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Maharaja Premium India Pilsner - Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.

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BA SCORE
67
poor

111 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.
India

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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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +8.3%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottled 8/2011.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a fizzy tan head that settles to wisps of lace on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and some grass and hay aromas. There is a slight skunky aroma that is present too. Taste is of malt, grain, honey, and some grape juice flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable and not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of djrn2
1.75/5  rDev -36.8%

djrn2, May 18, 2014
Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

acurtis, May 18, 2014
Photo of metter98
2.65/5  rDev -4.3%

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of apples in the nose along with some musty hints of corn.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that it has a little less apples and a little more adjunct malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but lacks the malty aromas and smells of a true pilsener.

metter98, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.75/5  rDev -36.8%

Pallid amber with a few fine floaters frolicking within. The bright white cap is a majestic four fingers in height and is nicely firm. There's quite a bit of lace too, although it doesn't last. This is a better than decent look. In fact, I might have thought 'quality German pils' if I hadn't seen what bottle it came out of.

I knew the nose wouldn't maintain the standard set by the appearance because I've been smelling the beer from afar since the cap was popped. It isn't quite skunky, but it's certainly nothing that appeals to me either. It's musty and tangentially floral with a definite chemical-like undercurrent.

The odd flavor is a fair approximation of the nose. The first half of each mouthful is bland and inoffensive. Then 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'. Bitter greens, hot plastic, minerals, Band-Aids. Oddly enough, it's still drinkable. However, there's no way I'd go any deeper into the bottle if I wasn't sacrificing my palate for the sake of this review.

The mouthfeel is light, even for the style, without descending to the depths of 'light beer light'. More carbonation might have helped. As far as drinkability, it depends on what one's options are. I'd take a bottle over undergoing Chinese water torture, but not over most pilseners that I can think of.

Apparently, Maharaja Premium Indian Pilsner was brewed with 'the technical expertise of Belgian brewers'. That means it has to be good, right? Not so fast muchacho. The Indian Subcontinent is anything but a hotbed of brewing excellence. Given that, it's amazing that this little foil-capped pils isn't even as good as the better known substandard pale lagers from that neck of the jungle.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -27.8%

GRG1313, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.58/5  rDev -43%

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast. There's a little malt sweetness and almost no hops presence. There really isn't much to this beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, not the best representation of style, this is definitely not a beer that I would want to drink again.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of russpowell
2.55/5  rDev -7.9%

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 feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev +31%

"Premium Indian Pilsener" "Produced from the finest malt and imported hops with technical expertise of Belgian Brewers." Label depicts a bejeweled potentate.
Appearance: pale gold color, large and frothy pure white head. Nose is subtle and sly, showing only hints of spicy hops, and a whiff of citrus, a little sweet, even corny, and quick to dry out and flatten.
Nice little texture at first sip, lip smakcingly good. Quite drinkable, though unmemorable. Light body, and overall not much more than a cookie-cutter international lager, showing some faint resemblances to a pilsener, but not enough.
Further into the drink, I appreciated the taste more and more, and liked it better. An excellent match for hot, spicy food, and by far the best Indian lager I've tried yet!

feloniousmonk, May 11, 2003
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1.93/5  rDev -30.3%

11/22/04- Purchased at Wine Globe in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a light pale yellow color with minimal quickly disappearing head and very slight traces of lace.

Smell- It smells like bad cheap bum liquor. Maybe like nightrain or white port. Not a good smell. If anything maybe a smell of budwieser but worse.

Taste- Guess I wasted my $1.79 on this one. Very odd (in a bad way) taste. Don't really know how to describe it. Malt is there, but something is in the background. Something stale tasting. Stale grains? No hops do I detect.

Mouthfeel- Way to carbonated. Like seltzer. My stomach is hurting after three sips.

Drinkability- Hello sink, here comes your dinner.

GClarkage, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of musty malts, corn adjunct malts, and some stronger notes of apple/apple cider. There is also a strange hint of wax/paraffin.

T: Flavors of pale malts, corn adjunct malts, and some lighter notes of apple. Not too sweet but there is very little bitterness in the taste either.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink - you can see how this beer would be popular with the hot climate in India and the spicy cuisine). Sessionable with good balance in the flavor.

dbrauneis, Jun 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev +8.3%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev -7.9%

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
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2/5  rDev -27.8%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

harpus, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Gusler
1.1/5  rDev -60.3%

Pours a typical clear golden yellow to amber color, the head bright white, modest in size with sufficient lace to cover the glass, nose is all malt, and is also crisp and fresh. Start is malt, the top cadaverous, the finish caustic and the hops pitiful, dry and a very forgettable beer and it pains me to call it that.

Gusler, Dec 31, 2002
Photo of KAF
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

KAF, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Dogbrick
1.58/5  rDev -43%

I tried this awhile back and somehow forgot to rate it. First of all, this is the heaviest 11oz bottle you can find. You could probably throw it against a wall and not break it. Pours a pale gold color with a medium white head. No real lacing to speak of. Minimal aroma of hops, luckily there was no skunk aroma present. Flavor was typical boring Lager stuff. Light hops and light malt is about all you can find. I know there must be some good Indian beers out there.

Dogbrick, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +48%

Tasted on 04/08/06 at Oasis Indian Restaurant in Chantilly, VA.

Typical pale yellow pilsner appearance and body with nice carbonation. I know everyone here made fun of the Belgian Brewers reference on the bottle but all I could think of was how the aroma and flavor had a light Belgain Pale Ale/Single character to it. A nice touch.

The best Indian beer I've tried to date. Unique character, refreshing, crisp and clean, and perfect with a spicy Lamb Vindaloo.

The bottle served at the restaurant was about or over a year old based on the bottling date but it was not a problem at all... I'd definitely order this beer again, and again ...

Per Label: OG 1042-1048. ABV 5%. "Technical expertise of Belgian Brewers"

(11 oz. / 330 ml)

RBorsato, Jun 29, 2006
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3/5  rDev +8.3%

ZEB89, Thursday at 11:06 PM
Photo of alexgash
2.6/5  rDev -6.1%

Bubbly straw body with a cottony looking white head. Smells of sweetened cereal malts and big metallic, funky hops. Taste is not as sweet as the smell led me to believe, with singed malts and some medicinal/slightly astringent hops leading to a dry, bitter, finish. A pretty smooth, easy to drink lager, but I wouldn't move to India for this.

alexgash, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.42/5  rDev -12.6%

The beer pours crystal clear with a white head which falls quickly. The aroma is Saaz hops and a decent malt background. The flavor is slightly sour, crisp and bitter. Also present is a metallic flavor. he finish is bone dry. The body is light and watery.

11 ounce bottle (330 ml). Bottle says original gravity 1042-1048 ABV 5%. It also says:
"Produced for the finest malt and imported hops with the technical expertise of Belgian Brewers"

GCBrewingCo, Dec 29, 2003
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1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

LoveStout, May 18, 2014
Photo of garymuchow
2.13/5  rDev -23.1%

Bottle lists original gravity as well as reference to "Belgian Brewers."
Aroma is a sweet mix of pale sweet water, malt and light fresh hops.
Very fizzy sounding. Medium white head that settles on its own and only leaves a ring. Watery looking in light gold.
Mostly bitter in taste. In background very mildly is a little pale malt. Taste gets worse as warms to a unpleasant bitterness.
Fizzy mouthfell, excessive carbonation.
This is pretty bad, other that an okay aroma, I can't thing of any redeeming qualities.

garymuchow, Dec 18, 2003
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Maharaja Premium India Pilsner from Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.