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

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362 Reviews

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 656
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Reviews: 362 | Hads: 656
Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up on a whim from KJ Baarons when I saw a beer from Africa. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a typical unappealing yellow adjunct lager colour with a nice two finger head that faded quickly though surprisingly left a thin white halo and even a little clouding. Wow.

S - Standard run of the mill aromas here. Bready grains and nearly no hops.

T - More of the above with that bread and grain flavour along with just a hint of honey. Light hop too.

M - Surprising carbonation here. Step above regular adjunct lagers, but still cant help the watery mouthfeel.

O - Overall, not a bad adjunct lager. While I'm not really a fan of this style at all, I'm glad I got to try an African beer. Wouldn't buy it again though.

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Photo of pat61
3.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Brilliant pale straw under a ½” white foam cap that provides thin lines of lace.
S: Something sweet and earthy – almost rooty – on the nose, fresh, light perfume and grins.
T: Light sweet grains with something minerally to chalky on the finish. Very faint tart green apple.
F: Crisp, sparkly finish. Very light and effervescent and refreshing.
O: Unimpressive but drinkable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, cereal, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. Surprisingly, there a few different flavours going on. I can taste breads/grains mixed with cereal and honey. There are also some apple and lemon flavours and some herbal notes. It finishes with a nice slightly sweet grainy and herbal aftertaste.

Overall - I found this beer to be very drinkable and better than the average beer in this category. It was a little bit on the pricey side for what it is, but I'd still probably buy it again.

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Photo of bark
3.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is clear medium yellow. The three finger head slowly sinks down to a finger thick firm white head, leaving lots of fine lacing.

The smell is very delicate. It is clean, a little sweet and flowery with an interesting note of mashed potatoes.

The taste is light and clean. Some semi dry malt and a light pleasant sweetness. Some very mild bitter notes and hints of exotic fruits and flowers. The aftertaste is as mild and fresh. A bit dry hints of vanilla and fruits.

The carbonation is fresh and medium strong. Small bubbles. The liquid isn’t watery at all.

A highly drinkable lager with a crisp and balanced taste. Well done.

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Photo of Brad007
2.86/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't think I've had many beers from the continent of Africa.

Pours a straw gold with a decent white head into my glass. It looks like a standard adjunct lager.

Sweet malt that is almost non-detectable. Not much else either to impress the nose.

Sweet, sweet, sweet. Inoffensive. It's just bland. There's more flavor in the American examples.

Watery. Sweet. Sweet water?

As much as I wanted to like this, I just don't dig it.

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Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a cloudy consistency and a pale yellow color. Not a whole lot of head, but some OK lacing.

S: There was a floral quality to the smell, along with a bit of malt and hops.

T: The taste was a bit on the average side. There was a little malt and some hops along with a slight citrus element. Not particularly complex.

M: This beer could use a bit more carbonation. It had a decently dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is one of the better examples of a macro-brewed beer, it still isn't all that great. Not without its good qualities, though.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Surprise present from my dad. I saw that it was a Kenyan lager and I almost didn't even want to try it. Being the ticker that I am, I gave it a shot, and this is exactly why we don't judge a beer by its location...Appearance nothing to note...Aroma is light and sweet, corn, but you'd expect tons of skunk and none is present...The aroma is light and sweet, not at all a typical lager. This isn't a great beer but it exceeds expectations for a lager and a Kenyan beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer exits the 12-ounce bottle a light gold color with a creamy white head that crowns the body, as it erodes; the lace forms a thin sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, almost maple syrup; crisp and clean, start has a fair malt presence, thin at the top, which was expected. Finish has a pedestrian acidity, the hops mild but present, dry aftertaste, a fair to middling beer, a product of its environment, certainly better than many beers from such countries.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.59/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY. First beer drank from Africa!

Pours an effervescent, fizzy, golden yellow, classic adjunct lager look. A big 2.5 inch fizzy head forms.

Doesn't smell like a whole lot, smells like sweet grain, with a bit of corniness, and the slightest bit of grassiness.

Nice little bite up front, a kiss of hops, but the bite mostly comes from the carbonation. Finishes a bit sweet and corny. For an adjunct lager, this isn't half bad, honestly. I'd get it again.

Light bodied, slightly thicker body than typical for the style. High carbonation, very refreshing and drinkable.

I'm surprised at how tasty this was.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a typical straw-yellow, but the head is nice and thick and sticks around for a bit. Aroma is crisp and malty, rather typical of a lager except there is a fruity hint. Flavor is malty, about average for a lager, but better than the typical mega-brew lager. It feels a little thin and watery, but is still pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.7/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I would drink this beer if I was on safari in Africa, but not otherwise. And what is up with the label/name? Is this the preferred beer of poachers everywhere? Light and clear gold color with a medium thin white head. No lacing and mild effervescence. Weak grass and hops aroma with a hint of skunk. Light bodied and highly carbonated, the flavor is very mild and unremarkable. Crisp finish with a watery aftertaste.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Some sweetness on the palate as well. Finishes with a typical lager finish, lightly sweet.

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Photo of popery
2.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is bland and boring but better than most macro lagers. It's a dull yelllow beer, clear as a bell, with a thin white, dissipating head. My new SN Hop Tulip is actually keeping some head on the beer. The aroma is sweet and simple but without any real fault. The flavor is a lemony sugar malt. It's a quite refreshing beer. I'd certainly be happier with this beer than most in the style.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light straw yellow color with a moderate white head. Light malt aroma and a very light hop aroma (Hallertau and Styrians from what I understand). Very light flavor and almost devoid of taste. Light and very thin with a crisp dry finish.

Not a bad hangover beer for the first New Year's Day football game.

[16.9 oz/500ml bottle] Label states: Gravity 1037-1039

Best before: June, '03
Tasted: 01/01/03

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Photo of FLima
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Light sweet malt and lime aroma with hints of herbal hops.
Similarly, refreshing taste of herbal hops and sweet malt. Hints of oxidation and cardboard finish. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
It has a nice African history tradition, nevertheless is not even a superior Adjunct Lager. I would pass.

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Photo of illidurit
1.96/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours light clear gold with a big white head. Aroma is cereal, sweet breads, corn. Very muted. Flavor is mainly corny sweetness with pilsener-ish grains, some hay and zero hops. Sticky and not refreshing. About what I was expecting from a Kenya pale lager...

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is one inch in height, white in color, and recedes quickly into sparce lacing. The aroma is of faint caramel, and corn bread. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is light bodied with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better marco lagers I have had.

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Photo of Suds
3.02/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An unbelievably impressive head is the first thing I noticed on this unimpressive beer. The head is tall, thick, and rocky. It’s got serious stability and stickiness, leaving tufts of foam all the way to the bottom of the pilsner glass I drank from. (It’s unfair and probably irrational, I know, but the head was so thick and stable that my first thought was cobalt sulfate.) Other than the appearance, the beer is forgettable. Not much of an aroma….maybe a very faint grassiness. It’s a little watery, but initially somewhat sweet. Crisp, but average finish, and pleasantly drinkable.
Also, I was amused that the bottle had the raised words “beer only”.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500ml, tall thin brown glass bottle. Crown cap is color and design coordinated. An Elephants head sits inside a yellow oval which is in turn inside a white one set against a black label. Gold, black and yellow V-shaped neck label completes the presentation. Front label has the inkjet code “Mfg 31 May 05 Exp 31 May 06”, guess this one is a bit past its prime maybe!? Listed as 4.2% v/v Grav: 1037° - 1039°. My bottle is labeled as “Tusker Finest Quality Lager”.

Appearance: Sad flaccid pathetic looks, the fizzling white head disappears rapidly to a thin halo like edge, the surface reflects the lightly hazed milky golden pong beneath.

Nose: Sweet malts, some whiff of that awful pink colored bubble gum that is directed at kids and a gentle floral character which often merges into bubble gum aromas actually.

Taste: Light grain and a sweet hoppy nature. Some flowery tingles here and there. A very low tasting affair that seems one-dimensional and a little boring.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not in a bad way, the texture is in line with the low key taste profile but it never seems to bolster it. The finish has a good balance though.

Drinkability: I can take it or leave it. Hmm, this is another one of those famous local brews that obviously dominates a local market, and has a rather mythical status, but on closer inspection really fails to live up to anything other than a very average beer that has a bigger personality profile that it deserves.

Overall: KenYa beer?!? Nah! More of a KeenNO beer – this is a “I am not so Keen” on this beer actually. I always wanted to give it a whirl though, well that’s my curiosity well and truly put down, I have no plans to head out to Kenya that’s for sure.

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Photo of morimech
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very pale, clear golden liquid that produces an oddly brilliant white head. A little lacing is noticed. The head eventually settles down to a light cap.

The smell is of corn or rice. Not very appealing whatever it is.

The taste is standard import macro lager that could of come from anywhere. A little malt is detectable in an otherwise adjunct heavy beer. Very watery but it would be refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of cokes
2.22/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Spews out of the bottle a yellow liquid, with the faintest smokiness. The head rises and falls and disappears immediately after the pours.
Cereal grain nose touched with a sweetness that suggests corn.
Grainy upon entering the mouth with that same sense of cereal. Henceforth, the taste rating serves as a repercussion of the flaccid mouthfeel. The carbonation levels are shockingly low for this type of beer, allowing a cloying cornfed rotten apple sweetness to build up without reproof. Normally, the strafing bubbles will provide dryness and thirst-slaking closure. Not here. Feeble hops are just marginally noted at the close with a nod to plant stalks.
This fails entirely on its relatively simple premises.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours clear with a tint of yellow with a large white head that slowly reduced into a fuzzy film leaving some soapy lacing.
S: Smells like a watery lager. Faint notes of sweet malt with a hint of grassy hops coming through right after the pour. Smells a bit salty almost like saltine crackers.
T: Flavors are light. Light malt is grainy and not overly sweet. Hints of salt and dough.
M: Light body with low carbonation. Goes down quick and easy.
D: Much better than the big American ones. Not much flavor or anything, but it's not overly sweet and it doesn't have that nasty adjunct aftertaste. Very clean.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.41/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, straw color with a half finger of white head that held pretty well for this style. Good lacing.

Smells like corn husks and cotton candy.

Watery taste, mildest bitterness, ends a little sweet.

Crisp texture, light body, moderate carbonation. Fits the bill style-wise.

Maybe I haven't had an adjunct lager in awhile but this was a decent drink. No off-flavors or bad smell.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.46/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light, straw yellow with an ample white fizz head formed from large bubbles and settles quickly.

S: Aroma is malty with a touch of bitterness and strong with bright honey sweetness, very unusual but welcome for a traditional lager.

T/M: Flavor is more subdued but a lot like what a standard issue lager should be: medium carbonation, tiny bit of hoppy bitterness, touch of honey sweetness, lingering malts, very basic and very light.

It goes down smooth, though, and fast, ideal for a hot day when flavor might take a back seat to refreshment but very average otherwise.

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Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.