Karma | Manav Breweries Pvt. Ltd.

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Manav Breweries Pvt. Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2006

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by matjack85:
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3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a clear glass 650ml bottle with a foil wrapped neck. The batch number and bottling date are stamped on the back. This one comes from batch #8, bottled on Feb 21, 2005 so it was already a year and a half old when I purchased it.

Being in a clear glass bottle (like Miller High Life) and being it was already 18 months on the shelf (unrefrigerated) I was worried it might have already gone bad or at least become skunked, but thankfully neither condition had occured.

It poured a clear pale straw color and left a 1 finger fizzy white head that quickly disappeared to just a thin white ring on top. It left only a minimal bit of lacing as I drank it.

While I was glad there was no skunkiness in the aroma, there wasn't much other smell to it either. All I could pick out was a faint grainy corn smell and a touch of sweetness.

The taste was alright. Nothing to make it stand out, but nothing to object to either. Just a bit of corn and malt sweetness with a nice level of carbonation to make it easy to drink. No hint of any hops and no hint of alcohol either. It was actually a pretty refreshing and thirst quenching beer. I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Light mouthfeel with a slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a very pale clear straw with a finger of bright white foamy head that fades away pretty quickly. There isn't much to the smell, save for some hints of corn, rice, and wheat, though there is the sensation of smelling water in there as well. You know the feeling. Like the nose, the tongue doesn't find much, though a watery combination of sweetness and bitterness is there. It isn't much, but I can't really say it's bad, either; just not all that good. It does have a very light body, though, so this guy can be knocked back pretty easily.

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Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.18/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last weekend, a friend threw a dinner party with an 'Indian' theme; a half-case of this beer was supplied and I had a few tastes then. I was given the one leftover bottle by the host, which I'm now drinking/reviewing. This is a 650ml/22 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass; ABV listed at 4.6%. Hanging in the backyard after some outdoor chores...

Label calls Karma: "21st CENTURY BEER FOR THE WORLD" and "A RARE BREW FROM THE EXPERTS". Big words, we shall see if they hold true...

A: Very clear and bright golden with plenty of large carbonation rising to a fizzy head of white foam, about 2-fingers that drop to a thin film that never quite goes away. A little sticking lace.

S: Sweet and grainy, rather 'corny'. Light citrus, smells no better (nor worse) than other macro lagers.

T: Sourdough, with emphasis on the 'sour'. This is malty with a sharp tart lemon flavor (German hops). Several others at the party last week commented on the tartness and bitterness. I can see where this is more flavorful than a typical macro and can give it some points for having some boldness. But only enough points to bring it to a mediocre

M: "Crisp and clean" is par for the course but this seems crisper and cleaner than most I've sampled. Light body, with a very dry finish.

D: This one paired very well with spicy curry dishes and grilled meats last weekend and proved refreshing and thirst-quenching on a warm afternoon this weekend. I liked this beer enough to drink it again; not quite the 'beer for the world' the label claims, but reasonably tasty on its own and suitable for the right cuisine.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
2.87/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Small white head, with minimal lacing.

S: Sweet malts with a little bit of grain. It gives off a little grassy note, sort of reminiscent of PBR.

T: Extra sweet, notes of corn, a little grassy hops evident. The smell is MUCH better than the taste. As it warms, the sweetness grows more severe.

M: Light and moderately crisp. Somewhat cloying, but not completely offensive.

D: As a sessionb eer, it would certainly work. But I can't imagine wanting to put down a lot of these.

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Photo of watchnerd
2.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a bottle with dinner at a local Indian restaurant. Good for chugging with spicy Indian food. Nothing to object to, nor fall in love with.You can drink it like water and you won’t remember the experience, except that it was a better choice than Bud.

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Photo of kshankar
2.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden with lots of bubbles and carbonation. Small head, if any, barely any retention.

Aroma: I got a slight scent of honey in my glass...some sweetness and grains. Otherwise quite mild and unoffensive

Taste: Sour, some tart lemon thing going for it..noticeable but otherwise...ehh. Its okay, but that's about it

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated. Not bad

Drinkability: Taste is not offensive in any way, and its carbonated fine, and is light bodied. Meh. Works to "refresh", but I'd reach for a wheat if that's what I wanted.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.71/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Karma beer is made from the virgin malt and German hops."


Sun-washed amber with a few swirling particles that might be yeast. At least I hope so. The cream colored cap looks pretty good, all things considered. It's tight-bubbled, hangs around impressively well and decorates the glass with some decent looking lace.

The nose is less impressive. It's primarily metallic and has a musty, musky character from the German hops. A lack of any real nastiness keeps the score from dropping any lower.

Most of the pale lagers from India are horrendous. Although Karma doesn't quite claw its way to average, it's one of the better offerings that I've had from that country. Pairing it with Indian food (my favorite ethnic cuisine) is probably the way to go. It simply doesn't have the chops to deliver the goods all by its lonesome.

The most distinctive feature is an odd sourness that makes the beer taste like 80% pale lager and 20% Berliner weissbier. Not bad, just different. More hops might have helped (with both flavor and bitterness), but that's probably too much to expect. Other than the lemon juicy tartness, slightly sweet grain rules the roost.

The body/mouthfeel does just enough. It's light without being overly watery and is properly bubbled. Any American adjunct lager that can pull that off deserves some amount of praise.

Karma Premium Lager (like most beer with the word 'Premium' on the label) isn't outstanding in any way, shape or form. It is, however, much better than expected. Two of these big bottles alongside a plate of Chicken Tikka Masala would definitely get the job done.

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Photo of KAF
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a thick head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is strongly malty and fairly typical of a lager. Flavor is crisp and pleasant, not exciting but definitely drinkable. There is just a hint of bitterness, and also a whisper of sweetness. It goes down a little on the thin side but still refreshing and enjoyable. Worth a try.

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Karma from Manav Breweries Pvt. Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.72 out of 5 with 12 ratings