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Flying Horse Royal Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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70
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155 Ratings
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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
Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +39.3%
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.

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 Georgiabeer
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.43/5  rDev -52%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tried in what I thought was a suitable environment, an Indian restaurant in Chelsea.

Pours a pale yellow watery colour, with a fizzy and insipid initial head of bubbling sputum for a head, which merely disappears as soon as its blown its load. It leaves the beer looking like pale yellow, flat water. If it were body-temperature I would consider it indistinguishable from piss.

Nose is redolent with chlorinated water, with a faint honey grain adjunct sweetness behind it. These characters individually would be unpleasant, but together, they make a clanging synergy that makes them worse than the sum of their parts. Just terrible.

Taste is quite similar. Some light phenols on the front palate, before some more (perhaps evaporated) chlorine characters. Back is weak and insipid, and disappears like drinking water. Feel at least can be said to be clean, but that's being charitable.

No, this is a blatantly appalling lager. Devoid of all but the most unpleasant characters. Everything is just wrong with this beer, and despite the fact it cost $9 for the bottle (!), I chose not to finish it.

Not even the suitable environment could save it.

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 GarthDanielson
2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
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...

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +0.7%

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 Bitterbill
3.16/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.95 for the 650ml bottle, mfd 09/10, batch no 1275. grin.

A bright and clear straw gold colour, huge head of foam, some lacing. It's very pale but doesn't look bad at all.

It smells of corn, lightly sweet, slightly of some lemon and perfume. What I expected.

The taste is more of the same though the corn is more subdued than the smell suggested. Light sweet notes, some fairly assertive bitterness, not a bad tasting Lager.

I'd say the mouth feel was pretty good if it was so highly carbonated. It makes me want to burp every time I finish a sip.

Good drinker but again, too spritzy!!!

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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 scruffwhor
3.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a pretty normal head with poor retention. Decent lacing mixed with a noon day sun color. Smell is avery grassy with pilsner malts. Taste is a watery, yet natural malt character. Tastes like Indian sunshine. The palate is pretty light and refreshing, making this beer very easy to drink.

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. had a pale yellow color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a decent amount of foamy head and some good lacing.

S: Didn't have a clearly defined smell, though there was evidence of hops and lemon.

T: Tasted like bitter hops up front, along with some lemon. When it finished, there was an unpleasant grainy quality to it. Other than that it was a typical lager: thin and simple.

M: Suprisingly vibrant amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: As lagers go, this one is decent. That doesn't make it a good beer. Some components of it were alright, but on the whole it was an uninteresting beer.

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 Griffith
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ZAP
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the style this is decent enough....I get a slight bit of skunk on the nose but not on the taste....Pours a light gold with a little haze...big white frothy head....has a slight noble hop impression on the taste...spicier than a basic American Macro lager...crisp maltiness...a little dry on the finish...

I was given this sample and wouldn't consider buying it from a liqour store but at a restraunt I would certainly try it alongside some spicy food.

The more I drink this it gives a sourish flavor...

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 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 Suds
2.8/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Dope
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is on the menu for October 2006 at Mother's Bistro in Portland, OR (happy birthday to both Moms...). The theme of their specials this month is 'Indian', so the special import is Flying Horse Royal Lager. I thought it'd be worth a try - though not cheap at $7 for a 650ml bottle. Poured to a pint glass. Label has a cartoon image of Pegasus, the flying horse of Greek mythology.

A: Pale yellow and crystal clear with some steady carbonation. A one-finger rocky white head crowns the glass...

S: Hmmm...not much smell. Mild grains & malt...clean hops for some miniscule bittering. At least it's not off-smelling...

T: Decent flavor for the macro-styled beer. Gentle toasted grain and a hint of nuttiness. A touch bitter...nothing 'awful' & nothing 'exceptional'...I guess that makes it pretty 'average'...

M: Clean and crisp, light mouthfeel.

D: This beer must go with food, which is how I enjoyed it - I scored it slightly above average for that reason. My dinner was masala-spiced prawns and aromatic rice; the beer provided a nice clean backdrop on which to enjoy those flavors. I suppose I could have said the same about any of a number of macro lagers, still it was a novelty trying one from India and having it paired with Indian cuisine...though probably my first AND last Flying Horse, it was good enough for me on this night.

Photo of srandycarter
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours clear gold, no head, cascading bubbles

S: nose features faint sweet malts, hints of grape nuts, some caramel and bread

T: mildly sweet, notes of cereal grains, mild fruity sweetness

Mf: light body, mild carbonation

O: a little more character than I'm used to for the style, not something is go back to, but good its own right

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