Krait Prestige - Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
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3.13/5 rDev -8.7%
Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.
Krait Prestige has been dubbed a "Champagne Lager," the ﬁrst of its kind. Let the debating begin! It's brewed with a blend of barley, imported maize and rice. Anyone remember Champale? Well the guys over at Cobra Beer are pushing this one as a high-end brew. Let's give it a whirl.
Pale and bubbly, with crystal-clear, golden yellow color. The head didn't have a problem rising to the occasion, with a sea-foam lace. Light on the aroma, clean with fresh ﬂowers, cooked corn and pale, powdery grain. Smooth up front, with a fuller body than we expected. Juicy, pale malt throws a reﬁned honey-like sweetness at the taste buds then the alcohol ﬂ ares with a wall of warmth. The adjunct ﬂavor that becomes the dominant ﬂavor is one you would typically ﬁnd in American malt liquors. The alcoholic character feigns it as well. Faint ﬂoral and herbal notes show a kiss of complexity from the hops. Finishes with a boozy, malt liquor-esqe fume, lingering sweetness and a clean palate from the grain.
What this beer lacks in complexities and all-around unique ﬂavor, it makes up for with originality, though that originality might be more in the marketing and packaging than the actual beer. KP being brewed at the same brewery as Rodenbach does not change the fact that this beer tastes like a malt liquor. Sure, a little bit more reﬁned and clean, but packaging alone won't put more glam into a beer. Here's a little for our homies [pours some on the rug]. How about a barrel-aged Champagne Lager without the corn and rice? Now that would have been interesting, if not glamorous. We'll give 'em a "+" for creativity.
07-23-2008 17:12:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.55/5 rDev +3.5%
A: Poured a hazy hazy pale gold with a large fluffy white head that was moderately lasting.color.
S: a slight yeastiness, sweet candi sugar and fresh fruit (apples, pears).
T: The flavor was very light and clean, with some candi sugar sweetness and fruitiness (apples, pears). The beer finishes out with a nice light floral hopping with some lemony character. Overall the flavor was very clean and smooth.
M: lively and tingly from the carbonation, much like real champagne.
D: The drinkability was crisp, tingly and champagne like, very clean body and flavor, no complaints here.
07-15-2008 23:14:51 | More by beerthulhu
3.3/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a respectably-sized, white head.
Smell: Pale maltiness, some light floral hints and minor notes of grapes, citrus, and the honey you'd find in a squeeze bottle shaped like a bear.
Taste: Smooth pale maltiness with a mild, restrained honeyish sweetness. A few drops of orange juice, a dash of white grape juice. Faintly floral hoppiness with a tremendously mild bitterness. Small pinch of acidity. Hint of white pepper. Drying, yeasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Odd, questionably chalky mouthfeel to it.
Drinkability: Not altogether horrendous, but make no mistake, it's no Malheur Brut by any stretch of the imagination.
06-29-2008 04:21:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
A tangerine gold color glows clear under a white tight head. Head is small and lasts as a ring around the top. Too slick to stick. Aroma is interesting. Everything is soft on the senses except maybe our friend ethanol. I smell farm flowers, tropical fruits, bread, spice, and some kind of mystery sweetness that seems separate from the other aromas. The doesn't bother me so much as it confuses me somehow. Taste is a bit syrupy to me. I can still pick up on the spice, but the other delicate smells I picked up on blur together in taste. There is certainly some apparent alcohol. Body is light bordering on medium due to the syrup-like qualities. Mouthfeel is ok. Pretty slick and coating and the carbonation is nice at first but fades too fast. You're then left with am overly syrupy fruity concoction which seems more outright cloying. Drinkability is great given the turn offs of this beer, until the last flat sip I suppose.
Well, this was INTERESTING.
06-04-2008 02:45:58 | More by tastybeer
2.15/5 rDev -37.3%
Pours a very slightly hazed yellow color with lots of carbonation forming a one-finger pure white head that eventually fizzles away. Funny, they mention bottle conditioning and sediment, but I poured the whole bottle and didn't see such things. Anyways, the aroma is faint pale fruits, a bit of pepper, and a slight corny sweetness. Also, something that reminds me of grape bubblegum. Tastes like a strong pale lager. The strength is noticeable though not from an outright alcoholic flavor. A brief flash of maltiness begins the flavor, but it vanishes into the sweet "gummy" syrup flavor. Not very much carbonation.
This "double fermented lager" obviously has nothing Belgian going on...at all. It's definately no Biere de Champagne, but even as a strong lager of sorts, there isn't much to like. Cheap beer dressed up as fancy beer. I'm glad we only got the small bottle at a discounted price. The mere fact that it's really called "King Cobra" frightens me a little bit.
06-04-2008 02:36:08 | More by wedge
3.53/5 rDev +2.9%
750ml champagne bottle ($7.95) served in my Meantime snifter. The first pour is at cellar temp, crystal clear gold with tons of streamers forming a large, fluffy white head that fairly quickly settles, leaving moderate lace.
I re-corked it and through the rest in the freezer and swirled up the dregs for the second pour, which was probably in the 40-50F range. Now it's murky, with a smaller head, only a few lazy streamers.
Smell is pretty bright and very sweet, candi sugar, tropical fruits and cereal grains. First impression is cotton candy, it reminds me of one of my wife's perfumes...perhaps the first time I've ever been turned-on by a beer!
Anyways...the 2nd, cold pour was still perfumey, but of course much more muted.
Taste, which sugary, is also a bit grainy and fairly boozy, with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. Over although the taste balances out to be fairly neutral, like an imperial Budweiser or something! Slight hints of honey and butterscotch if I really search for depth, which it's generally lacking. I wasn't sure what to expect with the mixed reviews and the BS style declaration on the label (it's a strong larger that's bottle conditioned by Rodenbach but supposedly a Champagne Larger why...because of the bottle? It was obviously not riddled to remove the lees!). Frankly, I feared a plain old euro strong lager in a fancy bottle, but the sweet fruitiness adds an extra dimension that I enjoy, with my penchant for sweet Belgian ales (I assume this was bottle conditioned with a Belgian ale yeast, unless that's all pure sugar).
The cold pour lost any depth and was very boozy and sweet, which all but confirms my suspicions this is primed with a Belgian ale yeast and should be served on the warmer side. I regretted chilling it, and had to wait for the second glass to warm up before I finished it off.
Mouthfeel is sugary, with a crisp finish. The coating on the teeth is a bit much.
Drinkability was good, but the alcohol had a solvent feel in my belly, coupled with excessive carbonation, keeping me in check. But it was fairly light and airy, and went down very easily. However, the fact that it's so cheap is surely a plus, a sorostitute special for sure...the fact that I'm many years removed from college and happily married means I really have no reason to ever buy this again! Still, it would easily impress your average hipster that sticks to macro lagers. Do yourself a favor though and serve like you would any other BSPA, too cold and it looses flavor and is mainly fusels and sugar. My scores were all based on the cellar temp serving. In spite of the lower price, I dock them points for the BS marketing...a sugary BSPA in my book. FWIW, this bottle really went to my head more then it should have for an 8% 750ml...good or bad, I'll leave that to the reader to decide!
04-19-2008 01:12:11 | More by ccrida
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
Filed under Biere de Champagne, but the bottle constantly states thats its a champagne lager, lager. After tasting this beer, my mind is not really describing this beer in any Biere Brut sense. The beer looks like a medium bright sunshine. Clear with only one coulumn of bubbles rising to a headless top. The aroma is a sweet grass with a light spice note. The palate is a little thick with pilsner like malt. When you add that dash of yeast sediment, the fruity charateristics of malt is better defined. Notesof brown sugar and lemon jump out at the finish of the yeasty part of the beer. Very easy to drink for such a high strength abv. Rereshing even for 8%.
04-16-2008 04:36:23 | More by scruffwhor
4.33/5 rDev +26.2%
375 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"Double Fermented Superior Lager Beer Crafted in Belgium" on the front logo...
Great, cloudy, straw-colored, golden appearance with a giant foamy and frothy head that left a small amount of lacing... Heavy rising carbonation visible behind a lucid, clear, appearance...
Sweet, golden-honey aroma bursting with vanilla, caramel, and sweeet, candied sugars...
Taste strongly represented the aroma, with a strong suggestion of a champagne-like beer with huge carbonation detectable on the tongue, a nice, attaractive, sweet, honey-lager flavor bursting with clarity and style... Great flavor, easily drinkable, without the slightest detection of the 8% ABV... I know many people tend to give this beer mixed reviews, but I particularly liked this one...
03-22-2008 18:14:20 | More by dsa7783
3.35/5 rDev -2.3%
750mL corked and caged bottle picked up from BevMo.
A: Hazy, golden yellow with large white head that settles into a thin cap.
S: Sweet and floral, but light in aroma.
T: Sweet, but not much else here
MF: Light bodied. Highly carbonated. Very much like a champagne.
D: Notable alcohol, but very drinkable.
Nothing world class, but very enjoyable.
03-11-2008 03:53:44 | More by srroos
3.28/5 rDev -4.4%
Found at PDQ Market in Rockland, this or some beer from India. Pours a green/yellow highly fuzzy appearence. Smells sharply like cheap champagne. Taste, well the same, a bit tolerable and drinkable, but doesn't really hint much of beer at all. Very highly carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, an intersting style and maybe there are saome better examples, but this is not one of them. I'll stick to the usual suspects.
01-31-2008 03:22:06 | More by Manosbeeroffate
3.1/5 rDev -9.6%
Like many other recent reviewers, I got a super great deal of $3 a bottle on this from Green's in Atlanta so decided to give it a try. I've already had Deus, so this wasn't my first foray into the style. While this beer had some of the champagne characteristics of the style, the overwhelming impression is of an Euro lager- albeit a much more sparkly one. Poured a bit darker than others of the style, more medium gold than champagne color. Good head, constant stream of bubbles. In fact the head was a little too good- I'd prefer it to fade a bit more but have the streaming bubbles keep up. Smellis mostly tangy lager yeast and prickly carbonation. Maybe a touch of apple as well. Taste is similar- lots of lager yeast and then medium bitterness and slight bit of apples, also a bit watery. Mouthfeel is spot on, maybe a bit heavier and not quite as ethereal as some others, but good. If you haven't tried the style and want to see what its all about, save your money for the Deus or the Malhuer Brut. If those bottle prices are too daunting and you find yourself in Atlanta, have the Deus by the glass at the Brick Store instead. This isn't even close.
01-01-2008 00:55:19 | More by Georgiabeer
3.75/5 rDev +9.3%
My first foray into this style of beer with me being partial to the hop it wasnt a style I had to have but its nice to try something new.Poured into a pilsner a light to medium lemon yellow with a large blooming white head alot of tiny bubbles quite spritzey looking and quite nice to look at.Lighter aromas very pilsner-like with notes of iron honey malt and a hint of grass.At first the mouthfeel is a little sharp maybe from the carbonation but it does smooth out and with the alcohol being so well hidden it glides down.Flavors border on pale bock and pilsner its quite sweet like a pale bock up front with big honey and carmael tones finishing a little drier and lemony.Not bad and honestly outside of a bit of a swwet sting you would never know it was 8.3% alc. it goes down easily Iam gonna try some "higher end" beers of this style to see how good this can really be,this one wasnt to bad.
12-27-2007 22:16:54 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev +4.4%
Got a great deal on this from Green's. Poured into my Duvel tulip
A - golden, cloudy, nice head, excellent bubbles
S - fruity, sweet, floral
T - citrus, sweet, floral notes really come through at the end
M - medium-light, good carbonation
D - nice; I'm a hophead, but this is enjoyable and my gf likes it. Got the bottle for $3, so I'm not complaining. Bought a second one as well, so I'll definitely be having another. For $3 this is an excellent buy!
12-09-2007 02:46:08 | More by ruckzuck
3.98/5 rDev +16%
This beer was available at an incredibly low overstock price of $3 a 750 ml. bottle at Green's, so I could not resist. Poured into a Champagne flute, the beer looked a bit darker gold than the real thing, and the carbonation was far less forceful. There wasn't much of a head to speak of. The aroma was sweet and yeasty with a little black pepper and anise thrown in for good measure. The taste was sweet and tart. There wasn't much bitterness, but the palette was quite dry after each sip. Not packed with flavor, but definitely resembled Champagne quite a bit in taste. The mouthfeel was medium full and aided by a carbon dioxide tingle. Not a bad beer at all as it serves its intended purpose as an aperitif quite well. The whole experience was made even more pleasurable as I consider the hefty discount I received.
12-02-2007 06:30:43 | More by rajendra82
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
Crystal clear deep golden brew with a small very white head. Looks pretty appealing in a Duvel chalice.
Smell is mostly Noble hops and maybe a hint of alcohol.
Sweet malty , heavy fruit ...grapes for sure...some strawberry maybe , and some nice Noble hops in the clean finish.
It definitely inetensifies as it warms up. Pretty drinkable, glad I only had to share with one other person.
Not bad at $11 a bottle....I'l get another.
11-26-2007 23:00:35 | More by Hautacam
1.93/5 rDev -43.7%
Cork and caged 750 sharp looking 750 ml bottle with elephants. $13.59.
Appearance: Quite good. Pours a pale gold with outstanding carbonation and a large bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace. Very champagne like.
Aroma: Not bad. Fruity, sweet, and slightly spicy with nice yeast character but rather dull, macro-euro-lager like malt notes.
Taste: Yuck! Becks with a lot of sugar dumped into it. The Belgian yeast flavors are good but there is just way to much unfermented sugar in this beer. There is also way to much pale malt flavor that lends itself towards garbage Euro-lagers. This in turn reminds me of skunk, even though this beer is not particularly skunky.
Mouthfeel: Cloying in a big way. Terribly sweet. Great carbonation and a touch of spice here and there but overall too sweet to drink. Powdery. Yuck.
Drinkability: Nill. I tried to drink this beer four times over two days but couldnt get down more than one quarter of the entire bottle. The rest went down the drain.
11-26-2007 18:31:50 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured a very light golden color with a one finger head which turned quickly into a thin film of foam. Nice amount of bubbles rising from the center of my glass.
Smelled of wheat with a very faint fruity scent.
A somewhat dry, lemony taste with the malts hidden in the background.
Very lively in the mouth, somewhat thin but with a better than average amount of carbonation.
A fairly easy to drink beer. It's not one that really beckoned me back for more, but certainly is worth a try. If you like this style beer you'll enjoy this one. Overall I'd say I was expecting perhaps a bit more, especially for the price ($6.99 for a 12.7 oz bottle) but still it's not bad by any means.
11-17-2007 18:24:36 | More by JBogan
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
Well my first Biere de Champagne - a style that has always intrigued me.
A - Light straw colour poured into a champagne flute (cheesy, i know). Pours just like champagne taking a couple of pours to get a decent amount of beer into the glass. An inch of fluffy white head is left that falls fairly quickly leaving a thin whisp. Little bits of sporadic lacing.
S - Sweet pilsner malts hit the nose first backed up by some grassy, herbal hop notes & a touch of floral fruitiness.
T - Not unlike the smell but the subtle floral & fruit notes loose out to a sweet malt presence.
M - Medium bodied with a high, tongue tickling carbonation.
D - A nice, interesting beer, definantly worth trying and busting out every now and then.
Hopefully the bottle of DeuS I have in my cellar (aka built in wardrobe) will be a bit more complex. This is basically a highly carbonated, strong, well made lager.
10-16-2007 09:41:17 | More by brendan13
4.03/5 rDev +17.5%
A clear golden colored beer with a mild amount of chill haze to it. Tall white head completes the picture of what a top quality Pilsner looks like in the glass.
The smell is sweet and a bit estery with a good strong scent herbal Nobel hops. The hop scent is mildly spicy with a citrus and a slight grassy scent.
The taste begins a little sweet and malty with a mild hit of Nobel hop flavor. A little fruity from the esters and flowery and herbal from the hops with just a little orange citrus in the aftertaste describes the flavor succinctly in an obvious run on sentence badly constructed by myself. Bitterness builds as you sip and eventually the spicy nature of fresh Nobel hop emerges along with a slight lemon rind flavor. Pilsner malt is present but mostly stays in the background and unnoticed unless you are trying to pick it out.
The mouthfeel is thick despite its pale color.
An interesting ale and decidedly on the light end of the Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut classification. To me this is much closer to an Imperial Lager or even the milder lighter flavored bock beers. One thing is for sure this is an easy to drink beer and a bit deceiving in its strength. This would be an excellent beer to use at a wedding as a Champagne substitute that a Budweiser lover could comprehend.
08-22-2007 03:50:03 | More by Zorro
3.4/5 rDev -0.9%
Fizzes out of bottle, pours a five+ finger white head that vanishes quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is sweetish, earthy and grass, drying finish. Higher ABV is hidden. Champagne lager is misleading - not fizzy and not like a lager. Pricey at $6.99 for a 375ml corked bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.
08-20-2007 22:44:39 | More by jdhilt
3.7/5 rDev +7.9%
Corked and caged 750mL bottle. Poured into a Franziskaner hefeweiss glass at approximately 61F. This poured a crystal clear golden straw colour like a pilsner with an enormous white head that faded away in about 2 minutes. Smell was a cross between something like Beck's and a Riesling. I don't really like the smell of beer like Beck's and so forth, but I really didn't know what to expect and I have never had another Bière de Champagne with which to compare this one. Taste was very mildly sweet up front with some definite white wine qualities, but turns pleasantly (lightly) bitter toward the finish. Mouthfeel was very smooth and nearly bereft of any CO2 "sting". Also, as mentioned in other reviews, this drinks way below the 8,0%abv displayed on the label. You could get in trouble with this quickly if you aren't careful! Not my favourite beer or beer style, but certainly interesting and I am very glad I tried it.
07-15-2007 18:05:25 | More by SilentSabre
3.93/5 rDev +14.6%
Not sure what to expect from this brew. Popped the top, no foaming from the bottle, which is actually good imo.
Pours a pilnser-looking golden pale with an absolutely huge head. Soft white head never dies, settles to about 1 1/2 fingers throughout. Aroma is like a Bud, but without the maltiness and grains. A bit weak, yet nothing off-putting.
Tastes like a smooth pilsner. Light on the malt, clean, refreshing and very easy to drink. Not as "tingly" as expected, not as carbonated either. Still, there is a slight Rielsing hint to this one. A good beer. I had a 750ml bottle, but have seen them in splits. The latter is probably more appropriate serving.
07-05-2007 20:46:51 | More by Mebuzzard
3.65/5 rDev +6.4%
5/31/2007 $10.49 750 mL 8.00% No best by date.
Consumed on what a friend informed me was my "Champagne" Birthday (it's the 31st, and I turned 31 today).
Pours a clear, vibrant light yellow with loads of tight carbonation that leads to a never ending half inch of frothy white head.
Nice crisp toasted notes with a citrus finish. Very clean and refreshing.
A rather nice pilsner flavor, with a creamier mouthfeel, and notes of citrus fruit, which you wouldn't expect from a pilsner. 8% abv is nicely masked, and the carbonation never gets out of hand.
Rather enjoyable as a champagne alternative, and while not as flavorful as DeuS or Malheur this doesn't impact your wallet to the same extent.
05-31-2007 21:56:02 | More by cbl2
3.1/5 rDev -9.6%
Pours a light golden straw color, no noticeable aroma beyond faint grains. Flavor is crisp and clean with a little corn sweetness, finishes dry. Not much body or carbonation. Wow. Get a load of this one. Not sure how they legally got away with "Champagne Lager" on the bottle without France stepping in. Aside from bottle-conditioned carbonation, and the light, sharp flavor, this beer has nothing to do with Champagne - was it bottled in Champagne? Was it aged in pupitres there? Were the bottles riddled and had they undergone degorgement? Was the beer a blend of thirty to sixty different beers of varying ages and vintages? No, no, no, no, and no. The bottle itself describes how they went to great lengths to make the beer as smooth and inoffensive as possible, then tries to overplay its hand by saying how distinctive it is. And after all the English all over the bottle did you catch the ingredients listed in German? what's up with that? Sorry, I can read a little German, and I caught the corn and rice in there. I'm sure Coors could send some beer over to Rodenbach for double fermenting and a corked Champagne bottle with similar results. In my area the bottle retails for $11.99. That hurts. Hmm, a 750 ml of Westmalle Tripel is setting right next to it on the shelf for the same price! What to choose...?
04-13-2007 21:11:13 | More by dedrinker
3.65/5 rDev +6.4%
Pour: 750ml to flute glass. Comes out about half clear golden effervescent body and half white head. The four fingered fluffy topping descends rather slowly but leaves only a small amount of webbing on the glass. A nice cap of lace remains behind.
Nose: From the pop of the cork there's a pleasant grapefruit aroma that pervades the air around me. Belgian yeast scents, almost like a blonde, green grapes, some rind bitterness.
Mouth: Somewhat flat tasting, up front anyway. There's a touch of fruit and then it slides through to the back where a deep array of fruit and grain flavors mingle together: apricot, grapes, ruby red grapefruits, raw wort. A warming updraft after the swallow, and a lingering corn sugar sweetness that doesn't provide anything useful. Mouthfeel is extremely mellow for how bubbly the body is - small little pricks in the front that don't make it through to the back of the mouth.
An interesting beer to say the least. Very very easy to drink, swallows like water... but does not contain a whole lot of depth that makes you want to savor every sip.
03-29-2007 06:58:15 | More by clickpush
Krait Prestige from Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
79 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.