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
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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 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)

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. (600 characters)

Photo of
3.37/5  rDev +17.4%
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 (496 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.67/5  rDev +27.9%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.36/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprized by this UK reproduction of an Indian favourite. Yellow, clear and generously carbonated with mostly large bubbles. White head is lively but short as well as short-lived. Spotty lace remains and a really solid, thick white ring.
Smell is slight skunk and earthy, not a lot here. The barley malt weighs in heavily imparting good taste with pretty good balance and with a citrus spark or two in the finish; refreshing and lingers nicely. Medium body with a bit of substance to it considering it's a euro lager. I'd buy this again sometime and might consider it for around the campfire this summer. (621 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,706 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes in a cool 330ml bottle.

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head, lots of carbonation.

Smells grassy, some grains:rice and corn, and some citrusy sweetness.

Not bad tasting at all, very refreshing, grassy hops, citrusy and some honey, but it has sort of a macro taste also.

Thin mouthfeel and a quite drinkable refreshing beer. (340 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (303 characters)

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. (602 characters)

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. (956 characters)

Photo of rec
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (661 characters)

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. (477 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.17/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (264 characters)

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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
3.37/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of SERENGETI
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 (467 characters)

Photo of GreatEastern
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,122 characters)

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. (646 characters)

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. (391 characters)

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