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Maharaja Premium India Pilsner - Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-23-2002)
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
3.73/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so India is not exactly known for it's beer scene but this just looked pretty cool so I had to pick it up.

A - Bright yellow...like someone milked a highlighter into a glass of water. This is crystal clear and topped with a very thin cap of tiny white bubbles. Nothing but a slightly thicker collar is found around the edges of the glass...no lace at all.

S - I have never, in my beerxperience, smelled anything remotely like this. It smells like some sort of weird spice mingled with some bizarre exotic fruit nectar. It smells a lot like an Indian friend's house after they have cooked a large meal for guests. It's a very pungent and unfamiliar smell, and it makes me think of my favorite Indian restaurant in town...there is something (I have no idea what it's called) served there that is intended as a garnish or topping...it's dry and flaky, and sort of like what we would think of as that red pepper stuff you sprinkle on pizza. Anyhow, this is what I'm reminded of.

T - Wow. This is a unique brew! Spicy, herbal, exotic, and odd. This is amazing stuff, but not in the traditional beer sense. This is almost like another beverage entirely. There are some Saaz hop flavors....quite pronounced actually....so I see why this is listed as a German pils, but I'm almost thinking this should be under the "herbed/spiced beer" category.

M - Light, crisp, and refreshing with an extremely dry finish...all qualities that should definitely be found in this style of beer. The lingering aftertaste of weird fruits and herbs is intriguing, and I think that this is definitely well suited for spicy Indian cuisine.

D - One of the strangest beers that I've had in a while. I thought that it would be a pretty basic macro lager and boy was I wrong. This tastes like a good German pils with added Indian spice. Good stuff IMO!

Note: I have a major problem with this 11oz bottle BS. Where is my extra ounce? It seems like a lot of Belgian and other European beers (Germany and England aside....they like their bottle BIG) are shorting us with 11 ounce beers that cost the same as, if not more than every other 12 oz beer out there. What gives? Is this just due to their standard of 330ml being a nice solid number? I know it's not a big deal, but I just don't want to see the next trend being 10oz or 9oz bottles that cost the same as they did when they were a nice round 12oz!

pmcadamis, Nov 13, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.85/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why this beer has gotten such a bad rap. I found it to be delicious and perfectly matched with moderately spicy Indian cuisine.

My bottle was manufactured in june of 2004 but ths bottle wasn’t at all skunked or past its prime.

The overwhelming odor and taste was apples, loads and loads of apples. It reminded me very much of Luxembourg’s national brew, what’s tha tone called again?

Anyways, this beer just was loaded with wonderful fruit and floral aromas. I could smell Belgian hops in it, I think. At any rate this beer shared some characteristics of a few lighter Belgian brews that I’ve had.

The appearance and mouthfeel were typical to any macro pilsner.

Very good. Better than Taj and the Horse in my book and as good, but different from the King Fischer.

I will definitely order this one again when I return to the wonderful Maharaja restaurant on Madison’s East Side.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.85/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

There is a curious sound this beer makes when you poor it. It is eactly like pouring a fizzy soda. Its quite loud. The head is gone in a flash and leaves a few meager stains on the surface of a beer that both (and I'm not kidding here) looks and smells exactly like apple juice.

Taste is very light in this watery brew. It is tangy with an uncontrolled fruit off-flavor. Probably won't be finishing this. It isn't particularly offensive, its just kind of a "why bother?" beer. Unpleasent aftertaste is a big blow to drinkability.

JudgeRoughneck, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

tbryan5, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of bulldogg915
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

bulldogg915, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of chossboss
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

chossboss, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of BadBadger
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad pilsners. Rather refreshing. This pours a light golden color. There is a nice white foamy head. The taste is smooth and pleasant. This is a drinkable beer. While not something I would recommend rushing out to buy. This is certainly worth giving a sample.

BadBadger, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of ADR
1.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium yellow (not as pale as some), transparent appearance. The head is soupy and pretty thin, but it holds up and leaves traces of lacing on the Pilsner glass. Aroma is pretty reserved, slight sulfur tanginess that might have some relationship to hops. Light but overcarbonated, seltzer overpowers the ordinary maltiness and combines with the funky aroma to give an odd and unsettling close -- a little like Smith Bros. cough drops or even traces of locker room witch hazel. I can't recommend this beer as drinkable in a tasteless kind of way, it has some off properties to me.

ADR, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from about an inch above the glass gave this clear straw golden colored beer a white head about an inch high.
The small white head quickly die to a thinning lacing.

Sour citrus and yeast like aroma with lemon being the most prominent.

Dryish light sour citrus with a lemon peel and corn syrup likeness being more so in the forefront of the taste.

A light dry aftertaste that holds some of the sourness of the taste.

I think I'll have to pass on any more of these, just really nothing there that I like about beer, except maybe the alcohol content.

LXIXME, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

acurtis, May 18, 2014
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 Fl oz. bottle > 16 0z. SA glass ($1.65)
MFD: 03/07 Batch No. 35 US

Pours out a very clear pale golden color, very active with large bubbles and a creamy, bubbly 1/2" deep head. Retantion is very good for this style with mild lacing.

Smells of honey-soaked doughy bread with tangy yeast and sweet grapes. Banana, vanilla and lemmon. This is much more aromatic than I remember from the few times I had this at several Indian Restuarant's.

This is a very flavorful Imported Pilsner with a honey-bread with corn type malt flavor with subtle wheatie attributes. The balance is sublime as the sweetness mellows on the palate a blast of slightly fruity and earthy yeast notes and dried herbs but also zesty hop finish. The complexity was a big surprise.

Very light bodied, very crisp, clean and refreshing, finishing a bit dry.

I'm just going to have to agree to disagree with the rest of BA on this one, I found nothing very cheap about it except the price. I was actually expecting much less but was happily jazzed after.

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

cliff1066, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of russpowell
2.55/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured an effervescent golden with 1 finger+ of white head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Sweet cereal & some soapy notes

T: Metallic hops taste up front, with some cereal notes (corn flakes). Soapy notes as this warms. Finishes with more metallic notes & some dryness

MF: Thinnish with lively carbonation

Had this an Indian restraunt, else wise this was a drain poor. Still left about 30-40% of it there. Serve icecold if forced to drink this. Slightly better than BMC

russpowell, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Imbiber
2.6/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brewed May 2003 according to the bottle, so 9 months old.

Hazy pale yellow. Carbonation is heavy, lots of big bubbles constantly dash to the surface. The head disappears instantly. Slight hoppy, flowery aroma. A bit of hop bitterness comes out, though the aftertaste is strange and somewhat rough - tastes more like it came out a can rather than a bottle. Too gassy.

Not a beer I would recommend.

Imbiber, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of DKHNOVA
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

DKHNOVA, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of TheStig
2.63/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, with a quickly dissipating head. Very bubbly.

Very faint corn scent, with no musty or skunky scents.

Clean and light tasting, with every typical flavor muted and made subtle. There's nothing terribly prominent, but a sweet tartness is present throughout. It's not unpalatable, but there's just really no taste.

No alcoholic burn. Finishes crisp with no lingering after textures.

Very drinkable if only for the fact that it's something that can be knocked back while watching TV. It's nothing spectacular and it doesn't challenge the palate. Meh. Sure kills the burn of a vindaloo, though!

TheStig, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -27.8%

GRG1313, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of philipquarles
2.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 bottle from 11/07--wish I had seen that date before buying. Pours a clear light gold with a fizzy, medium white head. Smells faintly of sweet malt and straw. Essentially devoid of all taste. Almost no malt and only a lingering bitterness. I've never had a beer that tasted like nothing before; it's really quite strange. Thin body. Drinks about like a flat Perrier. Bud has more character than this.

philipquarles, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Padron4KM
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle. batch no. 650 manufactured 11/2004.
Okay so going in I know it’s probably past it’s prime.
Poured clear yellow with a white head and no lacing.
Aroma is grain and corn.
Flavor is corn,lemon,acid, with a dry finish.
Mouthfeel is sharp, overly carbonated.
If was I was at an Indian resturaunt I might drink this, but I think I'd prefere water.

Padron4KM, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of mrcraft
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

mrcraft, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of BrewChatKen
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Nobody's noting Pilsners for their complexity and this one's not going to change that, but it is still a light, crisp and refreshing beer. Nose was slightly estery with that typical lager smell (yeast?), not much else there, pretty boring. It was a bright golden color with a white head and very easy drinking. Taste was also pretty bland, nothing really notable here, hops are very much irrelevant. All in all it's a decent Pilsner, refreshing, but ultimately boring.

BrewChatKen, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of thekanna
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear yellow with small effervescent bubbles. half a finger of white head dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a very thin sheen of resilient foam on the top.

S: Strong yeast sourness, almost like injera bread. Very small bit of sweet malts detectable underneath.

T/M: Very watery yeast flavor leads to some adjunct malts and detectable hop bitterness at the end. Relatively high carbonation, but it is not exactly crisp; I'd say "biting" is the more appropriate term.

D: Very run-of-the-mill lager; good for quenching thirst, bad for much else.

thekanna, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this at the little store attached to the deli in Clayton. We got indian food so my mom bought me and my dad some indian beer.

Appearance- pale yellow color, little to no head

Smell- malt

Taste- malt

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- probably wouldn't drink it again but I would if someone gave one to me.

jeffjeff1, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of scottoale
2.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

According to the label, this Indian Pilsner is "produced from the finest malt and imported hops with technical expertise of Belgian brewers" and it really shows in this "Premium" pils (lager)...NOT! Is this Busch Bavarian Beer?, yodel,yodel.

It pours a light straw, yellow-gold with a small white foam cap. Although well carbonated, the head dies quickly, leaving traces of lace behind.

Dusty, bitter-sweet malt fills the nose with a small waft of grassy hops to the finish.The flavor follows suit, with some corn adjunct taste to it and a watery finish that is clean. Strange soapish mouthfeel that renders this beer to an average at best...try it if you dare.

scottoale, Mar 26, 2008
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Maharaja Premium India Pilsner from Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.