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Taj Mahal Premium Lager - United Breweries - UB Group

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BA SCORE
62
poor

380 Ratings
THE BROS
53
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 24.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2002

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Photo of Kulrak
4.3/5  rDev +66%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a decent amount of creamy white head that clings to the glass and laces. Smells earthy and floral, with some citrus there. The taste is fairly clean and sweet, with some citrus and melon flavors. Clean finish. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Overall, it's a drinkable and tasty beer. I'll be looking for it again.

Photo of shadow1961
3.41/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taj Mahal pours out a fluffy head (it collapses to a quarter inch of foam pretty
quickly), over a clear yellow brew. The nose is your typical light barley malt
and lager yeast. Carbonation is active, and the flavor is slightly tart malt up
front and a surprisingly robust herbal malt finish. Like the Flying Horse I had
the other week, this is another pretty decent Indian pils. There's not a bit of rice
or corn in this, and the mouthfeel is crisp and clean. A point of irony- the real Taj
Mahal is an Islamic mausoleum. Pretty decent.

Photo of cjgator3
3.27/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma of some sweet grainy malt with a touch of 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, it really just doesn't stand out against the rest.

Photo of RBorsato
2.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted bottle on 3/25/07 at Preet Palace in Centreville, VA.

Very typical straw colored macro lager with decent carbonation and a low white head. Standard adjunct (corn) aromas and flavors. Seems to be one of the standard BudMilCor's of India. Light-medium bodied with a light adjunct-like finish.

Worth a try to add it to the running list but I preferred the Maharaja much more!

Per Label: 4.5% ABV.

Bottled: 12/06
Tasted: 03/25/07

($6.50 / 22 oz. bottle)

Photo of zeff80
2.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured out a clear yellow color with no head or lace.

S - Smelled of corn and some grassy hops.

T - It tasted of corn and some malt. A slight hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not bad for the style or price. Very smooth and a light hoppiness.

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

When I saw this bottle I figured there was a 50-50 chance that this was either an incredibly great lager or an incredibly average lager. I was almost excited when I read "slow brewed for the connoisseur", but then put off by the statement "Brewed from the finest malt and choicest hops"... how many crappy American Macros sport the same or an analogous statement?! Anyways... lets begin. The beer pours a very light, clear straw color with a fizzy, white head. Smell is pretty typical for the style, slightly sweet like many Euro Lagers... not much going on. The taste has a sweet grainy taste like the smell, decently bittered but the taste is very one-dimensional and doesn't really go anywhere. The mouthfeel is very light with a foamy carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but not terribly enjoyable... just something different to try.

Photo of Sigmund
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.5%. Brewed and bottled by Blossom Industries, India (trade mark owner: United Breweries, Bangalore). Imported to Norway by ITG. Golden colour, moderate head. Flowery aromatic hops, maybe some citrus too. Standard pale lager flavour without any offensive sidenotes, rather fizzy but with tolerable hops for the style. I’ll admit that my expectations were very low, but for an Indian pale lager this one is not too bad. At least it will be a tolerable accompaniment with your curry.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.77/5  rDev +45.6%
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 -12%
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 -40.2%
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 +18.1%
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 +22.8%
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 -2.3%
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 -0.4%
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 +12.7%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.3%
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 -10.8%
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 +12.4%
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 +26.6%
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 +8.1%
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 +6.9%
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 -16.2%
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 -21.6%
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 +3.5%
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.

Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
62 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.