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Taj Mahal Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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336 Ratings

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 2.57
pDev: 24.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of jvajda


2.48/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 03:55:55 | More by jvajda
Photo of ceaser


4.28/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 17:42:13 | More by ceaser
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

1.2/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 16:34:08 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of koolkat

United Kingdom (England)

2.93/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 00:25:55 | More by koolkat
Photo of tar


2.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 19:22:49 | More by tar
Photo of BadBadger

New York

3.63/5  rDev +41.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 02:53:52 | More by BadBadger
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2.03/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 23:07:51 | More by beergeek279
Photo of WesWes

New York

2.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 22:53:38 | More by WesWes
Photo of RoyalT


3.5/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 02:23:44 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Brent


3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 14:28:09 | More by Brent
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3.48/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 15:01:43 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dull gold color with a thin head that quickly disappeared. Huge carbonation bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass. Very little malt aroma detected. The taste is weak, thin bodied, and some malt is the there while no enjoyable hop flavor can be found. The limited bitterness is almost like vinegar.

The mouthfeel starts off with a sharp crisp bite on the tongue that fades to a dry feeling rather quickly. Stated four times on the bottle "Slow brewed for the connoisseur", the brewery should retract that statement immediately. Seems like they should change it to "Lazily brewed for average Joes".

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 12:05:49 | More by Gavage
Photo of clvand0


2.68/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clean yellow. Has a great fluffy pure white head about one finger thick that sticks around throughtout. Also has great carbonation - fizzing the whole time. The aroma is a little skunky, but not bad. The flavor is somewhat skunky just like the aroma. A little hoppy and not very smooth. The malts are evident, but not enjoyed. This beer is moderate at best.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 13:41:59 | More by clvand0
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New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer tasted like sparkling cider. It was incredibly fizzy. It poured with a head that lasted for all of about 5 seconds. No discernable smell, but since I do not have a great sense of smell I'll give it some slack. The carbonation gives it a poor mouthfeel.

I would definitely never seek this out again. I had this for a somewhat reasonable price at an Indian restaraunt. At the same time it was way too expensive given its quality.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2003 21:52:36 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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2.25/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 22oz. bottle ordered in an Indian restaurant.

Pours a bright straw color with a white fizzy head. Smells a bit of apple and not much else.

Probably more malt in this lager than most cheap beers. Has some body to it. It's sweet with a dry finish. Not much hops to speak of. The closest beer this resembles is Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager but it is a vague shadow of that beer. Light bodied and easy to drink. The best compliment I have for this beer is it's not as bad as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 22:21:01 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear golden yellow with not much of a head and no lace.

Smells slightly fruity with only a hint of any hops. Quite sharp on the tongue by way of the carbonation. Quite crisp. But nothing real there tastewise. No aftertaste either.

Sorry, but this really didn't distinguish itself in any particular way. Forgetable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 23:43:20 | More by TerryW
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Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Overrated, I think. I bought it for the novelty, yet I am barely convinced that the grainy taste of this beer is worth the buying price.

Slightly hoppy ( a down-side, in my opinion), mildly fizzy, and just barely palatable.

The label says "Slow brewed for the connoisseur."

Perhaps they should have taken more time.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 22:59:00 | More by bmacaskill
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Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yelllow with the slightest bit of haziness. A foamy white head that quickly sunk into the beer leaving no lace.

Sweet grainy aroma and some light vegetable as well. A tiny bit of hops.

Crisp dry flavour, with a bit of an astringent bitter finish. Very mild flavour with some apple notes, interesting.

It's very drinkable, especially when the beer is cold and the weather is warm.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 05:46:05 | More by Garin
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3.43/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow with a white head. The head disappears quickly, but carbonation bubbles keep a thin layer of Belgian lace present. Smell is hoppy with a hint of pale malts. The taste is very crisp and clean. Light-bodied and well-carbonated, this beer will accompany my lamb vindaloo perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2003 01:57:07 | More by jlervine
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2.78/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This that claims to be "Slow brewed for ther connoisseur" poured a medium sized head of fine to large white mostly lasting bubbles and a wheat yellow colored body with some carbonation. It has a hoppy aroma and flavor with a bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 22:56:04 | More by TheDM
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North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It poured a light ugly straw color, with a fluffy lager head. Smell is grassy alcohol. Taste is lacking, real weak malt, vegetable like hops, small hints of sweet hay, light body with medium carbonation.

I didn’t like this at all, bland flavor and what was there was not good, odd mouth feel as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 23:22:43 | More by fattychubs
Photo of hotstuff


2.68/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a white creamy head with fine-small bubbles. It had a fruity aroma to it. The body was yellow. There was a lot of carbonation rising to the top observed with this brew. It had a smooth taste to it, but I was not all that impressed with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 08:08:36 | More by hotstuff
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2.78/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear straw gold. Full and creamy bright white head that displays good retention and leaves some nice lace. The nose is limited but delivers some grainy malt and a bit of hops. The body is light and it's mildly crisp on the tongue - smooth and lightly creamy across the palate. The flavor, however, is lackluster with the same lightly grainy malt and hops found in the nose. It's well made, clean and very well-balanced; but that's about it. It is somewhat refreshing, however... ... ...but then again, so are most light beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 14:29:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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2.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A little chill haze on the pour. Besides a nice looking head with decent lace, it's an average looking beer: golden color with a bubbly head. Faint hop and grain aroma. It's dry and crisp, if not a little watery. Besides a little grain up front, there's not much going on here. If it weren't an "exotic import", it might qualify as a lawnmower beer. I won't be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 16:09:46 | More by Suds
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2.1/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ultra-sickly pale yellow hue; decent white head, topped-off at a ½ inch, quick to disappear, soapy retention that did generate a few specks of lace. Faint Saaz-like hops launches the nose with hints of sweetness to follow, as it warms DMS emerges (and stays put). This beer is a vacation for your palate, almost tasteless, bland with just intermediate notes of sweetness, hints of hay. Little malt profile. The hops seem almost completely absent… no complexity. Not surprisingly the finish is empty, boring, and clean. Decent carbonation eases the suffering of swallowing it. Drink it cold… no wait… don’t drink it at all! Because of the utter lack of taste I deem this beer offensive. Also, at $3.00+ a 650 ml bottle, it is way over priced!

The labels state three times (!) this is “slow brewed for the connoisseur”… if they mean us, BAs, then they are way off!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 15:32:12 | More by bditty187
Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
62 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.