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

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70
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567 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
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 Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born on 5-23-06, not super fresh, let's see how this goes. My friend deployed to kenya back before somolia went to poop & he raved about this beer (in-country)

Pours an efferevescent & chill-hazed straw color with 3 fingers plus of head. This cleared 1/2 way through the beer. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Nice Perfumy/flowery nose

T: Some Grassyness & grainyness up front. Cornyness & soapynmess follows as it warms. Some lemon notes& a little malty sweetnes follow. Has fair taste for the abv. Finishes slightly sweet & grainy

MF: Light bodied with medium carbonation

Drinks semi-okay. More malt please! I'd take this over a BMC any time. Love to get a sem--fresh bottle of this

russpowell, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, blossoming, sturdy ,crackling head. Transparent, yellow hue. Aroma is fresh, floral, honeyish, zesty and uplifting. Taste is clean, light bodied, everything one expects from a decent lager. A bit like SingHa, actually. This must go down well in African heat, just as perfectly intelligent North American beer fans will quaff a Crud Light or Swiller Genuine Crap in the summertime.
Slightly different than I remember this from 3 years ago, when last it was available in MN. A label change, not for the better, it appears, put it in limbo, and all the while my customers at the African restaurant and nightclub whose bar I manage demanded Tusker's whereabouts. I found a bottle in Portland, OR and got it's former distributor on the case. Our African customers normally go for Guinness, Extra Stout (NOT "Draught" )or Heineken, and little else. The Kenyans will switch to Tusker, but our main sales will be to the curious CaucasianAmericans, anxious to try something on the exotic side, only to find it's largely like all the decent lagers they've had before.
Not bad, though!

feloniousmonk, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
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 WesWes
2.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

WesWes, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

MarkyMOD, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

beernads, May 31, 2013
Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured very pale yellow with a thick, foamy head the became a well-retained lace.
The smell was thin - smelled vaguely of corn syrup with a touch of fruitiness.
The taste was of syrupy malt, with a touch of some vague fruit mixed with a bit of yeast and plenty of water.
At first it felt like a malty seltzer water on the tongue, but then a sweet, salty stickiness overwhelmed all tastes and a touch of a sulphur-like metal feeling remained.
The high carbonation made it drinkable at first, but as it warmed it became worse. Drink this one cold and fast.
IMO - it's not awful - there are worse out there - but nothing about it would have me buy it again.

jwc215, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of smcolw
1.2/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Decent start to the head--leaves some spotty lace. Clear, almost like water. Pale yellow color.

Okay, the smell reminds me of pancakes--no syrup, no berries, just plain ordinary pancakes. There's a slight skunkiness to the beer. Slightly sweet, lots of corn. Bland.

So, the blandness continues in the taste. Is it Bud, is it Miller? It could be. Thin bodied and highly carbonated. Where's the hop? The brewer must have waved it over the kettle without letting fall in. If you like corn in your beer, this should serve you well.

smcolw, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, this is a definite step up from BMC, which was my worry before I tried this beer. This beer is a bit fuller & has a bit more flavor to it. There are some definite soft complementing spicy hop notes in the flavor, as well as a nice subtle bitterness in the finish. This is a crisp clean beer with a bit of malt-grain sweetness to it. Having said all this, it is still not a great beer. Worth trying perhaps because it is from Kenya, but just barely.

Gueuzedude, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a good amount of white head retention.

S: Very light, malty, a bit of cereal sugar character.

T: Bready malt taste is mild, with a bit of husky grain character which gets watery at times. Hops lend a spicy mild note. Flavour is mild, but clean, no off-flavours.

M: Mouthfeel is where the beer shines for me. Crisp and clean, endlessly drinkable and refreshing, strong biting carbonation, for the style it's about as good as it gets.

D: For the style quite good, a step up in flavour and quality than your average light lager.

Halcyondays, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First came across this beer while in Kenya for a holiday and Safari in 2007. I thought it an ideal beer to wash away the dust and heat in Africa.

However, on a March afternoon in a cold, wet and windy England, it isn't so great.

This bottle was brought back with me, purely to review on this site (you can now buy it at TESCO's supermarket chain in the UK).

It looked fine in a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass. Pale golden and as clear as any lager/pilsner on earth. The white head was thin to start with and got even thinner very quickly.

As with most lagers/pilsners there was next to no aroma worth talking about. Some wheat type smells, but no beery bits got up my nose. It gets my normal 3 score.

I was disappointed in the taste, it was nothing like I remembered. Almost tasteless, like a Bitbuger Pilsner.

Watery and weak flavoured, this is a hot day beer, as mentioned earlier.

If I had reviewed this beer in Africa, the score would have been a lot higher. Sadly in the cold light of an English day, it didn't come up to muster.

BlackHaddock, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Gavage
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing.

Smell: a slightly funky smell with some grass tones.

Taste: malt level is very light along with some sugary sweetness. Bitterness is very soft. Some hints of lemon and hay linger in the background.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Aftertaste is clean. Crisp and mildly refreshing.

Drinkability: very light and boring beer. Easy to quaff but you'll tire of this one quickly.

Gavage, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/16/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Medium golden yellow pour with a huge billowing head and light lacing at best.

Smell- Very light smell. If anything scents of malt.

Taste- Very crisp and clean malt taste. Maybe a touch of hop, but hard to tell. A bit grainy and grassy, but very quenching.

Mouthfeel- Great carbonation level and a bit of a full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This one did the trick. It both quenched my thirst and tasted good at the same time. Recommended

GClarkage, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of woodychandler
2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am off of CANs for a short time to realign my bottle numbers and this was a recent acquisition from tone77 who likes to keep me in bottles.

From the bottle: "Tusker Lager has been brewed in East Africa since 1922. Named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders, Tusker claims that special heritage of being one of the first beers in East Africa. Over the years, this unique lager has become a part of East Africa's rich tradition. Tusker is brewed with high quality malt, made from equatorial barley grown at the base of Mt. Kenya, choicest hops and water that springs from the renowned Aberdare mountain range. Tusker's famous crisp, refreshing taste and finest quality has continuously earned Gold Medals in the prestigious International Monde Selection Awards."

The pour resulted in a finger of dense, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a really light yellow, so light that it made me think that I have passed darker urine. NE-plus quality clarity in that I could see into the future with this one. Nose had a very cereal/silage/cooked vegetable scent and I was not terribly surprised. Mouthfeel was medium with an unexpected blandness in the mouth. This was almost like drinking water in terms of its lack of taste. Finish was equally bland and boring. It was not bad, just unimpressive.

woodychandler, May 26, 2011
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +32.9%

wrightst, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow with a finger tall bright white head that is fizzy like soda. The head dissipates rather quickly but does leave some lacing on the glass. There is a fair amount of visible carbonation.

S: Very little smell at all to this beer - what I can detect is slightly crisp with the predominant smell being of corn and grain. In addition to that there is a slight hint of a metallic smell which is interesting since this is not from a can.

T: Upfront the taste is mostly corn and grain with the slightest hint of malts. The aftertaste has hints of lemon. Overall the taste is kind of watery and there is not a lot of flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Very easy to drink and quite sessionable due to the light flavors, smell, and ABV. But honestly, I'm not sure that I would really want to drink many of these or have it again... I prefer a little more flavor and something a little more interesting.

dbrauneis, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears clear straw gold with a short white head with lacing. The aroma is light and slightly metallic with a hint of bread and corn. The flavor has a touch of sweet candy, white bread crust, and an mild off-putting tang which, really, is normal for the style. In the summer heat, this would make for a respectable lager to wash down brats and beat the heat.

tempest, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev +8%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to anniesak for bringing this one back from her Tanzanian trip.

A: The lagerbier is a stark pale color, lighter than straw but darker than, well, water? Seriously, the light yellow color barely registers. A finger of white foam on pour was fast to disappear.

S: The nose is lacking, a generally inoffensive brew that shows off some rice and cereal. A mild sweetness peps things up.

T: The lager has a sweet malt undertone, strong enough to peak through the bland cereal from time to time. Cereal grains dominate but share the stage with corn and rice flavors. A decent drink that is the exact opposite of extreme.

M: The mouthfeel is painfully bland, punctuated by points of sweet grain. The aftertaste has a distinct corn syrup flavor.

D: I could drink this all day long but I really wouldn't want to.

akorsak, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial strange)

A-This beer has a straw yellow body with a faint hazy and a big fluffy snow-white head. There was a nice gentle carbonation to it.

S- The smell of slightly sweet pale malt with some soft honey malt notes complimented the grain notes. There was a finish of noble hops and a hint of sulfur.

T- The crisp dry pale malt was balanced by the noble hop finish. There was a slight sulfur and spice note at the end that turned to a faint lemon carbonic bite as it warmed in the glass.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but there was a slippery texture that made if a bit more full.

D- This beer was very light and didn't have much character to it. For the style it did have some faint notes of kolsch beers and it would have been nice to pull those out. If I had to drink this style it would probably be this beer.

rhoadsrage, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow brew.

Smell is lots of big grain smells and hay.

Taste is mildly sweet and grain with a strong hay/smoke flavor. It is good in a rustic untamed way. Taste is of Wild wheat and Barley. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable, EXTREMELY well suited to eating wild game dishes like Antelope.

Zorro, Mar 22, 2004
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.