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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 changeup45
2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale Lager I guess! A very pale, clear looking golden color. A pretty good sized head that did fizzle away pretty quickly but left some on top. The aroma is grassy, grainy, floral and a little fruity and not bad. This however isn't a very good tasting beer. First of all the mouthfeel is thin and watery leaving me wanting a lot more. The flavor consists of mild hops but more grainy and grassy and an all around typical mass marketed below average lager taste. Except it wasn't that cheap. I bought a single at a local store and compare to the other prices/quality they had this was a horrible deal. I think I may at least get to cross off another country. I'll pound one if someone gives it to me but I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of hooligan
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pale, straw beer, chill hazy with heavy lacy head.

Smell of malt and buttered corn. Not much else.

Unique butter diacetyl and corn sweetness upfront, almost like a butterscotch. Faintly perceptible hop character, with almost enough bitterness to cut the malt sweetness, leaving a slight "cloy" on the palate.

Thin, with a very fizzy character.

Reminds me of Red Stripe with the heavy "sweet buttered corn" flavor, but not as good.

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Photo of KeefD
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of Jan '09. Pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a nice amount white foam that slowly recedes leaving behind little lacing. Smell is of some sweet malt and not much else. Taste is surprisingly refreshing and quite nice for this style. It's simple, yet good. Some lightly toasted malt, small amount of spiciness, tiny notes of fruitiness, and a very light hop character. Slightly sweet up front, dry on the finish, crisp, and decent carbonation. Easily drinkable, and a great session macro-style lager. An all around nice beer, and my first from Africa. I'd take this over any BMC AML any day.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a pale straw yellow color with two fingers of white head which quickly faded.

Aroma was light and malty with a touch of floral hops and bread.

The taste was a pleasant surprise with a nice mix of malts, light hops and a bit of caramel. Definitely more flavor than most big macros.

Light bodied, clean, crisp, with a sharp carbonation.

Easy to drink and a step up from many macro lagers. Worth a try.

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Photo of Mryup
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: A classic golden yellow. A medium pour produces 1/2 inch of coarse white head that quickly fades to near nothing. Average.

S: Actually pretty good. Some biscuitty maltiness with grassy notes and some metallic features. Butter husk too.

T: Hmmmm..I'm actually impressed. There is quite a bit here. Some refined malty grassy notes with just a hint of metallica. Hops kick in with a creamy finish coming in at the end. Above average in complexity and very well balanced.

M: A medium body that goes light due to some dryness. CO2 is a little too high in my opinion.

D: An excellent, drinkable, refreshing beer. Cheers.

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Photo of AltBock
1.45/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. brown bottle will a small oval label of an elephant in front of a yellow back drop. Along with all the mandatory US information, the back label has 2 seperate paragraphs. The first one talks about why this beer is named Tusker. It's named after the elephant that killed one of the brewery's owners. How morbid! The second one talks about where all the ingredients came from. The neck label has a manufactured date and a best before date. Mine was made on 31 Jan 08 and has a best before date of 31 Jan 09.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this African beer was a clear and I mean clear pale lemon yellow. It was so pale that it almost looked white in color. The head of foam was a bunch of white fizzy bubbles that quickly fizzled away into a handful of white fizzy rings and one big blot of fizzy bubbles on top. There was no trace of lace anywhere.

The aroma was strong, but it was strong with malted corn, malted rice, a hint of apple juice, and a pinch of stale bitter hops. It was an insult to my sense of smell. I'm glad that it didn't smell like a skunk.

Taste? I wish! The taste was all carbonation with sweet malted corn, malted rice, spring water, and a tiny touch of bitter floral hops.If there was any malt in here, the malted grains quickly covered it up. Like in the aroma, I'glad there was any skunk in here.

The mouthfeel was light with a watery aftertaste of spring water and malted rice. I'm glad that this aftertaste didn't stick around. How could it? It was just water with a little grain taste added to it.

I surely hope that not all African beers taste like this one? It was just a cheap watery beer with a small taste of malted grains. That's all folks for this beer. If you find $2 on the street and you want to buy a beer with it, then you might want to buy it.

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Photo of Montee
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a 12oz that I picked up from Beverage Warehouse in Culver City.

This is a very drinkable beer.

Goes down quite smooth.

The taste is inoffensive.

To me I do not care what a beer smells like, or looks like. What matters is its taste.

This one tastes good..

Would buy again.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
First beer from this Kenyan brewery with a black elephant on the front logo sticker...
An aggressive pour yielded a light, lucid, golden-colored hue with minimal lacing and a very minor head...
Sweet, corn and grain-dominated aroma with hints of honey...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with an ultra-sweet, yet crisp and refreshing after taste... Candy sugars dance on the tongue, and the modest 4.2% ABV makes this an easily drinkable beer...
Not bad...

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Photo of dacrza1
2.52/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The exotic nature of this brew (from AFRICA!) is tough to not be excited over... still, responsible scrutiny must be adhered to... predominantly transparent, straw yellow body with discernable carbonation... snow white head settles softly to a quarter-inch haze--yup, it's a lager... malty, yes, but much more flowery than expected--almost fruity to a malt-softening level (promising)... thin, almost watery in the throat--a Miller Lite experiencewith added carbohydrates and carbonation--I'm going to burp out an elephant... mellow and toothless (ur, tuskless), thin in taste and presence... lagers named Tusker should STOMP--this one slithers...a seltzery finish cinches it: I'm not going to enjoy this unless I have a six of it IN KENYA!

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light yellow color with a pleasant, bubbly white head. Smell was fairly average and mild: some grainy malts and a little grassy hops. The taste had malts up front that were kind of bready, plus hops that were a little earthy and tangy, leaving a light zing at the end. A tad watery, a dry finish, but the taste was what a light macro lager should be: crisp and freshing.

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Photo of deciding39
2.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw color with one finger head. Shrinks to a thin film with nice lacing.

S: VERY clean...very little aroma to mention. Slight scent of grain with a barely detectable herbal hop note.

T: Crisp, cracker-like grain flavor. Very little malt character. There is virtually no hop flavor, although a slight herbal hop bitterness becomes present with the finish. Finishes dry. Overall, a little bland.

M & D: Light bodied with strong carbonation. The sensation on the palate is a little thin. Very drinkable, but there's not much complexity here to entice me to drink more than one or two. This beer definitely has two things going for it though - it's damn refreshing and not offensive in the least. I guess I was just hoping for a little more flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.19/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a good amount of white head retention.

S: Very light, malty, a bit of cereal sugar character.

T: Bready malt taste is mild, with a bit of husky grain character which gets watery at times. Hops lend a spicy mild note. Flavour is mild, but clean, no off-flavours.

M: Mouthfeel is where the beer shines for me. Crisp and clean, endlessly drinkable and refreshing, strong biting carbonation, for the style it's about as good as it gets.

D: For the style quite good, a step up in flavour and quality than your average light lager.

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Photo of biegaman
3.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tusker Finest Quality Lager pours with a sheep's wool of lowly suds and large bubbles, both of which quickly become little more than a thin creamy film. The body is spotlessly clear - it's essentially water with a bright banana yellow tinting. As this approaches its 'best before' the webs of lacing and active bubbles are a reassuring sign to see.

The aroma is relatively clean of corn or rice or any such thing. So many commercial breweries resort to adjuncts that a pale lager can almost smell empty without them. Of course, Tusker's clean and bready notes - including its normal, natural hint of sweet corn - are inherently good things and undeniably work in the beer's (or at least my, its drinker's) favour.

For better or for worse, and likely by design, the mouthfeel is virtually as neutral as any beverage can be. There may be a slight smidgen of bitterness though my palate, after all these years of drinking beer, is entirely insensitive to it. There are happily no unwanted adjuncts tasted and any note of corn is moderate and unoffensive. This is little else but quenching.

There's a subtle but appreciable malty flavour that lingers on the finish. The taste is familiar enough - bread and white crackers mostly - to not stand out as anything out of the ordinary, but I found there was, in some unquantifiable sense, something distinct about it. Then I notice they source the barley from the base of Mt. Kenya. Neat. Can't be many beers that do that!

I've yet to travel to Kenya but I'd imagine that under a humid East Africa sun this may be exactly the kind of beer you'd hope to see in front of you. Even still, I've had Tusker Finest Quality Lager on many occasions over the years and, even from the confines of my suburban Canadian dwellings, never once thought it a bad beer. In fact, its consistency and quality are exemplary - I'd take this over most any domestic commercial lager.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours an extreme pale gold,so pale I'm not sure I"ve ever seen one so light in color,the head looks nice and bleach white,with lots of lace left behind.The nose is strange to me like chlorine or somthing so clean It almost has no smell.This tastes like raw uncooked spagetti noodles,with some grassy grainy flavors on the tail.It's light in body and semi creamy even,finishing extremly crisp and clean.Not bad at all,refreshing,easy drinker.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Portertime
4.29/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember I couldn't keep this beer on the shelf at Total Wine when I worked there. I enjoyed this beer a lot myself. Had it chilled in a pint glass. Poured a thick gold color. The smell was of creamy caramel. The taste was the same and I love that taste in general. A very drinkable beer for me because I can't get enough of the caramel taste. I could see enjoying this deep in the jungle on a safari. Good times.

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Photo of jaz58
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer. Gold and clear in the glass. Lots of carbination. Sweet caramel nose. When drunk suble malt and caramel flavour with a subtle hop finish. Not too dry.Decent mouthfeel.
Foamy head.Not too bad to have on occasion. Not a beer that grows on you quickly.

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Photo of Avryle
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale straw-yellow colored with a thin white cap of foam and spotty lacing

S- Corn and malt.

T- Light malt. Kinda sweet. Doesn't have the adjuncty blech that I was expecting.

M- Very thin. Pure lawnmowin' beer.

D- Think- water, but with carbonation.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

A: clear golden color with a finger of white head. Some lacing which is kind of surprising.

S: Smells like corn with a little malt thrown in.

T: Not really much to it but it is very refreshing. Little bit of sweetness from the malt. Like a bad macro with a slightly more favorable and different approach.

M: Light body with tons of carbonation.

D: This is why I love this beer. Super drinkable and halfway decent taste.

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Photo of baos
3.82/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this African brew while doing some midnight grilling with friends.

A - Golden bronze yellow with a one and half finger head of foamy white suds. A small amount of lace is left on the glass, and head retention is not the greatest, but it sticks around for a while.

S - Grainy malt, gentle honeycomb, and some laid back herbal/grassy hops. The hops are just barely there, but provide a bit of aromatic balance to the predominately malty notes.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Malty honey and cereal grains with a gentle touch of dried hay hops.

M - Light bodied....maybe a little bit thicker than a pils. Moderate carbonation and a pleasant waxy finish with a little more hoppage. Nice.

D - This basic but tasty lager went well with some big sausages and turkey dogs. Nothing special going on here, but it's a very respectable if a bit basic lager. If this is classified as an American Macro, then it's probably about the best AML that I've ever had.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a typical straw-yellow, but the head is nice and thick and sticks around for a bit. Aroma is crisp and malty, rather typical of a lager except there is a fruity hint. Flavor is malty, about average for a lager, but better than the typical mega-brew lager. It feels a little thin and watery, but is still pleasant to drink.

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

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.

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