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

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362 Reviews

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 656
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 26.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Reviews: 362 | Hads: 656
Photo of woemad
2.19/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane, Valley, WA, for $2.79. My first Kenyan beer. There is no freshness date anywhere on the bottle. For a long time I’d thought I’d had this, but I think it was actually Elephant Beer I was thinking of.

Poured into an Ice Harbor nonic pint glass, this was a clear, pale golden amber color, with a thin, noisy and fizzy head that disappeared quickly.

Crude, earthy grainy scent, with some fruity, diacetyl-like esters.

Sweet, corny, grainy flavor. No hop flavor at all. Pretty insipid.

Fairly light body, but very little carbonation so it comes off heavier than it should. Dull, lifeless mouthfeel.

11.2oz was as much as I could stand. Bland yet undercarbonated, so there’s no flavor payoff to the work that goes into drinking it. Oh, well, at least Kenya's now off the list.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.16/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had never tried a beer from Kenya, so this was worth it from that standpoint. However, it really was not much different from a BMC nmacro lager, except that it wasn’t quite so heavy on the graqin. Poured a sparkling golen yellow, with some carbonation, a thin head and okay lacing. Some hops in the aroma, but nothing dominant. Likewise with the flavor. Not too much on the mouthfeel or finish.

Kenya is much better known for their long distance runners than for their beer, and Tusker beer illustrates why. Maybe they run a long way to get better beer.

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Photo of Atricapilla
2.16/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very light golden color with a white one finger head of relatively thin foam. Beer was fairly carbonated. Aroma was light: grass and a hint of hops if you strained hard enough. Taste was thin, watery and carbonated, a hint of biting hops. I'd say slightly better than a normal macro....

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Photo of bgildea
2.16/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Looks extremely pale, poured almost looking like water. Head faded quickly, with some lacing.

S: Sweet smell, little beyond the malts.

T: Eh, tastes like a better version of Budlight. Nothing great at all, pretty big strike to me.

M: Very thin, no real substance to it.

D: About as drinkable, as a Budlight. I hope i can finish it.

Overall: I am not a big fan of these "Pale Lagers" and maybe that' because the only ones I drink are the Macro brews. So if there are some good Pale Lagers out there, then I am just not aware of them. But this beer is a slightly better version that any of the main Macro brews. If you only like macro brews, then you can drink this to make yourself look cultured.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer pours light golden, with light head, and had average carbonation. It has little to no aroma, its has the tastes of fruits, hops, vegetables, and goes down fairly easy. It finishes dirty, leaves the mouth dry, and is no better than the average domestic pale lager.

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Photo of changeup45
2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale Lager I guess! A very pale, clear looking golden color. A pretty good sized head that did fizzle away pretty quickly but left some on top. The aroma is grassy, grainy, floral and a little fruity and not bad. This however isn't a very good tasting beer. First of all the mouthfeel is thin and watery leaving me wanting a lot more. The flavor consists of mild hops but more grainy and grassy and an all around typical mass marketed below average lager taste. Except it wasn't that cheap. I bought a single at a local store and compare to the other prices/quality they had this was a horrible deal. I think I may at least get to cross off another country. I'll pound one if someone gives it to me but I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of jsawicki603
2.13/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is Kenya's attempt at the american (ie Budweiser) lager. The beer pours a nice golden color with a large head. The head disappates quickly but a lace remains for the entire glass. The malty taste was a little dry which sticks in your mouth after you swallow. Leaves the tongue dry and slightly metallic. A dry lager, not undrinkable but could use some work.

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Photo of Daredevil
2.09/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

as our Native African friends conquer the world, their brew (and other food items) seem to follow them .... honestly, I am not an enthousiast of African cuisine (actually one of the 3 most horrible culinary experience was in a Nigerian restaurant in London), and as a fact I will neither become an enthousiast of African brews ... this one smells and tastes rather odd: grenadine paired with motor oil and valerian ... at least the label is quite interesting

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Photo of hooligan
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pale, straw beer, chill hazy with heavy lacy head.

Smell of malt and buttered corn. Not much else.

Unique butter diacetyl and corn sweetness upfront, almost like a butterscotch. Faintly perceptible hop character, with almost enough bitterness to cut the malt sweetness, leaving a slight "cloy" on the palate.

Thin, with a very fizzy character.

Reminds me of Red Stripe with the heavy "sweet buttered corn" flavor, but not as good.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle
I tried this beer on September 13, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe' in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold with a thin white head. The aroma was grainy with a hint of malt and some yeast. The mouthfeel was thin with high carbonation. The taste was grassy as with a lot of macro style lagers

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear beer-like appearance. Almost water-like, maybe a shade lighter than water, sort of like pee when you've had a lot of water to drink, with about as much head.

The nose is butter and corn. Sweet, slick, curiously cloying for such a light beer.

Sweet and slick, the diacetyl is somewhat overbearing here. Buttery with a smattering of cooked vegetables and frozen white corn. Almost crisp, but the buttery slickness really impairs both the flavor and texture. Finishes sweet, grainy, corny. This is actually quite bad.

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Photo of harrymel
2.06/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blind #8- 12oz bottle

A: Light straw ale with brilliant clarity, when held to my pc screen, pretty sure the pixels are amplified for visual assessment. Single finger of white foam falls quickly to a sheet of the same with a central cap. the Collar hugs the glass, but doesn’t keep around - no lacing. (3)

S: Grain, minerals. Reminds me of a Picpoul wine. Very French/mineral and chemical smells. Hints of banana and yeast. Wouldn’t call this complex. (2)

T: Watered down vitamin water with carbonation. When I say vitamin water, I’m talking a One-A-Day pill, crushed and mixed into a solute, then carbonated. Hint of butter. (2)

M: light and still sticky - seems to stick to my palate and dries it to an extent. Highly carbonated. (2)

O: Not really feeling this beer. (2)

Guess: lager of some kind. Cheap.
Reveal: Tusker lager from Kenya.

Not surprised.

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Photo of TerryW
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow with a rough white head. Nothing special to look at. Gives up a little bit of lace as you go.

Sharp and bitter, quite watery in nature. Nothing special comes out of the glass at you by way of taste or aroma. A slightly sweet lemony smell can be detected early on. Gives way to bread or grain.



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Photo of hardy008
1.99/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Clear light gold with a one finger white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has cooked corn and is somewhat sour and unpleasant.

The taste has a combination of sweetness from the malt and a bit of the sourness I picked up in the aroma. Doesn't seem to come together very well.

Light bodied with average carbonation. Nothing special here, just a typical Adjunct Lager. I am glad I had a chance to try this. Too bad the beer wasn't better.

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Photo of paxkey
1.96/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Freshness date on Label says bottled 19 aug. 2010.
elephant head image on bottle cap. At least he looks happy.

I've only just popped the cap and this beer is giving me a headache from the whatever is wafting out...this smells malty and dirty.

pours a pale golden with small white head. sticky lacing.

smelling mostly malt..corn. a bit of hops.

cardboard. crisp dry and thin. and more cardboard.

chalky, sandy residue.
I'm guessing this stuff needs to be sampled fresh and then it would be a passable light lager. but this bottle is awful

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Photo of illidurit
1.96/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours light clear gold with a big white head. Aroma is cereal, sweet breads, corn. Very muted. Flavor is mainly corny sweetness with pilsener-ish grains, some hay and zero hops. Sticky and not refreshing. About what I was expecting from a Kenya pale lager...

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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 stephendr
1.94/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

335 ml. bottle- color of bight yellow, with a thin white small bubbled head – light sweet nose of corn , perfume , melon , straw, and hits of detergent – taste of cantaloupe , slight straw , and light bitterness– body is watery , dry , and lightly carbonated – aftertaste of , sweet corn , soapy , and rotten melon

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Photo of n00tz
1.92/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Really light gold body with a thin white head. Admittedly it is attractive for a light beer. Carbonation is steady and balanced.

S - Starch... corn and water maybe.

T - Light corn, water, and it might have been poured over some barley before being filtered and bottled. Not impressed at all.

M - Water. Filtered water. All the mouthfeel that could be associated with a filtered water.

D - If this is what Africa has to offer as a "Premium Quality Lager" I'll import my own if I visit.

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Photo of Murrhey
1.92/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live. No best-by date visible.

A- Half a finger white head. Soapy looking with large, glassy bubbles. Fades quickly. Some spotty lacing. Crystal clear pale-golden color. Looks like a Budweiser.

S- Sour malts and soapiness. Actually surprisingly fruity and sour. Not sure if that is intentional or not. Light fruits and light lager smell.

T- Funky malts, gave me the goosebumps. Extremely watery taste, and what is beyond the water is some sour mash kind of maltiness. Definitely more flavorful than some American lagers, but not by much.

M- Carbonated water.

O- For as bad the score I'm giving it, it is actually fairly drinkable. It would be hard not to be considering it is so watery.

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Photo of Imbiber
1.91/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.88/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn and other adjuncts, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with your typical macro adjunct sweetness with flavors of corn and grain. There's a very thin malt character and an almost insignificant hops presence. However, there is a little bit more balance here than in other beer in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth with very little crispness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, but goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, it's a typical beer for the style but not one that I'd want to drink again if I had too many other choices.

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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 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)
70 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.