Cobra - Cobra Beer Partnership Limited

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 117
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cobra Beer Partnership Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-15-2002

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Photo of hopley
3.17/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Come in BA'rs, this beer is way better than it purports to be! I found this to be a pleasant alternative to the highly lousy Kingfisher or Tiger alternatives offered at a fine Infian establishment west of London. Yeah, it's cheap and you can buy it at Aldi, but it's got a nice color (a highly subjective rating characteristic annyway), is very smooth with a sweet malt backbone, and tastes pretty OK. So good I even had another to celebrate the occasion - my 1,000th beer rated on BA!!! (Had a Black Tuesday planned for the momentous occasion, but timing, circumstances and life got in the way...!) (602 characters)

Photo of MattyDTD
1.53/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Poured it into my glass and it was stupidly flat. Not a bubble of carbonation in sight. Dont know if it was just my bottle or this is the norm. The taste was like flat stale old draught lager. (192 characters)

Photo of titvs
2/5  rDev -30.3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: low corny aroma. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: pale straw color and translucent. moussy white head with average retention. TASTE: watered grainy flavour. low bitterness with a semi-sweet finish. PALATE: low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: yet another watered down pale lager. (365 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.16/5  rDev -24.7%
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 (363 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color. Clear. Forms a medium creamy white head. Medium to low retention and few lacings formed and left

S: First impression is rice, followed by rice. Nothing special Euro Lager. Sweet malts and Lager yeasts. Citrus hops can be felt in the end. Cascade hops style hops I would dare to say

T: Pretty much like the nose. Sweet malts upfront. Strong notes of corn and rice. Lager yeasts. In overall, a dry and crispy taste which is finished by a medium citrus hops bitterness

M: Very light body and medium to high carbonation. A good stingy hoppy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability after all. A cheap but not "that bad" Euro Lager. Note: I though it was a Indian beer when I bought it. But it's British, right? :S (777 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of thisismyname
1.6/5  rDev -44.3%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very very light gold with a small very white head that disappeared to absolutely nothing with no lacing. The lightness of the color was something I don't usually see in a beer.
The smell seemed to be of corn adjunct and cheapo malt. Something I normally associate more with American malt liquor. The colour is of course far too light for that, though. I'm not even sure if there is corn adjunct in this beer. That would surprise me for a British beer. But it certainly tastes like it. It's got that classic beer taste.
The taste was not something I expected based on the smell. It was a very light bodied beer with some hops. The malt and grain had so little flavour that it was masked by the hops, even though there wasn't an extraordinary amount. It tasted like a light piney hops with some classic bad beer taste in the background. It was very drinkable, but not impressive in any way. I won't be buying it again, that's for sure. I imagine it would have been good with spicy foods, but alone the aftertaste is too noticeable and not good. (1,051 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 29/7/11

A clear golden yellow with a thick soapy film that covers the liquid for a few minuets leaving spots of lace

S grainy honey with some faint lemon

T faint grassy hop to go with what I smell and a little cracker

M light and crisp, thin but fairly smooth

O basic but that's more then I expected, easy enough to drink but boring

I thought this would be pretty bad but nothing offended me just not too much going on, love the bottle though thanks Sarvesh, Jodie wouldn't drink it (528 characters)

Photo of IPA35
2.92/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev +16%
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... (1,007 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a finger sized bubbly,white head that has good retention but eventually settles to a thin lacing after a couple of minutes.
Standard for a pale lager but it does smell slightly stronger & is generally more pleasant.

Mix of bread, corn & grain in taste & is again very similiar to most pale lagers out there only a lot nicer & doesn't feature any of the usual skunkiness.

Very nice on the palate & is quite crisp & refreshing in the finish. Light bodied & maybe just a little watery although very easy to drink & would make the perfect session lager.

One of the nicest pale lagers I have had in quite some time.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
2.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

When I look at this bottle, I'm suddenly reminded of the theme from the GI-JOE movie. COOOBRAAA....coobraa! Anyways onto the review.

Appearance: It started with enough head to cover the top of the beer, but it disappeared in an instant. Slightly lighter then the standard lager gold. Clear, but carbonation in the body is nearly absent. Nothing to see here, that is for sure.

Smell: Not much here, as I'm only getting earthy hops with a slight herbal note. Warming just barely improves it, and a slight touch of bread comes out, but it's just not doing enough.

Taste: Bland, under-roasted almost salty bread taste the start out that turns to a bitter double team as a peat like taste with strange grass and herbal notes come forward, only to pause and then follow up with earthy hops with a woodsy kick.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is absent, as is the head which hurts it's case a lot. It's not helped by poor transitioning near the end. The aftertaste does not linger which is thankfully good but it comes across as very watery.

Drinkability: It's refreshing, light and smooth with a taste you can get over. This is one of those rare beers that despite being poor in other categories, it doesn't effect it's drinkability too much. That being said, I can get over the taste of cheaper macros almost as much.

Final Thoughts: I'll give it this, if I was in sweltering heat..and I mean that kind of heat that you'd almost be inclined to turn to fruity mixed drink instead of a beer, I might consider this. However, in any other circumstance, I would typically pass on this one. (1,582 characters)

Photo of rowey77
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (452 characters)

Photo of decimator
2.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A - Poured a clear gold with a thin cap and some lacing.

S - Some malts and some hops but quite mild overall.

T - Malts, adjuncts and an off tasting bitter finish. Had a very unimpressive macro taste.

M - Felt a bit watery.

D - Not the worst Lager available but I won't be buying this one again. (342 characters)

Photo of Graham5161986
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of one of the ugliest bottles I've come across, this lager pours a pale orange yellow with a 1 finger, bubbly white head that dippipates to a whispy film but leaves some slight lacing on my glass.

Smell is very light and is predominantly of grassy hops and grainy malts with light hints of bread and a touch of caramel.

Taste is basically about the same as the smell - flavours of light grassy hops with a decent bready malt backbone with notes of caramel and, actually a nice honey flavour on the finish and on to the linger. There is that corn-y adjunct twang in there too, however, which puts me off a bit.

This beer has more body than one would expect on the palate actually with a decent creaminess to it as well. Its finish is crisp and clean like a good lager should be. Easily this beer's strongest suit.

Overall, this beer, while light in flavour and not overly interesting, has some decent redeeming qualities in terms of its mouthfeel and, thus, is not too bad. I could see it pairing very well with some spicy Indian food indeed. That said, I would likely only buy this beer again if I was planning on eating something spicy. (1,152 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright amber gold colour, Big, thick, white head, decent lacing. Bonus points for a cool looking bottle.

Sweet bready malt aroma with a hop spiciness/grassiness that is similar to a Czech Pils more so than a lager.

Flavour is alsp Pils-like in character. Nice malt backbone with a grassy, somewhat spicy hop. Finishes dry with a hint of citrus. Found as it warmed it got a bit sticky sweet.

Light body..might be a good thirst quencher seerved cold on a hot day. (464 characters)

Photo of lumikuuro
4.88/5  rDev +70%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Two 330ml bottles poured into Cobra pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with large white head that lasts for a while before receding to a ring and foam, but leaves unbelievably heavy lacing for the style. You'd only expect to see that kind of lacing from craft beer.

Aroma: Some malt, some sweetness, a touch of grassy hop, a suggestion of fresh baked bread... inviting. Subdued but suggests complexity.

Taste: A very complex and unusual mix of a soft bready malt profile with gently grassy and floral hops with a lemony finish, and a maize sweetness that is kept well in check and balanced by the hop and malt. There is a hint of honey and the mellowness of mace. The flavours seem to erupt in the mouth and attack the nose from inside, really playing on the aroma/taste connection. Unlike any other lager, or maybe even any other beer, I have ever tasted, in this respect. I don't know which hops are used in the brewing process, but it certainly tastes like there is an abundance of Saaz in here.

Mouthfeel: On the slightly fuller side of medium bodied; very, very smooth and slightly creamy (but in a good way that you wouldn't normally associate with the style).

Drinkability: Very moreish and very satisfying. A really unusual beer that maybe doesn't seem like it would be that great (it has maize and rice in it), but all the ingredients are in a masterful balance that really does work. A truly rewarding, delicious beer. (1,429 characters)

Photo of lstokes
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at an Indian restaurant in Berlin, it's really pleasantly carbonated with a thin head. The smell is non-existent, but the taste was surprisingly bright, the floral hops were present and could have reminded me of a pilsner if not for the grainy ending with hints of lime.

It was, indeed, an acceptable curry accompaniment, but I'm not sure I'd get it outside of an Indian restaurant (394 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
2.03/5  rDev -29.3%
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! (257 characters)

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Cobra from Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
70 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.