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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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Reviews: 344
Hads: 789
Avg: 2.78
pDev: 34.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-1998

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose, not much else; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with cereal grains. Simple lager.

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Photo of ordybill
4.04/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good beer in India and not so much in the states. Often times it suffers from the Euro Green Glass Skunk Monster. But if it is fresh it is downright awesome to session with.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smelled slightly skunky when I opened the bottle. Poured a nice golden color with a small quickly dissipating head. I actually liked the flavor, not skunky at all. Has a nice finish too, not dry at all. Has a slightly unique flavor. Would buy it again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Pours clear golden with a white head that leaves no lacing. Aroma and flavour are grains, malt, and grass, with a slightly dry finish.its ok.

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Photo of Kapowski
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe i just got a magic bottle, but this beer exceeded my expectations. Quite malty-sweet, nose isn't too skunky, a bit of watery carbonation in the mouthfeel, and the finish is slightly more bitter/complex than a typical lager. Granted American adjuncts have set the bar pretty low, but I was fairly surprised by the sweet caramel malts. Might even prefer this to something like a Boston Lager (Sam Adam's beers are just sooooo skunky.) Nice light, understated beer.

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Photo of Foyle
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" white head that drops quickly with slight amount of lacing. Color is clear light golden with a moderate amount of streaming bubbles.

Aroma: grassy hops and some yeasty bread dough.

Mouthfeel: light and fairly crisp with a mostly dry finish.

Flavor: biscuit and sweet barley sweetness with some noticeable grassy and herbal hops in the finish. Slight metallic flavor also is present.

Overall: good, but not nearly the best in this style.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It exceeded expectations so it has that. Some minerality. citrus is detectable. Smooth, sweet finish. Pours very clear. Almost non existent color. Having it with fish.

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Photo of debanjanbanerjee01
2.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

It says premium but is not premium at all. Colour and appearance. Pale staw to yellow with a finger of white head. Thats the only good thing about this beer. I give it 3 for appearance. Hardly anything special. Smell hardly anything characterestic. Taste bland slighy fruity. Beer in US surely different fron Indian. The Indian tastes better. Best temperature to serve 8 to 10 deg c. Goes well with spicy food. What this beer lack is character. It is just an indian lager hardly eligible yo be called premium.

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Photo of deesbeers
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
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.

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Photo of stcules
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.49/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mr-jj
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

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Photo of Seeker_11
4/5  rDev +43.9%

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.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2/5  rDev -28.1%

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….

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Photo of TrishParry
1.5/5  rDev -46%

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.

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Photo of mjurney
3.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Grainy, sweet bread, a little herbal hops.

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

It's a decent beer

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Photo of Darhawk
1.65/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12oz Bottle pour into a Pint Glass.
I decided to give it a try, because I thought the label was interesting.

Appearance: Regular light yellow lager beer color with low foam

Smell: Just a bitter sour grassy metallic smell; not something to Oooh and ahhh over.

Taste: I don't want to taste it ever again. I never tasted a hint of good in it at all. Overall it was a confusing experience.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation; much less than regular lagers.

Drinkability: The label should have a skunk on it, not a pretty bird. It's so strong but not in a good way. I couldn't even finish it so I poured it out down the drain, and then grabbed something else quickly to refresh my dying taste buds.

I grabbed only one of these at my local liquor store where you can awesomely make your own 6-pack. I was excited to try something new and out of the ordinary. I thought it might be tasty in likeness of a Stella or maybe some other familiar green bottle beer like Moosehead. I was wrong and I won't ever try it again!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.02/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden body with lots of rising bubbles. A white head recedes to a film with no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts interrupted by green bottle skunk.

Taste: A more grainy body than the aroma indicated, a touch of skunkiness before a subtle sour hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Overall: If I'm going to drink a green bottled lager, I'll choose any beer but this one next time, if there ever will be a next time.

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Photo of futurefjp
1.29/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Only reason I would ever drink this crap is because it is the only - blind - option on tap at Bengal Brasserie, Wetherby... I felt sick from the oily old hops... beer does go with curry: ipa perhaps I am told, but this does nothing to support the dishes at all.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.23/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear golden color, topped with about two fingers of white foam that soon settles down to only a small patch.
There is the basic malty and grainy aroma, easily picked up.
The taste starts sweet. It's followed by a neutral body, finishing with a slightly metaly bitterness. Slightly watery.
OK and drinkable, but not much taste there.

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Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
66 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.