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Cobra | Cobra Beer Partnership Limited

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Brewed by:
Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-15-2002

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Photo of janubio
3.17/5  rDev +10.8%
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 lacqueredmouse
2.84/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw a fascinating documentary about the English guy who was trying to export this "Indian style beer" to India, marketing it as a "premium beer", and having to contend with issues like the fact that beer advertising is prohibited in India. Anyway, when I saw this on the shelf, I thought I had to give it a go.

Pours a very clear golden yellow colour. Lots of big-bubbled carbonation, leading up to a very light head, which fizzles for a bit and then disappears. Not a great looking beer.

Light and grainy on the nose. Subdued, but not unpleasant. A little too sweet for my tastes, but reasonable.

Taste is very flat. A little hint of coppery bitterness paired with a persistent rice sweetness, but not much else. It's clean and crisp, it just doesn't have a lot of character, so you end up wondering what it's really got going for it.

It's a pretty clean, but ultimately pretty flavourless lager. Better than some, that's for sure, but I even think the Indians would be doing better with a Kingfisher.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.37/5  rDev +17.8%
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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2.36/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

in fact the COBRA which I tasted was the one brewed under license in Poland by the BELGIA Browar in Kielce. The beer has a metallic after taste, a scratchy bitterness lingering in the throat for a long time unless you wash it down with a proper beer! When it is fresh and well chilled you can "manage" that snake in cases of serious dehydration. Once the beer is a few month old than an unpleasant smell of rancid maize comes to the surface! :-( Summary: SNAKE POISON

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Photo of GreatEastern
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
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 wl0307
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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 bark
2.3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed under license by Browar Belgia, Poland.

The colour is clear yellow; the white foam forms uneven dissolving foam.

The smell is sweet with notes of both corn and rice. I found some dry sour notes of hay. It is stronger than the average lager, but not entirely pleasant.

The carbonation is quite light with very small bubbles.

The taste is filled with notes of lemon-lime, an orange squash-like sweetness, probably from the adjuncts. There is some body and a touch of dough. The aftertaste is quite thin and short with a mild, simple bitterness.

Probably a great beer when eating spicy food, but it is quite faint on it own.

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Photo of Toddv29424
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is available at every Indian food restaurant in London, and as PLAYMOBILEPIRATE pointed out it is easy to see why. It is an incredibly bland beer, perfect for quenching a scorching palette. Its smoothness is caused by the very little variation that it has in taste; its made like a mass-produced American lager. It is good for its intended purpose as stated above, but little else.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is yellowish-orange in color, mostly orange, with a meager, disappearing head.

Smell – I read other reports of skunk here, but I (thankfully) didn’t find any. This has a very light musty grain aroma with noticeable orange notes.

Taste – OK, I’ll try to be constructive here. The grain softened up a bit from the nose, which was nice, and the orange sweetness really took over at the tongue. Pale Lager sugars usually make me want to Ralph, but this actually wasn’t bad.

Mouthfeel – Not much here in this department. The carbonation was barely noticeable and this was light-bodied for sure, but I was able to pick up a speck of dryness that helped things along.

Drinkability – I wouldn’t say that this is a “good” beer by any stretch, but it is a little different than the run-of-the-mill Pale Lager examples. I can see how someone would want to “grenade throw” this bottle off a cliff, but I managed to get it down.

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Photo of rastaman
1.6/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not much flavour, extremely watery and the taste is quite hard to find, i suppose its refreshing, but only due to the fact that you might aswell be drinking water, boring, no, in fact, very boring.

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Cobra from Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
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