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Flying Horse Royal Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
70
okay

155 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-10-2001

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Ratings: 155 | Reviews: 81
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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wasnt expecting much,but I was somewhat pleasantly suprised.Poured straw color with good head, smelled rather yeasty and breadlike.Tasted like a traditional lager was somewhat floral and to me very yeasty.To me it was the equivalent of Molson in a lotta ways so it was to bad got it for free so I am not complaining.

Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This came out a light yellow in color with an orangish tinge and a quick white head.

Smell – The grain is light and husky but not overly offensive.

Taste – The grain mellows at the taste and isn’t all that bad as far as American Macros are concerned. There’s a faint corny sweetness as well that, again, isn’t really that good but isn’t really that bad.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with a nice crispness at the very end.

Drinkability – This was drinkable. Barely so, but drinkable.

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22 oz slender brown bottle with a manufactured date on the back label.

Appearance: Clear pale yellow with a thin broken lace that barley sticks to the glass at all.

Smell: Dry hay and cooked veggie in the aroma, other than that it is quite clean.

Taste: Light bodied and thin with a semi-forceful carbonation. One sided malt flavour with a graininess that lingers far, mild cooked cereal grain flavour within. Even yet prickly hop bitterness though there is no hop flavour. Hint of smokiness ands an interesting twist to the clean palate. Dry and grainy in the finish.

Notes: A decent pale lager that does a good job of cleansing the mouth for the next sip beer or bite of food.

Photo of fdrich29
2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

21 oz bottle at Rangoli's, Brighton, Massachusetts.

Ok after finishing my bottle of Taj Mahal I decided to try something different, and picked this baby. Oh my was it bad. Taj Mahal is not a great beer, but paired with Indian food I find it tasty and satisfying. This was neither. Pale, tasteless and the faint smell of straw was all this beer could muster. They can't all be 5's...or 4's for that matter. Maybe the Kingfisher will be better, I'll try that next time.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, straw yellow, medium carbonation.

Smell: grass and earth

Taste: grass and earth with a metallic taste as well

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium high carbonation, slightly bitter

Drinkability: This beer is good for what it is..an adjunct lager. It is drinkable and I could have a couple in a sitting. Not a bad beer for the style, nothing to go out of the way for either.

Photo of BadBadger
3.36/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Horse Royal Lager is a descent beer to enjoy while dining on Indian Cuisine. Stand alone, I would not buy it off the shelf. It pours a nice golden color out of a 22oz bottle, with a moderately sized foamy head. Smell is somewhat yeasty. Taste is pleasant, with a crisp.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Faint yellow, has the fizzy yellow beer cliche down pat. Aroma was corn. Made me think of the old scoring system's "not impressed" when I gave it a 2.

Almost no taste to this thing, a good palate cleanser. Very light, crisp mouthfeel. Really lots of water in this beer. A little bit of corn sweetness.

I don't see any reason to pay the relative expensive price for yellow beer that doesn't even have a funny/stupid ad campaign. I mean, what exactly does this stuff cost more than Sierra Nevada for anyways? Might fool some chicks into thinking you drink exotic palatable beer, but I can't recommend that greasy lifestyle based on a lie.

Photo of ADR
3.22/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty well-charged, a big fizzy head of an inch on a slow pour. Vanishes quickly though. Medium gold and clear appearance. Little lace, mostly dots on the glass. Straw aroma, quite a bit of green apple skin. Some honey to the malt, but very fruity flavor, tart and with more decided apple tones, approaching fermented cider mid mouth. Light body, medium carbonation. Hands off to a crisp hoppiness near the close but with tangy notes remaining. Has a little character, not a favorite of mine, but makes more of an impression than other United Breweries Lagers like Taj Mahal.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered this at an Indian restaurant in Massachusetts. Served me the bottle and a pint glass.

A: Pour a clear light yellow with a foamy, one finger, white head on top. Not much lacing at all though.

S: Grainy with a slight floral aspect, but certainly not hoppy at all. Not a ton of adjunct or corn in the aroma though.

T: Lots of grainy malt, a bit like cereal, but there is some sweetness to it. Slight grassy hop flavor. Nothing off or bad tasting though, drinks rather clean.

M: Light to medium bodied with a a good bit of carbonation.

O: Not a bad lager really. Refreshing and rather crisp, and went very well with my spicy Chicken Tikka Masala.

Photo of secondtooth
2.27/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale, transparent golden-straw lager with quickly-dissipating head.

Smells of adjuncts -- sweet corn, chiefly. Very malty and sweet.

Taste is mild and malty, uncomplex and watery with no hops presence at all.

Unremarkable, uninteresting, and rather forgettable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flying Horse pours an absolutely crystal-clear, deep-golden body that teems with swirling clouds of tiny, effervescent bubbles beneath a long-lasting head of frothy bright-white foam that holds quite well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass. The aroma offers a soft, grainy maltiness and a mildly herbal and grassy hoppiness that's very European. The body is medium with a fine-bubbled carbonation that's crisp on the tongue before allowing it to smoothly fade away. The flavor delivers a unusual maltiness that's a touch sweetish and grainy with an odd, nuttiness to it (as if some wheat was included in the grain bill). The grassy, herbal, and delicately spicy hop flavors are perfectly balanced against the malt and backed by a solid bitterness that could be a bit sharper but still gets the job done. (It's less bitter than most German pilseners, but there's definitely something going on). It finishes dry with a lingering maltiness that's bumped by a swirl of hops and then residual bitterness. It's an impressive lager considering that it's coming out of India (a country not known for it's beer!). And interestingly, this "pils" has a softness and lingering quality to it that works really well with Indian foods. It pairs exceptionally well with the creaminess, delicate spiciness, subtle raisin fruitiness, and cashew nuttiness of Navratan Korma. More of a "food beer" than a Friday night quaffer, but still pretty good regardless.

Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a bomber of this with my Indian dinner tonight

Pours golden/straw with 1" of white head. Zero lacing or head retention

S: Sweet malt & perfumy hops

T: Sweet malt & hint of herbal hops up front. A little grainyness & cardboard moves in as it warms. Finishes sweet & dry

MF: Low carbonation & light/medium body, skews too sweet balancewise

Drank below average, not sure I'd have this one again. Probably only if it was a choice between BMC & this & then it's more about princible than taste. Left about 4ozs in the glass, I usually never waste beer

Photo of hotstuff
2.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this beer had a medium sized white creamy head with small bubbles. The body was clear with carbonation present. The hue was light gold and the lacing was only fair on the sides of glass. the nose was citrusy and fruity. The flavor was bitter with an aftertaste and the mouthfeel was tingly.

Photo of Dukeofearl
2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's one of the first hot days of Spring (in the 90s today) and so I thought this would be a good way to bring in the warmth- a nice light lager to cool me down and make my day.

I would be remiss if I didn''t say that I am really disappointed. Not a lot to say for this style to start with, but this is not a good one.

Looks like a standard American megabrew adjunct lager- maybe a touch darker yellow. Aroma is almost non existent, and the flavor is sour nasty hops with unpleasant grains. Not much to add to that.

650 ml bottle- this was a drain pour for about 450 ml. Not recommended.

Photo of thekanna
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, clear yellow with a very large head upon turbid pour.

S: Clean adjunct malts and yeasts.

T/M: Crisp, slightly sweet adjunct malts; then diacetyls shine through and give it a bit of butteriness before ending in a nice, carbonated finish.

D: Very much your run-of-the-mill Indian macro-lager, but refreshing nonetheless (not as torturous to drink as one might think), and also a good complement to flavorful Indian food.

Photo of scottoale
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml. brown bottle with a MFD 12/05 and Batch No.1476. It pours a liquid GOLD with 1/2inch of white bubbly that dies rather quicky, then re-builds itself a bit with it's carbonation. Nice, delicate bubble lace with this one.

Nice malty nose, grainy pale malts with some yeast and grassy hops in the background. It actually smells more like a Czech Pilz, than an American macro, nice aroma.

Taste is mildly sweet malt upfront, then quenches through to a crisp, slightly dry, bitter hop of a finish. Definitely a warm to hot weather beer, low enough in ABV and light enough in body to consume in large quantities to keep you cool and happy.

Mouthfeel is round with a little bite on the tongue. A very refreshing, lighter style of beer, that's worth a try...cheers.

Photo of metter98
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of rice adjuncts are present in the nose along with some hints of corn.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of adjunct malts along with slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing overly special about this beer, but it seems a cut above most American Adjunct Lagers. It's easy to drink and seems like it would pair well to cool off some spicy vindaloo if you are eating Indian food.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 ml (1 pint 6 fl oz) bottle, with manufacted date reading 04/2011 batch no. 3468, so this brew is about two years old. Been hitting the India imported American adjunct lagers at my local beer store lately, and I quite enjoyed the Taj Mahal Premium Lager by the same brewery, so I figured I would give this one a shot. An American pale lager, at a moderate 4.70% abv, no need to drag this out any longer, so on with it.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields two fingers of eggshell white bubbly head on top of the typical clear apple juice urine colored body. No lacing.

S - Some sour tart apple champagne like presence in the nose. Has cider qualities to it. Some bready yeast. Honey.

T - Very sweet, clean taste. Honey sweetness. Apple. Carbonated, medium bodied feel. A drinkable tasty beer for being what it is: a four dollar bottle of imported beer from India.

M - Smooth, light, and sweet mouth feel. Clean, and somewhat carbonated.

Overall, a highly drinkable beer. I think I might prefer the Taj Mahal Premium Lager just a bit more, but both beers would be nice to try if you ever manage to spot a bottle. Beats the hell out of the awful adjunct swill Bud Light and Coors Light being made in America, and if beers like Flying Horse Royal Lager Beer were more widely available, I would probably be drinking them more often.

Flying Horse Royal Lager Beer ---3/5.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The prototypical lager pour, a translucent gold color, the head impressive, the color bright white and the texture frothy. As it evanesces the lace left behind is a fine covering sheet upon the glass. Quintessential lager nose, all malt, somewhat sweet, with the start also mostly malt and lightly sweet, the top thin and unimpressive, the finish lightly hopped, mild on the carbonation, the aftertaste dry and lingering. Another “Average" lager, drinkable, but nothing that would make me buy it again.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went to an India restaurant and had a pour of each of their house lagers.

Nice yellow golden in color, fuller than expected for a lager with a 1/4 inch of bubbly head that quickly fades. Smells of common cereal grains, mild lager yeasts, and a bit of fruity corn. Taste was better than expected for an average beer with good sweetness and a crisp bite. Not something I would seek out again but worth trying lagers of India.

Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an ultra clear pale yellow.

Smell is very grainy and grassy. Strong sweet buckwheat smell to this with some perfume.

Taste is rustic and grainy with an almost smoky flavor to it; a slight sour flavor shows up in the background later on.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK brew drinkable yet different

Photo of DijonKetchup
2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour in a tulip glass from 22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Extremely light coloured with a 1" head which dissipated quite quickly.

Aroma: slight aroma hops that also seemed to magically disappear.

Taste: extremely light beer (ABV 4.6%), well carbonated, more malt than hops overall. A late bitterness on the back of the tongue. Somewhat lingering metallic flavours which are quite annoying. Blah.

Mouthfeel: very watery, seems typical for the Asian lagers.

Drinkability: due to the lingering bitterness and beery aftertaste which both stayed for a good half-hour, it can be ruled out as a session beer.

Comments: too bad I didn't have any spicy, curry-ladened foods to go along with this beer, as the annoying bitter aftertaste wouldn't dissipate on it's own. This was a gift, and I am glad that I didn't pay money for this beer.

Photo of LarryV
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow with thinly bubbled head. Malty, slight yeast presence, but not really very prevalent. Nicely balanced. Bready, yesty flavors come through with a clean finish. Not overly sweet, but still a touch of sweetness. Though it's not a beer I would activrly seek out, it went well with Indian food and had a nice palate cleansing effect. Not a bad lager, but nothing special either.

Photo of EnJeiBee
2.96/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured with a golden hue and little head. It had a quality to it that I found hard to describe. The malts certainly prevailed over an almost unnoticeable hop profile. Beyond that, there was an almost "off" flavor to it that I found enjoyable. Other than that, it presented a typical lager flavor with virtually no aftertaste.

I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it again, but I'm happy that something from India presented itself for me to try.

Photo of Indybeer
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Pours straw golden in color with a moderate head the slowly receded, leaving a fine lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt is present along with an almost floral scent. Taste is that of most traditional lagers, clean and crisp. Good carbonation and throughly enjoyable.

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Flying Horse Royal Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
70 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.