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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

Kingfisher Premium LagerKingfisher Premium Lager

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65
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581 Ratings
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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.1%


Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-1998)
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I have been able to procure this beer at various Binny's Beverage Depots in the Chicago, Red Robin Liquors in Berwyn, Illinois, and Feldman's Market in McAllen, Texas. It was one of the more popular Indian brands in the United States. It pours clear golden, small but persistent head, and above average carbonation. It has pleasantly bitter set taste, with hints of sweetness and grains. It goes down smooth without much of an edge, leaves a slight bitter aftertaste, and is light and less filling.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 16:24:59 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a bottle at Chai Pani in Asheville, NC

A: Pours a very lightly hazy light to medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of grainy malts with rice and corn adjuncts with light aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with some rice and corn adjuncts that give it a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops towards the finish. This beer has a light amount of bitterness which fades relatively quickly.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: There is nothing special about this beer but it does pair really well with spicy Indian food and really cuts through the spiciness. Refreshing and easy to drink but not a beer I will be getting regularly.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 18:52:58 | More by dbrauneis
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from colonial spirits.
Pours a mostly clear medium golden color with a smallish white head that recedes quickly leaving a moderate amount of lace on the glass. Smells of light sweet bready malt with a hint of sulfur and very light spicy hops. The flavor is light sweet bready malt with light hop and little else. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick watery mouthfeel. Straight forward macro lager, a bit on the sweet side but loaded with bland. I could drink this if I had to or if it were 105 degrees, but given the chance I would pick something else first.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 22:32:55 | More by johnnnniee
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metter98

New York

2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is rather clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops, corn and Irish soda bread are present in the nose.
T: The initial taste starts out with flavors of Irish soda bread and hints of corn; flavors of grassy hops become noticeable towards the finish and contribute a slight amount of bitterness throughout the taste.
M: It feels a bit more than being light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing really special that stands out about the taste of this beer, but it is easy to drink and doesn't have too much in the way of adjunct aromas or flavors. It seems like it would help take the bite out of spicy Indian food.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:49:16 | More by metter98
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Ridgeback

Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A very pleasant golden straw colored with an ample white head. Unfortunately the head doesn't last long. The carbonation was more than ample so I would say the appearance is inviting.

S - A mild bready mixed with a slight skunkiness. The skunk factor didn't linger as I sampled the beer but the smell is pretty non-descript. Not much going on here.

T - Tastes like your basic mass produced lager with a slight sweetness at the initial taste. There isn't a significant amount of hops bitterness that grabs you. It essentially tastes like a basic domestic mass produced lager...If that is what Kingfisher was shooting for, they nailed it!

F - This feels like carbonated beer flavored water. It's very thin and leaves that domestic mass produced aftertaste in my mouth. My teeth feel like they had sweaters knitted on them. The carbonation however is very good and makes the beer drinkable in a pinch.

O - This certainly isn't a beer I will seek out again anytime soon. This is domestically mass produced under supervision from Kingfisher. I think there are better Indian beers out there worth trying. In this case, I think Kingfisher is trying to mimic other major domestic lagers. If this is the case the set the bar low and just cleared the bar

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 02:56:09 | More by Ridgeback
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patre_tim

China

3.04/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Golden filtered, medium carbonation with medium sized bubbles rising at a moderate slow pace, fine white foam, no head retention.

S: Skunk, malt, animal offal, Pabst AA Lager like, somewhat savoury.

T: Skunk, a little malt, some clean linen, some offal. Very little if any bitterness, its more of a slight aftertaste.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

O: Typical AA Lager, reminding me of Pabst Blue Ribbon, but more watery. Still, its got more taste than some AA Lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 19:27:32 | More by patre_tim
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the green 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 6, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow with an outrageous foamy white head that takes forever to settle down. Highly carbonated.

The aroma is green-bottle skunked but beyond that there is a notable biscuit and malt nose and a crisp clean hop tag,

The body is light to medium but fairly creamy.

The taste has a big grainy and husky flavor with a low pale lager like hop finish. Vaguely dry.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 20:22:30 | More by puboflyons
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a pale yellow-golden color with a small fizzy white head with shirt retention

S- light and clean hop aroma with a sweet and grainy malt, thankfully no skunkiness coming from the green bottle

T- cooked sweet corn with just a touch of light herbal hop, finishes slightly sweet with clean malt at the end

M- light-medium body with moderate carbonation with a slick finish

O- not as bad as I thought it would be, it has more flavor than typical adjuncts, but not something I would reach for again

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 15:34:09 | More by Treyliff
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellowish in color and a bit hazy, head was fizzy and didn't last long or leave a lot of lacing.

Aroma is lightly sweet and somewhat grainy. Taste follows, but is near cloyingly sweet, accented with grain flavors, and a smidge of light floral hops that's barely detectable.

Body is light but the cloying sweetness overpowers the finish to the point where it would be hard to drink several of these in a session.

Overall I'm not at all impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 01:33:33 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was trying to be authentic while out to eat at an Indian restaurant. The bottle says this Indian beer was brewed about 4 hours away in Saratoga Springs New York. Sheesh.

Straw colored with a tight, thin head. Some foam lasts for almost half a glass which I guess is par for the course in pale lager land.

Floral aroma which I wasn't expecting. Honey and green apple peel. Tastes like it smells with some nice herbal hops in there.

Refreshing, floral, and sweet. Pale lagers ain't so bad when you don't throw a bunch of rice in it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 01:11:54 | More by donkeyrunner
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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

650 ml (1 pint 6 fl oz) bottle, with no apparent production information on this bottle. From the same brewers as the Taj Mahal Premium Lager Beer that I enjoyed a few days ago, and the Flying Horse Royal Lager Beer which I just had a few hours ago. Not the highest expectations for this one, but higher at least than my expectations for the swill adjunct lagers produced in America.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about one finger of quickly dissipating eggshell white bubbly head. Dark cloudy gold, cider / lager colored body.

S - Smell is comprised mainly of muted corn husk / malt smell, honey, and very little else happening. Very dominant corn kernel smell becomes apparent.

T - Tastes like straight up fresh corn husk / corn tortilla. To be honest, this has got to be one of the most literally corn tasting beers I've ever had. Not a disturbing, cheap, adjunctive chemically treated corn husk taste like you would find in Bud Light, Miller Light, Coors Light, etc. More of a natural corn taste going on here, but still very prominent, and very little else happening.

M - Sweet, slight sugar, smooth, clean, and, watery. My mouth tastes like I just ate a plain corn tortilla. It's a clean feeling beer, I'll give it that. Not as carbonated and cidery as the rest of it's contemporary beers.

Overall, another strange surprising endeavor into the United Breweries portfolio. They seem to brew strange and offbeat beers, but I tend to enjoy what they put out. If I could find more from them I would be interested in trying it, for sure. This Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer has probably been the worst outing I've encountered from them so far, tasting the closest to American corn water swill like Miller Olde English 800, but it still isn't so bad. It is definitely a beer to try if you so happen to come across it, and the same goes for the rest of the beers put out by United Breweries - UB Group.

Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:47:15 | More by mfnmbvp
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charlzm

California

2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Consumed at Cafe Bollywood in Sherman Oaks, CA on March 13th, 2013. Poured into a pilsener glass.

Pour is a very pale clear yellow with no head to speak of.

No appreciable aroma, save for a light whiff of husky grain.

Sweet, grainy flavor with a mild bit of corn. Light bitterness on finish. Really, there's nothing else to say about this one.

Mouthfeel is similar to carbonated water.

Easy to drink and doesn't interfere with the flavor of the Indian food I was eating, but I can't see myself ever ordering this utterly unremarkable beer ever again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 21:55:53 | More by charlzm
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a golden color and quite nice looking with its nice white head. However the head did not hang around long. The beer also had a little bit of that skunky (Becks) smell, thank goodness it did not taste that way. it did have a bit of a bitter finish though not bad. I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 23:05:40 | More by Minkybut
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a single bottle of this from Everett’s in South Beloit, IL.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a very small head. There is a slight scent of grains and hops, but nothing all that strong. The taste is pretty average for an imported lager. There is a decent taste of grains and citrus mixed with some slight hops. Smooth and mellow that delivers an overall light and refreshing taste. A lot better tasting then you would expect from an Indian beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 04:00:55 | More by Lemke10
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear golden yellow with just a tiny fizzy head that quickly disappears. Somewhat lacking in carbonation it seems.

Aroma lacks skunk thanks to the brown bottle and has a pleasant breadyness with some light citrus hop aroma. There is a slight musty smell but it doesn't really detract.

The flavor has plenty of bread and hay typical of mass produced European lagers. A little bit of a corn adjunct taste along with a slight citric bite from the hops. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than I was expecting and finishes somewhat sticky with a lingering light tartness.

Overall, a fairly typical Euro lager although it is not one of the better ones I have had. Just does not finish dry enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:22:58 | More by rangerred
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green, 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams Summer nonic pint glass at Haveli Indian Restaurant & Cocktails in Middletown, Conn. Bottle states brewed in Saratoga Spings, N.Y.

A: Clean, clear, pale, fizzy, yellow color with a very thin head of effervescent carbonation bubbles that leave a thin cap in its wake but only meager, soapy lace.

S: Cracked grain husk and very faint, floral bitterness from delicate hopping.

T: Clean, crisp and grainy malt flavor hits up front throwing a bit of toasted cracker at the palate before a very thin, spicy and floral hop bite dries out the palate completely. The bitterness is extremely low, however, and the brew finishes with a slightly vegetative, carbonated sweetness.

M: Very clean, crisp and refreshing on the palate, this is a light-bodied lager with mild hops for drying the mouthfeel.

O: There aren't too many good things to say about Kingfisher Premium Lager other than its a fairly inoffensive, clean, crisp lighter beer to wash down food or perhaps quench your thirst on a humid day. I wouldn't turn one away, though, because this all-malt, no frills, 4.8% ABV lager is just slightly above average in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 16:11:24 | More by Gambrinus1184
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.58/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

in all its forms this beer is pretty sub par. pours a clear yellow wheat color with nice rising carbonation but a quickly fading head. smells a bit skunked, possibly a product of the green bottle, but a bit rancid in odor. also some undigested sugars that still remain are present. flavor is about the same as the nose, a little like cold white toast, but with some sweetness in the finish. mouthfeel redeems it, its cold and crisp, lively on the tongue, and clean. very light body, easy drinker if you dont mind the taste. overall a beer that is impossibly unsatisfying as a last drink before 2 weeks of sobriety, but one that hits the nail on the head as a first drink after those 2 weeks. thats about all i say for kingfisher.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 13:13:35 | More by StonedTrippin
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Tresha


1.15/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is lucky. While it tastes pretty bad compared to any craft beer, it is the most popular and most available beer in India. The colour is pale golden, and always served very very cold. Almost get a head freeze! Very very carbonated and will keep you gassy and burping (not to mention pissy) for a long time. Goes well with Indian food - most lagers go well with spicy food. Gets warm very soon and tastes terrible when at room temperature (undrinkable actually!)

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 10:56:40 | More by Tresha
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seydou

South Africa

2.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into chilled glass in Mumbai. Slightly better than my West African lagers (Flag & Castel), but definitely in the same family.

Unremarkable yellow-golden lager color, quickly-dissipating foam, fairly carbonated and best served very, very cold against a hot day. Bit too much of a Bud Light-like aftertaste for. An unremarkable beer but enjoyable in cultural context.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 15:24:31 | More by seydou
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a centimeter thick, fluffy white head. Has almost no lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet with a corn aroma that's most dominant. Also some grains and bread.

Taste - Pale malts, slightly sweet, corn, and skunk.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good beer. Light and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:36:01 | More by jsisko01
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The last beer that was available at the India Restaurant and got it simply since I couldn't find it anywhere else.

A - This one actually had some nice deep golden color, almost like a pale ale with a 1/2 inch of fizzy head that again reduced to nothing. No lace ring but it got the most head out of the three.

S - What I noticed on this one was the strongest of lager yeast of the three but it gave way to a fruity aspect. Aside from that light cereal grains and actually some hops in the smell.

T - Well this one was pretty nice. Smooth crisp body and light hopping of typical lager flavors. Not bad overall. No vegital taste so I don't understand the low ratings...

M - Light in body.

Overall not a bad lager which really doesn't deserve the below average rating. Not my best style so it would only be something I would order again if at the restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 19:28:44 | More by DrDemento456
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bonkers

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought it over for me to try, so I split it with him. Golden yellow pour, good head. The aroma at first is off, after a minute or 2 kinda bland. The taste is light, some grassy hops, finishes slightly bitter. The body is light, good carbonation. Not something I would pick up, but if offered it is not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 13:30:25 | More by bonkers
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

1.27/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a weizen glass (my only clean glassware at the time), appears straw yellow with a fading collar of white foam, presents a very strong cooked corn aroma combined with a medium skunked aroma...tastes like a helping of overcooked corn and gym socks on a slab of wet moldy cardboard. Light body, but I didn't get too far into it before pouring the rest of it down the drain. If this is what they consider "premium," I shudder to think what the normal version would be like.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:32:44 | More by WastingFreetime
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JoLight

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Golden in appearance, with a soapy white head, which does not retain at all.

It smells like spoiled hops, very light toasted malt, but has an overshadowing aroma of garbage. No seriously, garbage.

The taste profile is super light. I believe this has as much flavor as most light beer. (And I'm not hating on light beer. But for full-flavored beer, this is disappointing.) There is some very light toasted barley malt, and light hops. But all over, it's just very bland and spoiled-tasting.

I'm not a picky drinker, nor do I look for the worst in beers or criticize them to any great degree. But I have to say, this is one of the worst beers I have ever tasted.

God-awful, really.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:33:30 | More by JoLight
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured out as a golden yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly. The smell of the beer was sweet but almost smelled like a locker room to me... Not that appealing. The taste of the beer is average, the taste is a little on the sweet side just a touch of bitterness to it. The mouthfeel was typical, nothing too exciting going on really. Overall this beer wasn't anything special in my opinion. My friend was raving about it so I gave it a try when he offered me some. It's not something I'd ever buy myself. It he really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 08:02:46 | More by Knapp85
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Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
65 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.