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

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547 Ratings

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%

A 500ml bottle with "beer only" etched into the glass. Sampled 6 months after its bottling date, 6 months prior to its best before.

A sheep's wool of suds and bubbles that becomes little more than a creamy film. The body is spotlessly clear, essentially water with a bright banana yellow tinting. Webbings of lacing and very active bubbles are always a nice sign.

The aroma is relatively clean of corn and adjuncts - a pale lager seems so empty smelling without them (although not a bad thing!) The beer's aroma seems completely uninvolved; faint notes of corn and wheat husks lead to me to believe this works in the beer's favour.

The mouthfeel too is considerably neutral. It is only the slightest bit bitter. It is far from skunky. There are no unwanted adjuncts tasted. Light flavours of grains and corn are, if anything, just unoffensive. This is little else but quenching.

If you're under the sun, hot and thirsty - this may be exactly the beer you want to see in front of you. I've had the Tusker Premium Lager a few occasions and never once thought it a bad beer. In fact, its consistency and quality have made this one of my favourite macro lagers.

06-18-2008 01:55:42 | More by biegaman
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.58/5  rDev +19.3%

Well, the only other African beer I can remember was from Namibia, and this one is quite a bit better.
Pours a very light golden, clean and clear. Moderate semi-soapy head inches up to about 1 finger, then settles to a very fine collar

Aroma is...not much. And that's good. Well, it's not bad. It lacks to unsavory characteristics of some/most AAL, like stale malt, socks and vinegar. It has a bit of a sweetness and light, very light, caramel. Hint of vague spice

A light flavor profile. Sweet malt, some corn leaves, and light caramel. A quick small burst of hops and some floral spice. All is fleeting, but that's good. The finish has a bit of film on it, but otherwise it does have a zing quality.

Carbonation could use a boost, I think it would help a bit. But not too much bubbles as they would detract from the flavors

01-29-2012 07:58:01 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

08-13-2014 17:59:13 | More by afsdan
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev 0%

05-26-2014 18:41:19 | More by Latarnik
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Poured a very clear and pale golden-lemon color with a ½ finger frothy white head that was less then average retention wise. Visible carbonation was rapid and medium in nature.

S: light sweet buttery notes and grains but was very faint and had to work to get much of a scent here.

T: sweet dried buttered grains and popcorn notes, and a soft flowery hopping which was sweet and spicy in nature. A very light dried honey and fresh dough flavor was also detected. Overall the flavor was very sweet, almost like pancake syrup, I enjoyed it somewhat but found it very sweet at times.

M: fizzy and very active, smooth with a light texture and a buttery sweetness. Overall very smooth and slick on the tongue and slides off the back off the tongue effortlessly.

D: A decent, smooth and sweet drink that was easy to put down, but may be limited in quantities due to its high sweet character. As a single, moderately enjoyable.

08-27-2008 22:36:30 | More by beerthulhu
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

01-12-2014 00:47:28 | More by tdm168
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3.53/5  rDev +17.7%

Medium yellow with a bit of chill haze. Bright white head that recedes to a thick collar with some lacing evident. Malty aroma with floral and fruity hops, maybe a bit of honey sweetness as well. Clean flavour with lightly fruity malt sweetness and delicate floral hops. Bitterness appears towards the end and contributes to a slightly drying finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Not bad at all. I kind of like it.

03-11-2006 02:07:57 | More by DrJay
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South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%

undated 12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Label warns(?) "contains barley".

Pours a light yellow gold; clear; 1 finger white head with moderate retention.

Sweet malty aroma; nice toasted grain notes but rather subtle. Flavor follows aroma; in this case, even the 'sweet' aroma is accompanied by a quite sweet flavor. Indeed, there's even more sweetness in the taste, and I believe this brew would benefit from more hops.

O - African Coors? Pretty much, albeit a little more interesting, sweet and appealing. Not a great beer, but still a pleasant and refreshing beverage.

04-05-2011 01:11:07 | More by chinchill
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2.78/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, rice, hint of hops, and a hint of sorghum. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of rice, pale malt, hint of hops, and a hint of sorghum. Overall, decent appearance, but otherwise average at best in all other categories.

04-26-2013 13:40:35 | More by Tone
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4/5  rDev +33.3%

06-27-2014 21:49:26 | More by wrightst
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3/5  rDev 0%

The beer exits the 12-ounce bottle a light gold color with a creamy white head that crowns the body, as it erodes; the lace forms a thin sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, almost maple syrup; crisp and clean, start has a fair malt presence, thin at the top, which was expected. Finish has a pedestrian acidity, the hops mild but present, dry aftertaste, a fair to middling beer, a product of its environment, certainly better than many beers from such countries.

11-15-2007 21:01:21 | More by Gusler
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2.83/5  rDev -5.7%

I don't think I've had many beers from the continent of Africa.

Pours a straw gold with a decent white head into my glass. It looks like a standard adjunct lager.

Sweet malt that is almost non-detectable. Not much else either to impress the nose.

Sweet, sweet, sweet. Inoffensive. It's just bland. There's more flavor in the American examples.

Watery. Sweet. Sweet water?

As much as I wanted to like this, I just don't dig it.

02-22-2012 01:27:04 | More by Brad007
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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-13-2012 18:01:05 | More by rolltide8425
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New Hampshire

3.66/5  rDev +22%

Bottle from Andover Liquors
Pour a crystal clear golden straw color with a decent sized tightly bubbled white head that dissipates quickly to a faint cap on top. Aromas of sweet grainy honey like pilsner malt and a faint floral hop. I'm a bit surprised that the aroma is so damn inviting. The flavor is lightly sweet and honey like with some faint earthy spicy hop to balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and slick sugary water mouthfeel. Very nice example of a pale lager, I could see some of these on a warm summer day.

03-09-2014 20:38:10 | More by johnnnniee
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +32.7%

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec14 2009

A clear straw yellow with a thumbs width of bone white head that fell quickly and left a few patches of lace

S grassy lemon and floral hops with just a little malt

T as it smells with a little biscuit

M clean and crisp with just enough carbonation to please

D even on this cold winter day it's pretty good

a good lager when all is said and done, not what I expect from Kenya

12-13-2009 21:14:49 | More by wordemupg
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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

09-26-2013 15:34:01 | More by harpus
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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-29-2013 18:23:47 | More by GraduatedCashew
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3.8/5  rDev +26.7%

The colour is clear medium yellow. The three finger head slowly sinks down to a finger thick firm white head, leaving lots of fine lacing.

The smell is very delicate. It is clean, a little sweet and flowery with an interesting note of mashed potatoes.

The taste is light and clean. Some semi dry malt and a light pleasant sweetness. Some very mild bitter notes and hints of exotic fruits and flowers. The aftertaste is as mild and fresh. A bit dry hints of vanilla and fruits.

The carbonation is fresh and medium strong. Small bubbles. The liquid isn’t watery at all.

A highly drinkable lager with a crisp and balanced taste. Well done.

09-26-2007 18:49:40 | More by bark
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3.88/5  rDev +29.3%

Surprise present from my dad. I saw that it was a Kenyan lager and I almost didn't even want to try it. Being the ticker that I am, I gave it a shot, and this is exactly why we don't judge a beer by its location...Appearance nothing to note...Aroma is light and sweet, corn, but you'd expect tons of skunk and none is present...The aroma is light and sweet, not at all a typical lager. This isn't a great beer but it exceeds expectations for a lager and a Kenyan beer.

09-13-2010 00:54:18 | More by jrallen34
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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Faint aroma of sweet malt and grassy wheat. Flavor is light slightly sweet malt and a hint of grassy hops. Finishes rather dry and abruptly leaving a slightly mineral aftertaste. Light bodied. A very bland and lightly flavored lager with no off flavors, but nothing really to recommend it. At least I can tick Kenya without flying thousands of miles for this.

01-27-2013 02:02:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.28/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Best-by date is March 1, 2011, so we're good there.

Appearance: pale golden hue with lots of apparent effervescence and three fingers of foamy white head. For its style, actually not too bad.

Smell: sweet, malty aroma. Light, but the common adjunct aromas don't jump out at me, nor does the harsh grainy aroma so common in this style. There's a bit of a fruity character and even a touch of earthy hops. One of the best smelling adjunct lagers I've ever had.

Taste: light malt flavor with a touch of graininess. Flavor is kind of bland and nowhere near as enticing as the aroma, but for all that it is inoffensive. Call it OK.

Mouthfeel: light body with a little fizzy carbonation. It's quaffable, but it doesn't exactly feel great. I'd have liked either a little more body or a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: with its inoffensive flavor and light body, it's pretty quaffable. Throw in its great aroma and general sessionable-ness, and I find it quite drinkable.

08-26-2010 21:24:06 | More by flagmantho
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South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a cloudy consistency and a pale yellow color. Not a whole lot of head, but some OK lacing.

S: There was a floral quality to the smell, along with a bit of malt and hops.

T: The taste was a bit on the average side. There was a little malt and some hops along with a slight citrus element. Not particularly complex.

M: This beer could use a bit more carbonation. It had a decently dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is one of the better examples of a macro-brewed beer, it still isn't all that great. Not without its good qualities, though.

05-12-2008 13:07:20 | More by avalon07
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3/5  rDev 0%

Had a Tusker whilst visitng the Tusker restaurant in the Animal Kingdom of Walt Disney. Tusker Lagar has a clear golden color with decent carbonation which provided a nice white foamy head. The smell and taste are powered by grain, but there is an interesting taste as it comes off the pallete...not sure if that is a malt that they are using or not.. The beer is easy on teh mouth and is best suited to be drank on hot summer days.

06-11-2011 15:49:51 | More by WoodBrew
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1.73/5  rDev -42.3%

I would drink this beer if I was on safari in Africa, but not otherwise. And what is up with the label/name? Is this the preferred beer of poachers everywhere? Light and clear gold color with a medium thin white head. No lacing and mild effervescence. Weak grass and hops aroma with a hint of skunk. Light bodied and highly carbonated, the flavor is very mild and unremarkable. Crisp finish with a watery aftertaste.

05-08-2003 06:13:32 | More by Dogbrick
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3.23/5  rDev +7.7%

12 ounce bottle, Mfg, 6/16/2008, best by 6/16/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is good, not much lacing. Carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass to the top for a while after it's first poured. It smells like sweet malt and a bit of corn. No offensive aromas at all. It tastes like sweet malt, grain, and bit of grassy hops. It's mostly sweet tasting. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin but not watery. Drinkability is good, it is pretty easy to drink. For the style, it's not bad at all, I'd rather drink this than most macro brews. Not that I'd make a point to seek this out, but it's a good alternative if you don't want to drink any BMC brews.

05-30-2009 23:20:02 | More by bluejacket74
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.