style. There's a bit of a fruity character and even a touch of earthy hops. One of the best smelling adjunct lagers I've ever had.

Taste: light malt flavor with a touch of graininess. Flavor is kind of bland and nowhere near as enticing as the aroma, but for all that it is inoffensive. Call it OK.

Mouthfeel: light body with a little fizzy carbonation. It's quaffable, but it doesn't exactly feel great. I'd have liked either a little more body or a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: with its inoffensive flavor and light body, it's pretty quaffable. Throw in its great aroma and general sessionable-ness, and I find it quite drinkable.

flagmantho, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very light yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that took a long time to fade away and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
S:
T: The taste is dominated by pale malts and a mild amount of sweetness and has some hints of corn. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels very light-bodied and clean on the palate along with a good amount of carbonation that makes it feel a bit creamy.
D: The beer goes down much too easily. This is the perfect lawnmower beer; it's great if you're looking for something very light on a hot summer day that actually has some flavor.

metter98, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of weller1js
2.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 03, 2010
Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.4/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from bottle into lager glass, served around 45 degrees.

Poured very pale yellow w/ limited head. Aroma was spice, pine and a bit skunky. Taste had citrus, ginger, & alcohol notes. Mouthfeel was very thin and watery, typical of the style. Drinkability is limited, maybe on hot day someone might enjoy one.

Overall a bad beer. It's balanced but just has a lack of overall quality. NOT recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear golden color into a pint glass. It was just a shade darker than straw. Two fingers of foamy white head developed and dissipated very quickly to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: Sweet, almost light caramel, malts. It has a very pleasant, barnyard helles and vanilla aroma to it as well, enticing me to take a sip.

Taste: Surprisingly tasty for an adjunct. The light caramel and barnyard malts from the smell dominate the taste. A vanilla smoothness is also carried over from the aroma, but the beer is also crisp.

Drinkability: No wonder Hemingway drank it for breakfast. Tusker stands out on its own. Damn good lager.

TheQuietMan22, Jul 25, 2010
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
71 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.