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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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Photo of flagmantho
3.32/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Best-by date is March 1, 2011, so we're good there.

Appearance: pale golden hue with lots of apparent effervescence and three fingers of foamy white head. For its style, actually not too bad.

Smell: sweet, malty aroma. Light, but the common adjunct aromas don't jump out at me, nor does the harsh grainy aroma so common in this style. There's a bit of a fruity character and even a touch of earthy hops. One of the best smelling adjunct lagers I've ever had.

Taste: light malt flavor with a touch of graininess. Flavor is kind of bland and nowhere near as enticing as the aroma, but for all that it is inoffensive. Call it OK.

Mouthfeel: light body with a little fizzy carbonation. It's quaffable, but it doesn't exactly feel great. I'd have liked either a little more body or a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: with its inoffensive flavor and light body, it's pretty quaffable. Throw in its great aroma and general sessionable-ness, and I find it quite drinkable.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.32/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, cereal, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. Surprisingly, there a few different flavours going on. I can taste breads/grains mixed with cereal and honey. There are also some apple and lemon flavours and some herbal notes. It finishes with a nice slightly sweet grainy and herbal aftertaste.

Overall - I found this beer to be very drinkable and better than the average beer in this category. It was a little bit on the pricey side for what it is, but I'd still probably buy it again.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a pale straw yellow color with two fingers of white head which quickly faded.

Aroma was light and malty with a touch of floral hops and bread.

The taste was a pleasant surprise with a nice mix of malts, light hops and a bit of caramel. Definitely more flavor than most big macros.

Light bodied, clean, crisp, with a sharp carbonation.

Easy to drink and a step up from many macro lagers. Worth a try.

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Photo of beersarang
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big cloudlike head that leaves patches of lacing here and there. Light golden with a brilliant clarity. Pretty appetizing.

Nice grassy aroma with a hint of some bread in the background, maybe skunky.

Very soft malt presence with a quick and clean herbal hop bite. Finishes clean and smooth. Very average if not a tad bland, but then again at least there is no corn flavor.

Lighter on the carbonation and the body is thin. Goes down easy.

I would drink this one again in hot weather. Solid macro lager.

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Photo of arini10
3.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sweet edge that does not become pervasive. Citric fruitiness as an underlying flavor that adds a nice character that differentiates Tusker from other lagers. Nothing standout, but enjoyable.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from an African brewery. 12 oz. single bottle purchased at The Palisade in Jersey City for a 1.50 (how could I go wrong?)

A- Looked very similar to a BMC type beer in my glass. Fizzy and hazy yellow color with a small one finger bubbly head.

S- Smell was of hops. Nothing much else doing in the nose department. Smell was average and typical.

T- For some reason, this stuff tasted like apple juice to me. Some hops, some malt, but for the most part this one lacked any complexity in the taste department.

M- Mouthfeel was carbonated and sleek.

D- Easy going down. This one drank a little better than a typical american macro lager. Still, I wouldnt seek this one out, but wouldnt turn it down either.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a clear slightly warm pale yellow colour, with a small foamy white head and moderate carbonation. The aroma is lightly lemon scented with a sweet, almost marshmellow, candyfloss sat behind. The taste is creamy and buttery upfront, not what I was expecting. There is a sweet caramel edge to it with a slight floral hoppy finish. It's an interesting taste but I really like it. Well worth a try.

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Photo of SargeC
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Decent gold color. Slight foamy white head.

Smell: Small hop presence with a touch of yeast. Better aroma than most third world brews.

Taste: Decent flavor. Floral/fruity start with a good malt profile throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a waxy finish. Low carbonation.

Drinkablity: Much better than expected. A good brew from a far away land. I never expected to try a beer from Kenya.

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Photo of merlin48
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Natural510
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale, almost clear, yellow with average amount of foam which quickly dissipates.
Almost no scent atall, other than a very light malt.
Tastes very sweet; light, sweet malts make up the flavor. No hop note, which is probably a good thing as it would create a sweet/bitter combination which wouldn't meld well together in this brew.
Very crisp & refreshing. Upon sipping the brew crisply melts away to almost nothing, leaving a dry finish.
Not much in the way of flavor, but it is highly drinkable...particularly in a hot-weather climate.

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Photo of ChillMike
3.37/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright yellow in color, with a small white head that receeds

quite quickly and doesn't leave any trace of lacing at all.

S: Very malty smelling, with a nice floral overtone and a hint of

orange. Quite nice, simple but nice. I like it.

T: Very light and mild in taste, but similar to that of the smell. A

nice floral overtone, hints of orange, a hint of wheat as well. Again

very simple but nice.

MF: A bit watery but carbonated perfectly.

D: This is where this one does very well. It's a very light beer (but

not A light beeer) not overpowering, has enough flavor to keep you

drinking. Price is nice. A good beer to have on a hot day.

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Photo of goschool
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tusker as an awesome history. In a brilliant display of dark comedy, the beer is named after the elephant who killed one of the founding partners. The other cool thing about this beer is that Ernest Hemingway took a liking to it during his safari.

There was a respectable head on the beer while I was pouring it but it shrunk way down. The nose and taste has grains and a weak grassy hop aroma. There's nothing spectacularly exciting about this lager, but it's head and shoulders above BMC and things like Heineken. The most impressive thing is how well this 4.2% abv beer holds up in transit across the world. Everybody seems to forget (myself included) that drinkability should factor in whether you want to drink or buy the beer again. Sure it's easy to drink and mighty refreshing, but I don't plan on spending $2.99 for another one of these anytime soon.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 mL brown bottle, capped, with Best Before month and year notches on the label.

This lager poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled but clung a bit and left a little lacing. There was a steady bubbling from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very minimal, but improved as the beer warmed to room temperature: a very light biscuity malt aroma. The taste was lightly malty (biscuit) with a light floral hop flavor and very, very light hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with medium body and low carbonation feel. It was relatively clean with a trace of sweetness. This was a decent lager, surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of beals
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, clear glass that is incredibly fizzy and carbonated. There is an incredibly thin white head that dissipates immediately.
There is not a lot to the smell. Smells of biscuit and malt.
The taste is not much different from the smell. Good biscuit taste with a nice wheat taste as well. A bit of hops at the end, tasting like those from eastern Europe.
Good mouthfeel. Very crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability is great and the crsip refreshment is very nice for a warm weather beer.

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Photo of Michigan
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Consider this: this was the beer that greeted me after an 8 hour safari in the Serengeti. It was a hot and dry day and the sun was high.

A- The glass glistened with cool drops of condensation as I poured this cold bottle into a pint glass. The head ran slightly over as I vigorously pour this elixir. It was a pale yellow color and a pure white head that stuck around longer than expected. lots of bubbles from all over the glassr

S- aroma of a sweet lager

T- refreshingly crisp taste. clean finish. fresh.

M- thin feel. light body. thirst quenching. like drinking fizzy water

O- this is just what the body needed. If you find yourself in the same situation, pass on the Kilimanjaro Lager and have this instead! The best you'll get in the area

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into an ale glass (I know). Transparent golden yellow beer with a short lived finer of foam. Good clean taste is above average for an american style lager. Nice mouthfeel with slight residual carbonation. Above average drinkability.

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Photo of Avryle
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale straw-yellow colored with a thin white cap of foam and spotty lacing

S- Corn and malt.

T- Light malt. Kinda sweet. Doesn't have the adjuncty blech that I was expecting.

M- Very thin. Pure lawnmowin' beer.

D- Think- water, but with carbonation.

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

500ml bottle poured into a mug. ABV 4.2%.

A - Poured a clear pale gold with a 1cm white head. Head slowly reduced to a thin cap and good lacing is produced.

S - Light grains & with a hint of grass. Quite light.

T - Light malty sweetness with a mild bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp finish.

O - Decent light lager.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear golden color into a pint glass. It was just a shade darker than straw. Two fingers of foamy white head developed and dissipated very quickly to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: Sweet, almost light caramel, malts. It has a very pleasant, barnyard helles and vanilla aroma to it as well, enticing me to take a sip.

Taste: Surprisingly tasty for an adjunct. The light caramel and barnyard malts from the smell dominate the taste. A vanilla smoothness is also carried over from the aroma, but the beer is also crisp.

Drinkability: No wonder Hemingway drank it for breakfast. Tusker stands out on its own. Damn good lager.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer from Africa. Pours a crystal clear pale golden straw color with a big foamy head. Some malt character in the nose and perhaps some grassy notes. The palate is light and dry. Malt and breadiness on the palate balanced by some hop bitterness. The finish is dry and quick. Not too bad, if only it were hot and sunny day.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.44/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass. I think this is the first 12oz imported bottle that I can recall. Usually it's 11.2oz (330ml).

Crystal clear golden hue with a very dense, pillow, and fluffy-appearing two finger bright white head. Looks like a settling cloud. I have to say, this is one attractive lager.

Very light bready grains, very weak. A little bit of flowery hop aroma, but also somewhat stale.

The flavor rebounds a bit, with some subtly cooked grains, and a little bit of hop bite. There is a very sweet flavor in the background, maybe the adjunct is corn? Light bodied.

An okay lager. It's actually somewhat enjoyable and I'd certainly except one in Kenya, or actually several places. A little too much of the vegetable flavor in this one, although it's barely there. Good, but plenty room for improvement.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.44/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Drizzam!

A - It sounds like a soda with its head creating quite a fury as it fades very fast from its cloak of white merely a trace at the surface. The body is thin, watery and a pale yellow. Far from an inviting look.

S - Slight corn aroma with a grainy edge.

T - Firm flavor of pale malt. Not much else happenin' here.

M - This beer has an interesting feel. It has a decent thickness to it making it rather smooth on the intake. But once it reaches the back and sides of my tongue a mild coarseness is released.

~ While the American adjuct lager is not by any means one of my top favorite styles I have to say this beer wears on me. With each pull it seems to get a bit better. That being said, its hard to rate the drinkability anything less than good.

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Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.