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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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Kingfisher Premium LagerKingfisher Premium Lager

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715 Ratings

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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 BeerFMAndy
2.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz green bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
No date or info.

A - Somewhere an Indian is laughing as this erupts like Mount St. Helens in my hand coating my arm and, to my dog's enjoyment, the carpet. The loose white head deflated damn quickly as I tried sopping up the brew from my floor. Lightly hazy golden yellow and filled with sediment.

S - Smells of dusty, dirty back roads leading to a place you most certainly don't want to go. Sweet corn is the first distinguishable ingredient followed by pale malt. Not pleasing.

T - One sip is enough for me to know how this story ends. Pale malt is masked carelessly by corn and/or rice adjunct and served with a hefty helping of chalky dirt.

M - Crisp and surprisingly un-skunked, this lager is light-bodied and bland with a dry, not too pleasing, but not wretched finish.

O - A lager fit for my drain, I was fooled momentarily thinking that my dog got some sort of treat with the eruptive spillage. Then I tried it and I felt sorry for her. She's sampled better. Much better.

Photo of womencantsail
2.37/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a pale yellow/straw color with a fizzy white head that dies away quickly.

S: You can smell the skunkiness from a mile away. It's absolutely overhwelming. Big time weed aroma to it as well. Underneath there is some adjunct and grain to it and a moderate sweetness.

T: Sweet adjuncts dominate the flavor, though there is still a strong skunk to it. Corn and grain with a wet straw sort of flavor. Mild malt flavor to it as well. Pretty sweet overall.

M: Light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: If this wasn't so skunky, I could see it actually being pretty decent. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

Photo of billybob
3.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first i must say this beer has a distinct smell and taste from other lagers that i have tried but not in a bad way but different.

pours a quarter inch white head very quickly fades to beer and a very light fading lace and lightly hazed golden color. herbal and metallic smell and taste. light malt grain and hop with strong herb front to finish and light metallic after taste. mouthfeel light and carbonation light also. good beer for a change of pace with a different lager taste and the price was right.

Photo of LuthersMug
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this one at Nawab Indian Restaurant in Roanoke, Va after running a marathon. Partook with some good friends, one of which also ran the half marathon.

A - Pale golden yellow, served in a standard pilsner glass. Tiny white head, some stringy lacing.

S - Not that strong, some earth and grain aromas noted.

T - Average lager, not great, not bad.

M - On the lighter side, fairly clean, not a lot of hops.

O - Average, and maybe even a bit above for a macro brewery.

Photo of flyingpig
2.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden colour with plenty of bubbles. It forms a nice white head at the top that settles to leave a half centimeter of lacing around the rim of the pint which lasts for the duration of the beer leaving a little lacing on the glass although not a lot.

As you would expect this is pretty typical fare for a pale lager & the beer gives of a slightly skunky smell with corn & bread dominating the rest along with the usual grain smell you get from so many other pale lagers. Nothing bad but not much good going for it either.

Skunky in taste as in smell although not terribly so. Again rather standard for a pale lager with bread accounting for most of the taste. It also has a moderately warm, bitter aftertaste that was slightly better than I had expected and helped the beer scorer higher than it normally would have.

Average smoothness with a slight fizz from the carbonation. It is light bodied and somewhat refreshing.

Better than I was expecting even although I had tried it before in the past. It ranks above a lot of other pale lagers that I have reviewed & is worth a try when it can be found at the right price. Nothing special but better than a lot of Asian beers I've tried in the past.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.16/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very sessionable and inoffensive lager that is far more enjoyable while experiencing the heat, humidity and awesome overload of colour within India than at any time within our own dour climate/lifestyle.

Typical clear and European lager in appearance/colour, with a decent white head. Crisp and delicious mouthfeel, if completely lacking the aroma and taste of hoppy American micro brews. An absolutely amazing beer to enjoy in India, but not one I'd ever choose back home.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.7/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up from the LCBO's leftover bin. I've been meaning to finally try Kingfisher for some time now - a somewhat favorable response from a friend who recently visited India (finding this was to be literally the only thing to drink) pushed me over the edge.

Poured into a pilsner glass. The palest of pale yellows, it's if the beer were passed through by another beer like a ghost, leaving only the finest imprint of colour behind. Spotty foam, some lacing, I guess...Looks pretty pathetic.

The nose is the typical skunk that comes from any green-bottle, but for some reason I don't mind it. For the longest time, that particular taste was what beer tasted like to me, so it connotes enough fine memories for me to not completely hate it. Adjunct notes, a bit of bread. Pretty faint.

Meh. There's some flavor here, a good bready character, but other than that this is humidity-crushing beer and not much else. Still, I can think of much worse beers that are good for beating the heat than this one. I would have gladly spent a week drinking nothing than this than some of the other brews I was forced to drink in the tropics. I could drink a sixer of this no problem. If it were cheaper, I would.

Bubbly at first, then not so much. Thin.

I went in with low expectations and the beer lived up to them, exceeding them slightly. This is chugging beer, plain and simple, not much different from any other pale lager, but good enough to be drinkable. I actually preferred it from the bottle - pouring it into the glass made things worse.

Photo of richkrull
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's in Madison, WI.

Poured a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a little bit of head. Green bottle causes that skunky aroma that I can't get past. Taste is about the same, although slightly better than the smell. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel although I personally don't find it really drinkable. It's not bad, but I don't really like the taste that much.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes from Old Chicago (2001) poured into pint glass. Poured pale yellow body with big head going down quite fastly. Well, aroma is pretty repulsive, dusty and malty. Flavor isn't that bad though, somewhat spiced, let's say interesting, but quite empty bodied. Finish is again worsen as flavor turns into something bland, fortunately short.

Photo of ronniebruner
1.94/5  rDev -30%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If poured into a glass, you will be able to see straight throught this beer! I have never seen a beer so light in color before. It has the appearance of stale dishwater. As for the taste, it is watery and unappealing. The aroma is non existent except for a pungent odor that I have never encountered in a beer before. It has loads of carbonation and pours a very light color with a head that does not dissipate over time. This is a beer I would not recommend.

Photo of leastsquares
1.96/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - A golden straw colour. A centimetre of head which slowly collapses into a thin foamy film which persists for quite some time. A handful of thin streams of carbonation, some large bubbles adhere to the side of the glass. If you wipe the condensation off the glass, you can look right through it and see objects clearly.

S - It smells of blah. Soggy tortillas with ever so slight notes of acetone. Blah.

T - The taste is even more blah. Some bitter hoppiness at the very back of the mouth. Absolutely nothing else I can think to write.

M - A slight creaminess mid-palate. Moderately carbonated. Nothing particularly offensive in this department.

D - Not terribly drinkable. The insipid blandness is only partially relieved by the hoppy bitterness. An inoffensive body and unchallenging flavours would probably make this brew bearable on a stinking hot afternoon.

P.S.: It should be noted that the example I'm reviewing is brewed under licence here in Australia. A sample from India may have elicited a different review.

Photo of ferrari29
3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Wine glass

A - Beer poured with a deep gold color; small amount of head (which dissipated very quickly); moderate amount of lacing and carbonation

S - Beer had a deep grainy smell; had the clean airiness of a lager, with moderate amount of barley, wheat, and malts

T - Barley malt tastes come up immediately; follows up with a subtle amount of hop bitterness that lingers for sometime; solid body of flavor for a macro lager; spicy tones

M - The beer had a creamy and effervescent feel to it; some tart tingly feelings over the sides of the tongue; smooth but heavy body

D - This beer is definitely drinkable and has some more flavor than the traditional macro lager beers on the market; I would probably choose one of these over the other beers on a menu that had a a lot of macros to choose from

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass at Clay Oven Indian Restaurant in LA. Drank with a spicy lamb curry over rice.

A: The beer is a typical light golden color with a quickly dissipating pure white head of 2 fingers.

S: Faintly crackery/light bready with a bit of hop and a metallic twinge in there.

T: Actually surprisingly nice and refreshing. A sort of sweetness balances out a hop presence and grains. Nothing particularly special, but not bad at all. Washed down the spicy food just fine without getting in the way.

I'd have this again I guess.

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

Drank this one at a friends house, he had received it in a Beers of the World gift set. Pours a murky orange cold color into my pint glass. The nose is malty with just a hint of citrus. Tastes okay, but nothing special. It's a beer, but not one that I want to drink again. Mouthfeel is light body and low carbonation. It's drinkable, but not desireable.

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

I am in India on business and this is one of the local beers. I have had this in the US at a few indian restaurants but these here far surpass the quality I have had at home. Incredibly smooth and refreshing and a superior lager. I am here for another week and am thinking this will be my mainstay.

Photo of tozz8
1.84/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A--Slightly cloudy noticeable bits of unrecognizable "stuff" floating in suspension. small, quickly disappearing head.

S--Not very pronounced. faintly smells of malt

T--Overall sweet and slightly malty. Alcohol is very present for such a low ABV brew.

M--Thin with a little fizzy carbonation

D-A drain-pour for me. The bits of unrecognizable "stuff" in the beer was too much for me. If it wasn't for that, i would have had trouble finishing it with the overpowering alcohol flavor.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours an ever so slightly hazy light gold medium fine white head retains okay as a lacing.

Smells of fresh malty lager grains and a bit of mild dry hops.

Tastes like lagery grains with a hint of citrus sweetness. Smooth.

On the thinner side with tingly carbonation.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. This is a good sessionable lager that pairs well with food. Nothing stellar but better than I've come to expect from this style.

Photo of MisterE
3.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle brewed in Saratoga Springs NY, bought at Ward's Supermarket for $2.99

A: pours a clear pale yellow with a two finger head of fine bubbles

S: sweet, clean, herbal aroma - light citrus hops and faint whiff of roasted barley

T: subtle with nice balance - finishes with a dry, mild bitterness

M: gentle carbonation and a surprisingly full mouthfeel for a light lager

D: this one can go the distance

Photo of Tucquan
3.22/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-12-06 from a ~22 oz bottle at the Milan Indian Restaurant in Lynchburg, VA

A - Very clear gold with a big white head. Lot of bubbles

M - Not much. Maybe a little mild grain.

T - Surprisingly good. It had a light grain taste that was a little tart and sweet with a noticeable amount of hops to round it off. It dried very quickly. Tasted fresh.

M - Light body and high carbonation with a very crisp feel.

D - Perhaps I'm prejudiced due to my travels to India but this brew certainly complimented my spicy Indian meal. I'd have it again.

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

A: Looks light a standard light lager. There's nothing really to say about it: it's light, straw colored, medium head with little retention and no lacing to speak of.

S: Cereal grains, and not much else.

T: Actually beats out a lot of American light lagers that I've had. It has a slight hop finish, making it a little more interesting. Still not very complex, but refreshing and certainly easy to drink.

M: Light, medium-high carbonation.

D: I would certainly never seek this beer out, but I would certainly drink it if it was offered for free. Pretty standard light lager, though the slight bittering hoppiness on the finish adds an unexpected twist.

Photo of bastardface
3.22/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kingfisher is a beer I just randomly chose to try at a local bar. I have never had it before. Needless to say it wasn't anything impressive but it wasn't terrible either. The color of it was a light yellowish. The taste was a little harsh but still easy to drink. It tasted like a light beer with a bitter after taste. There really was no smell. Like I said the drinkability was surprisingly easy. If I had a chance to get it again I think I would.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale is about right, rates a 4 on the SRM Chart. Initial head was about 1 finger and it went south in less than 20 seconds, leaving a light cover in the middle and broken, non clinging lace. Smells like light wheat bread, barley, and yeast. Intense flavor of clover grass, and roasted wheat. The hop finish just sort of hangs in the back of my throat on the soft palate. Good bite in my mouth but too heavy on the carbonation. I did not like this enough to really want to buy more, but I would drink one at a party if it was part of the free bar selection.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale yellow, small suddy head.
Nose is grassy but also shows sweet, bready, grainy malt. Inoffensive.
The same sweet light bready malts transfers through as a flavour with little else following.
Moderate carbonation should be higher.
Overall, a very light summer thirst quencher.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass at Mogul India in Stavanger, Norway. Poured a golden yellow with a small white head that vanished rather quickly. Beer appears to be well carbonated. Clear in appearance.

Nothing remarkable about the smell...somewhat of an adjunct lager smell, but overall, not bad for the style. Smelled relatively fresh...mainly a malt aroma with a grassy/hay smell indicating the presence of hops.

Taste was respectable. Very standard pale lager taste--somewhat fizzy, refreshing, mild malt character balanced out by some hop presence.

Mouthfeel was fine--carbonated, but fairly smooth going down. Certainly put out the fire in my mouth from the hot Indian food I was eating. For that it had my gratitude.

Photo of MTNboy
2.97/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has very plain aroma with more of a grassy smell if anything. The body was a golden color that was pretty flat as far as carbonation is concerned. There virtually no head but there was a nice tight white lace. The taste has a little bit of an odd bitterness at first but it mellows out to be very grassy. To me this beer wasn't bad but it was run of the mill. It has a light mouthfeel that makes it easy to drink on a hot day.

Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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