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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
64
poor

674 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 34 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-1998)
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Photo of Brad007
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.

Brad007, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
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.

BeerTruth, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: bright beer with a golden yellow colour. White, foamy, low head that may not last long (some lacing).
Aroma: difficult to say anything about it as it was very weak. Some sweetness that was not unpleasant.
Taste: moderate sweetness, very little hops and slightly grainy.
Mouthfeel: average to strong carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: medium length bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Watery and characterless adjunct lager. On the bright side it can be quite refreshing. Better than the others beers from India that I have already tasted.

AlexLMS, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.8/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts and light malts, with almost no hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with flavors of honey, caramel, corn and light malts. There’s a very mild hops presence and not the much of a balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, doesn’t go down too easily, not filling at all which is about the only good thing I can say about it, if were going to drink a beer that tasted like this I would prefer to spend very little money and drink something that I know isn’t supposed to be very good.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this along with a Taj Mahal tonight. The Kingfisher, a far less expensive brew per ounce, handily trumped the Taj in every category.

Poured a pale yellow with about a half inch head. Mild carbonation remained throughout. I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet fruit tones and lemony/citrus hop flavor. Nothing overwhelming here, but after the fairly awful Taj Mahal, this was welcome.

Overlord, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another day, another lager, or so it seems lately. This one from a green bottle poured light golden, deep yellow, clear. The head was flimsy to begin with and didn't last long, only a trace of carbonation.

I found the smell agreeable with malt, barley, grain of some sort, nothing too skunky. A dry, hoppy taste and mouthfeel with a crisp, clean lager finish. The body is a bit thin, but that's pretty typical. Overall, this is better than typical, I agree with jettjon, and with the more recent reviews of Kingfisher, this beer was likely reformulated or quality control has been improved.

ThatWineGuy, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of aquaderek
3.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Trader Joe’s

Appearance: Golden yellow color with lace head that dissipates to almost nothing quickly.

Nose: Grainy and sweet, sums it up to me.

Taste: Initially sweet maltiness and a nice hoppy finish to round it out.

Overall: Pretty good beer to drink on a summer day. I am not overly impressed, nor am I overly disappointed. It is about what I expected.

aquaderek, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of bark
2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one in an Indian restaurant in London, it is probably brewed on license in the UK.

The colour is yellow; the finger thick head is white. There is some lacing.

The smell is sweet with some notes of caramel and hints of malt.

The taste is sweet and mild. Some notes of caramel/toffee and some traces of anonymous hops. The aftertaste got some hints of raisins and bread.

The carbonation is medium strong for a lager. The liquid is a bit watery.

Yet another “exotic” standard lager. A Wiessbier would have suited the Tandoori dish better.

bark, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.35/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz green bottle with no date into a pilsner, it’s a pale gold color with plenty of carbonation. Thin white head fades quickly leaving a thin ring and no lace. Nose of pale malt and floral hops. In the flavor department, it features medium sweetish malt tempered by floral and citrus hops. Decent. Mouth of ful carbation; crispness helps bring out hops character. Drinkability is decent; it’s crisp and refreshing but not much to bring me back. It’s one and done for me.

Overall: Looks like a lot of the negative reviews on BA are older, leading me to believe that this beer was reformulated or QC has been improved. As sampled, it’s a competent Euro style pale lager, that looks, tastes, and smells good but isn’t anything special. I’d take this over a Heineken if that’s any sort of endorsement.

Note: The bottle stated that this beer is brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY.

jettjon, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.78/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color - modest whitish head, brilliant clarity

Noble hop aroma, some candy-like malt aroma

Some initial malt, but good hop flavor and ultimately bitterness rounds out the flavor. Finishes a bit bitter/sweet, but ultimately becomes quite clean.

Highly carbonated, as expected for the style. No major mouthfeel issues.

Flavorful but not overpowering. A bit like a quality German lager, only not quite as good. Better than I would have expected from an Indian brewer, for some reason. I could down a few of these without a problem.

mpyle, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
1.08/5  rDev -61%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

330ml bottle
4.8% ABV
I tried this beer on September 4, 2007 after purchasing it from my local LCBO. This was one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. It poured into the glass smoothly with a small white head. The colour was a translucent gold with TONS of effervescence. The aroma was putrid...too much like budwesier. The mouthfeel was very thin and watery, none of the carbonation as seen in the glass. The taste was very reminiscent of North American pale lagers as well...

cyrenaica, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of lawman834
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Light golden. Highly carbonated. Thin head that stayed around awhile.

S-Sweet, maybe a little bit of citrus.

T-Different. Very sweet. It actually made me think of a tequiza or something.

M-Thin, real fizzy.

D-Pretty drinkable....with indian food. I would never choose this for a relaxing drink, but it served it's purpose well.

lawman834, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green 12oz bottle with no visible date of bottling poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is quite nice with some malt and grassy hops. The taste mimics the aroma with some malt and a spicy and grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is pretty much what I am looking for from a lager. This is a highly drinkable and tasty brew that is recommended.

cjgator3, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of goschool
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The pour bright gold with a large, quickly-fading foamy white head.

Smell: The nose has light malts and inoffensive adjuncts.

Taste: This one has soft biscuity malts and a strange flavor in the mid-palate and finish that tastes like a combination of Saaz hops and skunk.

Mouthfeel: It's light-bodied with plenty of fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Kingfisher is a tiny step-up from the average macro lager and it does a good job of rescuing those like me with acid reflux from Indian food.

goschool, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of crwills
3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Kingfisher. Wherever there be Indian food, there be Kingfisher. I actually had a bunch of these while I was in India recently, although its commonly available at Indian restaurants at home (Toronto).

Anyway -- it does exactly what it's supposed to do, which is counterbalance the spiciness of the cuisine. No real adjuncty notes in the aroma or flavour, which is good. Colour is pale, but not sickly. Carbonation is very high but, again, it's supposed to be to clear the "hot" from your palate. Honestly, in the category of American Macro Lagers, I'd probably rather have this one than most others. And it was great to drink it in its homeland!

crwills, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really so sure why I picked this one up. Probabaly because I had not seen it before, which is the reason I pick up most of my brews. Anyway, hell it was worth a shot right? Poured a dull golden yellow. Small fizzy white head quickly faded leaving only some token lace behind, which iteslef left leaving a dull non carbonated yellow liquid. Smell was musty and grainy, with no really depth too it. The taste followed suit, dull, maybe a tiny bit of bitterness, but otherwise pretty non descript. Decent light mouth feel and a easy drinking are about it on this one. Served cold could be a session beer, but I would rather have it as a forget it beer. Nothing really to see move on.

mikesgroove, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of zeff80
2.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with a bubbly, soapy, white, two-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and a little bit of skunk.

T - It tasted sweet. The main two flavors were corn and grain.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a fairly typical American Macro Lager. It is better than their light beer.

zeff80, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of sleazo
2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at the Fancy foods show.

A-Slightly darker than the typical mass produced AML. A nice stream of bubbles replenishes a one finger head with decent staying power. The fluffy head leaves no lace.

S-Sweetness(corn?) with that imported beer bitterness.

T-Not as sweet as the smell, it actually is quite dry and bitter. Fairly nonn descript but there is enough of a hop bite here to keep me interested. The malt is very light on the tongue with a slightly straw like taste. The grassy hops remain steady all the way through.

M-Slightly above a light body with an agressive ammount of carbonation.

D-in the end this is an alright beer, doesn't offend and it doesn't thrill. I suppose this is one of the better Indian beers available so if I were at an Indian Restaurant I would probably choose this.

sleazo, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of zymurgy4all
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a regular lager. Slight hint of hops in aroma, pours a clear yellow. It tastes a little bit of hop flavor and nice balance of bitterness to the malts. Nothing special about this lager, but I wouldn't mind having it on tap in Bangalore, India. Leaves a hint of hops in aftertaste.

zymurgy4all, May 28, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Had it at the Indian Oven in SF.

A: Pours a pale golden yellow, standard macro lager color. Pretty decent sized white head.

S: Light aromas of hops and yeast.

T: Decent hop presence, grainy malts. There is also a bit of sour fruit.

M: Light bodied, lots of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D: Goes down smooth. This is actually one of the better macro lagers I've had. Much more all-around taste than the standard BMC beers. I had it with Indian food and it the taste still came through all of the curry spices. Certainly wouldn't buy it to have at home but it's not a bad option at an Indian restaurant.

willjschmidt, May 21, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz green bottle into pint glass.

Ultra clear light straw color with a thick white head that holds well.

Crisp malts with a sweet touch to it.

Biscuity malt with a little bit of a tangy hint. Mild hop bitterness, more than most Maco Lagers. Thin watery body with high carbonation. The finish has a little bit of lingering grain and a bit of lingering hop.

This one is a little hoppier than others in the style, but it's still relatively flavorless and plain.

BeerSox, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.8/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance- The beer is dingey yellow, with no head, and lots of carbonation.

Aroma- There is none to speak of.

Taste- This beer is sickly-sweet w/ overpowering berry fruit esters. A tart green apple rides the very cidery finish. This is one funky lager. I work at a restaurant that sells this and people seem to like it but as a BA, I can't bring myself to push it.

MF- grippy, stingy

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of Shadman
2.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got to admit..it's a nice label..l

let's see how the rest goes....

Looks and acts like a macro..light amber yellow in color..bone white head that lasts about a minute..the lacing must have been left in India 'cause I didn't see any.

some floral hop smell and a touch of metal..uh oh

very bland..watery taste and then POW..metallic taste not unlike my grandparents well water.

fairly flat and a bit oily...if that's possible

would pass if Ice cold and i was in India and couldn't get anything else beer wise...but seeing as I'm not in India...pass

Shadman, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of roblowther
2.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Notes compiled from tastings all OVER India. Let me tell you, if you travel to India, this very well may be the only beer you can find. I have a hard time rating this one because the results are dramatically inconsistent. I think that product handling is not a priority in India, even in the 4 and 5 star hotels. Anyway, on with the show. The pour is heady and light straw in color, very clear and very carbonated. The smell is very subdued but has a lemony citrus smell & then hops. The taste is good when you can get one that has been handled properly. The draft ones I had were surprisingly malty & smooth for what I would have called a pilsner. Other than that it was standard hot-country beer but I was pleasantly surprised by the malt note. Many of the bottled samples I tried tasted like wet cardboard but I'll chalk that up to improper care, not brewing. The mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, too thin and watery. Drinkability is this beer's strong suit, again only when you get one in good condition. The malt stands up to spicy food but the light character makes it a refreshing break on a hot afternoon. All in all, better than most beers from its latitude. But that's a bit like picking your prettiest sister to take to the prom.

I'm amending this because I'm now having ANOTHER terrible one and overall I've just had TOO many bad examples and the reader (if there is one for my dribble) deserves to know what they're getting into. If you get one that's been handled badly? It tastes like vinegar. Wow. Just undrinkable. Really, really, retchingly horrible. Makes me want to do a shot of formaldehyde to cleanse my palate.

roblowther, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.03/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pale yellow, clear. Moderate head that sticks around for 2-3 minutes leaving to trace. Mild carbonation.

Sour/metallic whiff. Hop aromas: citric, floral, mildly piney. Light sweet malt, biscuit/nut.

Same sour/tart/metallic vibe. Thin bodied light malt, sweet and toasty. Spicy citric floral hops provide the tartness. Adequately balanced. Decent carbonation at first, then it just dies to a foamy nast. Finishes dry, metallic, and smoky; I feel like I just smoked a $3 cigar.

Tastes alright - not good, not horrible - definitely better than it smells or feels. Somehow I doubt they use only the "finest malted barley and hops" as it screams corn/rice at me. I wouldn't go out of my way for another, but I wouldn't turn down a cold free one if I was thirsty.

MrHungryMonkey, Feb 25, 2007
Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
64 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.