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

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70
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521 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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karst

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
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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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3/5  rDev -0.3%

09-21-2013 19:16:22 | More by TastyIsBeer
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jackndan

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tusker, from Kenya: Very pale, absolutely clear beer from Africa in a brown half liter bottle. Best buy/by day clearly shown on the label (4/03). Very white, thick creamy head. Very little aroma, if any it’s slightly skunky. The first taste was quite a nice surprise, no euro-lager taste at all, rather it has a very nice bread malt flavor, with a crisp hop bite and a clean aftertaste. Very light bodied, and very easy to drink. Wow, I wish I had found this nice lager while the heat was on, particularly at $2 bucks a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2002 19:19:43 | More by jackndan
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +4%
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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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3/5  rDev -0.3%

10-11-2012 00:46:31 | More by M_C_Hampton
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -0.3%

06-15-2013 18:01:11 | More by TheBeeraholic
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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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OgreSanchez

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-12-2013 01:27:48 | More by OgreSanchez
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lakersfan16

Alaska

2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

07-13-2014 03:59:33 | More by lakersfan16
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev +8%

05-31-2014 19:49:43 | More by endless1408
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jayhawk73

Maryland

2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
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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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

09-10-2013 12:34:10 | More by ChipMurray
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Enola

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good example of the style. Light yellow in color with a white head. The smell is somewhat sweet and grainy. The taste is smooth with no negative bite. There is hints of vanilla and just a touch of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth. Not a chore to drink. One of the better macro style beers I have had. A much better choice than some others. I could easily session this beer, although the price would kindly limit that. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 21:17:36 | More by Enola
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Light golden color, nice large white head and then mellowed out.

smell - Grain, rice, and some corn. Not much going on here.

taste - Taste like any other macro I would say. With the grain and the rice, and the corn.

mouthfeel - Light body.

drinkability - Easy drinking on a hot day. Not something i would go out and buy. I bought it because it wad Africa beer. I'm not sure how much that is true. SAB Miller might be brewing this outside of Africa. Who knows.
I picked is up at Disney's Aninal Kingdom.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:10:18 | More by auxiliary
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Translucent yellow with no head. Only a small ring around the glass. Light and sweet grainy corn and some hay in the nose. Flavor is crisp and sweet however it is grainy and bland. The finish has a mild amount of carbonation which leaves a tingle on the tongue. No hops are evident. It was descent, nothing exciting. I'd drink it over any macro.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 15:23:59 | More by DrinkingDrake
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 17:48:55 | More by GeezLynn
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BamfBacon

Ohio

4/5  rDev +32.9%

02-11-2013 15:56:00 | More by BamfBacon
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SargeC

Japan

3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Decent gold color. Slight foamy white head.

Smell: Small hop presence with a touch of yeast. Better aroma than most third world brews.

Taste: Decent flavor. Floral/fruity start with a good malt profile throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a waxy finish. Low carbonation.

Drinkablity: Much better than expected. A good brew from a far away land. I never expected to try a beer from Kenya.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 05:06:38 | More by SargeC
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tclipse

Virginia

3/5  rDev -0.3%

04-12-2014 20:47:46 | More by tclipse
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

3/5  rDev -0.3%

01-25-2014 16:05:46 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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changeup45

Florida

2.13/5  rDev -29.2%
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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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

1.78/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml bottle 4,2% Abv
Served cold in a snifter.

Thanks to my friend Jon for bringing this back from his trip to climb Kilimanjaro.

Appearance: Pretty standard for a lager. Pale gold with a large, white, fast dissipating head.

Smell: Touch of pale malt, cooked vegetables and metallic notes. Nothing in the way of hops. Certainly not good, but actually not as bad as most African lager.

Taste: " but actually not as bad as most African lager" - I take that back. Horrid - watery, corn, vegetables, metallic...

Mouthfeel: Light, watery and over carbonated. So, pretty average for the style.

Overall: If I had just climbed Kilimanjaro, I could drink it. Sitting in a comfortable chair in my room - NO!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:41:48 | More by Thehuntmaster
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3/5  rDev -0.3%

04-22-2014 17:40:05 | More by beersdmf17
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kegger22

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tusker Lager was a clear yellow color with a half-inch white head that reduced to a splotchy skin covering. The aroma was that sweet malt, grainy smell so familiar to lager drinkers. The taste was sweet, grain and mildly metallic with a little carbonation bite. The mouth feel was light bodied, oily with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability was good, as the beer had no serious negatives. A good lager, but as with most lagers, damned with faint praise.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 05:02:37 | More by kegger22
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.