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

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70
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552 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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Shaw

Florida

3.15/5  rDev +5%

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.

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

Missouri

3.18/5  rDev +6%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +6%

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.

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

New York

3.18/5  rDev +6%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

France

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

Tennessee

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

09-14-2012 01:33:24 | More by sommersb
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

05-27-2009 04:20:22 | More by msubulldog25
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a head of pale white foam, leaves a film and good lacing. Colour is pale gold with a decent carbonation.

Aroma holds mostly malt, sour lager notes. Nothing particularly inspiring.

Taste initially holds a light citrusy, taste is quite refreshing. Not much other than thin malt flavours along with the carbonation, hops are fairly understated. A sort of mineral or grainy character towards the end. Drinkable without much body in the way of taste or aftertaste, but certainly better than the big macros. Finish is very dry.

I find the mouthfeel quite light, not excatly watery, slightly crisp.

Good on a hot day. Not offensive and pretty refreshing, but not terribly inspiring.

07-03-2012 02:40:01 | More by mick303
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%

This is not the Tusker Premium Lager... it's the export version of the regular Tusker Lager with the black, white and yellow label depicting an elephant in profile. It has a standard neck label rather than the gold foil of the "Premium Lager". It's strength is only 4.2% compared to the 5.0% of the "Premium", and it's starting gravity is lower at 1038 vs 1044. In addition to it's slightly thinner body, it's also much less hoppy in the nose. The adjunct is sugar, and it appears to be utilized at a much higher rate than the Premium's 10%.

Legend has it that this beer was named after an angry bull elephant that trampled to death one of the two brothers (George Hurst in 1923) that founded the brewery. It was reported to be Ernest Hemingway's favorite beer, and it's the largest selling beer in Kenya.

It pours a clear straw-gold body topped by a full and creamy bright-white head that holds fairly well before dropping, and leaves some nice lace. The bouquet expresses a grainy malt sweetness with some mild grassy and floral hoppiness in the background. The body is thin but exceptionally smooth across the palate with a fine carbonation. The palate is limited to a gently sweet maltiness that's obviously thinned by a liberal use of adjunct; and balanced by an understated bitterness. Some minor floral hop flavor is present if you seek it out, but doesn't present itself otherwise. It finishes short and sweet, just vanishing from the palate in much the same way it came in. It's a teasing beer that continually leaves you looking for more, which adds to it's drinkability but not much else. It's refreshing and light - easy to drink, but lacking in character.

01-27-2003 19:28:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%

12 ounce bottle, Mfg, 6/16/2008, best by 6/16/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is good, not much lacing. Carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass to the top for a while after it's first poured. It smells like sweet malt and a bit of corn. No offensive aromas at all. It tastes like sweet malt, grain, and bit of grassy hops. It's mostly sweet tasting. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin but not watery. Drinkability is good, it is pretty easy to drink. For the style, it's not bad at all, I'd rather drink this than most macro brews. Not that I'd make a point to seek this out, but it's a good alternative if you don't want to drink any BMC brews.

05-30-2009 23:20:02 | More by bluejacket74
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz bottle (no date) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale dirty straw color. Thin white head with some persistent strands of lacing noted. Remarkably colorless beer.

Smell: Crisp, grainy, a little bit of sweetness.

Taste: Sweet, crisp clean malt, hint of honey, earthy hop finish. Quite a simple flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Watery with carbonation just south of fizzy.

Overall / Drinkability: Despite not being much to look, it's still a crisp and refreshing beer. I could easily have another. It's a simple and unassuming beer and it goes quite well with food to wash it down (fish tacos in my case). I suspect it would go quite well with highly spicy African food as well to counter the fire and heavy flavor from that type of food. Glad I tried it.

07-22-2012 22:35:09 | More by damndirtyape
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deepsouth

Mississippi

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%

this beer pours a yellow color and quite clear with decent head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing. the smell is quite average as i can't pick up many characteristics in it. the taste is consistent with a macro lager. the mouthfeel is a bit thin. i did manage to drink quite a few of these pretty easily. i'm glad i tried it, but i would not seek it out.

02-08-2008 19:40:19 | More by deepsouth
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Vancer

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%

A bright and clear sunshine yellow – capped by a mountain of effervescing white foam that’s leaving a ring lace. Surprising and tempting of what this may be.

Subtle malts in the aroma, but pilsners never have a powerful smell. Taste is fairly sharp and clean of malts along with a roll in the grass. Not a bad session pilsner, and it comes with enough flavor to hold your interest.

Drawback? I’m not paying $2 a 12oz bottle for lawnmower brew.

12-19-2006 02:21:23 | More by Vancer
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Halcyondays

California

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a good amount of white head retention.

S: Very light, malty, a bit of cereal sugar character.

T: Bready malt taste is mild, with a bit of husky grain character which gets watery at times. Hops lend a spicy mild note. Flavour is mild, but clean, no off-flavours.

M: Mouthfeel is where the beer shines for me. Crisp and clean, endlessly drinkable and refreshing, strong biting carbonation, for the style it's about as good as it gets.

D: For the style quite good, a step up in flavour and quality than your average light lager.

07-01-2008 04:37:31 | More by Halcyondays
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jmosier

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%

Had at the Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in Chicago. Fortunately, I didn't get any of the skunkiness referred to in other reviews, and found this to be a pleasant, drinkable beer, clean and crisp, and very user-friendly. Don't know what this retails for, but it was $6 for the 12-ounce bottle at the restaurant, and this accompanied the tasty food nicely.

08-17-2009 17:59:27 | More by jmosier
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%

5-26-19 - poured into a personalized pilsner glass - 335ml/ 12 Fl.OZ. capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow with a nice, bubbly, white head that slowly reduces to slight and thin. Some slight lacing that mainly stays with the head.

Smell: Aroma of sweet malt, grassy hops, floral notes and a hint of minor skunkiness.

Taste: This beer is grainy and doughy, but all-around light in flavor and a little watery.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. The feel is smooth, but thin with a watery finish.

Drinkability: This beer is drinkable and reasonably refreshing, but nothing especially distinguishable ever materializes.

Comments: A lager that surprised me a little. I did not expect much, but this beer did leave me believing I may have missed something about it. However, in the end a run-of-the-mill lager.

05-26-2010 17:58:17 | More by MarvinSnyder
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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.24/5  rDev +8%

a - poured a clear gold with a some carbonation apparent and thick head with some lacing

s - some malt and cereal grains

t - picking up some malt with slight sweetness, more of the cereal and some hop notes

m - slightly oily with a nice aftertaste

o - refreshing enough, middle of the road, but very acceptable and happy to see Kenya producing a decent brew. I can drink it again...

04-15-2013 13:10:32 | More by beeroclock
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

The Tusker Premium Lager pours from the 500ml bottle a very clear golden hay yellow with a suprisingly big creamy bubbly white head that leaves some lacing on the way down. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas begin with sweet, creamed cereal grains and pale malts. A hint of lemony citric comes through along with a really mellow grassy, herbal hop aroma. Quite impressive for a standard import lager if you ask me. Light and subtle.

First sip brings a crisp, mellow pale grain maltiness that has a nice splash of sweetness to it. I get a hint of lemon and slight citrus with a touch of grassy, herbal hoppiness that follows on the way down. The flavor is light..but it's really refreshing and inoffensive...I'd choose this over Heineken and the likes any day. I'm guessing this would be nice in the super hot Kenyan climate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light and refreshing. Goes down like water becuase it's about the same consistency. Carbonation is nice and not overly excited. Drinkability is good here. I could easily session this brew and maybe I would one day if I travel to Kenya. Obviously, living in the US there are many other beers I'd choose first...but this suprised me for an import lager.

01-11-2006 03:24:38 | More by orbitalr0x
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DannyBaldoni

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

01-24-2013 02:57:18 | More by DannyBaldoni
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

06-25-2014 13:57:33 | More by JMS1512
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Half-litre staid stubby-esque bottle, best before Jan 2010, on a sunny autumnal Sugarbowl patio.

This beer pours a clear pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of weakly puffy, soapy dirty white head, which leaves some attractively consistent webbed webbed lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, pale grainy malt, mashed corn grits, and some earthy, weedy, dead leafy hops. The taste is more sweet corn and glutenous white grain 'maltiness', a touch of light diacetyl, stale minced apples, and more earthy, dead-eyed leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, and generally less than obsequious, the body a weak-ass medium weigh, tacitly smooth, and more mealy than anything else. It finishes on the mostly dry side, with a tame-ass malt ceding everything to that wee bit of floral essence among a lingering, mostly unpleasant vegetal weediness.

A barely decent enough tipple for the style, as transposed across a few continents and an ocean or so, meaning that being an interesting thing to try from East Africa trumps overtly rejecting it as the same shit produced in the 'western world'. I don't know where to justify that particular piece of commercial and geo-political bullshit, but I'm not about to grab another of these, all the same.

09-25-2009 05:32:32 | More by biboergosum
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Thanks to anniesak for bringing this one back from her Tanzanian trip.

A: The lagerbier is a stark pale color, lighter than straw but darker than, well, water? Seriously, the light yellow color barely registers. A finger of white foam on pour was fast to disappear.

S: The nose is lacking, a generally inoffensive brew that shows off some rice and cereal. A mild sweetness peps things up.

T: The lager has a sweet malt undertone, strong enough to peak through the bland cereal from time to time. Cereal grains dominate but share the stage with corn and rice flavors. A decent drink that is the exact opposite of extreme.

M: The mouthfeel is painfully bland, punctuated by points of sweet grain. The aftertaste has a distinct corn syrup flavor.

D: I could drink this all day long but I really wouldn't want to.

06-14-2009 01:18:09 | More by akorsak
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.