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

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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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ncbeermonger

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for a Lager! If you see this one give it a shot! its pretty damn good!
Found this at my favorite sofa bar and loved it! It pours well with a good amount of head. This Kenyan lager blows most American Lagers away! It is crisp, and refreshing everything a Lager should be! If you see this one in your local beer store give it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 19:43:27 | More by ncbeermonger
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brakspear

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pale lager, with a fair malt aroma, average taste and excellent thirst-quenching ability.

This lager pours a nice golden straw color with a billowing white head, but limited lacing.

The aroma is a very pleasing malty biscuity nose with very little hop presence noted or needed.

The tase is a bit bland, malt is present, but there is a bit of a puckering dryness, perhaps from adjuncts? The hop bitterness is minimal and far towards the finish. The mouthfeel seems a tad too watery as well.

This is definitely a lager I will come back to...I believe it would be excellent in the summer months.....

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 18:20:23 | More by brakspear
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, blossoming, sturdy ,crackling head. Transparent, yellow hue. Aroma is fresh, floral, honeyish, zesty and uplifting. Taste is clean, light bodied, everything one expects from a decent lager. A bit like SingHa, actually. This must go down well in African heat, just as perfectly intelligent North American beer fans will quaff a Crud Light or Swiller Genuine Crap in the summertime.
Slightly different than I remember this from 3 years ago, when last it was available in MN. A label change, not for the better, it appears, put it in limbo, and all the while my customers at the African restaurant and nightclub whose bar I manage demanded Tusker's whereabouts. I found a bottle in Portland, OR and got it's former distributor on the case. Our African customers normally go for Guinness, Extra Stout (NOT "Draught" )or Heineken, and little else. The Kenyans will switch to Tusker, but our main sales will be to the curious CaucasianAmericans, anxious to try something on the exotic side, only to find it's largely like all the decent lagers they've had before.
Not bad, though!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 14:05:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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allengarvin

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite a vigorous pour, I got only a tiny head which faded right away. Color of this beer is gold, mostly clear apart from some chill haze. Nose is slightly better than the average mass-produced lager, with a clean maltiness, not too grainy. Flavor is moderately good too, malty without any adjunct flavors, sweet but balanced by a moderately light bitterness, and a touch of tartness at the end. Body is a little watery, probably from lack of carbonation.

Better than I was expecting, this is an uncomplex but refreshing lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 02:32:35 | More by allengarvin
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bark

Sweden

3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is clear medium yellow. The three finger head slowly sinks down to a finger thick firm white head, leaving lots of fine lacing.

The smell is very delicate. It is clean, a little sweet and flowery with an interesting note of mashed potatoes.

The taste is light and clean. Some semi dry malt and a light pleasant sweetness. Some very mild bitter notes and hints of exotic fruits and flowers. The aftertaste is as mild and fresh. A bit dry hints of vanilla and fruits.

The carbonation is fresh and medium strong. Small bubbles. The liquid isn’t watery at all.

A highly drinkable lager with a crisp and balanced taste. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 18:49:40 | More by bark
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer. Gold and clear in the glass. Lots of carbination. Sweet caramel nose. When drunk suble malt and caramel flavour with a subtle hop finish. Not too dry.Decent mouthfeel.
Foamy head.Not too bad to have on occasion. Not a beer that grows on you quickly.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 19:18:03 | More by jaz58
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srandycarter

California

3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought under huge reviews at BevMo

A - Very light straw, decent all white head to ring, some clingy lacing.

S - A little barn, musky. A little malt.

T - Nice, simple grassy sweet malt. Clean, bitters evenly. I am an extreme beer guy by nature, but I really like this one.

M - Pretty standard for the mode.

D - Very.... Easy

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:54:05 | More by srandycarter
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich, gold color with 1 inch head. There is a light, sweet aroma. Taste is very flavorfull. Starts a little grainy and finishes sweet. Medium bodied in the mouth. This beer is very drinkable and quite delicious. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 00:49:17 | More by tone77
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baos

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Huge fizzy white head a whole hand high. This floats atop a slightly hazy pale straw yellow body. Head

S: The smell before i took a sip was kind of apple cider vinegar smelling. After I took a sip it was a more sour bit of lemon smell. Maybe a bit floral with a bit of honey and pollen.

T: Mild malt. Very mild hop bitterness and dryness. Very refreshing. Maybe a bit like chewing oh a fresh hay stalk. Green and good.

M: Rather watery but coats and refreshes the mouth then leaves it dry. Perfect for a Macro style.

D: A one. This beer is different than any other macro lager that I've had. Refreshing and Fresh. My first African beer and a yummy first at that.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 00:42:38 | More by baos
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Mryup

California

3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: A classic golden yellow. A medium pour produces 1/2 inch of coarse white head that quickly fades to near nothing. Average.

S: Actually pretty good. Some biscuitty maltiness with grassy notes and some metallic features. Butter husk too.

T: Hmmmm..I'm actually impressed. There is quite a bit here. Some refined malty grassy notes with just a hint of metallica. Hops kick in with a creamy finish coming in at the end. Above average in complexity and very well balanced.

M: A medium body that goes light due to some dryness. CO2 is a little too high in my opinion.

D: An excellent, drinkable, refreshing beer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 05:07:41 | More by Mryup
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear and extremely pale. Thin head, but fairly substantial looking for a macro.

S - Sweet malt and notes of apple and grain.

T - Inoffensive. Nothing off, with a strong grainy taste. Bitterness is low, as expected, with a teeny weeny bit of aftertaste. Crisp, refreshing, sweet-ish.

M - Hurts a bit. Carbonation is too strong.

D - Not too bad at all. Can't say it's flavourful, but within the style, it's really quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 23:26:51 | More by allergictomacros
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear pale yellow with small head. Smell is not very strong, grassy and sweet malts. Pretty normal lager smell. Clean taste, average sweetness. Very crisp and light, pretty pleasant. Very drinkable. Very refreshing. Good lager, I'm glad I tryed it and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 01:31:11 | More by Voonder
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Surprise present from my dad. I saw that it was a Kenyan lager and I almost didn't even want to try it. Being the ticker that I am, I gave it a shot, and this is exactly why we don't judge a beer by its location...Appearance nothing to note...Aroma is light and sweet, corn, but you'd expect tons of skunk and none is present...The aroma is light and sweet, not at all a typical lager. This isn't a great beer but it exceeds expectations for a lager and a Kenyan beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:54:18 | More by jrallen34
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karst

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To E. Hemingway - African hunter and American novelist and short-story writer, awarded 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1899-1961!

"There is no friend as loyal as beer" ( or was it "a book"?)

Pours clear straw 2°SRM with a creamy white head that holds and leaves substancial lace on the 0.4L rastal sniffer.

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."

A very good aroma of grainy sweet malt that almost kills a more gentle grassy and floral hops.

"Don't you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle."
0.5 L brown bottle with foil neck and front label in attractive gold and black with bull elephant profiled to show tusks. Simple white govt warning back label.

"I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does? The only time it isn't good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief."

4.2% abv ( Stronger in Africa) respect alcohol.

"Live life to the fullest."

Lighter body is supported carbonation and lightly dextrinous malt and balanced by understated bitterness.

"The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it. "

Tusker finishes short and sweet, just vanishing leaves you hoping for more - light and refreshing.

best by November 2005

I have no doubt that Hemingway found this the most drinkable beer on the Dark Continent.

"In order to write about life, first you must live it!"

Review when called to but first you must drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 01:54:34 | More by karst
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RDAdams

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle purchased with dinner at the Phoenix Emporium in Ellicott City, Maryland. There was a Beer Menu on each table. I ordered this beer solely because I'd never had an African beer before and did not know it was a lager.

Appearance was exceptional: clear, pale straw color; and a moderate head that it retained much longer than expected.

Aroma was good: mild floral hops, and a malt character more pronounced than I've ever experienced in an American Premium Lager.

Taste was good: crisp, dry, a very low sweetness, and balanced.

Mouthfeel was good: a light-medium body and well-carbonated.

Drinkability was very good. I don't care for lagers, in general, but ordered a second because it was so smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 02:17:21 | More by RDAdams
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy light straw with a smallish head but excellent lacing.

Smells slightly sweet with slight corny notes along with some hay and grass. Also a bit of lemon.

Taste is light bready grain along with A light grassyness from the hops. Also some light lemony citrus flavors. There is a moderate bitterness throughout leading to a nice dry finish.

This is quite an enjoyable beer and very good for the style. Definitely a thirst quencher perfect for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 19:36:27 | More by rangerred
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HardTarget

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 500 ml brown bottle, neck label claims Kenya’s Heritage since 1922. Label has 4.2 v/v and GRAV: 1037-1039, imported by St. Killian importing co., Inc., Kingston, MA.

Aroma: A faint floral note with some mild grainy sweetness. A odd whiff of dried bubblegum.

Appearance: Slightest haze in a bright yellow glass that sports an impressive white head the lasts and gives very respectable lacing.

Flavor: Matches the aroma, a clean, slightly grainy base with that same light floral note. Well balanced with a slight hop flavor at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, full carbonation, drying finish.

Overall Impression: I’m impressed! I really didn’t expect much from this beer, but there is nothing wrong here. Well crafted, mild but pleasing taste, it’s not going to scratch a craft beer itch, but it could make a fine hot summer afternoon session.
Give it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 01:16:43 | More by HardTarget
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec14 2009

A clear straw yellow with a thumbs width of bone white head that fell quickly and left a few patches of lace

S grassy lemon and floral hops with just a little malt

T as it smells with a little biscuit

M clean and crisp with just enough carbonation to please

D even on this cold winter day it's pretty good

a good lager when all is said and done, not what I expect from Kenya

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 21:14:49 | More by wordemupg
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GClarkage

California

4.03/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/16/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Medium golden yellow pour with a huge billowing head and light lacing at best.

Smell- Very light smell. If anything scents of malt.

Taste- Very crisp and clean malt taste. Maybe a touch of hop, but hard to tell. A bit grainy and grassy, but very quenching.

Mouthfeel- Great carbonation level and a bit of a full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This one did the trick. It both quenched my thirst and tasted good at the same time. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 23:31:50 | More by GClarkage
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Cindirene

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading the reviews I was kinda scared of this one but I persevered - Poured from 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass - Color a clear gold with tight bubbles - Taste was full and clean and refreshing - Maybe the American Macro Lagers should be called African Macro Lagers

Serving type: cask

03-29-2006 23:20:26 | More by Cindirene
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LumpyGuitar

New York

4.05/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up for a buck and a half at my beer stop. For that price I figured what the hell.

Poured a pefectfly crystal clear light yellow with a finger of white frothy head. Head retention isn't great and lacing is minimal. This is hands down the clearest gold beer I've ever seen.

Smells of fresh water and sweet fruit. Mild malt.

Taste is very mild. Refreshing water with light malt, a bit of corn and weak hop, and a tad hint of saltiness finishes it off. The taste isn't strong by any means, and it doesn't stick with you.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, exceptionally fresh and clean, carbonation might be a bit low but it balances perfectly.

Drinkability is great. I'm really kicking myself for not getting a 6 pack of this, especially when I though to myself..this is gona suck. Awesome light beer, give it a try, fantastic with salad.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 23:31:41 | More by LumpyGuitar
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.05/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would not move to Africa just to get this, but it is a very drinkable decent brew. Light honey color and sublime hoppiness. Clean rereshing taste but a bit middle of the road; then again the style of pale lager itself is middle of the road! I would drink it again but not go out of my way to do so!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:03:04 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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bkilpatr

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/10/08.

Pours a clear bright straw-yellow color with a finger of whitish head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is sweet malt with almost a wheat-like character.

Taste is very malty with a slight honey-like sweetness. Faint herbal hops close out the taste. Feel is very crisp and clean. Well-carbonated and very dry finish. Drinkability is pretty darn good. Very easy to drink, very sessionable. Great for a hot summer day.

Overall a very good lager. Very crisp and easy to drink with a decent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 01:03:34 | More by bkilpatr
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VWBuggirl

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now, I will start by saying that I fell in love with this beer before first taste. I try to read the labels of every beer I drink, and I HAD to when I saw this was a beer from Kenya. Any beer named after the elephant that killed one of the founders of the brewery.

I did not have very high hopes for this, since to my (limited) knowledge, Kenya isn't known for beer, but I went ahead and gave it a try.

Anyways, it has a light golden brown color to it. The smell isn't very strong, so no real comment for this.

This is a great summer beer as the taste is nice and crisp. It has a slight bitterness to it, but it is very inoffensive and easy to drink. The slight bitterness lingers for a bit of an after-taste, but I enjoy that. I like a beer to have some flavor as so many do not.

I learned a big lesson in not making assumptions as to where a beer is brewed. I will definitely try beers from other places that you don't think of typically for their beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:59:37 | More by VWBuggirl
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Karyyk

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Tusker!

I "discovered" this Kenyan lager at an Indian restaurant of all places, and I've been enjoying it ever since.

The smell, while minimal is actually quite nice, vaguely malty sweetness. Taste is great, slightly sweet and very refreshing, with a noticeable taste of sweet malts and honey (even smells of honey...a good thing in this case).

When poured into a glass (the only way I've ever enjoyed a Tusker...most beer is better this way), Tusker offers an abundant head that leaves a noticeable lacing. Mouthfeel is excellent, with a subtle carbonation that almost tickles the tongue, rather than overpower the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 08:10:12 | More by Karyyk
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
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