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Tusker Finest Quality Lager | East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
Kenya
eabl.com

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Tusker Premium Lager

Together. Forever. When you open a bottle of Tusker you are joining the world in celebrating one of Africa's great original beers. Tusker has been brewed with care, craft and love since 1922. Every crisp, clean mouthful summons up the taste, sunshine and love of life of its African roots.

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#45,987
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
755
pDev:
19.21%
 
 
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Ratings: 755 |  Reviews: 388
Reviews by Garrett092112:
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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

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Photo of Brent
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
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 thekevlarkid
3.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At last! An African beer. Slowly my list is being completed. But will it be done before my liver and my life is? Doubtful. At least when I meet St. Peter I’ll be able to say “Take me or leave me, I drank an African brew. Bitch.” So….. anyway. Out of a bottle this beer from the Dark Continent was a clear, pale, yellow color. The one finger of white head fizzed out rather quickly and only a few streaks of sticky lacing remained to show for it. The aroma was slightly sweet, with an unexpected note of berries as well as sweet malt, some rice and a hint of floral hops. The flavors were drier than the aroma suggested but still pleasant enough and appropriate for the style. I tasted biscuity malt, the sweet, berry-like malt and the floral hops at the end. All of these notes were subtle and in general I would describe the beer as understated and yet it was altogether pleasant and in no way offensive, unlike many adjunct Lagers. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation soft. An easy to drink beer that would no doubt be very refreshing on a hot day, as I’m sure it was intended. Furthermore, I think it’s worth noting this was one of the best adjunct Lagers I’ve ever tasted. A gem and an oddity; like that girl I dated in VT with truly tremendous “assets” this specimen proved to be the best kind of novelty.

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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of marc77
2.44/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear straw hue w/ swirling flakes of yeast, topped by a thick, well retained bumpy white head that leaves good lace. Corn sweetness, light grain huskiness, mild sulfur in aroma w/ a trace grassy hop nose. Pasty creamed corn sweetness hits the palate upfront, then is followed by light, clean bready malt. Devoid of malt character overall. Subdued lemony hop flavor. Typically thinly bodied and watery in mouthfeel from the copious use of adjuncts and consequent lack of protein. Finishes clean and lightly sweet due to the paltry hopping. Tusker isn't flawed, but the large use of adjuncts leave a void in flavor that make it most forgettable. Not unlike macroswill, Tusker's bland enough to leave my palate craving flavor.

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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of BGsWo22
1/5  rDev -66.9%

Photo of hooligan
2.08/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pale, straw beer, chill hazy with heavy lacy head.

Smell of malt and buttered corn. Not much else.

Unique butter diacetyl and corn sweetness upfront, almost like a butterscotch. Faintly perceptible hop character, with almost enough bitterness to cut the malt sweetness, leaving a slight "cloy" on the palate.

Thin, with a very fizzy character.

Reminds me of Red Stripe with the heavy "sweet buttered corn" flavor, but not as good.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden appearance with a thin white head, decent retention. Some out of place looking fine sediment floating around.

The aroma is faint and sweet, but not horrible. Sort of corny and honeyish.

The taste is sweet, so it lacks balance a tad, but it's not out of control. A touch of juicy fruit gum and fuji apples on the palate. Not high on the carbonation side, which would either make it taste like a macro or help the overall feel. Not sure.

Smooth and drinkable, but unfortunately, not great tasting. Finding a super-fresh bottle would have to be ideal for this beer.

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4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of jdhilt
2.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight skunky nose. Starts sweet, hops are hidden, not an American lager, sweet corn finish, would make a good lawn mower beer. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of beerguy101
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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 randylangford
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of dsshuck
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bb date- 3/2003
Pours a yellowish pale straw color, with a slightly chunky, small white head. On the nose there is a slight oily herbal hop aroma. On the palate, there is a slight graininess, hops, weird chewy mouthfeel almost oily, bread malt character. This is an ok lager, but nothing I’ll ever buy again.

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Photo of magine
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At DIsneys ANimal Kingdom sanaa

Clear pale malt color fluffy white head

Smells of rice and pale wheats

Carbonated and finishes smooth, macro and plain in all aspects. Cool to try but nothing special. Rice and pale wheat malts. Some mellow spiced hops.

Average lager that has better than average flavor. And they do it better then the macros here.

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Photo of Rahmel
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of inebrius
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fluffy white head to rival the snows of Kiliminjaro. A pallid gold. A soft wind whispers aromas of distant hayfields and spun sugar. A malt and hop symmetry at once right and good but quickly lost to a sickly corn aftertaste that lingers badly. A wholly average lager, but likely top notch when on safari in the green hills of Africa.

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Photo of ckollias
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace whatsoever.

S: Very faint nose here – mild grains and hops.

T: Slightly bitter and sweet lager. A little tart up front with some mild grain flavor and finishes a little dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a pretty forgettable Lager. It was crisp and refreshing but nothing I would grab again. Although I am pretty sure this would be refreshing on a hot day in Africa.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of drizzam
3.67/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Tusker Finest Quality Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
Beer rating: 3.02 out of 5 with 755 ratings