Krait Prestige | Cobra Beer Partnership Limited

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Krait PrestigeKrait Prestige

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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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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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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