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

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BA SCORE
70
okay

560 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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 BeerKangaroo
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 12 Jul 2012 (oh well, I'm twelve days late):

In a pilsener:

A: golden transparent body that leaves a large one finger white head and lingers for a good two minutes. There are some fast rising carbonated bubbles. Some foamy spiderwebbed lacing appears and slides down the glass.

S: all about the rice and the sweet corn. A bit of honey comes out.

T: rice and the corn again except its not as sweet as the smell.

M: light to medium, slightly watery, some carbonation felt on the tongue, sessionable

O: I'm glad I can say I've tried something from Africa, but probably won't seek this out again.

BeerKangaroo, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -0.3%

jmathis, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of baos
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Huge fizzy white head a whole hand high. This floats atop a slightly hazy pale straw yellow body. Head

S: The smell before i took a sip was kind of apple cider vinegar smelling. After I took a sip it was a more sour bit of lemon smell. Maybe a bit floral with a bit of honey and pollen.

T: Mild malt. Very mild hop bitterness and dryness. Very refreshing. Maybe a bit like chewing oh a fresh hay stalk. Green and good.

M: Rather watery but coats and refreshes the mouth then leaves it dry. Perfect for a Macro style.

D: A one. This beer is different than any other macro lager that I've had. Refreshing and Fresh. My first African beer and a yummy first at that.

baos, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Schmoog
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Schmoog, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of pentathlete
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear lager, pale gold, with a big-bubbled foamy head that didn't last a minute. Buttered corn smell overpowers any grassiness. Honestly, this tasted about like most macros. A solid adjunct lager. The mouthfeel was slightly lighter than I expected, as if water had somehow separated from the beer and remained on the tongue. Unless it is skunked or warm, most adjuncts are relatively easy drinkers. I'll get some of these and have folks over to watch "Hatari!" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro". I heard someone say that Hemingway liked this stuff, so it's only fitting. Bia Y Angu Nchi Yangu -- "My Beer My Country"

pentathlete, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of BDIMike
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, clear glass that is incredibly fizzy and carbonated. There is an incredibly thin white head that dissipates immediately.
There is not a lot to the smell. Smells of biscuit and malt.
The taste is not much different from the smell. Good biscuit taste with a nice wheat taste as well. A bit of hops at the end, tasting like those from eastern Europe.
Good mouthfeel. Very crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability is great and the crsip refreshment is very nice for a warm weather beer.

BDIMike, May 31, 2008
Photo of beertaster13
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a cream white ivory head that resembles the elephant tusks on the bottle. The smell is of honey/grain and subtle dough, a nice lemon zest refreshes the nose, the tate is clean and refreshing, a nice citrus upfront leads to the honey smooth taste. Better than I expected, good beer for watching the ball games.

beertaster13, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of inebrius
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fluffy white head to rival the snows of Kiliminjaro. A pallid gold. A soft wind whispers aromas of distant hayfields and spun sugar. A malt and hop symmetry at once right and good but quickly lost to a sickly corn aftertaste that lingers badly. A wholly average lager, but likely top notch when on safari in the green hills of Africa.

inebrius, Oct 18, 2002
Photo of Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. 1/2 inch head with a vigorous pour that settles quickly into a thin layer of tiny bubbles. Malty smell with skunky hops throughout. Relatively active carbonation rising through the pale, yet saturated hue of yellow. The first sip was actually better than I had expected. Big malty flavor and a slightly thick and creamy mouthfeel. The aftertaste has a little tinge to it, but overall I thought this beer was way better than most American/Canadian macro lagers.

Rudgers73, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured pale golden straw w/thick white head that rapidly dissipated and left thin cap.

S-Smells like fresh plain beer in its most basic form. Crisp light hops and very light malt.

T-This is definitely a little better than most macros. The malt and hops are very faint, and there's not much to it, but it is fresh and crisp. The aftertaste is clean and pure. Boring but not bad.

M-Light and crisp with considerable fizz...the best trait of this beer. I'd consider it "The Perrier of Beers."

D-Very smooth. It reminds me of what a good light beer could taste like.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of EskimoDave
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I was surprised how clear it was as I poured this. Did someone put water in my beer bottle? Once my glass started to collect it a light, thin, golden colour topped with a fast growing, and shrinking, head formed. The aroma is of light cereal grains and syrup with a faint clean hopness to it. The taste adds a bit of white bread and suggestions of lemon to that. Add a light body and clean finish and you got Kenya's Tusker Lager.

It's pretty much Kenya's answer to the macro lager. They've done a better job, however, you pay for that and the whole it's from Kenya thing.

EskimoDave, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of JHendu
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

JHendu, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.25/5  rDev +8%

foxyaardvark27, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Samp01
1.83/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours pale yellow with a small short lived white head. Aroma and taste of cereal and grains, light malty notes and light hops bitterness. Light body with soda like carbonation and watery mouth feel. Finish is cereal, grains sweet light bitterness ending with a watery, bland and metalic flavor. Overall not much to say, did not like this. Could not finish drinking this beer. Would not reccomend.

Samp01, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of cyrenaica
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle
4.2%
I tried this beer on September 13, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe' in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold with a thin white head. The aroma was grainy with a hint of malt and some yeast. The mouthfeel was thin with high carbonation. The taste was grassy as with a lot of macro style lagers

cyrenaica, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of stephendr
1.95/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

335 ml. bottle- color of bight yellow, with a thin white small bubbled head – light sweet nose of corn , perfume , melon , straw, and hits of detergent – taste of cantaloupe , slight straw , and light bitterness– body is watery , dry , and lightly carbonated – aftertaste of , sweet corn , soapy , and rotten melon

stephendr, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from an African brewery. 12 oz. single bottle purchased at The Palisade in Jersey City for a 1.50 (how could I go wrong?)

A- Looked very similar to a BMC type beer in my glass. Fizzy and hazy yellow color with a small one finger bubbly head.

S- Smell was of hops. Nothing much else doing in the nose department. Smell was average and typical.

T- For some reason, this stuff tasted like apple juice to me. Some hops, some malt, but for the most part this one lacked any complexity in the taste department.

M- Mouthfeel was carbonated and sleek.

D- Easy going down. This one drank a little better than a typical american macro lager. Still, I wouldnt seek this one out, but wouldnt turn it down either.

DavidSeanNJ, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of silverking
3.25/5  rDev +8%

silverking, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of goschool
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tusker as an awesome history. In a brilliant display of dark comedy, the beer is named after the elephant who killed one of the founding partners. The other cool thing about this beer is that Ernest Hemingway took a liking to it during his safari.

There was a respectable head on the beer while I was pouring it but it shrunk way down. The nose and taste has grains and a weak grassy hop aroma. There's nothing spectacularly exciting about this lager, but it's head and shoulders above BMC and things like Heineken. The most impressive thing is how well this 4.2% abv beer holds up in transit across the world. Everybody seems to forget (myself included) that drinkability should factor in whether you want to drink or buy the beer again. Sure it's easy to drink and mighty refreshing, but I don't plan on spending $2.99 for another one of these anytime soon.

goschool, May 20, 2006
Photo of kyle86
3/5  rDev -0.3%

kyle86, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Beastdog75
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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 jsnoek
3/5  rDev -0.3%

jsnoek, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of sanitarium16
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

sanitarium16, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of drizzam
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, A beer named after an elephant that killed George Hurst. Interesting.

Poured from the brown heavy duty body into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date of Apr 09 stamped on the bottle.

A - Poured a clear and very pale straw yellow in color, topped with a bright white head. The head receded to a thin cap fairly quickly but left some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Lemongrass and a bit of grain. Seems like I'm detecting a buttery diacetyl note as well. Smells a lot better than I would have expected from a Kenyan brewery...smells better than most American Adjunct Lagers that I've had in the past.

T & M - The buttery Diacetyl I smelled in the nose comes across a lot larger in the taste. The lemongrass almost takes a back seat to it. There is also just the slightest hop bite on the back end to make things interesting. Thin mouthfeel (as expected) and it finishes fairly clean, except for a little diacetyl for aftertaste.

D - This one surprised me. I'm not a fan of the American Adjunct style of brewing, but if I did have to drink it, I think I would choose Tusker. This has been a pleasant surprise, from a country that I didn't think would surprise me.

drizzam, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Clear golden color. Had a decent head about inch thick.

Smell- Hops with some malts and maybe hint of fruits.

Taste- Very crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- It was okay. I don't know why but I expected a little bit more from it.

Beerbuddha, Aug 10, 2007
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.