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Taj Mahal Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
62
poor

352 Ratings
THE BROS
53
awful

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 25.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2002)
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Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw colored beer with a nice white one fingered head. It's a nice looking beer, looks adequate for the Indian food it is matched with.

Aroma is faintly yeasty and minty with hints of adhesive tapes
Taste faintly grassy, with citrusy notes, and hints of starfruit.
Grainy and persimmon like.

Light bodied and bubbly, clean and dry finish, with a slight metallic aftertaste.

This beer was marginally drinkable,. Clearly past it's prime. It was bottled in October 2008. Nine months seems like a long time for a lager to be sitting around.

I don't think I would recommend this beer.

deanhead, May 10, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +35.7%
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.

RoyalT, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of tbryan5
1.5/5  rDev -41.9%

tbryan5, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Drunkenass
1/5  rDev -61.2%

Drunkenass, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of BeerDreadz
2.88/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

BeerDreadz, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of Lazaro
3/5  rDev +16.3%

Lazaro, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Jason
2.17/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Jason, Jul 02, 2002
Photo of BlueHammer
2.78/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

BlueHammer, May 12, 2006
Photo of fdrich29
3/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

fdrich29, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Weizenmensch, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of Kraken
2.33/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Kraken, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of jazzyjeff13
1.8/5  rDev -30.2%
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?

jazzyjeff13, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of BadBadger
3.63/5  rDev +40.7%
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.

BadBadger, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.63/5  rDev -36.8%
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?

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of ADR
1.78/5  rDev -31%
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...

ADR, Aug 08, 2002
Photo of JIMTRK16
1.75/5  rDev -32.2%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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
.

rhoadsrage, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of LXIXME
2.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

LXIXME, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of acurtis
1.75/5  rDev -32.2%

acurtis, May 18, 2014
Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

dcbeers, May 28, 2014
Photo of sloejams
2.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

sloejams, May 05, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of ramonjkk
2/5  rDev -22.5%

ramonjkk, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

tdm168, Oct 02, 2012
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Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
62 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.