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

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70
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567 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

jk3, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of tastymug
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale gold typical of a pilsner with a small frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Light aroma, mildly sweet.

Taste: Generally light on flavor with a bit of a bite. Maybe a little grassy. I don’t notice the skunky aftertaste often found in American light lagers.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated, light.

Overall: Nothing extremely special, probably about right for a typical lager with an extra point or two for not tasting skunky and I’d guess when having a fresh bottle in the country it originates from it would be very thirst quenching and agreeable.

tastymug, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Pens1967
3.25/5  rDev +8%

Pens1967, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this pool-side at Walt Disney's Kadani Village Resort. As such, this beer was consumed from a plastic cup.

Pours a straw-yellow with a fair amoutn of carbonation, with a white head that disipates to a thin white sheen.

Smells sweet, like orange blossoms and honey, with definite floral notes to it. Very nice smelling!

This is a smooth tasting beer, especially as it was served nice and cold. Very refreshing in the late June Florida heat. Crisp and light, with very little in the way of complexity. Some grassiness, slight malt. Very little of the smell translates to the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, light.

Overall, very drinkable and refreshing, which is good for a Kenyan beer. However, at $6 a pop poolside in Disney, it will be my last.

TheHoppiest, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of tclipse
3/5  rDev -0.3%

tclipse, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of fishguyac
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

fishguyac, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a small thin head that was gone like right now. The beer was very light pale looking and smelled like some weird flowers or something. The taste was very yeasty to me and just not very good. I will not be purchasing this beer again.

Minkybut, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of mwar
2/5  rDev -33.6%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

damndirtyape, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +8%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of Shadman
3.28/5  rDev +9%
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.

Shadman, May 19, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a Senegalese restaurant in the South end. Served in a chilled pint glass cold.

A-very light and a light white head.

S-light sweet body, corn.

T-sweet, husk, bland.

M-light.

D-okay for the style, the style is just not great. I would drink this beer again if I get it with African food.

jneiswender, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of dsauter
3/5  rDev -0.3%

dsauter, Apr 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

herrburgess, Sep 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

WoostaBia, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of BamfBacon
4/5  rDev +32.9%

BamfBacon, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of lakersfan16
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

lakersfan16, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of beersdmf17
3/5  rDev -0.3%

beersdmf17, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of beveragecaptain
2.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

beveragecaptain, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

MarvinSnyder, May 26, 2010
Photo of whynot44
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

whynot44, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3/5  rDev -0.3%

M_C_Hampton, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Ego
3.28/5  rDev +9%
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...

Ego, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of atpca
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

atpca, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of karst
3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To E. Hemingway - African hunter and American novelist and short-story writer, awarded 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1899-1961!

"There is no friend as loyal as beer" ( or was it "a book"?)

Pours clear straw 2°SRM with a creamy white head that holds and leaves substancial lace on the 0.4L rastal sniffer.

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."

A very good aroma of grainy sweet malt that almost kills a more gentle grassy and floral hops.

"Don't you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle."
0.5 L brown bottle with foil neck and front label in attractive gold and black with bull elephant profiled to show tusks. Simple white govt warning back label.

"I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does? The only time it isn't good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief."

4.2% abv ( Stronger in Africa) respect alcohol.

"Live life to the fullest."

Lighter body is supported carbonation and lightly dextrinous malt and balanced by understated bitterness.

"The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it. "

Tusker finishes short and sweet, just vanishing leaves you hoping for more - light and refreshing.

best by November 2005

I have no doubt that Hemingway found this the most drinkable beer on the Dark Continent.

"In order to write about life, first you must live it!"

Review when called to but first you must drink beer.

karst, Jul 24, 2006
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.