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

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Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
Kenya | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Tastybeer007
1.95/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Water water water water water water!!! This is like drinking bud light, except produced in Kenya

I wouldnt drink it again unless i'm on a bowling alley and its 10 the pitcher

no flavor, No smell, no taste of anything but water with a faint carbonation.

People mention sweet water. I didnt taste no sweetness. Just water

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace whatsoever.

S: Very faint nose here – mild grains and hops.

T: Slightly bitter and sweet lager. A little tart up front with some mild grain flavor and finishes a little dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a pretty forgettable Lager. It was crisp and refreshing but nothing I would grab again. Although I am pretty sure this would be refreshing on a hot day in Africa.

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Photo of Brad007
2.86/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't think I've had many beers from the continent of Africa.

Pours a straw gold with a decent white head into my glass. It looks like a standard adjunct lager.

Sweet malt that is almost non-detectable. Not much else either to impress the nose.

Sweet, sweet, sweet. Inoffensive. It's just bland. There's more flavor in the American examples.

Watery. Sweet. Sweet water?

As much as I wanted to like this, I just don't dig it.

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Photo of Dave1999
1.36/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer poured a transparent yellow with a foamy white head.

It smelled like butter and corn. It was rather pungent and off putting.

The taste wasn't quite as bad as the smell however it was still pretty bad. It tasted of corn and was pretty sweet.

In the mouth it felt sloppy not crisp at all like a larger should be.

Overall this was a terrible larger, it was undrinkable and the smell was truely awful. Worst beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.41/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, straw color with a half finger of white head that held pretty well for this style. Good lacing.

Smells like corn husks and cotton candy.

Watery taste, mildest bitterness, ends a little sweet.

Crisp texture, light body, moderate carbonation. Fits the bill style-wise.

Maybe I haven't had an adjunct lager in awhile but this was a decent drink. No off-flavors or bad smell.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale gold body. crystal clear. big bubbly white head. retention is reasonable and the lacing

S: honey. sweet grain. oh so slightly toasted. a mild vanilla.

T: chewy bit of base malt. corn. a little bit of earthy hop flavor, but fleeting at best. finish is clean and dry.

M: could use a touch more carbonation. light bodied.

D: as far as an adjunct lagers go, this one is okay. good nose and flavor, considering what little there is to start with.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow with a finger tall bright white head that is fizzy like soda. The head dissipates rather quickly but does leave some lacing on the glass. There is a fair amount of visible carbonation.

S: Very little smell at all to this beer - what I can detect is slightly crisp with the predominant smell being of corn and grain. In addition to that there is a slight hint of a metallic smell which is interesting since this is not from a can.

T: Upfront the taste is mostly corn and grain with the slightest hint of malts. The aftertaste has hints of lemon. Overall the taste is kind of watery and there is not a lot of flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Very easy to drink and quite sessionable due to the light flavors, smell, and ABV. But honestly, I'm not sure that I would really want to drink many of these or have it again... I prefer a little more flavor and something a little more interesting.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
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?

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
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

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.31/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
1.87/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

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Photo of taigor
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of tvv375ia
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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

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Photo of jsprain1
3.25/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of fsvan
2.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Pale, golden straw. Minimal barely off white head that dissipates quickly and cleanly.

S- A fair amount of bready malts. Really clean for an adjunct lager. No corn, funkiness you think of with Heineken or Bud or the like. No real hop presence. Almost smells like a marzen.

T- There's that adjunctiness that the smell is lagging. The bready malts are gone, replaced with corn like notes. Not strong, but not pleasant. Not really much else to say.

M- Very light. Slight tingle from the carbonation.

O- Not a horrible adjunct lager, but not very good either, certainly not at the price of $2.50 a bottle. I admittedly bought this as a bit of a novelty having never had an African brewed beer and really liking the cap to add to the collection. That being said, this is a one and done for sure.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transcribed from my tasting notebook.

Mildly clouded pale straw yellow, very fizzy head like a soft drink, that goes away completely in an instant, no lacing. Smells like a malt with lots of sweet corn adjuncts and strange metallic odors, some earthy-type noble hops (but not very strong) Taste includes more of the annoying metallic presence, some sweet malts completely out of balance with the faint attempt at hopping, mouthfeel is overly watery and not very satisfying at all. I'm probably never going to visit this one ever again, I do not recommend it. Too similar to any other BMC to justify the price.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.05/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would not move to Africa just to get this, but it is a very drinkable decent brew. Light honey color and sublime hoppiness. Clean rereshing taste but a bit middle of the road; then again the style of pale lager itself is middle of the road! I would drink it again but not go out of my way to do so!

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.46/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light, straw yellow with an ample white fizz head formed from large bubbles and settles quickly.

S: Aroma is malty with a touch of bitterness and strong with bright honey sweetness, very unusual but welcome for a traditional lager.

T/M: Flavor is more subdued but a lot like what a standard issue lager should be: medium carbonation, tiny bit of hoppy bitterness, touch of honey sweetness, lingering malts, very basic and very light.

It goes down smooth, though, and fast, ideal for a hot day when flavor might take a back seat to refreshment but very average otherwise.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, corn flakes, and slight buttered bread. Taste is of sweet grain, light fruit flavors, and some slight citrus flavors on the finish. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good lager and my first beer ever from Africa. I am impressed with this one to be quite honest.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale golden color color with a very thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet and grainy with some boiled corn and a little honey. Yeast creeps in the more the beer warms.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. Lots of grain, some butter, corn, yeast and a bit of malt. Not exactly a clean finish. Kind of a lingering, yeasty flavor at the end. Yuck.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
1.8/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml bottle 4,2% Abv
Served cold in a snifter.

Thanks to my friend Jon for bringing this back from his trip to climb Kilimanjaro.

Appearance: Pretty standard for a lager. Pale gold with a large, white, fast dissipating head.

Smell: Touch of pale malt, cooked vegetables and metallic notes. Nothing in the way of hops. Certainly not good, but actually not as bad as most African lager.

Taste: " but actually not as bad as most African lager" - I take that back. Horrid - watery, corn, vegetables, metallic...

Mouthfeel: Light, watery and over carbonated. So, pretty average for the style.

Overall: If I had just climbed Kilimanjaro, I could drink it. Sitting in a comfortable chair in my room - NO!

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