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

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 650
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 26.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this from Purvis , thinking that it had rated well (for some reason )
It hadn't rated well , nor ,in my view should have it.
Being a pretty stock standard pale yellow in the glass ,with a resistant head, the smell is very plain Metallic, chemically.
The taste was an improvment to at least being drinkable.It seemed sweeter than most in this style, which was intriguing for the first 1/2 a glass , but after that it tended towards sickly unpleasantness.
If I was in Kenya I wouldnt go thirsty by not drinking it but not one I would try again

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow with a white head. Faint odor of corn, not much else in the aroma department. No hops were harmed in the making of this beer. Flavor is a very light and clean version of the basic malt-corn combo. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and watery as is typical with style.

Fairly easy drinking, but too bland to provide more than a refreshing palate cleanser.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Kenyan beer Tusker turned out to be pretty much what I expected. This is a another tropical climate beer that is cheaply made, but it would be an easily drinkable beer if the situation saw fit. A bit unremarkable, but not revolting.

Tusker pours a light yellow color with a decent foam head that lasts for around 35 seconds. The smell reminds me a bit of a euro-lager (even though it's brown bottled). Some skunk, along with some musty/soapy/grainy adjunct smells. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. The flavor has a hint of sweetness. Mostly grain/adjunct flavors here, slightly husky with some soapy qualities to it. Corn is detectable here as well. I couldn't taste any actual hop presence though, so it finishes out watery. There are grainy flavors in the aftertaste, and a burnt corn flavor lingers for a moment or two. This beer finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This isn't a beer I would actively seek out by any means. It's cheap and adjuncty, and I could pick dozens of American macros if I wanted that in a beer. Overall, just plain and unexciting.

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Photo of DaveBar
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over the $3.00 mark for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" white head that is gone in seconds. Lighter gold color and filtered clear

S- Some malt and the tiniest of hops. Touch metallic

T- It's like rice beer. Very similar to a bad Mexican beer.

M- Similar to a Bud.

O- Not a very good beer. Will not buy again unless there is nothing else to drink.

Food Pairing

This beer will go with...... Anything you would pair with a low quality Mexican beer


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2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
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?

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Photo of zeff80
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a pillowy, white, three-finger head. No lace, however.

S - It smelled of corn, grain and a hint of yeast.

T - It mostly tasted of corn/grain. It was fairly sweet and no real hop flavor to speak of.

M - It was fairly crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - I wasn't overly impressed. It looked better than it smelled or tasted. There just was much in terms of flavor.

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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 TAMU99
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sharp taste with big afterbite. It's not a really good beer. But who cares! You're in Kenya! It passes. Tough to find a cold one.

I enjoyed it and would LOVE the opportunity to go back and try it again.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.32/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.32/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of weller1js
2.32/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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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 jayhawk73
2.31/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of germanbeer1
2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of mschofield
2.24/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of grynder33
2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of cokes
2.22/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.22/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of foamyhead
2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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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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Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.