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Taj Mahal Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
62
poor

373 Ratings
THE BROS
53
awful

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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 lackenhauser
3.77/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good, bright golden color with a huge foamy white head. Good, grassy and somewhat floral aroma for what is considered a US macro. Clean, somewhat malty flavor with a trace of bitterness. Soft malt flavor. Average body for a macro type beer-pretty standard. Quite enjoyable when taken in context. Goes great with an Indian meal. A bit "beefier" overall then the other usual offering of Kingfisher. I must have had a very fresh bottle compared to some of the other reviews here. The hop level was quite pronounced. Outside of having it in a restaurant I doubt I would buy this but I find it quite good.

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

Presented in a 650 ml bomber with “MFD 11/5, batch no. 1218” stamped on the side. Sampled on 2/11/07, this beer’s already over a year old. Into a pint glass a yellow gold, slightly hazy color with moderate tiny bubbles. One finger thin white head fades quickly leaving a thin cap that remains all the way to the bottom along with some spotty lacing on the sides. Nose is of light hops, tea, and citrus, not bad except for an off-odor like bad malt liquor. Tastes rather muddled, overall bitter with a cheap malt liquor character and a very subtle hops profile. At first I thought it might be “skunked” but most of the BA reviews report a similar musty/off unpleasant flavor. Mouth is smooth with lively carbonation, pretty much average here. Drinkability is OK except for the skunked taste. I could finish the bomber; after awhile you get used to the weird flavors and the beer’s other characteristics take over. I wouldn’t buy another, however.

Overall: A poor choice for an imported lager. The fact that mine was 15 months old probably didn’t help, but this one offers nothing that cannot be found elsewhere, and cheaper. Avoid.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.55/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, corn, malt and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is slightly sweeter than most macros, with flavors of corn adjunct & barley. The label reads “Brewed from the finest malt and choicest hops.” Well, the malt character seemed “fine” meaning thin, not premium and the hops are almost undetectable. The after-taste is grainy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, way too high carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

D: Not very tasty and it’s not the easiest beer going down. The label also reads “Slow brewed for the connoisseur” in 4 different places, but since this just seems like fizzy-yellow-beer from India to me and the bomber cost only $0.99, I’m not really sure what type of connoisseur they brewed this for. Maybe a Bud drinker that wants to be able to say he tried a beer from India?

Photo of jarmby1711
3.06/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Being a sucker for anything new I bought this with mediocre expectations.
Mostly I was not disappointed.
The light coloured clear Lager has , at first a fine frothy head, however by mid glass this had dissapated to a thin scum. it did manage to leave some widish lacing .There was a minimal amount of carbonation.
The smell was weak and watery and offered very little to me.
The taste also was weak but had an unusual resinous flavour. It reminded me of creosate , but in an enjoyable way.
I failed to find much in the way of maltiness unless the resinosity was from grain and not hops.
The initial thoughts were , this is different , its pleasant , but by glass end the whole profile was becoming dubious.
Definitely a beer that needs to be well chilled.
Drinkable but not exceptional
Emporer Shah Jahan would be a little disappointed in this beer bearing the name of his famous tribute

Photo of zuggy9
3.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like this one to put down the fire on a good Indian curry. It pours a pale yellow with a high carbonation head, but loses the head quickly. The smell is quite grainy, with some earthy hop qualities. The taste is fairly average, refreshing and rather balanced, with some sweet maltiness and moderate hoppiness. The mouthfeel is light and helps balance out heat from the food. Quite drinkable with a good dal, curry or samosas.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 650ML bottle into a pint glass right out of the fridge.

Pours light yellow (started VERY light..) with a 1-inch head. Smells very light, maybe lemon-grassy. The taste was pretty much what I expected after the scent...very light with no warming effect; it went down easily, but water has a tendency to do that...

It's just not what I expected. Probably not a bad choice if you just wanna pound one at the bar while watching a game.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

It pours a lightly carbonated, light gold. A color similar to many types of cologne. The white head dissapatted quickly.

The aroma was faint, but not similar to any other beer I can recall.

The taste was very light, and a little bit water downed from what I was expecting. The color and taste took me by surpise considering its 4.5% ABV. It also tasted quite thin. Which led to an unsatisfying aftertaste.

All in all it seemed like an average tasting beer, which I had high expectations of something different than I ever had before. The only thing that was unique to me was how it tasted like a light beer but hit my body like a higher ABV would.

I would recommend someone drinking one just to say they had consumed a beer from India, but that is about it.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.92/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has to be the clearest beer I’ve ever had. I poured it from the bottle, and it looked like water with a drop or two of yellow food coloring, a good white head that disspatted quickly, and little lacing. Aroma was nothing I could pick out. That being said, this was not a bad tasting beer. I liked it much better than the BMC macros, and could actually see drinking several if available at a party. It did have a strange dry after-taste, but all and all, not bad, and I have now sampled Indian Beer.

Photo of Foxman
2.63/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a very clear and carbonated straw yellow. A finger of loose white head disassembles quickly to frothy patches. Arcs of lacing flare the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet, light malt and corn, along with a metallic pepper hop flash.

Upon sipping, there comes a very sparse flow of grain and vegetal presence, berry sweet but dropping very soon to a tinny hop tinge. An almost acrid bitterness overcomes all else, and lingers unfortunately long, though it does finish quite crisp and dry as well. Simply, it's thin rife with cheap grain and adjunct, and uninspired.

Light bodied, it is as reminiscent of seltzer water as it is of beer.

I've never seen the Taj Mahal, but I'll wager it's way more impressive than this like-named beer. It's an Indian macro with all that status entails. Maybe it would be a quick-draining match for a macho curry, but on it's own, in spite of some fair drinkability, I say, why bother?

Photo of dhilltop2000
2.65/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance :
Pours an illuminating pale yellow with little foam.

Smell:
Ugh, where? A little scent of lemon grains. Not much here. Nothing putrid, just not much happening.

Taste:
A mild lager with a hint of honey, lemon, slightly grainy and mild bitterness.

Fairly drinkable - just not, by any means, an epic beer. I would have expected more of a dry and distinct hop taste from this India lager. But oh well, there are more beers in this category to enjoy.

Photo of jwc215
2.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

650 ml bottle - small freshness date on back.
Poured straw yellow with carbonation was stronger on one side than on the other. A foamy, one-finger, steady head left some lacing.
The smell was a hint of grass, some adjuncts and a touch of skunk (similar to that found in some Euro-macros).
The taste was of oily grass, a touch of an unpleasant bitter bite that didn't seem to fit with other flavors in the drink, cooked veggies, starch and a hint of sweetness as the drink progressed. A touch of salt became noticeable in the second pour (as the pint glass could not hold it all at once.) The flavors did not mesh well.
The mouthfeel was thin, sweet and oily, but rather dry at finish. Overall, quite bland.
The label states "for export out of India"...so, obviously you can't get it there...
"Slow brewed for the connoisseur"...hmmm...slow brewed or over-cooked?
Don't bother with this one It's overpriced for what it is and not it's not a tasty brew.

Photo of Reidrover
2.91/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

SErved in a 650ml bottle at my local Indian restaurant. Poured into a pilsner glass, this is an ok loooking beer bright sunshine yellow with a fair sized frothy white head. Not much aroma at all some hops, I didnt get in "skunk" at least. Nice enough flavor for a lager, sort of hoppy in the end malt was quite sweet and rather unusual but for me OK. Crisp , well carbonated mouthfeel, dry finish. Overall this was just average, but way better than BMC. I enjoyed this with Lamb Madrasi, a medium hot dish.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glassy lemon yellow with a shockingly bright white head that is filling at least half the glass at the moment thanks to a zesty amount of carbonation. The cap is stiff, sticky and impressively rocky as it descends, making it all the more surprising that more lace doesn't adhere to the glass. Even so, this is one of the best looking beers of this style that I've seen. Ever.

The nose is the very definition of grain-like, but I don't mean that in a negative sense. As far as I'm concerned, American Macro Lagers should smell like fresh grain, as this one does. Mildly musky hops great my nose as well. Thankfully, there are no off-aromas to spoil the party. Simple, clean, effective.

The beer isn't so wonderful on the palate, although it isn't bad either. The first thing that occurs to me is how balanced it is. Lightly sweet untoasted pale malt and grassy, modestly bitter Euro hops coexist in perfect harmony. Unfortunately, it doesn't taste quite as fresh as it smelled. I was expecting that corny AML sweetness to be present, yet it really isn't to any great degree.

With a 50% increase in hop content, Taj Mahal would make a pretty decent pilsener. It has that same clean, crisp, drying finish and is a good thirst quencher as a result. I imagine that it would be a more than adequate washer-downer for a plate of Chicken Tikka Masala. The subtle flavor would probably disappear altogether if paired with spicy food, but it could be downed by the gallon with no trouble at all.

The body/mouthfeel is adequate. It's much closer to light-bodied than to medium-bodied, although it wears that lightness well by not deteriorating at either mouthful's or bottle's end. The carbonation loses something in the second half while still managing to retain enough spunkiness to keep the mouthfeel active.

The Taj Mahal (which means, literally, 'the best of buildings') is the eighth wonder of the world. Taj Mahal the Indian Pale Lager is a wonder in the sense that it's the best beer from that nation that I've ever had and has exceeded my expectations by a country mile. I won't be buying it again to drink solo, but I won't hesitate to order a bottle or two if I happen to see it in an Indian restaurant.

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

Indian beers are rather on the sweetish side, this brew is no exception, however pairs a clean (as opposed to sticky) sweetness with quite a nice hoppy bitterness. Would think this being the best Indian beer I have tasted so far (on a rather a low level) ....

Photo of BlueHammer
2.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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 joecast
2.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

WOAH! we got a gusher!! luckily i had my glass nearby and only spiled a bit (with my wife watching of course, not happy).
4.5% abv best before 1/06. tisk tisk. i should know better.

decent appearance. clear deep gold color, steady carbonation. firm, frothy, thin white head.

sweet, sort of corn meal aroma. dont know if they use corn in it, but i do get a bit of it on the nose.

same kind of sweetness in the taste. little to no hop character. carbonation keeps it lively, but its not enough to distract from the one dimensional taste.
probably hurt a bit by its age, but couldnt see this being much better fresh.

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.

Photo of hunteraw
2.68/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled along with a delicious Indian meal.

Nice that it comes in a big brown bottle! No skunking and planning ahead. Room was dark, but it looked like it poured a pale straw color, good head. Nothing to complain about appearance-wise, considering the style.

Aroma is mild, but more present than most AML. Malt at first, then bread.

Taste is bready, too. A little bit of bitterness, but no hops flavor. All around very light in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is watery, especially after the first few sips. Carbonation is just right for the style. The breadiness and the wateriness detract from drinkability.

Photo of daliandragon
2.16/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I always liked Indian beer, although I just recently realized that's because I had always had it with Indian food, which I love. Indian beer by itself: not so good, although cold Kingfisher is still ok.
Taj Mahal pours a pale straw color and lots of both foamy head and aggressive carbonation. Nose is rice, adjuncts, and I swear, more carbonation..like sniffing seltzer. Certainly not flat in appearance but otherwise not appealling in the slightest.
Extremely bland, watery taste, although the mouthfeel is better than expected, with the texture more "crisp and refreshing" than "ridiculously overcarbonated to the point of bruising your gums" but still can't save the taste.. grainy and sad.
Add a full point if you're chowing hard on a monster vindaloo or (for non spiceheads), korma, otherwise ignore and ridicule.

Photo of Drew966
2.38/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taj Mahal Premium Lager pours a light orange color with a fluffy white head that is slow to dissipate from a brown 22 ounce bottle. Smells okay, kind of fruity, maybe a slight bit spicy. Taste is a bit fruity and malt definitely kicks in too. Not very balanced flavor. Fairly inoffensive if not particularly good. Your money is probably better spent elsewhere.

Photo of CNeilP09
1.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On the label, this beer is said to be fit for kings, or pharoahs or soemthing like that. Not true. Save some money and buy yourself a Bud Light. Think about it. This beer hails from a region of the planet where the only crop to be farmed is rice. And the prime ingredient of Budweiser beers is what? Rice. It's thin, grainy, watery-piss-yellow, and just not worth it. Flavorless and boring. Subtle carbonation, feverishly waning head, and a completley poor foundation of brewing technique find this beer, in my book, as an afterthought of disgust. Try again fellas.

Photo of aforbes10
3.17/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another of 13 beers from this month's Michiana Coalition of the Drinking meeting. I've seen this for $5.75 at all the Indian resteraunts we go to but i've never ordered it because i like to save room for food. After having tried it i believe i will continue to not order it. Clear lager, some bubbles. malty odor, kind of skunky but in the way than macro lagers usually are. Malty flavor. no finish really. Mouthfeel is fine and this is actually pretty drinkable despite itself.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.29/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eeeek. The bottle say's it's for the true connisuer. Aparently India does not set their standards very high when it comes to beer appreciation. Though the beer does not smell or taste or look or feel bad, it's certainly far from good. Totally emensed with cereal grain, particularly rice and / or corn. A little too sweet - to the point that it detracts from the cleanliness and crispness. The subtleties that make great lagers great are either missing or covered up by adjuncts. It would be a fine beer -- if it were free.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.17/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.08/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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