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

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70
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527 Ratings
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website
Kenya

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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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Daredevil

Switzerland

2.08/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

as our Native African friends conquer the world, their brew (and other food items) seem to follow them .... honestly, I am not an enthousiast of African cuisine (actually one of the 3 most horrible culinary experience was in a Nigerian restaurant in London), and as a fact I will neither become an enthousiast of African brews ... this one smells and tastes rather odd: grenadine paired with motor oil and valerian ... at least the label is quite interesting

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 21:05:32 | More by Daredevil
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Chinook

Quebec (Canada)

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

Found this in a 500ml bottle in a BC Liquor Store. Poured into a pint glass from the rather nice stubby bottle.

The head is minimal and dissipated quickly, a little lacing. The colour is a very clear honey blonde. The smell is very faint grains and a general crispness.
The taste is mixed grains much like any American-style Lager, except with virtually no bitterness. It does not linger on the tongue although there is a slight sweet aftertaste. It certainly isn't strong (only 4.2%.) It is very inoffensive, and nicest in its first cold sips. It avoids the worst of American Adjunct Lager stereotypes of wateriness and dull flavourless bitterness, but it is a little watery. The carbonation is mild and again, inoffensive.

Tusker does not have the flavour and character of many other beers of different styles, but it is an OK lager, particularly compared to the domestic macrobrews. It is not something to rave over, but it is OK. It is a nice beer to drink very cold on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 07:11:33 | More by Chinook
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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

1.2/5  rDev -60%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Decent start to the head--leaves some spotty lace. Clear, almost like water. Pale yellow color.

Okay, the smell reminds me of pancakes--no syrup, no berries, just plain ordinary pancakes. There's a slight skunkiness to the beer. Slightly sweet, lots of corn. Bland.

So, the blandness continues in the taste. Is it Bud, is it Miller? It could be. Thin bodied and highly carbonated. Where's the hop? The brewer must have waved it over the kettle without letting fall in. If you like corn in your beer, this should serve you well.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 23:12:17 | More by smcolw
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking directly from a 500-ml bottle.

Appearance - brown bottle with interesting label featuring an elephant's head. Extended stubby-style bottle does decant the beer a little as I progressed with it.

Smell - clean, grainy smell. Fresh malt attributes.

Taste - again, clean, crisp taste. This beer was exceptionally cold, a degree or 2 above freezing. Some of the flavour took a little bit to come out. Fairly subtle alcohol as it's a low 4.2%.

Mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing feel and excellent when served as cold as I had it.

Drinlability - we've got a winner here! This satisfies very well when you're thirsty and you could pound a few litres of this away without getting messy. I would go for this whenever convenient to do so. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 18:52:01 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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ProfessorCJ

Alabama

3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 18:35:11 | More by ProfessorCJ
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LumpyGuitar

New York

4.05/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up for a buck and a half at my beer stop. For that price I figured what the hell.

Poured a pefectfly crystal clear light yellow with a finger of white frothy head. Head retention isn't great and lacing is minimal. This is hands down the clearest gold beer I've ever seen.

Smells of fresh water and sweet fruit. Mild malt.

Taste is very mild. Refreshing water with light malt, a bit of corn and weak hop, and a tad hint of saltiness finishes it off. The taste isn't strong by any means, and it doesn't stick with you.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, exceptionally fresh and clean, carbonation might be a bit low but it balances perfectly.

Drinkability is great. I'm really kicking myself for not getting a 6 pack of this, especially when I though to myself..this is gona suck. Awesome light beer, give it a try, fantastic with salad.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 23:31:41 | More by LumpyGuitar
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in both a bottle and plastic cup. Enjoyed the beer in the plastic cup.

A- Lots of froth on the head with good retention in my cup. medium yellow color with good carbonation

S- Malt, corn, grains, with a light floral hop presence

T- A malty flavor with a light touch of hops. This is a surprisingly balanced beer that is buttery on the finish.

M- Light body with good carbonation

D- Decent beer for an adjunct lager. Good session beer and one that I would drink again

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 16:54:45 | More by racer2k
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich, gold color with 1 inch head. There is a light, sweet aroma. Taste is very flavorfull. Starts a little grainy and finishes sweet. Medium bodied in the mouth. This beer is very drinkable and quite delicious. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 00:49:17 | More by tone77
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albern

Massachusetts

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

I had this beer last night and didn't write down any of the finer points of the beer for a sophisticated review, and that was because there really wasn't much to record and there were no real qualities that jumped out. This is an adjunct lager, with a slightly drying salty finish, there was plenty of cooked veggie, musty lager aromas and tastes. This was entirely mediocre beer that I didn't finish

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 22:06:24 | More by albern
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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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BeerSox

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 23:40:47 | More by BeerSox
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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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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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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

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

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Thick, frothy head of about 2.5 fingers. Off-white foam sits atop a very pale yellow beer.

Grassy grains and a mild hint of coconut in the aroma. These disappear into the pour.

Sweet grains (and perhaps some adjuncts?) in the taste with a mild bitterness on the finish. There are some unusual flavors here that I don't recall having elsewhere. I wasn't sure what to expect from a Kenyan beer, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking--very thin and light, but not necessarily in a good way.

Wouldn't refuse if offered, but won't seek out either.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 22:56:52 | More by fullsweep
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HalfFull

California

3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Tusker pours a clear medium straw in color and yields a thin white head. Retention was brief but a surface film lingered longer than expected, yielding some spotty lacing.

Standard cereal grains, barley and rice, on the nose though seems to offer a bit more in body than your typical Adjunct. Hints of Euro. hops hide in the shadows, perhaps some light wheat.

Taste is fairly good. Slightly rich in malts and with a decent body, offering a bit of breadiness on the tongue and with a slightly chewy but short lived finish.

Another example of an 'American Adjunct Lager' done better by non-Americans. 'Named after George Hurst a co-founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, who was killed by an elephant during a hunting expedition in 1923.'

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 01:52:29 | More by HalfFull
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srandycarter

California

3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought under huge reviews at BevMo

A - Very light straw, decent all white head to ring, some clingy lacing.

S - A little barn, musky. A little malt.

T - Nice, simple grassy sweet malt. Clean, bitters evenly. I am an extreme beer guy by nature, but I really like this one.

M - Pretty standard for the mode.

D - Very.... Easy

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:54:05 | More by srandycarter
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear light gold with a big foamy head that did not last. Minimal lacing.

Light scented with sweet grain.

Light watery flavors of cereal, light sweet grain, some grassy elements, and a little bitter bite. No skunk, nothing offensive, but rather weak.

Light in body and decently carbonated. Refreshing thirst quencher, but that is all. I can see where this would be a choice in 120 degree heat. Overall, not horrific, and no real off-weird flavors -- just not alot going on either. Cool to try, but not worth seeking.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 12:55:29 | More by OtherShoe2
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Amalak

New York

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

I had a bottle of this at Stout, which is right by MSG in NYC. I figured when else am I going to get to try out a Kenyan beer? This wasn't too bad. Quite malty and somewhat sour.

It was a dull yellow in color with a thick foamy head and average lace. Malt scent to it. Very dry taste to it. Not bad at all, but doesn't really do anything for me, either.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 02:18:52 | More by Amalak
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Atricapilla

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very light golden color with a white one finger head of relatively thin foam. Beer was fairly carbonated. Aroma was light: grass and a hint of hops if you strained hard enough. Taste was thin, watery and carbonated, a hint of biting hops. I'd say slightly better than a normal macro....

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 05:11:41 | More by Atricapilla
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

1.65/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow. Rolling active carbonation. Descent white bubbly head with slightly above average.

S/T: I can not get over how much this beer smells and tastes like buttered popcorn. I think this is diacetyl in the beer. I am not sure if this is intended but it is not disguised by any amount of malt or hop character. If you read the back of this bottle, you might be expecting a traditional lager in the German style and this stuff makes Bud taste better.

M: Light, crisp, highly carbonated. Spot on for the macro style.

D: I hope to try more beers from the African continent. I am certain there are better beers than this for the people to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 17:34:49 | More by BWH3
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Gavage

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing.

Smell: a slightly funky smell with some grass tones.

Taste: malt level is very light along with some sugary sweetness. Bitterness is very soft. Some hints of lemon and hay linger in the background.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Aftertaste is clean. Crisp and mildly refreshing.

Drinkability: very light and boring beer. Easy to quaff but you'll tire of this one quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 20:50:01 | More by Gavage
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smedley

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow, about a half a finger of white head which disapeared in about 10 seconds with no lacing

S - Not really much to talk about. Was worried it was a little skunky even though the freshness date indicated it was very fresh.

T - OK, so no skunkiness, which is a relief. But honestly, not much taste at all. Very watery, like a watered down Miller Lite.

M - Like a sparkling water...some carbonation, that's about it.

D - I guess this is pretty drinkable. I could probably drink a whole case, although I don't know why I would. Maybe good for a hot summer day. Not a good beer by any stretch.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 01:14:16 | More by smedley
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

1.3/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle. Pours a light yellow with a white head. Aroma of light fruits, wheat. Flavor of stale wheat. A slightly (very slightly) better version of Heineken. Blech.
Aroma: 3/10
Appearance: 2/5
Flavor: 2/5
Palate: 1/5
Overall: 5/20
1.3/5

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 23:43:11 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.