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

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70
okay

530 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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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watchnerd

California

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Regular 12 oz bottle picked up at a European market in Mountain View, CA.

Why is this considered an American Macro Lager? This really needs to be changed to the Euro Pale Lager category, the same category that Heineken is placed in, with which it shares a strong resemblance.

So on the Heineken comparison: it's a light bodied, slightly hoppy lager with a clean, crisp taste. It tastes very much like Heinken, but better, as it lacks the skunky overtones that seem to be so common with Heineken.

Give it a whirl. It probably won't rock your world, but it's a decent lager that is quite drinkable and should go well with food, even if it's a bit forgetable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 04:59:23 | More by watchnerd
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:20:21 | More by Jimmys
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Rudgers73

New York

3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. 1/2 inch head with a vigorous pour that settles quickly into a thin layer of tiny bubbles. Malty smell with skunky hops throughout. Relatively active carbonation rising through the pale, yet saturated hue of yellow. The first sip was actually better than I had expected. Big malty flavor and a slightly thick and creamy mouthfeel. The aftertaste has a little tinge to it, but overall I thought this beer was way better than most American/Canadian macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 20:39:05 | More by Rudgers73
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of Jan '09. Pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a nice amount white foam that slowly recedes leaving behind little lacing. Smell is of some sweet malt and not much else. Taste is surprisingly refreshing and quite nice for this style. It's simple, yet good. Some lightly toasted malt, small amount of spiciness, tiny notes of fruitiness, and a very light hop character. Slightly sweet up front, dry on the finish, crisp, and decent carbonation. Easily drinkable, and a great session macro-style lager. An all around nice beer, and my first from Africa. I'd take this over any BMC AML any day.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 01:23:23 | More by KeefD
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Musky

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager pours a nice clear birght yellow with a massive head that lefts it's mark as it was consumed. Fruity/Floral sweet smell with a little vienna malt aroma (probably not vienna but that is what it smells like). Heavier on the tongue that most lagers with a nice malt character to it. The hops are very well balanced with plenty of malt to back it up. A clean and tangy taste with a kind of dry aftertaste. A good example of the lager style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 18:52:32 | More by Musky
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 04:18:49 | More by BDTyre
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1759Girl

California

3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it's the history (read your Hemingway, and you can't escape mention of this beer), or maybe it's just that after a hot day on safari, you just want something crisp and refreshing... I don't know what it is, but I wanted nothing more than a Tusker (and an odd G&T, admittedly) most days in Kenya... Or perhaps a Tusker Malt. I digress...
On to the review...

Appearance> Clear, golden yellow. Very lively. Big, white, foamy head with large bubbles. Good lacing. Pretty par for course for a good lager.

Smell>cereal. Nothing special, but luckily nothing bad.

Taste> Balanced. Refreshing. Not very complex. Great start, slightly bitter, but crisp with a soft hang that doesn't linger long.

Mouf>effervescent. okay.

Drinkability> Really. There are worse lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 15:01:55 | More by 1759Girl
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

01-12-2014 00:47:28 | More by tdm168
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klimoja

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

02-16-2014 21:20:35 | More by klimoja
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DeanFan


3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

06-26-2014 01:15:26 | More by DeanFan
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer I've had from the African Continent. I really like the label and bottle cap.

It pours a light golden colour with a thin head. I'm surprised at the good head retention!

The smell is light and grainy, but pleasant.

The flavour is pretty good! It's very light, but all the good things about a light beer! there is a very slight hop flavour with a slightly dry finish. Very fine carbonation make this a really smooth drink.

Overall, this is a really refreshing beer, and I can imagine that it's incredibly satisfying on a hot Kenyan afternoon. If this was slightly cheaper, I'd drink it all the time in the summer!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 01:21:54 | More by evlu1441
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

07-19-2013 05:06:14 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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RobertJBeer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

04-25-2014 16:02:10 | More by RobertJBeer
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Kuongming

California

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

01-07-2013 04:20:27 | More by Kuongming
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before January 22 2013. I've sort of wanted to try this for a while simply because I've never had African beer, but by the time I came to it on the shelf I always already had a bunch of other Euro lagers I wanted to try in my basket - and the 3+ dollar price tag was also a slight turnoff. But I am a ticker with an itch, so I was bound to get this eventually.

Pours a familiar pale golden-yellow colour, completely clear and highly effervescent. Good, attractive head, especially for the style - big, puffy and pillowy, and it leaves behind lots of webby lacing on the glass as it gradually dies down over the next minute or two to a thin, even cap that remains for much of the drink. Looks really tasty - but the aroma isn't nearly as enticing, differing little from most of the other examples of this style. It is subdued, grainy, a little sweet, and wholly uninteresting. Decent for the style.

Relatively approachable taste. Lots of bready malts, some grainy sweetness with a bit of an adjunct twang. Given the style, I can't really fault it for that - it's not offputting but it's definitely a bit corny. There is a light brush of grassy hop dryness toward the end of the sip, but the aftertaste is mostly adjunct and malt sweetness. Acceptable balance, enough to maintain the inherent refreshing/crisp quality of the style, and certainly not cloying or unappealing. Light-bodied and watery, with relatively mild carbonation for a pale lager. I might have served this a bit too warm, but it's still enjoyable.

Final Grade: 3.5, a surprisingly solid B. I actually rather like Tusker Lager, and I may just get it again some time. It is a fine example of how even this comparatively bland style of beer can be enjoyable, and even charming in its simplicity when done correctly. No, it's nothing to write home about - but it is still a quality quaff, at least to me. Perfect for the patio.

[Updated April 12 2014]

Another bottle. I've been drinking pale yellow fizzy adjunct lagers for basically a decade now, and as with my original review I still feel Tusker is one of the better examples I've tried. The only issue? It's just too expensive to be worth it. If money were no object then this would be a staple in my summer beer fridge, but until then I probably won't bother frequently.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 08:03:47 | More by thehyperduck
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CAcker

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

06-08-2014 03:37:13 | More by CAcker
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DustinPurvis

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

05-24-2012 03:37:39 | More by DustinPurvis
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jimbrinkruff

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

06-29-2013 19:38:33 | More by jimbrinkruff
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

08-05-2013 00:45:15 | More by IPAchris
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

04-07-2012 22:45:39 | More by jaidenjb
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

05-16-2013 13:30:24 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Dmart1223

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

09-02-2013 03:12:00 | More by Dmart1223
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Ceballonegro

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

08-22-2012 20:52:37 | More by Ceballonegro
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, straw yellow with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, some faint corn, a little earthiness.

T: A bit sweet up front, finishes dry with a touch of hops and also the alcohol sometimes peeking through. No off flavors, not bad for the style. After a while, some dry biscuit flavor joins the lineup.

M: Light, smooth, soda-like carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, again, judging according to the style. Light and refreshing, no off-flavors. Would drink it again if offered, might not seek it out, though. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 20:38:00 | More by AmericanGothic
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.