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

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70
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548 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +16%

Good African lager. One thing about Africa, they have a love affair with lagers. This beer poured a faint, standard yellow. Sort of what most North Americans would think of when they think of beer. Head was a short, 1/2 finger height, but boy was it strong. That foam lasted til it was suds at the bottom of the mug. Sparce strips of lace were left in purely random places on the glass. Very odd. Apparent, almost soda cracker smell dominated the nostrils. It was pleasantly refreshing. A bit of a sweet/starchy smell overall. Same soda crackerlike taste. Sort of a dry, starchy taste. Never experienced that in a beer before. But hey, I like it, and my judgement will show it. Their is a hop presence when swallowing. Refreshing, dry and crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing lager.

03-18-2004 04:28:36 | More by slitherySOB
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +20%

My first African beer!
Showed a very light gold in color with white head building about half an inch, dissipating fast leaving some lacing on the glass.
smell is light malt flavor, maybe hint of honey, little hop.
Very light taste of the same. a little doughy, but actually very refreshing taste and good carbonation.
Considering where it is mostly consumed, a perfect brew for hot climates to quench thirst. very light and smooth, therefore very drinkable. Over all a interesting different kind of beer.

02-05-2011 03:28:34 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Furley80

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev 0%

02-18-2014 15:58:08 | More by Furley80
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olafphysics

Illinois

3/5  rDev 0%

12-02-2012 22:08:13 | More by olafphysics
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beerme626

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev +24.3%

A bottle from Beltway Liquors, in Baltimore, poured into a Weizen glass

A: Beautiful lager appearance. Nice and yellow/amber, with an impressive two-and-a-half head and champagne bubbles. Looks nice.

S: A bit farmhouse-y, but not hoppy like a farmhouse IPA. Barley clearly present.

T: Average+ lager. Better than, say, Miller, and better than most developing countries' lagers I've had, i.e. Latin American ones.

M: Pleasant bubbles and mild taste = refreshing, if simple

O: Comparing to other foreign lagers, excellent. NOT WORTH the 3.49 a bottle, but still very good!

10-18-2012 02:51:48 | More by beerme626
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jarmby1711

Australia

2.45/5  rDev -18.3%

I bought this from Purvis , thinking that it had rated well (for some reason )
It hadn't rated well , nor ,in my view should have it.
Being a pretty stock standard pale yellow in the glass ,with a resistant head, the smell is very plain Metallic, chemically.
The taste was an improvment to at least being drinkable.It seemed sweeter than most in this style, which was intriguing for the first 1/2 a glass , but after that it tended towards sickly unpleasantness.
If I was in Kenya I wouldnt go thirsty by not drinking it but not one I would try again

10-19-2005 03:58:48 | More by jarmby1711
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev +14.3%

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear golden color into a pint glass. It was just a shade darker than straw. Two fingers of foamy white head developed and dissipated very quickly to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: Sweet, almost light caramel, malts. It has a very pleasant, barnyard helles and vanilla aroma to it as well, enticing me to take a sip.

Taste: Surprisingly tasty for an adjunct. The light caramel and barnyard malts from the smell dominate the taste. A vanilla smoothness is also carried over from the aroma, but the beer is also crisp.

Drinkability: No wonder Hemingway drank it for breakfast. Tusker stands out on its own. Damn good lager.

07-25-2010 05:24:09 | More by TheQuietMan22
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taigor

New York

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from bottle into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear pale yellow straw color with very thin head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly malty with floral and corn hints but not much there.

T - Very grainy with taste of corn and slight flavors of malt and yeast. Slightly metallic taste towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation.

O - Very simple adjunct lager. Not much was expected and this lager proved to be just that. I would not recommend it.

10-18-2011 16:17:20 | More by taigor
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magpieken

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-25-2013 15:45:41 | More by magpieken
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lpayette

Vermont

3/5  rDev 0%

02-04-2012 21:50:49 | More by lpayette
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +16%

poured a clear straw yellow with a decent amount of white head, lasted a brief while, and left no lacing
S- malty, a slight hop notice, but a solid malt scent
T- A clean smooth malt taste, not spectacular but it is a solid flavor, got a little better as it warmed too, balanced pretty well.
M- a slightly crisp fine carbonation, slightly light body
D- pretty high, a solid picnic beer or something for summery days, clean smooth, but nothing spectacular

07-15-2007 21:41:24 | More by Atron67
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thekanna

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +20%

A: Poured a clear, pale yellow into a stein with a thick, frothy white head that, surprisingly enough, dissipated quickly.

S: Some malty sweetness and honey; generically clean.

T: Strong honey malts hit the palate, followed by a slight bit of astringency and medicinal hops.

M: Light to a fault; very thin and watery with not enough carbonation to compensate.

D: The sweet honey flavor of the malts make this a very drinkable and refreshing beer; I can see myself having this with Ethiopian food.

02-26-2010 06:26:15 | More by thekanna
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -10%

Alcohol was 4.2% with an Exp date of Feb. 08. Light straw / yellow shade of clear. A frothy white head on pouring but it settled quickly. Some decent lacing looked promising. Gentle carbonation. Mild grass or daisies on the nose, very feint, almost unnoticeable. Taste has a hint of hops but then a bit sweet on the finish. Bitterness is fleeting. Mouthfeel started out smooth but turned a bit syrupy, very light body. This beer is pleasant enough but not a taste sensation by a long shot, a bit boring; did not live up to its label. Then again, it might be a crossover beer for macro drinkers in north america who want to pretend they're on safari.

09-12-2007 03:46:06 | More by ThatWineGuy
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%

Is there any other reason to drink this beer other than to say "ha, I drank a beer from Kenya." We'll see.

Pours a perfect gold, hazy with what looks like some sediment in it or something. Maybe chill haze. It did not affect the taste or texture of the beer, however. Fizzy head quickly dissipated to leave a faint ring around the glass. Aroma is good, some nice malts overtake the aroma with some faint honey and apples thrown in.

The taste is much better than any macro lager I've ever had over here. A refreshing taste with some spicy bite at the end from the hops.

An all around good lager. The perfect lawnmower beer ... and it's made in Kenya.

06-08-2007 06:37:10 | More by saintwarrick
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.4/5  rDev -20%

Picked up a 12oz single for $1.99 at Manchester Wine and Liquors in Manchester CT. Bottled on/ freshness dating is stampled on the bottle but is hard to read... I think it says best by Sep 10. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear light yellow brew is extremely fizzy, tons of carbonation on the glass, a fizzy white head fizzles out in a matter of seconds. Smell is practically nonexistent, just a little adjunct sweetness. Feel has mostly settled down, certainly didn't hold its fizz... it went from explosive to nearly flat in about 3 minutes. Taste is mild adjunct sweetness, maybe a little muddy hop... nothing offensive, but nothing interesting either.

09-24-2010 23:36:05 | More by BeerNinja007
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

1.65/5  rDev -45%

500ml bottle poured in a dimpled mug.

Clear, pale straw yellow. Big 1/2 inch white head on the pour settles in to a thin cap.

Aroma is grassy/herbal hops with a light malt sweetness in the background. Reminds me more of a Euro Lager than a Macro Lager.

Very little flavour. Mild floral hops and petrol notes at the start and a hint of sweetness at the finish. Zero aftertaste. Is this beer? or coloured carbonated water?

Amazingly thin and watery mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Kind of like mineral water, only less bubbly.

Wow. What a lot of nothing. The aroma totally lies to you. I was expecting atleast some grassy hops on the palate, but nothing. Goes down like nothing, so drinkability should be good, but who'd want to drink another one of these?

07-11-2006 02:35:15 | More by Noxious26
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Act25

New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev +3.7%

Bought in WFM craft variety pack. Average beer, but my first from Africa.

A: Darker and flatter than high quality pilsner like Polestar. Head disappears. Not much carbonation, no lace.

S: Flat smell. A bit skunky, then grass, malt, grain. Not much
T: Follows the smell, a bit watery, not offensive, but not much better than unsweetened, flattish, ginger ale.
MF. Watery.

I wanted to like this. Will try again but too watery and non-descript. Stella is better.

03-20-2014 01:45:30 | More by Act25
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +21%

This poured from the bottle a very average yellow with a slight ring of head at the top of the glass. A grassy smell makes it's way to the nose in this one, not too bad. Flavor is slightly sweet, very subtle in the hops and malt, with a very clean finish. This is one of the more easy drinking and refreshing brews i've had, Overall, not bad.

08-11-2006 23:39:51 | More by funkengruven
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -12.3%

bb date- 3/2003
Pours a yellowish pale straw color, with a slightly chunky, small white head. On the nose there is a slight oily herbal hop aroma. On the palate, there is a slight graininess, hops, weird chewy mouthfeel almost oily, bread malt character. This is an ok lager, but nothing I’ll ever buy again.

09-22-2002 06:38:36 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.06/5  rDev +2%

Best by 12 Jul 2012 (oh well, I'm twelve days late):

In a pilsener:

A: golden transparent body that leaves a large one finger white head and lingers for a good two minutes. There are some fast rising carbonated bubbles. Some foamy spiderwebbed lacing appears and slides down the glass.

S: all about the rice and the sweet corn. A bit of honey comes out.

T: rice and the corn again except its not as sweet as the smell.

M: light to medium, slightly watery, some carbonation felt on the tongue, sessionable

O: I'm glad I can say I've tried something from Africa, but probably won't seek this out again.

07-24-2012 13:20:21 | More by BeerKangaroo
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jmathis

Florida

3/5  rDev 0%

07-24-2012 15:45:45 | More by jmathis
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gopens44

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +16%

A - Straw colored with virtually no head. Clear enough to slow down the same amount of light as a bay window.

S - A little honey but very yeasty. Like uncooked pizza dough.

T - Malty and honey with a hint of mineral water style crispness. Very pleasant!

M - Thin with a dry finish. No aftertaste.

What a pleasant surprise this is. Very clean, crisp and flavorful for the style.

12-08-2010 23:34:23 | More by gopens44
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baos

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +28.3%

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.

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

Virginia

3/5  rDev 0%

06-02-2013 13:16:24 | More by SonOfKyuss
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pentathlete

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -5%

Crystal clear lager, pale gold, with a big-bubbled foamy head that didn't last a minute. Buttered corn smell overpowers any grassiness. Honestly, this tasted about like most macros. A solid adjunct lager. The mouthfeel was slightly lighter than I expected, as if water had somehow separated from the beer and remained on the tongue. Unless it is skunked or warm, most adjuncts are relatively easy drinkers. I'll get some of these and have folks over to watch "Hatari!" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro". I heard someone say that Hemingway liked this stuff, so it's only fitting. Bia Y Angu Nchi Yangu -- "My Beer My Country"

02-25-2005 00:39:15 | More by pentathlete
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.