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

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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website
Kenya

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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Overlord

California

3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon spotting this beer at a local Bevmo, I had to give it a whirl. How often does one see a beer from Kenya floating about?

I expected upon the first sip of this yellow/golden, lightly headed and carbonated lager to be whipped away to the serengeti plains, or perhaps dropped deep into the Congo rainforest. Alas, twas not to be.

Tasted thin, but had a slight trace of hips and a pleasant mouthfeel. Certainly no strong taste to write home about, and resembled a slightly more malty macrobrew that you might get here.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 07:46:46 | More by Overlord
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beergoot

Colorado

3.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear, golden yellow body with a large bubble, foamy white head; sticky clumps of foam on the glass. Cereal and honey nose. Light grain flavors with an underlying mild sweetness; decent hop bitterness at the finish. Light bodied; crisp, clean finish.

Aroma isn't very strong but appealing. Too bad the flavor is rather diffused and weak. Okay overall. Makes for a decent thirst quencher but won't do much for you if you're seeking memorable taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 22:22:32 | More by beergoot
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial strange)

A-This beer has a straw yellow body with a faint hazy and a big fluffy snow-white head. There was a nice gentle carbonation to it.

S- The smell of slightly sweet pale malt with some soft honey malt notes complimented the grain notes. There was a finish of noble hops and a hint of sulfur.

T- The crisp dry pale malt was balanced by the noble hop finish. There was a slight sulfur and spice note at the end that turned to a faint lemon carbonic bite as it warmed in the glass.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but there was a slippery texture that made if a bit more full.

D- This beer was very light and didn't have much character to it. For the style it did have some faint notes of kolsch beers and it would have been nice to pull those out. If I had to drink this style it would probably be this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 22:03:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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therica

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We were dining at an Ethiopian restaurant in Frederick Maryland, which had a few Ethiopian & African beers. Since this one was $4.00 and the others were $3.50, I thought I'd start with this. My preference turned out to be the Harar Beer (lager) which I'll review, next.

A= nothing special, a solid nice standard good ol' beer appearance, not much head, some standard proliferous bubblings.

S= malt beer.

T= good-- really, just a good ol' beer, no excitement, but a good standard beer if you want something that's not exciting, intrusive or catching you off-guard. Great with a meal. Malt and some light hops, a slightly flat taste but not sour-bitter like certain Butt-American beers.

M= nice, not watery, simply a beer aftertaste and mild belch.

D= you could probably go all night on this if you were so inclined.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 04:01:22 | More by therica
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Act25

New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in WFM craft variety pack. Average beer, but my first from Africa.

A: Darker and flatter than high quality pilsner like Polestar. Head disappears. Not much carbonation, no lace.

S: Flat smell. A bit skunky, then grass, malt, grain. Not much
T: Follows the smell, a bit watery, not offensive, but not much better than unsweetened, flattish, ginger ale.
MF. Watery.

I wanted to like this. Will try again but too watery and non-descript. Stella is better.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:45:30 | More by Act25
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Label warns(?) "contains barley".

Pours a light yellow gold; clear; 1 finger white head with moderate retention.

Sweet malty aroma; nice toasted grain notes but rather subtle. Flavor follows aroma; in this case, even the 'sweet' aroma is accompanied by a quite sweet flavor. Indeed, there's even more sweetness in the taste, and I believe this brew would benefit from more hops.

O - African Coors? Pretty much, albeit a little more interesting, sweet and appealing. Not a great beer, but still a pleasant and refreshing beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:11:07 | More by chinchill
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Pale yellow color. Two fingers of fizzy white head that retains better than I thought it would and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Grainy and grassy with rice. Not much going on here, but not as pungently bad as most of the style.

3.0 T: Weak graininess with noticeable rice component.

3.0 M: Light body. Creamy for how light it is.

3.0 D: Didn't expect much from this and that's what I got. Not as bad as a lot of swill though.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 20:34:11 | More by DavoleBomb
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember drinking this in London a few years ago and thinking that it was surprisingly good for an African beer with an elephant on the label (having had a painful experience with Carlsberg Elephant a few weeks before that). Let's see if that experience holds true or if this was good the way The Beast was was good when I was 18.
Pale clear pee yellow color with bland head and lacing. Nose is faint but sweet and pleasant, slight hops and some sugars. Taste is light and thin with some arftificial flavors and graininess. Taste isn't terrible but not anything special. Mouthfeel is watery and nothing special.
Fun to drink as far as being sessionable but not an exceptional beer on any real scale. Guess I drank a little more then I thought it in England..

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 00:42:41 | More by daliandragon
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a cloudy consistency and a pale yellow color. Not a whole lot of head, but some OK lacing.

S: There was a floral quality to the smell, along with a bit of malt and hops.

T: The taste was a bit on the average side. There was a little malt and some hops along with a slight citrus element. Not particularly complex.

M: This beer could use a bit more carbonation. It had a decently dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is one of the better examples of a macro-brewed beer, it still isn't all that great. Not without its good qualities, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 13:07:20 | More by avalon07
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though nothing to get excited over, the beer has some freshness and crispness that cary it a long way. Pours a vivid straw color with airy head retention, for about a minute. Aromas of green apples, pilsner malts, and earthy hops seem well balanced. The flavors of apples, pears, light malt, and fresh hops spice things up a bit, but never interfere with the fresh yeast / hop character. The body is lighter than the flavors, but never seem watery. Finihses wiht a minty snap and a crisp dryness. The beer is put together well, but lacks the character to raise far above average.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 17:18:44 | More by BEERchitect
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pale yellow, straw clear bubbly body, 2 finger foam head, nice lacing for an American adjunct lager

S: sweet grain, mild citrus aroma

T: sweet grain, mild corn, slight prick of slow bitter in the finish.

M: med/light body, big carbonation

D: Not bad for an adjunct lager and my 1st African beer. Many imports are nasty, but this could be quite nice in a intense heat of Summer; I would love to have this again on a Safari trip to Africa.

Not awful, but not amazing. If you have the chance, it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 19:00:00 | More by BeerLover99
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At DIsneys ANimal Kingdom sanaa

Clear pale malt color fluffy white head

Smells of rice and pale wheats

Carbonated and finishes smooth, macro and plain in all aspects. Cool to try but nothing special. Rice and pale wheat malts. Some mellow spiced hops.

Average lager that has better than average flavor. And they do it better then the macros here.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 21:45:37 | More by magine
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears clear straw gold with a short white head with lacing. The aroma is light and slightly metallic with a hint of bread and corn. The flavor has a touch of sweet candy, white bread crust, and an mild off-putting tang which, really, is normal for the style. In the summer heat, this would make for a respectable lager to wash down brats and beat the heat.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 20:50:48 | More by tempest
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange. Beer is light yellow and clear with heavy carbonation and a big white head that falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is super weak, mildly sweet.

Beer is thin and clean in the palate. Not much sweetness or anything. no aftertaste, drinkability is fine but its kind of boring.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:21:11 | More by drabmuh
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Shaw

Florida

3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The owner of my favorite (now closed) beer store loves this lager. He says it's perfect for hot Florida days.

It looks like an adjunct lager: pale yellow with heavy carbonation and a super-white head that turns into just a thin layer of foam in my glass.

There's a slight grassy smell, very light. The taste is like a light European golden lager or pilsener. There's just enough bitterness to balance the light malt flavors. There aren't any off flavors, which is always a good thing.

The body is very, very light. Neal was right: This is a good lawnmower beer. It is superior to the mainstream American lagers and good for drinking on a hot summer day. Coming from Kenya, I see why this beer is the way it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 07:32:22 | More by Shaw
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden appearance with a thin white head, decent retention. Some out of place looking fine sediment floating around.

The aroma is faint and sweet, but not horrible. Sort of corny and honeyish.

The taste is sweet, so it lacks balance a tad, but it's not out of control. A touch of juicy fruit gum and fuji apples on the palate. Not high on the carbonation side, which would either make it taste like a macro or help the overall feel. Not sure.

Smooth and drinkable, but unfortunately, not great tasting. Finding a super-fresh bottle would have to be ideal for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 03:41:01 | More by brownbeer
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can't turn down a beer from Kenya, especially one named after the goring of the brewery's founder by an elephant.

Pours a very pale golden, almost straw colour. About a half inch of foamy head, quicky dissolves. Rudiments of lacing.

The nose is pretty hard to detect: light floral hops, maybe a bit of malt. Not much there.

The taste is fairly good, particularly for the style. Crisp and refreshing, with an overlying taste of biscuits or bread. Although I poured most of it into a lager glass, I left about a third in the bottle, and I actually enjoyed drinking it from the bottle better. Strange.

A bit watery, but I imagine in the summer it would be a good quencher. Carbonation is typical for the style.

Not too bad, probably would be quite good in the summer. A bit thin, nothing too exciting about it, but it did the trick and wasn't offensive.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 23:44:19 | More by JohnnyBarman
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metter98

New York

3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very light yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that took a long time to fade away and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
S:
T: The taste is dominated by pale malts and a mild amount of sweetness and has some hints of corn. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels very light-bodied and clean on the palate along with a good amount of carbonation that makes it feel a bit creamy.
D: The beer goes down much too easily. This is the perfect lawnmower beer; it's great if you're looking for something very light on a hot summer day that actually has some flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:07:31 | More by metter98
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Chinook

Quebec (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this in a 500ml bottle in a BC Liquor Store. Poured into a pint glass from the rather nice stubby bottle.

The head is minimal and dissipated quickly, a little lacing. The colour is a very clear honey blonde. The smell is very faint grains and a general crispness.
The taste is mixed grains much like any American-style Lager, except with virtually no bitterness. It does not linger on the tongue although there is a slight sweet aftertaste. It certainly isn't strong (only 4.2%.) It is very inoffensive, and nicest in its first cold sips. It avoids the worst of American Adjunct Lager stereotypes of wateriness and dull flavourless bitterness, but it is a little watery. The carbonation is mild and again, inoffensive.

Tusker does not have the flavour and character of many other beers of different styles, but it is an OK lager, particularly compared to the domestic macrobrews. It is not something to rave over, but it is OK. It is a nice beer to drink very cold on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 07:11:33 | More by Chinook
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a very clear and pale golden-lemon color with a ½ finger frothy white head that was less then average retention wise. Visible carbonation was rapid and medium in nature.

S: light sweet buttery notes and grains but was very faint and had to work to get much of a scent here.

T: sweet dried buttered grains and popcorn notes, and a soft flowery hopping which was sweet and spicy in nature. A very light dried honey and fresh dough flavor was also detected. Overall the flavor was very sweet, almost like pancake syrup, I enjoyed it somewhat but found it very sweet at times.

M: fizzy and very active, smooth with a light texture and a buttery sweetness. Overall very smooth and slick on the tongue and slides off the back off the tongue effortlessly.

D: A decent, smooth and sweet drink that was easy to put down, but may be limited in quantities due to its high sweet character. As a single, moderately enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 22:36:30 | More by beerthulhu
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BoitSansSoif

France

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured pale golden straw w/thick white head that rapidly dissipated and left thin cap.

S-Smells like fresh plain beer in its most basic form. Crisp light hops and very light malt.

T-This is definitely a little better than most macros. The malt and hops are very faint, and there's not much to it, but it is fresh and crisp. The aftertaste is clean and pure. Boring but not bad.

M-Light and crisp with considerable fizz...the best trait of this beer. I'd consider it "The Perrier of Beers."

D-Very smooth. It reminds me of what a good light beer could taste like.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 14:54:18 | More by BoitSansSoif
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- I know this is a style based on paleness but this is an abusrdly pale golden. Head is two and a half fingers with a good bit of lacing.
S- The smell is pleasing with a floral crackery aroma. Pretty straightfoward but pleasant.
T- The taste loses some of that. It's still crackery but there's no floral note. It's pretty much pilsner malt and a clean finish.
M- It's more or less watery. Very little carbonation.
O- It's not worse than many adjunct lagers. But it's not much better either. Wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 03:42:53 | More by jsprain1
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-13-2012
Freshness: Best by 12-08-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from World Market

My motivation for picking up this beer was to try a beer from Africa for the first time...

Color is golden and clear, topped by a thin white head that fades away quickly. Some lace stays on the glass. Aromas are of bready, light pilsner malts as well as hay and grassy smells.

The taste is clean but not very flavorful. I get low bitterness, light maltiness and a little sweetness. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and crisp, with a thin body. Finishes slightly bitter with some vegetable aftertastes.

Overall nothing too special about the taste of this beer, but it wasn't bad. The website says all of the ingredients are sourced in Africa which is pretty cool. I'd say it is a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 01:33:24 | More by sommersb
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with "beer only" etched into the glass. Sampled 6 months after its bottling date, 6 months prior to its best before.

A sheep's wool of suds and bubbles that becomes little more than a creamy film. The body is spotlessly clear, essentially water with a bright banana yellow tinting. Webbings of lacing and very active bubbles are always a nice sign.

The aroma is relatively clean of corn and adjuncts - a pale lager seems so empty smelling without them (although not a bad thing!) The beer's aroma seems completely uninvolved; faint notes of corn and wheat husks lead to me to believe this works in the beer's favour.

The mouthfeel too is considerably neutral. It is only the slightest bit bitter. It is far from skunky. There are no unwanted adjuncts tasted. Light flavours of grains and corn are, if anything, just unoffensive. This is little else but quenching.

If you're under the sun, hot and thirsty - this may be exactly the beer you want to see in front of you. I've had the Tusker Premium Lager a few occasions and never once thought it a bad beer. In fact, its consistency and quality have made this one of my favourite macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 01:55:42 | More by biegaman
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz/355 ml brown bottle ($2.49) at Belmont Station. Poured to a pint glass; brewed since 1922 and 'named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders'. Unfortunate, yet somewhat cool, to have a brewer crushed by a pachyderm.

A: Pale golden, yet full of carbonation. A fizzy whitish head that fades quickly, building to just shy of a finger then dropping to a thin film. Clear complexion.

S: Sweet and corny aroma. Sweet dough, mild fruit (apple?).

T: Corn Pops and the mildest of spices. A bit of grass and peppery dryness blended with the sweeter grains.

M: Super-smooth, eminently drinkable. Lighter body, but crisp/clean finishing.

D: Just fine for drinking as a food accompaniment, but not a beer I have to return to by itself. This was a gamble - a try-worthy beer from a foreign land; as such it was decent enough but not one worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 04:20:22 | More by msubulldog25
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.