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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
373
Ratings:
704
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
26.58%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 jaz58
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer. Gold and clear in the glass. Lots of carbination. Sweet caramel nose. When drunk suble malt and caramel flavour with a subtle hop finish. Not too dry.Decent mouthfeel.
Foamy head.Not too bad to have on occasion. Not a beer that grows on you quickly.

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Photo of Avryle
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale straw-yellow colored with a thin white cap of foam and spotty lacing

S- Corn and malt.

T- Light malt. Kinda sweet. Doesn't have the adjuncty blech that I was expecting.

M- Very thin. Pure lawnmowin' beer.

D- Think- water, but with carbonation.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

A: clear golden color with a finger of white head. Some lacing which is kind of surprising.

S: Smells like corn with a little malt thrown in.

T: Not really much to it but it is very refreshing. Little bit of sweetness from the malt. Like a bad macro with a slightly more favorable and different approach.

M: Light body with tons of carbonation.

D: This is why I love this beer. Super drinkable and halfway decent taste.

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Photo of baos
3.82/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Huge fizzy white head a whole hand high. This floats atop a slightly hazy pale straw yellow body. Head

S: The smell before i took a sip was kind of apple cider vinegar smelling. After I took a sip it was a more sour bit of lemon smell. Maybe a bit floral with a bit of honey and pollen.

T: Mild malt. Very mild hop bitterness and dryness. Very refreshing. Maybe a bit like chewing oh a fresh hay stalk. Green and good.

M: Rather watery but coats and refreshes the mouth then leaves it dry. Perfect for a Macro style.

D: A one. This beer is different than any other macro lager that I've had. Refreshing and Fresh. My first African beer and a yummy first at that.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this African brew while doing some midnight grilling with friends.

A - Golden bronze yellow with a one and half finger head of foamy white suds. A small amount of lace is left on the glass, and head retention is not the greatest, but it sticks around for a while.

S - Grainy malt, gentle honeycomb, and some laid back herbal/grassy hops. The hops are just barely there, but provide a bit of aromatic balance to the predominately malty notes.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Malty honey and cereal grains with a gentle touch of dried hay hops.

M - Light bodied....maybe a little bit thicker than a pils. Moderate carbonation and a pleasant waxy finish with a little more hoppage. Nice.

D - This basic but tasty lager went well with some big sausages and turkey dogs. Nothing special going on here, but it's a very respectable if a bit basic lager. If this is classified as an American Macro, then it's probably about the best AML that I've ever had.

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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 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 BeardedBoffin
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first beer from Africa. Pours a crystal clear pale golden straw color with a big foamy head. Some malt character in the nose and perhaps some grassy notes. The palate is light and dry. Malt and breadiness on the palate balanced by some hop bitterness. The finish is dry and quick. Not too bad, if only it were hot and sunny day.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First came across this beer while in Kenya for a holiday and Safari in 2007. I thought it an ideal beer to wash away the dust and heat in Africa.

However, on a March afternoon in a cold, wet and windy England, it isn't so great.

This bottle was brought back with me, purely to review on this site (you can now buy it at TESCO's supermarket chain in the UK).

It looked fine in a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass. Pale golden and as clear as any lager/pilsner on earth. The white head was thin to start with and got even thinner very quickly.

As with most lagers/pilsners there was next to no aroma worth talking about. Some wheat type smells, but no beery bits got up my nose. It gets my normal 3 score.

I was disappointed in the taste, it was nothing like I remembered. Almost tasteless, like a Bitbuger Pilsner.

Watery and weak flavoured, this is a hot day beer, as mentioned earlier.

If I had reviewed this beer in Africa, the score would have been a lot higher. Sadly in the cold light of an English day, it didn't come up to muster.

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

A-Poured pale golden straw w/thick white head that rapidly dissipated and left thin cap.

S-Smells like fresh plain beer in its most basic form. Crisp light hops and very light malt.

T-This is definitely a little better than most macros. The malt and hops are very faint, and there's not much to it, but it is fresh and crisp. The aftertaste is clean and pure. Boring but not bad.

M-Light and crisp with considerable fizz...the best trait of this beer. I'd consider it "The Perrier of Beers."

D-Very smooth. It reminds me of what a good light beer could taste like.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer pours a yellow color and quite clear with decent head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing. the smell is quite average as i can't pick up many characteristics in it. the taste is consistent with a macro lager. the mouthfeel is a bit thin. i did manage to drink quite a few of these pretty easily. i'm glad i tried it, but i would not seek it out.

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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 RblWthACoz
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an exception to my rule that brew is best closer to home. The only reason (I believe) that Tusker has become so popular is because there are so many tourists in Kenya and it is a novelty to drink an African beer with that oh-so-African elephant on the label. This one is basically plain old beer and is a VERY far cry from the Malt Lager by Tusker, which I think is supremely better and shows more attention to craft. All of this brews qualities are the standard mass produced ones. The end.

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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 alexskovan
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured pale golden with a fluffy white head that dropped quickly. Subtle, pleasant creamy aroma. Taste is unremarkable American macro, better than a lot of our stuff, but certainly not worth the imported price tag.

I'm always a sucker for these brews from countries that have no brewing tradition. What you get is generally this sort of beer -- boring American macro.

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

A - Poured a very light pale golden yellow. A large, billowing four inch head of fizzy white foam formed initially on the top and stayed or all of a few minutes. It rested down to just a thin layer covering the top of an otherwise uninspiring looking liquid. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the top of the glass. No side glass lace was present what so ever, overall this looked to me to be nothing more then the average macro lager.



S - Aroma was light to say the least. Not much here really to pick up on, in fact it was hardly there at all. What I found was a light blend of grain and almost corn or maybe rice that was just strong enough to be picked up. A touch of some grass maybe as well, and a bit of a bready thing, but nothing really too special. Kind of musty in the overall aroma.



T - Ehh, I knew where this one was going already. Shall I say best served very cold? This was just another imported macro and I should have saw that one coming. What flavor was there was light grain and corm, mixed in with a touch of fresh grass, just enough to try and give it some semblance of a flavor. For some reason I kept picking up rice notes in here, not really sure as to why. But the flavor either way way very light and rather bland. Towards the end I started to pick up the slightest amount of some bready malt and possibly the smallest hint of some cereal grain, but again nothing standing out to me.



M - Very very light. To its credit this was very light and refreshing, something that is rather common with the style, and I was outside and it was hot, so this one served its purpose very well at the time. Now other then that I really do not have much else to say. Very light with very little body of presence to it. Just a forgettable lager.



D - Superb when it is hot outside and this is cold. Now reverse those to and it might cause you some trouble. This was actually not that bad at all drinking wise when it was first poured; the only problem was when it started to warm up and just fell flat. Cannot let these things get warm and I know better then that, learned my lesson on this one.



Overall I tried it because it was unique compared to what else was there, however it was really not that special at all. I am glad I chose it over the BMC making up the majority of the rest of the choices however it was of the same vain. I suppose you could do much worse in a selection; however this was really not that great. I would have it again if it was ice cold and I was thirsty and did not have to pay for it, but either then that I will find one from somewhere else.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special thanks to AndoBrew, who brought this beer, along with many others, back from his recent trip to Africa, the Dark Continent.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a... white head? Hmm. Curious.

Smell: This smells exactly like the White Cap lager produced by the same Kenyan brewery.

Taste: This tastes almost identical to the White Cap lager. Very mild malt taste with an equally light sweetness. Hint of stale grain husks and flowers. The finish holds tastes of chicken broth and simmered veggies.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Another okay, but odd African lager!

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Photo of ChillMike
3.37/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright yellow in color, with a small white head that receeds

quite quickly and doesn't leave any trace of lacing at all.

S: Very malty smelling, with a nice floral overtone and a hint of

orange. Quite nice, simple but nice. I like it.

T: Very light and mild in taste, but similar to that of the smell. A

nice floral overtone, hints of orange, a hint of wheat as well. Again

very simple but nice.

MF: A bit watery but carbonated perfectly.

D: This is where this one does very well. It's a very light beer (but

not A light beeer) not overpowering, has enough flavor to keep you

drinking. Price is nice. A good beer to have on a hot day.

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