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Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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31.01%
 
 
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Photo of lumikuuro
4.88/5  rDev +70%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Two 330ml bottles poured into Cobra pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with large white head that lasts for a while before receding to a ring and foam, but leaves unbelievably heavy lacing for the style. You'd only expect to see that kind of lacing from craft beer.

Aroma: Some malt, some sweetness, a touch of grassy hop, a suggestion of fresh baked bread... inviting. Subdued but suggests complexity.

Taste: A very complex and unusual mix of a soft bready malt profile with gently grassy and floral hops with a lemony finish, and a maize sweetness that is kept well in check and balanced by the hop and malt. There is a hint of honey and the mellowness of mace. The flavours seem to erupt in the mouth and attack the nose from inside, really playing on the aroma/taste connection. Unlike any other lager, or maybe even any other beer, I have ever tasted, in this respect. I don't know which hops are used in the brewing process, but it certainly tastes like there is an abundance of Saaz in here.

Mouthfeel: On the slightly fuller side of medium bodied; very, very smooth and slightly creamy (but in a good way that you wouldn't normally associate with the style).

Drinkability: Very moreish and very satisfying. A really unusual beer that maybe doesn't seem like it would be that great (it has maize and rice in it), but all the ingredients are in a masterful balance that really does work. A truly rewarding, delicious beer.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a tulip beer glass.

Appearance - golden colour with a quickly subsiding head that leaves some lace along the sides and some decent surface bubbles. Well-carbonated.

Smell - clean, fresh malty aromas. Definitely has a creamy malt smell. Not at all bad, grassy and veggie.

Taste - pretty good taste overall. Even though I was greeted with a slightly metallic taste up front, it was backed up by some good hop flavours and an almost citrus finish. Not as malty as I would have expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel - hits you all at once and pretty active. The bottle talks about smoothness, my perspective is that it isn't too smooth.

Drinkability - fresh and flowing, good tastes, refreshing. Not a bad choice and the price is actually quite low.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a finger sized bubbly,white head that has good retention but eventually settles to a thin lacing after a couple of minutes.
Standard for a pale lager but it does smell slightly stronger & is generally more pleasant.

Mix of bread, corn & grain in taste & is again very similiar to most pale lagers out there only a lot nicer & doesn't feature any of the usual skunkiness.

Very nice on the palate & is quite crisp & refreshing in the finish. Light bodied & maybe just a little watery although very easy to drink & would make the perfect session lager.

One of the nicest pale lagers I have had in quite some time.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes in a cool 330ml bottle.

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head, lots of carbonation.

Smells grassy, some grains:rice and corn, and some citrusy sweetness.

Not bad tasting at all, very refreshing, grassy hops, citrusy and some honey, but it has sort of a macro taste also.

Thin mouthfeel and a quite drinkable refreshing beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, from the LCBO.

Pours a clear light yellow, very slight amber tones, pretty thick white head forms, drops some solid lacing on the glass, forms a nice layer and ring, looks pretty solid for the style. Smell is neat, very toasty and grassy, nice grain and biscuit aroma, burnt bread, light bit of honey sweetness and floral, smells pretty nice. Taste is similar, really toasty up front, honey and bread, light caramel sweetness, some grassy and herbal bitterness, floral, quite nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and drinkable. For the style this is pretty good, nice toasty malts, I could drink this on occasion.

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Photo of
3.37/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into chilled glass

Appearance - pours light golden takes some effort to form head, which dissipates very quickly but does leave some nice lacing

Smell - crisp malty and fresh, i think i catch a hint of rice among other veggies

Tastes - smooth, slightly bitter, which comes up mostly in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - active and highly carbonated, refreshing

Drinkability - pretty good stuff and rather inexpensive, good if your thirsty for a quick one that's a bit different

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Photo of benmiliron
3.37/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid 1.29 euro for a bottle. This beer claims to have won 12 gold medals thus far. I find it strange that I am the first to review it.

Appearance is your standard fizzy yellow lager. Very little head. No lace. Smell is rather ok. Decent sweetness with a touch of hops. Very light throughout though. Taste is a bit budweiser-ish (due to the rice?) but a bit maltish. Strange presence with the corn added in there. Some bitter balances the sweetness well. Unique tasting lager for sure.

Nice easy mouthfeel. Described on the bottle as "the less-gassy bottled beer." I found it about standard.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.36/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprized by this UK reproduction of an Indian favourite. Yellow, clear and generously carbonated with mostly large bubbles. White head is lively but short as well as short-lived. Spotty lace remains and a really solid, thick white ring.
Smell is slight skunk and earthy, not a lot here. The barley malt weighs in heavily imparting good taste with pretty good balance and with a citrus spark or two in the finish; refreshing and lingers nicely. Medium body with a bit of substance to it considering it's a euro lager. I'd buy this again sometime and might consider it for around the campfire this summer.

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Photo of GreatEastern
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a light golden colour. Little carbonation and a somewhat modest head. No lace.

Smell - grains & malt

Taste - A dry taste with hints of citrus. The finish is malty with an aftertaste of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light and watery.

Drinkability - Goes down very easy.

Notes - A fairly average beer, nothing too stand-outish. This beer was clearly meant to be had with spicy (Indian) food as it would make a refreshing contrast.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml distinctive tapered bottle. Seen this for a while, but always passed it over, assuming the worst - South Asian macro style lagers re-brewed in the West - Mountain Crest has already deadened me to that idea...

This beer pours a clear, medium apple juice colour, with one skinny finger of frothy white head, which sinks away in a hurry, leaving some low cobwebbed lace around the glass. It smells of grainy, bready malt, corn grist, and earthy hops. The taste is a surprisingly unpredictable mash of wet grain, corn cereal, and grassy, weedy hops bitterness. The carbonation is quite soft, the body medium weight, a little clammy, but smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, the earthy, somewhat bitter hops offsetting a decent, almost musty honey sweetness.

Well, while not the apex of a Euro-lager experience, this ain't all that bad. The purported mix of grains are all evident, and the hops, while not exactly noble, provide an adequate balance to the proceedings. Book by the cover, yeah, I get it...

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very very light gold with a small very white head that disappeared to absolutely nothing with no lacing. The lightness of the color was something I don't usually see in a beer.
The smell seemed to be of corn adjunct and cheapo malt. Something I normally associate more with American malt liquor. The colour is of course far too light for that, though. I'm not even sure if there is corn adjunct in this beer. That would surprise me for a British beer. But it certainly tastes like it. It's got that classic beer taste.
The taste was not something I expected based on the smell. It was a very light bodied beer with some hops. The malt and grain had so little flavour that it was masked by the hops, even though there wasn't an extraordinary amount. It tasted like a light piney hops with some classic bad beer taste in the background. It was very drinkable, but not impressive in any way. I won't be buying it again, that's for sure. I imagine it would have been good with spicy foods, but alone the aftertaste is too noticeable and not good.

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Photo of Shadman
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright amber gold colour, Big, thick, white head, decent lacing. Bonus points for a cool looking bottle.

Sweet bready malt aroma with a hop spiciness/grassiness that is similar to a Czech Pils more so than a lager.

Flavour is alsp Pils-like in character. Nice malt backbone with a grassy, somewhat spicy hop. Finishes dry with a hint of citrus. Found as it warmed it got a bit sticky sweet.

Light body..might be a good thirst quencher seerved cold on a hot day.

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Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well polished gold peppered with little bubbles. The beer is crystal clear and considerably resplendent - both good qualities in a lager. The brewery (excessively) promotes the beer as being "less gassy"; they should have left a little more in there to provide the beer with a little head, it's surface looks dreadfully bare without it.

They also claim a "floral, hoppy aroma" that results from the use of Hallertau hops. I sure don't smell it. At all. In fact, I don't smell much of anything. Certainly, there's nothing remotely floral or hoppy about it. This is as hoppy as chocolate is slimming, feathers are heavy and white bread is spicy. Hoppy? Yea right.

Luckily, the taste can legitimately be considered malty. There is a pleasant breadiness, something akin to crackers or biscuits. This is considerably more malty than most macro lagers and in some facets bears much resemblance to a Munich Helles. There is also the subtle nuance of apple. I'm surprised by the quality and amount of flavour this has.

And I'm even happier to find it largely void of adjuncts and cheap fillers. If they do use adjuncts or chemicals (which they almost certainly do) it isn't largely noticeable. There's no occasion I would ever choose this over a half-decent pale ale, but as far as mass-produced lagers are concerned this would be given some consideration.

Cobra Brewing says they're on a "quest for the perfect beer" - I'd suggest they look outside the walls of their own brewery. That said, if they get thirsty on their search this lager wouldn't make a half-bad quencher. And if that's what you're looking for, a thirst quencher, and you aren't expecting anything more, you likely won't mind this either.

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Photo of janubio
3.17/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden colour, almost no head and no lace. Grainy smell, with some spicy and herbal notes. Taste is grainy, bread and some herb. I think I note parlsley both in the aroma and taste. A bit good bitterness in the aftertaste. Refreshing beer, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of hopley
3.17/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Come in BA'rs, this beer is way better than it purports to be! I found this to be a pleasant alternative to the highly lousy Kingfisher or Tiger alternatives offered at a fine Infian establishment west of London. Yeah, it's cheap and you can buy it at Aldi, but it's got a nice color (a highly subjective rating characteristic annyway), is very smooth with a sweet malt backbone, and tastes pretty OK. So good I even had another to celebrate the occasion - my 1,000th beer rated on BA!!! (Had a Black Tuesday planned for the momentous occasion, but timing, circumstances and life got in the way...!)

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Photo of Douberd
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle of 330 ml, at home, poured into a lager glass. Part of a "World of Asian Beers", although I see now is made in England.
One finger white head, gone quickly, leaving some light lacing around the glass. Colour of the beer is golden yellow. Almost none activity at all in the glass, except for a couple of lazy bubbles.
Sweet lager taste, with low bitterness just a step before the finish, which gives its place again to a sweet aftertaste. Not bad at all.
Not much of a smell, lighty malty and some bread notes, all very subtle.
Medium to thick on the body, average carbonation.
Very refreshing, I could drink it the whole day.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 29/7/11

A clear golden yellow with a thick soapy film that covers the liquid for a few minuets leaving spots of lace

S grainy honey with some faint lemon

T faint grassy hop to go with what I smell and a little cracker

M light and crisp, thin but fairly smooth

O basic but that's more then I expected, easy enough to drink but boring

I thought this would be pretty bad but nothing offended me just not too much going on, love the bottle though thanks Sarvesh, Jodie wouldn't drink it

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color. Clear. Forms a medium creamy white head. Medium to low retention and few lacings formed and left

S: First impression is rice, followed by rice. Nothing special Euro Lager. Sweet malts and Lager yeasts. Citrus hops can be felt in the end. Cascade hops style hops I would dare to say

T: Pretty much like the nose. Sweet malts upfront. Strong notes of corn and rice. Lager yeasts. In overall, a dry and crispy taste which is finished by a medium citrus hops bitterness

M: Very light body and medium to high carbonation. A good stingy hoppy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability after all. A cheap but not "that bad" Euro Lager. Note: I though it was a Indian beer when I bought it. But it's British, right? :S

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. The bottle is embossed with a variety of stereotypical Indian imagery.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A pale straw colour with low carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a minute or two. Aroma of light, grainy malt with a faint hint of stewed hops and a mild solventy background note.

Tastes of light malt with a slight stewed hop bitterness and a whisper of citrus. Crisp and fairly dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasingly tingly. Aftertaste of stewed leaves; a little harsh.

A relatively hum-drum lager - probably it's best feature is the low carbonation level. Fairly bland and characterless, though OK when paired with a curry. Don't all rush out to grab one.

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Photo of lstokes
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at an Indian restaurant in Berlin, it's really pleasantly carbonated with a thin head. The smell is non-existent, but the taste was surprisingly bright, the floral hops were present and could have reminded me of a pilsner if not for the grainy ending with hints of lime.

It was, indeed, an acceptable curry accompaniment, but I'm not sure I'd get it outside of an Indian restaurant

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Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted it on tap in one of the local student pubs in East End London where one find nothing but alcopops, spirits, and lagers (bottled and on tap)... But it was the first time I saw Cobra on tap so why not give it a go? Yet I had never known that it's brewed under license by Charles Wells?!

The beer pours, a light-golden hue, with a thin, white beerhead which leaves uneven lace around the glass. The carbonation is kept to the medium level, which I welcome.
The nose contains very understated note of lime-like hops, and some hidden undertone of lager malts--on balance too restrained to be nice.
The taste is not too bad though; dry mouthfeel of very light citrusy and floral hops which gradually retreats to the back, followed by a dryish, water-biscuity and bready flavour of malts, leaving a soft, clean and mild-bitter finish at the back of the throat.
The mouthfeel tends to be both refreshing and creamy, but the bitterness is simply too timid...Overall it's an overly soft lager which is not exciting at all, but at least it comes without the kind of cheap taste of additives and sugary feel in the end.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this with a curry dinner in Southampton. It has a nice golden color, but not much of a head. The flavor allows it a high drinkability rating since it is very mild. It was a great accompaniment for a nice curry, but would only see drinking this with a spicy meal or in hot weather.

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Photo of rec
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The body pours a Crystal-clear golden yellow, and presents virtually no head, and no lace.

The smell is very plain, but there's a little grain and citrus which is notably pleasant.

The taste is far from unique - there's some malty bitterness, and not much more. You can perhaps taste the citrus that comes through in the aroma, but it's a stretch.

The mouthfeel is again typical of this style, watery and clean. It's not bad, it's just plain.

It's something you could drink lots of - a perfect session beer, and a refreshing option for those hot summer days.

It's not something I'd recommend, but I'd recommend it over Kingfisher and some other like brews.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw. Some white head. Nothing special.

S - A bit of a grassy hop. Not a whole lot going on here.

T - Some breadiness, grain, and a bit of hop. Not a whole lot going on here.

M - Light body. Not too fizzy, dry and astringent.

D - Not bad. easy drinking lager. Not much else going on here.

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Photo of Graham5161986
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of one of the ugliest bottles I've come across, this lager pours a pale orange yellow with a 1 finger, bubbly white head that dippipates to a whispy film but leaves some slight lacing on my glass.

Smell is very light and is predominantly of grassy hops and grainy malts with light hints of bread and a touch of caramel.

Taste is basically about the same as the smell - flavours of light grassy hops with a decent bready malt backbone with notes of caramel and, actually a nice honey flavour on the finish and on to the linger. There is that corn-y adjunct twang in there too, however, which puts me off a bit.

This beer has more body than one would expect on the palate actually with a decent creaminess to it as well. Its finish is crisp and clean like a good lager should be. Easily this beer's strongest suit.

Overall, this beer, while light in flavour and not overly interesting, has some decent redeeming qualities in terms of its mouthfeel and, thus, is not too bad. I could see it pairing very well with some spicy Indian food indeed. That said, I would likely only buy this beer again if I was planning on eating something spicy.

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