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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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640 Ratings

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | 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 tone77


3.6/5  rDev +30%

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with small head. There is a very light grainy aroma. Taste is crisp and refreshing. Slighty sweet with a mild aftertaste. Feels somewhat watery in the mouth. This beer is very drinkable and a good overall selection

06-15-2009 23:46:02 | More by tone77
Photo of Fialcowitz


4.43/5  rDev +59.9%

I have a bottle with a slightly different label. Title "Kingfisher" is horizontal , not slanted.

Brewed and bottled by Kingfisher Brewing Co. Saratoga Springs, NY. under "technical supervision of UBL, Bangalore, India."

I found it very good, the equivalent of Becks. Just the right amount of hops.

06-11-2009 04:12:11 | More by Fialcowitz
Photo of teejay76


2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Pours light gold color with a frothy white head that fades slowing.

Smell: The aroma smells of soapy citrus with light malts and yeast.

Taste: Grainy pasty citrus soapy flavor. Almost watered down.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is average with MAJOR carbonation, way too much.

Drinkability: This beer drinks easily, but I don't know that I will again.

06-03-2009 02:49:57 | More by teejay76
Photo of BWMKappaSig


3.63/5  rDev +31%

22oz bottle from Darbar Grill on 55th/3rd in NYC.

A: Looks like a nice golden-yellow colored lager with a pretty thick head that was slow to go down.

S: Light malts, slight graininess, and a mild yeast flavor. A little hop presence, but no "funkiness" seen in other reviews.

T: Tastes like your average pale lager. Sweet, but not cloying. The malts were certainly nice, and there was pretty good balance to it. More on the malty side than hoppy, but as to be expected from a beer of this style.

M: Big carbonation and a light body. There was a slight bitter aftertaste that went away relatively quickly.

D: Went wonderfully with the Indian food, though I'm not one to drink a bomber with dinner, so admittedly I wasn't thrilled about finishing the whole bottle.

06-01-2009 21:18:21 | More by BWMKappaSig
Photo of cwok1980


3.73/5  rDev +34.7%

Had this in London at a curry place. had this on draft so my experience might be unique as i have not seen this on tap in the US , Went very good with the meal. nice color, no skunky smell. nice balance of crispness and hops. Not too carbonated, would drink again, but judging from the reviews, maybe the bottle doesn't travel well. Compared to beers like Singa and other Asian Heineken imitators, this lager is one of the better ones I have tasted.

04-19-2009 22:08:24 | More by cwok1980
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

2.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a golden clear with some bubbles, barely any head. Doesn't even last that long

Aroma: Grainy skunk and grass. Hops, maybe, but not too much

Taste: Grassy, minimal hops, and...watery. Its as if they just mixed some hops with the raindrops on grass. Its tolerable, at best.

Mouthfeel: Light and somewhat crisp..goes down okay, but with the taste it has, does this matter?

Drinkability: A lot of people want to pair this with Indian food...I guess that works. It would also go well with Heineken, or any grassy carbonated beer like this.

I don't like pairing food with beer in general (I love food, I love beer..there is no way I'm detracting the taste of either with the other. Just a personal preference). So there is nothing to gain in points to me because this goes well with Indian food.

If you really want an Indian beer, try Cobra..I've only seen that in India though.

04-14-2009 07:23:55 | More by kshankar
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +18.4%

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

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


3.28/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

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


1.78/5  rDev -35.7%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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.

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


2.2/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

1.55/5  rDev -44%

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.

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


2.88/5  rDev +4%

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.


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


2.33/5  rDev -15.9%

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

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


2.45/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

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


2.3/5  rDev -17%

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?


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


2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

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


2.93/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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


2.13/5  rDev -23.1%

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

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


2.35/5  rDev -15.2%

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

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


1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

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.

11-23-2008 17:49:14 | More by KeefD
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3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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


3.18/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

10-22-2008 04:13:16 | More by toolbrew
Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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