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Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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Reviews: 345
Hads: 789
Avg: 2.77
pDev: 34.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-1998

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up in Totowa - if you wish to stay away from this, you've been warned.

Not a whole lot to this beer in the pour or look. Has a light appearance with hardly any head and no lacing to be seen. The aroma was pretty much missing as well and any scent that was present reminded me of the filler used in the mass-market brews.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Appearance – Golden coloured with a lot of effervescent carbon bubbles (probably mechanically added), supports a decent head that dies almost as soon as you look at it.

Smell - Smelling like a Heineken this lager and has a clear smell of alcohol to it. There is also an almost chalky, dusty smell to this beer. There is a mechanical carbon smell to this like the smell you get from sparkling water… just odd.

Taste – In terms of taste there is a deep flavour of the barley grains and it almost reminds me of old Amstel. There is some hop flavour to this. Beyond that this is a pedestrian beer.

Mouthfeel – Very dry and light bodied also towards the thin end of the scale although there is plenty of carbon in the mouth.

Overall – This is a less than average Lager definitely not the best in the world but a hell of a long way removed from the worst. When I drank this in India you had to up end it in water to let the glycerine fall out or it gave the runs. That said in the Thar Desert it was pretty drinkable but we were so thirsty we may have settled for camel piss. And this beer I suspect is not far removed. The flavour lingers for a good time which is always nice if you are drinking something good but in this case it is not….

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
1.99/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I have been able to procure this beer at various Binny's Beverage Depots in the Chicago, Red Robin Liquors in Berwyn, Illinois, and Feldman's Market in McAllen, Texas. It was one of the more popular Indian brands in the United States. It pours clear golden, small but persistent head, and above average carbonation. It has pleasantly bitter set taste, with hints of sweetness and grains. It goes down smooth without much of an edge, leaves a slight bitter aftertaste, and is light and less filling.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
1.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had one with dinner at an Indian restaurant. Why not? It's got to be better than Taj Mahal, which I've had a couple of times and really don't like.

It pours a pale, ghostly yellow, with nearly no head. No lacing, naturally. Looks very fizzy. As a wise man once said, I've got a bad feeling about this...

I took a sniff. I pick up a little green apple, maybe a little corn, but it's all overwhelmed by a very unpleasant metallic essence. It's like greasy tinfoil that's been in the oven too long. The taste is slightly better, but not much. To me, it basically tastes like a BMC with a little spicy sweet Belgian yeast thrown in, which doesn't match anything at all.

The mouthfeel is very light and fizzy. Not my favorite, but I suppose that's how the style's supposed to be. As for drinkability...it washed down my goat masala, but next time, I'll probably just stick with Sam Adams, which the restaurant also had.

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Photo of tjd112
1.96/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From mix-a-six at Interstate Market; Easton, Pennsylvania

Presentation: Poured into Southampton Pint Glass

Appearance: Poured a clear golden colour, fizzy white head with suck retention and little lacing

Smell: Corny and skunky

Taste: A bit of apple juice quality to it

Mouthfeel: Light and loose

Drinkability: Pass

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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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
1.95/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of cameraman
1.92/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A light yellow color, with visible carbonation and eight of an inch white head. The scent of roasted barley, with a touch of hop aroma. The taste is pretty bland, the flavor of the barley is evident, but nothing to spectacular. Watery in the mouth, the carbonation leaves a tinglingsensation on the palate. Nothing to great, a below average beer.

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Photo of vkv822
1.91/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz green bottle into pint glass.

Pours a clear dark yellow with a fizzy white head. Unimpressive, but pretty standard for the style.

Lightly skunky, with some malty adjunct character.

The taste is a little better then the aroma, but not by much. There is a bit of cereal grain sweetness before another touch of skunk and finishes with malty adjuncts.

Light body, fizzy carbonation, as expected.

What one would expect in the style and coming in a green bottle. Basic adjuncts, some sweetness and a light touch of skunk. Not the worst in the style but not enjoyable either.

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Photo of gfreed
1.88/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
1.88/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A lager lager. Pale gold color, small head. A light bodied lager. Light malts and hops. Light flavor, nearly sort of bland, but well-balanced and nice taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. An OK lager, but there is a touch of green bottle skunyness.

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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.

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Photo of necoadam
1.83/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Had this at an Indian cusine place.

Came in a pint glass. Pale yellow color with almost no head whatsoever. Don't like the sign of that.

Smell was quite clean. Some slight hops and malts show up, along with some citrus type aromas, but that would be it. Everything was on the light side.

Taste was ....blah. Grainy to start out with with some sweetness to it as well. Some metallic flavors also showed up which didn't help one bit. It was like sending a bunch of pyro's to a fire instead of sending firefighters.

Mouthfeel was terrible. Thin bodied with almost no carbonation. One of the worst mouthfeels I've had with beer.

Stay out of sight with this one. Truly a terrible beer.

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Photo of avalon07
1.82/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
1.81/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a crystal clear gold color, the head brilliant white, average in size with a frothy consistency with fair lace to coat the glass. Malt nose, the start is slightly sweet, top cadaverous, finish is bitingly acidic, sparsely hopped, dry aftertaste. Not much to redeem this beer in my eyes and palate, but “One person’s trash is another’s treasure”.

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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

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Photo of mithrascruor
1.79/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.78/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

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Photo of cfrancis
1.76/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I look at the bottle and I see India's Premium Lager. I can't say that I was thinking to myself, "Man this thing is going to be awesome" Aroma is skunky and just plain awful. Taste, although crisp and slightly pleasant is overall pretty dull. It's got corn, malt and then a horribly bitter aftertaste. I don't recommend this on to anyone.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.71/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Clear light yellow in color with a white head that foamed up big and laced well.

Smell – Grainy skunk hides the hint of hops in this nose.

Taste – The skunk is complimented by sour fizz, making it difficult to drink AND to smell.

Mouthfeel – The cheap, fizzy carbonation make this thin, light-bodied ale feel horrible in the mouth.

Sinkability – Yes, this is going down the drain.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
1.71/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Green bottle, 330ml, best before Sept 2007, drank 1st Feb 2007.

This Kingfisher was brewed under licence by Sheppard Neame (of Spitfire fame), the UK version is 4.8%, but you would never guess it.

Very light in colour, a pale golden yellow, as most lagers are, so appearance is OK. The white head just disappeared in my 0.4 litre Berliner Kindl straight sleeved glass, by wifes, which was poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass, stayed longer and the neck around the edge of the glas stayed until she finished the beer. Maybe my manly odours killed the head on my glass.

Lagers don't have great aroma's, well I don't think so, anyway. This one smells dry and boring.

The taste is also dry and boring, might be fine with a curry, but as a stand alone drink, it is poor.

What mouthfeel? There is no taste for a mouthfeel to be reviewed, all that was left after each drink was desire to have a beer, and stop drinking this.

I still have 2 of this 4 pack left, I hope someone I don't like visits soon.

New Bit:
Had on-tap at an Indian Curry House (Dec 2011), a lot better when taken with a hot dish, as I intimated in my original review. Not altered the scores, just letting anybody/everybody know it isn't as bad as my score indicates!

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Photo of TerryW
1.71/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Kind of an odd one here I think. It's got what strikes me as a couple of noticeably offputting characteristics.

Looks like a glass of ginger ale once it's poured, maybe slightly more yellow. Crystal clear and a steady parade of small bubbles - bright and cheery if nothing else. Rough white head that disappears almost immediately, no lacing.

It flat out smells soapy. I kid you not. Head down to the laundry room, grab a fistful of laundry soap and inhale. Now whistle back up to your beer and inhale. Laundry soap. Weird.

Not real strong in the taste department either. Some hops and a odd fruity taste like some manner of chewing gum. Bitter hop finish.

Doesn't work for me. The smell of clean laundry is a wonderful thing - but not in your beer.

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Photo of Mistofminn
1.66/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, this was by far the low point of my foriegn beers this past weekend. It was the only drainpour of the bunch, sadly.

The highlight of this beer is the appearance. Hazy golden with a light copper tint, a large white creamy head with decent retention that leaves some nice lacing. It's all down hill from here folks...

The nose isn't that bad, it's just there is literally nothing going on. It's hard to pick up anything, really, but I can detect some sweet malts and other adjuncts.

The taste is just awful. I suspect this isn't fresh by any stretch of the imagination..as it's musty and sweaty, like it was brewed with wet swamp grass or something.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and very light, and drinkability is nothing great.

Just not my cup of tea. Maybe not the freshest bottle, but I can't see this being a good beer regardless.

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Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
66 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.