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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 saintwarrick
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is there any other reason to drink this beer other than to say "ha, I drank a beer from Kenya." We'll see.

Pours a perfect gold, hazy with what looks like some sediment in it or something. Maybe chill haze. It did not affect the taste or texture of the beer, however. Fizzy head quickly dissipated to leave a faint ring around the glass. Aroma is good, some nice malts overtake the aroma with some faint honey and apples thrown in.

The taste is much better than any macro lager I've ever had over here. A refreshing taste with some spicy bite at the end from the hops.

An all around good lager. The perfect lawnmower beer ... and it's made in Kenya.

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Photo of Shadman
3.27/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in Brooks Alberta where there is a large African population.

Light pale yellow, slightly hazy. Decent head retention and good lacing.

faint aroma...mostly grainy malt and a hint of floral hops.

not much of note intially, but the malts and hop come through nicely after a second or two. Both seem to be in concert with each other which makes for a decent taste experience.

Moderate carbonation and lower ABV makes it feel smoother on the palate than some other lagers.

Certainly a decent enough lager and one I'd have on safari in Africa or my backyard.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though nothing to get excited over, the beer has some freshness and crispness that cary it a long way. Pours a vivid straw color with airy head retention, for about a minute. Aromas of green apples, pilsner malts, and earthy hops seem well balanced. The flavors of apples, pears, light malt, and fresh hops spice things up a bit, but never interfere with the fresh yeast / hop character. The body is lighter than the flavors, but never seem watery. Finihses wiht a minty snap and a crisp dryness. The beer is put together well, but lacks the character to raise far above average.

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Photo of zeff80
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a pillowy, white, three-finger head. No lace, however.

S - It smelled of corn, grain and a hint of yeast.

T - It mostly tasted of corn/grain. It was fairly sweet and no real hop flavor to speak of.

M - It was fairly crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - I wasn't overly impressed. It looked better than it smelled or tasted. There just was much in terms of flavor.

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Photo of Enola
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good example of the style. Light yellow in color with a white head. The smell is somewhat sweet and grainy. The taste is smooth with no negative bite. There is hints of vanilla and just a touch of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth. Not a chore to drink. One of the better macro style beers I have had. A much better choice than some others. I could easily session this beer, although the price would kindly limit that. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle.

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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 Rudgers73
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.61/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight skunky nose. Starts sweet, hops are hidden, not an American lager, sweet corn finish, would make a good lawn mower beer. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of veech
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this beer many years ago when a Fraternity brother was sent to Somalia in the early '90's and he returned with large bottles of Tusker. I found a 12 oz. bottle recently and thought I would test it against my more complex palate some 10 years later. I found this to be a good middle of the road macro lager. Really nothing more or less. It accomplishes what it sets out to do. It could be mistaken for any of a hundred other beers. But if one finds themselves in the bush of the Serengeti it would more than quench your thirst.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.19/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A very pale clear yellow with a slight head that melts to only a film of white bubbles.

Aroma is typical adjunct smells...sweet pale malts and possibly some corn.

Taste is extra sweet for an American Macro Lager and missing completely on the bitter hop finish that should be present. Aftertaste of lingering canned corn that is not pleasant.

Kenya's version of Bud...not a bad impression...but nothing more, either.

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Photo of witster18
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not a bad lager.
a grassy astringency early quickly leaves as there is little to no aftertaste. consistant for the style but WAY overpriced. A little hops can be detected....early...underwhelming but probobly a touch better in taste and distinction than most massprolag's Bought on a recommendation....but I cannot give the same recommendation because this is overpriced and only slighty above average. warsteiner meets budweiser. perhaps the most overpriced beer of all time!

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Photo of Musky
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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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 russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born on 5-23-06, not super fresh, let's see how this goes. My friend deployed to kenya back before somolia went to poop & he raved about this beer (in-country)

Pours an efferevescent & chill-hazed straw color with 3 fingers plus of head. This cleared 1/2 way through the beer. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Nice Perfumy/flowery nose

T: Some Grassyness & grainyness up front. Cornyness & soapynmess follows as it warms. Some lemon notes& a little malty sweetnes follow. Has fair taste for the abv. Finishes slightly sweet & grainy

MF: Light bodied with medium carbonation

Drinks semi-okay. More malt please! I'd take this over a BMC any time. Love to get a sem--fresh bottle of this

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Photo of therica
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We were dining at an Ethiopian restaurant in Frederick Maryland, which had a few Ethiopian & African beers. Since this one was $4.00 and the others were $3.50, I thought I'd start with this. My preference turned out to be the Harar Beer (lager) which I'll review, next.

A= nothing special, a solid nice standard good ol' beer appearance, not much head, some standard proliferous bubblings.

S= malt beer.

T= good-- really, just a good ol' beer, no excitement, but a good standard beer if you want something that's not exciting, intrusive or catching you off-guard. Great with a meal. Malt and some light hops, a slightly flat taste but not sour-bitter like certain Butt-American beers.

M= nice, not watery, simply a beer aftertaste and mild belch.

D= you could probably go all night on this if you were so inclined.

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Photo of Vancer
3.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I was reintroduced to this beer at Nyala resturaunt in Los Angeles, the first time I drank Tusker was in Kenya while in the Marine Corps. From what I remember this was a great tasting thrist quenching beer. It was poured into a chilled beer mug, the appearance was a yellowish gold, the nose was malty and wet metal. The taste is malt with slightly sweet notes, with the food mug and memories, this is a drinkable beer with a decent flavor.

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Photo of Sammy
2.32/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A little white in another pale lager. Passable aroma. Light mouthfeel even a tad grainy rather than creamy and little taste. Macro type ale.A tad metallic mid-sip. Can drink it if thirsty.Fresh.More malty than bitter.Suitably carbonated. Passable overall rather than a standard macro.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The mythical beer of Hemingway and safaris finally makes it to my lips...

$3.99 for a 500 ml bottle at Liquorama in Upland, CA. Manufacturing date 31May05 15-09 (whatever that means), Exp date 31May06 TL 03, purchase and consumption date 12/06. Whoo boy- how do they allow old beer to be sold?

Seriosuly, I knew a friend was looking to try this, so I gave it a go. Pours a very pale yellow with a decent head but kinda fomay looking. Aroma is of cooked corn and breakfast grains, with just the lightest kiss of hop bites.

The flavor is refreshing and very lemony. Not too bad, I have had much worse in this category. I'd love to try it fresh and on tap. There is minor sweetness and white bread behind the lemon zest. No real hops.

Somewhat watery, but clean and refreshing. Not bad, I've had worse, but not exciting either.

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Photo of Hornet2003
1.63/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The flight attendant from Bill Clinton's plane gave this to my friend wh is a baggage handler at YVR.

A-Not quite sure. It was kinda yellow pee colour. Drank it out of the can.

S-This beer smells pretty much like Bud. Kind of grainy in aroma. I couldn't detect any hop aroma.

T-I almost gagged when this touched my tongue. To me, it was worse than Budweiser or Molson Canadian. Tasted pretty much like it smelled. Grainy and wattery. Very little bitterness.

M-Very fizzy. Pretty much a fizzy piss beer if I've ever tasted one.

D-I don't think I have to say I struggled to finish this. It was so god aweful that it warmed up to room temp before I was able to choke it down. The can lasted me about 2 hours. Just gross.

Overall-I really hope Bill Clinton has better taste in beer than this. Perhaps I had a bad batch but I am not going to be buying it anytime soon to find out. Everyone who had one at the party just thought it was gross.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium gold color with a pillowy white head that retains very well, lots of sticky lace, quite carbonated.

Aroma; Pronounced hop aroma with slight malt and grassy notes.

Taste: Grassy hops dominate the taste from start to finish. The malt character is rather subdued, having a mild cracker character. The finish is dry with a lingering, mild hop presence.

Mouth feel: Light, with a slight sting of carbonation, and a bit of slickness.

Drinkability/notes: Really not bad, well made, and certainly better than many members of the American Macro Lager class.

Presentation: Sample reviewed was a 500 ml short brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown. The legend "BEER ONLY" is molded into the bottle; I could not agree more with this sentiment. Tusker was formerly packaged in a 12 oz green glass long neck bottle, this package is a significant improvement. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of techdiver
4.11/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale straw color with a decent head and heavy carbonation. Nothing really special about this, just a highly drinkable beer that went down almost too quickly. Almost as good as Chechvar, but with the carbonation of a San Miguel. A good choice for a session beer.

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Photo of Cresant
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on June 22 2006. Body was clear, pale yellow. One finger of head faded but left sporadic lacing down the entire glass.

Smelled like soyburgers(?!?). Corn on the cob sweet. Pleasantly sour.

Tasted tart. Corn syrup sweetness. Interesting grain/malt flavor. Corn husks.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a slightly raspy finish. Medium body. I'm glad I tried it but I probably wont have it again.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500ml, tall thin brown glass bottle. Crown cap is color and design coordinated. An Elephants head sits inside a yellow oval which is in turn inside a white one set against a black label. Gold, black and yellow V-shaped neck label completes the presentation. Front label has the inkjet code “Mfg 31 May 05 Exp 31 May 06”, guess this one is a bit past its prime maybe!? Listed as 4.2% v/v Grav: 1037° - 1039°. My bottle is labeled as “Tusker Finest Quality Lager”.

Appearance: Sad flaccid pathetic looks, the fizzling white head disappears rapidly to a thin halo like edge, the surface reflects the lightly hazed milky golden pong beneath.

Nose: Sweet malts, some whiff of that awful pink colored bubble gum that is directed at kids and a gentle floral character which often merges into bubble gum aromas actually.

Taste: Light grain and a sweet hoppy nature. Some flowery tingles here and there. A very low tasting affair that seems one-dimensional and a little boring.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not in a bad way, the texture is in line with the low key taste profile but it never seems to bolster it. The finish has a good balance though.

Drinkability: I can take it or leave it. Hmm, this is another one of those famous local brews that obviously dominates a local market, and has a rather mythical status, but on closer inspection really fails to live up to anything other than a very average beer that has a bigger personality profile that it deserves.

Overall: KenYa beer?!? Nah! More of a KeenNO beer – this is a “I am not so Keen” on this beer actually. I always wanted to give it a whirl though, well that’s my curiosity well and truly put down, I have no plans to head out to Kenya that’s for sure.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 500 ml brown bottle, neck label claims Kenya’s Heritage since 1922. Label has 4.2 v/v and GRAV: 1037-1039, imported by St. Killian importing co., Inc., Kingston, MA.

Aroma: A faint floral note with some mild grainy sweetness. A odd whiff of dried bubblegum.

Appearance: Slightest haze in a bright yellow glass that sports an impressive white head the lasts and gives very respectable lacing.

Flavor: Matches the aroma, a clean, slightly grainy base with that same light floral note. Well balanced with a slight hop flavor at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, full carbonation, drying finish.

Overall Impression: I’m impressed! I really didn’t expect much from this beer, but there is nothing wrong here. Well crafted, mild but pleasing taste, it’s not going to scratch a craft beer itch, but it could make a fine hot summer afternoon session.
Give it a shot!

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