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Tusker Premium Lager - East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)

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70
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522 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website
Kenya

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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JHendu

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

10-28-2012 02:37:52 | More by JHendu
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

10-10-2012 04:01:57 | More by fishguyac
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

04-20-2013 01:01:20 | More by RochefortChris
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DefinitelyNotMichigan

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

09-17-2013 20:56:51 | More by DefinitelyNotMichigan
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OgreSanchez

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

08-12-2013 01:27:48 | More by OgreSanchez
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anaids

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

06-29-2013 23:09:05 | More by anaids
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

02-27-2012 06:38:49 | More by RoryOMoore
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

11-26-2012 06:34:17 | More by MarkyMOD
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aerozeppl

New York

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

A: clear golden color with a finger of white head. Some lacing which is kind of surprising.

S: Smells like corn with a little malt thrown in.

T: Not really much to it but it is very refreshing. Little bit of sweetness from the malt. Like a bad macro with a slightly more favorable and different approach.

M: Light body with tons of carbonation.

D: This is why I love this beer. Super drinkable and halfway decent taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 22:59:21 | More by aerozeppl
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Exceedingly pale yellow, commonly known as straw-colored, with fine suspended bits like dust motes in a ray of pallid sunshine. The cotton white head is rumpled and bumpled on top with lace that looks shot through with buckshot.

The nose at first seemed indistinguishable from any other adjunct lager, but upon closer olfactory inspection, has an additional quality that I like. Sort of a sweet grain aroma that is much nicer than it sounds. It's one of the best 'macro' lager noses that I've run across.

That same quality is present on the palate and, likewise, meets my approval. It's probably corn, but it doesn't taste like corn. The flavor profile consists of sweet grass and grain with a nicely rounded flavor that contains no hint of skunkiness or sourness that is so prevalent in beer of this style.

The mouthfeel is thin initially, descending into frank wateriness on the finish, and the amount of carbonation is just right for easy drinking. Given the agreeable flavor, clean finish and light body, drinkability is fairly high.

I still wouldn't pick Tusker Premium Lager unless nothing else good was available, but for a macro lager it's tough to beat. A pleasant surprise from Kenya.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 16:31:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

03-28-2012 20:35:48 | More by redleg411
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

06-03-2012 05:34:19 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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TheDarkKnight

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

11-13-2013 00:02:30 | More by TheDarkKnight
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generallee

New York

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz long neck bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date.

Appearance: The body very light and has a very pale straw color with very good clarity. Its head is bright white in color and made of a loose foam which light and quickly fades out.

Smell: Light grain and clean wet straw notes are just noticeable in the modest light nose.

Taste/Palate: As expected the body was light and thin with a very clean bready/cracker like pale malt. Hops added pale straw like flavor, balanced bitterness and a crisp finish. Underneath is just the very slightest hint of a white grape skin flavor note.

Notes: Overall this is your basic pale thin hot weather lager. It was clean, drinkable and well, boring. Anyway I can now say that I have had a beer from the continent of Africa!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 21:35:48 | More by generallee
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gopens44

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw colored with virtually no head. Clear enough to slow down the same amount of light as a bay window.

S - A little honey but very yeasty. Like uncooked pizza dough.

T - Malty and honey with a hint of mineral water style crispness. Very pleasant!

M - Thin with a dry finish. No aftertaste.

What a pleasant surprise this is. Very clean, crisp and flavorful for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 23:34:23 | More by gopens44
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, corn flakes, and slight buttered bread. Taste is of sweet grain, light fruit flavors, and some slight citrus flavors on the finish. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good lager and my first beer ever from Africa. I am impressed with this one to be quite honest.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 07:31:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Drizzam!

A - It sounds like a soda with its head creating quite a fury as it fades very fast from its cloak of white merely a trace at the surface. The body is thin, watery and a pale yellow. Far from an inviting look.

S - Slight corn aroma with a grainy edge.

T - Firm flavor of pale malt. Not much else happenin' here.

M - This beer has an interesting feel. It has a decent thickness to it making it rather smooth on the intake. But once it reaches the back and sides of my tongue a mild coarseness is released.

~ While the American adjuct lager is not by any means one of my top favorite styles I have to say this beer wears on me. With each pull it seems to get a bit better. That being said, its hard to rate the drinkability anything less than good.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 00:51:14 | More by cdkrenz
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Gritsak

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale golden straw colow with a big fluffy white head. head fades to a top film but never fully goes away. no lacing.

S- yeast, fruit, malt, grain.

T- nice yeast flavor with strong grainy finish. very light hop presence.

M- light and watery. little carbonation

D- if you stuck to this all night you would be fine...

overall- really not a bad beer. MUCH better then other macros such as bud/miller and the like. went great with the burger with the first bottle. very refreshing and the taste seems to grow on you the more you drink. worth a taste in my book.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 03:32:49 | More by Gritsak
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At last! An African beer. Slowly my list is being completed. But will it be done before my liver and my life is? Doubtful. At least when I meet St. Peter I’ll be able to say “Take me or leave me, I drank an African brew. Bitch.” So….. anyway. Out of a bottle this beer from the Dark Continent was a clear, pale, yellow color. The one finger of white head fizzed out rather quickly and only a few streaks of sticky lacing remained to show for it. The aroma was slightly sweet, with an unexpected note of berries as well as sweet malt, some rice and a hint of floral hops. The flavors were drier than the aroma suggested but still pleasant enough and appropriate for the style. I tasted biscuity malt, the sweet, berry-like malt and the floral hops at the end. All of these notes were subtle and in general I would describe the beer as understated and yet it was altogether pleasant and in no way offensive, unlike many adjunct Lagers. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation soft. An easy to drink beer that would no doubt be very refreshing on a hot day, as I’m sure it was intended. Furthermore, I think it’s worth noting this was one of the best adjunct Lagers I’ve ever tasted. A gem and an oddity; like that girl I dated in VT with truly tremendous “assets” this specimen proved to be the best kind of novelty.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:30:46 | More by thekevlarkid
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clear straw yellow with a decent amount of white head, lasted a brief while, and left no lacing
S- malty, a slight hop notice, but a solid malt scent
T- A clean smooth malt taste, not spectacular but it is a solid flavor, got a little better as it warmed too, balanced pretty well.
M- a slightly crisp fine carbonation, slightly light body
D- pretty high, a solid picnic beer or something for summery days, clean smooth, but nothing spectacular

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 21:41:24 | More by Atron67
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seand

California

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light yellow with a small white head. Most of the head dissipates, and it doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Very light aroma, slightly malty.

T: Light, slightly malty bread flavor, and a hint of a sweeter almost banana-y flavor. A bit more interesting than I expected, to be honest, though still relatively bland.

M: Medium carbonation, light to medium body, pretty standard.

D: Made to be drinkable, and even has a fairly low ABV.

A pretty standard lager, but not bad if that's what you're looking for.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 23:51:48 | More by seand
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good African lager. One thing about Africa, they have a love affair with lagers. This beer poured a faint, standard yellow. Sort of what most North Americans would think of when they think of beer. Head was a short, 1/2 finger height, but boy was it strong. That foam lasted til it was suds at the bottom of the mug. Sparce strips of lace were left in purely random places on the glass. Very odd. Apparent, almost soda cracker smell dominated the nostrils. It was pleasantly refreshing. A bit of a sweet/starchy smell overall. Same soda crackerlike taste. Sort of a dry, starchy taste. Never experienced that in a beer before. But hey, I like it, and my judgement will show it. Their is a hop presence when swallowing. Refreshing, dry and crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 04:28:36 | More by slitherySOB
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 23:40:47 | More by BeerSox
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a pale yellow and is topped with a couple inches of creamy white head.

S - I get a sweet, caramel or toffee, smell. No hops to speak of.

T - I get that sweet toffee in the taste as well. Clean finish.

M - Thin

O - It's actually a lot better than I expected. It has some taste or it is mildly pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 17:02:29 | More by buschbeer
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jwff

Alaska

3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice pale straw color with an ample white head that shrinks to a layer but leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of grains and a little bit of syrupy sweetness that is kind of inviting.

This is a sticky sweet lager with flavors of grain covered up by sugar and has what seems to be a subdued sugary fruit aftertaste -- something like a fruit roll up. Nothing offensive about the taste, and it's actually quite addicting. Considering the low abv I would have expected this to be very thin, but the sugar seems to beef it up a bit. This is unexpectedly balanced, and I would place it somewhere in the malt liquor category. Somehow I could see this coming in a 40.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 02:59:48 | More by jwff
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.