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Taj Mahal Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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360 Ratings

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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2002)
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Photo of Daredevil
2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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) ....

Daredevil, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of BlueHammer
2.78/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

BlueHammer, May 12, 2006
Photo of joecast
2.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

joecast, May 06, 2006
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.

sloejams, May 05, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
2.65/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

hunteraw, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
2.17/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

daliandragon, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Drew966
2.35/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Drew966, Apr 06, 2006
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.

CNeilP09, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.18/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

aforbes10, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
2.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.18/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

arguemaniac, Dec 01, 2005
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.

soulgrowl, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.13/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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 29, 2005
Photo of jaluria
3.23/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 +22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 -59.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 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 +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(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

rhoadsrage, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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 -3.9%
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.

jvajda, Jan 22, 2005
Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
62 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.