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

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 650
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 26.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
1.33/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle. Pours a light yellow with a white head. Aroma of light fruits, wheat. Flavor of stale wheat. A slightly (very slightly) better version of Heineken. Blech.
Aroma: 3/10
Appearance: 2/5
Flavor: 2/5
Palate: 1/5
Overall: 5/20

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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 Brent
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderate skunkyness in the nose, despite being packaged in a (light) brown bottle. I noted that Pegasus rated this beer not too long ago, and the packaging was much different. His was a green long-neck, and mine was a brown bomber. Poured up with the whitest head I think I've seen yet.

Some of the skunk carried in the taste, which overall was quite light, bordering on thin. Some mild grassy notes, and what I perceived as a distinct grape flavor, which I sometimes get with some Canadian brewed lagers. Although not too impressive, it was pleasant drinking.

I did note with some curiosity that the bottle had a "best before" notch date which was 9 months later than my purchase. I doubt this beer made it from Kenya to Kentucky in a big hurry, which makes me wonder if the brewer promotes a one-year shelf-life. I've always assumed a six-month shelf life was pretty standard for non-bottle conditioned beer, and I can't imagine a one-year shelf life for a light lager like this one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light straw color. The head is a frothy one finger white shade. Both retention and lacing are surprisingly good, given what it is.

S: Not much of anything here. A touch of non-offensive cereal grains, and maybe some crackery malt to go along with it.

T: Starts with lime notes, and finishes with some cereal grain. This is very simple - to a fault, definitely - yet I can still find a modicum of enjoyment to this. Which is more than I can say about many macro lagers.

M: Really light and crisp, as it should be. Both sweetness and carbonation is high, but not overdone, making this a good hot weather drink.

O: Not very interesting, to be sure, but as far as macro lagers go, this one is actually kind of good. Import prices kill any chance of me buying this again in 'Merica, though.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale golden color color with a very thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet and grainy with some boiled corn and a little honey. Yeast creeps in the more the beer warms.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. Lots of grain, some butter, corn, yeast and a bit of malt. Not exactly a clean finish. Kind of a lingering, yeasty flavor at the end. Yuck.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 mL brown bottle, capped, with Best Before month and year notches on the label.

This lager poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled but clung a bit and left a little lacing. There was a steady bubbling from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very minimal, but improved as the beer warmed to room temperature: a very light biscuity malt aroma. The taste was lightly malty (biscuit) with a light floral hop flavor and very, very light hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with medium body and low carbonation feel. It was relatively clean with a trace of sweetness. This was a decent lager, surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of merlin48
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 500 ml bottle pours a clear, pale yellow, body with a tight, white head that settles in at about 2 cm. Impressive, patches of lace adorn the imperial pint glass.

Aroma is of noble hops that are herbal, without a hint of euroskunk(sulfur).

Mouthfeel is about average for a lager, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

The taste is crisp and dry. Herbal hops provide a dominant bitterness. Malt seems understated for an adjunct lager, but has enough presence to result in a nice balance.

Enjoyable, if not exceptional, this Kenyan is crisp and refreshing. Goes down easy, and is a nice thirst quencher. Worth a try.

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Photo of Vancer
3.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A bright and clear sunshine yellow – capped by a mountain of effervescing white foam that’s leaving a ring lace. Surprising and tempting of what this may be.

Subtle malts in the aroma, but pilsners never have a powerful smell. Taste is fairly sharp and clean of malts along with a roll in the grass. Not a bad session pilsner, and it comes with enough flavor to hold your interest.

Drawback? I’m not paying $2 a 12oz bottle for lawnmower brew.

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Photo of wedge
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear straw color under a tall foamy white head that leaves some patchy lace dripping down the sides. Doughy sweet pale malt aroma with clean fruity honey notes...almost pilsener-like in character. Clean, sweet grainy flavor follows the nose. There is a "papery" taste that cheapens the experience considerably. The body is light but not watery...smooth with a dry finish. Extremely easy to consume and probably quite refreshing on a hot African day. Not bad for what it is.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz/355 ml brown bottle ($2.49) at Belmont Station. Poured to a pint glass; brewed since 1922 and 'named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders'. Unfortunate, yet somewhat cool, to have a brewer crushed by a pachyderm.

A: Pale golden, yet full of carbonation. A fizzy whitish head that fades quickly, building to just shy of a finger then dropping to a thin film. Clear complexion.

S: Sweet and corny aroma. Sweet dough, mild fruit (apple?).

T: Corn Pops and the mildest of spices. A bit of grass and peppery dryness blended with the sweeter grains.

M: Super-smooth, eminently drinkable. Lighter body, but crisp/clean finishing.

D: Just fine for drinking as a food accompaniment, but not a beer I have to return to by itself. This was a gamble - a try-worthy beer from a foreign land; as such it was decent enough but not one worth seeking out.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought under huge reviews at BevMo

A - Very light straw, decent all white head to ring, some clingy lacing.

S - A little barn, musky. A little malt.

T - Nice, simple grassy sweet malt. Clean, bitters evenly. I am an extreme beer guy by nature, but I really like this one.

M - Pretty standard for the mode.

D - Very.... Easy

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.69/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tusker Lager has a thick, foamy head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, some suspended white particles floating throughout, a thick, foamy head, and a some minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of full, sweet, bready, barley malt, and the taste is of the same, with some grass, mild hop bitterness, subdued sugar, and a bit of steamed vegetable. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Tusker Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, drinkable, and wonderful. Overall, this is a definitive lager beer, and I rate it most excellent. Great stuff!


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Photo of harrymel
2.06/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blind #8- 12oz bottle

A: Light straw ale with brilliant clarity, when held to my pc screen, pretty sure the pixels are amplified for visual assessment. Single finger of white foam falls quickly to a sheet of the same with a central cap. the Collar hugs the glass, but doesn’t keep around - no lacing. (3)

S: Grain, minerals. Reminds me of a Picpoul wine. Very French/mineral and chemical smells. Hints of banana and yeast. Wouldn’t call this complex. (2)

T: Watered down vitamin water with carbonation. When I say vitamin water, I’m talking a One-A-Day pill, crushed and mixed into a solute, then carbonated. Hint of butter. (2)

M: light and still sticky - seems to stick to my palate and dries it to an extent. Highly carbonated. (2)

O: Not really feeling this beer. (2)

Guess: lager of some kind. Cheap.
Reveal: Tusker lager from Kenya.

Not surprised.

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

Poured from the bottle a pale straw yellow color with two fingers of white head which quickly faded.

Aroma was light and malty with a touch of floral hops and bread.

The taste was a pleasant surprise with a nice mix of malts, light hops and a bit of caramel. Definitely more flavor than most big macros.

Light bodied, clean, crisp, with a sharp carbonation.

Easy to drink and a step up from many macro lagers. Worth a try.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.79/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite a vigorous pour, I got only a tiny head which faded right away. Color of this beer is gold, mostly clear apart from some chill haze. Nose is slightly better than the average mass-produced lager, with a clean maltiness, not too grainy. Flavor is moderately good too, malty without any adjunct flavors, sweet but balanced by a moderately light bitterness, and a touch of tartness at the end. Body is a little watery, probably from lack of carbonation.

Better than I was expecting, this is an uncomplex but refreshing lager.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a pale yellow and is topped with a couple inches of creamy white head.

S - I get a sweet, caramel or toffee, smell. No hops to speak of.

T - I get that sweet toffee in the taste as well. Clean finish.

M - Thin

O - It's actually a lot better than I expected. It has some taste or it is mildly pleasing.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's an adjunct tasting beer with a bit more of a stale grain taste. No real hoppiness it gets a bit more like a Pilsner as it finishes. Some rice and a little corn it has a cheap barley malt.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB date of April 2011. I picked this up from my local off-licence as they like to sell a range of beer cheaply.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale straw colour with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. A finger of foamy white head which lasts for a minute before subsiding to leave a thin surface film. Smells of grainy malt and little else.

Taste is clean and crisp. Light malt and slight bitterness, somewhat grainy. Slightly dry mouthfeel from the carbonation. Not much else to be said really - it just doesn't have that much character.

A bit uneventful - it's rather bland. This probably goes down better in a hot climate where you want something refreshing, but it doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.32/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Named after a murderous pachyderm. My cousin says it's all the rage in Zanzibar.

Freshness dating on the bottle!

Tusker is a sickly pale yellow color with a thin fizzy head that vanishes right before your eyes! It just doesn't look like something I would want to drink.

Smells like wheat and fish tank chemicals.

Tastes like yeast, wheat and malt liquor. Kinda like Miller High Life Light. Thin, fizzy, champagne-ish carbonation leaves a very dry aftertaste. It gets points for drinkability because I could picture some one drinking many on a summer beach. The kind of beer you would put fruit in.

As it's made in Kenya I hope it will make me a faster marathoner.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium gold color with a pillowy white head that retains very well, lots of sticky lace, quite carbonated.

Aroma; Pronounced hop aroma with slight malt and grassy notes.

Taste: Grassy hops dominate the taste from start to finish. The malt character is rather subdued, having a mild cracker character. The finish is dry with a lingering, mild hop presence.

Mouth feel: Light, with a slight sting of carbonation, and a bit of slickness.

Drinkability/notes: Really not bad, well made, and certainly better than many members of the American Macro Lager class.

Presentation: Sample reviewed was a 500 ml short brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown. The legend "BEER ONLY" is molded into the bottle; I could not agree more with this sentiment. Tusker was formerly packaged in a 12 oz green glass long neck bottle, this package is a significant improvement. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very light gold color, medium head. Aroma is a little hoppy and something else..corn? A light tasting lager. Mild tasting, a little sweet and grassy. Slight hop bite. Not a good beer, but it at least drinkable. Mouthfeel is rather thin. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is neutral. Best Kenyan beer (1) I've tasted.

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Photo of BigBry
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle, best before date clipped into label (same bottle as picture). Pours a bright yellow color with a fluffy 1 inch white head. The foam quickly shrank to a thin ring aroound the edge of the glass. Didn't leave any lacing. Smell was very mild and weak. The taste has some slight grains, some sweetness and a touch of hopat the end. Full carbonation leaves a tingling bite on the tongue, with enough dryness to erase any aftertaste. Clean finish. At only 4.2% it could be a better than average light beer. I thought a bit overpriced, but I guess it is an import.

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Photo of Overlord
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon spotting this beer at a local Bevmo, I had to give it a whirl. How often does one see a beer from Kenya floating about?

I expected upon the first sip of this yellow/golden, lightly headed and carbonated lager to be whipped away to the serengeti plains, or perhaps dropped deep into the Congo rainforest. Alas, twas not to be.

Tasted thin, but had a slight trace of hips and a pleasant mouthfeel. Certainly no strong taste to write home about, and resembled a slightly more malty macrobrew that you might get here.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.52/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml can, claims to have won over 15 monde selection gold medals around the rim. Pours out a light clear straw colour, no real head and no head retention to speak of. Smell is sweet and bread-like, malt content has obviously been given the throne over hops in this lager. It shows in the flavour. Sweet, a little lemony, a tad yeasty, this is hot, hot weather beer. A little crisp with no discernable aftertaste. All in all though it is not very impressive.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
First beer from this Kenyan brewery with a black elephant on the front logo sticker...
An aggressive pour yielded a light, lucid, golden-colored hue with minimal lacing and a very minor head...
Sweet, corn and grain-dominated aroma with hints of honey...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with an ultra-sweet, yet crisp and refreshing after taste... Candy sugars dance on the tongue, and the modest 4.2% ABV makes this an easily drinkable beer...
Not bad...

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