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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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634 Ratings

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a rocky white head that fades pretty quickly, leaving the occasional dot of foam on the side of the pint glass

Smell: I avoided the skunk, fortunately, and pick up a herbacious and grainy aroma

Taste: Bready, up front, with a balanced herbacious, grainy bitterness blending with the malt as I swirl the liquid around my mouth; after the swallow, the bitter hop flavor hangs around well after the swallow, but the grainy aspect is not particularly welcome

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: OK to quaff, but not something to sit back and contemplate; probably pairs well with Indian food

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 21:06:25 | More by brentk56
Photo of LittleCreature


3.28/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a nice, foamy, domed white head that reduced over a light straw coloured body with lots of bubbles.

Smell - 3.0
Dry and clean, light husk and grain, grassy hops.

Taste - 3.0
A clear step above most macro lagers in that there is real hop bitterness. Dry, crisp and refreshing, would go well with most curries, although not nearly as well as an IPA (IMO). Clean with mostly grain flavour, grassy hops giving a pleasantly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Light and crisp.

Drinkability - 4.0
Seriously sessionable, the bitterness gives it an edge over pretty much any macro lager you care no name.

OVERALL - 3.25
It's not complex, it doesn't have a great deal of flavour, but then pale lagers should not anyway. Exceeded my expectations, definitely one of the better macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 12:43:49 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of mithrascruor


1.78/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-straw color with some visible bubbles and a white head 1-finger thick that soon reduces to a small bubly foam.

Smell: Skunk. Seriously. I smelled it when I opened the bottle... hoped it wasn't coming from this, but it was. There's also a bit of light malt/corn aromas coming off of this.

Taste: Very little flavor, but the finish and aftertaste is generally skunk and some malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Decent medium-bodied feel and pretty smooth, with light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Too skunked.

I don't know if this had just been sitting on the shelf too long, or what. This particular bottle was brewed and bottled in NY; I usually don't have this skunk issue with domestically brewed beer, though. Despite being so skunked, the skunk isn't quite as obnoxious as it is in some other beers.

I've had Kingfisher before in Indian restaurants in both the US and the UK, and never had a problem. I suppose that Indian restaurants have a faster turn-over rate for this beer, hence it being fresher there. So, if you want to try this, have it in an Indian restaurant! But really, if you want an Indian beer, get Flying Horse instead.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 22:39:29 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I'm a little biased against lagers, I find it hard to get excited about this. However....

It is tasty. I had it with Indian food and it went really well with that.

There is a bit of sweetness, and a bit of bitterness, and overall I prefer it to the megabreweries lagers.

One weird thing though: They don't have a picture of a "kingfisher" on the front (any more). It's been replaced by a hummingbird, of all things.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 03:21:14 | More by MAB
Photo of PirateUlf73


2.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this in a pint glass at Gateway to India in Springfield, IL.

A: Medium gold color and bright white head. Retention was lacking, but it laced decently.

S: Some pale malt and a smidgen of hops, but not much. The nose was not strong, but that could be due to the environment.

T: The above comes through in the flavors, along with an unpleasant, light-struck quality. Cooked vegetables came through as the beer warmed.

M: Light body and very highly carbonated. The aftertaste was jarring and almost stale.

D: Nothing to get in the way of downing a few, except the taste.

It looked alright and didn't smell terrible, but the strange taste was a deal-breaker for me. One who enjoys the green-bottled Heineken or Beck's might enjoy this, but I didn't. It didn't even go that well with my curry. I cannot recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 07:23:47 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

1.55/5  rDev -44%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Came in a green pry off bottle, with a bird logo and a suggested drink date on the bottle. Pours with a finger and a half of creamy albeit air filled head but it does not lace, nor sustain itself whatsoever. The beer itself is a crystal clear pale yellow color that I would expect from a light beer. There are few signs of carbonation on this one.

Smell - Immediate powerful skunk that will not clear. It's so bad, my mom caught a whiff of it from the next room. What I am getting is a slight honey smell with a touch of sweet corn but it's vastly overpowered by the skunk. The only reason I'm not giving it a 1 is that it was probably stored incorrectly. That and it doesn't smell outright hazardous (see my review of Steam Whistle Pilsner) although I think I'm being generous.

Taste - Starts out tasting literally like water that corn was boiled in, then turns to a light kick of earthy hops and then finishes with a touch of honey that is overpowered by a plastic like taste. The hops are the only thing that saves this trainwreck.

Mouthfeel - The beer isn't that bad drinking it, but frankly the low carbonation is the only thing that makes this beer tolerable, which isn't saying much. The beer leaves a dry plastic feeling in your mouth, and while it doesn't build as you drink, it does linger. Also points get deducted for the complete lack of head.

Drinkability - The most redeeming quality, this beer goes down smooth and is easy on the stomach. It's refreshing, as expected because it is watered down. That being said, this isn't a light beer, because frankly that's what the beer drinks like despite it's alcohol content. Also the other factors conspire to make this beer intolerable.

Edit: I also seemed to have developed a fierce headache about 4 minutes after finishing this beer, and the aftertaste still hasn't gone away.

Final Thoughts - It is rare that I find a beer that leaves me saying "I'd rather have a Bud Light" but this beer does it. The worst part is, you wouldn't think something with so little flavor could give off that kind of skunk. There is no way I would drink this beer again, or recommend it to anyone. If an Indian restaurant offers you this beer, say you'd rather have water.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 03:19:42 | More by TheHammer
Photo of stockingcpl


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

Appearance: Brew is a light honey golden color. Similar to most American macrobrews. Head is minimal with no lacings. Very average for this rather bland beer type.

Smell: Aroma? Virtually none. There is a very slight euro lager presence. Not impressive.

Taste: Well...this brew immediately hits the tongue with a rather sweet caramel flavor. The sweetness covered most of the hop bitterness. This has a kind of a child like feel. This would be good for novice drinkers on a hot afternoon. While not a superb quality flavor, there is certainly an interesting presence. The flavor character is almost as if the wort was boosted with pure sugar rather than malt.

Mouthfeel: Well, the sweetness does help clean the palate. There is almost a refreshing "female-like wine cooler" feel to this brew. Interesting.

Drinkability: Very light and airy this brew is not filling. However, similar to cheesecake, one can only stand so much of this brew before having one's fill.


Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 01:30:14 | More by stockingcpl
Photo of CampusCrew


2.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a small Indian restraunt because of limited options. Plus I wanted to try this new imported beer. Looked liek a standard lager but I figured try it anyways.

appearance: pale yellow, not much head.

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, basically just a clear refresher. light pale lager taste

mouthfeel: watery ang very high carbonation

drinkability: very easy. because of how light it was.did not cut my spicy food well at all

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 14:28:50 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of morebeergood


2.45/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tried at bottle last night at Rangoli Indian restaurant in Allston. Poured into a pint glass. No carbonation and no lacing. Small head disappears quickly. Hazy, opaque yellow color. Corn-like smell. Tastes like all other macro lagers, except this one is overly sticky sweet. Not that great, even with curry. A Bud would have tasted better. I only ordered it because we were at an Indian restaurant. One time deal, never again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 22:48:39 | More by morebeergood
Photo of jpiper


2.3/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured at celler temp into pilsener glass

Clear light golden yellow color with a decent white head which clung to the glass as it was gulped. A strange hope of a decent, clean, lager arises.

Some funky, yeasty notes which were strangely fairly pleasant - reminiscent of a light saison. I fear, however, that the funk was not intentional. All is discord between the label, the appearance, and the smell. But each in its own right is not too bad at all.

Whoa, downhill from here. The flavors are light, watered down, and still a little funky - is this open fermented? Were nasty local yeasts allowed to impart that funkiness? The brown bottle (reviewed) at least had much less skunky notes. But this isn't very good.

Light. Actually had a mildly pleasant dryness.

Not horrendous. Actually, somewhat easy drinking as per the style, but why?

Again, not terrible (better than many American macros), but why?


Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 14:28:26 | More by jpiper
Photo of introvertedone


2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It poured into the glass with a golden color and some slight head retention. It presented a grassy, maybe leafy aroma and tasted a little bisquity and overcarbonated. Considering I'm not fond of this type of beer (tasted just like Heineken) I would get buy a sixer of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 20:01:03 | More by introvertedone
Photo of aaronh


2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours medium, hazy yellow with minimal head. Aroma has some malt and light peppery hop notes. Flavor is very light with a slight mineral saltiness. A slight herbal hop flavor comes in on the finish. Very clean with virtually no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp. Drinkability not bad. I'd drink this over the standard BMC offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 18:28:28 | More by aaronh
Photo of mwa423


2.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out of a bottle a hazy golden, slightly darker then your average "Adjunct Lager" but has almost no head to speak of and obviously no lacing.

The smell is BAD. I'm praying that it isn't a foreshadowing of a pre-skunked bastardization of "craft" beer.

Taste - pleasantly surprised, it has the same skunk notes as a Corona (that cerveza aficionados swear is part of the flavor) but also a reasonable full body. Better then Natural Light!

Mouthfeel - Due to the so-so taste, I'm drinking it too fast to judge mouthfeel. Since it isn't too watery, we'll go with "average"

Drinkability - Better then urine

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 02:17:59 | More by mwa423
Photo of gerardoluna


2.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eyes; Yellow, clean, clear color with a lot of carbonation action inside, the head is white, dissapear quickly...

Nouse: The aroma is fresh, alittle notes of cereal with steel in background

Mouth: Is Fresh!, a gentile mouthfeel carbonation, the notes of hop and malt is soft, there is not bad to take some bottles under the summer day

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 01:28:19 | More by gerardoluna
Photo of KeefD


1.5/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off-white head and little lacing. SKUNKTIFIED!!! Geez, I've never had a more skunky smelling beer. It can be smelled from 5 feet away. YUCK. I can't really taste anything while drinking it because the skunk smell is so awful. There some slightly sweet male malts and a very light hopping, but hops are evident, slightly herbal and earthy. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. I really don't know how old this bottle is, but it doesn't matter. Why do breweries insist on still using green bottles? This is as close to a drain pour as they come. A few more sips and it may be going down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 17:49:14 | More by KeefD
Photo of BrewskiBanks


3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this brewski is a bit too average for it to be one of my favorites.

The smell of this lager is extremely hoppy and you can can also smell the malt.

The hops are very noticeable in the taste of this brew and I like it a lot.

The carbonation trickles in my mouthpiece and makes this brewski exceptional to swish around my tonsil region.

The drinkability is excellent; sometimes I wake up and pour a tall glass of this while eating waffles and strudels.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 00:36:33 | More by BrewskiBanks
Photo of dstc


3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a white head that falls to a minimal head with thin lacing.

Not much in the nose, thin and hints of grain.

Taste is the same, thin and grainy with mild malt.

Thin in the mouth and well carbonated.

Easy to drink, especially when washing down a nice plate of curry but there are better Indian beers out there if you can find them.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 01:41:06 | More by dstc
Photo of spointon


3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer at an authentic Indian restaurant in Merrillville, IN last night - poured from a 22oz green bottle into a pint glass.

A= This lager poured a clear and very pale yellow color with a 1/2" white head. Very little head retention and no lacing to speak of.

S= Sulfuric up front, with some maltiness to follow.

T= I found mild malt flavors coupled with a grainy dryness. The hops only came out enough to take the sweet edge off this beer.

MF= Crisp an clean. Light bodied, medium carbonation.

D= This was an ok macro style lager that paired well with spicy Indian food. If I was having this by itself I would have struggled to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 19:19:28 | More by spointon
Photo of toolbrew


3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thick white head at first which fell quickly. Mild carbonation.

Grassy scents with sweet malt.

Sweet taste. Faint hint of honey with a small hop sensation at the end.

Goes down very easily. Leaves only a slight aftertaste.

A decent lager - perhaps good for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 04:13:16 | More by toolbrew
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow with a one finger head. No lacing on the glass

Aroma is light hops, yeast, sweet

Taste is good dose of hops, citrusy lemon, the bitterness is sour. The finish is very dry and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is what I'd expect with a lighter body and a high sharp carbonation. Too much carbonation for my liking

VEry refreshing beer. Pretty bland, not enough hop bitterness for me to really wash down some spicey indian food. I prefer a pale ale of IPA for this type of cuisine not such a mediocre lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 17:12:20 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.53/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much better than your typical "macro lager"

A-Typical transparent macro-yellow with a decent bubbly head

S- Slightly skunked in a green bottle, but I don't mind skunk. Good citric/metallic hop smell

T- Taste is good with more hops than usually expected in a macro. I can actually enjoy the flavor in this beer

M- Another plus for this beer. Light body and not overly carbonated like most macro

D- Drinks good like beer should

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 02:29:15 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of harpo111


2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at an Indian Resturant.
A: nice yellow color with lacey head that went away fairly quickly
S: Malty, sweet
T: Very carbonated, Malty sweet...some slight hops, but very thin taste...not much carry over
M: Light, tingly
D: Not bad..but nothing real special

Ok for a macro lager..but not a real heavy taste. Drinkable and goes well with spicey food.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 11:19:25 | More by harpo111
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Golden/yellow, clear, with a one finger head that settles rapidly, no lacing.

S - Biscuity aroma with a touch of spicy hops. Slightly sweet.

T - Not too bad actually. A sweet biscuit-like taste heads things up with a lemony, slightly sour taste late palate. Some hop spiciness prevails, though faint.

M - Moderate carbonation with a light, almost medium body. Much like a blonde ale.

D - Not a bad macro lager all in all. I was pleasantly surprised by this offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 01:30:16 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of beachbum1975


3.13/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 ounce bottle served at a local Indian Resturant in Cincinnati. The beer pours your typical pale gold color with a thick, frothy white head that fades slowing.

S: The aroma is decent. It boasts of mainly pale malts and lager yeast.

T: 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 as expected.

M: The mouthfeel is average (good). It is a light bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks easily, as do much lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 03:25:45 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of baos


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

Had this on recently at Shallos.

A: Looked pretty good the tender poured it in a pint glass for me. Head went away pretty quickly. Looked like your normal macro.

S: Malts and barley. grainy.

T: Kind of sweet corn on the get go then into a bitter papery funky after taste.

M: Pretty normal for this type

D: Maybe with another bottle the flavor might have rown on me but this lager is pretty run of the mill, or run of the brewery for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 14:16:29 | More by baos
Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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