Maharaja Premium Indian Pilsner
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German Pilsner
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2.85 | pDev: 20.7%
Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 151
Photo of FBarber
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear straw color. Effervescent with a thin white head. Remarkably unremarkable.

Aroma is really mild - some light malty notes, maybe a touch of sweet grain, Simple and somewhat bland.

Taste is eve blander than the nose - some light grain notes, a touch of sweetness, hints of green apple and some sweet corn (I don't know that these rose to the level of off flavors, but thats what I got). Some light grassy hops on the back end. Overall quite bland. That being said, it would pair nicely with Indian food.

Feel is light, pretty crisp with a sprightly carbonation.

Overall a solid drinkable euro lager. Like I said, I bet it would pair well with food, but drinking it on its own is a bit of a bore.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a solid pilsner that obviously went great with my Indian food. It's light enough to counteract the spice in your food if you get a dish that has some heat in it, but it's also flavorful enough to go with more mellow food. Nice in-between beer, I'd say. Had it in a bottle at a local Indian restaurant.

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Photo of Squire
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very clean, light yellow color with no cap or lacing to speak of.

Clean scent of mild grain with perhaps a hint of hops.

Very mild favor, very much like a light beer, yet what's there is clean, refreshing and clearly well made.

Light texture with balancing carbonation.

I don't know if this one is designed simply to be a food accompaniment but it suits that role admirably. It's mild character doesn't compete with strong flavors and if I'd been more familiar with this one I would've made a curry. Not one I'll seek out but one I'm glad I got the chance to try.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.27/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass. Label is stamped 'MFD 07/17'.
Clear, dark straw colored body. Bubbly, one finger white head upon pouring settles down to thin cap and ring. No lacing.
Malts in the aroma, along with a fruity aspect (akin to green apple).
Sweeter taste of light malts, and that fruity aspect as experienced in the smell. Has a bit of spicy hops at the end.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Difficult to know how age in the bottle has affected the smell and flavor, but this is good choice of beer to pair with spicy food. Not real bad on its own, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.41/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There are not many Indian beers commercially available here in the U.S. (Kingfisher might be another), so when I saw this on the Singles shelf at one of the now-proliferating bottle shops in the area, I snapped it up as a curiosity. Also, the price point was such that even if it turns out to be a real clinker, I will not feel too disappointed.

From the bottle: "Produced from the finest malt and imported hops with technical expertise of Belgian brewers"; "Winner of international awards, World Selection of Beers"; "Export quality[/]Foer export overseas only".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. It was a 330-ml bottle, so I was able to pour most of the bottle's contents before I stopped to perform an in-glass swirl, raising a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malt-forward, more bready than biscuity, with a slightly fruity apple-pear quality. Hmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was decent, kind of sweet, fairly bready and the fruity apple flavor was prevalent. Hmm. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing & tough to dun for its effort. It was okay, nothing untoward to make me dislike, but it is not worth seeking out. That said, if you see it & you are headed to a BYOB Indian restaurant, this would be an innocuous accompaniment to your meal. Submitted FWIW.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.51/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maharaja is mostly malt. (In my book, that is a good start.)
It Looks like a crystal clear pils. Besides the malts, Smells offer some hay and mustiness that carries on to the tongue. I don't Taste hops much until I swallow. And it has a light finish... which is fine for both the steamy weather and the spicy cuisine that Maharaja is brewed to cool off. (Given this beer's different purpose, my ratings are relative to that and, hence, are much above the BA average.)

Curiously, the label says that the brewery got advice from the Belgian tradition. And that probably helps explain the yeastier character of Maharaja while its style has a famously clean taste.

I am a fan of Indian food and usually have hoppy beers with it. But Maharaja was a fine compliment to a dark spicy dal (lentil soup.) If I can find it, I will have this pils again with Indian food.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This seemed to fit the tikka masala and kidney beans I had planned for dinner. Pours straw colored and mostly headless into my Bitburger pokal. Nose is noble hops and light malt. The wheels haven't fallen off yet.

Mostly harmless and tasteless and cold but a brief bit of hops appears in the aftertaste. This isn't something I would ever recommend but it is plausible with Indian food in the summer. That's something at least.

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Photo of MacMalt
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first beer from India. Poured into a pint glass. It pours a golden amber with virtually no head or lacing, which isn't an appealing look. There is virtually no smell; just a little grain and grass. It tastes like a pour version of a light beer except that it has a hint of spice and a hint of citrus. There is also a slight bitterness at the finish. This pilsener is very light in body and carbonation and it's clean and crisp. It carries a low ABV of 5% and would be very easy to drink if it had more of a flavor. Overall, it lacks any great sensory qualities and, while the taste isn't bad, I see no reason to seek this one out.

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Photo of Jaysauras
2.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

L: Pretty average looking beer. Nothing special. Gold. Very little head to it. Golden color, not much lace.

S: Smelled like almost nothing. Sort of sweet. A little sort of citrus scent, kind of sugary. Grass scent.

T: Like Inidan Budweiser. Very thin, watery, with a touch of coriander. Really not a powerful flavor at all, exceptionally thin in flavor.

F: Damn drinkable and crisp. It may not taste the greatest but it would be an easy drinking kind of beer if you had to sit down with a sixer.

O: Meh. I bought this because I simply wanted to try a beer of some foreign nature. India is a rare one. As expected it wasn't the greatest. But it was not horrible either. Below average at best.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ratebeer rating 3000. This is a very special beer for me, and not because of the rating milestone. This is a gift from my late wife. She, even in her final stages of cancer, stopped at a beer store with her mom in an effort to find a beer I hadn't rated.

Here's to the kindest, most beautiful woman I have ever known.
Cheers baby.

Golden body with a thin white collar. Pils malt and honey sweetness. Light bodied and easy drinking.

A bittersweet moment drinking this beer. Cheers to all!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.84/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maharaja Premiun Indian Pilsner
330 ML brown glass bottle, "MFD. 03/14 BATCH NO. 238"
$1.99 @ Cost Plus World Market, Arlington, VA


Maharaja is a fairly average looking "Euro" pils with average head retention and lacing. The aroma is surprisingly fruity and lacking in hops for a "Pilsner". The flavor offers the same fruitiness, which is quite Apple like, amidst a thin, sweetish, and moderately grainy maltiness. The bitterness is limited and it's not particularly balanced (especially as a "Pilsner"), leaving residual malt and fruitiness to linger in the finish. A touch of astringency and some oxidation (at least in my sample) damage it even further.

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Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Brilliant gold with a thin white foam collar that nevertheless produces fine lace.
S: Almost a fresh laundry blended with Indian spice on the nose.
T: Some light grains, light apple, a hint of wet cardboard. Stays sweet over most off the palate with a light drying on the finish. Has a little grainy aftertaste with a hint of fruit.
F: Light body, medium high carbonation.
O: If the temperature topped 100 and I had a plate of biryani, I would drink an ice cold bottle of this. Under normal circumstances, probably not.

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Photo of tone77
2.84/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn, malts. Taste is corn, apples, some malts, a bit of an unusual aftertaste. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not terrible, but no desire for another one.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Nobody's noting Pilsners for their complexity and this one's not going to change that, but it is still a light, crisp and refreshing beer. Nose was slightly estery with that typical lager smell (yeast?), not much else there, pretty boring. It was a bright golden color with a white head and very easy drinking. Taste was also pretty bland, nothing really notable here, hops are very much irrelevant. All in all it's a decent Pilsner, refreshing, but ultimately boring.

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Photo of REVZEB
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly clear yellow with a white head, very carbonated. Corn sweetness, grains, malt, and some fruit ester aromas. Taste is very malty and macro tasting, some metal, with yeast and malts don't match pilsner profile that well. Wouldn't ruin the wonderful experience of eating Indian with this

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Photo of jimmah120
3.78/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle batch 12/12

look is a clear straw color, some odd floaties, and a talk frail head that fades to a ring. smell is slightly sweet, corny, grainy. light, crisp, with a husky corniness and slight english hopping. finish is surprisingly malty, but otherwise this drinks like an exceptionally clean and tasty american adjunct.

good everyday drinkin' stuff.... from India
5/5 as far as a(i)al's go

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.86/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maharaja Premium India Pilsner has a medium, foamy head, a clear, yellow-golden appearance, some bubble steams, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, full, and pungent barley malt, biscuit, grass, and bread dough. Taste is of bready malt, charcoal, grass, sourness, a bit of green apple, and a faint hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Maharaja Premium India Pilsner finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mild. Overall, this is a good beer, and it’s worth a try.


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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this brew pretty thin and overall rather bland. Like the rest of brews from India, this one was rather sweet. It is definitely something I could easily drink on a hot day though. Would be curious to try a more robust version with a lot of depth if it ever came out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 8/2011.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a fizzy tan head that settles to wisps of lace on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and some grass and hay aromas. There is a slight skunky aroma that is present too. Taste is of malt, grain, honey, and some grape juice flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable and not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from about an inch above the glass gave this clear straw golden colored beer a white head about an inch high.
The small white head quickly die to a thinning lacing.

Sour citrus and yeast like aroma with lemon being the most prominent.

Dryish light sour citrus with a lemon peel and corn syrup likeness being more so in the forefront of the taste.

A light dry aftertaste that holds some of the sourness of the taste.

I think I'll have to pass on any more of these, just really nothing there that I like about beer, except maybe the alcohol content.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of musty malts, corn adjunct malts, and some stronger notes of apple/apple cider. There is also a strange hint of wax/paraffin.

T: Flavors of pale malts, corn adjunct malts, and some lighter notes of apple. Not too sweet but there is very little bitterness in the taste either.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink - you can see how this beer would be popular with the hot climate in India and the spicy cuisine). Sessionable with good balance in the flavor.

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Photo of metter98
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of apples in the nose along with some musty hints of corn.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that it has a little less apples and a little more adjunct malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but lacks the malty aromas and smells of a true pilsener.

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Photo of TaySuth
2.54/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 03/07

Appearance: Murky gold in color with no head or lacing.

Smell: Mostly molasses. Not noticing much else beyond the molasses.

Taste: Very sweet molasses but rather light in flavor overall. Strange sort of dusty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body and light carbonation.

Overall: Could have just been an old bottle but I can't say that I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.67/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale straw color, with very little head and no appreciable lacing.

S: Mild grassy malt, with faint citrus.

T: Sweet and grassy malt, but it tastes watered down. Medium hops bitterness.

M: Average carbonation, no alcohol burn. Semi-crisp, but not enough.

O: Pilsners are rarely heavy on flavor, but this one frankly tasted watered down. It wasn't terrible, but I found myself drinking it only to wash down food, certainly not for taste. Nothing there to bring me back for more.

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Photo of bluHatter
1.88/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch No 203 US

A: Very slightly cloudy yellow. A small bit of wafty thin head that sticks to the side of the glass in thick foamy walls.

S: Cardboard, corn, raisins - all with sweet undertones.

T: Sour, malt, bitter throat. Not much else. It's just a little thin and dirty tasting. I can't say I'm much of a fan.

M: Sudsy, wet, thin.

O: Quite unpleasant overall. I think I would rather grab a Kingfisher.

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Maharaja Premium Indian Pilsner from Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.
Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 151 ratings