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

Tusker Finest Quality LagerTusker Finest Quality Lager
BA SCORE
3.02/5
726 Ratings
Tusker Finest Quality LagerTusker Finest Quality Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
Kenya
eabl.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Tusker Premium Lager

Added by kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Reviews:
377
Ratings:
726
pDev:
19.21%
Bros Score:
3.31
 
 
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Photo of warpedrevolution
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EMV
3.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had in bottle (many times) in Kenya while on Safari

L: This one pours a clear golden color with nice white head that falls rapidly.

S: Malts and faint hops. A little skunk.

T/F: Pretty standard macro lager... would be hard pressed to differentiate it in a taste test from other efforts. Crisp and malty. Very mild hops at the finish. Most bottles had a little skunk but no better/worse than your average macro lager. Pretty well carbonated.

O: No better or worse than your average macro lager, and if nothing else they were crisp and refreshing... especially when out in the Massai Mara park in Kenya. Cheap and a nice change from water. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but when you're in the middle of nowhere it hits the spot. Also... love the bottle.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into pint glass. It pours a clear golden-yellow. Although it is quite carbonated, there is only a very thin, snow-white head and almost no lacing. The aroma is mostly grain and grass; nothing else to speak of. Ditto the taste: mostly grain and grass, although it does have a touch of sweetness; I cannot tell whether it is fruit or corn. It is dry but has no bitterness. I didn't notice any hops. Its feel is very light, almost watery. It has a noticeable fizziness. With its very low ABV, it is exceedingly drinkable. I could imagine sitting in a dimly-lit bar in Mombasa and drinking this all day under a slowly-turning fan. Overall, compared to many other Adjunct American Lagers, Tusker isn't bad. And it's a lot more interesting and fun.

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Photo of AltBock
1.45/5  rDev -52%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. brown bottle will a small oval label of an elephant in front of a yellow back drop. Along with all the mandatory US information, the back label has 2 seperate paragraphs. The first one talks about why this beer is named Tusker. It's named after the elephant that killed one of the brewery's owners. How morbid! The second one talks about where all the ingredients came from. The neck label has a manufactured date and a best before date. Mine was made on 31 Jan 08 and has a best before date of 31 Jan 09.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this African beer was a clear and I mean clear pale lemon yellow. It was so pale that it almost looked white in color. The head of foam was a bunch of white fizzy bubbles that quickly fizzled away into a handful of white fizzy rings and one big blot of fizzy bubbles on top. There was no trace of lace anywhere.

The aroma was strong, but it was strong with malted corn, malted rice, a hint of apple juice, and a pinch of stale bitter hops. It was an insult to my sense of smell. I'm glad that it didn't smell like a skunk.

Taste? I wish! The taste was all carbonation with sweet malted corn, malted rice, spring water, and a tiny touch of bitter floral hops.If there was any malt in here, the malted grains quickly covered it up. Like in the aroma, I'glad there was any skunk in here.

The mouthfeel was light with a watery aftertaste of spring water and malted rice. I'm glad that this aftertaste didn't stick around. How could it? It was just water with a little grain taste added to it.

I surely hope that not all African beers taste like this one? It was just a cheap watery beer with a small taste of malted grains. That's all folks for this beer. If you find $2 on the street and you want to buy a beer with it, then you might want to buy it.

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Photo of SkinniePost
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of T-34-85
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.19/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no date) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale dirty straw color. Thin white head with some persistent strands of lacing noted. Remarkably colorless beer.

Smell: Crisp, grainy, a little bit of sweetness.

Taste: Sweet, crisp clean malt, hint of honey, earthy hop finish. Quite a simple flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Watery with carbonation just south of fizzy.

Overall / Drinkability: Despite not being much to look, it's still a crisp and refreshing beer. I could easily have another. It's a simple and unassuming beer and it goes quite well with food to wash it down (fish tacos in my case). I suspect it would go quite well with highly spicy African food as well to counter the fire and heavy flavor from that type of food. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of mscudder
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fishguyac
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Wobbly
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of BlueSpader
3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of artoolemomo
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which really has no retention at all. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a clear pale straw that appears as a mix of pale straw and weak lemon when held up to the light. A speck or two of lacing.

Nose- Fairly boring, typical AAL aroma. I get sour grain from the glass while the bottle shows some cornflakes, grain, and a hint of sweet malt. Swirling does little to coax anymore scents- most likely because there aren't any.

Taste- Pretty much as boring as the nose and reflective of it as well. Sour grain, cornflakes, cereal, and a hint of sweet malt (maybe even a little bit of white grape). A very slightly bitter finish that has some earthiness, perhaps even a tinge of woodiness. Not as watery as a lot of AALs but pretty much as boring. The most positive aspect of this beer is there aren't really any off flavors.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation. A little bit of a dry finish. It maybe could use a little more carbonation.

Drinkability- Very sessionable but the real question is why would you want to? And at 2.50 a bottle, just go and grab a PBR already.

Overall- Very mediocre to almost poor. We've all had this beer before and it's pretty much the reason why many of us are so obsessive about craft beer- we want a beer that tastes like something. This doesn't. You can pass on it.

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Photo of Greasy
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveBar
2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over the $3.00 mark for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" white head that is gone in seconds. Lighter gold color and filtered clear

S- Some malt and the tiniest of hops. Touch metallic

T- It's like rice beer. Very similar to a bad Mexican beer.

M- Similar to a Bud.

O- Not a very good beer. Will not buy again unless there is nothing else to drink.

Food Pairing

This beer will go with...... Anything you would pair with a low quality Mexican beer

Enjoy

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cracked the bottle open and instant skunk aroma came out. luckily (and strangely) it disappeared for the most part shortly thereafter. this one pours a pale straw yellow colour witha nice white frothy head that dissolves rather quickly to a lasting lace with surprising stickiness. the smell did retain a bit of the skunkiness, but aside from that, there wasn't much else in the smell department, save for maybe some grain and hop smells. the taste is again grain and hop, though mostly watered down, yet crisp and refreshing without being overly carbonated. there's a bit of a sweet aftertaste that did not compliment the dry finish so much. a slightly below average yet still drinkable lager.

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

5-26-19 - poured into a personalized pilsner glass - 335ml/ 12 Fl.OZ. capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow with a nice, bubbly, white head that slowly reduces to slight and thin. Some slight lacing that mainly stays with the head.

Smell: Aroma of sweet malt, grassy hops, floral notes and a hint of minor skunkiness.

Taste: This beer is grainy and doughy, but all-around light in flavor and a little watery.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. The feel is smooth, but thin with a watery finish.

Drinkability: This beer is drinkable and reasonably refreshing, but nothing especially distinguishable ever materializes.

Comments: A lager that surprised me a little. I did not expect much, but this beer did leave me believing I may have missed something about it. However, in the end a run-of-the-mill lager.

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Photo of npachl
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jho3325
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of KStark
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to stange. Sampled 10/29/11 with a best by date of 2/16/12.

A: Two fingers of bright white airy foamy head rise from the pour and last much longer than expected. The color of the body is the lightest, palest yellow that I've ever seen in a beer. Clarity is top notch. Lacing is rather decent.

S: Metal, generic grain, rice or corn, with an overall adjunct-y aroma and taste. Not much else stands out in the malt department - and almost nothing as far as hops go. Fruity esters from the lager yeast.

T: Not a whole lot unlike Miller Lite, if memory serves. Embarrassingly enough for the collective American palate, this beer is significantly better - and much better than anticipated.

M: Very light beer with a crisp and snappy finish. A little metallic. With the ABV unlisted, I was thinking as low as 3%. Very refreshing.

O: Hey - not bad man. Would Tusker be a gold medal award winner at International Monde Selection if it were?

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Photo of dcotom
2.74/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kimcgolf
2.16/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had never tried a beer from Kenya, so this was worth it from that standpoint. However, it really was not much different from a BMC nmacro lager, except that it wasnÂ’t quite so heavy on the graqin. Poured a sparkling golen yellow, with some carbonation, a thin head and okay lacing. Some hops in the aroma, but nothing dominant. Likewise with the flavor. Not too much on the mouthfeel or finish.

Kenya is much better known for their long distance runners than for their beer, and Tusker beer illustrates why. Maybe they run a long way to get better beer.

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Tusker Finest Quality Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
Beer rating: 3.02 out of 5 with 726 ratings
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