Kingfisher Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
65
poor

769 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

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 thehyperduck
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

355 mL green bottle purchased as a single at the LCBO. Listed at 5% and brewed under license in Saratoga Springs, NY - but it still counts as an Indian beer to me, dammit.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, capped off with one finger of dense, white-coloured head that steadily disappears over the next few minutes. A thin, bubbly film and collar soon takes its place, with minimal lace. The aroma is grainy, with notes of honey and corn. A hint of grassy, weedy hops also comes through. I got a big whiff of skunk when I initially popped the cap, but it seemed to dissipate quickly enough.

The flavour profile is boring and not particularly clean, which is a problem for something that is not classified as an adjunct lager. Grainy pale barley malts, corn husk and a boiled vegetable water sweetness pretty much sums this one up. More of the grassy, weedy hops detected on the nose manage to provide a noticeable bitterness toward the finish. Fairly light in body, with moderate carbonation that provides a crisp, refreshing bite.

Final Grade: 3.00, a C grade. Kingfisher Premium is actually a decent industrial lager, but not at Canadian import prices. The flavour grew on me a little as I made my way through the glass, but not enough to give this anything more than a mediocre grade - because it is just a mediocre pale lager. If you're at an Indian restaurant and the beer selection is limited, this would be a viable option, but I can't envision a situation where I'd go out of my way to drink this again.

Photo of mr-jj
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

It's usually what I can find at an Indian restaurant. It's okay for cutting spiciness, but overall a pretty mediocre brew. It's grainy and dry without any real character.

Photo of Seeker_11
4/5  rDev +43.9%

This beer tasted so much better in India. I had it in the states and didn't care for it. If you get a chance to go to India, definitely give it a try.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2/5  rDev -28.1%

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….

Photo of TrishParry
1.5/5  rDev -46%

Kingfisher in India is GOD AWFUL. It has to be freezing to be palatable. I drank a lot of this because, well, most of the time it is all you can find. If you read the label in India, it actually lists corn syrup and "grain". What grain?? And they also won't tell you the abv because it varies.

Kingfisher in the UK is noticeable higher of quality.

Photo of Wobbly
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

There are so many worse examples, but this is still a pretty bland beer.

Photo of mjurney
3.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Pale gold color, touch of haze. Some carbonation. Frothy head.

Aroma:
Grainy, sweet bread, a little herbal hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Grainy, bready, grassy. Herbal, lemony hops towards the end. Finish is very dry. Light bodied, very dry, smooth.

Overall:
It's a decent beer

Photo of Darhawk
1.65/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12oz Bottle pour into a Pint Glass.
I decided to give it a try, because I thought the label was interesting.

Appearance: Regular light yellow lager beer color with low foam

Smell: Just a bitter sour grassy metallic smell; not something to Oooh and ahhh over.

Taste: I don't want to taste it ever again. I never tasted a hint of good in it at all. Overall it was a confusing experience.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation; much less than regular lagers.

Drinkability: The label should have a skunk on it, not a pretty bird. It's so strong but not in a good way. I couldn't even finish it so I poured it out down the drain, and then grabbed something else quickly to refresh my dying taste buds.

I grabbed only one of these at my local liquor store where you can awesomely make your own 6-pack. I was excited to try something new and out of the ordinary. I thought it might be tasty in likeness of a Stella or maybe some other familiar green bottle beer like Moosehead. I was wrong and I won't ever try it again!

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.02/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden body with lots of rising bubbles. A white head recedes to a film with no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts interrupted by green bottle skunk.

Taste: A more grainy body than the aroma indicated, a touch of skunkiness before a subtle sour hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Overall: If I'm going to drink a green bottled lager, I'll choose any beer but this one next time, if there ever will be a next time.

Photo of futurefjp
1.29/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Only reason I would ever drink this crap is because it is the only - blind - option on tap at Bengal Brasserie, Wetherby... I felt sick from the oily old hops... beer does go with curry: ipa perhaps I am told, but this does nothing to support the dishes at all.

Photo of MarkoNm
2.23/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear golden color, topped with about two fingers of white foam that soon settles down to only a small patch.
There is the basic malty and grainy aroma, easily picked up.
The taste starts sweet. It's followed by a neutral body, finishing with a slightly metaly bitterness. Slightly watery.
OK and drinkable, but not much taste there.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
1.99/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a bottle at Chai Pani in Asheville, NC

A: Pours a very lightly hazy light to medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of grainy malts with rice and corn adjuncts with light aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with some rice and corn adjuncts that give it a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops towards the finish. This beer has a light amount of bitterness which fades relatively quickly.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: There is nothing special about this beer but it does pair really well with spicy Indian food and really cuts through the spiciness. Refreshing and easy to drink but not a beer I will be getting regularly.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.91/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from colonial spirits.
Pours a mostly clear medium golden color with a smallish white head that recedes quickly leaving a moderate amount of lace on the glass. Smells of light sweet bready malt with a hint of sulfur and very light spicy hops. The flavor is light sweet bready malt with light hop and little else. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick watery mouthfeel. Straight forward macro lager, a bit on the sweet side but loaded with bland. I could drink this if I had to or if it were 105 degrees, but given the chance I would pick something else first.

Photo of metter98
2.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is rather clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops, corn and Irish soda bread are present in the nose.
T: The initial taste starts out with flavors of Irish soda bread and hints of corn; flavors of grassy hops become noticeable towards the finish and contribute a slight amount of bitterness throughout the taste.
M: It feels a bit more than being light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing really special that stands out about the taste of this beer, but it is easy to drink and doesn't have too much in the way of adjunct aromas or flavors. It seems like it would help take the bite out of spicy Indian food.

Photo of Ridgeback
2.47/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A very pleasant golden straw colored with an ample white head. Unfortunately the head doesn't last long. The carbonation was more than ample so I would say the appearance is inviting.

S - A mild bready mixed with a slight skunkiness. The skunk factor didn't linger as I sampled the beer but the smell is pretty non-descript. Not much going on here.

T - Tastes like your basic mass produced lager with a slight sweetness at the initial taste. There isn't a significant amount of hops bitterness that grabs you. It essentially tastes like a basic domestic mass produced lager...If that is what Kingfisher was shooting for, they nailed it!

F - This feels like carbonated beer flavored water. It's very thin and leaves that domestic mass produced aftertaste in my mouth. My teeth feel like they had sweaters knitted on them. The carbonation however is very good and makes the beer drinkable in a pinch.

O - This certainly isn't a beer I will seek out again anytime soon. This is domestically mass produced under supervision from Kingfisher. I think there are better Indian beers out there worth trying. In this case, I think Kingfisher is trying to mimic other major domestic lagers. If this is the case the set the bar low and just cleared the bar

Photo of patre_tim
3.04/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Golden filtered, medium carbonation with medium sized bubbles rising at a moderate slow pace, fine white foam, no head retention.

S: Skunk, malt, animal offal, Pabst AA Lager like, somewhat savoury.

T: Skunk, a little malt, some clean linen, some offal. Very little if any bitterness, its more of a slight aftertaste.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

O: Typical AA Lager, reminding me of Pabst Blue Ribbon, but more watery. Still, its got more taste than some AA Lagers.

Photo of puboflyons
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the green 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 6, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow with an outrageous foamy white head that takes forever to settle down. Highly carbonated.

The aroma is green-bottle skunked but beyond that there is a notable biscuit and malt nose and a crisp clean hop tag,

The body is light to medium but fairly creamy.

The taste has a big grainy and husky flavor with a low pale lager like hop finish. Vaguely dry.

Photo of Treyliff
3.09/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a pale yellow-golden color with a small fizzy white head with shirt retention

S- light and clean hop aroma with a sweet and grainy malt, thankfully no skunkiness coming from the green bottle

T- cooked sweet corn with just a touch of light herbal hop, finishes slightly sweet with clean malt at the end

M- light-medium body with moderate carbonation with a slick finish

O- not as bad as I thought it would be, it has more flavor than typical adjuncts, but not something I would reach for again

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased and drank at Tandoor in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a clear golden fizzy yellow, with a half inch head, and no lacing.

Doesn't smell like much, a little bit of grass and grain.

Same thing with the taste. It's not that it tastes bad, per se, it just doesn't taste like much. Reminds me of a less bitter Budweiser. A little bit bitter, some grassy peppery hop flavors. But just not a whole lot.

Light bodied, well carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

Good only if you're eating Indian food, not worth a separate purchase.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellowish in color and a bit hazy, head was fizzy and didn't last long or leave a lot of lacing.

Aroma is lightly sweet and somewhat grainy. Taste follows, but is near cloyingly sweet, accented with grain flavors, and a smidge of light floral hops that's barely detectable.

Body is light but the cloying sweetness overpowers the finish to the point where it would be hard to drink several of these in a session.

Overall I'm not at all impressed with this beer.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was trying to be authentic while out to eat at an Indian restaurant. The bottle says this Indian beer was brewed about 4 hours away in Saratoga Springs New York. Sheesh.

Straw colored with a tight, thin head. Some foam lasts for almost half a glass which I guess is par for the course in pale lager land.

Floral aroma which I wasn't expecting. Honey and green apple peel. Tastes like it smells with some nice herbal hops in there.

Refreshing, floral, and sweet. Pale lagers ain't so bad when you don't throw a bunch of rice in it.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 ml (1 pint 6 fl oz) bottle, with no apparent production information on this bottle. From the same brewers as the Taj Mahal Premium Lager Beer that I enjoyed a few days ago, and the Flying Horse Royal Lager Beer which I just had a few hours ago. Not the highest expectations for this one, but higher at least than my expectations for the swill adjunct lagers produced in America.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about one finger of quickly dissipating eggshell white bubbly head. Dark cloudy gold, cider / lager colored body.

S - Smell is comprised mainly of muted corn husk / malt smell, honey, and very little else happening. Very dominant corn kernel smell becomes apparent.

T - Tastes like straight up fresh corn husk / corn tortilla. To be honest, this has got to be one of the most literally corn tasting beers I've ever had. Not a disturbing, cheap, adjunctive chemically treated corn husk taste like you would find in Bud Light, Miller Light, Coors Light, etc. More of a natural corn taste going on here, but still very prominent, and very little else happening.

M - Sweet, slight sugar, smooth, clean, and, watery. My mouth tastes like I just ate a plain corn tortilla. It's a clean feeling beer, I'll give it that. Not as carbonated and cidery as the rest of it's contemporary beers.

Overall, another strange surprising endeavor into the United Breweries portfolio. They seem to brew strange and offbeat beers, but I tend to enjoy what they put out. If I could find more from them I would be interested in trying it, for sure. This Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer has probably been the worst outing I've encountered from them so far, tasting the closest to American corn water swill like Miller Olde English 800, but it still isn't so bad. It is definitely a beer to try if you so happen to come across it, and the same goes for the rest of the beers put out by United Breweries - UB Group.

Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer ---3/5.

Photo of charlzm
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Consumed at Cafe Bollywood in Sherman Oaks, CA on March 13th, 2013. Poured into a pilsener glass.

Pour is a very pale clear yellow with no head to speak of.

No appreciable aroma, save for a light whiff of husky grain.

Sweet, grainy flavor with a mild bit of corn. Light bitterness on finish. Really, there's nothing else to say about this one.

Mouthfeel is similar to carbonated water.

Easy to drink and doesn't interfere with the flavor of the Indian food I was eating, but I can't see myself ever ordering this utterly unremarkable beer ever again.

Photo of GMB
2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Kingfisher's Premier (Same as Premium?) Lager Beer pours a very light golden body with moderate, even carbonation and a fizzy snow-white head.

The nose struck me as slightly skunky and corn-dominated at first, but after a few deep breaths I began to appreciate some roasted characteristics and even a slightly fruity aroma.

The taste of this beer is sweet, sweet, sweet. The side of the can lists water, malted barley, sugar and rice/maize/corn syrup as its first four ingredients. This should give some indication of just how sweet this brew is. To me, it tastes like corn syrup with a bit of malted barley mixed in for good measure. Hoppy bitterness is only appreciable after a dozen or so small sips. The beer is far too thin on the palate; and sweet, far too sweet: sort of gross, really.

Considering my overall aversion to the sweetness, I was surprised to find a couple of sips somewhat enjoyable. Perhaps it was the freshness of the can: I drank it on 12 November and the can was "manufactured" on 07 November. Or maybe the seasoned puffed rice that I snacked on as I sipped cut some of the sweetness.

Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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