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

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BA SCORE
70
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494 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%


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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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a 12oz single for $1.99 at Manchester Wine and Liquors in Manchester CT. Bottled on/ freshness dating is stampled on the bottle but is hard to read... I think it says best by Sep 10. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear light yellow brew is extremely fizzy, tons of carbonation on the glass, a fizzy white head fizzles out in a matter of seconds. Smell is practically nonexistent, just a little adjunct sweetness. Feel has mostly settled down, certainly didn't hold its fizz... it went from explosive to nearly flat in about 3 minutes. Taste is mild adjunct sweetness, maybe a little muddy hop... nothing offensive, but nothing interesting either.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 23:36:05 | More by BeerNinja007
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light, straw yellow with an ample white fizz head formed from large bubbles and settles quickly.

S: Aroma is malty with a touch of bitterness and strong with bright honey sweetness, very unusual but welcome for a traditional lager.

T/M: Flavor is more subdued but a lot like what a standard issue lager should be: medium carbonation, tiny bit of hoppy bitterness, touch of honey sweetness, lingering malts, very basic and very light.

It goes down smooth, though, and fast, ideal for a hot day when flavor might take a back seat to refreshment but very average otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 22:27:36 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to stange. Sampled 10/29/11 with a best by date of 2/16/12.

A: Two fingers of bright white airy foamy head rise from the pour and last much longer than expected. The color of the body is the lightest, palest yellow that I've ever seen in a beer. Clarity is top notch. Lacing is rather decent.

S: Metal, generic grain, rice or corn, with an overall adjunct-y aroma and taste. Not much else stands out in the malt department - and almost nothing as far as hops go. Fruity esters from the lager yeast.

T: Not a whole lot unlike Miller Lite, if memory serves. Embarrassingly enough for the collective American palate, this beer is significantly better - and much better than anticipated.

M: Very light beer with a crisp and snappy finish. A little metallic. With the ABV unlisted, I was thinking as low as 3%. Very refreshing.

O: Hey - not bad man. Would Tusker be a gold medal award winner at International Monde Selection if it were?

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 13:49:50 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 22:04:22 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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mtbbaboon

Connecticut

2.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a bottle of this at a restaurant. I poured the bottle into a pint glass. No head to speak of and no lacing. The color is very light. Sitting next to my glass of water, I could barely tell the difference between the two. The aroma is subdued to say the least. There is a slight hint of hops and malt and I really had to take a few deep sniffs to register the aroma. The taste is much the same...very mild on hops and grain, with a bit of a funky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dry and bubbly. Overall, a rather underwhelming beer that barely registered on my senses. I think the bottle with the elephant logo was the coolest part of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 15:49:51 | More by mtbbaboon
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Named after a murderous pachyderm. My cousin says it's all the rage in Zanzibar.

Freshness dating on the bottle!

Tusker is a sickly pale yellow color with a thin fizzy head that vanishes right before your eyes! It just doesn't look like something I would want to drink.

Smells like wheat and fish tank chemicals.

Tastes like yeast, wheat and malt liquor. Kinda like Miller High Life Light. Thin, fizzy, champagne-ish carbonation leaves a very dry aftertaste. It gets points for drinkability because I could picture some one drinking many on a summer beach. The kind of beer you would put fruit in.

As it's made in Kenya I hope it will make me a faster marathoner.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 03:02:23 | More by donkeyrunner
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soju6

Missouri

2.34/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 00:47:27 | More by soju6
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jayhawk73

Maryland

2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light gold color with a one finger white head. Average lacing and carbonation. The nose is skunk, grain, and slight malt. Fairly disappointing, even for the style. Taste is actually average for the style. It's not too sweet, got a decent malt background, and is not bad for a AAL. Feel is light, undercarbonated with good malt bill. Overall, a better choice than some others in the style, but I won't seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:24:47 | More by jayhawk73
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A little white in another pale lager. Passable aroma. Light mouthfeel even a tad grainy rather than creamy and little taste. Macro type ale.A tad metallic mid-sip. Can drink it if thirsty.Fresh.More malty than bitter.Suitably carbonated. Passable overall rather than a standard macro.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 03:46:26 | More by Sammy
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weller1js

West Virginia

2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: pours a watery yellow with heavy carbonation which dissolves quickly leaving little lacing.

smell: faint pilsner scent with a predominant sweet overtone.

taste: begins clean with malty flavor yielding to a semisweet flavor in the finish, no other discernable tastes.

drinkability: overall quality appears poor, drinking the beer gives little worth noting, would not drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 23:27:32 | More by weller1js
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First came across this beer while in Kenya for a holiday and Safari in 2007. I thought it an ideal beer to wash away the dust and heat in Africa.

However, on a March afternoon in a cold, wet and windy England, it isn't so great.

This bottle was brought back with me, purely to review on this site (you can now buy it at TESCO's supermarket chain in the UK).

It looked fine in a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass. Pale golden and as clear as any lager/pilsner on earth. The white head was thin to start with and got even thinner very quickly.

As with most lagers/pilsners there was next to no aroma worth talking about. Some wheat type smells, but no beery bits got up my nose. It gets my normal 3 score.

I was disappointed in the taste, it was nothing like I remembered. Almost tasteless, like a Bitbuger Pilsner.

Watery and weak flavoured, this is a hot day beer, as mentioned earlier.

If I had reviewed this beer in Africa, the score would have been a lot higher. Sadly in the cold light of an English day, it didn't come up to muster.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 09:08:16 | More by BlackHaddock
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germanbeer1

Maine

2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was drawn to this beer mostly, because I wanted to try an African-style beverage, but my hopes for this beer were quickly dashed. This beer is rather metallic in taste and has an overall sloppy feeling on the palate. This is definitely a beer that you can cross off your list, but probably not worth going back for.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:10:17 | More by germanbeer1
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mschofield

Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden with a three finger stark white foamy head.
Light sulfur, sweet malt, a little bit of lemon and grass in the aroma.
Metallic taste, light malt.
Light and thin bodied, it comes across kind of like unskunked heineken. I imagine it would be rather drinkable in an incredibly hot and humid area. Nothing special, just about Bud/Miller range, but how often would I have a beer from Kenya. Worth buying once just for that fact.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 22:15:03 | More by mschofield
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transcribed from my tasting notebook.

Mildly clouded pale straw yellow, very fizzy head like a soft drink, that goes away completely in an instant, no lacing. Smells like a malt with lots of sweet corn adjuncts and strange metallic odors, some earthy-type noble hops (but not very strong) Taste includes more of the annoying metallic presence, some sweet malts completely out of balance with the faint attempt at hopping, mouthfeel is overly watery and not very satisfying at all. I'm probably never going to visit this one ever again, I do not recommend it. Too similar to any other BMC to justify the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 17:19:41 | More by WastingFreetime
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grynder33

Wisconsin

2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light colored, bubbly big headed pour. Very light hop aroma, bubbles disappeared quickly on tongue leaving a flat feel on the mouth. Light hop tastedisappeared quickly, not much aftertaste. Wonn't buy again, won't recommenend it to anyone.I'm stunned that Bob Klein so highly regards this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 21:47:03 | More by grynder33
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foamyhead

Denmark

2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Extremely light pilsner style beer. The foam is ok firm, but definitely not a sensation.
In the nose it is sharp and metallic, with hints of alcohol.
Extremely light taste, reminds me a bit of a beer that has been standing for several hours in the glass. Not fresh, even though well carbonated.
Nevertheless it is an easy-to-drink beer, but since it lacks personality and body I wouldn't recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 16:36:07 | More by foamyhead
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am off of CANs for a short time to realign my bottle numbers and this was a recent acquisition from tone77 who likes to keep me in bottles.

From the bottle: "Tusker Lager has been brewed in East Africa since 1922. Named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders, Tusker claims that special heritage of being one of the first beers in East Africa. Over the years, this unique lager has become a part of East Africa's rich tradition. Tusker is brewed with high quality malt, made from equatorial barley grown at the base of Mt. Kenya, choicest hops and water that springs from the renowned Aberdare mountain range. Tusker's famous crisp, refreshing taste and finest quality has continuously earned Gold Medals in the prestigious International Monde Selection Awards."

The pour resulted in a finger of dense, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a really light yellow, so light that it made me think that I have passed darker urine. NE-plus quality clarity in that I could see into the future with this one. Nose had a very cereal/silage/cooked vegetable scent and I was not terribly surprised. Mouthfeel was medium with an unexpected blandness in the mouth. This was almost like drinking water in terms of its lack of taste. Finish was equally bland and boring. It was not bad, just unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 00:20:14 | More by woodychandler
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.17/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Spews out of the bottle a yellow liquid, with the faintest smokiness. The head rises and falls and disappears immediately after the pours.
Cereal grain nose touched with a sweetness that suggests corn.
Grainy upon entering the mouth with that same sense of cereal. Henceforth, the taste rating serves as a repercussion of the flaccid mouthfeel. The carbonation levels are shockingly low for this type of beer, allowing a cloying cornfed rotten apple sweetness to build up without reproof. Normally, the strafing bubbles will provide dryness and thirst-slaking closure. Not here. Feeble hops are just marginally noted at the close with a nod to plant stalks.
This fails entirely on its relatively simple premises.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 06:58:34 | More by cokes
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Atricapilla

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very light golden color with a white one finger head of relatively thin foam. Beer was fairly carbonated. Aroma was light: grass and a hint of hops if you strained hard enough. Taste was thin, watery and carbonated, a hint of biting hops. I'd say slightly better than a normal macro....

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 05:11:41 | More by Atricapilla
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.15/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had never tried a beer from Kenya, so this was worth it from that standpoint. However, it really was not much different from a BMC nmacro lager, except that it wasn’t quite so heavy on the graqin. Poured a sparkling golen yellow, with some carbonation, a thin head and okay lacing. Some hops in the aroma, but nothing dominant. Likewise with the flavor. Not too much on the mouthfeel or finish.

Kenya is much better known for their long distance runners than for their beer, and Tusker beer illustrates why. Maybe they run a long way to get better beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 03:14:39 | More by kimcgolf
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IntriqKen

California

2.15/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 21:25:49 | More by IntriqKen
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

2.14/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer pours light golden, with light head, and had average carbonation. It has little to no aroma, its has the tastes of fruits, hops, vegetables, and goes down fairly easy. It finishes dirty, leaves the mouth dry, and is no better than the average domestic pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 04:55:46 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an ever-so-slightly green yellow (I even consulted some others in the room to make sure I hadn't lost my mind). The head poured nicely despite having a very-soapy appearance, but dissapated very quickly. It smells like my bottled was slightly skunked.

The taste is very thin and watered-down. The mouthfeel is oddly slick. I detect a slight copper and a little bit of hops shining through. Not much of an aftertaste, but on the other hand, not much taste either.

There's just something off about this beer. I can't say I'd ever have it again or recommend it. Far too expensive at the LCBO for this--$2.85 Canadian per bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 03:25:16 | More by JustinBathurst
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changeup45

Florida

2.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale Lager I guess! A very pale, clear looking golden color. A pretty good sized head that did fizzle away pretty quickly but left some on top. The aroma is grassy, grainy, floral and a little fruity and not bad. This however isn't a very good tasting beer. First of all the mouthfeel is thin and watery leaving me wanting a lot more. The flavor consists of mild hops but more grainy and grassy and an all around typical mass marketed below average lager taste. Except it wasn't that cheap. I bought a single at a local store and compare to the other prices/quality they had this was a horrible deal. I think I may at least get to cross off another country. I'll pound one if someone gives it to me but I won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 00:21:43 | More by changeup45
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jsawicki603

Maryland

2.1/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is Kenya's attempt at the american (ie Budweiser) lager. The beer pours a nice golden color with a large head. The head disappates quickly but a lace remains for the entire glass. The malty taste was a little dry which sticks in your mouth after you swallow. Leaves the tongue dry and slightly metallic. A dry lager, not undrinkable but could use some work.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 16:35:59 | More by jsawicki603
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
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