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Flying Horse Royal Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
71
okay

149 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of tclapper
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

tclapper, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of DrNo
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

DrNo, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.45/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Kevin79
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Kevin79, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev +12%
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.

smcolw, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

mdaschaf, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of mpkiser
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An oddly sweet lager with a ton of bright carbonation, which does a good job paired with nuttier, spicier Indian flavors. It clears the palate really well.

There's a strange flavor underneath that smacks of sorghum. Like an overly crystal sugar peak reminiscent of Greene's sorghum beers. Is there such a thing as a sorghum adjunct?

Enjoyed with a meal for sure. on its own it'd be lacking.

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mpkiser, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clerar straw-yellow in the tall glass. Nice head, for what that's worth. They've got this carbonation thin nailed in Bangalore. Strangely sweet. Insipid seems to be the one word description. Slight dirty flavor that may be hops. Diet soda pop aftertaste. Nice name for a lame nag.

Tried this out of curiosity, but I'd have to call it even worse than usual deck wash. Apparently countries can do without a national airline, but they still have to have a cheap lager (apologies to Frank Z.)

mactrail, May 22, 2011
Photo of EnJeiBee
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

EnJeiBee, May 03, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours deep gold with great clarity and little carbonation. A small and soapy white head quickly vanishes, while leaving no lace in its wake.

The overall drinking experience is that of many a pale lager. Slightly sweet malts dominate with straw and honey. The hops provide a pleasant, yet subtle grassy aroma. Bitterness; however, is light and rather flavorless. There are no off flavors present and the beer finishes quite clean.

The body is light and not quite fizzy enough. Its lack of heft, combined with the low ABV helps this beer go down quickly.

Overall, Flying Horse is decent and drinkable. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Rayek, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Suds
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Suds, Mar 26, 2011
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
Photo of riored4v
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

riored4v, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

secondtooth, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
3.2/5  rDev +7%
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!!!

Bitterbill, Dec 29, 2010
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2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

GarthDanielson, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3/5  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.

thekanna, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of neorunner
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle of this at Cork and Fork in Gainesville. 650ml bottle poured into a Eggenberg pilsner glass. Paired with chipolte apple glazed steak over rice with green beans. Aroma is sweeter and more fragrant than expected from an adjunct lager. Carbonation is beautiful, thick two inches of pure white head and continual fine streams of bubbles throughout the beer. Flavor is a bit too sweet and has a strong corn backbone. Almost no hop bitterness in this beer. This is a beer I would buy again, and great to get a cautious BMC drinker into deeper waters.

neorunner, Sep 04, 2010
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.

budgood1, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of armock
1.93/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a light straw color with a whit head that fades quickly to nothing

S - Is of sweet grainy malt

T - Follows the nose with grainy malt theres also some vegi flavor too

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is not a good beer theres no reason to buy this beer its that bad this is not an easy drinking beer don't waste your money on it

armock, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

morebeergood, Jan 25, 2010
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1.45/5  rDev -51.5%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Overlord
2.03/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It was either this or Kingfisher with my Indian meal last night.

Pours a nice golden macro yellow. Gawd have I come to hate that color in beers. Surprisingly mild white foam head. Hmm...carbonation issues?

Smells slightly vegetable-y dank with some sweet grain notes. Taste is ... sweet grain, that weird vegetable dankness, and ... more sweet grain. Familiar corn-y content. For perhaps the first time I can recall, an adjunct lager was not carbonated sufficiently. Weird.

*sigh*

Not awful, not particularly memorable either, and I could have had a decent sixer for the price.

Overlord, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of tigg924
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
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.

Sheeeeeeep, Oct 06, 2009
Flying Horse Royal Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
71 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.