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

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Tusker Finest Quality LagerTusker Finest Quality Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Tusker Premium Lager

Added by kbub6f on 06-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
719
Reviews:
375
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
19.27%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
73
For Trade:
0
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Photo of beaulabauve
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ryanjgamache
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bongobeer
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It 's okay, refreshing and wet...cool to try an African beer!

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Photo of EMV
3.22/5  rDev +7%
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 npachl
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
3.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Brilliant pale straw under a ½” white foam cap that provides thin lines of lace.
S: Something sweet and earthy – almost rooty – on the nose, fresh, light perfume and grains.
T: Light sweet grains with something minerally to chalky on the finish. Very faint tart green apple.
F: Crisp, sparkly finish. Very light and effervescent and refreshing.
O: Unimpressive but drinkable.

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Photo of onlymurderers
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Skabiski
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Libeertarian
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Mostly clear, but not as much as others of this style. Golden straw colored with white foamy head of low retention, but filming and lacing. Smell is grainy and incredibly sweet from malt and adjunct, not so much esters/alcohol. A strong rice and barley taste, mildly sweet, followed by small hop bite, but mellows back down with grainy retro-olfaction. Thin, a little less than smooth, highly carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Fairly distinct from other Adjunct and Pale Lagers, making less of an attempt to mask adjuncts.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: perfect clarity nice light gold color light head

S: bready almost light sourishess and a spicy pilsner smell

T: very light bready taste a little corn watery nothing extraordinary not offensive though either

M: light very clean

O: this Is just run of the mill lager probably the Budweiser of another country

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Photo of jshusc
2.72/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mikemands
3.37/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveMiller
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveBar
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
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 BeerDocT
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance 3.0: Pours out the familiar light yellow, almost clear color of a lager. Weak head and -surprisingly-- OK lacing.

Smell 3.0: Has an interesting bouquet. Malt and a sharp almost acidic smell. Somewhat grapey. Certainly not off-putting.

Taste 3.25: Front is void of any real taste, just cool liquid. Middle is where a wave of light, treacly malt sweetness comes in along with a slight sourness. Also getting some lagery cooked veggies and corn at this level as well. Finish is smooth and somewhat dry with a pleasant lagery finish. Aftertaste is where a slight taste of corn comes back in, but only briefly and is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Very light and refreshing in the mouth, with an almost perfect level of conditioning for this style.

Overall 3.25: Good beer. I am sure this would be like finding an oasis in the desert if you could drink one (or more) of these on a hot day in equatorial Africa, where it is brewed. This is a good lager and not everyone is fond of, or really appreciates a lager these days...with good reason. Regardless, this is a refreshing beer and worth a try if you are at a restaurant or at a beer store.

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Photo of Fastwalker19
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bbmaj
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NCMonte
3.26/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On the sweet side of Lagers, generally average beer but drinkable. Nothing to hate, nothing to stand out.

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Photo of leroybrown10
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Asics
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bogdawg
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
2.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Very good creamy smooth pale lager.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Some sweetness on the palate as well. Finishes with a typical lager finish, lightly sweet.

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Tusker Finest Quality Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
3.01 out of 5 based on 719 ratings.
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