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

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70
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531 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 531
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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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz/355 ml brown bottle ($2.49) at Belmont Station. Poured to a pint glass; brewed since 1922 and 'named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders'. Unfortunate, yet somewhat cool, to have a brewer crushed by a pachyderm.

A: Pale golden, yet full of carbonation. A fizzy whitish head that fades quickly, building to just shy of a finger then dropping to a thin film. Clear complexion.

S: Sweet and corny aroma. Sweet dough, mild fruit (apple?).

T: Corn Pops and the mildest of spices. A bit of grass and peppery dryness blended with the sweeter grains.

M: Super-smooth, eminently drinkable. Lighter body, but crisp/clean finishing.

D: Just fine for drinking as a food accompaniment, but not a beer I have to return to by itself. This was a gamble - a try-worthy beer from a foreign land; as such it was decent enough but not one worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 04:20:22 | More by msubulldog25
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a head of pale white foam, leaves a film and good lacing. Colour is pale gold with a decent carbonation.

Aroma holds mostly malt, sour lager notes. Nothing particularly inspiring.

Taste initially holds a light citrusy, taste is quite refreshing. Not much other than thin malt flavours along with the carbonation, hops are fairly understated. A sort of mineral or grainy character towards the end. Drinkable without much body in the way of taste or aftertaste, but certainly better than the big macros. Finish is very dry.

I find the mouthfeel quite light, not excatly watery, slightly crisp.

Good on a hot day. Not offensive and pretty refreshing, but not terribly inspiring.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 02:40:01 | More by mick303
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not the Tusker Premium Lager... it's the export version of the regular Tusker Lager with the black, white and yellow label depicting an elephant in profile. It has a standard neck label rather than the gold foil of the "Premium Lager". It's strength is only 4.2% compared to the 5.0% of the "Premium", and it's starting gravity is lower at 1038 vs 1044. In addition to it's slightly thinner body, it's also much less hoppy in the nose. The adjunct is sugar, and it appears to be utilized at a much higher rate than the Premium's 10%.

Legend has it that this beer was named after an angry bull elephant that trampled to death one of the two brothers (George Hurst in 1923) that founded the brewery. It was reported to be Ernest Hemingway's favorite beer, and it's the largest selling beer in Kenya.

It pours a clear straw-gold body topped by a full and creamy bright-white head that holds fairly well before dropping, and leaves some nice lace. The bouquet expresses a grainy malt sweetness with some mild grassy and floral hoppiness in the background. The body is thin but exceptionally smooth across the palate with a fine carbonation. The palate is limited to a gently sweet maltiness that's obviously thinned by a liberal use of adjunct; and balanced by an understated bitterness. Some minor floral hop flavor is present if you seek it out, but doesn't present itself otherwise. It finishes short and sweet, just vanishing from the palate in much the same way it came in. It's a teasing beer that continually leaves you looking for more, which adds to it's drinkability but not much else. It's refreshing and light - easy to drink, but lacking in character.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 19:28:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, Mfg, 6/16/2008, best by 6/16/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is good, not much lacing. Carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass to the top for a while after it's first poured. It smells like sweet malt and a bit of corn. No offensive aromas at all. It tastes like sweet malt, grain, and bit of grassy hops. It's mostly sweet tasting. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin but not watery. Drinkability is good, it is pretty easy to drink. For the style, it's not bad at all, I'd rather drink this than most macro brews. Not that I'd make a point to seek this out, but it's a good alternative if you don't want to drink any BMC brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 23:20:02 | More by bluejacket74
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no date) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale dirty straw color. Thin white head with some persistent strands of lacing noted. Remarkably colorless beer.

Smell: Crisp, grainy, a little bit of sweetness.

Taste: Sweet, crisp clean malt, hint of honey, earthy hop finish. Quite a simple flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Watery with carbonation just south of fizzy.

Overall / Drinkability: Despite not being much to look, it's still a crisp and refreshing beer. I could easily have another. It's a simple and unassuming beer and it goes quite well with food to wash it down (fish tacos in my case). I suspect it would go quite well with highly spicy African food as well to counter the fire and heavy flavor from that type of food. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 22:35:09 | More by damndirtyape
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deepsouth

Mississippi

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer pours a yellow color and quite clear with decent head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing. the smell is quite average as i can't pick up many characteristics in it. the taste is consistent with a macro lager. the mouthfeel is a bit thin. i did manage to drink quite a few of these pretty easily. i'm glad i tried it, but i would not seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 19:40:19 | More by deepsouth
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Vancer

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A bright and clear sunshine yellow – capped by a mountain of effervescing white foam that’s leaving a ring lace. Surprising and tempting of what this may be.

Subtle malts in the aroma, but pilsners never have a powerful smell. Taste is fairly sharp and clean of malts along with a roll in the grass. Not a bad session pilsner, and it comes with enough flavor to hold your interest.

Drawback? I’m not paying $2 a 12oz bottle for lawnmower brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 02:21:23 | More by Vancer
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Halcyondays

California

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a good amount of white head retention.

S: Very light, malty, a bit of cereal sugar character.

T: Bready malt taste is mild, with a bit of husky grain character which gets watery at times. Hops lend a spicy mild note. Flavour is mild, but clean, no off-flavours.

M: Mouthfeel is where the beer shines for me. Crisp and clean, endlessly drinkable and refreshing, strong biting carbonation, for the style it's about as good as it gets.

D: For the style quite good, a step up in flavour and quality than your average light lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 04:37:31 | More by Halcyondays
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jmosier

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in Chicago. Fortunately, I didn't get any of the skunkiness referred to in other reviews, and found this to be a pleasant, drinkable beer, clean and crisp, and very user-friendly. Don't know what this retails for, but it was $6 for the 12-ounce bottle at the restaurant, and this accompanied the tasty food nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 17:59:27 | More by jmosier
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

5-26-19 - poured into a personalized pilsner glass - 335ml/ 12 Fl.OZ. capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow with a nice, bubbly, white head that slowly reduces to slight and thin. Some slight lacing that mainly stays with the head.

Smell: Aroma of sweet malt, grassy hops, floral notes and a hint of minor skunkiness.

Taste: This beer is grainy and doughy, but all-around light in flavor and a little watery.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. The feel is smooth, but thin with a watery finish.

Drinkability: This beer is drinkable and reasonably refreshing, but nothing especially distinguishable ever materializes.

Comments: A lager that surprised me a little. I did not expect much, but this beer did leave me believing I may have missed something about it. However, in the end a run-of-the-mill lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 17:58:17 | More by MarvinSnyder
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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.24/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a - poured a clear gold with a some carbonation apparent and thick head with some lacing

s - some malt and cereal grains

t - picking up some malt with slight sweetness, more of the cereal and some hop notes

m - slightly oily with a nice aftertaste

o - refreshing enough, middle of the road, but very acceptable and happy to see Kenya producing a decent brew. I can drink it again...

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 13:10:32 | More by beeroclock
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Tusker Premium Lager pours from the 500ml bottle a very clear golden hay yellow with a suprisingly big creamy bubbly white head that leaves some lacing on the way down. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas begin with sweet, creamed cereal grains and pale malts. A hint of lemony citric comes through along with a really mellow grassy, herbal hop aroma. Quite impressive for a standard import lager if you ask me. Light and subtle.

First sip brings a crisp, mellow pale grain maltiness that has a nice splash of sweetness to it. I get a hint of lemon and slight citrus with a touch of grassy, herbal hoppiness that follows on the way down. The flavor is light..but it's really refreshing and inoffensive...I'd choose this over Heineken and the likes any day. I'm guessing this would be nice in the super hot Kenyan climate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light and refreshing. Goes down like water becuase it's about the same consistency. Carbonation is nice and not overly excited. Drinkability is good here. I could easily session this brew and maybe I would one day if I travel to Kenya. Obviously, living in the US there are many other beers I'd choose first...but this suprised me for an import lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 03:24:38 | More by orbitalr0x
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DannyBaldoni

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

01-24-2013 02:57:18 | More by DannyBaldoni
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

06-25-2014 13:57:33 | More by JMS1512
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half-litre staid stubby-esque bottle, best before Jan 2010, on a sunny autumnal Sugarbowl patio.

This beer pours a clear pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of weakly puffy, soapy dirty white head, which leaves some attractively consistent webbed webbed lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, pale grainy malt, mashed corn grits, and some earthy, weedy, dead leafy hops. The taste is more sweet corn and glutenous white grain 'maltiness', a touch of light diacetyl, stale minced apples, and more earthy, dead-eyed leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, and generally less than obsequious, the body a weak-ass medium weigh, tacitly smooth, and more mealy than anything else. It finishes on the mostly dry side, with a tame-ass malt ceding everything to that wee bit of floral essence among a lingering, mostly unpleasant vegetal weediness.

A barely decent enough tipple for the style, as transposed across a few continents and an ocean or so, meaning that being an interesting thing to try from East Africa trumps overtly rejecting it as the same shit produced in the 'western world'. I don't know where to justify that particular piece of commercial and geo-political bullshit, but I'm not about to grab another of these, all the same.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 05:32:32 | More by biboergosum
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to anniesak for bringing this one back from her Tanzanian trip.

A: The lagerbier is a stark pale color, lighter than straw but darker than, well, water? Seriously, the light yellow color barely registers. A finger of white foam on pour was fast to disappear.

S: The nose is lacking, a generally inoffensive brew that shows off some rice and cereal. A mild sweetness peps things up.

T: The lager has a sweet malt undertone, strong enough to peak through the bland cereal from time to time. Cereal grains dominate but share the stage with corn and rice flavors. A decent drink that is the exact opposite of extreme.

M: The mouthfeel is painfully bland, punctuated by points of sweet grain. The aftertaste has a distinct corn syrup flavor.

D: I could drink this all day long but I really wouldn't want to.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 01:18:09 | More by akorsak
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

07-25-2013 06:28:58 | More by foxyaardvark27
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dasunder

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

07-24-2013 00:25:47 | More by dasunder
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BeerMeister8

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

06-01-2014 02:14:39 | More by BeerMeister8
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silverking

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

06-30-2013 22:30:10 | More by silverking
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jlervine

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly translucent golden body with a thick white head. The head fades quickly, but the effervescense of the beer never quits until the glass is empty. The smell was very tempting with a pleasant hop presence. Unfortunately, the look and smell of this beer were the best part. It's bland to the tongue, blah to the mouth. Calling it Kenya's version of Budweiser is too mean, but I could probably reproduce the flavor of this beer by mixing Singha, Budweiser, and water. Still, it quenches the thirst and goes great with the muggy weather here on a Georgia summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 17:07:59 | More by jlervine
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alelover

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

06-30-2013 04:15:52 | More by alelover
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this one for nostalgic reasons, and half considered drinking it East African style - that is to say warm. Glad I resisted as it was better ice cold.

This beer is what it is: a mass produced lager, and at that Fairly unremarkable. Given the shipping distance, at least my bottle, was a bit off smell wise. But really, overall it was crisp, Light and with out any real discernible hop.

Drinkable. Yes. Collectible? Maybe for he bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 01:15:56 | More by cfalovo97
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

01-18-2014 15:09:46 | More by Kurmaraja
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

09-29-2012 23:08:11 | More by ruckus232
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.