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

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70
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529 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to stange. Sampled 10/29/11 with a best by date of 2/16/12.

A: Two fingers of bright white airy foamy head rise from the pour and last much longer than expected. The color of the body is the lightest, palest yellow that I've ever seen in a beer. Clarity is top notch. Lacing is rather decent.

S: Metal, generic grain, rice or corn, with an overall adjunct-y aroma and taste. Not much else stands out in the malt department - and almost nothing as far as hops go. Fruity esters from the lager yeast.

T: Not a whole lot unlike Miller Lite, if memory serves. Embarrassingly enough for the collective American palate, this beer is significantly better - and much better than anticipated.

M: Very light beer with a crisp and snappy finish. A little metallic. With the ABV unlisted, I was thinking as low as 3%. Very refreshing.

O: Hey - not bad man. Would Tusker be a gold medal award winner at International Monde Selection if it were?

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 13:49:50 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev +33.3%

02-06-2012 17:04:11 | More by LJWalker
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lpayette

Vermont

3/5  rDev 0%

02-04-2012 21:50:49 | More by lpayette
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 07:58:01 | More by Mebuzzard
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At last! An African beer. Slowly my list is being completed. But will it be done before my liver and my life is? Doubtful. At least when I meet St. Peter I’ll be able to say “Take me or leave me, I drank an African brew. Bitch.” So….. anyway. Out of a bottle this beer from the Dark Continent was a clear, pale, yellow color. The one finger of white head fizzed out rather quickly and only a few streaks of sticky lacing remained to show for it. The aroma was slightly sweet, with an unexpected note of berries as well as sweet malt, some rice and a hint of floral hops. The flavors were drier than the aroma suggested but still pleasant enough and appropriate for the style. I tasted biscuity malt, the sweet, berry-like malt and the floral hops at the end. All of these notes were subtle and in general I would describe the beer as understated and yet it was altogether pleasant and in no way offensive, unlike many adjunct Lagers. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation soft. An easy to drink beer that would no doubt be very refreshing on a hot day, as I’m sure it was intended. Furthermore, I think it’s worth noting this was one of the best adjunct Lagers I’ve ever tasted. A gem and an oddity; like that girl I dated in VT with truly tremendous “assets” this specimen proved to be the best kind of novelty.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:30:46 | More by thekevlarkid
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy light straw with a smallish head but excellent lacing.

Smells slightly sweet with slight corny notes along with some hay and grass. Also a bit of lemon.

Taste is light bready grain along with A light grassyness from the hops. Also some light lemony citrus flavors. There is a moderate bitterness throughout leading to a nice dry finish.

This is quite an enjoyable beer and very good for the style. Definitely a thirst quencher perfect for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 19:36:27 | More by rangerred
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Antonius08

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-27-2012 03:34:20 | More by Antonius08
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jayhawk73

Maryland

2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light gold color with a one finger white head. Average lacing and carbonation. The nose is skunk, grain, and slight malt. Fairly disappointing, even for the style. Taste is actually average for the style. It's not too sweet, got a decent malt background, and is not bad for a AAL. Feel is light, undercarbonated with good malt bill. Overall, a better choice than some others in the style, but I won't seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:24:47 | More by jayhawk73
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kmckinnon87

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-21-2012 21:08:07 | More by kmckinnon87
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-19-2012 23:32:16 | More by JAHMUR
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +33.3%

01-15-2012 16:04:30 | More by beerhunter13
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khargro2

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -25%

01-11-2012 20:19:12 | More by khargro2
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev 0%

01-05-2012 15:29:48 | More by Gregwa
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Mario61Aler

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -50%

12-30-2011 19:52:57 | More by Mario61Aler
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -33.3%

12-26-2011 04:03:24 | More by ZacharyJ
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horshack7

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's a very pale yellow with a head that I could hear fizz as I poured it then it thinned out quick.

Aroma: Grassy, very minor citrus even a little bit skunked but oh well. The rest is on the not so aromatic side a subtle touch of brediness way in the back.

Taste: Oh yeah this is quite the fizzy beer on the palate. A touch of citrus, breadiness and a twinge of lemon. The finish does have a little bit of dryness.

Notes: Not anything spectacular but if you want a quick beer to drink quick on a hot summer day this will do the job. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 02:41:06 | More by horshack7
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev 0%

12-07-2011 12:54:15 | More by ROGUE16
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zipyth3pinhead

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +33.3%

12-06-2011 06:18:49 | More by zipyth3pinhead
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a single 355mL bottle from Everett's in South Beloit, IL for $1.99 in Summer 2011.

Pours a very light yellow color that is clear with a slight head. Very similar looking to Miller Lite. Scent has some slight grassy tones mixed with wheat. Taste is what you can expect from an adjunct lager. The taste reminds me a lot of Red Stripe and Red Dog. It does however have a little thicker texture and a quite crisp finish. I enjoyed trying a beer from a different country but this was a rather ordinary tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 22:38:54 | More by Lemke10
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev 0%

11-24-2011 23:33:52 | More by jsnoek
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Samp01

New Jersey

1.83/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -33.3%

11-19-2011 04:20:53 | More by jmdrpi
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taigor

New York

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear pale yellow straw color with very thin head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly malty with floral and corn hints but not much there.

T - Very grainy with taste of corn and slight flavors of malt and yeast. Slightly metallic taste towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation.

O - Very simple adjunct lager. Not much was expected and this lager proved to be just that. I would not recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 16:17:20 | More by taigor
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tvv375ia

Iowa

2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice gold color with a 2 finger head that faded to almost a cap with no lacing with something suspended throughout that doesn't really appear to be yeast but at least it is not still swimming

S-slight malt presence in the smell but noting that is really strong

T-malt with a little corn something like corn flakes

M-carbonation is ok

O-not bad but for $2.99 for a 12oz bottle I think I would rather drink BMC for $0.50 a can and not have the floaties

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 23:42:19 | More by tvv375ia
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- I know this is a style based on paleness but this is an abusrdly pale golden. Head is two and a half fingers with a good bit of lacing.
S- The smell is pleasing with a floral crackery aroma. Pretty straightfoward but pleasant.
T- The taste loses some of that. It's still crackery but there's no floral note. It's pretty much pilsner malt and a clean finish.
M- It's more or less watery. Very little carbonation.
O- It's not worse than many adjunct lagers. But it's not much better either. Wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 03:42:53 | More by jsprain1
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.