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Flying Horse Royal Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
70
okay

144 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +67.2%

Dapperticus, Feb 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +50.5%

Dave7500kl, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Mcculler
4.47/5  rDev +49.5%
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.

Mcculler, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +39.8%
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.

woodychandler, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of John
4/5  rDev +33.8%
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.

John, Oct 10, 2001
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4/5  rDev +33.8%

PatGreer, May 13, 2012
Photo of kneeland
3.85/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

kneeland, Mar 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Beermazter310, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Offa
3.63/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Offa, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
3.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

mithrascruor, Jun 25, 2007
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3.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jan 13, 2007
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3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

tigg924, Oct 08, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

TerryB, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of LarryV
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

LarryV, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Indybeer, Jun 10, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

JackRB, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

SonOfKyuss, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

DrNo, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

WesWes, Oct 21, 2005
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3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
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

whynot44, Oct 05, 2005
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3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Weissenheimer, Dec 30, 2003
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3.38/5  rDev +13%
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.

BadBadger, Feb 23, 2009
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3.38/5  rDev +13%
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.

srandycarter, Nov 19, 2008
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3.35/5  rDev +12%
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.

oberon, Mar 14, 2003
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Flying Horse Royal Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
70 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.