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Flying Horse Royal Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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82 Reviews
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 161
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-10-2001

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 161
Photo of secondtooth
2.27/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a slightly hazy pale straw yellow colour with a faomy white head which reduces quickly to a light lacing on the glass. light grainy aroma, hints of grass and hay. rather non-descript. the taste is rather non-descript, too. a generic lager sweetness and no really discernible hop bitterness makes this "royal" beer pretty plain. very bland...i just had the taj mahal before this flying horse offering and this comes off as a characterless clone devoid of any soul. the body is a bit sturdier and the mouthfeel does come across a tad slicker but that doesn't make up for the lack of overall character. drinkability is ok. you don't have to think when you drink this, especially if you're pairing this with Indian cuisine.

boring and not recommended. (759 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.43/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
2.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

With a little note tied to the bottle and a brewed on date, I sort of anticipated something special, but alas a Flying Horse relieves itself the same as a field horse. Straw/Gold in color with a thin to medium corn malt body. A cornhusk and cardboard-like aroma leaves something to be desired...hops. The white head disappeared before I could fully examine it. The hops appear to be an afterthought. That said, this mildly sweet and dry beer is still quite drinkable (466 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
2.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A malt liquor/lager. Light malt taste, with a very definite alcohol tang. Good malt/hop balance. Mouthfeel is crisp. Finish is also crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Better than Kingfisher, I think.. (272 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this baby up at Vendomes in Beverly Hills. Thought the label looked interesting and I am a fan of a good lager so I thought I'd give it a try.

Wheat or dry grass type of taste but its accented by a light malty flavor...This is suitable for a session beer as it has more character than the macro's and finishes clean enough for enjoyment for an evening. Not much else to say...so so.

Not much to speak of, bland, adjunct crap. (438 characters)

Photo of clvand0
2.59/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This came in a big 22oz bottle with a little note attached - very impressive and made me expect a good, quality beer. To the review: Pours a boring yellow/golden color with little head and leaves no lacing. The aroma is a bit skunky and yeasty with a bread-like appeal. The flavor is a little sweet, but still has a slight bit of skunkiness to it. Clean taste. Mostly malt in the flavor - very average for a lager. Not hard to drink, but not wonderful either. Nothing special here. (481 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
2.63/5  rDev -12%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Sheeeeeeep
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost unexceptional in comparison to it's peers, but the fruity aftertaste cuts through when drinking with it's intended cuisine. Indian.

Tasted a week ago at a Northern India/Pakistan restaurant. It replaced Taj Mahal, which I was not impressed with. Pairs better with the food. Ideal, similar to Dos Equis and Tex-Mex.

Drinkable alone, but if that's the case you can do better. But if you're having a curry, then your meal will benefit from this beer. (456 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a olden colored beer, slightly hazy, with a very slight head. There is a serious cereal smell...vegetable, grass, and healthy dose of sulfur-like scents. Dry and grainy, this beer is not really complex. Still, the slight pale malt and bitterness is not distasteful. It's a typical macro-style lager. Light in body, moderately effervescent, and soft. Not a bad particularly beer, although also not very drinkable. (420 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered for $6.75 while at Himalayan Bistro in West Roxbury. Split with my wife and poured into pilsner glasses. Average looking beer, clear yellow color, lots of carbonation. Smells like a macro, lots of rice and corn qualities. Taste was not horrible, but nothing great. Matched well with spicy food, as it did not overpower. Slightly sticky on the palate at the end. Worth trying once, but price would probably steer me towards a different alternative with my next meal. (473 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of KeefD
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale Yellow, with huge carbonation bubbles coming up keeping a firm cap on top of the beer that didn't last long. Aroma is very interesting. It's not quite skunked, but has some very herbal, earthy, and grassy aromas. There's also a certain toastiness to the nose. Flavor matches up with the nose. Some sweet honey like malts, cooked veggieness, with a dose of herbal earthy hoppiness. Not tasting much in the way of adjuncts such as corn. This is light to medium bodied, utterly drying and crisp. Fairly drinkable, but these particular flavors aren't really my thing. (568 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
2.87/5  rDev -4%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, this beer presents with a decent 1-1/2" head on top of a gold-ish color beer. There is a dank, light barley smell on the pour, which is followed by the typical lager taste. There is a malt undertone to the crisp flavor that is present in this brew. Sour undertones to the effervescent nature of this beer. It is very light and smooth on the tongue and in your mouth, and there is little to no aftertaste. It would be easy to consume multiple bottles of this beer, but I can think of many better ways to spend an afternoon... (551 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a bright straw yellow with a tall slightly off-white head that retains suprisingly well and also leaves small amounts of lace.The nose is sweet with hints of corn and grains.The taste upfront is similar to the nose with malts controling the start,midway a nice shift to some slightly spicy hops blends with a earthy dryness that lasts longer than expected.The finish is semi burnt feeling(strange for such a light brew) and very dry.Unique,but not offensive or that interesting either. (500 characters)

Photo of merryjoulton
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Took this from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsener. Pours a nice crystal clear light straw yellow with a wispy head and minimal lacing. Smells like superficial and light malt, the some citrusy notes, noble hops. Taste is just average. Not too much more than a mass produced lager. Mouthfeel is thin, drinkability isn't bad. (319 characters)

Photo of EnJeiBee
2.96/5  rDev -1%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of thekanna
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,414 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of BlackAngus
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. An overall average beer. Nothing special, but not terrible, either. I'd drink it again, but it wouldn't be my first choice. I will mention that it went very well with my lamb curry. I did notice that the carbonation level was a bit high, as noted by other reviewers, but I didn't have a problem with it. The hop flavor and aroma was definitely superior to NAILs, but that's about the highest praise I can give it. (418 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhere between a German pilsner and an American light adjunct lager, this beer was light and easy drinking with German bittering hops, a nice strain of lager yeast, and corn being the predominant flavors. The color and nose were nothing special, inoffensive at best, boring at worst. Mouthfeel was what you would expect; heavy carbonation and thin without being watery. Not a bad beer by any means and much better than Taj Mahal brand lager, but not something would willingly drink again, as pedestrian light lagers aren't my thing. (535 characters)

Photo of beersarang
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw with ridiculous carbonation barely keeping the white head alive. Standard.

Sweet corn aroma mixes with some spicy grassy hops.

Ultrathin malts struggle against the slight punchy bitterness and overall minimal hop flavor. A little bit of corn on the exhale, but overall finishes dry and clean. Pretty standard.

Light bodied and heavily carbonated with small bubbles.

I wouldn't buy this again, standard run of the mill lager, but my first from India. Why is it that everyone but Europe and America makes ultralight beers? (552 characters)

Flying Horse Royal Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
71 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.