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

Not Rated.
Haywards 5000 Super Premium BeerHaywards 5000 Super Premium Beer

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 122
Avg: 2.64
pDev: 35.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Suds on 11-30-2002

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Reviews by Tresha:
Photo of Tresha
1.18/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I found this beer to be very very strong. Of course, it is 5000 and the stronger version but it was very bitter. The aftertaste is strong. The colour is like any lager, but a little darker yellow compared to other Indian beers. Very strong and can get you very very drunk. Have only one and share with friends. You won't know what hit you!

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Photo of RoyalT
1.88/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Photo of Hoppin_mad
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of chinchill
2.71/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Brenden
2.86/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Groucho75
2.31/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of seavercm
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of DruC4
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.71/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
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!

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Photo of cliff1066
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Imbiber
3.14/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of nikhilshetty007
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of tone77
2.32/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
1.85/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerSingh
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
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

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.47/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I bought a bottle of this to go with the food at an Indian themed dinner at my neighborhood's swim & tennis club. It went OK with the food, but a lighter lager might have been better. The Haywards tasted like malt liquor but lighter on the palate. I kind of appreciated the lightness but the taste wasn't great as I wasn't quite expected malt liquor flavor.

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Photo of BrewUSA
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Haywards 5000 Premium

Look 4/10
Smell 12/20
Taste 23/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 15/20

Overall 61/100

I really can't think of much great to say about this beer, I try not to dwell on the negative, however... This really is kind of a sorry beer. It's just so watery and bitter, almost as if they didn't even try.... It's just about a drain pour. Avoid at all costs if your a fan of true premium beer~

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Photo of BlueSpader
2.89/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of matjack85
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of thekanna
2.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of tzieser
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

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Haywards 5000 Super Premium Beer from Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.