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

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551 Ratings

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website

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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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +33.3%

05-25-2014 20:03:34 | More by mick_cooper
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2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

05-12-2014 00:51:46 | More by Georgiabeer
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3/5  rDev 0%

500ml bottle served in a pilsen glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear pale yellow color forming a medium fluffy and bubbled white head. Medium retention and lots of lacings left in the glass

S: Strong sweet malts in the nose. Very bready and biscuity. Notes of adjunct malts, mainly rice. Light notes of flowery hops

T: Follows the nose. Strong notes of sweet malts. Quite biscuity and crispy. Again, some notes of adjunct malts. Light hops bitterness in the end

M: Very light body and medium carbonation. Crispy malty aftertaste

O: Drinkable and not that bad for an Adjunct Lager

05-09-2014 21:19:26 | More by eduardolinhalis
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

04-25-2014 16:02:10 | More by RobertJBeer
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2.53/5  rDev -15.7%

Pours a clear, golden color, topped with a very generous white head and nice retention.
The aroma is pretty easy to pick up - some malts and lots of grassy aroma. Not completely pleasant.
The taste is slightly sweet and grassy. There is some bitterness in the finish, although it leaves a slightly weird aftertaste.
Still drinkable enough to enjoy it.

04-23-2014 18:49:19 | More by MarkoNm
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3/5  rDev 0%

04-22-2014 17:40:05 | More by beersdmf17
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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

04-22-2014 17:38:25 | More by Pens1967
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev 0%

Driven solely by curiosity, Bucky nervously picked up a bottle of Tusker Finest Quality Lager ("Tusker") brewed by the East African Breweries Group of Kenya. Tusker came in a brown, 500 ml bottle with a best before date of October 6, 2013 printed on the reverse label, and was 4.2% alcohol by volume. According to the brewer's web site, Tusker has been brewed in East Africa since 1922 and is named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders. The brewery is located in Ruaraka, near the capital of Nairobi, and key brands include Tusker Lager (the flagship brand), Tusker Malt Lager, Pilsner, White Cap, White Cap Light, Senator, Guinness, Allsopps and President Lager.

Tusker poured a very clear yellow/gold colour with plenty of rising bubbles visible. Pouring produced about 1.5" of pure white head that lasted for several minutes, leaving a considerable amount of lacing all down the far side of the glass. Its aroma is quite simple, bready light malts and not much of anything else. The beer's flavour begins with a fleeting light malt sweetness and finishes with a very, very subtle hop bitterness and no aftertaste. Despite the quantity of visible bubbles I found the carbonation to be quite light, and I would describe the mouthfeel as light and watery. I guess this makes sense...if I was living in an African climate I probably wouldn't be looking for a hefty porter or stout. The good news...my first African beer was drinkable. The not so good...I found Tusker to be too light in aroma, flavour and body for my particular taste. Though it wasn't a bad beer, I doubt that I'll be buying this one again. Tusker was selling for $3.35 per 500 ml bottle at the time or writing.

04-13-2014 23:09:55 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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3/5  rDev 0%

04-12-2014 20:47:46 | More by tclipse
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3/5  rDev 0%

04-11-2014 20:49:08 | More by rderedin
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2.14/5  rDev -28.7%

This beer pours light golden, with light head, and had average carbonation. It has little to no aroma, its has the tastes of fruits, hops, vegetables, and goes down fairly easy. It finishes dirty, leaves the mouth dry, and is no better than the average domestic pale lager.

04-10-2014 04:55:46 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

04-07-2014 17:54:16 | More by hopley
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3/5  rDev 0%

04-05-2014 04:27:17 | More by SkinniePost
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3/5  rDev 0%

04-03-2014 22:38:08 | More by rorjets
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3/5  rDev 0%

03-30-2014 01:30:44 | More by BTHU
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New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev +3.7%

Bought in WFM craft variety pack. Average beer, but my first from Africa.

A: Darker and flatter than high quality pilsner like Polestar. Head disappears. Not much carbonation, no lace.

S: Flat smell. A bit skunky, then grass, malt, grain. Not much
T: Follows the smell, a bit watery, not offensive, but not much better than unsweetened, flattish, ginger ale.
MF. Watery.

I wanted to like this. Will try again but too watery and non-descript. Stella is better.

03-20-2014 01:45:30 | More by Act25
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2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-19-2014 18:00:34 | More by tommyguz
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2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-16-2014 14:57:11 | More by Fettpopps
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New Hampshire

3.66/5  rDev +22%

Bottle from Andover Liquors
Pour a crystal clear golden straw color with a decent sized tightly bubbled white head that dissipates quickly to a faint cap on top. Aromas of sweet grainy honey like pilsner malt and a faint floral hop. I'm a bit surprised that the aroma is so damn inviting. The flavor is lightly sweet and honey like with some faint earthy spicy hop to balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and slick sugary water mouthfeel. Very nice example of a pale lager, I could see some of these on a warm summer day.

03-09-2014 20:38:10 | More by johnnnniee
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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

03-03-2014 02:57:41 | More by zeledonia
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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

03-02-2014 21:12:05 | More by ESchweers
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3/5  rDev 0%

02-28-2014 21:10:43 | More by porterman66
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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

02-21-2014 16:09:31 | More by vermilcj
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -25%

02-19-2014 00:34:17 | More by John_Squires
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3/5  rDev 0%

02-18-2014 15:58:08 | More by Furley80
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.