Cobra - Cobra Beer Partnership Limited

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002

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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by MTNboy:
Photo of MTNboy
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It has a cool bottle that poured into a rose pint glass. The body was gold with about average carbonation. There are some bubbles to the body, white head and no lace. All of that disappears quick though. The smell is very basic some grass and citrus. The flavor is also very basic grainy with some crisp grassiness. It has thin mouthfeel with just a little bite.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is yellowish-orange in color, mostly orange, with a meager, disappearing head.

Smell – I read other reports of skunk here, but I (thankfully) didn’t find any. This has a very light musty grain aroma with noticeable orange notes.

Taste – OK, I’ll try to be constructive here. The grain softened up a bit from the nose, which was nice, and the orange sweetness really took over at the tongue. Pale Lager sugars usually make me want to Ralph, but this actually wasn’t bad.

Mouthfeel – Not much here in this department. The carbonation was barely noticeable and this was light-bodied for sure, but I was able to pick up a speck of dryness that helped things along.

Drinkability – I wouldn’t say that this is a “good” beer by any stretch, but it is a little different than the run-of-the-mill Pale Lager examples. I can see how someone would want to “grenade throw” this bottle off a cliff, but I managed to get it down.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. The bottle is embossed with a variety of stereotypical Indian imagery.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A pale straw colour with low carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a minute or two. Aroma of light, grainy malt with a faint hint of stewed hops and a mild solventy background note.

Tastes of light malt with a slight stewed hop bitterness and a whisper of citrus. Crisp and fairly dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasingly tingly. Aftertaste of stewed leaves; a little harsh.

A relatively hum-drum lager - probably it's best feature is the low carbonation level. Fairly bland and characterless, though OK when paired with a curry. Don't all rush out to grab one.

Photo of rastaman
1.6/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not much flavour, extremely watery and the taste is quite hard to find, i suppose its refreshing, but only due to the fact that you might aswell be drinking water, boring, no, in fact, very boring.

Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml distinctive tapered bottle. Seen this for a while, but always passed it over, assuming the worst - South Asian macro style lagers re-brewed in the West - Mountain Crest has already deadened me to that idea...

This beer pours a clear, medium apple juice colour, with one skinny finger of frothy white head, which sinks away in a hurry, leaving some low cobwebbed lace around the glass. It smells of grainy, bready malt, corn grist, and earthy hops. The taste is a surprisingly unpredictable mash of wet grain, corn cereal, and grassy, weedy hops bitterness. The carbonation is quite soft, the body medium weight, a little clammy, but smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, the earthy, somewhat bitter hops offsetting a decent, almost musty honey sweetness.

Well, while not the apex of a Euro-lager experience, this ain't all that bad. The purported mix of grains are all evident, and the hops, while not exactly noble, provide an adequate balance to the proceedings. Book by the cover, yeah, I get it...

Photo of
3.37/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into chilled glass

Appearance - pours light golden takes some effort to form head, which dissipates very quickly but does leave some nice lacing

Smell - crisp malty and fresh, i think i catch a hint of rice among other veggies

Tastes - smooth, slightly bitter, which comes up mostly in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - active and highly carbonated, refreshing

Drinkability - pretty good stuff and rather inexpensive, good if your thirsty for a quick one that's a bit different

Photo of benmiliron
3.37/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid 1.29 euro for a bottle. This beer claims to have won 12 gold medals thus far. I find it strange that I am the first to review it.

Appearance is your standard fizzy yellow lager. Very little head. No lace. Smell is rather ok. Decent sweetness with a touch of hops. Very light throughout though. Taste is a bit budweiser-ish (due to the rice?) but a bit maltish. Strange presence with the corn added in there. Some bitter balances the sweetness well. Unique tasting lager for sure.

Nice easy mouthfeel. Described on the bottle as "the less-gassy bottled beer." I found it about standard.

Photo of wilsonbaron
3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft beer with nice flavor and very refreshing

Photo of IronDjinn
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Comes in a tall slender necked 330 ml brown bottle, embossed with all sorts of curious images (from scales, to elephants, crossed scimitars to a palm trees). Ingredients list includes both maize and rice, on top of the barley malt, hops and water. Pours out a bright clear highly carbonated light gold hue, capped by a finger`s width of tight spongy head. Nice retention. Concentric wedges of lacing.

Decent malt on the nose, along with a low lying corn presence in the background, but the sourness from the rice tends to cut through it much of the time. Faint grassy hops, I mean faint....

It all takes a dive with the flavour. Sour veggie taste predominates although some crisp malt does appear in the middle, but disappears before the finish. Becomes a bit buttery as it warms.

Mouthfeel is average for the style, nothing wrong here, but not a whole lot of body to it either.

The flavour kills this beer, it`s not bad in its other aspects otherwise.

Photo of rec
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The body pours a Crystal-clear golden yellow, and presents virtually no head, and no lace.

The smell is very plain, but there's a little grain and citrus which is notably pleasant.

The taste is far from unique - there's some malty bitterness, and not much more. You can perhaps taste the citrus that comes through in the aroma, but it's a stretch.

The mouthfeel is again typical of this style, watery and clean. It's not bad, it's just plain.

It's something you could drink lots of - a perfect session beer, and a refreshing option for those hot summer days.

It's not something I'd recommend, but I'd recommend it over Kingfisher and some other like brews.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.04/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this with a curry dinner in Southampton. It has a nice golden color, but not much of a head. The flavor allows it a high drinkability rating since it is very mild. It was a great accompaniment for a nice curry, but would only see drinking this with a spicy meal or in hot weather.

Photo of spinrsx
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear gold/yellow colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a faint amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for under a minute before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, a skunkiness, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very low amount of carbonation and it feels flat on the tongue. The taste is made up of lots of breads/grains mixed with a skunkiness and a little bit of hops. It also had a corn syrup and metallic taste to it. It finishes with a corn syrup/skunky aftertaste.

Drink - I can think of hundreds of beer I would rather drink than this one. I wouldn't purchase it again.

Photo of Douberd
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle of 330 ml, at home, poured into a lager glass. Part of a "World of Asian Beers", although I see now is made in England.
One finger white head, gone quickly, leaving some light lacing around the glass. Colour of the beer is golden yellow. Almost none activity at all in the glass, except for a couple of lazy bubbles.
Sweet lager taste, with low bitterness just a step before the finish, which gives its place again to a sweet aftertaste. Not bad at all.
Not much of a smell, lighty malty and some bread notes, all very subtle.
Medium to thick on the body, average carbonation.
Very refreshing, I could drink it the whole day.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A: poured from a 650 mL bottle into a glass, light golden with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear, fizzy

S: grass and weak grain, watery and fizzy

T: grassy, vague beerlike flavors, sweet, I have found British malt liquor

M: thin and highly carbonated with huge bubbles

O: drink with lashings of vindaloo and it may be ok

Photo of mrmanning
2.03/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle- Pale pale yellow with a frothy but short lived white cap. The nose here is a blast of corn with wet paper, some grains, a bit of hay. Weak. Tastes of sweet grains, corn, some pale malts...quite watery, thin, over carbonated. Not for me really. Next!

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.67/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a tulip beer glass.

Appearance - golden colour with a quickly subsiding head that leaves some lace along the sides and some decent surface bubbles. Well-carbonated.

Smell - clean, fresh malty aromas. Definitely has a creamy malt smell. Not at all bad, grassy and veggie.

Taste - pretty good taste overall. Even though I was greeted with a slightly metallic taste up front, it was backed up by some good hop flavours and an almost citrus finish. Not as malty as I would have expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel - hits you all at once and pretty active. The bottle talks about smoothness, my perspective is that it isn't too smooth.

Drinkability - fresh and flowing, good tastes, refreshing. Not a bad choice and the price is actually quite low.

Photo of thisismyname
1.6/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

330mL bottle poured into a glass

The label reads "the world's most celebrated lager"... Hahaha. Funny.

Poured a clear piss yellow with no head or lacing whatsoever.

Despite being from the UK, it smells like a mass-produced North American lager; of corn and funky cereal grain.

It tastes pretty much how it smells. Blah. They threw some hops in there though, which was nice, I guess... The taste was a lot less than I would expect from an imported beer, even with a name like "Cobra".

Unlike your typical macro lager it is not cloyingly carbonated.

Bah. All in all a waste of money. And to all who "celebrate" this lager... Drink a damn Dab.

Photo of soju6
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a pale straw color with a fair head that fades quickly.

S: Aroma is very mild with some citrus and a bit of grainy sweetness.

T: Taste is quite bland with just a bit of citrus and grain sweetness. Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body and a bit crisp.

O: Not too impressed but then it is made by Coors. Probably best with spicy asian foods.

Photo of jmdrpi
2.79/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Actually better than expected, good enough to wash down some tasty curry.

Pale gold, slight sweet and grainy.

Photo of Suds
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here's a fizzy yellow beer with an unremarkable white head. It has grain, grass, and some citric notes in the aroma. There's a distant hop smell as well. The taste is clean and straightforward. Grain is prominent, without much malt flavor. It has a slightly dry character, with a nice bitterness. Medium in body with a touch of bitterness. This isn't a great beer, but there's nothing wrong with it either...simple and unencumbered, it's a refreshing and unobjectionable lager.

Photo of IPA35
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First from a gift box of 5 Asian lagers.

A golden beer with an instantly dissapearing head.

Doesn't smell very strong, this smells better than most lagers. Still that typical grainy scent but I think it has more of a hoppy smell. Could be some slight skunk but I don't know how that really smells like. Not unpleasant though.

Taste is not strong either, it starts weak and watery with a grainy but ok flavour, then the other flavours kick in, some hop bitterness and some citrus zest.

Watery mouthfeel (suits the beer though) and below average carbonation.

Overall a nice drinkable lager that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Photo of janubio
3.17/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden colour, almost no head and no lace. Grainy smell, with some spicy and herbal notes. Taste is grainy, bread and some herb. I think I note parlsley both in the aroma and taste. A bit good bitterness in the aftertaste. Refreshing beer, but nothing outstanding.

Photo of bark
2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed under license by Browar Belgia, Poland.

The colour is clear yellow; the white foam forms uneven dissolving foam.

The smell is sweet with notes of both corn and rice. I found some dry sour notes of hay. It is stronger than the average lager, but not entirely pleasant.

The carbonation is quite light with very small bubbles.

The taste is filled with notes of lemon-lime, an orange squash-like sweetness, probably from the adjuncts. There is some body and a touch of dough. The aftertaste is quite thin and short with a mild, simple bitterness.

Probably a great beer when eating spicy food, but it is quite faint on it own.

Photo of Viggo
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, from the LCBO.

Pours a clear light yellow, very slight amber tones, pretty thick white head forms, drops some solid lacing on the glass, forms a nice layer and ring, looks pretty solid for the style. Smell is neat, very toasty and grassy, nice grain and biscuit aroma, burnt bread, light bit of honey sweetness and floral, smells pretty nice. Taste is similar, really toasty up front, honey and bread, light caramel sweetness, some grassy and herbal bitterness, floral, quite nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and drinkable. For the style this is pretty good, nice toasty malts, I could drink this on occasion.

Photo of GreatEastern
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a light golden colour. Little carbonation and a somewhat modest head. No lace.

Smell - grains & malt

Taste - A dry taste with hints of citrus. The finish is malty with an aftertaste of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light and watery.

Drinkability - Goes down very easy.

Notes - A fairly average beer, nothing too stand-outish. This beer was clearly meant to be had with spicy (Indian) food as it would make a refreshing contrast.

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