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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 11-16-2006

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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 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 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 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 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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of rajendra82
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was available at an incredibly low overstock price of $3 a 750 ml. bottle at Green's, so I could not resist. Poured into a Champagne flute, the beer looked a bit darker gold than the real thing, and the carbonation was far less forceful. There wasn't much of a head to speak of. The aroma was sweet and yeasty with a little black pepper and anise thrown in for good measure. The taste was sweet and tart. There wasn't much bitterness, but the palette was quite dry after each sip. Not packed with flavor, but definitely resembled Champagne quite a bit in taste. The mouthfeel was medium full and aided by a carbon dioxide tingle. Not a bad beer at all as it serves its intended purpose as an aperitif quite well. The whole experience was made even more pleasurable as I consider the hefty discount I received.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what to expect from this brew. Popped the top, no foaming from the bottle, which is actually good imo.
Pours a pilnser-looking golden pale with an absolutely huge head. Soft white head never dies, settles to about 1 1/2 fingers throughout. Aroma is like a Bud, but without the maltiness and grains. A bit weak, yet nothing off-putting.
Tastes like a smooth pilsner. Light on the malt, clean, refreshing and very easy to drink. Not as "tingly" as expected, not as carbonated either. Still, there is a slight Rielsing hint to this one. A good beer. I had a 750ml bottle, but have seen them in splits. The latter is probably more appropriate serving.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filed under Biere de Champagne, but the bottle constantly states thats its a champagne lager, lager. After tasting this beer, my mind is not really describing this beer in any Biere Brut sense. The beer looks like a medium bright sunshine. Clear with only one coulumn of bubbles rising to a headless top. The aroma is a sweet grass with a light spice note. The palate is a little thick with pilsner like malt. When you add that dash of yeast sediment, the fruity charateristics of malt is better defined. Notesof brown sugar and lemon jump out at the finish of the yeasty part of the beer. Very easy to drink for such a high strength abv. Rereshing even for 8%.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun-drenched haystack gold with something less than Champagnesque carbonation. That doesn't stop the soft, pillowy crown of ivory colored foam from being at least four fingers high. The head looks good as it melts and takes its sweet time doing so. Even though lace is scarce, it's a good look.

The nose is primarily pale malty, with a light musky hoppiness and a little bit of bready yeastiness. It's amazing that 8.0% alcohol is almost completely buried in a beer without roasted malt, a ton of hops, spices or other powerful aromas.

Krait Prestige is interesting beer on paper and is almost, but not quite, as interesting on the palate. I'm not sure what a secondary fermentation at Brouwerij Rodenbach adds, but somebody thinks it's worth the expense. This brew is also bottle-conditioned, which means that it doesn't go through the 'methode de champenoise', like most beer of this style.

Another interesting fact is that Krait Prestige is known as King Cobra everywhere but North America. Maybe that's because an 8.0% pale lager with that name would make most people think of malt liquor. In fact, King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor is one of the shining stars in the A-B firmament. Seriously... it's pretty vile.

KP is reminiscent of a Belgian strong pale without the estery yeastiness. Since that's a large part of what makes BSPAs good, I'm a little underwhelmed. I haven't had enough bieres de champagne to know if it's a good version, but it's nowhere near as tasty as Malheur Biere Brut (Brut Reserve). Of course, not much else is either.

Having said all that, I'm becoming more and more impressed as the ounces cruise by. The flavor profile consists of untoasted grain, an undercurrent of citrus and a hint of pleasant grassiness from the hops. This is relatively simple, slightly sweet, spotlessly clean, easily drinkable lager (especially considering the stealth-like ABV). Maybe it's the alcohol talking, but the flavor score now deserves a bump.

The mouthfeel is very well done. It's medium in a general sense, with a hint of slickness that is easy to miss given the appropriately zesty carbonation that scrubs the mouth and tongue clean at the tail end of each mouthful. The combination of velvety smoothness and sparkling bubbles is close to quality Champagne.

This may not be world-class beer, but I'm still having a hell of time sipping my way to the bottom of the bottle. If 'bang for the buck' is important to you, Krait Prestige awaits a home in your glass. Just try not to think of it as King Cobra.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear deep golden brew with a small very white head. Looks pretty appealing in a Duvel chalice.
Smell is mostly Noble hops and maybe a hint of alcohol.
Sweet malty , heavy fruit ...grapes for sure...some strawberry maybe , and some nice Noble hops in the clean finish.
It definitely inetensifies as it warms up. Pretty drinkable, glad I only had to share with one other person.
Not bad at $11 a bottle....I'l get another.

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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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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 knicks19947
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of brendan13
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well my first Biere de Champagne - a style that has always intrigued me.

A - Light straw colour poured into a champagne flute (cheesy, i know). Pours just like champagne taking a couple of pours to get a decent amount of beer into the glass. An inch of fluffy white head is left that falls fairly quickly leaving a thin whisp. Little bits of sporadic lacing.
S - Sweet pilsner malts hit the nose first backed up by some grassy, herbal hop notes & a touch of floral fruitiness.
T - Not unlike the smell but the subtle floral & fruit notes loose out to a sweet malt presence.
M - Medium bodied with a high, tongue tickling carbonation.
D - A nice, interesting beer, definantly worth trying and busting out every now and then.
Hopefully the bottle of DeuS I have in my cellar (aka built in wardrobe) will be a bit more complex. This is basically a highly carbonated, strong, well made lager.

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Photo of clickpush
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml to flute glass. Comes out about half clear golden effervescent body and half white head. The four fingered fluffy topping descends rather slowly but leaves only a small amount of webbing on the glass. A nice cap of lace remains behind.

Nose: From the pop of the cork there's a pleasant grapefruit aroma that pervades the air around me. Belgian yeast scents, almost like a blonde, green grapes, some rind bitterness.

Mouth: Somewhat flat tasting, up front anyway. There's a touch of fruit and then it slides through to the back where a deep array of fruit and grain flavors mingle together: apricot, grapes, ruby red grapefruits, raw wort. A warming updraft after the swallow, and a lingering corn sugar sweetness that doesn't provide anything useful. Mouthfeel is extremely mellow for how bubbly the body is - small little pricks in the front that don't make it through to the back of the mouth.

An interesting beer to say the least. Very very easy to drink, swallows like water... but does not contain a whole lot of depth that makes you want to savor every sip.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Labeled as a Champagne Lager)

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden straw with a white and moderate head which was small bubbled and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly spicy with pepper after first being poured. The aroma became slightly fruity with a crisp very, very lightly corny character and a subtle sweetness which brought to mind a light peach nature.

The flavor was light and crisp with a clean characteristic and a nice peppery spice presence. The hop present was very slightly earthy and mostly spicy. Some very light caramel flavor was notable but throughout the flavor was clean.

The finish was dry with only lasing light spicy pepper into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Far too low in carbonation to be considered a Champagne and extremely clean in character. Might be close to a Double Pilsner with the clean lager character and higher alcohol content which leads to a light warming. If bottled in a brown bottle I'd probably list as a Malt Liquor. Not a bad beer at all, but not interesting enough to seek out.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. $12.49 at The Good Beer Store in Chapel Hill, NC.

The back of the bottle says:
Double fermented to be twice the beer, Krait Prestige is a unique lager, specially brewed to be extra smooth, this champagne lager is fermented a second time in Belgium's world famous Rodenbach Brewery to bring out all the subtleties and character of it's fine ingredients. As a bottle conditioned beer, Krait Prestige contains a natural yeast sediment. Serve either perfectly settled or turn gently to impart a subtle fruit flavor. this noble beer is double fermented but we don't want you seeing double - sip it with respect and share it with friends.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750mL bottle. Poured into a Franziskaner hefeweiss glass at approximately 61F. This poured a crystal clear golden straw colour like a pilsner with an enormous white head that faded away in about 2 minutes. Smell was a cross between something like Beck's and a Riesling. I don't really like the smell of beer like Beck's and so forth, but I really didn't know what to expect and I have never had another Bière de Champagne with which to compare this one. Taste was very mildly sweet up front with some definite white wine qualities, but turns pleasantly (lightly) bitter toward the finish. Mouthfeel was very smooth and nearly bereft of any CO2 "sting". Also, as mentioned in other reviews, this drinks way below the 8,0%abv displayed on the label. You could get in trouble with this quickly if you aren't careful! Not my favourite beer or beer style, but certainly interesting and I am very glad I tried it.

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Photo of Ego
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

start off the new year with a champagne lager.. not exactly the usual find, but then again, neither am I. (served this in a duvel tulip, of course)

beautifully constructed head, fluffs up in small bubbles then she sizzles away forming larger bubbles as the crest collapses onto itself. Ample carbonation keeps the head alive, yellow with orange hue, very inviting.

musty and yeasty, very dry, spice notes with just a hint of fruitiness amongst the hints of funk, interesting.

taste etc...
like the nose, very dry, medium bodied with subtle flavors. The alcohol is well hidden as this drinks rather easily (you do have warming in the stomach). the carbonation is as subtle as the flavor, it adds as a component rather than being a distraction, it molds in very well with the overall character of this beer.

interesting style and beer. Something to break out for a special occasion. This is better when slightly chilled than at cellar temp.
paired well with chimay cheese.

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Photo of cbl2
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 Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of njdhopgrower and edbeer. 750ml bottle served in a champagne flute. Poured a hazy, golden yellow with a one inch bright white head that quickly recedes - no lacing on this one. Nose was grassy, lemony and a little biscuity at the finish - very mild and muted. Taste was very light fruit, some yeast, candi sugar and cereal grains revealed towards the back. Mouthfeeel was light-bodied with champagne-like effervescence; a little prickly - finishes dry and clean. Interesting brew - well-hidden abv. I enjoyed the opportunity to try this one, but not a go to beer. A great alternative to champagne however.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a great deal on this from Green's. Poured into my Duvel tulip

A - golden, cloudy, nice head, excellent bubbles

S - fruity, sweet, floral

T - citrus, sweet, floral notes really come through at the end

M - medium-light, good carbonation

D - nice; I'm a hophead, but this is enjoyable and my gf likes it. Got the bottle for $3, so I'm not complaining. Bought a second one as well, so I'll definitely be having another. For $3 this is an excellent buy!

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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 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 ccrida
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml champagne bottle ($7.95) served in my Meantime snifter. The first pour is at cellar temp, crystal clear gold with tons of streamers forming a large, fluffy white head that fairly quickly settles, leaving moderate lace.
I re-corked it and through the rest in the freezer and swirled up the dregs for the second pour, which was probably in the 40-50F range. Now it's murky, with a smaller head, only a few lazy streamers.

Smell is pretty bright and very sweet, candi sugar, tropical fruits and cereal grains. First impression is cotton candy, it reminds me of one of my wife's perfumes...perhaps the first time I've ever been turned-on by a beer!
Anyways...the 2nd, cold pour was still perfumey, but of course much more muted.

Taste, which sugary, is also a bit grainy and fairly boozy, with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. Over although the taste balances out to be fairly neutral, like an imperial Budweiser or something! Slight hints of honey and butterscotch if I really search for depth, which it's generally lacking. I wasn't sure what to expect with the mixed reviews and the BS style declaration on the label (it's a strong larger that's bottle conditioned by Rodenbach but supposedly a Champagne Larger why...because of the bottle? It was obviously not riddled to remove the lees!). Frankly, I feared a plain old euro strong lager in a fancy bottle, but the sweet fruitiness adds an extra dimension that I enjoy, with my penchant for sweet Belgian ales (I assume this was bottle conditioned with a Belgian ale yeast, unless that's all pure sugar).
The cold pour lost any depth and was very boozy and sweet, which all but confirms my suspicions this is primed with a Belgian ale yeast and should be served on the warmer side. I regretted chilling it, and had to wait for the second glass to warm up before I finished it off.

Mouthfeel is sugary, with a crisp finish. The coating on the teeth is a bit much.

Drinkability was good, but the alcohol had a solvent feel in my belly, coupled with excessive carbonation, keeping me in check. But it was fairly light and airy, and went down very easily. However, the fact that it's so cheap is surely a plus, a sorostitute special for sure...the fact that I'm many years removed from college and happily married means I really have no reason to ever buy this again! Still, it would easily impress your average hipster that sticks to macro lagers. Do yourself a favor though and serve like you would any other BSPA, too cold and it looses flavor and is mainly fusels and sugar. My scores were all based on the cellar temp serving. In spite of the lower price, I dock them points for the BS marketing...a sugary BSPA in my book. FWIW, this bottle really went to my head more then it should have for an 8% 750ml...good or bad, I'll leave that to the reader to decide!

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Krait Prestige from Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
3.41 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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