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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-1998

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Photo of cbutova
2.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gonna be a week or two from the cheaper coolers, hopefully find some goodies I wouldn't buy normally.

A- Deep golden lager poured into a pint glass. One finger foamy white head forms and fizzes out fairly quickly. A few spots of lace on the glass.

S- Smells like a mix between mostly wet dog and some sweet caramel malts.

T- Slightly caramelized sugar and malts mixed with light fruit and floral hops. Kind of reminds me of those strawberry jam hard candies somehow.

MF- Creamy light body with smooth moderate carbonation. Tiny bitterness.

Flavor isn't too bad with fruit and relaxed hop notes, nothing bad in here. Smell upsets me as it reminds of bathing a dog.

Photo of scratch69
2.55/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Golden yellow with very little head and almost no lacing.

Smell- Simple grain aroma.

Taste- Bitter, bland flavor. Slight hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. Average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Reminds me of a run-of-the-mill adjunct lager. Unimpressive and forgettable.

Photo of IronLover
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a fizzy white foam that quickly disappeared without much of any lacing. Grainy malt and grassy aromas with very light hop character. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Earthy, grainy malt flavor with grassy undertones from beginning to emd with light bitter hop character from the middle to the finish.

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is crisp and malty, typical but not off-putting. It pours a typical clear straw yellow with a fairly thick white head. Flavor is about average for a lager, crisp and malty but not complex. Texture has average body and a fair amount of fizz. Not great, but give it a try.

Photo of dansmcd
2.4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Big bubbly head, though gone in seconds. Light and clear golden amber colour.

S - Lemon, corn, grass, a bit skunky.

T - Corn, lemon juice and old coins. A slight hop bitterness.

M - High carbonation, light body. Crisp with a dry finish.

O - I can see how this could be OK alongside a curry, but just a mediocre, bland lager at its core. And another thing, why do breweries like this use green glass? Is it cheaper, or is it completely and absolutely unjustifiable in every way?

Photo of CFHMagnet
2.44/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

An aggressive pour got a half finger of head that was down to a ring in less than two minutes. The body is a golden color with a steady stream of bubbles racing to the top like refugees running from an oppressive regime trying to reach the border before they are shot. No lacing.

Grassy, grainy and mechanical smelling. Smells like this must be the "high life" of Indian beers, if you get my meaning.

I get grassy malts. And corn. This tastes like a straight adjunct lager. The corn and weak malt team up to make the back end of this beer very sweet.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied. Not at all sticky, it is faintly drying. Easy to drink beer, I would put this in the "lawnmower" beer category. Best saved for the hottest of the hot summer days.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up in Totowa - if you wish to stay away from this, you've been warned.

Not a whole lot to this beer in the pour or look. Has a light appearance with hardly any head and no lacing to be seen. The aroma was pretty much missing as well and any scent that was present reminded me of the filler used in the mass-market brews.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +48%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kingfisher Premium Lager has a thin, white head and a somewhat hazy, golden appearance with lots of little streaming bubbles. The pleasant aroma is lightly toasted and very bready. Taste is surprisingly hop forward, with lots of bitter hops up front, then breadiness across the sip along with the hops. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kingfisher finishes crisp, clean, and dry, yet, not as dry as American adjunct lagers. Overall, this is a delicious beer, and I strongly recommend giving it a taste.


Photo of soju6
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with a decent head that fades quickly with no lacing.

S: Mild fresh grain aroma. Pretyy basic.

T: has a mild bitterness wioth some sweetness mixed in. Fairly bland. Has a clean finish.

F: Light body, smooth and quite refreshing.

O: Easy drinker, nothing fancy. Seems to go best with Indian Cusine. Label says brewed and bottled in Sarasota Springs, NY.

Photo of thierrynantes
2.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : pale yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : grassy and hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, hoppy flavours, with bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Pale lager.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.99/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white fizzy head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever on this one. Smell is of grain and grass aromas. Taste is of grains, grass, and a bitter hop finish. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation making it crisp and clean in the mouth. This is a pretty average beer overall but I am glad I picked up a single to try.

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have this beer when I eat at the House of India in Huntington, NY. The bottle says it's brewed and bottled in Saratoga Springs, NY. It tastes fresh enough each time and is easy to drink. It has more character than a cheap adjunct lager - a clean taste of grains, a little grassiness, and a mild hop finish. I agree there's a slight metallic aroma, but overall this is a nice, average lager that goes well with a meal.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.46/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am not a Kingfisher fan. There is something funky in the taste that I quite dont like. The appearance is yellow, clear and has decent carbonation. The smell and taste are primarily grain mixed with water. Mouthfeel is fine. Overall the beer is drinkable and ususally all that is available whilst in India.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lazy straw yellow color, almost no head. Metallic aroma.

Mild bitterness, good carbonation, no heft to it, thin, summer beer. Very light, almost no discernable hop character. Has a minimal brett quality to it. Still seems to be an adjunct beer despite not being in that category.

Not terrible, but a little pricey given that it is, at best, a half notch above standard BMC type of stuff at a higher price.

Photo of TheBrewo
2.7/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew of “standard” yellow coloring. It holds a fizzy, stark white head of one finger that recedes quickly into oblivion. Carbonation remains extraordinarily high, with bubbles sticking all around the glass. No sediment is noted and translucency is complete. The aroma hits with bright adjuncty grain, dirty coppery metals, and baker’s yeast. This hides all hop aroma that may have been, integrating with honey sweet and simultaneously bitter malts. As we sip, the mouth experiences bitter malts up front. These are nondescript, save for the rice and corn adjuncts that dominate its flavoring. As this subsides a bitter and metallic flavoring, as was present in the nose, takes control, moving us through to the middle. Floury grain takes over to pull us through to the finish. Here we get more of the same bitter, drying grain. The aftertaste breathes of chalky malts and sour, crispy adjuncts. The body is on the lighter side, and the carbonation is medium. To each sip there is little coating or excitement, with a general coating lasting long enough to keep the mouth wet, but not entirely happy. Froth is minimal, and there is little to no slurp. The abv is fine and the beer drinks appropriately for the style.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the cleaner finish. The flavors were a bit offensive to begin with, with pale adjuncts and metallic bite, but by the end of each sip, and by the end of the bottle, things mellowed out quite a bit. Ultimately, this would best serve its place accompanying a spicy meal of Indian food at a cheap corner restaurant.

Photo of magnj
3.04/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light yellow body with a fluffy head that drops fast.

S - smells like a lot of rice, funky lager yeast. Not appealing but not really out of style guidelines

T - pretty clean, tastes much better than it smells. Ends lightly grainy and a little butter.

M/D - light to medium body, not watery. Easy to drink but not terribly complex. Interesting none the less as it's from India

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" head. Tan clear color. Smell is standard BMC. Taste is as well but it has a little more hops and acidic zing than the average BMC. Plus there's the whole unusual import thing going for it and when you combine that with the fact I'm drinking it in an Indian restaraunt I think that adds value.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.63/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a bottle at a local Indian restaraunt and served in a pilsner glass, the beer is a slightly hazy, pale yellow-gold color with increased levels of carbonation and a fluffy white, small bubbled layer of foamy head that quickly settles into a film. Aromas are roasted barley and oats, with a very slight sweetness. The beer is pretty watery, and the flavor is a slick, toasty sweet malt that quickly turns into a slight sour flavoring. Aftertaste is musty and sour, with not much else going for it. Finish is lingering and coats the mouth. Not tasty, but a good spicy curry dish wipes all of that garbage out of your mouth anyway.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Thick for a lager. Makes it easier to store I guess? Flat carbonation, but a pretty honey color.

Smell: Sweet honey malt. Nice and summery.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts very malty. Hops are overwhelming bitter and/or burnt. Not good. This makes the mouthfeel bad as well.

Drinkability: Taste means a lot, so this falls.

Overall: I expected better.

Photo of dylanrossi
3.21/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale brassy yellow and transparent. Good deal of carbonation and lasting lacing.

Smell: Metallic and malty, not much in the way of hops.

Taste: Initially grainy and a bit metallic, much like the aroma. Finishes surprisingly hoppy. Initial taste lingers on the palate and puts quite a damper on the hop character, which would make for a clean and pleasant finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light body. Lively and crisp.

Overall: Surprisingly nice use of hops, could be made that much better with more pronounced hops and a cleaner finish. As for mass-produced lagers though, you could do a lot worse.

Photo of jonb5
2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, brewed in England, poured into pils glass, pale colour, pour head retention. Smelled of lemon washing up liquid. Tasted mainly of various ajuncts that go into big brand lager. Was ok to drink, I'd have it again with a curry but not with anything else.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy Matt for offering me a bottle of this to review. Reviewed from notes taken on 5/6 as I struggle to catch up with my huge backlog. Poured into a pint glass.

Kingfisher Premium Lager pours a hazy dirty straw color with some hues of orangey amber. There is a fluffy inch of head of head that forms and is fairly well retained, though it doesn't contribute much in the way of lacing.

The aroma can only be described as terrible. Harsh, grainy, and metallic, with an emphasis on metallic. How you get that from a bottled beer, I may never understand. Luckily the flavor is slightly better. There are some caramel notes along with some bready sweetness, but this falls short for any lager.

Light and bubbly on the palate, this beer doesn't bring much to the table, and I definitely wouldn't pursue it again, unless I found myself in India, where the options are admittedly limited.

Photo of evlu1441
2.27/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Probably the best known beer from India around these parts.

Looks like a normal pale lager. Lots of carbonation floating up to the top. Pale straw colour.

The aroma is kind of skunky, but it gets rounded out by some grainy notes.

The taste is very lackluster! Really watery with some grainy notes. Hop bitterness is quite noticeable, and makes it a bit different from any other bland lager, but ultimately this is not a good beer.

Photo of mdfb79
2.26/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Blind Beer #11 from Kyle; sad to see this one ending soon. Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into my Hopleaf tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like maybe a pilsner. 3.5

s - Ut oh, smells a little skunked. Smells of grain, bready malts, wheat, and a little bit sour. Kind of reminds me of BMC macro beer; not that great. 2.5

t - Tastes of sour bready malts, grain, rice, and wheat. Again, a little skunked and sour, not very good. 2

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the tongue. A bit overcarbonated. 2.5

o - Overall not a very good beer; was this a kill shot? Reminds me of a macro, I'm guessing maybe another low alcohol lager. 2

And the beer is...Kingfisher Premium Lager. Got the style right and looking at some other reviews it sounds like the skunked smell and taste is always there.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. This is the UK version; contract brewed by Shepherd Neame.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Not much aroma; light malt with a hint of grain and little else.

Tastes of light malt with a faint bitter finish. Clean, with a hint of stewed hops and citrus in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly. Faint aftertaste of malt.

A decent but unremarkable lager. I usually have this when eating a curry, and it's bland flavour pairs quite well with spicy food. A shade above other mass-produced lagers (which isn't saying much).

Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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