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Reviews: 343
Hads: 775
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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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 WesWes
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It boasts of mainly pale malts and lager yeast, but it comes across as light and refreshing. The taste is a little above average. It is light with a grainy pale malt flavor on top of a dry lager yeast finish that refreshes on the way down. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks easy, but it has nothing to brag about. It does a lot right, but not a lot more than others. Still, this is a decent lager. (557 characters)

Photo of ark57
3.42/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I happened upon this beer at the Fancy Food Show in New York City. I have seen it many times in liquor stores, but never thought much of it. Well, I am not one to pass on free samples of beer and this booth was giving away full bottles. Not a bad sample , huh? Needless to say I was very surprised at the taste. It has a noble hop aroma and a taste that was crisp and refreshing. It is better than I thought it would be. Still not something to go out of your for, but for free, it is great. (490 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of a "Beers of the World" package received as a Christmas gift but comically enough this is brewed in New York state. A nearly opaque color that poured a fine head that disapated quickly. There is almost a sweet alcohol smell to this brew. Not a bad taste considering all. A sweet beginning ends up with a decent hop finish. This is an extremely thin beer but a drinkable one. (381 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
2.35/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was bottled in a big brown 16.9oz bottle.
It pours a golden color with a thin, fast fading head. The aroma is mostly of cut grass and corncob with a trace of metallic scent. The light-bodied sweet malt is a bit grainy and lightly herbal. A mildly spicing hop bitterness peeks through, as does a hint of alcohol. Mellow, Smooth & Sweet. OK on a hot day. (357 characters)

Photo of DagFishHead
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed in Saratoga Springs NY by the Kingfisher Brewing Company?
Appearance: Optically clear, very pale golden pour. Fizzy white head fades fast leaving little lace.
Smell: Popped the cap and took an instant skunk hit (damn!), but I toughed it out to find a sweet cream malt nose with faint hops in the background.
Taste: Surprisingly sweet malt start, then dryed by a subtle hop bitterness. Dry clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Decent malt fullness for such a pale brew, carbonation level low, but crisp.
Drinkability: Glad I didn't let the skunk drive me away at the get go. Not a beer I would seek out again, but I'd have one if it was offered to me. Boring, but nicer than most all of the macros! (697 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
2.29/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a light but healthy golden colour, evocative of heineken or peroni or the like. the smell is just first. smells of sulfer and skunkiness. thankfully, this cleared out almost entirely after a couple of minutes. the taste here was pretty standard for a pale lager: minimal overall hop/grain taste that was kind of watery. unlike the smell, there was no skunk flavour here. mouthfeel was quite smooth overall but a bit too highly carbonated the smell was what really turned me off here. otherwise, this is a pretty average brew. (540 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
1.71/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (410 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
1.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A lager lager. Pale gold color, small head. A light bodied lager. Light malts and hops. Light flavor, nearly sort of bland, but well-balanced and nice taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. An OK lager, but there is a touch of green bottle skunyness. (306 characters)

Photo of TerryW
1.71/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Kind of an odd one here I think. It's got what strikes me as a couple of noticeably offputting characteristics.

Looks like a glass of ginger ale once it's poured, maybe slightly more yellow. Crystal clear and a steady parade of small bubbles - bright and cheery if nothing else. Rough white head that disappears almost immediately, no lacing.

It flat out smells soapy. I kid you not. Head down to the laundry room, grab a fistful of laundry soap and inhale. Now whistle back up to your beer and inhale. Laundry soap. Weird.

Not real strong in the taste department either. Some hops and a odd fruity taste like some manner of chewing gum. Bitter hop finish.

Doesn't work for me. The smell of clean laundry is a wonderful thing - but not in your beer. (761 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
2.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. green bottle. Great note on the bottle: "Most thrilling chilled!"

Pours a clear straw color. Nice foamy head at first but it disappears quickly. Not much lacing. The scent is weak fruit hop and a bit of a peat potato scent. Also some skunkiness to the smell.

This beer feels more than it flavors. I felt the crispness, the carbonation and the water more than I tasted much. My taste buds had to strain to get the florals out. The malt balance is not bad but then the aftertaste is taken over again by the feel of the beer and not the flavor.

The mouthfeel is inturuptingly annoying. This is an easy beer to drink therefore I would not turn one down for free if there were not any better beers around that I could pay for. (736 characters)

Photo of lipschitz
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml green bottle with the proclamation of “Most Thrilling Chilled” on the label.

Pours faded yellow, crystal clear, with a whiff of head. The aroma is openly floral, with a touch of skunkiness (contemptible green bottles!) Flavour is initially husky, accompanied by some herbal notes and a trace of lemon, with a thin & watery mouthfeel.
This is a pleasant enough European style lager. It’s not very bold, but considering the climate of its country of origin – it probably hits the spot quite nicely there. It would probably do quite well alongside a plate of chicken vindaloo, or simply as a companion on a hot summer day. (676 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a small white head that contained small-medium sized bubbles.The body was clear and there was no lacing with this beer.This beer's nose was hoppy.There is nothing very special about this beer in my opinion.I found it to have a somewhat of a bitter taste to it and it is a beer that went down rather smoothly. (325 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a small white head of small to medium bubbles which left a small lacing as it receded. It body is a transparent light amber orange color. It's aroma is a mild hoppy one and it's taste is a bit carbonated and like a typical lager with a slight bitter aftertaste. There is nothing really noteworthy here, but it is a good all around drinkable brew. (363 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ligth yellow/gold with a huge fluffy white head that settles slowly to a complete rocky 1/4" cap.

Nose is sweet malt a whiff of grain and plenty of flowery, slightly spicy hops.

Bit thin on the palate, but nicely malty with a decent hop component both in flavor and bitterness. Not long, but a nice refreshing level of carbonation.

A tasty brew when its fresh and not skunked. My local Indian restaurant seems to about the only one that can manage that trick. (476 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Came in a green 330ml bottle. The back label said to see the neck for a freshness date, but there was none to be found. It's a nice golden colour, but upon closer inspection I could spot a fair amount of yeast sediment suspended in it (so much for a clear lager). Nose is too faint for me to pick up. Taste is quite hoppy, and leaves an astringent aftertaste. (359 characters)

Photo of Loki
3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a light, pale yellow with a thin head and decent lacing.

Aromas of yeast and a faint sweetness.

Tasted very crisp and clean with mostly yeast and a faint sweetness form very simple lemony malt and grain.

Very good summer session beer. Light, easy drinking simple beer. (313 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly confusing beer. It says in one spot that it indias best selling beer, but it appears to be brewed in new york. The color is a pretty pale straw color, fluffy white head. Pretty similar to other green bottle beers, not as skunky as the european ones though. Actually a bit of hops somewhere in there. Didnt rock my world (336 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The skunk poured out from the light green bottle within a second or two after the cap was removed. Clearly the light had affected the beer aroma and possibly the taste. The pour created a heavily foamed off-white head over a light gold body. No head retention and almost no lacing. The smell beyond the skunk was of grain and malt with a bit of hop sense. The flavor was mostly like a macro with an odd bitterness that seemed to be from something other than hops. Long aftertaste and astringency.

Nice, colorful labeling notes that this is brewed under supervision from India and references Saratoga Springs, New York. (621 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy medium golden color with a moderate-sized snow white head that vanishes in a minute or so. The lacing is quite sparse, and carbonation is slight. Rather sweet and malty aroma, but not much else. Taste begins with a surge of carbonation, followed by sour malt and citrus hops, finishes dry and with a metallic bitterness. Mouth feel was unexpectedly good.

Among the Indians I know this beer is not highly regarded, Golden Eagle is considered to be a much better beer. According to them, this version is quite similar to the domestic product brewed in India. (573 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.82/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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... (510 characters)

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

Pours a super-pale straw with little aroma. Light and fizzy, with some carmel malt and green apple notes. Although an Indian beer, it is brewed in New York, and is not particulary distinguishable from other U.S. lagers - Rolling Rock came to mind. Nothing terrible about the brew, it just fails to make any noteworthy statement. (328 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle.

This lager poured a light golden color with tall, white foam, and medium carbonation. The smell was sweet. I could not put my finger on this sweet aroma: malt? corn? I am not sure, but the smell was rather pronounced, and not altogether unpleasant. The taste was thin, and had the same sweetness that I detected in the smell. There was a mild, but pleasant hop character. The mouthfeel was on the thin side, but was clean, with mild carbonation. The drinkability was OK. I had this beer while eating in an Indian restaurant, and it went well with the spicy food. (585 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!!! (853 characters)

Photo of stoutman
2.2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this one in an indian food joint... not too good. A light bodied lager. Pale gold color, small head. Light malts and hops. Light flavor, nearly sort of bland, but well-balanced and nice taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste somewhat skunky. (283 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (342 characters)

Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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