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

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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A little white in another pale lager. Passable aroma. Light mouthfeel even a tad grainy rather than creamy and little taste. Macro type ale.A tad metallic mid-sip. Can drink it if thirsty.Fresh.More malty than bitter.Suitably carbonated. Passable overall rather than a standard macro.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 03:46:26 | More by Sammy
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Dukeofearl

California

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

The mythical beer of Hemingway and safaris finally makes it to my lips...

$3.99 for a 500 ml bottle at Liquorama in Upland, CA. Manufacturing date 31May05 15-09 (whatever that means), Exp date 31May06 TL 03, purchase and consumption date 12/06. Whoo boy- how do they allow old beer to be sold?

Seriosuly, I knew a friend was looking to try this, so I gave it a go. Pours a very pale yellow with a decent head but kinda fomay looking. Aroma is of cooked corn and breakfast grains, with just the lightest kiss of hop bites.

The flavor is refreshing and very lemony. Not too bad, I have had much worse in this category. I'd love to try it fresh and on tap. There is minor sweetness and white bread behind the lemon zest. No real hops.

Somewhat watery, but clean and refreshing. Not bad, I've had worse, but not exciting either.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 01:41:50 | More by Dukeofearl
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The flight attendant from Bill Clinton's plane gave this to my friend wh is a baggage handler at YVR.

A-Not quite sure. It was kinda yellow pee colour. Drank it out of the can.

S-This beer smells pretty much like Bud. Kind of grainy in aroma. I couldn't detect any hop aroma.

T-I almost gagged when this touched my tongue. To me, it was worse than Budweiser or Molson Canadian. Tasted pretty much like it smelled. Grainy and wattery. Very little bitterness.

M-Very fizzy. Pretty much a fizzy piss beer if I've ever tasted one.

D-I don't think I have to say I struggled to finish this. It was so god aweful that it warmed up to room temp before I was able to choke it down. The can lasted me about 2 hours. Just gross.

Overall-I really hope Bill Clinton has better taste in beer than this. Perhaps I had a bad batch but I am not going to be buying it anytime soon to find out. Everyone who had one at the party just thought it was gross.

Serving type: can

12-03-2006 21:37:49 | More by Hornet2003
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Pegasus

Texas

3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium gold color with a pillowy white head that retains very well, lots of sticky lace, quite carbonated.

Aroma; Pronounced hop aroma with slight malt and grassy notes.

Taste: Grassy hops dominate the taste from start to finish. The malt character is rather subdued, having a mild cracker character. The finish is dry with a lingering, mild hop presence.

Mouth feel: Light, with a slight sting of carbonation, and a bit of slickness.

Drinkability/notes: Really not bad, well made, and certainly better than many members of the American Macro Lager class.

Presentation: Sample reviewed was a 500 ml short brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown. The legend "BEER ONLY" is molded into the bottle; I could not agree more with this sentiment. Tusker was formerly packaged in a 12 oz green glass long neck bottle, this package is a significant improvement. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 04:13:12 | More by Pegasus
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale straw color with a decent head and heavy carbonation. Nothing really special about this, just a highly drinkable beer that went down almost too quickly. Almost as good as Chechvar, but with the carbonation of a San Miguel. A good choice for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 21:47:04 | More by techdiver
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on June 22 2006. Body was clear, pale yellow. One finger of head faded but left sporadic lacing down the entire glass.

Smelled like soyburgers(?!?). Corn on the cob sweet. Pleasantly sour.

Tasted tart. Corn syrup sweetness. Interesting grain/malt flavor. Corn husks.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a slightly raspy finish. Medium body. I'm glad I tried it but I probably wont have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 18:01:58 | More by Cresant
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500ml, tall thin brown glass bottle. Crown cap is color and design coordinated. An Elephants head sits inside a yellow oval which is in turn inside a white one set against a black label. Gold, black and yellow V-shaped neck label completes the presentation. Front label has the inkjet code “Mfg 31 May 05 Exp 31 May 06”, guess this one is a bit past its prime maybe!? Listed as 4.2% v/v Grav: 1037° - 1039°. My bottle is labeled as “Tusker Finest Quality Lager”.

Appearance: Sad flaccid pathetic looks, the fizzling white head disappears rapidly to a thin halo like edge, the surface reflects the lightly hazed milky golden pong beneath.

Nose: Sweet malts, some whiff of that awful pink colored bubble gum that is directed at kids and a gentle floral character which often merges into bubble gum aromas actually.

Taste: Light grain and a sweet hoppy nature. Some flowery tingles here and there. A very low tasting affair that seems one-dimensional and a little boring.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not in a bad way, the texture is in line with the low key taste profile but it never seems to bolster it. The finish has a good balance though.

Drinkability: I can take it or leave it. Hmm, this is another one of those famous local brews that obviously dominates a local market, and has a rather mythical status, but on closer inspection really fails to live up to anything other than a very average beer that has a bigger personality profile that it deserves.

Overall: KenYa beer?!? Nah! More of a KeenNO beer – this is a “I am not so Keen” on this beer actually. I always wanted to give it a whirl though, well that’s my curiosity well and truly put down, I have no plans to head out to Kenya that’s for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 05:17:23 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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HardTarget

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 500 ml brown bottle, neck label claims Kenya’s Heritage since 1922. Label has 4.2 v/v and GRAV: 1037-1039, imported by St. Killian importing co., Inc., Kingston, MA.

Aroma: A faint floral note with some mild grainy sweetness. A odd whiff of dried bubblegum.

Appearance: Slightest haze in a bright yellow glass that sports an impressive white head the lasts and gives very respectable lacing.

Flavor: Matches the aroma, a clean, slightly grainy base with that same light floral note. Well balanced with a slight hop flavor at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, full carbonation, drying finish.

Overall Impression: I’m impressed! I really didn’t expect much from this beer, but there is nothing wrong here. Well crafted, mild but pleasing taste, it’s not going to scratch a craft beer itch, but it could make a fine hot summer afternoon session.
Give it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 01:16:43 | More by HardTarget
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a very average yellow with a slight ring of head at the top of the glass. A grassy smell makes it's way to the nose in this one, not too bad. Flavor is slightly sweet, very subtle in the hops and malt, with a very clean finish. This is one of the more easy drinking and refreshing brews i've had, Overall, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 23:39:51 | More by funkengruven
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PSUguru

Pennsylvania

1.73/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

For as much as this beer cost I was expecting a lot more. I've been disappointed by imports in the past but heard good things about this beer. For the style its not horrible but if I'm going to drink a bland macro lager, I'll stick with a U.S. product like Rolling Rock, Iron City, Straub, or Yuengling Premium. It was however my first African beer, most likely not the last.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 12:53:45 | More by PSUguru
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karst

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To E. Hemingway - African hunter and American novelist and short-story writer, awarded 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1899-1961!

"There is no friend as loyal as beer" ( or was it "a book"?)

Pours clear straw 2°SRM with a creamy white head that holds and leaves substancial lace on the 0.4L rastal sniffer.

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."

A very good aroma of grainy sweet malt that almost kills a more gentle grassy and floral hops.

"Don't you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle."
0.5 L brown bottle with foil neck and front label in attractive gold and black with bull elephant profiled to show tusks. Simple white govt warning back label.

"I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does? The only time it isn't good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief."

4.2% abv ( Stronger in Africa) respect alcohol.

"Live life to the fullest."

Lighter body is supported carbonation and lightly dextrinous malt and balanced by understated bitterness.

"The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it. "

Tusker finishes short and sweet, just vanishing leaves you hoping for more - light and refreshing.

best by November 2005

I have no doubt that Hemingway found this the most drinkable beer on the Dark Continent.

"In order to write about life, first you must live it!"

Review when called to but first you must drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 01:54:34 | More by karst
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

1.65/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle poured in a dimpled mug.

Clear, pale straw yellow. Big 1/2 inch white head on the pour settles in to a thin cap.

Aroma is grassy/herbal hops with a light malt sweetness in the background. Reminds me more of a Euro Lager than a Macro Lager.

Very little flavour. Mild floral hops and petrol notes at the start and a hint of sweetness at the finish. Zero aftertaste. Is this beer? or coloured carbonated water?

Amazingly thin and watery mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Kind of like mineral water, only less bubbly.

Wow. What a lot of nothing. The aroma totally lies to you. I was expecting atleast some grassy hops on the palate, but nothing. Goes down like nothing, so drinkability should be good, but who'd want to drink another one of these?

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 02:35:15 | More by Noxious26
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into a pilsner.

clear pale golden yellow with an inch of foamy white head that falls quickly. some rising bubbles.

smells like an american macro lager, with hints of sweet malt and hops. also has a slightly sweeter honeylike component.

taste and mouthfeel are fairly light and thin. starts off with a hint of bitterness but the finish again has a slight honey flavor. comes off as sweeter but more balanced than most other mass-produced lagers, and is very drinkable, if uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 15:03:14 | More by Prufrock
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured very pale yellow with a thick, foamy head the became a well-retained lace.
The smell was thin - smelled vaguely of corn syrup with a touch of fruitiness.
The taste was of syrupy malt, with a touch of some vague fruit mixed with a bit of yeast and plenty of water.
At first it felt like a malty seltzer water on the tongue, but then a sweet, salty stickiness overwhelmed all tastes and a touch of a sulphur-like metal feeling remained.
The high carbonation made it drinkable at first, but as it warmed it became worse. Drink this one cold and fast.
IMO - it's not awful - there are worse out there - but nothing about it would have me buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 20:18:54 | More by jwc215
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jwff

Alaska

3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice pale straw color with an ample white head that shrinks to a layer but leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of grains and a little bit of syrupy sweetness that is kind of inviting.

This is a sticky sweet lager with flavors of grain covered up by sugar and has what seems to be a subdued sugary fruit aftertaste -- something like a fruit roll up. Nothing offensive about the taste, and it's actually quite addicting. Considering the low abv I would have expected this to be very thin, but the sugar seems to beef it up a bit. This is unexpectedly balanced, and I would place it somewhere in the malt liquor category. Somehow I could see this coming in a 40.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 02:59:48 | More by jwff
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jayc333

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale yellow with two fingers of frother white head. Many tiny bubbles rise to the top quickly. They head stays for a good period of time, and has good lacing.

Strong smelling. Sweet upfront, with a sort of biscuity malt backround. Hops are present as well. More complex than I expected.

Malty taste upfront, but unfortunately quickly followed by a metallic flavour. Sort of an apple juice aftertaste.

Watery and fizzy mouthfeel.

Everything was going good until the taste. If you're looking for a top quality macro, this isn't it. Do yourself a favour, and get a Red Stripe.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 19:18:16 | More by jayc333
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goschool

California

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

Tusker as an awesome history. In a brilliant display of dark comedy, the beer is named after the elephant who killed one of the founding partners. The other cool thing about this beer is that Ernest Hemingway took a liking to it during his safari.

There was a respectable head on the beer while I was pouring it but it shrunk way down. The nose and taste has grains and a weak grassy hop aroma. There's nothing spectacularly exciting about this lager, but it's head and shoulders above BMC and things like Heineken. The most impressive thing is how well this 4.2% abv beer holds up in transit across the world. Everybody seems to forget (myself included) that drinkability should factor in whether you want to drink or buy the beer again. Sure it's easy to drink and mighty refreshing, but I don't plan on spending $2.99 for another one of these anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 07:52:06 | More by goschool
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear and extremely pale. Thin head, but fairly substantial looking for a macro.

S - Sweet malt and notes of apple and grain.

T - Inoffensive. Nothing off, with a strong grainy taste. Bitterness is low, as expected, with a teeny weeny bit of aftertaste. Crisp, refreshing, sweet-ish.

M - Hurts a bit. Carbonation is too strong.

D - Not too bad at all. Can't say it's flavourful, but within the style, it's really quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 23:26:51 | More by allergictomacros
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allengarvin

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite a vigorous pour, I got only a tiny head which faded right away. Color of this beer is gold, mostly clear apart from some chill haze. Nose is slightly better than the average mass-produced lager, with a clean maltiness, not too grainy. Flavor is moderately good too, malty without any adjunct flavors, sweet but balanced by a moderately light bitterness, and a touch of tartness at the end. Body is a little watery, probably from lack of carbonation.

Better than I was expecting, this is an uncomplex but refreshing lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 02:32:35 | More by allengarvin
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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

I remember drinking this in London a few years ago and thinking that it was surprisingly good for an African beer with an elephant on the label (having had a painful experience with Carlsberg Elephant a few weeks before that). Let's see if that experience holds true or if this was good the way The Beast was was good when I was 18.
Pale clear pee yellow color with bland head and lacing. Nose is faint but sweet and pleasant, slight hops and some sugars. Taste is light and thin with some arftificial flavors and graininess. Taste isn't terrible but not anything special. Mouthfeel is watery and nothing special.
Fun to drink as far as being sessionable but not an exceptional beer on any real scale. Guess I drank a little more then I thought it in England..

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 00:42:41 | More by daliandragon
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Imbiber

New York

1.85/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The second of two Tusker beers sampled for review. 500ml brown bottle with ingredients listed, including corn syrup and sugar. Two months to go before the best before date.

Clear gold with an energetic white head as expected. Not much aroma, a little grassiness. Meek on taste, with mild balance of malt and hops and a little corny sweetness, which becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. Corn butter at the finish.

I hope it doesn't give me a headache.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 19:59:48 | More by Imbiber
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Cindirene

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading the reviews I was kinda scared of this one but I persevered - Poured from 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass - Color a clear gold with tight bubbles - Taste was full and clean and refreshing - Maybe the American Macro Lagers should be called African Macro Lagers

Serving type: cask

03-29-2006 23:20:26 | More by Cindirene
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial strange)

A-This beer has a straw yellow body with a faint hazy and a big fluffy snow-white head. There was a nice gentle carbonation to it.

S- The smell of slightly sweet pale malt with some soft honey malt notes complimented the grain notes. There was a finish of noble hops and a hint of sulfur.

T- The crisp dry pale malt was balanced by the noble hop finish. There was a slight sulfur and spice note at the end that turned to a faint lemon carbonic bite as it warmed in the glass.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but there was a slippery texture that made if a bit more full.

D- This beer was very light and didn't have much character to it. For the style it did have some faint notes of kolsch beers and it would have been nice to pull those out. If I had to drink this style it would probably be this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 22:03:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright clean straw to pale yellow colored beer. Has a big foamy white head and good lace. Kinda a sweet honey character up front with a sweet grassy note following. There is a light sweet malty character at the start of the taste with a little nibble of hop bite on the finish which carries with it a hint of honey. Easy drinking and not bad tasting.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 22:47:33 | More by ybnorml
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.