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

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East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Hop2it on 01-06-2006

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +41.6%
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +38.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of Allegue04
3.63/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.4/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

The little brother of Tusker. A more flavorful version of the standby, and in a smaller bottle.

Appearance> Yellow, lively. (slightly darker than standard Tusk). Clear. Creamy white head. lovely.

Smell> strong grain... slight metal. hmmm

Taste> Very flavorful. Better than Tusker because it is both more complex and more refreshing. Tastes of fresh grain, slightly bitter. No hang at all.

Mouf> hmmm. can't describe. my notes said "irony" I am guessing it leaves your mouth feeling something akin to the sensation of eating spinach??

Drinkability> I like spinach so I guess the mouf didn't bother me too much. Still became my standby beer most days on safari.

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Photo of SkylerShores
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.31/5  rDev +17.8%
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 +15.7%
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 Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Oidmoe
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of markgoodman10
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of WoostaBia
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
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 BWED
2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Light gold and crystal clear. Light white head barely retains. No lacing.

S- A little fruity, grainy sweetness. No sharp hop.

T- Mild grain, some sweetness.

M- Light. A little less crisp than the regular Tusker.

O- It's ok. A little too sweet, but I'm sure it would quench a thirst on a hot Kenyan day.

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Photo of Squire123
2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ragingbull
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
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 mkholmes25
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FLBeerGuy
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Chrisheartsbeer
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of herrburgess
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Kenyabrewfan
2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have given this beer quite a try for last 8 years in Kenya, but am always dissapointed with it's taste- especially ackward aftertaste it leaves in your mouth/throat. It does have a nice appereance and initial hoppsy smell is not bad compared to other Kenyan beers. Overall below average beer.

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Photo of Hop2it
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lovingly brought back for consumption by my friend and yours, AndoBrew, on his return from Africa, the Dark Continent.

Appearance: Pours clear, yellow body with a thin, thin ring of bubbles.

Smell: Aroma of maize and pale malts. Distinct skunk character. Hint of grassiness. Which, being from Africa, would make it a savannah landscape grassiness.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a bit of sweetness. Light grassiness. An even lighter bitterness. A mild hint of sweetness perks up again on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Bless AndoBrew for sacrificing his time and hard-earned monies to ship himself to Africa for the sake of bringing back beer. He should win a Nobel prize! Or something.

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