Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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United Breweries - UB Group

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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Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single beer (no date) poured into a wine glass/goblet at Amar India in Dayton, OH.

Appearance: Honey golden yellow - no lacing and no head either. Good color though.

Smell: Very faint - some malt and grain and that was about it.

Taste: Just a bit on the malty side - cidery with a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special - carbonation was muted, but it did a nice job of cleaning the palate between bites of spicy Indian food.

Drinkability: Very good with Indian food, and if there was nothing else I might give it a go, but otherwise nothing special.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.71/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Clear light yellow in color with a white head that foamed up big and laced well.

Smell – Grainy skunk hides the hint of hops in this nose.

Taste – The skunk is complimented by sour fizz, making it difficult to drink AND to smell.

Mouthfeel – The cheap, fizzy carbonation make this thin, light-bodied ale feel horrible in the mouth.

Sinkability – Yes, this is going down the drain.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.8/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance- The beer is dingey yellow, with no head, and lots of carbonation.

Aroma- There is none to speak of.

Taste- This beer is sickly-sweet w/ overpowering berry fruit esters. A tart green apple rides the very cidery finish. This is one funky lager. I work at a restaurant that sells this and people seem to like it but as a BA, I can't bring myself to push it.

MF- grippy, stingy

Photo of Todd
3.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, served at this Indian restaurant (forgot the name) on Mass Ave., Boston. "Most thrilling chilled!", the label shouts.

Appearance: Light golden with tiny bubbles, yielding a thin fizzy head.

Smell: Semi-sweet with a distinct yeast aroma.

Taste: The malt gives this a slight grainy taste which is followed by a refreshingly high lemon flavour and sour bitterness. Wonderful use of hops in this brew.

Notes: There was a card on the table that went into some interesting detail of this brew. I wrote it down, and it goes as follows: "A time when a strong, smooth beer was needed to quench the thirst and beat the heat in Hindustan, India [snip] ... high gravity lager is kept in copper urns for over 2 months. Copper stimulates the yeast and imparts its flavour in the beer."

Photo of CAC329
3/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Jason
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green twist off bottle with no freshness date, says it is brewed in NY state … Indian beer brewed in the US, go figure. Pale yellowish golden clear brew with a decent white lace.

Light metallic aroma, with a clean hop and grain in the back.

Light to moderate body with a lower than normal carbonation for a lager. Oily hop flavour hits first then some grainy malt, grassy in a way but clean none the less. Clean palate, more herbal hop flavour hits in the dry finish.

I guess the one thing and thing only that saved this beer is that it is brewed in the US and not India. Still a mediocre brew, I would not turn it down if someone offered it to me.

Photo of Billolick
2.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In need of something to review, I picked up a green bottle of this "Indian" brw which is actually brewed in the states. No freshness dating. Pours light clear amber, typical white head and minimal lacing. Not much taste or interest here, mostly adjuncts account for the lack of malt notes. Best that can be said here is that this washed my sandwedge down nicely and cut through the tahini sauce.

Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours macro yellow with a very small, clear to white head. The aroma is basically non-existent with some slight malt and hop components. The flavor is basic macro but the aftertaste was very strange. It resembled the aftertaste you get when you eat pecans and cashews. There was no nuttyness in the flavor, it was simply that the aftertaste was similar to the aftertaste you get when eating those nuts. Very thin mouthfeel.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up from the LCBO's leftover bin. I've been meaning to finally try Kingfisher for some time now - a somewhat favorable response from a friend who recently visited India (finding this was to be literally the only thing to drink) pushed me over the edge.

Poured into a pilsner glass. The palest of pale yellows, it's if the beer were passed through by another beer like a ghost, leaving only the finest imprint of colour behind. Spotty foam, some lacing, I guess...Looks pretty pathetic.

The nose is the typical skunk that comes from any green-bottle, but for some reason I don't mind it. For the longest time, that particular taste was what beer tasted like to me, so it connotes enough fine memories for me to not completely hate it. Adjunct notes, a bit of bread. Pretty faint.

Meh. There's some flavor here, a good bready character, but other than that this is humidity-crushing beer and not much else. Still, I can think of much worse beers that are good for beating the heat than this one. I would have gladly spent a week drinking nothing than this than some of the other brews I was forced to drink in the tropics. I could drink a sixer of this no problem. If it were cheaper, I would.

Bubbly at first, then not so much. Thin.

I went in with low expectations and the beer lived up to them, exceeding them slightly. This is chugging beer, plain and simple, not much different from any other pale lager, but good enough to be drinkable. I actually preferred it from the bottle - pouring it into the glass made things worse.

Photo of mattster
2.16/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened 12 ounce bottle, poured into mug. 1" head formed quickly, didn't die down. Color is straw to light yellow. Lots of bubbles, very clear.

To me, this lager smells and taste like a run of the mill mass market brew. Somewhat sweet with no discernible flavors. Slight creaminess, but not enough to make in interesting.

Aftertaste is minimal but present. I'm glad I didn't buy a bunch of this brew because it is pretty disappointing.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. This is the UK version; contract brewed by Shepherd Neame.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Not much aroma; light malt with a hint of grain and little else.

Tastes of light malt with a faint bitter finish. Clean, with a hint of stewed hops and citrus in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly. Faint aftertaste of malt.

A decent but unremarkable lager. I usually have this when eating a curry, and it's bland flavour pairs quite well with spicy food. A shade above other mass-produced lagers (which isn't saying much).

Photo of skivtjerry
2.36/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Actually had this in bottles and on tap in the Delhi area, and in Bihar, where it seems to be the only beer available. The bottled version has significantly more hop character, but still not much.

Appearance: Pale yellow and clear. Pretty good head and retention.

Smell: Not a lot. What there is hints of corn and maybe molasses, with a slight yeasty note.

Taste: Again, not a lot. Starts out like a 'premium' American macro, but halfway through a sip, all flavor mysteriously disappears and it feels like you're drinking seltzer water. Slight noble hop taste that is actually pretty good, but only for an instant.

Mouthfeel: Like water.

Drinkability: Out in the sun on a 100 degree day, not bad. Otherwise, I'll have tea or soda.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lazy straw yellow color, almost no head. Metallic aroma.

Mild bitterness, good carbonation, no heft to it, thin, summer beer. Very light, almost no discernable hop character. Has a minimal brett quality to it. Still seems to be an adjunct beer despite not being in that category.

Not terrible, but a little pricey given that it is, at best, a half notch above standard BMC type of stuff at a higher price.

Photo of ADR
2.82/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This bottle brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY...

Very pale gold color with a whispy white head of medium bubbles and 10 second duration. No lacing. aroma is slightly corny but with a slight sense of hay and yeast. Flavor is fall-down in quality to my tongue, sparsely malty and slighly phenolic and off-putting sharp astringeny at the finish, almost like white vinegar. Not much body to speak of and unsettling in the manner of too much carbonation. Nothing here to see folks, especially at "premium" prices...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Available at all Indian restaurants, this beer is the definition of a fizzy white beer. However, I must say this brew does pour a solid golden hue with a decent head. It does it's duty in pairing with some really spicy Indian dishes, and according to my roomate from last year, Chaitanya it's the only thing drinkable in his hometown of Bangalore. A very sweet corn and rice filled aroma, this beer is definitely swill, but it is swill I would rather pay for than our swill here Bud, Miller, Coors. When I went to eat with my exroomate at an Indian restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA he said it doesn't taste the same as it does back home, in fact I think it's brewed somewhere in New York. Overall, very light bodied and drinkable. It has a sweet crisp lemon grass finish that goes very well with the food I have eaten with it. So, this one's for you Chai!!!

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.61/5  rDev +29.9%
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 rastaman
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Quite bland, but its easy to drink. Good for a hot day i suppose. But i'd probably look elsewhere first.

Photo of richkrull
2.91/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's in Madison, WI.

Poured a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a little bit of head. Green bottle causes that skunky aroma that I can't get past. Taste is about the same, although slightly better than the smell. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel although I personally don't find it really drinkable. It's not bad, but I don't really like the taste that much.

Photo of DagFishHead
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed in Saratoga Springs NY by the Kingfisher Brewing Company?
Appearance: Optically clear, very pale golden pour. Fizzy white head fades fast leaving little lace.
Smell: Popped the cap and took an instant skunk hit (damn!), but I toughed it out to find a sweet cream malt nose with faint hops in the background.
Taste: Surprisingly sweet malt start, then dryed by a subtle hop bitterness. Dry clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Decent malt fullness for such a pale brew, carbonation level low, but crisp.
Drinkability: Glad I didn't let the skunk drive me away at the get go. Not a beer I would seek out again, but I'd have one if it was offered to me. Boring, but nicer than most all of the macros!

Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had been jonesing for some vindaloo all week, and finally found myself at the recommended Toronto curry house. This was the only "Indian" beer available, according to the smiling host. Hot day, hot food, why not...

This beer pours a clear, light straw colour, with two fingers of somewhat creamy white head, which leaves spotty lace as it recedes. It smells of husky white grain, and acrid grassy hops. The taste is sweet white rice/corn grain, and mildly skunky, metallic hops. The carbonation is average, the body is decently heavy for the style, and it has a bitter, slightly sweet finish.

Nothing stellar, it is what it is, and what it is, is, good with head-expanding Indian spice. Or so my curry-racked brain seemed to think.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.8/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered this beer with my meal at a local Indian restaurant.

Poured a thin golden color with a thin white head maybe 1/2" thick and stuck aroubd for a few minutes. Looks fresh.

classic thin american lager hop smell.

This is basically a step up from budweiser, the hops and freshness might be just a slight step up here. not Toooo bad for a high-volume american lager.

kinda thin on the pallate, not exactly bursting with an array of tastes. It is fresh and clean and has a good bit of carbonation.

I could drink a bunch of these physically, but mentally I might burn out around 3 or 4. Not too bad with a good meal. It wouldn't fair as well alone.

Photo of teejay76
2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours light gold color with a frothy white head that fades slowing.

Smell: The aroma smells of soapy citrus with light malts and yeast.

Taste: Grainy pasty citrus soapy flavor. Almost watered down.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is average with MAJOR carbonation, way too much.

Drinkability: This beer drinks easily, but I don't know that I will again.

Photo of Sammy
1.23/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

After a sip, had to wash out my mouth. Even after toothpaste, terrible taste remained. Not a good ambassador. Looks like watered down beer, dry, bitter, thin with awful carbonation. Maybe grass and hops, thin. Goodbye beer, hello drain. Useful for inducing nausea.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Thick for a lager. Makes it easier to store I guess? Flat carbonation, but a pretty honey color.

Smell: Sweet honey malt. Nice and summery.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts very malty. Hops are overwhelming bitter and/or burnt. Not good. This makes the mouthfeel bad as well.

Drinkability: Taste means a lot, so this falls.

Overall: I expected better.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

And here I thought I was getting a beer from India!? It's actually brewed in Sarasota Springs, NY! The twist off cap should have been a dead give away! Upon opening a skunky aroma emerges before you can even pour the clear, yellowish gold body topped by a full foamy bright white head. The head drops quickly leaving a decent collar and some spotty lace. The body is light/medium with a fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor is of a clean malt that's well infused with a light grassy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. It finishes with a mild herbal hop flavor and gentle residual bitterness. Reminiscent in many ways of Heineken, but lighter all around. Actually somewhat refreshing, giving it a little bit of drinkability. Certainly more engaging than a light beer. And if it weren't for the skunkiness it might score even better.

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Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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