Krait Beer | Cobra Beer Partnership Limited

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Brewed by:
Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by GClarkage:
Photo of GClarkage
2.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed in October 2004 from a 11oz bottle purchased at Belltramo's Wine Store in Palo Alto. As for me...I pretty much see a beer that I have never seen before and I will try it. Kind of a funky looking bottle. A skinny brownish-orange 11oz bottle with India designs on it. Is it from India?...No, Poland? How about the UK? I think?!? Anyway, I cracked it open and pretty much smelled Budweiser. So, not off to a good start. It poured a darker yellow and left no head or lacing. Took a sip and tasted a low level lager with your basic malt taste. Crappy malt taste. On the watery side too. It finished a bit better, but still wouldn't grab this one if I saw it again. It was pretty cheap, so no big loss. WIll just add the bottle cap to my collection and wait for a better beer...which shouldn't be very hard to find. Try if you like american macro lager...if not, don't waste your money or taste buds.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Karyyk
1.24/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: A darker yellow than I was expecting, it pours a thin head with some slight residual lacing. Active carbonation is quite apparent. It looks about like any domestic lager would, only with a bit more body and color to it.

Smell: This one's a skunk. I smelled it as soon as I started to pour, and I'm sure the expression on my face was closer to a wince than anything else. There seems to be a strong, almost acrid sharpness to it that I found quite unpleasant.

Taste: Awful. I'm not sure if I got a bad one or not, but I haven't had this bad an experience with a beer in quite some time. Tastes like a domestic, only with a very stong metallic, almost copper-like taste. I'm not sure if this is part of the "formula," but try as I might, I couldn't finish the 22oz bottle I bought.

Mouthfeel: Provided you can stand having this in your mouth long enough, this might actually be the best aspect of the beer. Active carbonation is apparent, as mentioned above, and this offers the hight point of this particular beer. That mouthfeel is the highpoint basically tells you all you need to know as to whether or not you should buy this beer.

Drinkability: I'd give it a negative score in this category if I could. This is truly an awful example of some brewmaster's art. As I mentioned above, I could barely stand this beer in my mouth, so drinkability becomes a moot point.

I really hope I got a skunky one, but in the event that this is the best Crait/Cobra has to offer, I'm going to recommend you steer clear.

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Photo of Sammy
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing in sight or aroma, OK to drink at end of hot night. Sure popular, maybe because its an uncomplex replacement for a macro. Some hop bitterness, Smoothness of malt. Bomber recently brought in to Cable Beverages. Bottle says its a Polish beer and that is consistent with the lagers I have had from this region.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Krait pours a clear gold body beneath a short head of white foam that drops shortly but leaves some very nice walls of lace about the glass. The nose delivers a sweetish, semi-grainy malt with a hint of floral hops. The body is medium and its moderate carbonation is delicately crisp. The flavor offers a sweetish, semi-grainy malt that's peppered by some floral, grassy, and spicy hops and balanced by a firm bitterness. It finishes drying as its malt slowly erodes, and lingers nicely with floral and spicy hop notes.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of wcudwight
2.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pale in color. Decent head at the beginning that fades away about half way through.
Smell: Smells of floral and hops. Fades away to a copper or metallic smell.
Taste: This is complicated. If I was just rating the first 1/4 of the beer it would have been a lot better. At the beginning the taste is smooth. But, the beer turns to a bitter metalic taste and leaves an awful metallic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: It has a nice carbonated mouthfeel to it. It bubbles nicely in your mouth.
Drinkability: You have to chug this beer. The only thing that kept me drinking it was pride in that I have never poured beer out.
Overall: When compared to Americas macros this is a better alternative. But this is not a premium beer. I didn't nurse it, nor did I chug it . At the beginning it was a quality beer. About half way through I'd rather have a diet soda. My advice is to drink it really cold and fast.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, my bottle packaging refers to this as "Cobra Premium Beer." Krait is apparently the nome de guerre in the U.S. In any event, I found this 660ml bomber on a Moscow grocery store shelf not too long ago, and couldn't resist. Brown glass with a tapered neck covered by a gold label. Main body of the bottle has raised images of elephants, snake charmers, palm trees and other Indian-style items. Brewed by Browat Belgia in Poland. Ingredients include rice and maize. Best before 6/29/06, I opened it on 1/6/06 - for Orthodox Christmas.

Pours a clear, fairly deep gold under a one finger white head that fades very quickly, leaving just one spot of lace. There's definitely corn in the nose, sweet and dominant over anything else. The mouth is light and fairly prickly. Taste? Yeah, I suppose there is some taste here. Sweet cornbread malt, a slight hint of dry (not metallic) hoppy bitterness, maybe a touch of grape. Nothing is pronounced. Just a slight hint of dryness in the aftertaste. It's passable, but hardly the best lager ever.

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Photo of Zorro
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from interesting tall brown bottle, Clouds and grass, scales, Bully ears and Elephants are on it.

Pours a clear ultra clear yellow beer. Looks like England has stolen brewing "secrets" from American Beer Industry!

Smell is mostly cracker and bread malt with a faint scent of yeast and sulfur.

Taste is a dud. Fairly dry with a neutral bread dough flavor and a trace of sulfur in the taste. Fairly strong herbal hop flavor in the finish, but it is close to flavor free. More stolen American Beer Industry technology! They have stolen the secrets to flavor free beer!

Mouthfeel is present.

Drinkability is a complete dud. This isn't exactly torture but it is a lot like drinking MGD. Boring beer I need never taste again. The best thing about this beer was the bottle!

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
1.75/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer in a standard size (12 to 16 oz) brown bottle that looks a lot like the 1980s style “malt-beverage / wine-cooler” bottle. It is a pale yellow lager with a moderate head and carbonation. Virtually no lacing occurred. This beer reminds me a lot of the cheaper American brand pils / larger beers. It has a really light flavor that tastes more of water than of hops or malt. Ever so slightly it has a faint taste of grain and hops on the finish. It touts itself as being exotic but it’s the exact opposite, it’s just like very other macro-brew. The Indian restaurant where I had this beer had another Krait style that appeared to be a “Krait lite” but seeing how watery this beer was I did not even go there.

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Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brewed in Poland, for a U.K. company, with a map of India and an Indian motif on the bottle...interesting...

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head that soon fizzles down to a patch before disappearing. Steady streams of carbonation rise to the top. Typical macro look in appearance.

The smell is of sweet grain and corn husk. Smell is pretty much like a cheap macro-lager.

The taste is of sweet grain with oily and husky notes. Seltzery and slick, but with some astringent notes. This is not far from oily corn husk and Alka-seltzer, but there is some vague cedar. Abrupt finish - the "double filtered" feature wiped out most of the taste, if there was much of one, though some remains - not much though. Glad they stopped at double - a triple filter would have really killed off any remnants of "taste".

Light-bodied and slick, and fizzy. Not TOO offensive for a sub-par macro.

Compared to a cheap American macro, it's not terrible, but do we really need to import more yellow fizz when we have plenty of our own?!

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Photo of djwhit24
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one-finger cream head that stays leaving a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Malty nose. Starts and finishes clean and crisp with an even mix of hops and malt, some sweetness. An okay beer, interesting bottle to add to my collection. $2.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium yellow color with a short lived foamy head. No lace, and a medium low level of carbonation.

S: Dry. Notes of malty grains and cereal adjuncts. Slightly like sawdust's bastard child after a night spent with corn.

T: Fair. Mild buttery malt flavors with dry hints of hops tickle the tongue, but otherwise seem one dimentional and bland.

M: Quite flat and boring. Not alot of carbonation remains from the pour. Watery. Blah.

D: Naw, there are better import versions of lagers to be had. One and done for me.

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Photo of Suds
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this brew in Charleston, SC. It seemed to go fairly well with a seafood meal, but didn’t particularly stand out as an exceptional beer. Poured a light golden color with a fizzy, brilliantly white head. There was a bit more aroma than a typical macro lager, with a good dose of caramel and hops. The taste was a little muted, with some graininess coming through. Hop bitterness begins in the mid-taste, is moderate, and continues through the finish. It’s a little watery, and doesn’t have any distinguishing character. Still, it’s better than a typical macro. Fairly drinkable, and I’d guess that it would satisfactorily accompany most foods.

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Photo of WesWes
3.22/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean, crisp pale malt and adjunct scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. There are faint hop aromas as well. The taste is average. It has a light malt flavor with zero complexity. It goes down easy and finishes clean and dry. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is above average macro lager. It's nothing special, but it's easy drinking.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why everyone is so down on this beer. As far as euro-pale-lagers go this is one of the best I've had. Pours a clear golden yellow, fluffy white head. Spicy, slightly hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet up front with a nice dry slightly hoppy finish. All in all a wonderful session beer. No skunkiness to be found. Smells fresh, very refreshing. Give this one a chance.

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Photo of stoutman
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, thick white head, decnt nose, but some hop, overall an average aroma. Good in mouth, quite smooth, some butter, not overly carbonated with a hint of spice. Finish has more buttery hop. Not much fruit. Tyypical of most Polish beers.. Smooth easy drinking.

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Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.17/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured yellow and clear with very little head or carbonation. Smelled a little citrus. Tasted fairly good for a light lager. Light on the lacing. Not much alcohol taste as it is only 5%. Overall not bad, not great. This would be OK for a hot summer day.

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Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of sachsich
2.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brewed in poland by brits???? aweful for a european lager. too much like a michelob light.

appearance was very light almost like bud light
smell wasnt too much either. not a strong scent of hops or malts
taste was a let down. no taste at all. like a sparkling water
mouthfeel was good as well as drinkability

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Photo of SEOhioSipper
2.03/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

the bottle was pretty neat but that's about where it ends for this beer

it was a pale yellow with a definite visible haze,not much of a head to it

the smell reminded me of Bud-another strike against it

the taste was very similar to Bud also, nothing much there but the acidic/sour taste

mouth feel-best comparison-carbonated water

definitly will not buy this again

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Photo of rousee
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-gold and almost clear. Some lace, no head.
S-somewhat salty with a malt/hops mix very euro-lager type aroma. I think its decent for what its trying to be. If this is an adjunct lager, it is a good example of one.
T-pleasant malty hoppines. Has a czech pilsener type flavor but no metallic edge. Pretty decent. Saltiness is here too not sour as some of this ilk can be.
MF-kinda lousy. breaks down quickly in your mouth and is reminiscent of a BMC watered down MF.
D-Pretty good--much better than BMC somewhat similar to a good heineken or urquel.

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Krait Beer from Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
Beer rating: 2.81 out of 5 with 24 ratings