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

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70
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527 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle
4.2%
I tried this beer on September 13, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe' in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold with a thin white head. The aroma was grainy with a hint of malt and some yeast. The mouthfeel was thin with high carbonation. The taste was grassy as with a lot of macro style lagers

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 21:13:46 | More by cyrenaica
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stephendr

California

1.95/5  rDev -35%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 05:03:14 | More by stephendr
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from an African brewery. 12 oz. single bottle purchased at The Palisade in Jersey City for a 1.50 (how could I go wrong?)

A- Looked very similar to a BMC type beer in my glass. Fizzy and hazy yellow color with a small one finger bubbly head.

S- Smell was of hops. Nothing much else doing in the nose department. Smell was average and typical.

T- For some reason, this stuff tasted like apple juice to me. Some hops, some malt, but for the most part this one lacked any complexity in the taste department.

M- Mouthfeel was carbonated and sleek.

D- Easy going down. This one drank a little better than a typical american macro lager. Still, I wouldnt seek this one out, but wouldnt turn it down either.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 19:00:24 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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goschool

California

3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tusker as an awesome history. In a brilliant display of dark comedy, the beer is named after the elephant who killed one of the founding partners. The other cool thing about this beer is that Ernest Hemingway took a liking to it during his safari.

There was a respectable head on the beer while I was pouring it but it shrunk way down. The nose and taste has grains and a weak grassy hop aroma. There's nothing spectacularly exciting about this lager, but it's head and shoulders above BMC and things like Heineken. The most impressive thing is how well this 4.2% abv beer holds up in transit across the world. Everybody seems to forget (myself included) that drinkability should factor in whether you want to drink or buy the beer again. Sure it's easy to drink and mighty refreshing, but I don't plan on spending $2.99 for another one of these anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 07:52:06 | More by goschool
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Kenyan beer Tusker turned out to be pretty much what I expected. This is a another tropical climate beer that is cheaply made, but it would be an easily drinkable beer if the situation saw fit. A bit unremarkable, but not revolting.

Tusker pours a light yellow color with a decent foam head that lasts for around 35 seconds. The smell reminds me a bit of a euro-lager (even though it's brown bottled). Some skunk, along with some musty/soapy/grainy adjunct smells. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. The flavor has a hint of sweetness. Mostly grain/adjunct flavors here, slightly husky with some soapy qualities to it. Corn is detectable here as well. I couldn't taste any actual hop presence though, so it finishes out watery. There are grainy flavors in the aftertaste, and a burnt corn flavor lingers for a moment or two. This beer finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This isn't a beer I would actively seek out by any means. It's cheap and adjuncty, and I could pick dozens of American macros if I wanted that in a beer. Overall, just plain and unexciting.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 06:36:09 | More by Beastdog75
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JHendu

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

10-28-2012 02:37:52 | More by JHendu
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

07-25-2013 06:28:58 | More by foxyaardvark27
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev 0%

11-24-2011 23:33:52 | More by jsnoek
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silverking

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

06-30-2013 22:30:10 | More by silverking
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, A beer named after an elephant that killed George Hurst. Interesting.

Poured from the brown heavy duty body into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date of Apr 09 stamped on the bottle.

A - Poured a clear and very pale straw yellow in color, topped with a bright white head. The head receded to a thin cap fairly quickly but left some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Lemongrass and a bit of grain. Seems like I'm detecting a buttery diacetyl note as well. Smells a lot better than I would have expected from a Kenyan brewery...smells better than most American Adjunct Lagers that I've had in the past.

T & M - The buttery Diacetyl I smelled in the nose comes across a lot larger in the taste. The lemongrass almost takes a back seat to it. There is also just the slightest hop bite on the back end to make things interesting. Thin mouthfeel (as expected) and it finishes fairly clean, except for a little diacetyl for aftertaste.

D - This one surprised me. I'm not a fan of the American Adjunct style of brewing, but if I did have to drink it, I think I would choose Tusker. This has been a pleasant surprise, from a country that I didn't think would surprise me.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 15:57:40 | More by drizzam
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

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

Appearance- Clear golden color. Had a decent head about inch thick.

Smell- Hops with some malts and maybe hint of fruits.

Taste- Very crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- It was okay. I don't know why but I expected a little bit more from it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 19:12:50 | More by Beerbuddha
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

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

Pale golden appearance with lots of bubbly head that quickly disappears. Smell is grassy and malty, but nothing significant.

Has a sweet malty taste with a hint of corn and grain. Slightly bitter and creamy, but overall, the taste is light. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. After taste is almost non-existent, but a bit dry.

When compared to other beers, it's a mediocre adjunct lager, but not bad for a lighter beer and refreshing. Worth it just to try a beer from Kenya.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:35:26 | More by CrazyMike
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Onslow

Texas

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

got from the LS ... pours with a great big healthy head ... lacing is quite supreme, good start here ... has some corn and a hop smell similar to saaz ... some sweetness in the chewer ... is a very refreshing lager beer, also has a low to medium crispness ... not bad stuff, i can see drinking this in Nairobi...

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 14:24:09 | More by Onslow
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light straw with a small white head that dissipated and left slight lacing.

Smells were slightly sweet malt, herbal hops.

Taste was along the same lines but underwhelming. The hop character was herbal and did keep it from being completely boring. A decent beer, but why pay more for something so mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 15:10:33 | More by rtratzlaff
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"From Kenya?", I thought. I just had to try this. Poured a nice golden yellow with a medium head. The taste was surprisingly crisp, with subtle hops, and a citric quality. Very refreshing, a good "summer" brew, probably because Kenya is in perpetual summer. A little on the exspensive side at $2.79 for 500 ml, but the price was worth it to taste what they are drinking in Africa.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 06:34:43 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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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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kyle86

Michigan

3/5  rDev 0%

09-22-2013 12:57:12 | More by kyle86
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

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

I would not move to Africa just to get this, but it is a very drinkable decent brew. Light honey color and sublime hoppiness. Clean rereshing taste but a bit middle of the road; then again the style of pale lager itself is middle of the road! I would drink it again but not go out of my way to do so!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:03:04 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-24-2013 21:46:56 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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Portertime

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember I couldn't keep this beer on the shelf at Total Wine when I worked there. I enjoyed this beer a lot myself. Had it chilled in a pint glass. Poured a thick gold color. The smell was of creamy caramel. The taste was the same and I love that taste in general. A very drinkable beer for me because I can't get enough of the caramel taste. I could see enjoying this deep in the jungle on a safari. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 21:38:27 | More by Portertime
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TheBierBand

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at the suggestion of my cousin Chris while we were at Shakespear's Pub in Sarasota, FL. See if I take his advise again....

This beer was average macro lager right down the line. Although, the taste was even more watered down than even most domestics.

Little head retention and no lacing. Color was clear fizzy yellow.

Almost non existant nose on this one.... some light malt taste.

Taste: like a light beer... very little substance.

MF: Too fizzy... but average in every respect.

Drinkability: Nothing special here. Avoid in favor of some richer, more robust beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 17:48:23 | More by TheBierBand
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

03-28-2012 20:35:48 | More by redleg411
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beerbtl

California

1.75/5  rDev -41.7%

06-24-2013 01:08:47 | More by beerbtl
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-01-2012 02:12:10 | More by sanitarium16
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rob99er

California

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-17-2012 06:07:24 | More by rob99er
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.