Taj Mahal Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
63
poor

193 Reviews
THE BROS
53
awful

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 402
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2002

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.53/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin (half finger) fizzy white head that reduces to patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of apple juice and corn which is a very strange mixture, though not an offensive one.

T: The taste follows the aroma but is a not lighter - the apple juice flavor really comes through which is not something I have experienced in other American adjunct lagers and not sure I really like.

M: Light bodied with high amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: If this is the premium version, I would hate to try the normal version as this is not a great beer. For some reason I recall this as a much better beer when I had it in India but that might have been due to the fact I had not had any good beers in a week or two. Not the easiest beer to drink with the apple flavor. Not sure I will try this again, even when I'm back in India. (996 characters)

Photo of bump8628
2.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first beer from India! The best I can say is that it washed down Tikka Masala and jasmine rice like a champ. A little sweeter and maltier than the Big 3 with a pleasant background graininess, but finding descriptors beyond that is difficult. Similar to some of the more mainstream Asian lagers (Sapporo, Tsing Tao, etc.). When I go to an Indian restaurant I don't expect much of a beer selection so this was actually nice to find, after all it's always fun to try new beer. (476 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
3.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Indian beers have been very hit or miss in my experience. I like to keep trying new ones whenever I get the chance in the hopes of discovering some kind of hidden gem or something.

This beer pours a pale straw-golden colour with lots of carbonation rushing up to replenish the thin but not insubstantial head.

The aroma is sweet, grainy and slightly fragrant, with a hint of grassy hops right at the start, though I'm noticing it less and less. Pretty standard.

The taste is smooth and slightly grainy, with a nice toasty/marshmallow kind of note. There isn't a lot of depth, and the carbonation is a bit intense, but it's not too bad.

Overall, this is a better-than-average offering. (689 characters)

Photo of rangerred
1.77/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

650ml bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance is clear dark straw. Tons of carbonation bubbles and a constant half finger white head.

Smell is awful. Sweet smell of sugar cookies which is odd. Also an unappealing wet dog aroma. Really nothing good at all.

Taste is a little better but not much. The sweet cookie taste is there along with just a hint of grain. A quick flash of grassy hop flavor but almost no bitterness.

Really just an awful beer. Too sweet and too many weird flavors. Will not get again. (506 characters)

Photo of DIM
1.25/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

manufactured in Oct. of 2011

a: Unbelievably pale, it looks watered down. It poured with a thin fizzy head.

s: Sweet corny badness. Nothing in the way of anything I associate with beer.

t: Tastes like weak, vile malt liquor. Very sweet and corny.

m: Thin and watery.

o: Just horrible. (289 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.21/5  rDev +23%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of Durge
3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale yellow gold color with a skimpy white hint of white coverage and just a spec of lacing. Aroma is non-descript, vague cereal at best. The flavor is kind of a lemon almond deal with watery wheat and a sluggish peppery finish. It’s light bodied with meager carbonation for a dull feel. Drinkable enough but not well balanced or particularly tasty. Very forgettable and a tad odd. I can’t recommend it but you can handle it if it’s all that’s on the beer list! (471 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.13/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a clear, yellow body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.

S - A sweet, grainy aroma with a hint of herbal hops.

T - Sweet, grainy bread up front. Some light malt in the middle and a grainy finish with light hops.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish.

D - Not much to say about this one. Its a standard indian lager, light but refreshing. (438 characters)

Photo of BostonBiosafety
3.06/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer I tried has a different label than the one showed on the site and in the pictures. Maybe they changed the label and the recipe because I do not think it warrants such a harsh rating. While the beer did not blow me away, I would hardly rate the beer in the lowest category. The initial smell from the bottle was a bit skunky, but it dissipated once poured in a glass. Nothing about this beer was impressive enough to mention nor was it bad enough to slam. It seems like a better version of a general purpose beer but from India. It is definitely a step above Bud and alike. I would not make a habit out of drinking this beer, but for the price of $3.49 in MA., it's not bad. (682 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.83/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL (22 oz) bomber at 42 degrees into a 20 oz mug.

A: It pours a clear and bright yellow color with two fingers of fizzy white head that hangs around and laces better than expected.

S: Grass, mild sweet corn, light hoppiness, and some fruity esters.

T: Lots of stale graininess, some sweet fruit flavors, and a semi-perfumey finish.

M: It has a medium-light body with average carbontion.

O: This isn't bad; it is not offensive because the flavors are not strong enough. It's drinkable but perpetually boring. (516 characters)

Photo of chiccabeer
1.81/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer in a bottle that was poured into a glass. The waitress explained that this was a traditional Indian beer, and was the typical light beer. The beer is a light beer with the a typical clear look. The taste is below average and is similar to a Bud light. It has a full flavor up front without much after taste. Not a bad beer to have with dinner. Cheers (364 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
2.45/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is kinda malty, ricy, with a touch of corn. The taste is sweet, ricy/corn note. Light body. Slightly Drinkable, one of the better macro's around. (269 characters)

Photo of Duff27
2.08/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours about as pale as I've ever seen a beer with an immediate one fingered white head that slowly dies down. Some lacing left, surprisingly.

S- Almost smells like champagne somehow?

T- Grassy. Saaz hops? Slight lemons. Second glass offered some aftertaste akin to tomato juice?

M- Good carbonation and decent mouthfeel.

D/O- Nothing tooo offensive with this one but certainly nothing that warrants a $4 bomber price. Could have easily stopped at one pint of this...the second is going to be tough. I wish I would have/could have shared with someone. I agree with whoever said that this would have been better with a meal. India tick.

Edit: After review of the label..."MFD: 10/08" Whether that means October 2008 or August 2010 (in India) is irrelevant...past it's prime per style, although I doubt a fresh one would be any better. (840 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
1.83/5  rDev -29.9%
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? (1,320 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into pint glass jan16 2010

A clear straw yellow with very heavy carbonation feeding a fast falling finger of head that leaves no lace

S skunky corn and not much else

T some sour lemon with what I smell, not very nice

M watery and over carbonated

D hard to like a beer that smells and tastes lousy, I wouldn't go looking for this one

perhaps as a safe alternative to drinking water in India but other then that I'll pass (447 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear amber, but the white head dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is fairly strong and malty with an apple undertone like a cider. Flavor is typically malty, with just a hint of fruit, not great but still palatable and enjoyable. Texture is fairly lively, rough and fizzy. This is better as an accompaniment to a meal than by itself, but still is worthy of at least a try. (384 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3.95 for the 650ml bottle, batch 1277, mfd 09/10

It's a gusher so have your glass ready, just in case.

Straw gold colour, fairly big head of foam that calms down quick enough.

It smells of corn, light sweet note, usual low level of bitterness.

Same goes with the taste....so much like many of the style out there. I preferred the Flying Horse as it was a bit more assertive and interesting.

Light bodied, medium high carbonation and is drinkable despite it nearly boring me to death. ;^) (493 characters)

Photo of beerprovedwright
1.58/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

One finger head of white foam that didn't stick around more than a thirty seconds. Broken lace with some clinging power. Color is a 3 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell like wet wheat and malt. Flavor is harsh, that of musty wheat, malt, and little hops. Very watery in my mouth, just a little bite from the carbonation. Could do better with one of the big three, not worth the price. (384 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
1.2/5  rDev -54%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Very light yellow in colour with a small, bubbly white head than disappears to leave a small lacing ring after a couple of seconds. Lots of bubbles too.

Very poor with grain & corn the only distinguishable smells apart from a faint hint of alcohol.

Grain, vegetable oil and skunky in taste, not very pleasant at all. It has a light bitter aftertaste & the beer sits funny in your stomach.

Bubbly & light bodied, to much carbonation. The lager has a crisp finish but is not even remotely refreshing.

A very poor beer, one of the worst I think I drank so far. It had no redeeming features & didn't settle well in my stomach after drinking it. Avoid this beer at all costs.

(More reviews at: abarwithnoname.wordpress.com) (723 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
2.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Honey/golden color with light- to medium-carbonation visible. No head, just a trace of foam around the edges of the glass.

Smell: What smell? A little chlorine? Some old citrus?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nothing at first, but as the carbonation opens up a little, there are some citrus tones, spicy hop flavor. Weird strained grain presence later on. Very light on the palate, which is easily the best thing about this beer.

Drinkability: Worth a try, but not a re-try. Too bad this was a 22 ounce bottle. (561 characters)

Photo of jadpsu
2.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 ounce brown bottle that I paid $3.49 for.
Pours pale straw yellow with a bright white head that melts quickly away but does leave some decent galss side lacing.
Aroma: Grainy, grassy and corn husk, has inexpensive or cheap written all over it.
Taste confirms the "cheap" tag. Has a slight skunk smell, also a hint of lemon peal.
The more I drank this beer the less appealing it became.
The only redeaming item of note here was that I added another country to my total. (485 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.22/5  rDev +23.4%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
2.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this with some extra spicy lamb vindaloo.

Pours a very pale yellow with little head to speak of.

Not much going on with the nose. Getting some corn.

Some mildly pleasant bitterness on the palate with a little bit of bread. Very light taste.

This beer is very crisp and the carbonation seems to work well with spicy food. Unfortunately, that's all Taj has going for it. (379 characters)

Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
63 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.