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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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343 Reviews
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Reviews: 343
Hads: 782
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

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 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! (1,016 characters)

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. (467 characters)

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. (261 characters)

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. (341 characters)

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
1.99/5  rDev -28.4%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.81/5  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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.91/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.89/5  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. (886 characters)

Photo of Ridgeback
2.47/5  rDev -11.2%
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 (1,252 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.04/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.09/5  rDev +11.2%
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 (505 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased and drank at Tandoor in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a clear golden fizzy yellow, with a half inch head, and no lacing.

Doesn't smell like much, a little bit of grass and grain.

Same thing with the taste. It's not that it tastes bad, per se, it just doesn't taste like much. Reminds me of a less bitter Budweiser. A little bit bitter, some grassy peppery hop flavors. But just not a whole lot.

Light bodied, well carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

Good only if you're eating Indian food, not worth a separate purchase. (526 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.39/5  rDev -14%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,967 characters)

Photo of charlzm
2.81/5  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. (555 characters)

Photo of GMB
2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Kingfisher's Premier (Same as Premium?) Lager Beer pours a very light golden body with moderate, even carbonation and a fizzy snow-white head.

The nose struck me as slightly skunky and corn-dominated at first, but after a few deep breaths I began to appreciate some roasted characteristics and even a slightly fruity aroma.

The taste of this beer is sweet, sweet, sweet. The side of the can lists water, malted barley, sugar and rice/maize/corn syrup as its first four ingredients. This should give some indication of just how sweet this brew is. To me, it tastes like corn syrup with a bit of malted barley mixed in for good measure. Hoppy bitterness is only appreciable after a dozen or so small sips. The beer is far too thin on the palate; and sweet, far too sweet: sort of gross, really.

Considering my overall aversion to the sweetness, I was surprised to find a couple of sips somewhat enjoyable. Perhaps it was the freshness of the can: I drank it on 12 November and the can was "manufactured" on 07 November. Or maybe the seasoned puffed rice that I snacked on as I sipped cut some of the sweetness. (1,111 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.52/5  rDev +26.6%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of Tresha
1.16/5  rDev -58.3%
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!) (470 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
2.09/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Olde Saratoga brewery. Probably the worst thing I drank there and that’s saying something because very little was distinguished at all. Pale straw color, decent clarity, small white head that settles slowly, some patchy lacing. The look was the best thing about this beer.

Strange aroma has an off, slightly soured milk aspect to it dominating some weak grainy malt and vague herbal hoppiness. This intensified in the tasting; aggressively awful spoilt milk flavor, with the accompanying sourness, as well as some kind of adjunct flavor, graininess, puny malt character. A hint of herbal, floral hops mostly noticed in the mercifully dry finish.

Body is medium light with strong carbonation. Feel was fine but this is a terrible, terrible beer. Memorably bad and to be avoided at all costs. Yuck.

Edit: noticed a bottle of this in the back of my dad's fridge last time I visited. Maybe I'll crack it open and see if it's actually as bad as it was on tap at the brewery! (988 characters)

Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
66 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.