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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
65
poor

749 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-1998

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Ratings: 749 | Reviews: 350
Photo of Alex-Alkis
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A boring macro lager, but I've had worse beers of this kind that has come from Asia.

Photo of deesbeers
3.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kingfisher and other Indian lagers get a bad rap on BA. This beer may not be made to current tastes (not hoppy at all, fizzy but insubstantial carbonation) but it's crisp, with a little earth and a little citrus, and with less skunkiness than European lagers. Indian lagers pair well with Indian and SE Asian cuisine. Would also work at the beach or BBQ.

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.61/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice crisp clean, smooth lager, with a great refreshing taste, nothing too special. I fell in love when i got a few bottle of the actual stuff as a gift. but the stuff you buy in normal supermarkets (Tesco,Asda,Morrisons) is brewed under licence from Kingfisher...its just not the same.

Photo of jooler
3.84/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad for the lager category. Only issue is the carbonation. I would like to like more

Photo of CAC329
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Refreshing everyday beer.
I usually have 1 everytime i go to indian dinner.

Photo of mejimw
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Goes well with Indian curry, they say, a combination that could lead to a day sat on the toilet. Not a bad drop really.

Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color; thick, rocky, white head. Stale, grassy aroma. Mildly toasted cereal grain flavor; proportional (for the style) hop bitterness; slight tart fruitiness. Smooth, gentle body with a big dry finish.

A nice, refreshing beer that may not wow the IPA hop-head crowd, but delivers a decently crafted lager experience for those seeking a mild, refreshing, malt-forward beer.

Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stange-like glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw with heavy carbonation. Short, frothy white head that turns to film quickly.

Aroma: Inoffensive, clean aroma of mostly grass and cereal.

Taste: Some grain and biscuit along with a slight herbal note. Tastes like a clean pale lager.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking and light of body.

Overall: This isn't a beer to be fussed over. It's a beer for when you want something that pairs well with spicy, down-and-dirty curry. Certainly gets the job done.

Photo of bongobeer
3.21/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Refreshing, easy drinking...food beer!

Photo of stcules
2.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Clean, golden appearance, with a white, average foam.
In the smeel some stale cereals, and an impression of quite old hop.
Even worst taste. Wet cardboard, wet cereals.
No.

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

am in India sippin on the suds tasted decent enough

Photo of supervike
2.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Fair bit of carbonation. Stong malt aftertaste that lingers. Good flavors up front, but I'm not a fan of the finish.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a nonic glass. Pours a light straw amber with gold tints with a one finger white head that dissipates to patches. Served too cold at a restaurant. Aroma is light grainy malt with a hint of grassy hops. Flavor is similar, grainy malt and light grassy hops, but has some nice biscuit malt flavors in the finish that redeemed it and made it a nice accompaniment to an Indian restaurant meal. Light bodied. I wasn't expecting much and so this light, slightly grainy lager was fine for dinner. The biscuity finish was more enjoyable than I expected and I would consider this again for a similar meal rather than a sweeter adjunct style lager.

Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.31/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My Review: It's from India !!!

Photo of BlackhammerOhio
3.43/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice taste, but look while being poured was ..well interesting

Photo of SmashPants
3.49/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a good 330mL brown bottle with a stylish macro label.

Appearance: a crystal clear pale yellow amber with a finger of white head that drops away pretty quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma: the usual macro grains, but also some herbal hop aromas which is nice.

Taste: follows the nose to the letter. Herbal hops with macro grains - quite nice.

Aftertaste: drops away fairly quickly with a touch of bitterness hanging about.

Mouth feel: light in feel with an okay carbonation. Pretty good - the flavours come through quite nicely.

Overall: whilst this is still just a pretty standard macro lager, it is better than your average. Pretty good for AU$43 a case too.

Photo of Rivarol
1.12/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Good only for cooking sausages.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Experienced in : Jaipur (or Agra?)
Appealing to me : - - -
Less appealing to me : - - -

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of thehyperduck
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

355 mL green bottle purchased as a single at the LCBO. Listed at 5% and brewed under license in Saratoga Springs, NY - but it still counts as an Indian beer to me, dammit.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, capped off with one finger of dense, white-coloured head that steadily disappears over the next few minutes. A thin, bubbly film and collar soon takes its place, with minimal lace. The aroma is grainy, with notes of honey and corn. A hint of grassy, weedy hops also comes through. I got a big whiff of skunk when I initially popped the cap, but it seemed to dissipate quickly enough.

The flavour profile is boring and not particularly clean, which is a problem for something that is not classified as an adjunct lager. Grainy pale barley malts, corn husk and a boiled vegetable water sweetness pretty much sums this one up. More of the grassy, weedy hops detected on the nose manage to provide a noticeable bitterness toward the finish. Fairly light in body, with moderate carbonation that provides a crisp, refreshing bite.

Final Grade: 3.00, a C grade. Kingfisher Premium is actually a decent industrial lager, but not at Canadian import prices. The flavour grew on me a little as I made my way through the glass, but not enough to give this anything more than a mediocre grade - because it is just a mediocre pale lager. If you're at an Indian restaurant and the beer selection is limited, this would be a viable option, but I can't envision a situation where I'd go out of my way to drink this again.

Photo of mr-jj
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

It's usually what I can find at an Indian restaurant. It's okay for cutting spiciness, but overall a pretty mediocre brew. It's grainy and dry without any real character.

Photo of Seeker_11
4/5  rDev +44.4%

This beer tasted so much better in India. I had it in the states and didn't care for it. If you get a chance to go to India, definitely give it a try.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Appearance – Golden coloured with a lot of effervescent carbon bubbles (probably mechanically added), supports a decent head that dies almost as soon as you look at it.

Smell - Smelling like a Heineken this lager and has a clear smell of alcohol to it. There is also an almost chalky, dusty smell to this beer. There is a mechanical carbon smell to this like the smell you get from sparkling water… just odd.

Taste – In terms of taste there is a deep flavour of the barley grains and it almost reminds me of old Amstel. There is some hop flavour to this. Beyond that this is a pedestrian beer.

Mouthfeel – Very dry and light bodied also towards the thin end of the scale although there is plenty of carbon in the mouth.

Overall – This is a less than average Lager definitely not the best in the world but a hell of a long way removed from the worst. When I drank this in India you had to up end it in water to let the glycerine fall out or it gave the runs. That said in the Thar Desert it was pretty drinkable but we were so thirsty we may have settled for camel piss. And this beer I suspect is not far removed. The flavour lingers for a good time which is always nice if you are drinking something good but in this case it is not….

Photo of TrishParry
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

Kingfisher in India is GOD AWFUL. It has to be freezing to be palatable. I drank a lot of this because, well, most of the time it is all you can find. If you read the label in India, it actually lists corn syrup and "grain". What grain?? And they also won't tell you the abv because it varies.

Kingfisher in the UK is noticeable higher of quality.

Photo of Wobbly
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

There are so many worse examples, but this is still a pretty bland beer.

Photo of mjurney
3.24/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Pale gold color, touch of haze. Some carbonation. Frothy head.

Aroma:
Grainy, sweet bread, a little herbal hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Grainy, bready, grassy. Herbal, lemony hops towards the end. Finish is very dry. Light bodied, very dry, smooth.

Overall:
It's a decent beer

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Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
65 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.