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Cobra - Cobra Beer Partnership Limited

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69
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: benmiliron on 07-25-2006)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
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...

biboergosum, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.83/5  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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of wl0307
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted it on tap in one of the local student pubs in East End London where one find nothing but alcopops, spirits, and lagers (bottled and on tap)... But it was the first time I saw Cobra on tap so why not give it a go? Yet I had never known that it's brewed under license by Charles Wells?!

The beer pours, a light-golden hue, with a thin, white beerhead which leaves uneven lace around the glass. The carbonation is kept to the medium level, which I welcome.
The nose contains very understated note of lime-like hops, and some hidden undertone of lager malts--on balance too restrained to be nice.
The taste is not too bad though; dry mouthfeel of very light citrusy and floral hops which gradually retreats to the back, followed by a dryish, water-biscuity and bready flavour of malts, leaving a soft, clean and mild-bitter finish at the back of the throat.
The mouthfeel tends to be both refreshing and creamy, but the bitterness is simply too timid...Overall it's an overly soft lager which is not exciting at all, but at least it comes without the kind of cheap taste of additives and sugary feel in the end.

wl0307, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of biegaman
3.23/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well polished gold peppered with little bubbles. The beer is crystal clear and considerably resplendent - both good qualities in a lager. The brewery (excessively) promotes the beer as being "less gassy"; they should have left a little more in there to provide the beer with a little head, it's surface looks dreadfully bare without it.

They also claim a "floral, hoppy aroma" that results from the use of Hallertau hops. I sure don't smell it. At all. In fact, I don't smell much of anything. Certainly, there's nothing remotely floral or hoppy about it. This is as hoppy as chocolate is slimming, feathers are heavy and white bread is spicy. Hoppy? Yea right.

Luckily, the taste can legitimately be considered malty. There is a pleasant breadiness, something akin to crackers or biscuits. This is considerably more malty than most macro lagers and in some facets bears much resemblance to a Munich Helles. There is also the subtle nuance of apple. I'm surprised by the quality and amount of flavour this has.

And I'm even happier to find it largely void of adjuncts and cheap fillers. If they do use adjuncts or chemicals (which they almost certainly do) it isn't largely noticeable. There's no occasion I would ever choose this over a half-decent pale ale, but as far as mass-produced lagers are concerned this would be given some consideration.

Cobra Brewing says they're on a "quest for the perfect beer" - I'd suggest they look outside the walls of their own brewery. That said, if they get thirsty on their search this lager wouldn't make a half-bad quencher. And if that's what you're looking for, a thirst quencher, and you aren't expecting anything more, you likely won't mind this either.

biegaman, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Viggo, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev +4.9%

harpus, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  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

wordemupg, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of bark
2.3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

bark, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of spinrsx
2.48/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

spinrsx, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

RoyalT, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of Suds
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Suds, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of dcmchew
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

dcmchew, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
2.48/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

IronDjinn, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of rastaman
1.6/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

rastaman, Aug 15, 2002
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of soju6
2.28/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

soju6, May 31, 2013
Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev +4.9%

bostonryan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of allergictomacros
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw. Some white head. Nothing special.

S - A bit of a grassy hop. Not a whole lot going on here.

T - Some breadiness, grain, and a bit of hop. Not a whole lot going on here.

M - Light body. Not too fizzy, dry and astringent.

D - Not bad. easy drinking lager. Not much else going on here.

allergictomacros, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
2.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

MTNboy, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
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

eduardolinhalis, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
3.65/5  rDev +27.6%
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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flyingpig, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of safaricook
3/5  rDev +4.9%

safaricook, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of powdersoldier
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

powdersoldier, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

ThinkAgain, Feb 20, 2013
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Cobra from Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
69 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.