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

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362 Reviews

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 656
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 26.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | 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 bewareOFpenguin
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"From Kenya?", I thought. I just had to try this. Poured a nice golden yellow with a medium head. The taste was surprisingly crisp, with subtle hops, and a citric quality. Very refreshing, a good "summer" brew, probably because Kenya is in perpetual summer. A little on the exspensive side at $2.79 for 500 ml, but the price was worth it to taste what they are drinking in Africa.

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Photo of Michigan
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Consider this: this was the beer that greeted me after an 8 hour safari in the Serengeti. It was a hot and dry day and the sun was high.

A- The glass glistened with cool drops of condensation as I poured this cold bottle into a pint glass. The head ran slightly over as I vigorously pour this elixir. It was a pale yellow color and a pure white head that stuck around longer than expected. lots of bubbles from all over the glassr

S- aroma of a sweet lager

T- refreshingly crisp taste. clean finish. fresh.

M- thin feel. light body. thirst quenching. like drinking fizzy water

O- this is just what the body needed. If you find yourself in the same situation, pass on the Kilimanjaro Lager and have this instead! The best you'll get in the area

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Photo of Portertime
4.29/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember I couldn't keep this beer on the shelf at Total Wine when I worked there. I enjoyed this beer a lot myself. Had it chilled in a pint glass. Poured a thick gold color. The smell was of creamy caramel. The taste was the same and I love that taste in general. A very drinkable beer for me because I can't get enough of the caramel taste. I could see enjoying this deep in the jungle on a safari. Good times.

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Photo of TheBierBand
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at the suggestion of my cousin Chris while we were at Shakespear's Pub in Sarasota, FL. See if I take his advise again....

This beer was average macro lager right down the line. Although, the taste was even more watered down than even most domestics.

Little head retention and no lacing. Color was clear fizzy yellow.

Almost non existant nose on this one.... some light malt taste.

Taste: like a light beer... very little substance.

MF: Too fizzy... but average in every respect.

Drinkability: Nothing special here. Avoid in favor of some richer, more robust beers.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance 3.0: Pours out the familiar light yellow, almost clear color of a lager. Weak head and -surprisingly-- OK lacing.

Smell 3.0: Has an interesting bouquet. Malt and a sharp almost acidic smell. Somewhat grapey. Certainly not off-putting.

Taste 3.25: Front is void of any real taste, just cool liquid. Middle is where a wave of light, treacly malt sweetness comes in along with a slight sourness. Also getting some lagery cooked veggies and corn at this level as well. Finish is smooth and somewhat dry with a pleasant lagery finish. Aftertaste is where a slight taste of corn comes back in, but only briefly and is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Very light and refreshing in the mouth, with an almost perfect level of conditioning for this style.

Overall 3.25: Good beer. I am sure this would be like finding an oasis in the desert if you could drink one (or more) of these on a hot day in equatorial Africa, where it is brewed. This is a good lager and not everyone is fond of, or really appreciates a lager these days...with good reason. Regardless, this is a refreshing beer and worth a try if you are at a restaurant or at a beer store.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours an extreme pale gold,so pale I'm not sure I"ve ever seen one so light in color,the head looks nice and bleach white,with lots of lace left behind.The nose is strange to me like chlorine or somthing so clean It almost has no smell.This tastes like raw uncooked spagetti noodles,with some grassy grainy flavors on the tail.It's light in body and semi creamy even,finishing extremly crisp and clean.Not bad at all,refreshing,easy drinker.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, straw yellow with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, some faint corn, a little earthiness.

T: A bit sweet up front, finishes dry with a touch of hops and also the alcohol sometimes peeking through. No off flavors, not bad for the style. After a while, some dry biscuit flavor joins the lineup.

M: Light, smooth, soda-like carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, again, judging according to the style. Light and refreshing, no off-flavors. Would drink it again if offered, might not seek it out, though. Worth a try.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I read a review somewhere that this was a pretty decent beer and I figured the national beer of Kenya, what the hell. Comes in a large brown bottle with April 04 freshness date.

Pours a pale yellow with a good deal of carbonation and a decent white head. Lace is minimal to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is kind of grassy or straw-like. The taste is much the same, kind of grassy with a small afterbite that you can taste on the roof of the mouth. This is not a bad beer, but more average than anything.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.45/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from bottle into lager glass, served around 45 degrees.

Poured very pale yellow w/ limited head. Aroma was spice, pine and a bit skunky. Taste had citrus, ginger, & alcohol notes. Mouthfeel was very thin and watery, typical of the style. Drinkability is limited, maybe on hot day someone might enjoy one.

Overall a bad beer. It's balanced but just has a lack of overall quality. NOT recommended.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a clear slightly warm pale yellow colour, with a small foamy white head and moderate carbonation. The aroma is lightly lemon scented with a sweet, almost marshmellow, candyfloss sat behind. The taste is creamy and buttery upfront, not what I was expecting. There is a sweet caramel edge to it with a slight floral hoppy finish. It's an interesting taste but I really like it. Well worth a try.

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Photo of fullsweep
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Thick, frothy head of about 2.5 fingers. Off-white foam sits atop a very pale yellow beer.

Grassy grains and a mild hint of coconut in the aroma. These disappear into the pour.

Sweet grains (and perhaps some adjuncts?) in the taste with a mild bitterness on the finish. There are some unusual flavors here that I don't recall having elsewhere. I wasn't sure what to expect from a Kenyan beer, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking--very thin and light, but not necessarily in a good way.

Wouldn't refuse if offered, but won't seek out either.

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Photo of decimator
3.41/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a mug. ABV 4.2%.

A - Poured a clear pale gold with a 1cm white head. Head slowly reduced to a thin cap and good lacing is produced.

S - Light grains & with a hint of grass. Quite light.

T - Light malty sweetness with a mild bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp finish.

O - Decent light lager.

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Photo of dhannes
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Hy-Vee around 11/2010 as a single, and poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass.

A=Nice foam of 1/2" lasting for at least a minute, but color of beer was a rather light yellow, in between Bud and Bud Light.

S=Fresh bread and hops...expectations increased.

T=Lightly carbonated...very watery, followed by a weird aftertaste...almost a faint charcoal flavoring similar to the old Stroh's, only not as appealing...improved enough that I could finish it.

M=Lighter than average but still quite acceptable.

D=The off-taste that I experienced made this very difficult to stick with.

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Photo of SetarconeX
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They make beer in Kenya? I had to give it a try.

Nice little color, nice and bubbly, and not as transparent as a lot of other lagers. All of which, in my opinion, in canceled when you take a whiff of the stuff. A relative seemed to enjoy it, comparing it to jasmine. I can see where you could get that, but it would have to be a weird, fermented jasmine.

Decent taste, decently hoppy, without really launching off in any particularly unique directions. I suppose it gets toasty in Kenya, and the beer's supposed to still seem somewhat light and refreshing.

A solid beer, if not overly impressive. Would probably pick it over many of the standard macro lagers. Besides, how often do you find Kenyan beer?

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.07/5  rDev +35.2%
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.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

This brew pours with a large three finger fluffy white head which takes some time to dissipate. There is light lacing left on the glass; strong carbonation. The beer is a yellow /orange and when held up to the light a lot of sediment (yeast)? can be seen.

The smell is crisp, clean and tangy, maybe some orange and/or lemon zest in there.

The taste follows the nose with a clean, crisp lager taste followed by some lemon peel and orange. The finish is a little dry.

Overall there is nothing amazing going on with this lager, it is not the worst adjunct lager I have tasted but it is not the best either. I would drink it again but I will not go looking for it.

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Photo of techdiver
4.11/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale straw color with a decent head and heavy carbonation. Nothing really special about this, just a highly drinkable beer that went down almost too quickly. Almost as good as Chechvar, but with the carbonation of a San Miguel. A good choice for a session beer.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, golden color, topped with a very generous white head and nice retention.
The aroma is pretty easy to pick up - some malts and lots of grassy aroma. Not completely pleasant.
The taste is slightly sweet and grassy. There is some bitterness in the finish, although it leaves a slightly weird aftertaste.
Still drinkable enough to enjoy it.

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Photo of EMV
3.22/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had in bottle (many times) in Kenya while on Safari

L: This one pours a clear golden color with nice white head that falls rapidly.

S: Malts and faint hops. A little skunk.

T/F: Pretty standard macro lager... would be hard pressed to differentiate it in a taste test from other efforts. Crisp and malty. Very mild hops at the finish. Most bottles had a little skunk but no better/worse than your average macro lager. Pretty well carbonated.

O: No better or worse than your average macro lager, and if nothing else they were crisp and refreshing... especially when out in the Massai Mara park in Kenya. Cheap and a nice change from water. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but when you're in the middle of nowhere it hits the spot. Also... love the bottle.

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Photo of Daredevil
2.09/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

as our Native African friends conquer the world, their brew (and other food items) seem to follow them .... honestly, I am not an enthousiast of African cuisine (actually one of the 3 most horrible culinary experience was in a Nigerian restaurant in London), and as a fact I will neither become an enthousiast of African brews ... this one smells and tastes rather odd: grenadine paired with motor oil and valerian ... at least the label is quite interesting

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.49/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it's the history (read your Hemingway, and you can't escape mention of this beer), or maybe it's just that after a hot day on safari, you just want something crisp and refreshing... I don't know what it is, but I wanted nothing more than a Tusker (and an odd G&T, admittedly) most days in Kenya... Or perhaps a Tusker Malt. I digress...
On to the review...

Appearance> Clear, golden yellow. Very lively. Big, white, foamy head with large bubbles. Good lacing. Pretty par for course for a good lager.

Smell>cereal. Nothing special, but luckily nothing bad.

Taste> Balanced. Refreshing. Not very complex. Great start, slightly bitter, but crisp with a soft hang that doesn't linger long.

Mouf>effervescent. okay.

Drinkability> Really. There are worse lagers out there.

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Photo of salvo
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with immediate heavy carbonation. Little head that dissipates quickly, leaving little trace. Nose is tinny, faint hops. Between an American adjunct and mass market Asian beer.

Taste is very light: starts sharp, dry, and sparkly and ends corn sweet and metallic. Lawnmower drinkable; tempered the spicy sauce that went with the African food I was enjoying. Not surprising in any way. Fine so long as you have appropriate expectations.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.03/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.68/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this 500ml bottle on clearance (how often do beers go on "clearance"? That should tell you something right there) at Potomac Wine & Spirits in MD for $1.

And here we go...

Frighteningly clear. As it poured out of the bottle into my glass, i could only see the faintest hint of coloration to the beer. Of course, the coloration I speak of is the usual pale straw/urine hue that american macro lagers posess.

The smell, or should I say stench, was overwhelming. I uncapped the beer and it punched me in the face, before even being poured. Tusker smells of yard waste clippings. Quite powerful and offensive.
Completely unholy. No beer should ever smell like this.

The taste is one of the stronger points. Of course it tastes like all other light macro filth, but there are a few good points. Tusker lager is not obscenely carbonated, which is good. None of that "burning sensation" on the tongue that Coors gives you. And if you enjoy munching on freshly cut grass, or newly baled hay (who doesn't?), this beer will taste very familiar to you.

The mouthfeel is similar to water, if water had a mildly unpleasant aftertaste and made you belch.

If you're going to mow your lawn, and you can buy this beer for $1 like I did, then you might as well chug a Tusker after you are done mowing. It will blend right in with all the other aromas and tastes in your mouth.

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Photo of tvv375ia
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice gold color with a 2 finger head that faded to almost a cap with no lacing with something suspended throughout that doesn't really appear to be yeast but at least it is not still swimming

S-slight malt presence in the smell but noting that is really strong

T-malt with a little corn something like corn flakes

M-carbonation is ok

O-not bad but for $2.99 for a 12oz bottle I think I would rather drink BMC for $0.50 a can and not have the floaties

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