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

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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:
721
Reviews:
376
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
19.27%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
73
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0
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(purchased at Binny's Beverage, Marcey St., CHI - no freshness date - poured into a half pint)

A: pale, faded, corn gold color... relatively clear... good bit of white foam forms on the pour, holding longer than expected, leaving a cap riddled with big bubbles

S: sweetish malt with shades of pancake... not all that different from your average mass-produced lager

T: basic pale lager taste with some interesting nuances... no clear cut indication anywhere whether this is all-malt or not, but it sort of tastes like it could be... corn muffin, shortbread flavors, light toasted notes... no hops, minimal balancing bitterness

M: feels like an all-malt lager, a bit fuller than a rice or corn beer... clean, soft, mellow... no bite

O: pretty decent... wouldn't mind drinking a few of these if it was the only thing around

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Photo of BeerSox
3.44/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass. I think this is the first 12oz imported bottle that I can recall. Usually it's 11.2oz (330ml).

Crystal clear golden hue with a very dense, pillow, and fluffy-appearing two finger bright white head. Looks like a settling cloud. I have to say, this is one attractive lager.

Very light bready grains, very weak. A little bit of flowery hop aroma, but also somewhat stale.

The flavor rebounds a bit, with some subtly cooked grains, and a little bit of hop bite. There is a very sweet flavor in the background, maybe the adjunct is corn? Light bodied.

An okay lager. It's actually somewhat enjoyable and I'd certainly except one in Kenya, or actually several places. A little too much of the vegetable flavor in this one, although it's barely there. Good, but plenty room for improvement.

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Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tusker Premium Lager pours a golden yellow with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is sweet and grainy. I can taste a fair amount of malt and lots of grain, there's not much more to it. Very light bodied. This is a decent enough lager, worth a try.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Transparent, hay colored hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Rising effervescence. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Pungent malt. A little peanut, and rubber.

T: Pale malt with a slight synthetic sweetness, and soapiness.

M: Crisp and fairly light. Sticky and washed out.

D: Session lager.

Atmosphere is decent. Light hue, nice head, and thick lacing. Nose is pungent and nutty. Pale and washed out malt with a synthetic sweet/soapy palate. Overall, this is a pretty average quaff.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

Photo of Squire123
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Photo of marc77
2.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear straw hue w/ swirling flakes of yeast, topped by a thick, well retained bumpy white head that leaves good lace. Corn sweetness, light grain huskiness, mild sulfur in aroma w/ a trace grassy hop nose. Pasty creamed corn sweetness hits the palate upfront, then is followed by light, clean bready malt. Devoid of malt character overall. Subdued lemony hop flavor. Typically thinly bodied and watery in mouthfeel from the copious use of adjuncts and consequent lack of protein. Finishes clean and lightly sweet due to the paltry hopping. Tusker isn't flawed, but the large use of adjuncts leave a void in flavor that make it most forgettable. Not unlike macroswill, Tusker's bland enough to leave my palate craving flavor.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.14/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of gonzo000
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of soju6
2.32/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a small head with bits of lacing.

S: Aroma is quite mild with just a bit of corn sweetness and not much else.

T: Taste is quite bland with a bit of malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, just a bit of crispness and no flavor at all.

O: A non-offensive beer that is bland and has no character.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear yellow color with a 1/2" white head with several sizes of bubbles. The head soon settles to a large ring and an island of foam while leaving a few patches of lacing on the sides. Sipping leaves lots of scattered small speckles and a few legs of lacing.

The aroma is very faint but pleasant enough grain with a hint of bread and maybe a light touch of hop.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some lightly sweet graininess, but there is also an almost hidden touch of fruitiness. I'd say there's a bit of bitterness here except its more like an absence of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side and slightly prickly from the modest carbonation. The finish is medium length, starts in the grainy sweetness, and fades to a quiet ending with some slight bitter dryness showing.

Overall this is a light, refreshing beer that would be fine for a summer's afternoon. While I won't be buying it again I do find that I'd be willing to have it again if it was on offer at cook out or other summer activity.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

'Beer Only' is etched onto the bottle.

It pours a pale gold with a foamy collar that leaves lots of lace trails behind. The aroma is very weak with some limpid malt sweetness. The taste is of wet cardboard, grain husks, and stale white bread. The mouthfeel is very watery and theres virtually no hop bitterness. Carbonation is less fizzy than other adjunct lagers. This is an average lager, its definitely more flavorful that Labatt Blue or Bud, but not as flavorful as Becks or Grolsch.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First African beer I've ever tried. Pours clear gold with an average white head. Pale malt and mineral water aroma. Thin, but has a pleasant light and sweet taste. Really good on a hot day, no real shock as it is from Kenya. Not going to get again, but worth trying.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.19/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A very pale clear yellow with a slight head that melts to only a film of white bubbles.

Aroma is typical adjunct smells...sweet pale malts and possibly some corn.

Taste is extra sweet for an American Macro Lager and missing completely on the bitter hop finish that should be present. Aftertaste of lingering canned corn that is not pleasant.

Kenya's version of Bud...not a bad impression...but nothing more, either.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mick303
3.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a head of pale white foam, leaves a film and good lacing. Colour is pale gold with a decent carbonation.

Aroma holds mostly malt, sour lager notes. Nothing particularly inspiring.

Taste initially holds a light citrusy, taste is quite refreshing. Not much other than thin malt flavours along with the carbonation, hops are fairly understated. A sort of mineral or grainy character towards the end. Drinkable without much body in the way of taste or aftertaste, but certainly better than the big macros. Finish is very dry.

I find the mouthfeel quite light, not excatly watery, slightly crisp.

Good on a hot day. Not offensive and pretty refreshing, but not terribly inspiring.

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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 Rice_Nate_25
3/5  rDev -0.3%

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

I had this beer last night and didn't write down any of the finer points of the beer for a sophisticated review, and that was because there really wasn't much to record and there were no real qualities that jumped out. This is an adjunct lager, with a slightly drying salty finish, there was plenty of cooked veggie, musty lager aromas and tastes. This was entirely mediocre beer that I didn't finish

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this African brew while doing some midnight grilling with friends.

A - Golden bronze yellow with a one and half finger head of foamy white suds. A small amount of lace is left on the glass, and head retention is not the greatest, but it sticks around for a while.

S - Grainy malt, gentle honeycomb, and some laid back herbal/grassy hops. The hops are just barely there, but provide a bit of aromatic balance to the predominately malty notes.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Malty honey and cereal grains with a gentle touch of dried hay hops.

M - Light bodied....maybe a little bit thicker than a pils. Moderate carbonation and a pleasant waxy finish with a little more hoppage. Nice.

D - This basic but tasty lager went well with some big sausages and turkey dogs. Nothing special going on here, but it's a very respectable if a bit basic lager. If this is classified as an American Macro, then it's probably about the best AML that I've ever had.

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Tusker Finest Quality Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
3.01 out of 5 based on 721 ratings.
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