Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group
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Reviews by roblowther:
2.17/5 rDev -21.7%
Notes compiled from tastings all OVER India. Let me tell you, if you travel to India, this very well may be the only beer you can find. I have a hard time rating this one because the results are dramatically inconsistent. I think that product handling is not a priority in India, even in the 4 and 5 star hotels. Anyway, on with the show. The pour is heady and light straw in color, very clear and very carbonated. The smell is very subdued but has a lemony citrus smell & then hops. The taste is good when you can get one that has been handled properly. The draft ones I had were surprisingly malty & smooth for what I would have called a pilsner. Other than that it was standard hot-country beer but I was pleasantly surprised by the malt note. Many of the bottled samples I tried tasted like wet cardboard but I'll chalk that up to improper care, not brewing. The mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, too thin and watery. Drinkability is this beer's strong suit, again only when you get one in good condition. The malt stands up to spicy food but the light character makes it a refreshing break on a hot afternoon. All in all, better than most beers from its latitude. But that's a bit like picking your prettiest sister to take to the prom.
I'm amending this because I'm now having ANOTHER terrible one and overall I've just had TOO many bad examples and the reader (if there is one for my dribble) deserves to know what they're getting into. If you get one that's been handled badly? It tastes like vinegar. Wow. Just undrinkable. Really, really, retchingly horrible. Makes me want to do a shot of formaldehyde to cleanse my palate.
03-14-2007 14:12:44 | More by roblowther
More User Reviews:
1.68/5 rDev -39.4%
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.
11-15-2003 23:20:18 | More by RoyalT
1.8/5 rDev -35%
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
03-24-2007 04:43:57 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.3/5 rDev +19.1%
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."
03-06-1998 00:00:01 | More by Todd
3.3/5 rDev +19.1%
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.
07-22-2002 20:24:59 | More by Jason
2.2/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
04-06-2005 22:27:06 | More by Billolick
2.9/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
01-12-2010 04:51:14 | More by Mora2000
2.7/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
03-14-2011 04:43:36 | More by JohnnyBarman
2.15/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
12-23-2007 14:10:29 | More by mattster
United Kingdom (England)
2.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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).
05-29-2011 21:22:45 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.38/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
03-30-2008 11:34:11 | More by skivtjerry
2.75/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-03-2011 20:41:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.78/5 rDev +0.4%
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...
03-16-2003 10:44:48 | More by ADR
3.05/5 rDev +10.1%
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!!!
02-24-2003 15:30:14 | More by WVbeergeek
Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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