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

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531 Ratings
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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 337
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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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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Hewsinator

Alberta (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -41.7%

03-26-2012 00:26:50 | More by Hewsinator
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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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jawnzer

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

09-09-2013 18:44:25 | More by jawnzer
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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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ESchweers

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

03-02-2014 21:12:05 | More by ESchweers
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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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BelgiumBob

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +50%

08-12-2012 09:34:01 | More by BelgiumBob
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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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SteeBfranchise


5/5  rDev +66.7%

11-24-2012 05:22:47 | More by SteeBfranchise
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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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blasass


2.25/5  rDev -25%

07-14-2014 03:43:45 | More by blasass
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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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DeanFan


3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

06-26-2014 01:15:26 | More by DeanFan
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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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Chrisheartsbeer

North Carolina

3/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2012 11:11:35 | More by Chrisheartsbeer
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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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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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D_Edward

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-18-2013 23:44:20 | More by D_Edward
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walterkitty

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +41.7%

12-29-2013 22:37:46 | More by walterkitty
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StangT5

Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -66.7%

07-19-2014 21:11:43 | More by StangT5
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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
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
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