Haywards 5000 Super Premium Beer - Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
3.33/5 rDev +22.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25
Sheryl said it best… "This looks boring." It does. It looks like any domestic I have ever had. I did have two cans of Coors Light yesterday, but I was playing golf. Yesterday was National Beer Day, or something like that. I got two badges on Untappd, so there must have been something going on.
Past hoppy beers, I am not sure what else comes from India. This is an Indian premium beer, but based on what I am smelling, as I pour, this is going to be pretty boring. Oh well, they can't all be good!
In the Glass: The beer pours like any domestic I have ever seen. Think Bud Light meets Coors Light meets Miller Lite. I wonder why they spell it like that… Anyway, the beer produced a thin white head, and there is no lace to speak of. I am sure, just based what I am seeing, this beer will be very drinkable and I am excited to chug it! If nothing else so we can move on to the next beer. Oh, it's cheap, too.
Nose: I could smell yeast as I was pouring it. It has a very obvious grain aroma to it. I get more of that when I smell the beer, and while I am not typically into this style, I have been on a Euro pale lager kick lately. I grabbed a few bombers of that style last week just to see what they all taste like. I spent too much time on the wrong side of the aisle at Total Wine & More.
Flavor: All things considered, this is not a terrible beer. It has a nice sweet flavor to start, and as the flavor explodes across the back of the tongue, you are hit with some severe carbonation. It does remind me of a Euro pale lager. I am curios why the style on this is "malt liquor", as that makes me think of hard lemonade, or something. Oh well, I am digging this flavor, and could see myself drinking a gallon of this on a hot summer day. I wish more golf courses carried a better selection. This IS better than a Coors Light.
Mouthfeel: There isn't much going on. It's thin and boring at first, and as you begin to swallow, a ton of bubbles rage on the back of your tongue. From there, the swallow is quick, boring, and leaves you wanting more. Beers like this are quite drinkable, and I can see them getting me into trouble! I wonder how readily available this is in India. I sure hope this isn't what people in India think of when thinking of craft beer.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste isn't bad. It has a nice subtle drying sweetness to it. Again, it reminds me of the Euro pale lager experience. (If you drink this, don't burp. You can thank me later!) I bet this beer would pair nicely with a hamburger or hot dog.
This beer IS boring, but the subtle sweetness keeps me drinking. I wouldn't order this again, but would like to see this on tap if and when we visit India. I also wonder where the 5000 comes from… maybe I will do a little digging. Cheers, people!
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2013 21:53:17 | More by rickyleepotts
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2.8/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Haywards 5000 is, I think, my first foray into reviewing an Indian beer, and you'll forgive me if I am apprehensive when I read on the label that the Alcohol By Volume is described as "Alc. strength not exceeding 8% v/v", they can't even tell us what the ABV is? WTF!? This aside I am looking forward to seeing what India has to offer as a beer brewing country.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Presents with a hazy pale gold body and a light dusting of white for a head.
S: It certainly has a different aroma; a boozy/grain quality with raw sugar and a big hit of rum. No doubt this will be a saccharine drenched Lager. Hops are likely there but not evident in the aroma, this is malt liquor after all.
T: Well it has an odd flavour, a bit of a Lager/rum mix to it. Evident are the grains of which there are several - the label lists barley, rice and maize. Aside from that there are notes of the aforementioned rum, raw sugar, sour apple and a touch of bread yeast.
M: Mid to heavy bodied with a light carbonation.
D: I'm half and half on this one, which would be an apt way to describe this brew "half and half" due to that ever-present rum flavour (must be the "Ethyl alcohol" from the list of ingredients). It's not bad but it's also not great, it's a bit too weird to be great, and there is a foreboding sense that because it is an Indian product it may be both: Injurious to my health [Indian film pun there] and produced in the cheapest/least caring way possible, both of which deter me. If you are looking for a brew in a similar vein try Birra Peroni Gran Riserva which is a Doppio Malto or "double malt" beer.
Food match: What does one eat with Lager-rum? I haven't the foggiest. What I imagine would go well is Jamaican cuisine as that is the only thing rum related that comes to mind; Black beans, shredded beef, jerk chicken, rice and plantain or Stamp and Go with callaloo fritters.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2014 11:24:20 | More by doktorhops
2.84/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 14:28:52 | More by Brenden
1.75/5 rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
Never heard of it. I was in Boulder, land of craft beer, so when the waiter at the restaurant mentioned it, I thought, hmm... yet another local beer. Didn't register: Indian restaurant, import beer, crappy malt liquor.
Well it looked like a beer, right? This was awfully oxidized, leaving a sickly sweet aftertaste. It's only value was that it quenched a little bit of the power that came from the whole peppercorns and cardamom seeds I stumbled across as I ate the biryani. Avoid.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2013 12:13:39 | More by pweis909
Haywards 5000 Super Premium Beer from Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.
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