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

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Tusker Premium LagerTusker Premium Lager

Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to anniesak for bringing this one back from her Tanzanian trip.

A: The lagerbier is a stark pale color, lighter than straw but darker than, well, water? Seriously, the light yellow color barely registers. A finger of white foam on pour was fast to disappear.

S: The nose is lacking, a generally inoffensive brew that shows off some rice and cereal. A mild sweetness peps things up.

T: The lager has a sweet malt undertone, strong enough to peak through the bland cereal from time to time. Cereal grains dominate but share the stage with corn and rice flavors. A decent drink that is the exact opposite of extreme.

M: The mouthfeel is painfully bland, punctuated by points of sweet grain. The aftertaste has a distinct corn syrup flavor.

D: I could drink this all day long but I really wouldn't want to.

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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 wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec14 2009

A clear straw yellow with a thumbs width of bone white head that fell quickly and left a few patches of lace

S grassy lemon and floral hops with just a little malt

T as it smells with a little biscuit

M clean and crisp with just enough carbonation to please

D even on this cold winter day it's pretty good

a good lager when all is said and done, not what I expect from Kenya

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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 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 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 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 DrJay
3.52/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium yellow with a bit of chill haze. Bright white head that recedes to a thick collar with some lacing evident. Malty aroma with floral and fruity hops, maybe a bit of honey sweetness as well. Clean flavour with lightly fruity malt sweetness and delicate floral hops. Bitterness appears towards the end and contributes to a slightly drying finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Not bad at all. I kind of like it.

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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 tigg924
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold in color, clear, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is honey and sweet toasted malt. Above average, tasty, clean lager. Not something I would rush out to get, but certainly enjoyable.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Pale yellow color. Two fingers of fizzy white head that retains better than I thought it would and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Grainy and grassy with rice. Not much going on here, but not as pungently bad as most of the style.

3.0 T: Weak graininess with noticeable rice component.

3.0 M: Light body. Creamy for how light it is.

3.0 D: Didn't expect much from this and that's what I got. Not as bad as a lot of swill though.

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Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
3.01 out of 5 based on 706 ratings.
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