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Cobra - Cobra Beer Partnership Limited

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 119
Avg: 2.87
pDev: 30.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | 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

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

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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.

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Photo of rastaman
1.6/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of CurtisGarrett
1.81/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

660ml Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look) As I poured the beer I was disappointed at the lack of a head formation. Towards the end there was a very minute foam which disappeared almost immediately. The colour was a very clear gold. The carbonation is very apparent. Nothing special here at all, but I have seen worse.

Smell) A very weak grassy smell with a sutble grainy touch, though this was after much agitation, very poor scent.

Taste) A watery, simplistic flavour profile, matches the smell exactly, though with a touch of sweetness towards the end. again very poor.

Feel) A bit too carbonated for my liking, but not the worst I've had. very light on the palette and quite smooth. Probably its strongest characteristic overall.

Overall) Another "cookie-cutter" Beer, nothing special at all, Most suited to a BBQ with family when people aren't focusing on quality. Other than this I would never recommend this beer.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of fullsweep
2.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

330 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Quick pour releases a 3-finger head that dissipates quickly. A little lacing at first, but this too disappears. Urine-yellow colored beer.

S: You can really smell the adjuncts in this, especially the corn (Cobra did us the honor of listing their ingredients: "malted barley, maize, rice, yeast and hops.")

T: You can taste them as well--not very pleasant.

M: For its downfalls, the mouthfeel is relatively pleasant. Goes down smooth and some heavy carbonation, I suppose typical of a lager.

D: Won't seek this out, but won't turn one down either.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of bark
2.3/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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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.

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2.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

in fact the COBRA which I tasted was the one brewed under license in Poland by the BELGIA Browar in Kielce. The beer has a metallic after taste, a scratchy bitterness lingering in the throat for a long time unless you wash it down with a proper beer! When it is fresh and well chilled you can "manage" that snake in cases of serious dehydration. Once the beer is a few month old than an unpleasant smell of rancid maize comes to the surface! :-( Summary: SNAKE POISON

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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.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Toddv29424
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is available at every Indian food restaurant in London, and as PLAYMOBILEPIRATE pointed out it is easy to see why. It is an incredibly bland beer, perfect for quenching a scorching palette. Its smoothness is caused by the very little variation that it has in taste; its made like a mass-produced American lager. It is good for its intended purpose as stated above, but little else.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330 ml bottle, poured into a tall glass.

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

Pale gold, slight sweet and grainy.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw a fascinating documentary about the English guy who was trying to export this "Indian style beer" to India, marketing it as a "premium beer", and having to contend with issues like the fact that beer advertising is prohibited in India. Anyway, when I saw this on the shelf, I thought I had to give it a go.

Pours a very clear golden yellow colour. Lots of big-bubbled carbonation, leading up to a very light head, which fizzles for a bit and then disappears. Not a great looking beer.

Light and grainy on the nose. Subdued, but not unpleasant. A little too sweet for my tastes, but reasonable.

Taste is very flat. A little hint of coppery bitterness paired with a persistent rice sweetness, but not much else. It's clean and crisp, it just doesn't have a lot of character, so you end up wondering what it's really got going for it.

It's a pretty clean, but ultimately pretty flavourless lager. Better than some, that's for sure, but I even think the Indians would be doing better with a Kingfisher.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Suds
2.97/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice, heavily embossed bottle, with all sorts of imagery from India.

Pours a pale, crystal clear straw color with a tiny film of a head. The aroma is sweet and grainy, pretty bland. The taste is malty and very lightly hopped. Grain husks and a good level of breadyness mingle with soft vegetal flavors and a restrained, herbal bitterness. I detect chocolate malt or some other dark malt in the mix. The mouthfeel is pretty full with a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is very short and more sweet then bitter.

This is an OK lager; better then I expected with an acceptable malt profile.

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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.

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