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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Added by Jason on 11-16-2006

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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 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 drpimento
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well. This is a singularly underwhelming beer. The bottle says brewed in Belgium v. the Polish version listed here. Poured with an ok white head and a bit of lace. Straw yellow color. With the full head picked up a pleasant fleeting aroma. Gone now; friends didn't pick it up. Flavor is basically sweet. And that's it. Body and carbonation is ok. Finsih is uh, yeah. Forgettable beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle with info about double refermented at Rodenbach.

Cloudy hazy straw gold topped with a thin instantly deflated ivory top leaving zero lace in the glass.

Nose is a slight corn adjunct and caramel corn candy.

First swigs: Sugar hard candy like rock candy lolipops. Weak thin flavor. Dusty with a hint of molasses. Thin on flavor.

Feel is powdery with a soft carbonation. Linger of vanilla or almond extract.

Last swigs: Not a “champagne lager” at all. Seems more like a cream ale. $8 down the drain. Overall boring and one dimensional.

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Photo of vaughtex
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%

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-of-the-barrel Duvel knockoff with an antacid in the mix...this is weak sauce.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don't remember who brought this gem, but awesome: a champagne malt liquor. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Ample white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Lightly hazed golden body with plenty of visible bubbles.

S - Smells like a malt liquor alright; grain, alcohol, white grapes, corn. Might be confused for very poor champagne I suppose. Gets a bit cloying as it warms up.

T - The taste is again very much malt liquor-esque, but on the good side of the style. There's actually some pilsner malt among the various adjunct flavors. There aren't any fusel flavors, but I wasn't expecting much of that at only 8%.

M - Medium-full body, surprisingly smooth texture, lower carbonation, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol. It's a tad too sticky for a champagne beer, but otherwise not too bad.

D - Could use more spritz and dryness for the style, but good if you take it as a malt liquor. Still, it's overpriced at $11.99 relative to some superior offerings that are available for a tenth of the price.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of bitterthebetter
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a rich cloudy golden orange with pure white active head

aromas of lager yeast, slight toast, and bananas and green apple

flavors of slight fruit upfront with nice toasty notes, apples and bananas with slight clovey notes, mildly dry hops on the finish

nice light body, good finish

a nice beer, light, crisp, light fruit with dry hops on the finish

a nice lager with more flavors than most but for me one is enough, just not my style of beer

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Photo of strengthdoc
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle I purchased listed Palm Breweries in Steenhuffel, Belgium as the brewer and not Cobra. There is the sweet lager yeast aroma of bread and typical european maltiness. The color is pale golden. The mouthfeel has more body than I expected for a lager and is about medium in feel. The taste is of malt and carbonation, you can see the bubbles in the glass like champagne. The finsh is a little syrupy and you can feel the carbonation as the beer goes down. It does do a great job of hiding the 8% abv.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like many other recent reviewers, I got a super great deal of $3 a bottle on this from Green's in Atlanta so decided to give it a try. I've already had Deus, so this wasn't my first foray into the style. While this beer had some of the champagne characteristics of the style, the overwhelming impression is of an Euro lager- albeit a much more sparkly one. Poured a bit darker than others of the style, more medium gold than champagne color. Good head, constant stream of bubbles. In fact the head was a little too good- I'd prefer it to fade a bit more but have the streaming bubbles keep up. Smellis mostly tangy lager yeast and prickly carbonation. Maybe a touch of apple as well. Taste is similar- lots of lager yeast and then medium bitterness and slight bit of apples, also a bit watery. Mouthfeel is spot on, maybe a bit heavier and not quite as ethereal as some others, but good. If you haven't tried the style and want to see what its all about, save your money for the Deus or the Malhuer Brut. If those bottle prices are too daunting and you find yourself in Atlanta, have the Deus by the glass at the Brick Store instead. This isn't even close.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden straw color, no noticeable aroma beyond faint grains. Flavor is crisp and clean with a little corn sweetness, finishes dry. Not much body or carbonation. Wow. Get a load of this one. Not sure how they legally got away with "Champagne Lager" on the bottle without France stepping in. Aside from bottle-conditioned carbonation, and the light, sharp flavor, this beer has nothing to do with Champagne - was it bottled in Champagne? Was it aged in pupitres there? Were the bottles riddled and had they undergone degorgement? Was the beer a blend of thirty to sixty different beers of varying ages and vintages? No, no, no, no, and no. The bottle itself describes how they went to great lengths to make the beer as smooth and inoffensive as possible, then tries to overplay its hand by saying how distinctive it is. And after all the English all over the bottle did you catch the ingredients listed in German? what's up with that? Sorry, I can read a little German, and I caught the corn and rice in there. I'm sure Coors could send some beer over to Rodenbach for double fermenting and a corked Champagne bottle with similar results. In my area the bottle retails for $11.99. That hurts. Hmm, a 750 ml of Westmalle Tripel is setting right next to it on the shelf for the same price! What to choose...?

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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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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 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 JBogan
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very light golden color with a one finger head which turned quickly into a thin film of foam. Nice amount of bubbles rising from the center of my glass.

Smelled of wheat with a very faint fruity scent.

A somewhat dry, lemony taste with the malts hidden in the background.

Very lively in the mouth, somewhat thin but with a better than average amount of carbonation.

A fairly easy to drink beer. It's not one that really beckoned me back for more, but certainly is worth a try. If you like this style beer you'll enjoy this one. Overall I'd say I was expecting perhaps a bit more, especially for the price ($6.99 for a 12.7 oz bottle) but still it's not bad by any means.

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Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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 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 iatethecloudsfor
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a respectably-sized, white head.

Smell: Pale maltiness, some light floral hints and minor notes of grapes, citrus, and the honey you'd find in a squeeze bottle shaped like a bear.

Taste: Smooth pale maltiness with a mild, restrained honeyish sweetness. A few drops of orange juice, a dash of white grape juice. Faintly floral hoppiness with a tremendously mild bitterness. Small pinch of acidity. Hint of white pepper. Drying, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Odd, questionably chalky mouthfeel to it.

Drinkability: Not altogether horrendous, but make no mistake, it's no Malheur Brut by any stretch of the imagination.

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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 srroos
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle picked up from BevMo.

A: Hazy, golden yellow with large white head that settles into a thin cap.

S: Sweet and floral, but light in aroma.

T: Sweet, but not much else here

MF: Light bodied. Highly carbonated. Very much like a champagne.

D: Notable alcohol, but very drinkable.

Nothing world class, but very enjoyable.

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