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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
65
poor

622 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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elniko

Texas

3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Typical light lager, half finger of head that dissolved quickly. Nice carbonation.

S: Skunky, not a pleasant smell at all

T & M: Taste was pleasant surprise after smell. Not skunky tasting. Good mix of malt with a refreshing finish. Mouthful is nice and crisp.

D: Drinkable although I don't know I would make an effort to find this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 02:17:23 | More by elniko
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gfreed

Massachusetts

1.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very fizzy, so it does a nice job of washing down a spicy meal. That's its only redeeming quality, though. Otherwise, its pale straw color, thin head, zero taste and zero aroma offer no compelling reason to drink it. As close to seltzer water as a beer can get.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 15:56:37 | More by gfreed
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1759Girl

California

3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It would be unfair for me to review this out of context.... Please note that this review is one to discuss Kingfisher as a drink to accompany an Indian meal. This is the only time I drink Kingfisher.

Appearance> VERY lively, good head, lacing, retention

Smell> lagery to the max. With far too much metallic aroma

Taste> more complex than one might think. slight fruitiness contrasts with a bitter characteristic lager taste and finish.

Mouthfeel> the best part.Because it works so well with curry.

Drinkability> Made to be drank with spicy indian so easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2008 18:06:18 | More by 1759Girl
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DmanGTR

New York

1.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - poured golden yellow/light amber with very little, if any, head and barely any lacing into a large pilsner glass

S - oh dear god this was horrible. Through the very obvious skunk I could detect hops, very light malts, bitter orange peels, and grains, probably corn in disguise

T - bitter hoppiness followed by lingering bittersweet malts, sticky finish and some metallic tones as well

M - light bodied, medium carbonation, sticky

D - Okay drinkability, the intense smell and weird aftertaste really got in the way

Overall - Very plain and simple: not worth it at all! I got a large 650 mL bottle for $1.22 and I would not buy it again if it was only $0.22! I'd rather drink a Labatt blue than this crap. To tell you the truth, I could not finish the beer. I drank what I had to in order to finish the review, tried to gulp some down, and poured it down the sink. Then I refreshed my mouth with a nice glass of orange soda.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 05:43:26 | More by DmanGTR
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Portertime

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another run-of-the-mill euro pale lager. I just tried this one to say I have had a beer from India without any high hopes for it. Poured the usual pale lemonade color. Smelled of musty and skunky hops with a little spiciness. Taste was similar with a corn husk like palate and mild malts. Pretty fizzy on the tongue and not much better in the finish. Again, just to sample.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 18:41:06 | More by Portertime
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lowbrau

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, straw colored with a moderate white head. Nothing remarkable.

Smell: Faint, vegetable like smell with a slight skunkyness.

Taste: Very sweet with little hop character. Appropriately carbonated with residual sweetness in the finish. A little skunky.

Not a beer I would normally buy, but it went well with matter paneer and some garlic naan.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 18:33:05 | More by lowbrau
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance
Pours a light straw yellow, very similar to most mainstream lagers. Decent inch head that levels out within a few minutes. Small amount of bubbles fizzing thoughout body.

Aroma
A little fruity (strangely, banana) and malty

Taste & Mouthfeel
Light and fruity, with that banana aroma coming though on the palate. Mouthful turns foamy quickly when swishing around for flavor. It has at least some character of flavor, unlike so many other lagers I've had. It's not bad, but not really my preference.

Overall
This is the "World's Number 1 selling Indian Lager" according to the label, however, it's produced in New Jersey. It has a mild, somewhat pleasant taste. But it still has too much banana fruit flavor coming through, and I would forgo this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 21:05:56 | More by JEdmund
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skivtjerry

Vermont

2.38/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Actually had this in bottles and on tap in the Delhi area, and in Bihar, where it seems to be the only beer available. The bottled version has significantly more hop character, but still not much.

Appearance: Pale yellow and clear. Pretty good head and retention.

Smell: Not a lot. What there is hints of corn and maybe molasses, with a slight yeasty note.

Taste: Again, not a lot. Starts out like a 'premium' American macro, but halfway through a sip, all flavor mysteriously disappears and it feels like you're drinking seltzer water. Slight noble hop taste that is actually pretty good, but only for an instant.

Mouthfeel: Like water.

Drinkability: Out in the sun on a 100 degree day, not bad. Otherwise, I'll have tea or soda.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2008 11:34:11 | More by skivtjerry
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at an indian restaurant in beijing, china

clear gold color, decent head that soon fades to ring. some lace.

obvious noble hop aroma, some yeastiness and light malts. despite the green bottle, there was no detectable skunk, so it seems they kept this away from the light. consistent with three bottles here, and also with two bottles at another different indian restaurant in beijing.

flavor also has sweet malts underlying a strong but smooth bitterness that lasts throughout. esters and phenols when warmed.

certainly has some substance, with some lively but not too fizzy carbonation.

NOTE: checked the labels at several indian restaurants - this does NOT seem to use any adjuncts. JUST MALT.

this pairs quite well with indian food, esp. when properly chilled and the bitterness is snappy.

does this use rice or other adjuncts? if not, this almost seems like a euro pale lager or even a pils...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 17:37:13 | More by tai4ji2x
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avalon07

South Carolina

1.78/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a green bottle (?!) with a twist off top (?!) to a pint glass. Had a light yellow color and a very thin texture. There was almost no head or lacing.

I smelled some hops and a really faint citrus odor here.

This beer has a very watery taste. The hops were muted and there was a faint taste of lemon, but not enough to make a difference.

Not much carbonation here. A decent finish, though nothing to write home about. Blah mouthfeel.

This isn't an especially drinkable beer. Essentially, it's just macro swill with no personality. I only tried it to see what a beer from India was like.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 14:33:54 | More by avalon07
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

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

An ok lager to my palete. Yellow gold in the glass with a frothy head which disapatted very quickly. Slight lemon lime nose. The beer had a crisp taste yet there are far more lagers with more flavour and crispness. Has anyone had it with indian fare? Would it standout with butter chicken or tikka masala? I'll have to find out and get back to you.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 03:03:30 | More by jaz58
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with a thin, creamy white head. Some lacing sticks to the glass.The smell is of strong "Euro-skunk", some husk,and sweet grain.The taste is husky and grainy with some "Euro-skunk" carry-over from the nose. Sweet with a bare touch of pretty non-descript hop bitterness. Not a big fan of the bland, sweet aftertaste.Light-bodied, though not overly fizzy. Not much to it though, either.I, ironically, preferred the "light" version, though I would not get either one again, personally. Maybe watering it down hid some of the bland sweetness and "skunk".A run-of-the-mill, at best, Euro-lager brewed right here in the USA ("under technical supervision of United Breweries Limited, Bangalore, India).

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 01:09:17 | More by jwc215
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therica

Maryland

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

Fine "standard" swilling-lager, not to be compared to the many better beers of the world but a good standard beer.

A= standard light-golden, very little head.

S= corn, malts, slight musty remnants.

T= fairly standard lager but better than the standard US macro-brew; a slight dryness from the modest hops.

M= very acceptable, just a slight dry following; fine for meals.

D= rather standard drinkability for what is probably in the "table-beer" class.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 04:57:39 | More by therica
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

1.53/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, my first beer in India. Pale yellow color, much akin to Bud or Coors. Fizzy head, very thin. A bit cloudy.
Straw, malt, old socks and wet leather make up the faint aroma.
Taste was also faint, which is actually a good thing. Most of the flavor is tied up in wet malt, semi sweet, and a bit like corn.
Thin feel, a bit of fizz at the end. Since the flavors are weak, it makes drinking it a bit easier.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 18:09:59 | More by Mebuzzard
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riversider76

New York

3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden with a thin white head. Not much in the way of retention,but decent lacing. Smell is of Euro hops,and more Euro hops. Body is thin,and fizzy. Taste is hoppy,with a underlying sweetness,and a dry finish. Not the best representation of this style,but worth a try I guess.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 21:24:43 | More by riversider76
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at Market Cross Pub in carlisle,PA.

The bottle is very unique in that it has a hummingbird as it s logo. It is actually very cooland different.

A- a lil cloudy with a pale yellow color. It looks like yellow murky water.

S-no real smell to describe except you can definitely smell the hops in it.

T- taste is alright. Not too bitter but a lot ofkick from the malted hops. It is kind of juicy yet dry.

D-this is worth themoney of a six pack. Its a decent beer but not the best lager that i have ever had. Its a good beer but nothing to great.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:32:46 | More by Dodo2step
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blackie

Virginia

2.42/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a: Really weak head, light amber-golden in color and looks to have some light chill haze.

s: Sulfuric Euro hops dominate with a moderately sweet pale malt husk base. Light metallic. A little overboard with the "skunk", should not dominate.

m: low-medium carbonation and a medium body...too heavy for the style and the level of carbonation

t: The Euro-skunk carries over to the flavor. Pale malts give a husky, moderately sweet base. Bready and too sweet.

d: not so good

brewed in NY, from a "Beers of the World" mix

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 05:00:22 | More by blackie
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morimech

Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I thought I was getting the India beer when I picked this up for the make your own 6-pack but I got the brewed in New York version. Not that it would make much of a difference.

Poured a light straw color with a big head that quickly goes away. Some bubbles continue to rise to the surface long after the pour. Just hints of lacing.

Smells a bit skunky with grassy hops in the background.

The taste is a little better than the smell would lead you to believe. But it is just lightly flavored macro. Weak malt, skunk, and wisps of hops would sum up this beer. Light bodied with abundant carbonation. I would definately pass on this beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 00:44:40 | More by morimech
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shabbtastic

New York

2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My sister is in love with this beer for some reason, I think she thinks a bottle of this looks better in your hand than a can of Bud. Anyway, she left a few behind the other day and needles to say I was eager to give it a try.

A - It poured as a typical macro lager, with a great big froth of a head that vanished before I could but the bottle down.

S - Again, definitely a macro, a bit skunky for me.

T - Not much to offer in this department. A bit of malty honey no hops to speak of.

M - Carbonation galore, glad to see it wasn't flat! Light / medium bodied nothing to rave about.

D - Scored a 4 because you can drink these all day, and that's the problem...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 17:27:28 | More by shabbtastic
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mattster

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened 12 ounce bottle, poured into mug. 1" head formed quickly, didn't die down. Color is straw to light yellow. Lots of bubbles, very clear.

To me, this lager smells and taste like a run of the mill mass market brew. Somewhat sweet with no discernible flavors. Slight creaminess, but not enough to make in interesting.

Aftertaste is minimal but present. I'm glad I didn't buy a bunch of this brew because it is pretty disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 14:10:29 | More by mattster
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Traquairlover

Virginia

1.63/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap into a pilsner glass in the lounge of the Windsor Bangaluru Hotel in Bangalore, India.

Oh my goodness, where to begin? This was really horrible swill.

A = Clear straw color with white foamy head, fair carbonation. Looked just fine for a macro lager.

S = This smelled nothing like beer. It had a sickening sweet smell like corn syrup and not much else that I could detect.

T = The taste was even worse than the smell, the sweet corn syrup smell was present in the taste but so was an unpleasant bitterness and some really off pungent sewage tastes (at least it's what I would imagine sewage tastes like).

M = Although it looked light and thin in the glass as I would want from a nice light, crisp lager, this actually felt kind of thick in my mouth. The difference between what I expected based on the style and the actuality was a real turn off.

D = I would not under any circumstances order another one, though I might be willing to try a bottle and see if there was simply a problem with it on tap where I had it (though the lines on the Bud seemed fine, so I do not think that was the problem).

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 15:44:22 | More by Traquairlover
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splat215

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this draught style and bottled. Very similar, but I think the draught has more going for it in the flavor department (+.5 in taste)

A - 2.5 - Weak yellow, budweiser-like.... not real appealing
S - 3.5 - Nice, slight hops - one of the better smelling Indian beers I've had
T - 3.5 - 3.0 for bottled, 3.5 for draught. Unoffensive, well balanced
M - 3.0 - Nothing special here, but nothing wrong with it
D - 3.5 - On par with the better american macro lagers

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2007 17:59:55 | More by splat215
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willjansen

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brewed under license in Victoria, Australia.

Appearance - Very pale yellow, average head on a medium pour. Not bad, but a bit light.

Smell - Not a bad smell with clean, dry hoppy hints.

Taste - Crisp clean lager taste, virtually undistiguishable from many just like it, but not bad. Dry on the palate with a clean finish. Hops are in decent proportion. Sourness that becomes more prevalent as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation slightly higher than normal for pils-type beers, but slick oiliness from hops and keeps it interesting.

Drinkability - Not a bad macro-syle international lager, but drink it while it's cold.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 05:40:57 | More by willjansen
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Brad007

Vermont

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

Pours a mild yellow/near amber color with a head that recedes fast. Aroma is mainly sweet with hints of adjunct. Taste is sweet and grainy with almost nothing more on the tongue. Nothing impressive here. A strange bitterness at the back of the tongue as well.

I have to say that I've had better versions of this style. Worth a try though but not worth $2.00 a 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 23:47:13 | More by Brad007
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

1.93/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a straw yellow with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to just about nothing. No stickiness to speak of, pretty sad looking beer. Smell: one word, Heineken, but stronger. Taste is pale noble hops and buttery flavors. I don't see myself finishing this one. Is it skunky or just how this should taste? Either way, drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 00:49:38 | More by BeerTruth
Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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