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

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366 Reviews
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Reviews: 366
Hads: 670
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 26.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
Kenya | website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager | 4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Photo of BWH3
1.68/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow. Rolling active carbonation. Descent white bubbly head with slightly above average.

S/T: I can not get over how much this beer smells and tastes like buttered popcorn. I think this is diacetyl in the beer. I am not sure if this is intended but it is not disguised by any amount of malt or hop character. If you read the back of this bottle, you might be expecting a traditional lager in the German style and this stuff makes Bud taste better.

M: Light, crisp, highly carbonated. Spot on for the macro style.

D: I hope to try more beers from the African continent. I am certain there are better beers than this for the people to enjoy.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw gold, and forms a large, billowy head of thick white foam with good retention. Lacing was quite noticeable.

Smell: Biscuit malt forms the bulk of the smell, though oddly sweet, with an almost honey-like note to the sweetness. Grassiness is also present, with something vaguely rootlike.

Taste: Again, biscuity malt with that honey sweetness, like eating a biscuit that has honey drizzled over it. Grassy notes abound throughout the tasting process as well, alongside a presence best described as pollen. It's a simple taste profile, though not a bad one.

Mouthfeel: Light, lively, and drinkable.

Overall: Not a bad lager. Not the greatest lager ever brewed, but the honey-sweetness adds a bit of interest that I haven't run across often with pale lagers.

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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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Photo of watchnerd
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Regular 12 oz bottle picked up at a European market in Mountain View, CA.

Why is this considered an American Macro Lager? This really needs to be changed to the Euro Pale Lager category, the same category that Heineken is placed in, with which it shares a strong resemblance.

So on the Heineken comparison: it's a light bodied, slightly hoppy lager with a clean, crisp taste. It tastes very much like Heinken, but better, as it lacks the skunky overtones that seem to be so common with Heineken.

Give it a whirl. It probably won't rock your world, but it's a decent lager that is quite drinkable and should go well with food, even if it's a bit forgetable.

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Photo of brakspear
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
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.....

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Photo of Voonder
3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

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Photo of witster18
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not a bad lager.
a grassy astringency early quickly leaves as there is little to no aftertaste. consistant for the style but WAY overpriced. A little hops can be detected....early...underwhelming but probobly a touch better in taste and distinction than most massprolag's Bought on a recommendation....but I cannot give the same recommendation because this is overpriced and only slighty above average. warsteiner meets budweiser. perhaps the most overpriced beer of all time!

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Photo of evlu1441
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer I've had from the African Continent. I really like the label and bottle cap.

It pours a light golden colour with a thin head. I'm surprised at the good head retention!

The smell is light and grainy, but pleasant.

The flavour is pretty good! It's very light, but all the good things about a light beer! there is a very slight hop flavour with a slightly dry finish. Very fine carbonation make this a really smooth drink.

Overall, this is a really refreshing beer, and I can imagine that it's incredibly satisfying on a hot Kenyan afternoon. If this was slightly cheaper, I'd drink it all the time in the summer!

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Photo of sokol_1993
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had one 330ml bottle in DC at a African party.
Smell: Sweet smell of malt, but also of adjunct, and the sweet smell is really forced and somewhat fake.
Taste: not much is there. Really light taste, skunky and forced. Doesn't taste like a decent beer in any way.
Feel: Very light body and no aftertaste whatsoever.

I'll pass this one next time. Good thing they also had wine at the party.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just a nice change of pace. Very pale in color and certainly with a hint of adjuncts in both the aroma and taste. The mouthfeel is quite neutral with sufficient carbonation. Overall nothing particularly special but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Prufrock
2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into a pilsner.

clear pale golden yellow with an inch of foamy white head that falls quickly. some rising bubbles.

smells like an american macro lager, with hints of sweet malt and hops. also has a slightly sweeter honeylike component.

taste and mouthfeel are fairly light and thin. starts off with a hint of bitterness but the finish again has a slight honey flavor. comes off as sweeter but more balanced than most other mass-produced lagers, and is very drinkable, if uninteresting.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking directly from a 500-ml bottle.

Appearance - brown bottle with interesting label featuring an elephant's head. Extended stubby-style bottle does decant the beer a little as I progressed with it.

Smell - clean, grainy smell. Fresh malt attributes.

Taste - again, clean, crisp taste. This beer was exceptionally cold, a degree or 2 above freezing. Some of the flavour took a little bit to come out. Fairly subtle alcohol as it's a low 4.2%.

Mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing feel and excellent when served as cold as I had it.

Drinlability - we've got a winner here! This satisfies very well when you're thirsty and you could pound a few litres of this away without getting messy. I would go for this whenever convenient to do so. Recommended.

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Photo of Hornet2003
1.63/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The flight attendant from Bill Clinton's plane gave this to my friend wh is a baggage handler at YVR.

A-Not quite sure. It was kinda yellow pee colour. Drank it out of the can.

S-This beer smells pretty much like Bud. Kind of grainy in aroma. I couldn't detect any hop aroma.

T-I almost gagged when this touched my tongue. To me, it was worse than Budweiser or Molson Canadian. Tasted pretty much like it smelled. Grainy and wattery. Very little bitterness.

M-Very fizzy. Pretty much a fizzy piss beer if I've ever tasted one.

D-I don't think I have to say I struggled to finish this. It was so god aweful that it warmed up to room temp before I was able to choke it down. The can lasted me about 2 hours. Just gross.

Overall-I really hope Bill Clinton has better taste in beer than this. Perhaps I had a bad batch but I am not going to be buying it anytime soon to find out. Everyone who had one at the party just thought it was gross.

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Photo of weller1js
2.32/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: pours a watery yellow with heavy carbonation which dissolves quickly leaving little lacing.

smell: faint pilsner scent with a predominant sweet overtone.

taste: begins clean with malty flavor yielding to a semisweet flavor in the finish, no other discernable tastes.

drinkability: overall quality appears poor, drinking the beer gives little worth noting, would not drink regularly.

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Photo of Avryle
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale straw-yellow colored with a thin white cap of foam and spotty lacing

S- Corn and malt.

T- Light malt. Kinda sweet. Doesn't have the adjuncty blech that I was expecting.

M- Very thin. Pure lawnmowin' beer.

D- Think- water, but with carbonation.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard water glass in Djibouti. Nice golden straw appearance, clear, and provided some head and mild lacing. Nice skunky aroma like some European or German lagers. Actually flavour was better than expected. Some breadiness, some mild bitterness, and some mild metallic taste. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied, refreshing on a hot summer afternoon in East Africa. Overall a very average lager but would drink again if the situation arises.

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Photo of alexskovan
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured pale golden with a fluffy white head that dropped quickly. Subtle, pleasant creamy aroma. Taste is unremarkable American macro, better than a lot of our stuff, but certainly not worth the imported price tag.

I'm always a sucker for these brews from countries that have no brewing tradition. What you get is generally this sort of beer -- boring American macro.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.45/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow, with a white head that receded quickly, but leaves a little bit of lace on the glass. Aroma of lemon is evident. Highly carbonated, with a clean finish. Definetly a thirst quenching brew. I could sit and drink this all night! A real session beer.

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Photo of beersarang
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big cloudlike head that leaves patches of lacing here and there. Light golden with a brilliant clarity. Pretty appetizing.

Nice grassy aroma with a hint of some bread in the background, maybe skunky.

Very soft malt presence with a quick and clean herbal hop bite. Finishes clean and smooth. Very average if not a tad bland, but then again at least there is no corn flavor.

Lighter on the carbonation and the body is thin. Goes down easy.

I would drink this one again in hot weather. Solid macro lager.

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Photo of veech
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this beer many years ago when a Fraternity brother was sent to Somalia in the early '90's and he returned with large bottles of Tusker. I found a 12 oz. bottle recently and thought I would test it against my more complex palate some 10 years later. I found this to be a good middle of the road macro lager. Really nothing more or less. It accomplishes what it sets out to do. It could be mistaken for any of a hundred other beers. But if one finds themselves in the bush of the Serengeti it would more than quench your thirst.

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Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.