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

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BA SCORE
71
okay

582 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 20.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of thehyperduck
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before January 22 2013. I've sort of wanted to try this for a while simply because I've never had African beer, but by the time I came to it on the shelf I always already had a bunch of other Euro lagers I wanted to try in my basket - and the 3+ dollar price tag was also a slight turnoff. But I am a ticker with an itch, so I was bound to get this eventually.

Pours a familiar pale golden-yellow colour, completely clear and highly effervescent. Good, attractive head, especially for the style - big, puffy and pillowy, and it leaves behind lots of webby lacing on the glass as it gradually dies down over the next minute or two to a thin, even cap that remains for much of the drink. Looks really tasty - but the aroma isn't nearly as enticing, differing little from most of the other examples of this style. It is subdued, grainy, a little sweet, and wholly uninteresting. Decent for the style.

Relatively approachable taste. Lots of bready malts, some grainy sweetness with a bit of an adjunct twang. Given the style, I can't really fault it for that - it's not offputting but it's definitely a bit corny. There is a light brush of grassy hop dryness toward the end of the sip, but the aftertaste is mostly adjunct and malt sweetness. Acceptable balance, enough to maintain the inherent refreshing/crisp quality of the style, and certainly not cloying or unappealing. Light-bodied and watery, with relatively mild carbonation for a pale lager. I might have served this a bit too warm, but it's still enjoyable.

Final Grade: 3.5, a surprisingly solid B. I actually rather like Tusker Lager, and I may just get it again some time. It is a fine example of how even this comparatively bland style of beer can be enjoyable, and even charming in its simplicity when done correctly. No, it's nothing to write home about - but it is still a quality quaff, at least to me. Perfect for the patio.

[Updated April 12 2014]

Another bottle. I've been drinking pale yellow fizzy adjunct lagers for basically a decade now, and as with my original review I still feel Tusker is one of the better examples I've tried. The only issue? It's just too expensive to be worth it. If money were no object then this would be a staple in my summer beer fridge, but until then I probably won't bother frequently.

thehyperduck, Jun 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

CAcker, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

lillitnn92, Thursday at 06:17 PM
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

DustinPurvis, May 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

jimbrinkruff, Jun 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

IPAchris, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

jaidenjb, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

jmn5082, Nov 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

RedneckBeerz, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Dmart1223, Sep 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Ceballonegro, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, straw yellow with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, some faint corn, a little earthiness.

T: A bit sweet up front, finishes dry with a touch of hops and also the alcohol sometimes peeking through. No off flavors, not bad for the style. After a while, some dry biscuit flavor joins the lineup.

M: Light, smooth, soda-like carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, again, judging according to the style. Light and refreshing, no off-flavors. Would drink it again if offered, might not seek it out, though. Worth a try.

AmericanGothic, Jul 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Coastal_Brew, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

JHendu, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

fishguyac, Oct 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

RochefortChris, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

DefinitelyNotMichigan, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

OgreSanchez, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

anaids, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

RoryOMoore, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

dmorgan310, Sep 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

MarkyMOD, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of aerozeppl
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

aerozeppl, Apr 27, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

afsdan, Aug 13, 2014
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
71 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.