Tusker Finest Quality Lager
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)

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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #175
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
70
Ranked #47,475
Avg:
3.04 | pDev: 19.08%
Reviews:
395
Ratings:
765
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East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
 
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Notes: Formerly Tusker Premium Lager

Together. Forever. When you open a bottle of Tusker you are joining the world in celebrating one of Africa's great original beers. Tusker has been brewed with care, craft and love since 1922. Every crisp, clean mouthful summons up the taste, sunshine and love of life of its African roots.
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Reviews: 395 | Ratings: 765
Photo of bubseymour
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found this beer in a bottle shop in Thurmont, MD. How it found its way to distribution here, who knows. A drinkable Euro lager from Kenya of all places. Wondering if the water is well purified or I'll have to spend tomorrow on the John all day. Not really worth seeking out, unless you are ticking obscure countries off your list.

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Photo of rkowna
4.08/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had lunch at an African restaurant and there were few beer options, Miller Genuine, Lite, Old Style, Corona and Husker. I have avoided lagers for a while and it was hot out. Everyone else was drinking Husker so I thought why not. This was not at all what i expected. Husker reminds me of when lagers were good.

The look was my first surprise, instead of a watery yellow I saw a light shaded orange beer with a fizzy and quick to disappear head. The smell made me nervous, something close to plantain, not exactly sure but my smell memory led me to believe I would be disappointed. The taste was the big shock. Instead of the dull bready taste I expected there was a nice malt and even slight hop contrast. There is a definite bite at the end that said this is beer. The feel was great, substantial flavor followed by a soft, not quite creamy, but good mouth feel.

This beer reminded me of why I need to drink more lagers, and I would say if more lagers brought this much to the table I probably would.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.74/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pale orange. Half a finger of fizzy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Banana esters, sweet bready malt.

Taste: Biscuity malt with a mild hop note. Light bitterness remains on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Average body and carbonation.

Overall: Not amazing, but better than typical Euro lagers. And not skunked like many of them!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light gold with a thick creamy layer of bright white foam and very vibrant carbonation.

S - Sweet honey graham malt aroma with some sugary stickiness.

T - Sweet honey graham malt from start to finish with light earthy spice at the very end.

M - Big medium body with some prickly carbonation that turns creamy on the very backside.

O - Totally unobtrusive and no personality, however, that's not a bad thing. This would be a nice bridge beer for the adjunct lager drinkers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Tusker is one of those beers that I could always find on the shelf at a BevMo or Total Wine, but had never tried. Coming from a country, Kenya, which is synonymous of the image "Africa", adds intrigue. If it's still on the shelf after my 12 years of (un)professional beer drinking, someone else must be doing the drinking. Now it's my turn. Brown 12 ounce bottle with an elephant dominant on the label with its tusks (opposite of the pink elephants seen on Delirium Tremens), on to the beer:

This light goldenrod colored beer could be mistaken for hundreds of other national lagers around the world. Not much of a head to form, and there's just a little retention of lace which remains. A little action of tiny carbonation bubbles running through the body. The smell of cooked grain hits the nose, as does a funny smell that would be associated with boiled corn.

Even for a national lager, the flavor is on the lighter side. However, in this case, less may be more. It doesn't have much in the way of funny or uncomforting off-flavors, so that does at least make this beer drinkable. A little cooked grain here, a tiny boil of hop bitterness there. Hey, it tastes like beer! Feel light in the mouth and watery with a spritz of carbonation.

In the scheme of things, Tusker does better than the average national lager. It is easy to drink and doesn't make you gag despite a few pitfalls in loose ends like appearance and mouthfeel. If this satisfies me on a mild night, imagine my reaction after a day of safari chasing.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a best by date of Sep 2019. Sampled June 29, 2019.

It pours a golden amber with good clarity and a modest then fading white head. Some upwardly mobile carbonation.

The aroma begins with some toasted biscuit and bread crust and floral hops but there is this off-putting olive oil or vegetable mash sensation that brings the experience down a notch.

The mouthfeel is light and soft. easy drinking.

The flavor is bready, biscuity, brown sugary, but overall sweet. Mild finish. Glad to say that olive oil thing doesn't show up in the taste. There are many of these lagers out there to choose from but this one would be lower on my list.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BA most definitely has a bias against lagers - this one is exceptional for the style and definitely merits higher than a 3. Clean, bright, easy on the palate, subtle buttery/vanilla shortbread notes. Would drink it again if more available.

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Photo of tallpaullbc
4.25/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer in Nairobi, Kenya. It was a very smooth beer. It is pretty light and very smooth on the tongue. The flavor is great for a lager. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Mav221
3.59/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Better than I was expecting, based on other reviews. Much better than beers like Corona and Molson Canadian. Refreshing, citrus qualities. I would expect this beer to be very satisfying in warm weather. I would definitely buy it again. It is drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of puck1225
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad lager and going very well with the Indian food for dinner.

Poured from a bottle into fluted glass. Clear yellow, thin head but decent lacing. Fruity smell and taste. A bit thin but overall enjoyable.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clean light yellow with a thin white head that dissipates almost instantly. Aroma is very faint, biscuit and grainy malt. Flavor is also faint and follows the nose. Feel is thin and watery, but adequately carbonated. Overall not a beer I'd buy again or recommend, but I had to try an "American Lager" from Kenya Africa.

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Photo of TrojanRB
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours pale gold with very little head or visible carbonation

Smells malty, graham cracker

Taste is watery, thin malt. Slightly peppery

Smooth, very little carbonation

Overall very disappointing. Basically malt water.

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Photo of staubot
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a whole lot going on here. Looks clear with a passible head that leaves a small film. Smell is almost not there and taste has some light malt, watery. Feels smooth and clean but over all I'll save money and go for cheap domestic light beer if I want something like this.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 355ml bottle into glass. Label has bottling date as '01DEC17' and best by date as '01DEC18'.
Clear, straw colored body. Slight, bubbly white head upon pouring settles to interrupted islands and bubbly ring. No lacing.
Aroma is minimal and vague, with a slight fruity aspect.
Taste is like cardboard, soaked in some fruit. Dull and hay like. Hardly a mention of spicy hops.
Thin mouth feel. Lower carbonation.
This does taste like a fermented malt product, but there is nothing that calls for a refill.

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Photo of Nass
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let's start off by saying that I really like how that this brewery puts a bottled on & best by date on the label. This is quite a tasty pale lager. I am not getting any off flavors like corn syrup on the backend. This is more pleasant than I presumed it to be. I would like to try this a little more fresher sometime, but for now lets go with a low B- on this score. Well now I can tell my friends that I have had a beer from Kenya, Africa. Cheers! B-

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Photo of VoxRationis
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) brown bottle into a conical pint glass; best by April 25, 2018.
A: Pour a nearly clear dark golden approaching amber color with a one inch, foamy white head with low to moderate retention and soapy lacing.
S: Very little nose, but can make out aromas of bread rind, pepper and, at first, a little lemon.
T: Very dry and bready. Peppery hoppiness.
M: Light bodied and low effervescence.
O: Nothing to really distinguish this from other attempt to simulate a European Pale Lager. Drinkable, but just.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thin white head drops quickly with some spots of lacing. Color is slightly hazy light golden, mild streaming carbonation. Aroma is mild malt with some grassy hops. Mouthfeel light and watery with a mostly dry finish. Flavor also mild with some lightly toasted malt, a bit of grain, and a hint of hops for balance. Overall it is not offensive, just very mild.

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Photo of detgfrsh
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 355ml bottle marked best by 09 Oct 17. Pale orange color with a lacing of bubbles. Sweet corn aroma. Thin feel. Honey sweetness and a touch of hops. Decent for a lager, but not really something to seek out.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.11/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz, single bottle purchsed from Liquor Outlet in Salem OR. $2.39 Clear, bright yellow colour with a white head..that dissapears but leaves lace. Oh aroma! weird like burnt plastic and paper mache . Taste is not so repellent..sweet honey malts and the slightest touch of lemon hops. Mouth feel Ok for style ..thin yet medium carbonation. Not good but happy to try.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Bottled May 14th 2016, best before May 14th 2017!

Really nice clean and crystal clear body, with a real good orange to dark yellow body color and faint trickling streams of nice carbonation. Very good sized capped bleach white head, nearly making three fingers. Great staying power too, with a clumpy chunky ring lace and head creamy hanging on. Great looking for a lager.

Aroma bends a bit sweet. Hits slight adjunct corn but slightly paper like malt character. Doesn't get horrificaly sweet though at least, with nothing nearly for hop aroma not even a touch.

Palate unfortunately keeps to simpler things. A sticky slightly pale yeast flavor marked by quite a bit more corn like sweetness. Finishes a little wet with a bit more sugar than anticipated. Some faint hits of light bread that even gets a bit of honey treatment, but gets just a bit too sweet.

I am quite surprised how many of these mass lagers are just so sweet tasting. This is drinkable at least, you could be doing far worse.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

**
05/31/15
Bottle at Abyssinia restaurant, Philadelphia, waiting to get into Fiume Bar above to try Founders CBS. Not bad. Smoky taste late. Grassy. Hard to evaluate through bottle. So-so.

**

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Photo of Beginner2
3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Refreshing on a hot day the first time I Had it, the second time was less lucky: a rainy cold day. Worse, Tusker's malty character indicates it would go with mild foods and I had it with Indian food. My bad.

Nonetheless, it is a nice simple lager whose carbonation and balancing hops cleaned the palate for more Indian food.
Did its job as well as it could.

Listed in the "1001," it is one of the best-selling beers in Africa. So as a book seeking to be global, the "1001" editors had to put it on the list.

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Photo of LAp
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500mL can poured into a table glass. Pours a crystal clear light straw, forming a 1 finger foamy white head, which recedes gradually to leave minimal lacing. Nose is clean lightly roasted malts. The palate is less saccharine than the malt-dominated lagers of the US, and reflects a more European sensibility in its malting than that found in the Americas (both North and South - e.g. Salva Vida). Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, light-medium in body, and crisp without being overly watery. Overall, far more inoffensive than anticipated. There's a certain nostalgia here for Austrian lagers that biases this review, but the beer is undeniably drinkable, and well rounded. The fuller, more savory predilections of the beer are nicely reminiscent of an older lager tradition from the other side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of Svingjo
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a crystal clear pale straw colour with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose starts with a raw grain, wet grass aroma that is surrounded by sweet malts. The taste is quite weak with some slight malt taste that has some lingering bitterness around the edges. The mouthfeel like the taste is quite watery. I suppose in the hot African day a cold one of these who be quite refreshing however I find it falls a bit short. Glad for the chance to try this African beer but unless I'm in African I probably won't be searching this one out.

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Photo of Squire
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Who can resist Dumbo?

Something I've picked up from time to time when our paths crossed. Admittedly for the label because there's little else to recommend it.A lightweight lager with minimal hops and malt laden with adjuncts to round out the recipe.

Not worth a premium price but worth a laugh.

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Tusker Finest Quality Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 765 ratings