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

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Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
Kenya | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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373
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704
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3.01
pDev:
26.58%
 
 
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Photo of EskimoDave
3.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I was surprised how clear it was as I poured this. Did someone put water in my beer bottle? Once my glass started to collect it a light, thin, golden colour topped with a fast growing, and shrinking, head formed. The aroma is of light cereal grains and syrup with a faint clean hopness to it. The taste adds a bit of white bread and suggestions of lemon to that. Add a light body and clean finish and you got Kenya's Tusker Lager.

It's pretty much Kenya's answer to the macro lager. They've done a better job, however, you pay for that and the whole it's from Kenya thing.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
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

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Photo of stephendr
1.94/5  rDev -35.5%
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

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of goschool
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of drizzam
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
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 CrazyMike
3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Onslow
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
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...

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.05/5  rDev +34.6%
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!

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of Michigan
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance 3.0: Pours out the familiar light yellow, almost clear color of a lager. Weak head and -surprisingly-- OK lacing.

Smell 3.0: Has an interesting bouquet. Malt and a sharp almost acidic smell. Somewhat grapey. Certainly not off-putting.

Taste 3.25: Front is void of any real taste, just cool liquid. Middle is where a wave of light, treacly malt sweetness comes in along with a slight sourness. Also getting some lagery cooked veggies and corn at this level as well. Finish is smooth and somewhat dry with a pleasant lagery finish. Aftertaste is where a slight taste of corn comes back in, but only briefly and is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Very light and refreshing in the mouth, with an almost perfect level of conditioning for this style.

Overall 3.25: Good beer. I am sure this would be like finding an oasis in the desert if you could drink one (or more) of these on a hot day in equatorial Africa, where it is brewed. This is a good lager and not everyone is fond of, or really appreciates a lager these days...with good reason. Regardless, this is a refreshing beer and worth a try if you are at a restaurant or at a beer store.

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Photo of Portertime
4.29/5  rDev +42.5%
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.

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Photo of TheBierBand
2.8/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours an extreme pale gold,so pale I'm not sure I"ve ever seen one so light in color,the head looks nice and bleach white,with lots of lace left behind.The nose is strange to me like chlorine or somthing so clean It almost has no smell.This tastes like raw uncooked spagetti noodles,with some grassy grainy flavors on the tail.It's light in body and semi creamy even,finishing extremly crisp and clean.Not bad at all,refreshing,easy drinker.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

This brew pours with a large three finger fluffy white head which takes some time to dissipate. There is light lacing left on the glass; strong carbonation. The beer is a yellow /orange and when held up to the light a lot of sediment (yeast)? can be seen.

The smell is crisp, clean and tangy, maybe some orange and/or lemon zest in there.

The taste follows the nose with a clean, crisp lager taste followed by some lemon peel and orange. The finish is a little dry.

Overall there is nothing amazing going on with this lager, it is not the worst adjunct lager I have tasted but it is not the best either. I would drink it again but I will not go looking for it.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.45/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from bottle into lager glass, served around 45 degrees.

Poured very pale yellow w/ limited head. Aroma was spice, pine and a bit skunky. Taste had citrus, ginger, & alcohol notes. Mouthfeel was very thin and watery, typical of the style. Drinkability is limited, maybe on hot day someone might enjoy one.

Overall a bad beer. It's balanced but just has a lack of overall quality. NOT recommended.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, straw yellow with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, some faint corn, a little earthiness.

T: A bit sweet up front, finishes dry with a touch of hops and also the alcohol sometimes peeking through. No off flavors, not bad for the style. After a while, some dry biscuit flavor joins the lineup.

M: Light, smooth, soda-like carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, again, judging according to the style. Light and refreshing, no off-flavors. Would drink it again if offered, might not seek it out, though. Worth a try.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I read a review somewhere that this was a pretty decent beer and I figured the national beer of Kenya, what the hell. Comes in a large brown bottle with April 04 freshness date.

Pours a pale yellow with a good deal of carbonation and a decent white head. Lace is minimal to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is kind of grassy or straw-like. The taste is much the same, kind of grassy with a small afterbite that you can taste on the roof of the mouth. This is not a bad beer, but more average than anything.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a clear slightly warm pale yellow colour, with a small foamy white head and moderate carbonation. The aroma is lightly lemon scented with a sweet, almost marshmellow, candyfloss sat behind. The taste is creamy and buttery upfront, not what I was expecting. There is a sweet caramel edge to it with a slight floral hoppy finish. It's an interesting taste but I really like it. Well worth a try.

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

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Thick, frothy head of about 2.5 fingers. Off-white foam sits atop a very pale yellow beer.

Grassy grains and a mild hint of coconut in the aroma. These disappear into the pour.

Sweet grains (and perhaps some adjuncts?) in the taste with a mild bitterness on the finish. There are some unusual flavors here that I don't recall having elsewhere. I wasn't sure what to expect from a Kenyan beer, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking--very thin and light, but not necessarily in a good way.

Wouldn't refuse if offered, but won't seek out either.

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Photo of arini10
3.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sweet edge that does not become pervasive. Citric fruitiness as an underlying flavor that adds a nice character that differentiates Tusker from other lagers. Nothing standout, but enjoyable.

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Photo of dhannes
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Hy-Vee around 11/2010 as a single, and poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass.

A=Nice foam of 1/2" lasting for at least a minute, but color of beer was a rather light yellow, in between Bud and Bud Light.

S=Fresh bread and hops...expectations increased.

T=Lightly carbonated...very watery, followed by a weird aftertaste...almost a faint charcoal flavoring similar to the old Stroh's, only not as appealing...improved enough that I could finish it.

M=Lighter than average but still quite acceptable.

D=The off-taste that I experienced made this very difficult to stick with.

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