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

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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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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jayc333

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale yellow with two fingers of frother white head. Many tiny bubbles rise to the top quickly. They head stays for a good period of time, and has good lacing.

Strong smelling. Sweet upfront, with a sort of biscuity malt backround. Hops are present as well. More complex than I expected.

Malty taste upfront, but unfortunately quickly followed by a metallic flavour. Sort of an apple juice aftertaste.

Watery and fizzy mouthfeel.

Everything was going good until the taste. If you're looking for a top quality macro, this isn't it. Do yourself a favour, and get a Red Stripe.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 19:18:16 | More by jayc333
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

2.14/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 04:55:46 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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beals

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought 2 500ml bottles the other day and drank them on two distinct evenings. I was actually able to detect the subtle flavors better in the second bottle. The beer pours very very pale yellow (almost clear towards the bottom of the glass). Decent head, moderate density. Though it has the same color as many macros, none of the metallic macro smell. In fact, there is little smell at all outside mild honey. Subtle herb flavor, plus a decent undertone of honey. Definitely a refreshing beer - perfect for the deserts of Kenya (country of origin). Good mouthfeel and drinkability - a refreshing drink but you have to search to find its distinctive qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 00:19:17 | More by beals
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:09:55 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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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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Mryup

California

3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: A classic golden yellow. A medium pour produces 1/2 inch of coarse white head that quickly fades to near nothing. Average.

S: Actually pretty good. Some biscuitty maltiness with grassy notes and some metallic features. Butter husk too.

T: Hmmmm..I'm actually impressed. There is quite a bit here. Some refined malty grassy notes with just a hint of metallica. Hops kick in with a creamy finish coming in at the end. Above average in complexity and very well balanced.

M: A medium body that goes light due to some dryness. CO2 is a little too high in my opinion.

D: An excellent, drinkable, refreshing beer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 05:07:41 | More by Mryup
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I was surprised how clear it was as I poured this. Did someone put water in my beer bottle? Once my glass started to collect it a light, thin, golden colour topped with a fast growing, and shrinking, head formed. The aroma is of light cereal grains and syrup with a faint clean hopness to it. The taste adds a bit of white bread and suggestions of lemon to that. Add a light body and clean finish and you got Kenya's Tusker Lager.

It's pretty much Kenya's answer to the macro lager. They've done a better job, however, you pay for that and the whole it's from Kenya thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 22:48:02 | More by EskimoDave
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Cummins9110

Indiana

2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light goldish
S- malty, like malt liquor
T - tast like a malt liquor, not like King Cobra cheap malt liqor, more like a German style malt liqour (there is a differnce)
M- smooth crisp finish
D- not my style of beer, but i have had them and they are slightly appealing
Kinda cool to say you have drink a beer made in Kenya but its not $2.99 worth of beer, domestic brewery's make way better lagers for a lot cheaper, mainly paying for importing price

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 08:17:55 | More by Cummins9110
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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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tgorgz

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a pilsner glass, as it was all I had in the house at the moment.

A: A golden, straw-like colour. Looks like a standard lager. Less carbonation than I expected, however.

S: Smells quite good, actually. A little sweet, with a touch of hops at the end of the nose. I was surprised actually, considering it was shipped from Africa.

T: I'm not going to lie, I was a little disappointed. Maybe it was the green in the bottle, but I may have had something a little skunky. It was flat- the carbonation in the glass didn't transfer onto my palate. I was also thrown off- I couldn't taste any of the malt, and the hops were overpowering a in a lager.

M: Not pleasant to drink, but not unpleasant. I'd have a couple of these, but it would only be if I were planning on having some food with it.

O: Overall, I wasn't entirely impressed- but not turned off. This is actually the first African beer I've ever had, so I'm looking forward to exploring other flavours and styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 02:31:04 | More by tgorgz
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tastymug

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 21:39:27 | More by tastymug
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RDAdams

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle purchased with dinner at the Phoenix Emporium in Ellicott City, Maryland. There was a Beer Menu on each table. I ordered this beer solely because I'd never had an African beer before and did not know it was a lager.

Appearance was exceptional: clear, pale straw color; and a moderate head that it retained much longer than expected.

Aroma was good: mild floral hops, and a malt character more pronounced than I've ever experienced in an American Premium Lager.

Taste was good: crisp, dry, a very low sweetness, and balanced.

Mouthfeel was good: a light-medium body and well-carbonated.

Drinkability was very good. I don't care for lagers, in general, but ordered a second because it was so smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 02:17:21 | More by RDAdams
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Musky

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 18:52:32 | More by Musky
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Cindirene

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading the reviews I was kinda scared of this one but I persevered - Poured from 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass - Color a clear gold with tight bubbles - Taste was full and clean and refreshing - Maybe the American Macro Lagers should be called African Macro Lagers

Serving type: cask

03-29-2006 23:20:26 | More by Cindirene
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deciding39

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw color with one finger head. Shrinks to a thin film with nice lacing.

S: VERY clean...very little aroma to mention. Slight scent of grain with a barely detectable herbal hop note.

T: Crisp, cracker-like grain flavor. Very little malt character. There is virtually no hop flavor, although a slight herbal hop bitterness becomes present with the finish. Finishes dry. Overall, a little bland.

M & D: Light bodied with strong carbonation. The sensation on the palate is a little thin. Very drinkable, but there's not much complexity here to entice me to drink more than one or two. This beer definitely has two things going for it though - it's damn refreshing and not offensive in the least. I guess I was just hoping for a little more flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 15:16:28 | More by deciding39
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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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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this one for nostalgic reasons, and half considered drinking it East African style - that is to say warm. Glad I resisted as it was better ice cold.

This beer is what it is: a mass produced lager, and at that Fairly unremarkable. Given the shipping distance, at least my bottle, was a bit off smell wise. But really, overall it was crisp, Light and with out any real discernible hop.

Drinkable. Yes. Collectible? Maybe for he bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 01:15:56 | More by cfalovo97
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Karyyk

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Tusker!

I "discovered" this Kenyan lager at an Indian restaurant of all places, and I've been enjoying it ever since.

The smell, while minimal is actually quite nice, vaguely malty sweetness. Taste is great, slightly sweet and very refreshing, with a noticeable taste of sweet malts and honey (even smells of honey...a good thing in this case).

When poured into a glass (the only way I've ever enjoyed a Tusker...most beer is better this way), Tusker offers an abundant head that leaves a noticeable lacing. Mouthfeel is excellent, with a subtle carbonation that almost tickles the tongue, rather than overpower the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 08:10:12 | More by Karyyk
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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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Michigan

Michigan

3.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Consider this: this was the beer that greeted me after an 8 hour safari in the Serengeti. It was a hot and dry day and the sun was high.

A- The glass glistened with cool drops of condensation as I poured this cold bottle into a pint glass. The head ran slightly over as I vigorously pour this elixir. It was a pale yellow color and a pure white head that stuck around longer than expected. lots of bubbles from all over the glassr

S- aroma of a sweet lager

T- refreshingly crisp taste. clean finish. fresh.

M- thin feel. light body. thirst quenching. like drinking fizzy water

O- this is just what the body needed. If you find yourself in the same situation, pass on the Kilimanjaro Lager and have this instead! The best you'll get in the area

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 04:32:14 | More by Michigan
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foamyhead

Denmark

2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Extremely light pilsner style beer. The foam is ok firm, but definitely not a sensation.
In the nose it is sharp and metallic, with hints of alcohol.
Extremely light taste, reminds me a bit of a beer that has been standing for several hours in the glass. Not fresh, even though well carbonated.
Nevertheless it is an easy-to-drink beer, but since it lacks personality and body I wouldn't recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 16:36:07 | More by foamyhead
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PSUguru

Pennsylvania

1.73/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

For as much as this beer cost I was expecting a lot more. I've been disappointed by imports in the past but heard good things about this beer. For the style its not horrible but if I'm going to drink a bland macro lager, I'll stick with a U.S. product like Rolling Rock, Iron City, Straub, or Yuengling Premium. It was however my first African beer, most likely not the last.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 12:53:45 | More by PSUguru
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SickPythons

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light head with apple and lemon aromas. Maltiness appropriate to the style.

Crisp malt flavors and minerals from the native water.

Overall not bad. This beer seems similar to Spanish style lagers and gets my "better than Budweiser approval." Unfortunetly, the price doesn't match up with the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 20:28:29 | More by SickPythons
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Tastybeer007

Georgia

1.9/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Water water water water water water!!! This is like drinking bud light, except produced in Kenya

I wouldnt drink it again unless i'm on a bowling alley and its 10 the pitcher

no flavor, No smell, no taste of anything but water with a faint carbonation.

People mention sweet water. I didnt taste no sweetness. Just water

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:35:10 | More by Tastybeer007
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jsawicki603

Maryland

2.1/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is Kenya's attempt at the american (ie Budweiser) lager. The beer pours a nice golden color with a large head. The head disappates quickly but a lace remains for the entire glass. The malty taste was a little dry which sticks in your mouth after you swallow. Leaves the tongue dry and slightly metallic. A dry lager, not undrinkable but could use some work.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 16:35:59 | More by jsawicki603
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