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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3.01
pDev:
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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 germanbeer1
2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was drawn to this beer mostly, because I wanted to try an African-style beverage, but my hopes for this beer were quickly dashed. This beer is rather metallic in taste and has an overall sloppy feeling on the palate. This is definitely a beer that you can cross off your list, but probably not worth going back for.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a bottle of this at a restaurant. I poured the bottle into a pint glass. No head to speak of and no lacing. The color is very light. Sitting next to my glass of water, I could barely tell the difference between the two. The aroma is subdued to say the least. There is a slight hint of hops and malt and I really had to take a few deep sniffs to register the aroma. The taste is much the same...very mild on hops and grain, with a bit of a funky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dry and bubbly. Overall, a rather underwhelming beer that barely registered on my senses. I think the bottle with the elephant logo was the coolest part of this beer.

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Photo of Voonder
3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear pale yellow with small head. Smell is not very strong, grassy and sweet malts. Pretty normal lager smell. Clean taste, average sweetness. Very crisp and light, pretty pleasant. Very drinkable. Very refreshing. Good lager, I'm glad I tryed it and would have it again.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.07/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/10/08.

Pours a clear bright straw-yellow color with a finger of whitish head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is sweet malt with almost a wheat-like character.

Taste is very malty with a slight honey-like sweetness. Faint herbal hops close out the taste. Feel is very crisp and clean. Well-carbonated and very dry finish. Drinkability is pretty darn good. Very easy to drink, very sessionable. Great for a hot summer day.

Overall a very good lager. Very crisp and easy to drink with a decent flavor.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Regular 12 oz bottle picked up at a European market in Mountain View, CA.

Why is this considered an American Macro Lager? This really needs to be changed to the Euro Pale Lager category, the same category that Heineken is placed in, with which it shares a strong resemblance.

So on the Heineken comparison: it's a light bodied, slightly hoppy lager with a clean, crisp taste. It tastes very much like Heinken, but better, as it lacks the skunky overtones that seem to be so common with Heineken.

Give it a whirl. It probably won't rock your world, but it's a decent lager that is quite drinkable and should go well with food, even if it's a bit forgetable.

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Photo of Natural510
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale, almost clear, yellow with average amount of foam which quickly dissipates.
Almost no scent atall, other than a very light malt.
Tastes very sweet; light, sweet malts make up the flavor. No hop note, which is probably a good thing as it would create a sweet/bitter combination which wouldn't meld well together in this brew.
Very crisp & refreshing. Upon sipping the brew crisply melts away to almost nothing, leaving a dry finish.
Not much in the way of flavor, but it is highly drinkable...particularly in a hot-weather climate.

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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 auxiliary
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Light golden color, nice large white head and then mellowed out.

smell - Grain, rice, and some corn. Not much going on here.

taste - Taste like any other macro I would say. With the grain and the rice, and the corn.

mouthfeel - Light body.

drinkability - Easy drinking on a hot day. Not something i would go out and buy. I bought it because it wad Africa beer. I'm not sure how much that is true. SAB Miller might be brewing this outside of Africa. Who knows.
I picked is up at Disney's Aninal Kingdom.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.88/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn and other adjuncts, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with your typical macro adjunct sweetness with flavors of corn and grain. There's a very thin malt character and an almost insignificant hops presence. However, there is a little bit more balance here than in other beer in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth with very little crispness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, but goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, it's a typical beer for the style but not one that I'd want to drink again if I had too many other choices.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a very clear and pale golden-lemon color with a ½ finger frothy white head that was less then average retention wise. Visible carbonation was rapid and medium in nature.

S: light sweet buttery notes and grains but was very faint and had to work to get much of a scent here.

T: sweet dried buttered grains and popcorn notes, and a soft flowery hopping which was sweet and spicy in nature. A very light dried honey and fresh dough flavor was also detected. Overall the flavor was very sweet, almost like pancake syrup, I enjoyed it somewhat but found it very sweet at times.

M: fizzy and very active, smooth with a light texture and a buttery sweetness. Overall very smooth and slick on the tongue and slides off the back off the tongue effortlessly.

D: A decent, smooth and sweet drink that was easy to put down, but may be limited in quantities due to its high sweet character. As a single, moderately enjoyable.

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Photo of changeup45
2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale Lager I guess! A very pale, clear looking golden color. A pretty good sized head that did fizzle away pretty quickly but left some on top. The aroma is grassy, grainy, floral and a little fruity and not bad. This however isn't a very good tasting beer. First of all the mouthfeel is thin and watery leaving me wanting a lot more. The flavor consists of mild hops but more grainy and grassy and an all around typical mass marketed below average lager taste. Except it wasn't that cheap. I bought a single at a local store and compare to the other prices/quality they had this was a horrible deal. I think I may at least get to cross off another country. I'll pound one if someone gives it to me but I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of hooligan
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
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 KeefD
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of Jan '09. Pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a nice amount white foam that slowly recedes leaving behind little lacing. Smell is of some sweet malt and not much else. Taste is surprisingly refreshing and quite nice for this style. It's simple, yet good. Some lightly toasted malt, small amount of spiciness, tiny notes of fruitiness, and a very light hop character. Slightly sweet up front, dry on the finish, crisp, and decent carbonation. Easily drinkable, and a great session macro-style lager. An all around nice beer, and my first from Africa. I'd take this over any BMC AML any day.

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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 Mryup
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: A classic golden yellow. A medium pour produces 1/2 inch of coarse white head that quickly fades to near nothing. Average.

S: Actually pretty good. Some biscuitty maltiness with grassy notes and some metallic features. Butter husk too.

T: Hmmmm..I'm actually impressed. There is quite a bit here. Some refined malty grassy notes with just a hint of metallica. Hops kick in with a creamy finish coming in at the end. Above average in complexity and very well balanced.

M: A medium body that goes light due to some dryness. CO2 is a little too high in my opinion.

D: An excellent, drinkable, refreshing beer. Cheers.

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

12 oz. brown bottle will a small oval label of an elephant in front of a yellow back drop. Along with all the mandatory US information, the back label has 2 seperate paragraphs. The first one talks about why this beer is named Tusker. It's named after the elephant that killed one of the brewery's owners. How morbid! The second one talks about where all the ingredients came from. The neck label has a manufactured date and a best before date. Mine was made on 31 Jan 08 and has a best before date of 31 Jan 09.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this African beer was a clear and I mean clear pale lemon yellow. It was so pale that it almost looked white in color. The head of foam was a bunch of white fizzy bubbles that quickly fizzled away into a handful of white fizzy rings and one big blot of fizzy bubbles on top. There was no trace of lace anywhere.

The aroma was strong, but it was strong with malted corn, malted rice, a hint of apple juice, and a pinch of stale bitter hops. It was an insult to my sense of smell. I'm glad that it didn't smell like a skunk.

Taste? I wish! The taste was all carbonation with sweet malted corn, malted rice, spring water, and a tiny touch of bitter floral hops.If there was any malt in here, the malted grains quickly covered it up. Like in the aroma, I'glad there was any skunk in here.

The mouthfeel was light with a watery aftertaste of spring water and malted rice. I'm glad that this aftertaste didn't stick around. How could it? It was just water with a little grain taste added to it.

I surely hope that not all African beers taste like this one? It was just a cheap watery beer with a small taste of malted grains. That's all folks for this beer. If you find $2 on the street and you want to buy a beer with it, then you might want to buy it.

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Photo of Montee
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a 12oz that I picked up from Beverage Warehouse in Culver City.

This is a very drinkable beer.

Goes down quite smooth.

The taste is inoffensive.

To me I do not care what a beer smells like, or looks like. What matters is its taste.

This one tastes good..

Would buy again.

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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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Photo of dacrza1
2.52/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The exotic nature of this brew (from AFRICA!) is tough to not be excited over... still, responsible scrutiny must be adhered to... predominantly transparent, straw yellow body with discernable carbonation... snow white head settles softly to a quarter-inch haze--yup, it's a lager... malty, yes, but much more flowery than expected--almost fruity to a malt-softening level (promising)... thin, almost watery in the throat--a Miller Lite experiencewith added carbohydrates and carbonation--I'm going to burp out an elephant... mellow and toothless (ur, tuskless), thin in taste and presence... lagers named Tusker should STOMP--this one slithers...a seltzery finish cinches it: I'm not going to enjoy this unless I have a six of it IN KENYA!

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light yellow color with a pleasant, bubbly white head. Smell was fairly average and mild: some grainy malts and a little grassy hops. The taste had malts up front that were kind of bready, plus hops that were a little earthy and tangy, leaving a light zing at the end. A tad watery, a dry finish, but the taste was what a light macro lager should be: crisp and freshing.

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Photo of deciding39
2.62/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.19/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a good amount of white head retention.

S: Very light, malty, a bit of cereal sugar character.

T: Bready malt taste is mild, with a bit of husky grain character which gets watery at times. Hops lend a spicy mild note. Flavour is mild, but clean, no off-flavours.

M: Mouthfeel is where the beer shines for me. Crisp and clean, endlessly drinkable and refreshing, strong biting carbonation, for the style it's about as good as it gets.

D: For the style quite good, a step up in flavour and quality than your average light lager.

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

Tusker Finest Quality Lager pours with a sheep's wool of lowly suds and large bubbles, both of which quickly become little more than a thin creamy film. The body is spotlessly clear - it's essentially water with a bright banana yellow tinting. As this approaches its 'best before' the webs of lacing and active bubbles are a reassuring sign to see.

The aroma is relatively clean of corn or rice or any such thing. So many commercial breweries resort to adjuncts that a pale lager can almost smell empty without them. Of course, Tusker's clean and bready notes - including its normal, natural hint of sweet corn - are inherently good things and undeniably work in the beer's (or at least my, its drinker's) favour.

For better or for worse, and likely by design, the mouthfeel is virtually as neutral as any beverage can be. There may be a slight smidgen of bitterness though my palate, after all these years of drinking beer, is entirely insensitive to it. There are happily no unwanted adjuncts tasted and any note of corn is moderate and unoffensive. This is little else but quenching.

There's a subtle but appreciable malty flavour that lingers on the finish. The taste is familiar enough - bread and white crackers mostly - to not stand out as anything out of the ordinary, but I found there was, in some unquantifiable sense, something distinct about it. Then I notice they source the barley from the base of Mt. Kenya. Neat. Can't be many beers that do that!

I've yet to travel to Kenya but I'd imagine that under a humid East Africa sun this may be exactly the kind of beer you'd hope to see in front of you. Even still, I've had Tusker Finest Quality Lager on many occasions over the years and, even from the confines of my suburban Canadian dwellings, never once thought it a bad beer. In fact, its consistency and quality are exemplary - I'd take this over most any domestic commercial lager.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, clear glass that is incredibly fizzy and carbonated. There is an incredibly thin white head that dissipates immediately.
There is not a lot to the smell. Smells of biscuit and malt.
The taste is not much different from the smell. Good biscuit taste with a nice wheat taste as well. A bit of hops at the end, tasting like those from eastern Europe.
Good mouthfeel. Very crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability is great and the crsip refreshment is very nice for a warm weather beer.

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