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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

Kingfisher Premium LagerKingfisher Premium Lager

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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

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-1998)
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Photo of Morris729


3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a think and creamy white head that slowly dissipates into a nice lace. Nose is sweet malts and yeast. Light to medium in body with a nice crispness. Taste is fresh grains with some citrus notes and a nice amount of spicy hops. A very refreshing brew that is definitely a step up from the macros.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 15:40:21 | More by Morris729
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small pale white head sits atop a very pale yellow body. Aroma is zesty and clean, slight hints of citrus, sea-foam and straw. A dry, hoppy play upon the tongue and mouth, with a short, but nice finish. Light in body, texture, and just about every other way. Compared to other lagers of this type, it's one the best. Just enough flavor to make it palatable, but it's real purpose is to wash down the heat of hot and spicy food and keep those tastebuds cooled for the next onslaught. If you want boldness in body and flavor, you're barking up the wrong Bodhi tree.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 16:35:32 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Gusler


1.78/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a crystal clear gold color, the head brilliant white, average in size with a frothy consistency with fair lace to coat the glass. Malt nose, the start is slightly sweet, top cadaverous, finish is bitingly acidic, sparsely hopped, dry aftertaste. Not much to redeem this beer in my eyes and palate, but “One person’s trash is another’s treasure”.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 10:43:50 | More by Gusler
Photo of Dogbrick


1.23/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is really not a good beer at all. Weak yellow color with virtually no head or effervescence. No aroma. Insipid, uninspired dry grass flavor. I poured most of this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2002 09:45:24 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Kingfisher that I consumed today was brewed under licence in the UK for UBSN Ltd., in Faversham Kent and not in NY like some of its cousins....and certainly not in India.
The product itself overall was poor...the colour was very light and the head was non-existant. There was no substance to the body as it was very watery. The taste was hollow...well balanced but hollow.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 16:35:37 | More by Shiloh
Photo of NeroFiddled


3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 16:12:15 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of ipogios


2.63/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this one in an Indian restaurant. Nice appearance (gold color) and nice smell. This beer has some great glasses that add to the enjoying of the beer. Definitely to be enjoyed with spicy foods

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 05:52:16 | More by ipogios
Photo of budgood1


3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear golden color, little head and no lace. a very pleasant aroma of graininess and hops. not unlike a euro lager...but not necessarily skunky. a nice malty flavor, followed by some soft hops to balance. i found this very appealing for a lager and very refreshing. i've mentioned this before, but why in the hell can't american macro brewers try to brew something close to this?

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 13:58:41 | More by budgood1
Photo of mzwolinski


3.73/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color, well-carbonated, with a thin, slightly foamy head. Crystal clear.

I actually found the aroma to be quite pleasant -- reminded me of boiling wort, with noticeable hops and a pleasant malty sweetness.

In the mouth, this is a medium bodied, fairly refreshing beer that wonderfully compliments the spicy flavor of Indian food. A bit of grainy malt with a very nice hop finish.

Well balanced and very drinkable! A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2002 10:02:18 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of bditty187


2.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Something did not jive with me. I didn’t mind the skunkiness. The beer is almost completely tasteless when cold. And the carbonation (the fizz) was not pleasurable as it grated over my throat. As the beer warmed more flavors developed, a fair balance of hops & malt… some grainy taste, but still rather plain. Furthermore, the beer was an off-colored yellow with almost no head.

I’d pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 18:19:38 | More by bditty187
Photo of EagleTalon


3.6/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am pleasantly surprised. I can understand why some people like this beer. Upon opening the bottle, there was a definite skunk smell. but once I poured it it dissipated and gave way to a decent eurolager aroma that was not overly skunky. Nice clean flavor that balances malt and hops in a way that makes it easy to drink. Refreshing dry finish with a little sweetness on the tongue to make it special. This is an alright beer. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2002 00:53:32 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.5/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Brewed by Kingfisher Brewing Co. in Saratoga Springs and they get technical supervision from United Breweries in Bangalore, India. This is too far away to make any difference and this native brew is pale as old Harry, skunky smell, good head but bland taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2002 17:15:41 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Jason


3.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 20:24:59 | More by Jason
Photo of jackndan


3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kingfisher: A relatively popular import from India. Very light green bottle, with a faint and pleasant aroma of yeast. The taste is not dramatic, at all, but does have a nice closing tang of hops that really redeems this beer, at least on a very hot July evening. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2002 07:58:08 | More by jackndan
Photo of doerickson


3.83/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored with a quickly-dying white head. A little more bitter than other American lagers, and also more complex. It would be easy to put away a bunch of these at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2002 18:18:27 | More by doerickson
Photo of psugrad98


3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden yellow with thin head. Fizzy with crisp malt flavor followed by a very pleasant hop fruity bite. Finishes a little grainly and bitter. Good with my spicy Indian food.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2002 20:31:42 | More by psugrad98
Photo of packetknife


2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm just underwhelmed with this beer. I was expecting something quite a bit better based on all the raves of my Indian friends. It'll hit you hard and it'll dampen the burn of Indian food. It's not worth ruining a meal over though. I'll take a Budweiser over this easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2002 10:36:13 | More by packetknife
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2002 18:10:22 | More by rastaman
Photo of AaronRed

New York

2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A great beer to pair with Indian food, although I prefer Taj Mahal. Some nice malt flavor, little, if any noticable hop content. But again, go with it when eating Indain cooking.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2001 21:05:22 | More by AaronRed
Photo of John

New York

3.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aah...knocked back plenty of these trying to wash down the dust of Delhi. Refreshing when ice cold, pleasantly balanced when it warms a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2001 13:07:43 | More by John
Photo of Todd


3.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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."

Serving type: bottle

03-06-1998 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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