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

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362 Reviews

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 656
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 26.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can't turn down a beer from Kenya, especially one named after the goring of the brewery's founder by an elephant.

Pours a very pale golden, almost straw colour. About a half inch of foamy head, quicky dissolves. Rudiments of lacing.

The nose is pretty hard to detect: light floral hops, maybe a bit of malt. Not much there.

The taste is fairly good, particularly for the style. Crisp and refreshing, with an overlying taste of biscuits or bread. Although I poured most of it into a lager glass, I left about a third in the bottle, and I actually enjoyed drinking it from the bottle better. Strange.

A bit watery, but I imagine in the summer it would be a good quencher. Carbonation is typical for the style.

Not too bad, probably would be quite good in the summer. A bit thin, nothing too exciting about it, but it did the trick and wasn't offensive.

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Photo of lester619
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow with a white bubbly head. Metalic canned vegetable skunk smell. Not great. Clean dry grainy taste. A fair amoutnt of bitterness with light carbonation. Not much from the malts. More of a hard metalic grain than anything. Some skunk in the aftertaste that reminded me of Red Stripe. Light crisp bubbly mouthfeel. I wouldn't recomend going out of your way for this. Not the worst thing ever, but the flavors just aren't very good. This would probably be one that grows on you. I'm sure the fifth one would be much better than the first.

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Photo of SargeC
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Decent gold color. Slight foamy white head.

Smell: Small hop presence with a touch of yeast. Better aroma than most third world brews.

Taste: Decent flavor. Floral/fruity start with a good malt profile throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a waxy finish. Low carbonation.

Drinkablity: Much better than expected. A good brew from a far away land. I never expected to try a beer from Kenya.

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Photo of dbossman
3.31/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow and bubbly; very clear; 2 finger thick head that has good retention and good lacing

S: grainy; earthy/straw/hay; subtl hops--not a tone going on here

T: grainy with subtle floral characteristics; not offensive but not a ton going on here either--very simple lager

F: Not as carbonated as it looks; a bit thin but ok

D: A good lager for what it is; I remember drinking this under the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro--it quenched by thirst in the hot equitorial sun then and it does the same today.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of popery
2.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is bland and boring but better than most macro lagers. It's a dull yelllow beer, clear as a bell, with a thin white, dissipating head. My new SN Hop Tulip is actually keeping some head on the beer. The aroma is sweet and simple but without any real fault. The flavor is a lemony sugar malt. It's a quite refreshing beer. I'd certainly be happier with this beer than most in the style.

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Photo of illidurit
1.96/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours light clear gold with a big white head. Aroma is cereal, sweet breads, corn. Very muted. Flavor is mainly corny sweetness with pilsener-ish grains, some hay and zero hops. Sticky and not refreshing. About what I was expecting from a Kenya pale lager...

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Photo of batty
4.17/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a gift from a friend - bought and drank in cambridge, ma, October 2009.

golden yellow typical color, clear, for some reason reminds me of kellerweiss color without the cloudiness. probably just me thinking of kellerweiss though.. mm. this beer had a decent 20-second head, but leaves minimal lacing.. lame.

smell is pretty good. don't notice any notable off-notes, smell of sweet malts and minimal else.. smells like sunshine on dewy grass, with a touch of earth.

tastes about what you would expect, but better. clean and slightly sweet, finishes clean but not overly dry, having just enough touch of earthy hop notes in the background to keep things balanced, just enough sweetness to not taste like water. no off flavors noticed here.

silky, just enough carbonation to give some spark on the tongue without dominating the brew

really tastes like a beer you don't even notice you're drinking. not necessarily what i usually look for in a beer, but I have to admit, it'd be easy to drink back these babies all night.

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow with a white head. Faint odor of corn, not much else in the aroma department. No hops were harmed in the making of this beer. Flavor is a very light and clean version of the basic malt-corn combo. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and watery as is typical with style.

Fairly easy drinking, but too bland to provide more than a refreshing palate cleanser.

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear beer-like appearance. Almost water-like, maybe a shade lighter than water, sort of like pee when you've had a lot of water to drink, with about as much head.

The nose is butter and corn. Sweet, slick, curiously cloying for such a light beer.

Sweet and slick, the diacetyl is somewhat overbearing here. Buttery with a smattering of cooked vegetables and frozen white corn. Almost crisp, but the buttery slickness really impairs both the flavor and texture. Finishes sweet, grainy, corny. This is actually quite bad.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half-litre staid stubby-esque bottle, best before Jan 2010, on a sunny autumnal Sugarbowl patio.

This beer pours a clear pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of weakly puffy, soapy dirty white head, which leaves some attractively consistent webbed webbed lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, pale grainy malt, mashed corn grits, and some earthy, weedy, dead leafy hops. The taste is more sweet corn and glutenous white grain 'maltiness', a touch of light diacetyl, stale minced apples, and more earthy, dead-eyed leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, and generally less than obsequious, the body a weak-ass medium weigh, tacitly smooth, and more mealy than anything else. It finishes on the mostly dry side, with a tame-ass malt ceding everything to that wee bit of floral essence among a lingering, mostly unpleasant vegetal weediness.

A barely decent enough tipple for the style, as transposed across a few continents and an ocean or so, meaning that being an interesting thing to try from East Africa trumps overtly rejecting it as the same shit produced in the 'western world'. I don't know where to justify that particular piece of commercial and geo-political bullshit, but I'm not about to grab another of these, all the same.

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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 Chinook
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this in a 500ml bottle in a BC Liquor Store. Poured into a pint glass from the rather nice stubby bottle.

The head is minimal and dissipated quickly, a little lacing. The colour is a very clear honey blonde. The smell is very faint grains and a general crispness.
The taste is mixed grains much like any American-style Lager, except with virtually no bitterness. It does not linger on the tongue although there is a slight sweet aftertaste. It certainly isn't strong (only 4.2%.) It is very inoffensive, and nicest in its first cold sips. It avoids the worst of American Adjunct Lager stereotypes of wateriness and dull flavourless bitterness, but it is a little watery. The carbonation is mild and again, inoffensive.

Tusker does not have the flavour and character of many other beers of different styles, but it is an OK lager, particularly compared to the domestic macrobrews. It is not something to rave over, but it is OK. It is a nice beer to drink very cold on a hot day.

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

Had at the Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in Chicago. Fortunately, I didn't get any of the skunkiness referred to in other reviews, and found this to be a pleasant, drinkable beer, clean and crisp, and very user-friendly. Don't know what this retails for, but it was $6 for the 12-ounce bottle at the restaurant, and this accompanied the tasty food nicely.

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Photo of smcolw
1.24/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Decent start to the head--leaves some spotty lace. Clear, almost like water. Pale yellow color.

Okay, the smell reminds me of pancakes--no syrup, no berries, just plain ordinary pancakes. There's a slight skunkiness to the beer. Slightly sweet, lots of corn. Bland.

So, the blandness continues in the taste. Is it Bud, is it Miller? It could be. Thin bodied and highly carbonated. Where's the hop? The brewer must have waved it over the kettle without letting fall in. If you like corn in your beer, this should serve you well.

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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 ProfessorCJ
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into an ale glass (I know). Transparent golden yellow beer with a short lived finer of foam. Good clean taste is above average for an american style lager. Nice mouthfeel with slight residual carbonation. Above average drinkability.

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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 racer2k
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in both a bottle and plastic cup. Enjoyed the beer in the plastic cup.

A- Lots of froth on the head with good retention in my cup. medium yellow color with good carbonation

S- Malt, corn, grains, with a light floral hop presence

T- A malty flavor with a light touch of hops. This is a surprisingly balanced beer that is buttery on the finish.

M- Light body with good carbonation

D- Decent beer for an adjunct lager. Good session beer and one that I would drink again

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich, gold color with 1 inch head. There is a light, sweet aroma. Taste is very flavorfull. Starts a little grainy and finishes sweet. Medium bodied in the mouth. This beer is very drinkable and quite delicious. I really enjoyed this beer.

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

I had this beer last night and didn't write down any of the finer points of the beer for a sophisticated review, and that was because there really wasn't much to record and there were no real qualities that jumped out. This is an adjunct lager, with a slightly drying salty finish, there was plenty of cooked veggie, musty lager aromas and tastes. This was entirely mediocre beer that I didn't finish

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Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to anniesak for bringing this one back from her Tanzanian trip.

A: The lagerbier is a stark pale color, lighter than straw but darker than, well, water? Seriously, the light yellow color barely registers. A finger of white foam on pour was fast to disappear.

S: The nose is lacking, a generally inoffensive brew that shows off some rice and cereal. A mild sweetness peps things up.

T: The lager has a sweet malt undertone, strong enough to peak through the bland cereal from time to time. Cereal grains dominate but share the stage with corn and rice flavors. A decent drink that is the exact opposite of extreme.

M: The mouthfeel is painfully bland, punctuated by points of sweet grain. The aftertaste has a distinct corn syrup flavor.

D: I could drink this all day long but I really wouldn't want to.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.44/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass. I think this is the first 12oz imported bottle that I can recall. Usually it's 11.2oz (330ml).

Crystal clear golden hue with a very dense, pillow, and fluffy-appearing two finger bright white head. Looks like a settling cloud. I have to say, this is one attractive lager.

Very light bready grains, very weak. A little bit of flowery hop aroma, but also somewhat stale.

The flavor rebounds a bit, with some subtly cooked grains, and a little bit of hop bite. There is a very sweet flavor in the background, maybe the adjunct is corn? Light bodied.

An okay lager. It's actually somewhat enjoyable and I'd certainly except one in Kenya, or actually several places. A little too much of the vegetable flavor in this one, although it's barely there. Good, but plenty room for improvement.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz/355 ml brown bottle ($2.49) at Belmont Station. Poured to a pint glass; brewed since 1922 and 'named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders'. Unfortunate, yet somewhat cool, to have a brewer crushed by a pachyderm.

A: Pale golden, yet full of carbonation. A fizzy whitish head that fades quickly, building to just shy of a finger then dropping to a thin film. Clear complexion.

S: Sweet and corny aroma. Sweet dough, mild fruit (apple?).

T: Corn Pops and the mildest of spices. A bit of grass and peppery dryness blended with the sweeter grains.

M: Super-smooth, eminently drinkable. Lighter body, but crisp/clean finishing.

D: Just fine for drinking as a food accompaniment, but not a beer I have to return to by itself. This was a gamble - a try-worthy beer from a foreign land; as such it was decent enough but not one worth seeking out.

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Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.