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

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Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
Kenya | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Photo of LAp
3.27/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500mL can poured into a table glass. Pours a crystal clear light straw, forming a 1 finger foamy white head, which recedes gradually to leave minimal lacing. Nose is clean lightly roasted malts. The palate is less saccharine than the malt-dominated lagers of the US, and reflects a more European sensibility in its malting than that found in the Americas (both North and South - e.g. Salva Vida). Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, light-medium in body, and crisp without being overly watery. Overall, far more inoffensive than anticipated. There's a certain nostalgia here for Austrian lagers that biases this review, but the beer is undeniably drinkable, and well rounded. The fuller, more savory predilections of the beer are nicely reminiscent of an older lager tradition from the other side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of Svingjo
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a crystal clear pale straw colour with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose starts with a raw grain, wet grass aroma that is surrounded by sweet malts. The taste is quite weak with some slight malt taste that has some lingering bitterness around the edges. The mouthfeel like the taste is quite watery. I suppose in the hot African day a cold one of these who be quite refreshing however I find it falls a bit short. Glad for the chance to try this African beer but unless I'm in African I probably won't be searching this one out.

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Photo of Squire123
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Who can resist Dumbo?

Something I've picked up from time to time when our paths crossed. Admittedly for the label because there's little else to recommend it.A lightweight lager with minimal hops and malt laden with adjuncts to round out the recipe.

Not worth a premium price but worth a laugh.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.56/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow straw color. The smell is a pleasant slightly sweet grain.
Mild malt taste up front with a slight bitter aftertaste.
Pretty average.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: Good carbonation, white head with large bubbles that left a thick lacing. Light gold color.
S: Bit of sour funk - kind of like sourdough bread but really really mild.
T: Doesn't really follow the nose. Rather flat, not complex malt.
F: Thin

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Photo of tigg924
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold in color, clear, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is honey and sweet toasted malt. Above average, tasty, clean lager. Not something I would rush out to get, but certainly enjoyable.

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

Poured into pint glass. It pours a clear golden-yellow. Although it is quite carbonated, there is only a very thin, snow-white head and almost no lacing. The aroma is mostly grain and grass; nothing else to speak of. Ditto the taste: mostly grain and grass, although it does have a touch of sweetness; I cannot tell whether it is fruit or corn. It is dry but has no bitterness. I didn't notice any hops. Its feel is very light, almost watery. It has a noticeable fizziness. With its very low ABV, it is exceedingly drinkable. I could imagine sitting in a dimly-lit bar in Mombasa and drinking this all day under a slowly-turning fan. Overall, compared to many other Adjunct American Lagers, Tusker isn't bad. And it's a lot more interesting and fun.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.54/12 oz bottle ($ 0.211/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
BB 24 Apr 16 at 42 degrees into SA “Perfect Pint”
Aroma of wet grain
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to irregular two to five mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing good - partial rings of small to medium bubbles
Body – straw yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor - slightly sweet and grainy; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold to straw yellow in color with a fingernail of brilliant white on top. There's excellent clarity here. I smell corn and Hallertau hops. No surprise here that I taste corn and Hallertau hops. This is a beer meant for hot weather and is intended to be drank ice cold. The mouth is thin, light, and crisp.

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Photo of stevoj
1.57/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Right from the start, this beer was off. Smell was funky, taste was almost non-existant and mouthfeel was watery.I got my first beer from Africa, but it was nothing to write home about. Avoid....

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Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear yellow color with a 1/2" white head with several sizes of bubbles. The head soon settles to a large ring and an island of foam while leaving a few patches of lacing on the sides. Sipping leaves lots of scattered small speckles and a few legs of lacing.

The aroma is very faint but pleasant enough grain with a hint of bread and maybe a light touch of hop.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some lightly sweet graininess, but there is also an almost hidden touch fruitiness. I'd say there's a bit of bitterness here except its more like an absence of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side and slightly prickly from the modest carbonation. The finish is medium length, starts in the grainy sweetness, and fades to a quiet ending with some slight bitter dryness showing.

Overall this is a light, refreshing beer that would be fine for a summer's afternoon. While I won't be buying it again I do find that I'd be willing to have it again if it was on offer at cook out or other summer activity.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.97/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: corn is predominant; a little bready malt is there as well; a hint of DMS;

T: better than the aroma - more balanced between the corn and malt; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not offensive, but not good either;

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Photo of woemad
2.19/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane, Valley, WA, for $2.79. My first Kenyan beer. There is no freshness date anywhere on the bottle. For a long time I’d thought I’d had this, but I think it was actually Elephant Beer I was thinking of.

Poured into an Ice Harbor nonic pint glass, this was a clear, pale golden amber color, with a thin, noisy and fizzy head that disappeared quickly.

Crude, earthy grainy scent, with some fruity, diacetyl-like esters.

Sweet, corny, grainy flavor. No hop flavor at all. Pretty insipid.

Fairly light body, but very little carbonation so it comes off heavier than it should. Dull, lifeless mouthfeel.

11.2oz was as much as I could stand. Bland yet undercarbonated, so there’s no flavor payoff to the work that goes into drinking it. Oh, well, at least Kenya's now off the list.

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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 creepinjeeper
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libbey pilsner glass.

Look - Not sure how to describe this one; chicken broth? Transparent amber with an amazing amount of sediment (floaties) in it. It looks like an aquarium that was over fed. Nice head that settles in to a fingernail thick ring around the glass. Nice lacing. I don't know if I wanna taste it with all of this going on in my glass.
Smell - The smell brings back my bravery. I get some biscuit, grass, fruit and honey. The smell does not betray it to be an AAL.
Taste - Honey sweetness. I get a bit of raw pizza dough, apple juice, malts. It's not bad at all.
Feel - The mouthfeel gets a little "tricky" the closer I get to the bottom of the glass. Not crisp, like I expected it to be. Thin except for chunks. As the sediment settled and the closer I got to the bottom of the glass, the feel actually became clumpy as it passes over my tongue. ( I swear I am not making this up.)
Overall - Sediment in my beer doesn't intimidate my drinking. The sediment was a little much in this one, it affected my drinking experience. It's a good AAL., something I would drink from time to time. I will have to see if the floaties in this beer are the rule or exception.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-reviewing the first and only beer I've ever tried from Kenya. 500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. purchased for $3.45 CDN.

Appearance - Very clear, plae golden beer with 1 finger of soft white head was poured. Modest retention of a few minutes and no lacing left behind. Carbonation is moderate as well.

Smell - Grain with a healthy dose of sweetened corn and caramel. Not much else going on.

Taste - Comes across quite sweet again with corn flavors, sweetened and coated in caramel. some mild bitterness on the back end. Watery tasting too, as the flavors don't really stick that much to the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Light, but well carbonated and becomes a bit gassy. Spritzy carbonation on the tongue.

Overall - A decent representation of the style and better than most. Something I might drink on occasion, if it wasn't as expensive as it is. As far as AAL's from Africa goes though, a brewery would be hard pressed to top this one. Rating didn't change from initial insight, so actually pleasantly that I got this one spot on from my earlier beer tasting days.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was more impressive than I thought it would be. The pure barley taste is something that would not be appreciated in America but I honestly liked it. I would drink this again if I came across it in the states.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's an adjunct tasting beer with a bit more of a stale grain taste. No real hoppiness it gets a bit more like a Pilsner as it finishes. Some rice and a little corn it has a cheap barley malt.

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Photo of Greywulfken
2.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Weak beer, but not the worst of the bunch. All countries suffer from adjunct lager syndrome apparently. This was a little lighter and crisper than some American BMC beers.

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Photo of BarryCroke
4.01/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Came upon this again out of the blue. Fond memories of Somalia. Could not remember if it was the taste or the fact that I had not had a beer in months. 20 years later I found out. I enjoyed it for not only ability to have a beer but also a very good tasting beer.

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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 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 pat61
3.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Brilliant pale straw under a ½” white foam cap that provides thin lines of lace.
S: Something sweet and earthy – almost rooty – on the nose, fresh, light perfume and grins.
T: Light sweet grains with something minerally to chalky on the finish. Very faint tart green apple.
F: Crisp, sparkly finish. Very light and effervescent and refreshing.
O: Unimpressive but drinkable.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Mostly clear, but not as much as others of this style. Golden straw colored with white foamy head of low retention, but filming and lacing. Smell is grainy and incredibly sweet from malt and adjunct, not so much esters/alcohol. A strong rice and barley taste, mildly sweet, followed by small hop bite, but mellows back down with grainy retro-olfaction. Thin, a little less than smooth, highly carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Fairly distinct from other Adjunct and Pale Lagers, making less of an attempt to mask adjuncts.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: perfect clarity nice light gold color light head

S: bready almost light sourishess and a spicy pilsner smell

T: very light bready taste a little corn watery nothing extraordinary not offensive though either

M: light very clean

O: this Is just run of the mill lager probably the Budweiser of another country

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Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.