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Taj Mahal Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
62
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392 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2002

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Ratings: 392 | Reviews: 197
Reviews by KomodoDragon:
Photo of KomodoDragon
3.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle in a local fav indian restaurant.

A - As bubbles subsided, a crystal clear golden lager emerged.

S - Biscuit malt, some lemon.

T - Classic lager malt flavors with very little on the finish. Quite light, easy to drink

M - Dry and fizzy

Great with some spicy Indian food, not much to speak of on its own.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light yellow with a tinge of orange and some active carbonation. The head frothed up pretty well and went down slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell – The grain and sucrose aroma seems smoother here than in most of the other Pale Lagers that I’ve had.

Taste – This wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. The ricey grain notes are subtle enough not to offend, and the sweetness doesn’t make me want to puck like it does in most other examples of the style. There’s also a hint of actual floral hops in here. Amazing.

Mouthfeel – This was a little above light-bodied and somewhat smooth. The carbonation was light but not cheap and fizzy.

Drinkability – Yes, I’ll actually finish this bomber off myself (as opposed to sharing it with that Pale Lager-loving friend of mine, Mr. Sink). It’s still winter here in Seattle but I’ll bet this would be downright refreshing on a hot summer’s day.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pint 6 Fl oz(650 Ml) amber bottle With freshness date and batch number (1846)

Appearance : Pale yellow color with some white bubbles on top,that can be there for a while.

Smell: Cooked veggies,corn.

Taste: Malt, some sweetness,kind of a little bit of spicyness and some carbonation also.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Feels very good on the mouth,very easy to drink
will try this beer with some indian food.

Photo of Jason
2.18/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Slender 22 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Thin ring of white lace, pale yellowish straw colour. Not much head at all quite sad looking.

Smell: Faint solvent alcohol in the grainy and cooked veggie aroma (DMS).

Taste: Odd slickness on the tongue, adequate carbonation with a light body. Cooked veggie, husky grain and faint solvent flavours show inferior characteristic to the lager style. Strain sweetness toils its way to the taste buds. Thin malt and quite bland. The best thing about this beer is the sharp, clean and semi-spicy bitterness. Weird funky grainy finish is not appealing at all.

Notes: I don’t suggest this beer at all, there are many other sub-premium imported lagers that are not only cheaper in price but cleaner and more flavourful.

Photo of BlueHammer
2.77/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured almost completely translucent and water-like, a very pale yellow color. Many many bubbles. There was a white head that disappeared quickly but left some lacing on the glass as I drank it. Taste was less than stellar. It had sort of a smokey smell and taste, some bitterness and this really strange sweet-ish aftertaste. High carbonation while drinking. It was fairly smooth and easy to drink but it really just had no flavor. I guess it's ok if you're out eating Indian and they don't serve any other beer but I don't think it's one that I will just buy a bottle of again.

Photo of fdrich29
3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Rangoli's in Brighton, Massachusetts.

Went here last night with my fiance for Valentine's Day and automatically ordered a Taj Mahal with dinner. Whenever I've gone to an Indian restaurant I've always ordered this beer and have always liked it. Would I like it outside of the restaurant? Nope, wouldn't even give it a second look. Somehow paired with this food it's almost magical, and tastes much better than the Schlitz that it most resembles.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.27/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330mL bottle, best before end 09/05.

Appearance: Pours with an average amount of head which quickly dissipates, leaving virtually nil by the middle of the beer. Lots of moist lacing. Pale yellow colour, lots of unusually small bubbles.

Smell: Nothing recognisable - mild vegetable aroma without too many additives. No pleasant hops or anything to make it stand out from the crowd.

Taste: Grain, mild alcohol and some strange sticky chemical taste in the back of the mouth. Goes down fairly easily - adjuncts are not too distracting. Best served very cold, it's quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Not too bad, but a bit rough around the edges.

Drinkability: If this is what they drink in Bombay, and it's cheaper there, my trip later in the year won't be so bad. I'm not expecting a fine pale ale to go with my curries. However, I don't think I'll be drinking it in Australia again... too expensive and too uninteresting.

Notes: The bottle states "Slow brewed for the Connoisseur". Does this mean anything? Is this the Indian way of flattering the consumer into buying this product? At least there's a nice picture of the eponymous building on the label.

Photo of Kraken
2.3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Taj Mahal Poured from large 22oz bottle at Spice Cafe into tall pilsner glass. Beer poured a light straw color with minimal head and lacing. Very macro-esque appearance and smell . Taste was also unimpressive. Not much if any malt or hop prescense. Very thin and unmemorable. However it was a very smooth and refreshing accompaniment to Channa Masala, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
1.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 330ml bottle with a BB date of 17/12/2010, so it's a little out of date. Picked up from a local off-licence that was selling it for next to nothing (probably due to the date). Label features the Taj Mahal (of course) and describes it as a premium lager brewed in India.

Poured into a pint glass. Very pale straw colour with a thin foamy head that disappears within 30 seconds. Medium carbonation. Aroma is strange - initially it smells distinctly of sour apples, almost like some sort of acidic cider. After a while this gives way to an effete malty odour that doesn't seem particularly appetising.

Taste - in a word - yuck. A very weak malty character with almost no discernible hops or bitterness. Very watery, and initially quite fizzy from the carbonation. Other notes that appear include weak apples (at the beginning) and an unpleasant off flavour that is reminiscent of mould or fungus. Not good!

To summarise - it resembles mineral water that might have been stored next to beer at some point, and has some nasty undertones. I've tried quite a few lagers in my time, but this could well be the worst beer I've ever consumed (with exception to oxidised beers that I've tasted). To be avoided! It only cost me 60p, but I want my money back...

PS. I still have another bottle of this. Who do I hate that much?

Photo of BadBadger
3.63/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving a 500ml bottle. This pleasant lager is best enjoyed nicely chilled. The smell is a pleasant mixture of hops and malt, as is the refreshing taste. The beer pours a very light golden color. There is a nice head formation. This is an enjoyable import from India.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.61/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Pours almost invisibly. Pale straw color, little bubbles, smells like a dive bar. Tastes like, a dive bar. Imagine if they tweeked Bud Light just a little, with ah, maybe more water. Easy drinking beer, but for the price your probably paid for it, you're thinking that Pabst is much more worth it. You could drink a lot of these in a sitting, but why you'd ever want to, I have no idea.

Do they get any points for a cool label?

Photo of ADR
1.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of the palest lagers this side of a "silver bullet"...decent head, a little macro-like but holds some rocky shapes. Smell of detergent-like hops. Wow, this stuff is pretty tasteless, greasy corn-syrup maltiness and a nasty but light hop flavor that's as subtle as whackin' your thumb with a hammer. I should have given it a flash freeze down to 35 degrees F... One of those beers you try just so you can say you had a brew from India. $3.50 a bottle? Way too much...

Photo of Tilly
3.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

straw color, with a nice two finger white head that disappears in short time to a scim of white foam. Smells like yeast and malt. Taste is not very exciting but not disapointing. Pleasant fresh bread with a very small lemon taste. Mouth feel is clean. Not a bad beer for a lager! I realize now why I'm not a lager fan. I think this would be a great beer on a hot summer day.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- Straw yellow in color with a crystal clear body. High carbonation and a big white creamy head.

S- sweet aroma with a hint of unmalted grain or corn and a hint of yeasty characteristics.

T- tangy corn taste with an sweet grain taste to follow. The finish is pretty clean but a little acidic.

M- medium light body with lots of fizz in the mouthfeel and a slight astringent finish.

D-This beer has a very light and simple flavor. The carbonation really dominates and the adjuncts play the supporting role. Malt and hops play a very small role in this beer
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Photo of LXIXME
2.62/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium or slightly less white head quickly dies to practically no lacing at all above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Sour lemons, sour grains, some skunkyness, and a light yeasty aroma.

A light washed out grain malt taste with a light sourness coming through.

A dry aftertaste that harbors some of the light sour citrus and yet less of the grains.

I'm pretty impressed that they sent this beer half way around the world to just disappoint people. Real pretty weird, IPA's (India ..) are such a big part of the brewers spectrum yet they made this crap in India just to disappoint.

Photo of sloejams
2.03/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Like many before me, I kicked it to this not terribly delicious beverage while enjoying some fine Indian food. It's light, bland and a bit sweet when it shouldn't be.

This rivals a bad American macro beer but without the crisp, refreshing qualities that a better one would have.

Go fo the mango lassi.

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A new hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant opened up a few months ago, right across the street from my place, and I think I've waited the appropriate amount of time to let them settle before sampling their culinary offerings. As for the beer, they actually offer more than the ubiquitous Kingfisher (or god forbid, Minhas) on their Indian Beer list, which is nice.

Into a Rani (yuck, I know) mini pint glass, this 330ml bottle pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy, soapy off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky sky trail lace around the glass as it quickly fades to nil.

It smells of grainy, cereal-heavy pale malt, some pithy, musty corn mash, solvent, and slightly grassy, dead weedy hops. The taste is more grainy pale malt, overripe green apple, a soft corn/rice, er, buttery character, and earthy, grassy, and mildly skunky hops.

The carbonation is average, a bit tightly bubbly here and there, the body a surprising medium-light weight, and sort of sticky smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt and some stale vegetal essence lingering.

While not something I would ever choose to have again on its own merits, some kind of brain-palate association made this beer go down well enough with some very decent lamb vindaloo, which I suppose is the point of the geographical food/beverage connection, real or imagined.

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light copper with little head

S - grainy, warm

T - grainy, grass, sweet

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a nice, light, sessionable beer. The adjuncts are there but they're unoffensive. There are also some noticeable hops which balance out the corn-like sweetness. This is better than more adjunct lagers, but in the end it's probably not a beer I'll buy again.

Photo of secondtooth
2.65/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Didn't expect much, but this one wasn't bad at all.
Clear straw-gold at pouring, with a nice white head.
Scent is honey and corn -- adjunct for sure, but not offensive.
Flavor is sweet and crisp, with a slightly hopped finish.
Not too inspired, but drinkable, and probably perfect to accompany a nice spicy Indian curry dish.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.21/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice bubbly carbonation. Pale yellow. Champagne-like overall.

Smell: Not horrible. There's a medicinal Tide-lemon-bleach smell to this, which sounds horrible, but it's very faint.

Taste/Mouthfeel: There's a nice bite in the finish that makes this pretty good. A good balance of sour and bitter. Mouthfeel doesn't do it for me. Fairly watery, so it doesn't stand up to the bitterness. Not a clean finish.

Drinkability: All in all, very average.

Overall: Not bad for my first Indian lager.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear straw gold. Full and creamy bright white head that displays good retention and leaves some nice lace. The nose is limited but delivers some grainy malt and a bit of hops. The body is light and it's mildly crisp on the tongue - smooth and lightly creamy across the palate. The flavor, however, is lackluster with the same lightly grainy malt and hops found in the nose. It's well made, clean and very well-balanced; but that's about it. It is somewhat refreshing, however... ... ...but then again, so are most light beers.

Photo of cjgator3
3.27/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma of some sweet grainy malt with a touch of hops. The taste is clean and crisp with some malt and a dry and slightly spicy hop finish. Overall, this is a pretty run of the mill lager. It certainly isn't bad, it really just doesn't stand out against the rest.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.22/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Golden transparent color. A good inch and half of white head and lots of bubbles. Beautiful looking lager in the tall glass. Looks just as good as the pilsners in Czech or Germany.

S - Strong corn smell. Not much else.

T - Light bitterness, clean finish.

M - Bubbly, light bodied, soft and tingly on the tongue. I thought it would be more crisp and clean but this works.

D - It's drinkable. Not my favorite style, but I thought this was a decent beer in the so-called "American Lager" category... though it is from India. Not sure how that works. In any case it drinks more like a pilsner, but a bit softer. It is definitely better than most of other American Lagers I've had.

Photo of ordybill
3.8/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Indian Lager is a very good American styled lager beer. I bought it from a "Whole Foods" store in Marietta, GA and it traveled well from the brewery. No hint of skunkiness, a good crisp taste. A non-overpowering aroma and a pretty full body for a lager. I would definitely drink this again. I would compare it with the other well known Indian brew "Kingfisher", Interesting label to boot, not shiny and eclectic like many micro-brews but an old school label that did get me to notice it in the cooler.

Photo of bditty187
2.11/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ultra-sickly pale yellow hue; decent white head, topped-off at a ½ inch, quick to disappear, soapy retention that did generate a few specks of lace. Faint Saaz-like hops launches the nose with hints of sweetness to follow, as it warms DMS emerges (and stays put). This beer is a vacation for your palate, almost tasteless, bland with just intermediate notes of sweetness, hints of hay. Little malt profile. The hops seem almost completely absent… no complexity. Not surprisingly the finish is empty, boring, and clean. Decent carbonation eases the suffering of swallowing it. Drink it cold… no wait… don’t drink it at all! Because of the utter lack of taste I deem this beer offensive. Also, at $3.00+ a 650 ml bottle, it is way over priced!

The labels state three times (!) this is “slow brewed for the connoisseur”… if they mean us, BAs, then they are way off!

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Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
62 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.