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Flying Horse Royal Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

Flying Horse Royal LagerFlying Horse Royal Lager

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.94%


Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-10-2001)
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Mcculler

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Poured into a pint glass a golden slightly hazy yellow with a moderate head that dissipated to a ring around the glass.

Smell - Vibrant nose with apple, pear, grass, nut, and mineral earthiness.

Taste -- repeats the nose, though I thought the taste would be far stronger given the former's vibrancy, but once I got over disappointed expectations, I realized that in fact, the taste is about an equal match of the nose, though perhaps the earthiness becomes more pronounced with a kind of unsweetened squash flavor -- not unpleasant -- coming through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability -- nicely carbinated and a little thin -- perfect for the style and makes for a high drinkability. Great with food -- the spicy chips we had enhanced the beers pleasant and intriguing taste rather than masking it.

I'm not quite sure why this beer is rated so low -- my buddy and I split a bomber and found it an exceptional lager. Maybe another tasting will disappoint but this one was memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 17:01:27 | More by Mcculler
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Each time that I go to get a haircut, I like to stop in at Country Garden 6-Pack if for no other reason than to see what is available. I am rarely disappointed and certainly not when I come away with a massive bottle of Indian lager for a song. I visited Bombay in 1987 and I still have nightmares about the crushing effects of disease and poverty that I encountered there. Let's hope that this beer will not be nightmarish.

I got a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with low retention from my pour. Nose was grainy and malty and I began to wonder if its classification as an AAL was correct. Color was a light-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was honey-like, the hallmark of real unadulterated lager. The CANQuest (TM) has caused me to come in contact with far too many AALs not to be able to tell the difference. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I was very glad that I decided to give this one a whirl. That, and the price was well worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 00:43:12 | More by woodychandler
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John

New York

4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer on it's own or with spicy hot Indian food. Very nicely hopped.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2001 13:13:41 | More by John
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kneeland

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at an Indian restaurant, mostly for the price. I was very surprised to find out how much I liked it. There's a certain flavor to it that I wasn't able to put my finger on, but it really works for a beer. So if you want something different tasting, but is still all beer, this one is for you.

It pours a straw yellow, but has a heavier body than it looks. Goes down very easy. I would have liked more head. But I will definitely get this again when I go to another Indian restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 14:58:45 | More by kneeland
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Offa

California

3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a basic lager, but good and tasty.

Golden, it has a small-medium, dense white head that shrinks slowly to leave a little weak lace.

The aroma is light, with grain, apple, pear, and a hint of hay.

The taste is fairly sweet and malty with pear and grain as well as hints of apple and hay. This is offset with a light hoppy bitterness with faint light grass and apple peel. It has a faint, interesting, musty quality, as well. It's also clean and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 19:05:28 | More by Offa
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bottle (I think over 1 pint) and had with dinner at an Indian restaurant. It was completely clear, yellow color, thin white head (the head didn't retain). The smell was mild due to the style, more malty than hoppy. Flavor was mildly malty with a very slight bitter aftertaste.

It wasn't my favorite style of beer but it went well with the spicy Indian food we were eating. Same thing as drinking Kirin at a Japanese restaurant, it's just about right for the food.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 15:04:22 | More by TurdFurgison
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mithrascruor

California

3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear, slightly pale gold color. Light, fluffy white head with minimal lacing.

Smell: Has a generic malty-sweet flavor. Better than in some other beers, but fairly typical and uninspiring.

Taste: Light, slightly-sweet malty flavor, with some grains and a bit more hops. Similar to your typical lager, but a bit sweeter.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied but solid. Very minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Thoroughly drinkable, both taste- and alcohol-wise. But not particularly inspiring.

Like many Asian lagers, this is best suited for drinking with food, in my opinion. While decent on it's own, it fails to impress me... Thus I will probably only have this again unless I'm at an Indian restaurant or something similar.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 01:16:26 | More by mithrascruor
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 18:49:31 | More by tigg924
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LarryV

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 19:06:14 | More by LarryV
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Indybeer

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 10:17:03 | More by Indybeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 16:39:54 | More by NeroFiddled
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WesWes

New York

3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a slight bitterness. It's clean with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that seems a bit grainy and slightly earthy on the finish. It's crisp and refreshing, but lacking any real character. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good lager. It has a flavor that I enjoy as well as good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 00:52:25 | More by WesWes
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whynot44

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light bodied, clear light gold with a disappearing white head.

Little aroma - mild malt, bread.

Taste is sweet malt, slight yeasty flavor with a nice hops bite, though no real hops flavor, somewhat dry finish.

Crisp, refreshing, well balanced, very drinkable. A very decent lager

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 03:42:57 | More by whynot44
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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

During lunch at Chicago's Khyber Pass I take a taste of Flying Horse. It proves to be a great match for the Indian food, so I order a bottle of my own. A fairly gentle pour yields a good head for a lager; the slightly yellowish white foam quickly subsides into a wispy film and leaves a decent lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a crystalline golden yellow. It smells fairly unremarkable, which is no surprise for an Indian lager. The scent is hoppy, astringent, and not very complex.

The initial taste is smooth, and a little sweeter than the average lager. Then a crisp, dry, tingly bitterness centers on the middle of my tongue. This moves to the back of the tongue for an astringent and hoppy finish. There's a pronounced metallic bitterness here, but with a hint of woodiness which blunts the metallic tang so that it's not off-putting.

The taste is fairly subtle, but decent. Like most Indian beers I've had the taste is not all that broad. However, elements such as the slight woodiness and sweetness round out the taste enough to bring it up one notch above average. It has a lovely way of bringing out a kind of pepperiness in the Indian food, but aside from that pairing I doubt I'd seek out this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 00:36:55 | More by Weissenheimer
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srandycarter

California

3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took a chance and ordered this one at a restaurant.

A - Clear light straw, small head, sudsy lacing.

S - Macro type smell of light malt and hops. Very subtle.

T - Taste follows smell. Fine enough, just not much there.

M - Average. Fairly thin.

D - Easy enough to drink, just not very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 17:30:58 | More by srandycarter
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BadBadger

New York

3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 18:28:46 | More by BadBadger
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2002 11:03:55 | More by Jason
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oberon

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 15:40:23 | More by oberon
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scottoale

California

3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 07:40:35 | More by scottoale
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For an Adjunct Lager, this is not bad: The body is thicker; the carbonation is less; the flavor leans toward malt and less toward raw grain; there's even a hint of hop.

All that said, it is an Adjunct beer. The flavors are mild, but for a lawnmower beer, it is good. So, I would order it again in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:27:26 | More by smcolw
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours medium gold with a decent white head. No true lace but decent retention.

Mild pale malt notes, some bread and herbal notes.

Bready with some mild hop bitterness. Some grassy notes, a little corn, some raw grain. Malt is a little on the sweet side and not balanced out by hop bitterness. But, this is fairly smooth. Crisp enough in the finish.

Medium to medium light body. Good carbonation.

Ok brew. The malt and bitterness isn't cloying or horribly out of balance. Worked well with my meal.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 00:36:14 | More by OtherShoe2
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Zorro

California

3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 04:42:27 | More by Zorro
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spointon

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at an authentic Indian restaurant - poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= =This lager poured a clear and pale golden color. Very little head and no lacing to speak of.

S= Faint, dry malts. Some minor sulfur in keeping with the style.

T= I found malt flavors, relatively dry and grainy. No hop biterness present.

MF= Crisp an clean. Light bodied, medium carbonation.

D= An ok macro style lager that paired well with spicy Indian food.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 07:03:51 | More by spointon
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riored4v

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/11/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Crystal clear, golden body. Egg-white like head that faded fast.

Aroma had some slight diacetyl, buttery aroma. Mild malt. Clean smelling overall, not much aroma though.

Taste had a light floral aroma. Mild presence of diacetyl. Light floral biterness. Very mild flavors, slight off-flavor.

Mouthfeel was light body and high carb. Crisp finish.

Drinkability was good. Clean and light profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 23:49:13 | More by riored4v
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Gruntlumber

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I went to pick up my Indian carry-out order a few minutes early so I could belly up to the bar and drain one. I initially picked Taj Mahal, but at the last minute changed my mind to this one. I don't think I've had it before, and in comparison I was getting an extra 0.3% ABV (bang for my buck!). It's to the point now where any new lager I try is expected to be fairly boring, but I'm always hoping for some unique characteristic to shine through. With Flying Horse, there is a noticable hint of sweet corn. The morning-urine yellow appearance reinforces this trait, which is normally a reminder that I'm drinking cheaply produced swill. It reminds me a lot of Red Stripe which I think also imparts this same sweet grain flavor, but Flying Horse is more extreme in this regard. Did I just use the word "extreme" in a lager review? Well, not extreme, but very noticable when put up against any other standard import lager from Europe or elsewhere. I rather enjoyed this beer, though in the "Macro Lager" catagory it doesn't take a whole lot to impress.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 04:32:15 | More by Gruntlumber
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Flying Horse Royal Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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