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

Tusker Premium LagerTusker Premium Lager

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494 Ratings
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%


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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goschool

California

3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 07:52:06 | More by goschool
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear and extremely pale. Thin head, but fairly substantial looking for a macro.

S - Sweet malt and notes of apple and grain.

T - Inoffensive. Nothing off, with a strong grainy taste. Bitterness is low, as expected, with a teeny weeny bit of aftertaste. Crisp, refreshing, sweet-ish.

M - Hurts a bit. Carbonation is too strong.

D - Not too bad at all. Can't say it's flavourful, but within the style, it's really quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 23:26:51 | More by allergictomacros
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allengarvin

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite a vigorous pour, I got only a tiny head which faded right away. Color of this beer is gold, mostly clear apart from some chill haze. Nose is slightly better than the average mass-produced lager, with a clean maltiness, not too grainy. Flavor is moderately good too, malty without any adjunct flavors, sweet but balanced by a moderately light bitterness, and a touch of tartness at the end. Body is a little watery, probably from lack of carbonation.

Better than I was expecting, this is an uncomplex but refreshing lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 02:32:35 | More by allengarvin
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember drinking this in London a few years ago and thinking that it was surprisingly good for an African beer with an elephant on the label (having had a painful experience with Carlsberg Elephant a few weeks before that). Let's see if that experience holds true or if this was good the way The Beast was was good when I was 18.
Pale clear pee yellow color with bland head and lacing. Nose is faint but sweet and pleasant, slight hops and some sugars. Taste is light and thin with some arftificial flavors and graininess. Taste isn't terrible but not anything special. Mouthfeel is watery and nothing special.
Fun to drink as far as being sessionable but not an exceptional beer on any real scale. Guess I drank a little more then I thought it in England..

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 00:42:41 | More by daliandragon
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Imbiber

New York

1.85/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 19:59:48 | More by Imbiber
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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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial strange)

A-This beer has a straw yellow body with a faint hazy and a big fluffy snow-white head. There was a nice gentle carbonation to it.

S- The smell of slightly sweet pale malt with some soft honey malt notes complimented the grain notes. There was a finish of noble hops and a hint of sulfur.

T- The crisp dry pale malt was balanced by the noble hop finish. There was a slight sulfur and spice note at the end that turned to a faint lemon carbonic bite as it warmed in the glass.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but there was a slippery texture that made if a bit more full.

D- This beer was very light and didn't have much character to it. For the style it did have some faint notes of kolsch beers and it would have been nice to pull those out. If I had to drink this style it would probably be this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 22:03:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

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

Bright clean straw to pale yellow colored beer. Has a big foamy white head and good lace. Kinda a sweet honey character up front with a sweet grassy note following. There is a light sweet malty character at the start of the taste with a little nibble of hop bite on the finish which carries with it a hint of honey. Easy drinking and not bad tasting.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 22:47:33 | More by ybnorml
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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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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly pale yellow, the palest I've seen. Some people have marked this beer down on it, but I thought it looked kinda cool and different. Very highly carbonated with a big, bubbly head.

Smell is spicy and pepperly, with some herb and soap flavours. Not strong though -- quite weak, like most mainstream lagers.

Taste is very clean and crisp, but again sort of weak and watery. What's there is fairly pleasant though, at least a step up from Bud or Molson. Bit of soapyness here too, as well as some more prevalent hops than mainstream American/Canadian versions.

This is quite drinkable, and has a cool looking 500 mL bottle -- with an ELEPHANT on it. Not great, but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 20:09:28 | More by crwills
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BamaScholar

Tennessee

2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In my effort to diversify sources, picked up a Kenyan brew.

Beer pours cloudy Serengeti grasslands yellow. Some fizzing, no head.

Clean smell, can't detect much of anything except grain.

Pretty carbonated, clean and crisp. It's thin, offering less than most Asian macros, maybe a little more than most American macros.

This brew doesn't offer that much (even ice-cold) but it doesn't include anything unexpected either. Glad I tried it...on to something else.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 03:24:08 | More by BamaScholar
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whynot44

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light bodied, slightly hazy light golden color with a small white head.

Aroma is mild, somewhat biscuity, with notes of hay and citrus.

The taste is also light with a slightly sweet caramel tone, sweet grain and grassy hops bitterness for a fairly clean refreshing finish. After a hot day swatting tsetse flies and tripping over lion leftovers, you'd probably kill for a cold six pack of these. Otherwise you'll have to use your imagination after mowing the yard.

Maybe not great without the authentic atmosphere.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 05:42:16 | More by whynot44
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

1.73/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this 500ml bottle on clearance (how often do beers go on "clearance"? That should tell you something right there) at Potomac Wine & Spirits in MD for $1.

And here we go...

Frighteningly clear. As it poured out of the bottle into my glass, i could only see the faintest hint of coloration to the beer. Of course, the coloration I speak of is the usual pale straw/urine hue that american macro lagers posess.

The smell, or should I say stench, was overwhelming. I uncapped the beer and it punched me in the face, before even being poured. Tusker smells of yard waste clippings. Quite powerful and offensive.
Completely unholy. No beer should ever smell like this.

The taste is one of the stronger points. Of course it tastes like all other light macro filth, but there are a few good points. Tusker lager is not obscenely carbonated, which is good. None of that "burning sensation" on the tongue that Coors gives you. And if you enjoy munching on freshly cut grass, or newly baled hay (who doesn't?), this beer will taste very familiar to you.

The mouthfeel is similar to water, if water had a mildly unpleasant aftertaste and made you belch.

If you're going to mow your lawn, and you can buy this beer for $1 like I did, then you might as well chug a Tusker after you are done mowing. It will blend right in with all the other aromas and tastes in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 23:40:31 | More by chOAKbarrell
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Gritsak

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale golden straw colow with a big fluffy white head. head fades to a top film but never fully goes away. no lacing.

S- yeast, fruit, malt, grain.

T- nice yeast flavor with strong grainy finish. very light hop presence.

M- light and watery. little carbonation

D- if you stuck to this all night you would be fine...

overall- really not a bad beer. MUCH better then other macros such as bud/miller and the like. went great with the burger with the first bottle. very refreshing and the taste seems to grow on you the more you drink. worth a taste in my book.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 03:32:49 | More by Gritsak
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jarmby1711

Australia

2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this from Purvis , thinking that it had rated well (for some reason )
It hadn't rated well , nor ,in my view should have it.
Being a pretty stock standard pale yellow in the glass ,with a resistant head, the smell is very plain Metallic, chemically.
The taste was an improvment to at least being drinkable.It seemed sweeter than most in this style, which was intriguing for the first 1/2 a glass , but after that it tended towards sickly unpleasantness.
If I was in Kenya I wouldnt go thirsty by not drinking it but not one I would try again

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 03:58:48 | More by jarmby1711
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle: Poured a very pale yellow color lager with nice foamy with head with better retention then expected. Aroma of malt and hops are very faint and almost non-existent. Taste is refreshing with some malt and very little hops. The surprising thing about this one is that it is not skunk even though is traveled 5000 miles in a light brown bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 14:30:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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SERENGETI

Tanzania

3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The TUSKER I tried was the one brewed in TANZANIA! Beer drinkers say that it is better than the Kenyan original. It is a light beer with only 4.2% alc. good for a hot day in DAR. Taste and aroma are neutral. Good for thirst quenching but not for pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 08:36:42 | More by SERENGETI
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DogFood11

California

2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First impression is that it is refreshing.

Looks like champagne with tons and I mean tons of tiny bubbles that maintained activity all throughout the gobblage process.

Rice/grainy taste that finishes dry. Lingering aftertaste makes the drinkability low for me....

Overall I thought it was drinkable but barely. If your having a BBQ or laying around in the hammock or something this is decent. I like lager's too so it had nothing to do with the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 02:49:53 | More by DogFood11
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Ego

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

half liter brown bottle with the classic old school logo of an elephant (tusks? hello..), freshness date marked on front label july 2005

appearance:
1.5 fingers of pure cotton head, pale yellow hue, clear, amply carbonated, nothing special but right on for the style

nose:
barely detectable hop traces buried by the smell of rice, the malt is also barely detectable... not one for the sniffing really...

taste etc:
I expected this to suck, suprisingly it has a smooth mouth feel (watery a touch but only if you let it get to warm is it a problem, I mean this is a macro style eh?). it finishes fast and clean (dry), refreshing, just enough carbonation kick for that "ahhh" feeling. not too bad at all compared to american macros.. it is kind of enjoyable kickin back here on my deck this muggy summer night

verdict:
it does the job it is supposed to do. this isnt for a heavy beer geek night, maybe for a summer night at the grill hockin' down steamers and other light fare. session beer ahoy...

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 02:56:09 | More by Ego
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Very light and clear yellow. Fizzy head that quickly dies into a lifeless film. Champagne bubbles. Not real tempting.

Smell - Adjunct smell. Plus a little fruitiness, a little like green apple. Like a macro brew, but a bit stronger.

Taste - Pretty standard macro flavor thats a notch stronger, maybe a hint less sweet and has a touch of citrus to it. Not even a hint of bitterness. Clean and dry.

Mouthfeel - Quite watery even for an adjunct. Seems almost flat.

Drinkability - Plenty light enough to drink without thinking. But nothing to go chasing after. Flavor is plain to slightly better than plain adjunct. But hey, it's from Kenya and its got a friggin elephant on the label (extra 1/2 point in the drinkability column for hippnes). Bia Yangu Nehi Yangu (Kenyan for : try it once if you like to try a large number of beers because it is ok, but nothing unusual or extraordinary).

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 04:23:22 | More by scaliasux
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beersarang

California

3.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 07:36:13 | More by beersarang
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 01:56:30 | More by BigBry
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. This beer is almost completely clear. There is just a shade of yellow. The head is big, white, and fizzy. The aroma is a grainy. It's the smell you often get walking into a brewery. The flavor is bland, but inoffensive. Just a bit of maltiness, but otherwise this is seltzer water. No bitterness. Maybe a hint of hop flavor. This beer is pretty refreshing, so it gets a high drinkability rating. As a light beer, this is pretty solid, but don't go out of your way for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 00:03:28 | More by beveragecaptain
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SetarconeX

Florida

2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They make beer in Kenya? I had to give it a try.

Nice little color, nice and bubbly, and not as transparent as a lot of other lagers. All of which, in my opinion, in canceled when you take a whiff of the stuff. A relative seemed to enjoy it, comparing it to jasmine. I can see where you could get that, but it would have to be a weird, fermented jasmine.

Decent taste, decently hoppy, without really launching off in any particularly unique directions. I suppose it gets toasty in Kenya, and the beer's supposed to still seem somewhat light and refreshing.

A solid beer, if not overly impressive. Would probably pick it over many of the standard macro lagers. Besides, how often do you find Kenyan beer?

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 03:30:32 | More by SetarconeX
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oberon

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first and only African beer I have tried went in with low expectations and well it was pretty average.Pours a clear straw yellow with a decent head but it is gone in a flash,light iron aromas with some toasted grain but not much to it but it didnt offend me so ok.Taste is light just to watered down there is some graininess but just not enough going on.I could see this beer being chugged in the Kenya heat maybe even the NC heat but no other time,I'll pass again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 22:00:49 | More by oberon
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.