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Taj Mahal Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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 dstc
2.89/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a big white head. Head falls slow leaving very decent lace.

Does not smell as good as it looks. Aroma is of grains and very metallic.

Tastes like an adjunct lager but with a little more there. Not great, just average.

Medium bodied in the mouth with plenty of carbonation.

Does it's job of washing down curry.

Photo of srandycarter
3.23/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Indian restaurant and the guy had no clue regarding the 8 Indian beers they had. I picked blind.

A - Clear straw, .25 inch thick, densly bubbled white head.

S - Grainy, very light and muted.

T - rice lager flavor. Interesting slight twang at end.

M - Light bodied and well carbed.

D - Very easy, if not boring.

Photo of wertperch
2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had one of these at a local curry house. Poured into a pilsner glass, it had a skinny off-white head which didn't hang around very long. The colour is pale straw, fairly bubbly, and if you like that sort of thing, I suppose it looks quite good.

What little nose there is doesn't bode well. A hint of grain and very little hop, faintly musty. It drinks like any other lager, with a fairly thin dry body, a light maltiness and the faintest tang of hop and grassiness. I did find it a little sour rather than sweet, which detracted from the overall enjoyment for me.

It's quite effervescent, not at all sweet, and sadly devoid of character. It's a simple and fairly refreshing brew, simple and unassumingly refreshing, as I would expect from the style.

I'm afraid I have little to say about this, other than it's an American-style adjunct lager that didn't make me retch, and washed down a chicken jalfrezi quite easily.

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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 gfreed
1.46/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Let's see... it didn't ruin a great Indian meal... it rinsed the food into my gullet... its low ABV didn't leave me feeling like I couldn't drive... it came in a pils glass... it wasn't the worst thing I've had to drink. Was it beer? It was yellow (but then, so are a lot of other things); it had almost no carbonation; it had a puffy head for a short while; it was cold. No aroma, no taste.

Pass.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.54/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a large plume of white head, pale golden in colour with frantic, chaotic bubbling dashing here, there and everywhere. A slight haze in the glass as well, lacing is thin but sticky.

Nose contains a whiffy grain smell with rice and sweet corn, plus a slight chemical character. Rather syrupy on the malt and a tad insipid. Hops are predominantly metallic, but not dominant. That's all there is here, very blah.

Taste is alright for the most part. Malt underlies with a biscuity character, blended with a sweet rice character and descends into a mid-palate which has some semblance of character - a sour apple flavour with a vinegar hint as well. This goes well with the back-palate which has mild acid on the hops with more of that coppery bent. Nasty yeast sneaks in at the back to spoil the party.

Mouthfeel is okay, quite chewy actually, not as thin as some and has a nice fuzzy foamy texture from the light bubbling. Drinkable - has that sourness and the yeast aftertaste that lowers its clean Asian lager character, but is a touch more interesting than others I've had.

Photo of Clydesdale
2.8/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, bright yellow with some active carbonation. The white head is moderately large, foamy, and reasonably firm. Retention is average, with some wispy lacing.

S: Some grainy malts. A mostly herbal hop aroma is coupled with some definite adjunct/vegetal notes.

T: Again, some solid graininess up front. Some herbal hop flavor and mild bitterness, along with a somewhat musty note. It actually struck me as fairly similar to many pale Euro lagers. Unfortunately, there's a significant adjunct presence of cooked corn and rice that doesn't help things much.

M: A touch on the light side, although not by much. Somewhat crisp and fairly refreshing.

D: A pretty uninspired lager. That said, it accompanied my fish curry well enough. Not many uses for this beer other than that; there are better macro lagers available and likely at a cheaper price.

Photo of thekanna
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw yellow with a large, fluffy white head.

S: Yeasty and sour with the underlying tinge of steamed, frozen veggies.

T: Somewhat sweet, honey-like malts end abruptly in a metallic bite and heavily carbonated, bitter finish.

M: Over-carbonated and watery.

D: Drinkable only to cut through the more flavorful Indian curries. Otherwise, quite run-of-the-mill for a lager and definitely not catered "to the connoisseur", as the label indicates.

Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 22 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma has a touch of sweet malts to it. Taste of malts and grains, finishing a tad bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is an average beer.

Photo of flagmantho
2.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label says "slow brewed for the connoisseur", and though I'm not really a connoisseur of adjunct lagers, I'll give it a try.

Appearance: very light straw color with a pretty thick head, but that dissipated relatively quickly and left no real lacing.

Smell: grainy, slightly metallic. This one's in a brown bottle so there was no skunk smell ... perhaps one day the Europeans will learn something from India.

Taste: well, it tastes like grain and water. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this beer, but it really doesn't taste like much.

Mouthfeel: pretty much nonexistant. This would be a 1 if it were any style other than adjunct lager, where this kind of thing is expected.

Drinkability: it is neither impressive nor offensive. I think on a sufficiently hot day, I would not mind putting a few of these back.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
2.78/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a straw golden clear liquid. With a white 1 finger head. Some lacing on the way down

S - It is like most pilsners, not much smell. a touch of sweet grain.

T - Its a sweet grain taste, clears the tongue with a slight hoppy finish. Some sort of peppery spice at the finish.

M - Light body. Strong carbonation.

D - Its a decent adjunct lager. goes good with Indian food as its about the only beer offered. I'll order it again.

Photo of GRG1313
2.54/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light honey yellow color with a very thick and pillowy white head. Nose of sweet peaches and stone fruit.

Pleasant light bodied with floral light flavors and a hint of light honey. Very thin; no real character. Very short on body, flavor and character. Light carbonation amplifies this lager's simplicity and shortcomings. Would likely be one of those refreshing summer drinks one would have simply in lieu of water. Nothing special.

Photo of TheTrevor
2.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a big disappointment. At least the mediocre American beers this beer is trying to ape don't claim to be "premium". This beer poured a light straw color with a big head that didn't last long. The smell was like your average American macro-brew with a lot more skunkiness that I'm not sure if it was supposed to be there or if it was a byproduct of shipping it with a similar amount of skill as it took to brew it. The taste was strictly average, a bit of sweet corniness that gave way to a watery finish. The only thing this beer has going for it is the mouthfeel, and if you ignore the smell and taste it could be downright refreshing. Unfortunately this beer came in a big bottle, which meant I felt the need to finish it and that was downright unpleasant.

Photo of deanhead
2.86/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of bmwats
1.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A: Bright golden color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly, but leaves a layer of foam as residual. Scant pockets of lacing, but nothing to speak of here, really.

S: Light malt, hay, and freshly cut grass. The nose is a bit soapy and musty.

T: A strange grassy, musty, malt. It tastes old for lack of a better way to put it. Kinda' tastes like I think licking a tire might. A soapy aftertaste.

M: Distinctive bitter palette. Your mouth really can't escape it no matter how hard it struggles to. Offensive aftertaste.

D: It was tough. . .

Atosphere suffers do to the nose that makes you want to find a clothespin. Unfortunately for this brew, it tastes like it smells. The feel really can't pull this palette out of the fire. I would recommend. . . avoiding this quaff.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a golden yellow color with a small fluffy white head.Aroma of some sweet grainy malt with a touch of lightly skunked 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,but not worth the price.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.25/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at the India Cafe in Augusta, GA.

Poured from a 19 oz. bottle into a frosted mug.

Hay-yellow and clear in appearance, with a fairly thick, frothy topping of foam that sticks around for a little while and leaves some legs behind on the walls of the mug.

Herbal, somewhat grassy hop notes appear in the nose along with a slight whiff of grain.

Light and sprightly on the tongue, with a flavor that is none-too-appealing. Grain, hay, cereal, and corn flavors lead into an herbal hop bitterness that provides a nice snappy bite that kills off some of the poorer flavors in the beer, finishing very dry.

Mildly drinkable, though the use of adjuncts in the beer is apparent from the first sip. When my German professor asked about the beer, I struggled trying to remember the word for adjunct, Zusatz, as I tried describing it auf Deutsch. Still, when the spicy food came rolling in, the beer certainly served its purpose of quenching the flame and the flavors of the beer and food actually melted into and accentuated the flavors of one another in a good way. This beer has its place, but it's definitely nothing to enjoy on its own.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.36/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - very clear light golden straw color, nice ice-cream-like head that settles a little into a thick collar

S - initially hoppy as it's first poured, but becomes slightly malt with alcohol noticed

T - fairly clean, malty with a touch of hops on the finish, decent balance

M - light body, moderate-high carbonation

D - Overall this is a decent American-style lager. It goes down quickly and I'm sure would be nice on a hot summer day. It's perhaps not the best macro type lager out there, but I think it sure gives the domestics a run for it.

Photo of mullenite
3.46/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale golden color with a large white fluffy head (took 3 pours to get 16.9oz of beer in a 20oz pint glass.) Some visible carbonation but not much. Little bit of slippery lacing. Wears a nice crown most of the way down.

Smell is non-distinct. Others mentioned corn but I don't smell it. Not a whole lot there really.

Taste is like the smell, doesn't taste like anything. A slight bitter at the end and some sweetness a the beginning. Well balanced but not strong in any one way. Better than most BMC.

Watery but that seems to come with the style.

Photo of dsa7783
2.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single 16 oz bottle...
Pours a piss-golden-yellow... Minimal carbonation, no lacing, negligent head...
Smell: Adjuncts, corn, bland aroma... Hardly noticeable...
Taste: Crisp, clean, refreshing... Easily drinkable but definitely not big on flavor...
Slick, weak mouthfeel...
Nothing special, but not bad for the buck...

Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taj Mahal is a pale yellow lager; highly sparkling and very clear. The head is a thick, white foam with great retention and leaves thick sip lines all the way down the glass. The aroma is grainy and grassy, with notes of flowers and hay. It's almost a touch sweet, but pretty muted. It's light bodied and pretty smooth. The flavor is pretty inoffensive: light grain, mostly. The hops have a sweet, flowery, grassy flavor. The flavor is very clean and surprisingly fresh. There are no off flavors and no funkiness. This is nothing to write home about, but much better than I anticipated. The 22 is sufficient to wash down all that curry.
(rated Mar 25, 2008)

Photo of Beernoisseur
1.98/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am not sure what prompted me to pick up this beer. I have never heard great things about it. Let me start by drawing attention to an interesting statement on the label. "Slow Brewed for the Connoisseur."

What the hell does that mean?

A - Eh, boring. the lightest of golden straw colors. Tiny, sudsy head that decomposes into a slick of spit like foamy film.

S - I had a real problem here. It's unmistakably a macro lager, and all the usuals are present. However there are a couple of unwelcome guests. In this beer's case, they are rubber cement, and a vague funk that is something similar to what I think the combination of waterproof, airtight underwear and a 2 hour spinning workout would produce. It's also sour. But then again, so is swass, so I guess to state that would be redundant.

T - It's like Budweiser, with a few drops of lemon juice and a few drops of dank and dinge. the label also proudly proclaims "Brewed from the finest malt, and choicest hops." Both the malt and hops tasted old- like they were the best and choicest of 1994's supply.

M - The bubbles in the head looked like they involved ivory dish soap. I will allow you to infer.

D - There's nothing ridiculously offensive about this beer, and thus, one could drink many should they so choose. I just wouldn't so choose. There are way better things to drink a lot of.

Photo of bc2208
1.85/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

My first review - wish it was a better brew!

Pour - Poured into a glass. Small head which dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Aroma - Not much, smells like a bud light.

Mouthfeel - Watery and light, mild carbonation.

Taste - Tastes like a bud light...no flavor and bitter finish.

Thought it was an import on the menu, seems more like a macro spinoff.

Photo of echdk3
2.38/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Indian Restaurant, cannot remember what glassware they served me

A_Tan-golden color. Very little head that disappears very quickly

S_Not much to notice, almost like smelling water

T_Tastes similar to a Bud Light. This beer does very well in conjunction with spicy Indian food - lots of very thick, rich, spicy gravies and boiled meats - you need a watery beer like this to cleanse your pallet

M_Thin, doesn't coat the mouth, good to rinse your mouth of spicy or fatty/fried foods

D_You could probably drink these all day long - provided you were eating the appropriate kind of food. I wouldn't drink this buy itself

Better than other American Adjunct Lagers, but still try to avoid

Photo of tbeck
2.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale straw yellow with a three finger white head. Aroma was cereal grains, primarily barley. Taste was also barley, while very metallic and a skunky aftertaste. Mouthfeel was average. Overall not a good beer, not recommended as a session beer.

Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
62 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.