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

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BA SCORE
70
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552 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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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pentathlete

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -5%

Crystal clear lager, pale gold, with a big-bubbled foamy head that didn't last a minute. Buttered corn smell overpowers any grassiness. Honestly, this tasted about like most macros. A solid adjunct lager. The mouthfeel was slightly lighter than I expected, as if water had somehow separated from the beer and remained on the tongue. Unless it is skunked or warm, most adjuncts are relatively easy drinkers. I'll get some of these and have folks over to watch "Hatari!" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro". I heard someone say that Hemingway liked this stuff, so it's only fitting. Bia Y Angu Nchi Yangu -- "My Beer My Country"

02-25-2005 00:39:15 | More by pentathlete
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Shaw

Florida

3.15/5  rDev +5%

The owner of my favorite (now closed) beer store loves this lager. He says it's perfect for hot Florida days.

It looks like an adjunct lager: pale yellow with heavy carbonation and a super-white head that turns into just a thin layer of foam in my glass.

There's a slight grassy smell, very light. The taste is like a light European golden lager or pilsener. There's just enough bitterness to balance the light malt flavors. There aren't any off flavors, which is always a good thing.

The body is very, very light. Neal was right: This is a good lawnmower beer. It is superior to the mainstream American lagers and good for drinking on a hot summer day. Coming from Kenya, I see why this beer is the way it is.

02-08-2005 07:32:22 | More by Shaw
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Karyyk

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +39.3%

I love Tusker!

I "discovered" this Kenyan lager at an Indian restaurant of all places, and I've been enjoying it ever since.

The smell, while minimal is actually quite nice, vaguely malty sweetness. Taste is great, slightly sweet and very refreshing, with a noticeable taste of sweet malts and honey (even smells of honey...a good thing in this case).

When poured into a glass (the only way I've ever enjoyed a Tusker...most beer is better this way), Tusker offers an abundant head that leaves a noticeable lacing. Mouthfeel is excellent, with a subtle carbonation that almost tickles the tongue, rather than overpower the beer.

01-27-2005 08:10:12 | More by Karyyk
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +17.7%

A good solid lager; one that I actually enjoy. Nice golden colour, with a thick white head.

Taste is typical lager, but a bit richer. A bit thicker than most lagers I've tried to date.

Nice and refreshing. A beer I enjoy in a style I generally don't enjoy. I'll defintely buy more of this.

01-20-2005 04:18:49 | More by BDTyre
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apintofknowledge

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +10%

Very mild aroma of sweet malt. Now for the taste... the thing I notice first is the carbonation, but in this case that's a good thing. Lots of tiny bubbles that were barely noticeable in the glass are very noticeable in my mouth. A very nice refreshing mouthfeel. Very mild taste... sweet malt, a hint of citrus, spice and herbs... just enough to make this much more tasty than a malt liquor. All said, very refreshing and enjoyable... I'd love to give this to my friends who think Corona is beverage of choice on a hot summer day... this beats it by a mile, and no need for a lime to mask the flavor.

On a pairing note, pairs well with mild, buttery foods like juicy roast chicken or buttery potatoes.

01-07-2005 14:09:45 | More by apintofknowledge
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GClarkage

California

4.03/5  rDev +34.3%

12/16/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Medium golden yellow pour with a huge billowing head and light lacing at best.

Smell- Very light smell. If anything scents of malt.

Taste- Very crisp and clean malt taste. Maybe a touch of hop, but hard to tell. A bit grainy and grassy, but very quenching.

Mouthfeel- Great carbonation level and a bit of a full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This one did the trick. It both quenched my thirst and tasted good at the same time. Recommended

12-16-2004 23:31:50 | More by GClarkage
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -20.7%

'Beer Only' is etched onto the bottle.

It pours a pale gold with a foamy collar that leaves lots of lace trails behind. The aroma is very weak with some limpid malt sweetness. The taste is of wet cardboard, grain husks, and stale white bread. The mouthfeel is very watery and theres virtually no hop bitterness. Carbonation is less fizzy than other adjunct lagers. This is an average lager, its definitely more flavorful that Labatt Blue or Bud, but not as flavorful as Becks or Grolsch.

11-14-2004 22:04:22 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +1%

Poured a pale yellow with a white head that laced well. Smell had a lot of cooked vegetable smell, and a bit of hops. Taste wasn't too bad, not overly carbonated like many Adjunct Lagers. Quite a good amount of hops, and good clean finish. Light mouthfeel and was quite drinkable for an Adjunct Lager, but certainly not something I would go out of my way for. Perhaps if I am ever in Kenya, and this is on tap, I'd appreciate it more.

11-08-2004 06:44:19 | More by tatterdash
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Exceedingly pale yellow, commonly known as straw-colored, with fine suspended bits like dust motes in a ray of pallid sunshine. The cotton white head is rumpled and bumpled on top with lace that looks shot through with buckshot.

The nose at first seemed indistinguishable from any other adjunct lager, but upon closer olfactory inspection, has an additional quality that I like. Sort of a sweet grain aroma that is much nicer than it sounds. It's one of the best 'macro' lager noses that I've run across.

That same quality is present on the palate and, likewise, meets my approval. It's probably corn, but it doesn't taste like corn. The flavor profile consists of sweet grass and grain with a nicely rounded flavor that contains no hint of skunkiness or sourness that is so prevalent in beer of this style.

The mouthfeel is thin initially, descending into frank wateriness on the finish, and the amount of carbonation is just right for easy drinking. Given the agreeable flavor, clean finish and light body, drinkability is fairly high.

I still wouldn't pick Tusker Premium Lager unless nothing else good was available, but for a macro lager it's tough to beat. A pleasant surprise from Kenya.

10-29-2004 16:31:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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beertaster13

Washington

3.33/5  rDev +11%

Pours a pale yellow color with a cream white ivory head that resembles the elephant tusks on the bottle. The smell is of honey/grain and subtle dough, a nice lemon zest refreshes the nose, the tate is clean and refreshing, a nice citrus upfront leads to the honey smooth taste. Better than I expected, good beer for watching the ball games.

10-17-2004 21:25:36 | More by beertaster13
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -2.3%

I read a review somewhere that this was a pretty decent beer and I figured the national beer of Kenya, what the hell. Comes in a large brown bottle with April 04 freshness date.

Pours a pale yellow with a good deal of carbonation and a decent white head. Lace is minimal to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is kind of grassy or straw-like. The taste is much the same, kind of grassy with a small afterbite that you can taste on the roof of the mouth. This is not a bad beer, but more average than anything.

09-18-2004 21:13:17 | More by abcsofbeer
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beals

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +14.3%

Bought 2 500ml bottles the other day and drank them on two distinct evenings. I was actually able to detect the subtle flavors better in the second bottle. The beer pours very very pale yellow (almost clear towards the bottom of the glass). Decent head, moderate density. Though it has the same color as many macros, none of the metallic macro smell. In fact, there is little smell at all outside mild honey. Subtle herb flavor, plus a decent undertone of honey. Definitely a refreshing beer - perfect for the deserts of Kenya (country of origin). Good mouthfeel and drinkability - a refreshing drink but you have to search to find its distinctive qualities.

08-26-2004 00:19:17 | More by beals
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev +12.7%

This 500 ml bottle pours a clear, pale yellow, body with a tight, white head that settles in at about 2 cm. Impressive, patches of lace adorn the imperial pint glass.

Aroma is of noble hops that are herbal, without a hint of euroskunk(sulfur).

Mouthfeel is about average for a lager, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

The taste is crisp and dry. Herbal hops provide a dominant bitterness. Malt seems understated for an adjunct lager, but has enough presence to result in a nice balance.

Enjoyable, if not exceptional, this Kenyan is crisp and refreshing. Goes down easy, and is a nice thirst quencher. Worth a try.

08-25-2004 23:34:14 | More by merlin48
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foamyhead

Denmark

2.2/5  rDev -26.7%

Extremely light pilsner style beer. The foam is ok firm, but definitely not a sensation.
In the nose it is sharp and metallic, with hints of alcohol.
Extremely light taste, reminds me a bit of a beer that has been standing for several hours in the glass. Not fresh, even though well carbonated.
Nevertheless it is an easy-to-drink beer, but since it lacks personality and body I wouldn't recommend it.

06-12-2004 16:36:07 | More by foamyhead
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -10.7%

Served in the 500 mL bottle, into a pint glass. The color is straw yellow, with a decent white head. The smell is a pale malt with a bit of hoppiness. The taste is a slightly adjuncted pale malt with a bit of hoppiness to it. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, for what it is I could have a couple.

I realize that 90% of national beers are going to be pale lagers. I have to say that this is amongst the better ones I've had in that national pale lager category. Not that this is something I'd rush out to find, but the Kenyans should be proud of a better-than-average national beer.

04-20-2004 03:58:45 | More by beergeek279
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Zorro

California

3.65/5  rDev +21.7%

Pours a clear yellow brew.

Smell is lots of big grain smells and hay.

Taste is mildly sweet and grain with a strong hay/smoke flavor. It is good in a rustic untamed way. Taste is of Wild wheat and Barley. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable, EXTREMELY well suited to eating wild game dishes like Antelope.

03-22-2004 05:47:09 | More by Zorro
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +16%

Good African lager. One thing about Africa, they have a love affair with lagers. This beer poured a faint, standard yellow. Sort of what most North Americans would think of when they think of beer. Head was a short, 1/2 finger height, but boy was it strong. That foam lasted til it was suds at the bottom of the mug. Sparce strips of lace were left in purely random places on the glass. Very odd. Apparent, almost soda cracker smell dominated the nostrils. It was pleasantly refreshing. A bit of a sweet/starchy smell overall. Same soda crackerlike taste. Sort of a dry, starchy taste. Never experienced that in a beer before. But hey, I like it, and my judgement will show it. Their is a hop presence when swallowing. Refreshing, dry and crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing lager.

03-18-2004 04:28:36 | More by slitherySOB
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pale golden straw color to it not bad, with a visible frothy white head does leave behind semi decent specks of lacing not bad. Aroma: Lemongrass, light and airy a touch of herbal hop note very mild smell to it, but nice and simple. Taste: A nice blend of semi sweet graininess with, very clean tasting lager with a touch of grassy hops there. Mouthfeel: A light bodied lager with a fizzy note to the overall texture. Drinkability: Very refreshing the type of beer I would consume if residing in Kenya, there's is nothing offensive it's just a clean tasting lager with a nice citrus grassy note to the overall flavor.

02-28-2004 18:38:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.9/5  rDev -3.3%

Well, this is a definite step up from BMC, which was my worry before I tried this beer. This beer is a bit fuller & has a bit more flavor to it. There are some definite soft complementing spicy hop notes in the flavor, as well as a nice subtle bitterness in the finish. This is a crisp clean beer with a bit of malt-grain sweetness to it. Having said all this, it is still not a great beer. Worth trying perhaps because it is from Kenya, but just barely.

02-02-2004 18:21:43 | More by Gueuzedude
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WesWes

New York

2.65/5  rDev -11.7%

The beer pours an almost clear pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is weak and almost non-existant. What little there was smelled of pale malts and little else. The taste is less than average. It is quite watery and bitter. It has little malt flavor, but does go down smooth. The mouthfeel is lacking. I feel like one of those dudes in the Miller Lite commercials; "I can't taste my beer!!!!" It is a low bodied beer with decent carbonation. This beer sucks. It's one and done for me.

01-28-2004 02:44:26 | More by WesWes
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mschofield

Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -25.7%

Golden with a three finger stark white foamy head.
Light sulfur, sweet malt, a little bit of lemon and grass in the aroma.
Metallic taste, light malt.
Light and thin bodied, it comes across kind of like unskunked heineken. I imagine it would be rather drinkable in an incredibly hot and humid area. Nothing special, just about Bud/Miller range, but how often would I have a beer from Kenya. Worth buying once just for that fact.

12-23-2003 22:15:03 | More by mschofield
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JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -29%

Pours an ever-so-slightly green yellow (I even consulted some others in the room to make sure I hadn't lost my mind). The head poured nicely despite having a very-soapy appearance, but dissapated very quickly. It smells like my bottled was slightly skunked.

The taste is very thin and watered-down. The mouthfeel is oddly slick. I detect a slight copper and a little bit of hops shining through. Not much of an aftertaste, but on the other hand, not much taste either.

There's just something off about this beer. I can't say I'd ever have it again or recommend it. Far too expensive at the LCBO for this--$2.85 Canadian per bottle.

12-18-2003 03:25:16 | More by JustinBathurst
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -18.3%

The Kenyan beer Tusker turned out to be pretty much what I expected. This is a another tropical climate beer that is cheaply made, but it would be an easily drinkable beer if the situation saw fit. A bit unremarkable, but not revolting.

Tusker pours a light yellow color with a decent foam head that lasts for around 35 seconds. The smell reminds me a bit of a euro-lager (even though it's brown bottled). Some skunk, along with some musty/soapy/grainy adjunct smells. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. The flavor has a hint of sweetness. Mostly grain/adjunct flavors here, slightly husky with some soapy qualities to it. Corn is detectable here as well. I couldn't taste any actual hop presence though, so it finishes out watery. There are grainy flavors in the aftertaste, and a burnt corn flavor lingers for a moment or two. This beer finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This isn't a beer I would actively seek out by any means. It's cheap and adjuncty, and I could pick dozens of American macros if I wanted that in a beer. Overall, just plain and unexciting.

11-24-2003 06:36:09 | More by Beastdog75
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -5%

cracked the bottle open and instant skunk aroma came out. luckily (and strangely) it disappeared for the most part shortly thereafter. this one pours a pale straw yellow colour witha nice white frothy head that dissolves rather quickly to a lasting lace with surprising stickiness. the smell did retain a bit of the skunkiness, but aside from that, there wasn't much else in the smell department, save for maybe some grain and hop smells. the taste is again grain and hop, though mostly watered down, yet crisp and refreshing without being overly carbonated. there's a bit of a sweet aftertaste that did not compliment the dry finish so much. a slightly below average yet still drinkable lager.

11-21-2003 03:42:23 | More by SixpointJMH
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grynder33

Wisconsin

2.2/5  rDev -26.7%

Very light colored, bubbly big headed pour. Very light hop aroma, bubbles disappeared quickly on tongue leaving a flat feel on the mouth. Light hop tastedisappeared quickly, not much aftertaste. Wonn't buy again, won't recommenend it to anyone.I'm stunned that Bob Klein so highly regards this stuff.

10-15-2003 21:47:03 | More by grynder33
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
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