Krait Prestige | Cobra Beer Partnership Limited

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Krait PrestigeKrait Prestige

Brewed by:
Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/31/2007 $10.49 750 mL 8.00% No best by date.

Consumed on what a friend informed me was my "Champagne" Birthday (it's the 31st, and I turned 31 today).


Pours a clear, vibrant light yellow with loads of tight carbonation that leads to a never ending half inch of frothy white head.


Nice crisp toasted notes with a citrus finish. Very clean and refreshing.


A rather nice pilsner flavor, with a creamier mouthfeel, and notes of citrus fruit, which you wouldn't expect from a pilsner. 8% abv is nicely masked, and the carbonation never gets out of hand.

Rather enjoyable as a champagne alternative, and while not as flavorful as DeuS or Malheur this doesn't impact your wallet to the same extent.

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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into this style of beer with me being partial to the hop it wasnt a style I had to have but its nice to try something new.Poured into a pilsner a light to medium lemon yellow with a large blooming white head alot of tiny bubbles quite spritzey looking and quite nice to look at.Lighter aromas very pilsner-like with notes of iron honey malt and a hint of grass.At first the mouthfeel is a little sharp maybe from the carbonation but it does smooth out and with the alcohol being so well hidden it glides down.Flavors border on pale bock and pilsner its quite sweet like a pale bock up front with big honey and carmael tones finishing a little drier and lemony.Not bad and honestly outside of a bit of a swwet sting you would never know it was 8.3% alc. it goes down easily Iam gonna try some "higher end" beers of this style to see how good this can really be,this one wasnt to bad.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.03/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cork and caged 750 sharp looking 750 ml bottle with elephants. $13.59.

Appearance: Quite good. Pours a pale gold with outstanding carbonation and a large bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace. Very champagne like.

Aroma: Not bad. Fruity, sweet, and slightly spicy with nice yeast character but rather dull, macro-euro-lager like malt notes.

Taste: Yuck! Becks with a lot of sugar dumped into it. The Belgian yeast flavors are good but there is just way to much unfermented sugar in this beer. There is also way to much pale malt flavor that lends itself towards garbage Euro-lagers. This in turn reminds me of skunk, even though this beer is not particularly skunky.

Mouthfeel: Cloying in a big way. Terribly sweet. Great carbonation and a touch of spice here and there but overall too sweet to drink. Powdery. Yuck.

Drinkability: Nill. I tried to drink this beer four times over two days but couldn’t get down more than one quarter of the entire bottle. The rest went down the drain.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Krait Prestige has been dubbed a "Champagne Lager," the first of its kind. Let the debating begin! It's brewed with a blend of barley, imported maize and rice. Anyone remember Champale? Well the guys over at Cobra Beer are pushing this one as a high-end brew. Let's give it a whirl.

Pale and bubbly, with crystal-clear, golden yellow color. The head didn't have a problem rising to the occasion, with a sea-foam lace. Light on the aroma, clean with fresh flowers, cooked corn and pale, powdery grain. Smooth up front, with a fuller body than we expected. Juicy, pale malt throws a refined honey-like sweetness at the taste buds then the alcohol fl ares with a wall of warmth. The adjunct flavor that becomes the dominant flavor is one you would typically find in American malt liquors. The alcoholic character feigns it as well. Faint floral and herbal notes show a kiss of complexity from the hops. Finishes with a boozy, malt liquor-esqe fume, lingering sweetness and a clean palate from the grain.

What this beer lacks in complexities and all-around unique flavor, it makes up for with originality, though that originality might be more in the marketing and packaging than the actual beer. KP being brewed at the same brewery as Rodenbach does not change the fact that this beer tastes like a malt liquor. Sure, a little bit more refined and clean, but packaging alone won't put more glam into a beer. Here's a little for our homies [pours some on the rug]. How about a barrel-aged Champagne Lager without the corn and rice? Now that would have been interesting, if not glamorous. We'll give 'em a "+" for creativity.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks sean!

brought home from england, labeled as "Cobra King". 750ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

very carbonated. pours out a cloudy light golden color. really had to pour carefully, and wait. the first pour yielded more head than beer. billowy, soapy egg white colored head has some great retention and great lacing. if champagne had a head, it would look like this.

some belgian like yeasty notes, maybe a touch of bubblegum. as it warms it really takes on a adjuncty lager like malt sweetness. slight fruits.

lots of sweet ricey grain, adjunct lager like, almost like imperial budweiser with a hint of belgian yeast. some bubblegum and fruity esters.

lots of high carbonation, but it settles as the beers warms. medium to light in body.

IMO, its better than Infinium, but i didnt really enjoy either. this came off a little too sweet and somewhat malt liquer like.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazed, pale yellow liquid full of tiny carbonation fills the glass.
The head is sort of a disappointing 1/4" of white bubbles that melts quickly to a topping of fine white bubbles.
Constant tiny bubbles raise to the top of the glass refreshing it.
Slightly sweet and fruity aroma.
Mouthfeel is full of tingly carbonation.
Slightly unique flavoring of very sweet pale malts, sharp citrus hops, bitter fruits, and a little dry bready yeast. A very nice balance of the sweet to dry to bitterness.
Aftertaste is dry and a remembrance of the light fruitiness remains.
Refreshing style and very champaign-like.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A tangerine gold color glows clear under a white tight head. Head is small and lasts as a ring around the top. Too slick to stick. Aroma is interesting. Everything is soft on the senses except maybe our friend ethanol. I smell farm flowers, tropical fruits, bread, spice, and some kind of mystery sweetness that seems separate from the other aromas. The doesn't bother me so much as it confuses me somehow. Taste is a bit syrupy to me. I can still pick up on the spice, but the other delicate smells I picked up on blur together in taste. There is certainly some apparent alcohol. Body is light bordering on medium due to the syrup-like qualities. Mouthfeel is ok. Pretty slick and coating and the carbonation is nice at first but fades too fast. You're then left with am overly syrupy fruity concoction which seems more outright cloying. Drinkability is great given the turn offs of this beer, until the last flat sip I suppose.

Well, this was INTERESTING.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy hazy pale gold with a large fluffy white head that was moderately lasting.color.

S: a slight yeastiness, sweet candi sugar and fresh fruit (apples, pears).

T: The flavor was very light and clean, with some candi sugar sweetness and fruitiness (apples, pears). The beer finishes out with a nice light floral hopping with some lemony character. Overall the flavor was very clean and smooth.

M: lively and tingly from the carbonation, much like real champagne.

D: The drinkability was crisp, tingly and champagne like, very clean body and flavor, no complaints here.

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Photo of emerge077
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet and fizzy. That about sums up this beer. The Queen's malt liquor, for discriminating tastes...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazed gold, initial burst of foam in the soap suds sense. The flaccid, weak head sticks around for a few minutes, then disappears. Sweet grains and corn in the nose. More of the same in the flavor. Dusty bubblegum and pilsner malt, with a prickly dose of sugar. Moderate to excessive C02. Fizzy lager to the Nth degree, with a strong hit of old pear fruit roll-up. Basically a bottom-barrel Duvel knockoff with an antacid in the mix...this is weak sauce.

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Photo of wedge
2.16/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very slightly hazed yellow color with lots of carbonation forming a one-finger pure white head that eventually fizzles away. Funny, they mention bottle conditioning and sediment, but I poured the whole bottle and didn't see such things. Anyways, the aroma is faint pale fruits, a bit of pepper, and a slight corny sweetness. Also, something that reminds me of grape bubblegum. Tastes like a strong pale lager. The strength is noticeable though not from an outright alcoholic flavor. A brief flash of maltiness begins the flavor, but it vanishes into the sweet "gummy" syrup flavor. Not very much carbonation.

This "double fermented lager" obviously has nothing Belgian going all. It's definately no Biere de Champagne, but even as a strong lager of sorts, there isn't much to like. Cheap beer dressed up as fancy beer. I'm glad we only got the small bottle at a discounted price. The mere fact that it's really called "King Cobra" frightens me a little bit.

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Photo of metter98
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color with some hints of brown. It poured with just a few large bubbles on the surface that quickly dissipated.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of malty sweetness and toffee in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste has flavors of malty sweetness with some notes of toffee and apple cider.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very unusual bière de champagne that doesn’t seem to be very carbonated. It’s not that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sold in the UK as 'King Cobra', it costs £6.75 for the regular 0.75 Litre bottle at one of my local Indian restuarants (about $10.00).

The two 0.75L Cork and Caged bottles from last night were poured into four champagne flutes and topped up fairly often as we drank our way down the bottles.

Light, lemony yellow with a slight haze, especially at the lower end of the bottle (no bits, but obviously some light sediment is in the base of the bottles. Lively head in the pour, but no staying power.

The smell is of Belgian yeasts, interesting but not strong.

The beer is really a strong lager in taste and feel, I like it and for the price is good value. Not sure it is in the correct style cat, but it isn't a bad beer at all.

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Zorro
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden colored beer with a mild amount of chill haze to it. Tall white head completes the picture of what a top quality Pilsner looks like in the glass.

The smell is sweet and a bit estery with a good strong scent herbal Nobel hops. The hop scent is mildly spicy with a citrus and a slight grassy scent.

The taste begins a little sweet and malty with a mild hit of Nobel hop flavor. A little fruity from the esters and flowery and herbal from the hops with just a little orange citrus in the aftertaste describes the flavor succinctly in an obvious run on sentence badly constructed by myself. Bitterness builds as you sip and eventually the spicy nature of fresh Nobel hop emerges along with a slight lemon rind flavor. Pilsner malt is present but mostly stays in the background and unnoticed unless you are trying to pick it out.

The mouthfeel is thick despite its pale color.

An interesting ale and decidedly on the light end of the Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut classification. To me this is much closer to an Imperial Lager or even the milder lighter flavored bock beers. One thing is for sure this is an easy to drink beer and a bit deceiving in its strength. This would be an excellent beer to use at a wedding as a Champagne substitute that a Budweiser lover could comprehend.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"Double Fermented Superior Lager Beer Crafted in Belgium" on the front logo...
Great, cloudy, straw-colored, golden appearance with a giant foamy and frothy head that left a small amount of lacing... Heavy rising carbonation visible behind a lucid, clear, appearance...
Sweet, golden-honey aroma bursting with vanilla, caramel, and sweeet, candied sugars...
Taste strongly represented the aroma, with a strong suggestion of a champagne-like beer with huge carbonation detectable on the tongue, a nice, attaractive, sweet, honey-lager flavor bursting with clarity and style... Great flavor, easily drinkable, without the slightest detection of the 8% ABV... I know many people tend to give this beer mixed reviews, but I particularly liked this one...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy dark golden orange in color. The beer has almost no head whatsoever, just a handful of small bubbles that reduces to absolutely nothing in short order. No lacing is observed.

S: Light amounts of sweet malts (toffee) and light fruit (apple).

T: Quite a bit of malty sweetness with toffee being the dominant element. Slight amounts of apple/pear light fruit sweetness as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation (almost none).

O: Very strange example of the style as there is so little carbonation (which is not what I have observed with others in the style or would have expected). Not super easy to drink due the sweetness - definitely not sessionable for me. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a deal with someone but cant remember who, sorry. I sampled at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The bottle opens with a pop and pours a bright clear gold color with a little sediment at the bottom. Aroma is grainy malt and some white grape. There is also a little booze the comes through on the nose.
A fizzy bleached white head rests on the surface and goes away fairly quickly.
First sip reveals an average to lite body and fine crisp carbonation.
Flavor is malty and some light fruit hints. But mostly clean lager malt hits that is very easy to drink. not overly complex and no hints of abv on the drinking part. A fairly straightforward beer. No flaws just didnt really excite me too much.

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Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. "Crafted in Belgium" "Champagne Lager".

Pours a pineapple/pee colored yellow ithe a big foamy white head that sticks for awhile and leaves some lacing.

It smells fruity and oaky, very champagne like. It also had some hops and bready malts.

The mouthfeel is light and lightly carbonated. It isn't too dry. It has again alot of fruits, honey and basic malts.

It is a decent beer though perhaps not worth the price.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fizzes out of bottle, pours a five+ finger white head that vanishes quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is sweetish, earthy and grass, drying finish. Higher ABV is hidden. Champagne lager is misleading - not fizzy and not like a lager. Pricey at $6.99 for a 375ml corked bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork-in-cage Champagne-style bottle poured into a goblet yields a clear golden body capped with a finger of loose off-white foam. Streamers of active carbonation maintain the head at a sheet that leaves a bit of scattered lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is distinctly Champagne-like with a whiff of fresh apple cider and pale malt.

The taste of the drink is dry, crisp and clean with a bit of malty apple juice. Fruity hops bring a crisp bitterness to the finish.

The drink is medium-bodied with Champagne-style carbonation. A nice stand-in for the vinous Real McCoy, Krait Prestige offers excellent drinkability.

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Photo of fastpass17
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold in color, nice firm pillow white head.

S: Light slightly viscous, no hop presence, mild and somewhat lacking.

T: Malt liquor, grainy, alcohol, lacking in depth.

M: Sticky, alcohol, permeates in the back of the throat.

D: Crisp clean nice.

Would pass on it in the future.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Bière de Champagne. Served in a tulip.

A: Bright golden color that's nearly crystal clear. Loads of carbonation. Bubbles race toward the top of the glass and add to the respectable white foamy head.

S: Aromas of dry hops and light pepper are present and mild. A touch of the oh-so famous Belgian yeast and dough. Not bad.

T: Mild, yet complex, and rather unique. Sharp notes of crystalized malts and tart dry hops are accented by a light pepper and grass notes. A light bready sweetness is noted.

M: Bubbly. Very bubbly. Lots of carbonation on an otherwise light as a cloud liquid. Nice. I like it.

D: Good. Not an everyday beer, but a good one for special occasions. This is an great crossover brew, as I can see wine and champagne lovers finding appealing qualities in this brew.

Notes: Kind of like a Bière de Garde on steroids. Don't know why, but that connection comes to mind...

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found at PDQ Market in Rockland, this or some beer from India. Pours a green/yellow highly fuzzy appearence. Smells sharply like cheap champagne. Taste, well the same, a bit tolerable and drinkable, but doesn't really hint much of beer at all. Very highly carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, an intersting style and maybe there are saome better examples, but this is not one of them. I'll stick to the usual suspects.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML Bottle corked and caged. Transparent body with a slight yellow and gold hue. Thin, fizzy white head pops to nothing in no time.

Plenty of carbonation once you take a pull. A bit on the pop rock mouthfeel side of the house. Sweetened grain that is only trumped by an even sweeter light fruity profile. The thing that really keeps this in check is pepper. Right at the finish there is a freshly crushed peppercorn that saves this and keeps it interesting.

Not worth pursuing but worthy of a dram if you come across it.

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