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

BA SCORE
71
okay
719 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay
Read the review
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
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 719 |  Reviews: 375
Photo of woemad
2.19/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane, Valley, WA, for $2.79. My first Kenyan beer. There is no freshness date anywhere on the bottle. For a long time I’d thought I’d had this, but I think it was actually Elephant Beer I was thinking of.

Poured into an Ice Harbor nonic pint glass, this was a clear, pale golden amber color, with a thin, noisy and fizzy head that disappeared quickly.

Crude, earthy grainy scent, with some fruity, diacetyl-like esters.

Sweet, corny, grainy flavor. No hop flavor at all. Pretty insipid.

Fairly light body, but very little carbonation so it comes off heavier than it should. Dull, lifeless mouthfeel.

11.2oz was as much as I could stand. Bland yet undercarbonated, so there’s no flavor payoff to the work that goes into drinking it. Oh, well, at least Kenya's now off the list.

 831 characters

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

Photo of dmberger
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sokol_1993
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had one 330ml bottle in DC at a African party.
Smell: Sweet smell of malt, but also of adjunct, and the sweet smell is really forced and somewhat fake.
Taste: not much is there. Really light taste, skunky and forced. Doesn't taste like a decent beer in any way.
Feel: Very light body and no aftertaste whatsoever.

I'll pass this one next time. Good thing they also had wine at the party.

 390 characters

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

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

Photo of GarbageMan10
2.32/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libbey pilsner glass.

Look - Not sure how to describe this one; chicken broth? Transparent amber with an amazing amount of sediment (floaties) in it. It looks like an aquarium that was over fed. Nice head that settles in to a fingernail thick ring around the glass. Nice lacing. I don't know if I wanna taste it with all of this going on in my glass.
Smell - The smell brings back my bravery. I get some biscuit, grass, fruit and honey. The smell does not betray it to be an AAL.
Taste - Honey sweetness. I get a bit of raw pizza dough, apple juice, malts. It's not bad at all.
Feel - The mouthfeel gets a little "tricky" the closer I get to the bottom of the glass. Not crisp, like I expected it to be. Thin except for chunks. As the sediment settled and the closer I got to the bottom of the glass, the feel actually became clumpy as it passes over my tongue. ( I swear I am not making this up.)
Overall - Sediment in my beer doesn't intimidate my drinking. The sediment was a little much in this one, it affected my drinking experience. It's a good AAL., something I would drink from time to time. I will have to see if the floaties in this beer are the rule or exception.

 1,205 characters

Photo of byronic
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BlueSpader
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Re-reviewing the first and only beer I've ever tried from Kenya. 500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. purchased for $3.45 CDN.

Appearance - Very clear, plae golden beer with 1 finger of soft white head was poured. Modest retention of a few minutes and no lacing left behind. Carbonation is moderate as well.

Smell - Grain with a healthy dose of sweetened corn and caramel. Not much else going on.

Taste - Comes across quite sweet again with corn flavors, sweetened and coated in caramel. some mild bitterness on the back end. Watery tasting too, as the flavors don't really stick that much to the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Light, but well carbonated and becomes a bit gassy. Spritzy carbonation on the tongue.

Overall - A decent representation of the style and better than most. Something I might drink on occasion, if it wasn't as expensive as it is. As far as AAL's from Africa goes though, a brewery would be hard pressed to top this one. Rating didn't change from initial insight, so actually pleasantly that I got this one spot on from my earlier beer tasting days.

 1,077 characters

Photo of headlessparrot
3.31/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mkholmes25
2.59/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Phigg1102
3.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was more impressive than I thought it would be. The pure barley taste is something that would not be appreciated in America but I honestly liked it. I would drink this again if I came across it in the states.

 213 characters

Photo of dbiduk
3.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mmmm....tasty! Me like. (See other reviews for a more coherent review :-) )

77 characters

Photo of KYGunner
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's an adjunct tasting beer with a bit more of a stale grain taste. No real hoppiness it gets a bit more like a Pilsner as it finishes. Some rice and a little corn it has a cheap barley malt.

 192 characters

Photo of EdTheEdge
2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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

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

Photo of Greywulfken
2.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Weak beer, but not the worst of the bunch. All countries suffer from adjunct lager syndrome apparently. This was a little lighter and crisper than some American BMC beers.

 171 characters

Photo of Capsfan90
2.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BarryCroke
4.01/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Came upon this again out of the blue. Fond memories of Somalia. Could not remember if it was the taste or the fact that I had not had a beer in months. 20 years later I found out. I enjoyed it for not only ability to have a beer but also a very good tasting beer.

 264 characters

Photo of T-34-85
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw gold, and forms a large, billowy head of thick white foam with good retention. Lacing was quite noticeable.

Smell: Biscuit malt forms the bulk of the smell, though oddly sweet, with an almost honey-like note to the sweetness. Grassiness is also present, with something vaguely rootlike.

Taste: Again, biscuity malt with that honey sweetness, like eating a biscuit that has honey drizzled over it. Grassy notes abound throughout the tasting process as well, alongside a presence best described as pollen. It's a simple taste profile, though not a bad one.

Mouthfeel: Light, lively, and drinkable.

Overall: Not a bad lager. Not the greatest lager ever brewed, but the honey-sweetness adds a bit of interest that I haven't run across often with pale lagers.

 841 characters

Photo of Thirstygoat
2.86/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe