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

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BA SCORE
70
okay

549 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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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BDIMike

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours a golden, clear glass that is incredibly fizzy and carbonated. There is an incredibly thin white head that dissipates immediately.
There is not a lot to the smell. Smells of biscuit and malt.
The taste is not much different from the smell. Good biscuit taste with a nice wheat taste as well. A bit of hops at the end, tasting like those from eastern Europe.
Good mouthfeel. Very crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability is great and the crsip refreshment is very nice for a warm weather beer.

05-31-2008 20:39:13 | More by BDIMike
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beertaster13

Washington

3.33/5  rDev +11%

Pours a pale yellow color with a cream white ivory head that resembles the elephant tusks on the bottle. The smell is of honey/grain and subtle dough, a nice lemon zest refreshes the nose, the tate is clean and refreshing, a nice citrus upfront leads to the honey smooth taste. Better than I expected, good beer for watching the ball games.

10-17-2004 21:25:36 | More by beertaster13
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev 0%

01-18-2014 10:56:47 | More by Schmoog
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inebrius

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -2.3%

A fluffy white head to rival the snows of Kiliminjaro. A pallid gold. A soft wind whispers aromas of distant hayfields and spun sugar. A malt and hop symmetry at once right and good but quickly lost to a sickly corn aftertaste that lingers badly. A wholly average lager, but likely top notch when on safari in the green hills of Africa.

10-18-2002 20:13:27 | More by inebrius
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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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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +2.7%

I was surprised how clear it was as I poured this. Did someone put water in my beer bottle? Once my glass started to collect it a light, thin, golden colour topped with a fast growing, and shrinking, head formed. The aroma is of light cereal grains and syrup with a faint clean hopness to it. The taste adds a bit of white bread and suggestions of lemon to that. Add a light body and clean finish and you got Kenya's Tusker Lager.

It's pretty much Kenya's answer to the macro lager. They've done a better job, however, you pay for that and the whole it's from Kenya thing.

04-20-2010 22:48:02 | More by EskimoDave
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Rudgers73

New York

3.55/5  rDev +18.3%

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. 1/2 inch head with a vigorous pour that settles quickly into a thin layer of tiny bubbles. Malty smell with skunky hops throughout. Relatively active carbonation rising through the pale, yet saturated hue of yellow. The first sip was actually better than I had expected. Big malty flavor and a slightly thick and creamy mouthfeel. The aftertaste has a little tinge to it, but overall I thought this beer was way better than most American/Canadian macro lagers.

03-15-2007 20:39:05 | More by Rudgers73
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JHendu

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

10-28-2012 02:37:52 | More by JHendu
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Samp01

New Jersey

1.83/5  rDev -39%

12oz bottle. Pours pale yellow with a small short lived white head. Aroma and taste of cereal and grains, light malty notes and light hops bitterness. Light body with soda like carbonation and watery mouth feel. Finish is cereal, grains sweet light bitterness ending with a watery, bland and metalic flavor. Overall not much to say, did not like this. Could not finish drinking this beer. Would not reccomend.

11-20-2011 21:26:22 | More by Samp01
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -30.7%

500ml bottle
4.2%
I tried this beer on September 13, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe' in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold with a thin white head. The aroma was grainy with a hint of malt and some yeast. The mouthfeel was thin with high carbonation. The taste was grassy as with a lot of macro style lagers

09-19-2007 21:13:46 | More by cyrenaica
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stephendr

California

1.95/5  rDev -35%

335 ml. bottle- color of bight yellow, with a thin white small bubbled head – light sweet nose of corn , perfume , melon , straw, and hits of detergent – taste of cantaloupe , slight straw , and light bitterness– body is watery , dry , and lightly carbonated – aftertaste of , sweet corn , soapy , and rotten melon

03-21-2007 05:03:14 | More by stephendr
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +12.7%

My first offering from an African brewery. 12 oz. single bottle purchased at The Palisade in Jersey City for a 1.50 (how could I go wrong?)

A- Looked very similar to a BMC type beer in my glass. Fizzy and hazy yellow color with a small one finger bubbly head.

S- Smell was of hops. Nothing much else doing in the nose department. Smell was average and typical.

T- For some reason, this stuff tasted like apple juice to me. Some hops, some malt, but for the most part this one lacked any complexity in the taste department.

M- Mouthfeel was carbonated and sleek.

D- Easy going down. This one drank a little better than a typical american macro lager. Still, I wouldnt seek this one out, but wouldnt turn it down either.

03-23-2008 19:00:24 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

07-25-2013 06:28:58 | More by foxyaardvark27
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silverking

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

06-30-2013 22:30:10 | More by silverking
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goschool

California

3.4/5  rDev +13.3%

Tusker as an awesome history. In a brilliant display of dark comedy, the beer is named after the elephant who killed one of the founding partners. The other cool thing about this beer is that Ernest Hemingway took a liking to it during his safari.

There was a respectable head on the beer while I was pouring it but it shrunk way down. The nose and taste has grains and a weak grassy hop aroma. There's nothing spectacularly exciting about this lager, but it's head and shoulders above BMC and things like Heineken. The most impressive thing is how well this 4.2% abv beer holds up in transit across the world. Everybody seems to forget (myself included) that drinkability should factor in whether you want to drink or buy the beer again. Sure it's easy to drink and mighty refreshing, but I don't plan on spending $2.99 for another one of these anytime soon.

05-20-2006 07:52:06 | More by goschool
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -18.3%

The Kenyan beer Tusker turned out to be pretty much what I expected. This is a another tropical climate beer that is cheaply made, but it would be an easily drinkable beer if the situation saw fit. A bit unremarkable, but not revolting.

Tusker pours a light yellow color with a decent foam head that lasts for around 35 seconds. The smell reminds me a bit of a euro-lager (even though it's brown bottled). Some skunk, along with some musty/soapy/grainy adjunct smells. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. The flavor has a hint of sweetness. Mostly grain/adjunct flavors here, slightly husky with some soapy qualities to it. Corn is detectable here as well. I couldn't taste any actual hop presence though, so it finishes out watery. There are grainy flavors in the aftertaste, and a burnt corn flavor lingers for a moment or two. This beer finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This isn't a beer I would actively seek out by any means. It's cheap and adjuncty, and I could pick dozens of American macros if I wanted that in a beer. Overall, just plain and unexciting.

11-24-2003 06:36:09 | More by Beastdog75
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev 0%

11-24-2011 23:33:52 | More by jsnoek
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atpca

California

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-30-2014 18:04:09 | More by atpca
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +21.7%

So, A beer named after an elephant that killed George Hurst. Interesting.

Poured from the brown heavy duty body into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date of Apr 09 stamped on the bottle.

A - Poured a clear and very pale straw yellow in color, topped with a bright white head. The head receded to a thin cap fairly quickly but left some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Lemongrass and a bit of grain. Seems like I'm detecting a buttery diacetyl note as well. Smells a lot better than I would have expected from a Kenyan brewery...smells better than most American Adjunct Lagers that I've had in the past.

T & M - The buttery Diacetyl I smelled in the nose comes across a lot larger in the taste. The lemongrass almost takes a back seat to it. There is also just the slightest hop bite on the back end to make things interesting. Thin mouthfeel (as expected) and it finishes fairly clean, except for a little diacetyl for aftertaste.

D - This one surprised me. I'm not a fan of the American Adjunct style of brewing, but if I did have to drink it, I think I would choose Tusker. This has been a pleasant surprise, from a country that I didn't think would surprise me.

03-15-2010 15:57:40 | More by drizzam
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kyle86

Michigan

3/5  rDev 0%

09-22-2013 12:57:12 | More by kyle86
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3/5  rDev 0%

Appearance- Clear golden color. Had a decent head about inch thick.

Smell- Hops with some malts and maybe hint of fruits.

Taste- Very crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- It was okay. I don't know why but I expected a little bit more from it.

08-10-2007 19:12:50 | More by Beerbuddha
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev 0%

Pale golden appearance with lots of bubbly head that quickly disappears. Smell is grassy and malty, but nothing significant.

Has a sweet malty taste with a hint of corn and grain. Slightly bitter and creamy, but overall, the taste is light. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. After taste is almost non-existent, but a bit dry.

When compared to other beers, it's a mediocre adjunct lager, but not bad for a lighter beer and refreshing. Worth it just to try a beer from Kenya.

02-23-2011 04:35:26 | More by CrazyMike
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Onslow

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -10.7%

got from the LS ... pours with a great big healthy head ... lacing is quite supreme, good start here ... has some corn and a hop smell similar to saaz ... some sweetness in the chewer ... is a very refreshing lager beer, also has a low to medium crispness ... not bad stuff, i can see drinking this in Nairobi...

10-21-2008 14:24:09 | More by Onslow
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured a clear light straw with a small white head that dissipated and left slight lacing.

Smells were slightly sweet malt, herbal hops.

Taste was along the same lines but underwhelming. The hop character was herbal and did keep it from being completely boring. A decent beer, but why pay more for something so mediocre.

05-12-2008 15:10:33 | More by rtratzlaff
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +21.7%

"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.

03-28-2003 06:34:43 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.