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Haywards 5000 Super Premium Beer - Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.

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66
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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 26.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd. visit their website
India

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Suds on 11-30-2002)
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Reviews by Cyberkedi:
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.64/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is crisp, malty and a little fruity - typical, but at least OK. Pours a clear, rather wan yellow - not too good, but at least the white head is thick and somewhat persistent. Flavor is - not outstanding, but for a pale lager, a snip or two above average. Malty and fruity, satisfying. Texture has OK body and OK fizz. Overall, fair to middlin’. If not great, at least potable. Good for a party, or with a meal.

Cyberkedi, Feb 17, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.83/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Extremely light and pale yellow in color with a decent head and loads of carbonation.

Smell – Typical Americanized strong grain aroma. This one smells very dry.

Taste – Sticky rice meets creamed corn. This is one of the strangest (and nastiest) beers that I’ve ever had.

Mouthfeel – Dry and somewhat crisp with a very thin body.

Sinkability – I definitely can’t make myself finish this thing.

RoyalT, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of Hoppin_mad
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of chinchill
2.71/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From 650 ml undated bottle.

Pours a golden yellow; ample carbonation; short-lived off-white head leaves a lasting ring.

Aroma is not bad but can be described as a slightly skunky lager.

T – starts sweets and finishes mildly bitter. A hoppy lager in which the higher ABV is too apparent in the flavor. Has a pretty good finish.

M – Higher carbonation; too much tingle as a result of higher ABV plus carbonation level. Medium body. ABV also makes this slightly harsh.

O – Average quality, more or less, in a high ABV macro-lager.

chinchill, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3/5  rDev +9.9%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Brenden
2.84/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brew is a clear burnished gold color. A dense white head settles in at a full finger with good retention, settling to a foam after moderate time. The spotty lacing isn't impressive, but it's pretty good, and the strength of the head is more than expected.
The smell is sweet and grainy with a bit of a metallic note and lots of fruity esters. There's nothing unoffensive, really, though it's pretty generic.
The taste goes grainier with a bit of a weird, turpentine-like off flavor before floral hops come in. Fruity esters still come in, mostly up front but still lightly throughout. The finish is oddly sweet with a bit of flora and something like cake batter.
It's light-bodied, fairly crisp but a little too slick, and not just in the finish.

Brenden, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Groucho75
2.33/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Was looking forward to this after going through a few more Indian beers from the store; my friendly neighborhood liquor man said he preferred this to the domestic Kingfisher and the Indian-made Taj Mahal.

Usually the words "650 ml", "7 % ABV" and "$3.09" make me a happy boy, but this one is pretty disappointing.

Big, undated bottle, ice cold and poured into a fluted pils glass. Loads of carbonation with a white foamy head that stuck around for a few moments and then evaporated. Strong gold color.

Aroma is where things start going south; sickly grass and a sweetness that wouldn't be out of place with some lower-market AALs.

The taste gets a little better, but not by much. Strong alcohol taste that suggests more than 7%. Some malt, but the adjunct-y taste is just too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel isn't terrible. It isn't great either.

All in all, I'd actually go for Budweiser before this unless I was enjoying a curry. For that matter I'd opt for a Molson's XXX if I wanted something strong with lots of body but not overwhelming in alcohol.

Groucho75, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of seavercm
3.25/5  rDev +19%

seavercm, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of DruC4
2/5  rDev -26.7%

DruC4, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A clear gold body is capped by a short head of bright white foam. The retention is fair, and although it drops a bit it still maintains a thin creamy layer across the surface. Some minor lace also adds to the appearance. The nose displays some higher alcohols and acetaldehdye. It's not quite off-putting, but it's certainly not pleasant either. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth due to the combination of its medium/full body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The alcohol found in the nose reappears in the flavor amidsts a somewhat grainy and sweetish malt that's backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with residual, lingering alchohol. Not a very well-made beer by any means.

NeroFiddled, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of WoodBrew
2.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dudes...anyone trying this beer must have done a tour of duty in India!!! I had my experience in Lucknow!!! What a PLACE! Anyone who has been to India....know what I am talking. The beer is typical of a macro brewed beer....clear golden/yellow in color not alot of head. Smell is iffy, and so is the taste! The alcohol makes it tough to do a session with it and overpowers the taste! However, when you are in Lucknow...any beer will do....and if I was in Lucknow right now drinkin the Haywards 5000....I would be smiling!

WoodBrew, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of cliff1066
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

cliff1066, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Imbiber
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle says best before 11/2003, drinking this 5 minutes into 2/2004, oh well...

Hazy gold in colour, smallish white head. Aroma is cross between neat alcohol, sherry, and white spirit - not necessarily unpleasant but somewhat unexpected and voracious on the finer elements of the nose. Actually, I think this is the best element of this beer.

Malt and hops are there in the taste, as is a slightly cloying sweetness and a grainy texture. Not unpleasant, but a bit harsh - though I have had a lot worse. Not much aftertaste, just a grainy feel.

Ok, maybe one of the better brews from India - but not great.

Imbiber, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of nikhilshetty007
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%

nikhilshetty007, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of tone77
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, corn. Taste is not very good, something metallic and medicinal is present, a bit of malt and grain. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a subpar beer, most American made malt liquors are better.

tone77, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
1.85/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Brewed and bottled in India under SABmiller supervision. Pours a clear pale yellow color. Big skunky aroma with raw vegetables and hay for flavor.

S: Smell is raw, warm buttered vegetables.

T: Taste is buttery vegetables that finishes with off flavors, sour vegetables, sour malt, some sweetened buttery notes.

M: Mouthful is thin, harsh and coarse with some skunkiness and musky feel.

D: Just plain horrible flavors, a horrible lager bite and just bad brewing techniques, but then again what else would you expect from SAB. Undrinkable, couldn’t finish.

beerthulhu, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of emerge077
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up in a recent smash & grab for BYOB at a random Devon Ave. shop in Chicago.

Out of the four casual beer drinkers at our table, this was the only bottle to sit unfinished at the end of the night. It's only redeeming factor was a slight banana ester that surfaced at room temperature.

Poured fizzy yellow, some foam that rapidly dissipated.
Smelled like spent grain, noticeable alcohol, no hops.
Taste was bland, thin mouthfeel, no one wanted to drink it after a few sips.

After sitting for awhile, and warming to room temp. there was an out of place banana taste that was neither here nor there. Kingfisher paired much better with the spicy lamb curry.

emerge077, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of BeerSingh
2.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Haywards 5000 is a sought after strong lager available in India, and probably the best known brand after Kingfisher.

Poured into a Beer Mug from a 22 oz bottle. Darkish yellow in colour with a big head. Smells of typical adjuncted beer - metallic. Tastes of distinct alcohol and grain separately. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy.

I have stopped drinking this beer post my tryst with Belgians

BeerSingh, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of matjack85
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

matjack85, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of thekanna
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear yellow with active carbonation and massive, foamy head.

S: Sweet adjunct malts and yeast; with some alcoholic undertones.

T: Astringent alcohol flavor could be felt all the way through. Slightly sweet malt flavor with almost undetectable hops, just the lingering presence of what tasted like rubbing alcohol in small quantities.

M: Crisp, light body and medium head.

D: This is what my Indian friends tell me that they got smashed off of in college; it was kind of their equivalent to a 40 oz bottle... I wasn't surprised that this didn't come in one.

thekanna, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of tzieser
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%

tzieser, May 27, 2013
Photo of mjaskula
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up an Indian beer to go with my meal. Served in a pint glass. Looks like a macro lager, clear and golden. The thin white head disappeared quickly.

Aroma is mild, sweet and malty. Flavor is crisp, clean and mildly malty. Nothing special, but not really bad either. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both light. Easy to drink with spicy food.

mjaskula, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of jneiswender
1.15/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a hotel water glass (best I could do).

A-Light yellow body and a very weak, white head.

S-metallic, sugary malt flavor

T-if there is hops in here than my taste buds must be fried from all of the chilies I had eaten in India. No hop flavor to mention. Strong alcohol and a somewhat metallic flavor.

M-light

D-If one was to drink only Indian beer while in India, you can do a lot better than this. I know everyone seems to hate on Kingfisher but I would make Kingfisher my session for a week than touch this again. I felt dirty after drinking it.

jneiswender, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
1.7/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Interesting label. Claims to be the "crown jewel of Indian beers" the sentence after it uses the phrase "bottled in India under SABMiller supervision". Is it just me or is that in itself a devaluation of Indian beer?

Strangely bright tan/yellow color with a thin cap of head and a sharp sourness in the nose that is mostly malt. Taste is strong sour malt and not a whole lot else. Finish is fairly clean but not good at all. The alcohol is an intimidating enforcer behind the sour assault. Wow, this is pretty bad. If you want a brew to drink with Indian food, go with Kingfisher or Cobra, this is barely drinkable at all.

daliandragon, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of JohnW58
3.25/5  rDev +19%

JohnW58, Mar 02, 2014
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Haywards 5000 Super Premium Beer from Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.
66 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.