Cobra - United Breweries - UB Group

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 20.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JanM on 01-20-2006

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Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
2.22/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnW
3.38/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of
3.37/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.62/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of evlu1441
2.05/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Kulrak
2.12/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.43/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MrAleman
1.8/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of neenerzig
3.73/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Eric

Photo of rarbring
2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of JanM
2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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...

Photo of GreenCard
2.79/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of crwills
2.83/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.68/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of ATPete
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer in Bermuda. Funky sized and shaped bottle that im not very sure of its measurements...

A- N/A

S- Malts, Wood

T- Think Yuengling, it was definitely a smokey lager taste.

M- Fine, its a lager, i wish mine was colder though...

D- I was pretty done with this after my first.

Photo of NatalBrewingCo
2.36/5  rDev -6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

340ml bottle poured into a water glass.

a - Light straw color with a very thing white head that dissipated almost instantly.

s - Grain, alcohol, and slight notes of hops

t - Corn, Grain, and alcohol.

m - Very light and smooth. Grain water.

o - An OK iteration of a poor style of beer. If you only have macro-brewed lagers to choose from than this is worth a try.

Photo of hunteraw
2.21/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: very interesting brown bottle with an Indian theme on the molded glass and the label. According to the label it's brewed and bottled in the EU (I was sampling it in South Africa). Pours a clear, pale gold, with a big head despite the "less gassy" claim on the label. Head disipated quickly.

Smell: ugh, very weak in this department. Corn, and something else vaguely objectionable. Not appealing at all.

Taste: again, very weak. The "Indian recipe" this was supposedly brewed with needs some work. Corn, with a harsh bitterness. Too-sweet at the front of the palate.

Mouthfeel: The label claims this is "extra smooth" - I'll buy that if they mean "goes down like water," because that's a good description of the mouthfeel. High carbonation - like seltzer water in this department. Hard to do better within the style, though.

Drinkability: Not one to seek out, unless it's to grab the cool brown bottle to homebrew with. Would probably have been better in an Indian restaurant with some atmosphere, but as it was, drinkability not very high.

Photo of pootz
2.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle:
Decants clear gold into the glass with a smallish rocky white cap that dissipates fast. poor lacing. Fizzy carbonation.

Aroma is lightly grainy with s dextrose sweetness, light grassy hopping.

Weak mouth feel thin body, feeble malting with adjunct sweetness, slightly drying in the finish as some hops and the rice dry the taste out.

Weak, sweet, slighty vegetal and thin...not even good to slam on a hot day because of the excessive glucose...crappy adjunct beer

Photo of samyoung
2.22/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Living in India one tends to try all the beers available after getting sick of Kingfisher. I was at this point when I tried a Cobra.
The bottle had a noticeably bright label and its contents poured like a Bud or Bud Light. The taste was grassy and stale with a hint of band aid - this beer tastes like band aids! At first I didn't think it possible so I took another taste and yup that's what it was...band aids.
Enough said.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle 5.0% abv

Appearance: Typical light golden macro look, very fast dissipating head that actually leaves some lace.

Smell: virtually no aroma, and that which is there is horrid corny sweetness, absolutely no trace of hops...

Taste: Not actually as bad as I remember, haha I think lack of flavour is actually a good thing for this beer. All I really get is some maize and a tiny hint of bitterness. But on the whole it's like drinking beer diluted with water....

Mouthfeel: Watery, though the carbonation is reasonable.

Drinkability: If you are eating a really spicy curry and you need some fizzy liquid to wash it down with, I guess this could work. But still not something I would want to buy or drink.

Photo of Vineyardselite
3.48/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Used to drink this all the time when I lived in the UK, did not know much about beer than! The US has opened my eyes to a whole new world of beers!

For a macro brewery I thought it is very good, much better than an other macro brewery beers here.

Brown 660ml bottle.

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

No aroma to talk of.

Fairly good, firm lager taste, good lager on a hot day!

Photo of stjaernstoft
3.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cobra, ABV: 5.0%.
330 ml bottle, 13.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: Pale golden, bubbly liquid and a small, white head.

S: Fruity aroma with notes of citrus, perfume and some alcohol.

T: Citrus fruits, bread, butterscotch and hints of perfume.

M: Soft feel. Body-size is small to medium.

O: The Cobra isn't that bad for an adjunct lager, it tastes decent, but I probably wouldn't buy it again - it's not as refreshing as one could want. Food match: Indian?

Photo of thierrynantes
2.06/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : clear yellow color, with white head foam.
Smell : Aromas are negligible
Taste and mouthfeel : very little bitterness, no
Drinkability : a well known beer in India, but a bad copy of American lager style

Photo of Daredevil
2.65/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must say I like the package of this indian brew .... so different from anything else around, truly exotic ... the content itself of course is less impressive ... a medium bodied everyman's lager, nothing fancy, really .... however works well with indian cuisine ...

Photo of Blakaeris
2.23/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear pale yellow with a modest head that quickly dissipates to a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is sweet and grainy. Not much there.

Taste is pale grainy malt. Sweet, grassy, with a hint of honey. Finish is clean with a lingering alcohol astringency, and an off metallic quality.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Even for the style, the finish is not right. Perhaps this one is skunked?

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Cobra from United Breweries - UB Group
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