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Cobra - United Breweries - UB Group

Not Rated.

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 21.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JanM on 01-20-2006)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
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2.2/5  rDev -12.7%

Bottle: embossed 330mL brown label with a rubbish macro label.

Appearance: light golden in colour with a big bubbling head that dissipates quickly. Not flattering.

Aroma: light grains as expected from an adjunct, but with a light yet unmistakably thick off fug. Not a massively pleasant aroma.

Taste: cheap corn with more of that thick fug. Not much more to it.

Aftertaste: dissipates quickly, thankfully.

Mouth feel: thin body with big, bubbling carbonation. Kind of harsh.

Overall: not a brilliant beer, to be honest. Some vegetable and floral hop notes, but it is overpowered by an unpleasant and awkward funk.

01-18-2013 11:32:51 | More by SmashPants
More User Reviews:
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Newfoundland (Canada)

2/5  rDev -20.6%

10-03-2013 02:49:11 | More by cam477
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2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

09-15-2013 13:44:46 | More by stereosforgeeks
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United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev +34.9%

For an imported Macro brewery lager style beer, I thought this was fairly good, and certainly better than the usual Carling Black Label type beers we get in UK (and more tasty than US Bud too!) Poured medium gold colour, though no great head developed - much less lively than most macro lagers - which was hinted at on the bottle description "the less gassy bottled beer." Aroma was reasonable, dryish grassy, though not necessarily inviting. Taste - fairly dry and smooth, some initial slight sweetness with slightly hoppy bitter aftertaste, though no great depth of flavours or body, but refreshing and clean. However, being much less 'gassy' than many other macro lagers, did not have that nasty metallic acid taste that the worst of them suffer from. One of the better Macro lagers, and would have it again well chilled on a summer day when nothing better available. The taste did remind me a bit of some of the Polish lagers/pilsners, certainly would not have guessed its origin in a blind tasting. According to the bottle label it was brewed and bottled in 'the EU' which covers a big anough area to guess at! Certainly preferable to most other UK brewed lagers available 'on tap' in can or bottle in England.

JohnW B'ham UK Jan 2008

01-16-2008 22:26:34 | More by JohnW
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3.35/5  rDev +32.9%

330 ml bottle poured into chilled glass

Appearance - pours light golden takes some effort to form head, which dissipates very quickly but does leave some nice lacing

Smell - crisp malty and fresh, i think i catch a hint of rice among other veggies

Tastes - smooth, slightly bitter, which comes up mostly in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - active and highly carbonated, refreshing

Drinkability - pretty good stuff and rather inexpensive, good if your thirsty for a quick one that's a bit different

07-15-2009 04:26:13 | More by
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2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-31-2012 19:38:37 | More by aztraz
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3/5  rDev +19%

04-11-2012 19:39:52 | More by brinch
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Quebec (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -36.5%

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow lager with a medium pure white head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of loads of adjunct with not much discernable if maybe some trace skunkyness. Taste is also a bad combination between some skunkyness and some bad adjunct. I guess this is about as bad as I had expected it to be.

12-12-2008 17:46:13 | More by Phyl21ca
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Alberta (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -18.7%

I've had a few Indian beers in my day, and I have yet to be impressed. I'm guessing that this isn't going to change much, but it's worth a try.

It pours an extremely pale stray colour with a minimal head.

The aroma is mostly wet grain, and not much else.

The taste. is grainy with some slight vanilla notes, and slightly bitter towards the end. There is a kind of chemical aftertaste.

Overall, this is probably one of the worst beers I've had in a while. Not recommended.

10-28-2011 23:32:32 | More by evlu1441
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2.1/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a golden straw color with almost no head (and I pretty much dumped the beer into the glass) and what is there fades away quickly. Hardly smells of anything, a tiny bit of fruit and yeast, that's about it. The taste is also fairly clean. I get a bit of passionfruit, and mostly water. The mouthfeel is very watery, there's almost no carbonation, true to the label's claims of 'the less gassy bottled beer'. Overall, it's basically flat passionfruit seltzer. Not what I'd consider a great beer.

09-27-2008 09:14:54 | More by Kulrak
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New York

3/5  rDev +19%

11-20-2011 23:33:39 | More by Amalak
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +38.9%

Brown 660ml bottle.

Poured into a Veltins tulip glass, this is the third beer of my very own 'Night of the Lagers'.

Very pale golden colour, good white head, sadly melted away very swiftly.

No aroma to talk of.

Fairly good, firm lager taste, the best lager I've had so far tonight, as I review while drinking.

New Bit:
Had this on-tap at a local Indian Curry House (2011) and really thought it worked with the hot spicey food.

04-14-2007 20:44:11 | More by BlackHaddock
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

08-06-2013 01:42:15 | More by Noelito76
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2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-15-2014 02:04:45 | More by axxe
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United Kingdom (England)

1.75/5  rDev -30.6%

A bottle of this cost an inredible 4 quid. I think it was just a 330ml serving too. Really, what is so good about this beer to be worth that much? Nothing at all really, you could say its a bit of an animal being called a Cobra beer. But this one is really a light headed, light coloured plain lager.

11-26-2008 12:18:46 | More by MrAleman
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3.78/5  rDev +50%

A surprisingly tasty macro-ish American style lager. Not great by any stretch of the imagination, but good. If beers such as Coors and Budweiser actually had some taste and flavor to them, they might taste like this. Funny how other countries making American style macro lagers sometimes actually do a better job of making them than the American brewers do. To my knowledge this is the only beer from India I have ever had. I had never heard of it or seen it anywhere else before gong to London, but I also did see it for sale in several stores and pubs while in London. My dad and I shared a 22 ounce bottle with our dinner in an Indian food restaurant on the first night of our recent trip to London. This beer complimented our food very well. For those of you who don't know, almost all Indian food is at least somewhat spicy. This beer is a nice yellow color with an average sized white head that doesn't last too long. It mainly tastes of corn and some hops and I suppose some malt as well. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. It is very drinkable. I couldn't really smell much from this beer, but that could be because we had already been served our spicy Indian food when I started drinking this beer and Indian food can have quite a strong smell. This beer was quite refreshing at the time. I am not sure if I would have enjoyed this beer so much had I not drank it while eating Indian food though. While overall not a very interesting beer I certainly would try it at least once more, with or without Indian food. If any of you are ever in an Indian restaurant and this beer is available it will compliment your food nicely.


05-27-2006 00:13:58 | More by neenerzig
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2.55/5  rDev +1.2%

A clear light golden beer, a very small head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is mostly acid, lime and green apples.

The taste is more sweet, sugar and buscits, lemon and lemon zest.

Medium high carbonation, watery and simple.

Too sweet for me, on the positive side there was some bitterness at the end.

07-29-2010 16:40:33 | More by rarbring
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +19%

11-11-2012 00:52:53 | More by cfalovo97
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2.78/5  rDev +10.3%

The Cobra I had was distributed in Europe.It was yellow in color and poured with very little foam. It more or less went flat in 10-15 minutes. It had a flowery smell with some citrus in it. The taste was of citrus, ginger and apple with a strong breday aftertaste. It might work well on a hot summer day. But the malts and hops mixed with maize and rice makes very macrolagerish. It's ahrdly something to boast with on the label as they do. The label also says that it is brewed in the EU but not where or by whom. I wonder...

01-20-2006 16:34:30 | More by JanM
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2.83/5  rDev +12.3%

Appearance: pale gold, good clarity, big pillow of frothy white foam with a rocky top, ok head retention

Aroma: grain, wet cardboard, cooked peas, hint of indescript fruitiness

Flavor: crisp lagery maltiness with an underpinning of passion-fruity hop flavor; soap and corn; very light bitterness; finishes dry with a mild acidity and grainy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, pert carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: "American Macro Lager"? Not sure if that's the correct category for this.

08-19-2006 14:50:46 | More by GreenCard
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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-15-2013 18:00:04 | More by TheBeeraholic
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3/5  rDev +19%

01-19-2012 01:49:25 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

09-06-2013 12:50:16 | More by polloenfuego
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Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +13.1%

Had several bottles of this on a recent trip to Mumbai, although I didn't realize it was actually a British beer, brewed in Bangalore (right?).

Anyway, pretty typical of Indian lagers, although a little sweeter and darker than most. Which means it doesn't go quite as well with the local food, in my opinion. Well put together, but relatively bland. Worth trying, since there's nothing else around!

08-07-2007 20:32:03 | More by crwills
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1.68/5  rDev -33.3%

Another American Macro style?! Jeez, this place is crawling with them.
Pours an uneven color...weird...yellow, pale yellow. Soapy head flowed up quick, dissipated quicker. Left a slimy film.
Smell of rotting sticks and mulch. A bit of dirt...could be the glass at the bar (I wasn't about to wrap my lips around the bottle). Alcohol and straw round out the nose.
Not a very bad taste, a bit better and smoother than Kingfisher, but so is turpentine. Butterscotch taste, aftertaste. Semi-crisp. Better to drink very cold!
will not have again

08-06-2008 05:28:07 | More by Mebuzzard
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Cobra from United Breweries - UB Group
64 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.