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Taj Mahal Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
62
poor

350 Ratings
THE BROS
53
awful

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 2.57
pDev: 24.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of arguemaniac
3.18/5  rDev +23.7%

Had this with some Tendoori chicken at an Indian place in Fairfax, and I must say, it was a good pairing. Pours a pale golden color with a foamy white head that leaves a sustaining, sticky lace. Mostly a grain and caramel aroma in the moderate nose. The beer’s flavor is a nice mix of caramel, grain and spearminty hops. But, while it’s drinkable and it paired well with my meal, there’s noting really substaintial about it. Still, it’s worth a try. Recommended, especially if you’re having it with Indian cuisine.

arguemaniac, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of soulgrowl
3.08/5  rDev +19.8%

Appearance: Nondescript, clear yellow. White head with pitiful retention.

Smell: Blue cheese and parsley?! How unusual! Quite a unique nose on this one.

Taste: Earthy, nutty, and musty, powerfully remniscent of gorgonzola cheese, a completely unexpected character that elevates this otherwise humdrum brew. Taste of alcohol is rather strong, and a slightly tart, citric/lemon rind flavor also comes through from the "choicest" hops.

Mouthfeel: Light, boring... not too fizzy, but not very good.

Drinkability: This beer has an odd flavor, and with the right food I think it could be quite good. On its own, though, it's not particularly enjoyable.

soulgrowl, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.13/5  rDev +21.8%

Got this one at Akbar, a very good Indian restaurant in Garden City.

Was expecting worse, I've had Kingfisher in the past.

Pours light golden wheat, very translucent. Huge foamy head, looks like a Pilsner. Smell is a bit corny, hoppy with some alcohol skunk. Taste was not gross, bitter, nor metallic, like I was expecting. It didn't have much of anything in there, though. Very light, airy, and mildly flavored. Went well with my meal. Easy drinker.

aquatonex, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
1.65/5  rDev -35.8%

This brew pours a pours a clear pale straw color with a large white fluffy head. The head lingers for a long while, and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is light and corny. The taste is corny, and slightly bitter (but not bitter in a good way). The mouthfeel is thin bodied, and highly carbonated. Overall, this beer isn't my thing.

KarlHungus, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of jaluria
3.23/5  rDev +25.7%

Light golden in color with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Not much in the way of smells...some roasted tones along with a bit of fruit; very faint. I taste some Indian spices but they are just too subtle to be enjoyable. I also taste the crisp backbone of a brew of this style. Rather smooth and refreshing, but not memorable. From a taste perspective, mild and quite bland. Pairs well with Indian food because it doesn't overpower any dish, but needs a stronger bite, perhaps more hops and a bit more intense spices. A beer worth having now and again, but not a favorite.

jaluria, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
3.15/5  rDev +22.6%

Decent lager. A bit pale, but the smell is well balanced. Traces of malt, good hops. The skunkiness of a lager is there, but not overpowering. A grassiness is detectable, but does not ruin the flavour.

This seems a bit thin and almost under carbonated, but on the whole is tasty and is great in the heat of the summer.

BDTyre, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.25/5  rDev -12.5%

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 walleye
2.4/5  rDev -6.6%

from the bottle in a india rest. poured a hazy golden with a white head. aroma malts some hops, fruity, and citrus. flavor now this will sound strange as I was sitting there waiting for my food trying to figure what that taste was my wife took a sip and said olive oil and that was it. the couple that was with us agreed. and that is about all I got maybe hints of malt

walleye, May 10, 2005
Photo of RushLimbmalt
1.05/5  rDev -59.1%

Awful, just plain awful... It looks pretty average for macro swill, but the rest of the beer is so bad it detracts from what little it has going for it in the appearance department. It has a terrible sweet corny aroma and some other garbage like smell. Maybe it's the water. The taste is sweet for a fraction of a second and then a horrible bitterness takes over and kills the rest of the experience. I expected better and was blown away at how bad this beer is. Buddha would be ashamed...

RushLimbmalt, May 03, 2005
Photo of WMBierguy
2.75/5  rDev +7%

I bought this beer solely because I had never before tried an Indian beer. In the end, it turned out the that the best thing about the beer was the bottle, a big, shapely Pint and 6 bottle. The beer is a golden yellow and is constantly bubbling. It had a respectable head, much better than a Budweiser's but not impressive when compared to the average import. The first taste was a bit more bitter than I had expected from a lager, but the only thing remarkable about the subsequent flavor wsa just how bland the beer was. This beer isn't that good, but it isn't that bad. You'll forget what it tastes like 5 minutes after you finish it. Try it if you find it, but don't bother to make an effort searching for it.

WMBierguy, May 01, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -1.6%

(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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rhoadsrage, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
3/5  rDev +16.7%

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 MuddyFeet
2.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Surprised by this beer. My few samplings of Indian beer have been much worse, but this one was not bad. Served extremely cold, but got better as it warmed up and the malts came out a little bit more. It poured a pale yellow in color with heavy carbonation. The head was shockingly thick with very dense bubbles. The aroma was slightly sweet, with a mild hop tone. The taste was not particularly complex, basic lager malts and hops. But it was a tad sweeter than expected, not really much of a bite.

MuddyFeet, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of aquaderek
2/5  rDev -22.2%

Got this beer at an indian resturaunt. It came in a 22 oz. bottle. When poured into glass, a small head formed and dissipated very quickly. It had the standard adjunct lager, golden yellow apperance. I could only really pick up a malty smell from it. The taste was what you would expect from a cheap american lager with maltier notes. For the price I paid, I just would have assumed getting a couple of cheaper american beers.

aquaderek, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of jvajda
2.48/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: Standard light lager look. Small head fizzles out fast.
Smell: Old maltiness and water.
Taste: Not the worst lager out there, but it sure wasn't worth the $7 I paid for it at an Indian restaraunt. It's not sickening like a really cheap lager. That's about all it's got going for it.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and light.
Drinkability: Next.

jvajda, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of ceaser
4.28/5  rDev +66.5%

This goes under weird tasting beer. It makes me want to eat a big Indian curry feast but without the Indian cuisine it's pretty shabby. Pick up a bottle next time you goto the Indian restauraunt for some good food because it's almost like it's meant to taste good with food only.

later added!!!!: i was doin some shrooms okay :\ and i preluded the onset with this beer. i am a big lover or the indian food. this shit tastes just like naan bread if it were a liquid (if you can grasp my meaning there). i like it and it is fricking weird but i have to give it a higher ranking for what it is: a strange ass brew! IF U WANT NAAN BREAD IN A BOTTLE THEN HERE'S YOUR TICKET MATE!!! :d

ceaser, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
1.2/5  rDev -53.3%

At first sip I was hoping this stuff had already gone over, but checking the best before date on the back it was still in the ballpark. So there are no unforeseen circumstantial factors getting in the way of what follows....

Forget the worst beer or lowest scorer I've sampled to date, this bodyslams it all through the mat, and then chews on a turnbuckle for good measure. This stuff is bad, and the "Slow Brewed For the Connoisseur" claim on the neck label is several thousand degrees beyond false advertising.

It pours out of it's sturdy 330ml brown bottle a flaccid pale yellow, more like apple juice than any fermented malt beverage I have ever laid eyes upon. The aroma is reminiscent of sour, rancid bandaids, as well as cider that has been sitting out for a week from that party you were too lazy to clean up after. Flavour is beyond words, I've poured out my own bad batch homebrew that tasted far superior to this. I've poured out store bought beer that makes me think back fondly compared to this. If I'm ever trapped in a mine for more than a few days and am forced to drink my own urine, then it will be shortly after that experience that I will confirm that this "beer" tastes very similar to it.

I don't mean to intentionally slam, haze or rant about this stuff, but it's truly awful. If you see it on the shelf avert your eyes and hastily run away, it may take on other, more demonic forms.

IronDjinn, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of koolkat
2.93/5  rDev +14%

This beer pours a nice very pale yellow. More color than a fizzy yellow macro, but not much. The head is significant then diminishes to nothing. The most interesting quality about this beer is that it has some estery almost flowery tastes present. Not excellent but not unpleasant either.

I had this with a nice hot rogan josh that I made and kicked the spice up a couple of notches. This beer cut through the spice well and I can see why it would do well in india. Not a beer I would sip and savor but it goes well with a fine curry.

koolkat, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of tar
2.05/5  rDev -20.2%

Manufactured 11/03; Batch #792; "Slow brewed for the connoisseur."

Pours from the 650 ml bottle a light golden, with a one centimeter thick white head. A bit of sticky lace remains on the glass. Not a great smelling beer. The aroma is not particularly strong--in fact its almost not there, but what there is, is not good. Fairly mild, unpleasant taste. Some malt flavors with a bit of hops present in the slightly bitter finish. I'm not sure how I'm going to get through all 22 oz. of this stuff--hopefully one of my roommates will come home and finish it. Leaves a weird feeling on the tongue, a bit oily perhaps. Not a smooth beer, medium to thin bodied. I would not recommend this beer, and certainly will not have it again.

tar, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
3.63/5  rDev +41.2%

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 beergeek279
2.03/5  rDev -21%

Served in the 22 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a layer of bubbly white head. The smell is a very slight lighter malt. The taste is a very horribly lightstruck off-taste, with an off-taste that remains in the background. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, this isn't one I'd drink again.

Well, I had another country, so that's good, but that's all here. Just not a good beer, even for a light lager, and this certainly isn't one I'm going to have in the future.

beergeek279, May 18, 2004
Photo of WesWes
2.8/5  rDev +8.9%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is decent. It boasts of mainly pale malts and lager yeast. It has a slight grainy scent. The taste is horrible. It is extremely light and watery with an intense musty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with decent carbonation. This was a real disappointment. This is a less than average lager.

WesWes, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +36.2%

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 Brent
3/5  rDev +16.7%

Falls into my "not as bad as I expected" category, which usually means I like a beer more than I otherwise should. Twisted, huh? Here, in addition to the beaten-up condition of the bottle, my distrust was due to the fact that, in at least three places on the label, it proudly proclaimed that it was "slow brewed for the connoisseur" - if a beer has to tell me that blatently how good it is, it probably isn't.

Poured a straw gold with soda-fizzy carbonation. Aroma was indistinct, with some sourish notes. Flavor was muted, with some grainy tartness that lent a dry aspect to the beer. A bit of green grass, but the predominent aspect was a moderated acidity that finished up rather well. Can certainly hold its own against domestic macro brews of the same class.

Brent, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.48/5  rDev +35.4%

22 oz. bottle served chilled in a Maharaja/Taj Mahal pilsener glass at a local Indian restaurant.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow topped by a smallish white head. Not much in the way of retention, but little blotches of foam were left on the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell: A nice amount of light German-style hopping, quite grassy and floral. A nice presence of malt on the nose as well.

Taste: Bready, sweet light malt flavors with a splash of grassy hop flavors on the finish. Apple notes occasionally.

Mouthfeel: Quite light and crisp. Pretty darn refreshing.

Drinkability: Quite a decent lager, I thought. I may be inflating the scores a bit as I was expecting this to be mediocre and was pleasantly surprised. Worth getting if you're eating Indian food - it accompanied the mulligatawny soup, naan, and festival of tandoori meat I had rather well.

ManekiNeko, Dec 26, 2003
Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
62 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.