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

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Tusker Malt LagerTusker Malt Lager

Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Hop2it:
Photo of Hop2it
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A birthday present my parents brought back from a Safari in Kenya. Thanks Mom. Looks bright and light gold. Not much body, has that familiar look of a mass produced lager, but at least it pours a generous fluffy head and is alive with carbonation

Smells like Singha, Chang and some other SE Asian beers I learned to love while abroad. It's a sweet and sour smell that confronts your nose at first, but I'm going in with an open mind.

Hmm it's actually pretty smooth. I was expecting worse given the funky smell. Very light in body. There is no distinct flavor, but its not bad, just sorta lacking. This has session beer written all over it.

I'd be happy to try this in its native habitat, but I don't see this being exported to the States anytime soon.

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Photo of sjrider
2.94/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank this recently while in Kenya. Poured both from a bottle and a can. The canned version tasted fresher. Pours a pale clear yellow with small white head dissipating into a tiny ring of bubbles.Smells and tastes like weak lager. Easy to drink but not memorable. Of the beers I tried from this brewery ,I preferred this one.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of March 2012, so it's just out of date. Picked up last year on a business trip to Kenya. The bottle is embossed with the Tusker name; the neck label describes it as a 100% malt lager.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A pale golden colour with nice carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Faint aroma of light malt and stewed hops, with a whiff of background solvent.

Tastes of light malt with a hint of stewed hops and a mild bitter finish. Faint graininess and a subtle harsh note upon swallowing, but generally clean. Mouthfeel is light and prickly - standard for a macro lager. Weak aftertaste of harsh stewed hops.

Run-of-the-mill for a mass-produced lager, though a shade better than it's more famous cousin. Fairly bland and dull, but probably quite refreshing in a hot climate. Have it if it's the only beer on offer.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.31/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams lager glass- poured a very clear, very light golden color with a one finger head that dissipated rapidly and had a little lacing.

Smells like pale lagers usually do- like pale malts and lager yeast.

Tastes very refreshing- very very pale malt sweetness with a well rounded hop dryness. Not too complex but not bad.

Mouthfeel is great especially for a lager. Well carbonated with a light body. Definitely better than all American adjuncts but I don't think this is my style of lager.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another rare beer brought back from deepest Africa for reviewing here - thanks Jennifer as always. Presented in a green 300ml bottle with an almost camouflaged green label, stating "not for sale to persons under 18 years", and "brewed from equatorial barley and choicest of hops". Oh, and the cap said "Merry Christmas!"

Pale gold, small white head, not much aroma. Mildly malty on the palate with a few balancing hops. A little too gassy for ease of drinking. Hoppiness comes through a little more at the end.

Better if swirled round to release the excess CO2. Nothing outstanding but quite ok.

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Photo of JesseFrame
2.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color lager with a small pure white foamy head. Aroma of adjunct is not present as opposed to most beers from this brewery. Taste is quite bland with light cereal notes and a semi-sweet finish. Body is thin with good carbonation. This is another bland offering form this brewery though it is superior to the original.

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed from equatorial barley and choicest of hops. Pale gold to an almost white color. Very pale. Plenty of prickle ripples through the glass and there is a dot of lacing in the center and a light rim of foam. The nose is a very mainstream malt nose with what I am believing to be saaz hops. It seems to me that saaz is in most of the american adjunct lager types of beer, but I really would like to know for sure. Light malt backdrop for the hops, which actually is a positive as the malt doesn't dominate. The attack is pretty balanced. Its very similar to many mainstream american lagers. Unremarkable but not awful. I am sure there is an audience for this beer, but I am not in the seats I am afraid. Pretty average.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green 300ml bottle, brought back from Kenya last year so I could review it at my leasure.

Still well within its best before date, I poured into a Corsendonk stemmed tulip shaped glass.

Looks like a Dort, a deep darker, old gold colour. Not the bright, light normal lager hue. The white head does stay, but there isn't a huge top to start with.

Malt aroma, barley and some hops too. Fairly sweet caramel esters also.

Even in the cold English winter this African beer has something worth having. Drinking it reminded me of the Safari and all the excitment there of, wonderful. Malty and clean tasting, plenty of flavour from the yeast and hops. The sweetness of the caramel smell doesn't come into taste, but a little sweetnes is within the flavours.

This is a good beer, obviously it tastes better in the warmth with the sun on your back, but its mouthfeel is just right. The malt flavour stays throughout and no metalic twang arrives like some malt lagers.

The best beer out of Africa? I think so anyway, from the ones I've had so far.

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a glass mug September 2009.

A: Golden yellow with a frothy white head. Great retention.
S: Aroma has a very pronounced metallic character. Also light malts and a skunkieness that reminds me of Molson Ice.
T: Smooth medium malt flavors, some corn accompanied by a little bitterness. Slightly soapy aftertaste that detracts from what would otherwise be a fairly pleasant flavor.
M: Undercarbonated and cloying.
D: Not terrible if you're looking for a break from the standard American Adjunct styles mostly available in East Africa, but not all that sessionable either.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Smandavia
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
1.5/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of mkholmes25
2.76/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of JDV
2.12/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale light yellow with a bubbly wispy short lived head. Smell is light grassiness and light malt. Simple, but pleasant. Taste is very light and malty and not too sweet like many pale lagers. Thin grassy flavors and almost lightly acidic. Decent for a pale lager, but still not one of my favorites even within the style...

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2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in Nairobi, so I am sure that it was much fresher (as in, two weeks off the line) than one would find it outside of Kenya. Standard lager character until you get to the flavor. Extremely robust and full. So hearty and even that I was shocked as I drank it. If only the beer could find itÂ’s way to the U.S. and still be this good.

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3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of biegaman
1.44/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A green 300ml bottle with best before October 26th, 2008. A gift from Kenya thanks to the great Garthicus, much appreciated boy'o!

I've talked with a few Kenyans in the past who swear the All-Malt Lager is the better of the two Tuskers, and the far more popular, preferred choice of Kenyans. Having never been I'll have to take their word, but from this experience, I couldn't disagree more...

A shade or two deeper than the Premium Lager, this is practically school bus yellow in colour. The stream of bubbles is noticeably lazier. Clarity is a wee bit tinted and the head is little more than a outlining.

The smell of skunk hit like a ton of bricks right off of prying the cap. There is indeed some malt smelt alongside the corn, which is quite mighty. It's more simply unpleasant than it is offensive, although it is certainly both.

The taste is - to be very blunt - just awful. I have on very few occasions tried a beer this offensive in taste. To its credit it has a lot of body, but the flavours of raw corn, lead and other various metals, chemical adjuncts, and chewy hay are just too much. Gross.

I'm quite sure many (if not all) of these negative qualities are the result of skunking. The label advises, in bold print, to store in a cool, dark place but with green bottle and hot climate what can you expect?

If I ever find myself in Kenya I owe it to the beer to give it another shot. I've had Tusker Premium Lager many times with at least pleasant drinking experiences, and so this, skunked green bottle notwithstanding, surprised me with just how terribly, awfully, painfully bad it was...

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Photo of Allegue04
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SimplePhi
4.38/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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