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

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557 Ratings

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website

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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3/5  rDev 0%

ryanmcd, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev 0%

Moderate skunkyness in the nose, despite being packaged in a (light) brown bottle. I noted that Pegasus rated this beer not too long ago, and the packaging was much different. His was a green long-neck, and mine was a brown bomber. Poured up with the whitest head I think I've seen yet.

Some of the skunk carried in the taste, which overall was quite light, bordering on thin. Some mild grassy notes, and what I perceived as a distinct grape flavor, which I sometimes get with some Canadian brewed lagers. Although not too impressive, it was pleasant drinking.

I did note with some curiosity that the bottle had a "best before" notch date which was 9 months later than my purchase. I doubt this beer made it from Kenya to Kentucky in a big hurry, which makes me wonder if the brewer promotes a one-year shelf-life. I've always assumed a six-month shelf life was pretty standard for non-bottle conditioned beer, and I can't imagine a one-year shelf life for a light lager like this one.

Brent, Jun 26, 2002
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3/5  rDev 0%

The beer exits the 12-ounce bottle a light gold color with a creamy white head that crowns the body, as it erodes; the lace forms a thin sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, almost maple syrup; crisp and clean, start has a fair malt presence, thin at the top, which was expected. Finish has a pedestrian acidity, the hops mild but present, dry aftertaste, a fair to middling beer, a product of its environment, certainly better than many beers from such countries.

Gusler, Nov 15, 2007
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3/5  rDev 0%

This kenyan brew poured up a pale yellow color with a nice frothy white head. Good retentive lacing on my glassy poo. The aroma was pretty plain jane, sweet corn malts. The taste was also sweet corn malts, a lil bitter hop finish lingering on my black tongue. Pretty full bodied brew with moderate carbo. If I lived in an African desert, this beer would be bomb. But thank God I live in America where I can fart away my whole day and drink waaay better beers. Not shabby tho....

stumac, Feb 23, 2010
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3/5  rDev 0%

M_C_Hampton, Oct 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev 0%

500 ml brown bottle, best before date clipped into label (same bottle as picture). Pours a bright yellow color with a fluffy 1 inch white head. The foam quickly shrank to a thin ring aroound the edge of the glass. Didn't leave any lacing. Smell was very mild and weak. The taste has some slight grains, some sweetness and a touch of hopat the end. Full carbonation leaves a tingling bite on the tongue, with enough dryness to erase any aftertaste. Clean finish. At only 4.2% it could be a better than average light beer. I thought a bit overpriced, but I guess it is an import.

BigBry, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev 0%

Appearance- Clear golden color. Had a decent head about inch thick.

Smell- Hops with some malts and maybe hint of fruits.

Taste- Very crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- It was okay. I don't know why but I expected a little bit more from it.

Beerbuddha, Aug 10, 2007
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3/5  rDev 0%

porterman66, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of ChuckNorris
3/5  rDev 0%

I really liked the fact that they still re-use the bottles. Not crush, melt and make a new bottle like in the US. I didn't find this a very flavorful beer but what flavor it did have was nice. It is a decent beer for those hot summer nights. I wouldn't bother trying to save a lot of luggage space to bring some back, maybe a bottle or two.

ChuckNorris, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of CrazyMike
3/5  rDev 0%

Pale golden appearance with lots of bubbly head that quickly disappears. Smell is grassy and malty, but nothing significant.

Has a sweet malty taste with a hint of corn and grain. Slightly bitter and creamy, but overall, the taste is light. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. After taste is almost non-existent, but a bit dry.

When compared to other beers, it's a mediocre adjunct lager, but not bad for a lighter beer and refreshing. Worth it just to try a beer from Kenya.

CrazyMike, Feb 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev 0%

Rahmel, Sep 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev 0%

chasesitten, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev 0%

Oakenator, Oct 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev 0%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev 0%

TastyIsBeer, Sep 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev 0%

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.

jayc333, Jun 04, 2006
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3/5  rDev 0%

cadaugherty, May 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev 0%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev 0%

JF1917, Aug 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev 0%

CreekyJarls, Nov 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev 0%

DenisKolkin, Jul 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev 0%

Boone757, Jun 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev 0%

Archemedies, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Lemke10
3/5  rDev 0%

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.

Lemke10, Nov 29, 2011
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.