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Maharaja Premium Indian PilsnerMaharaja Premium Indian Pilsner

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Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 08-23-2002

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 89
Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.85/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

There is a curious sound this beer makes when you poor it. It is eactly like pouring a fizzy soda. Its quite loud. The head is gone in a flash and leaves a few meager stains on the surface of a beer that both (and I'm not kidding here) looks and smells exactly like apple juice.

Taste is very light in this watery brew. It is tangy with an uncontrolled fruit off-flavor. Probably won't be finishing this. It isn't particularly offensive, its just kind of a "why bother?" beer. Unpleasent aftertaste is a big blow to drinkability.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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 daliandragon
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Beginner2
3.51/5  rDev +24.9%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.82/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why this beer has gotten such a bad rap. I found it to be delicious and perfectly matched with moderately spicy Indian cuisine.

My bottle was manufactured in june of 2004 but ths bottle wasn’t at all skunked or past its prime.

The overwhelming odor and taste was apples, loads and loads of apples. It reminded me very much of Luxembourg’s national brew, what’s tha tone called again?

Anyways, this beer just was loaded with wonderful fruit and floral aromas. I could smell Belgian hops in it, I think. At any rate this beer shared some characteristics of a few lighter Belgian brews that I’ve had.

The appearance and mouthfeel were typical to any macro pilsner.

Very good. Better than Taj and the Horse in my book and as good, but different from the King Fischer.

I will definitely order this one again when I return to the wonderful Maharaja restaurant on Madison’s East Side.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of chossboss
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
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 BadBadger
3.26/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad pilsners. Rather refreshing. This pours a light golden color. There is a nice white foamy head. The taste is smooth and pleasant. This is a drinkable beer. While not something I would recommend rushing out to buy. This is certainly worth giving a sample.

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Photo of ADR
1.91/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium yellow (not as pale as some), transparent appearance. The head is soupy and pretty thin, but it holds up and leaves traces of lacing on the Pilsner glass. Aroma is pretty reserved, slight sulfur tanginess that might have some relationship to hops. Light but overcarbonated, seltzer overpowers the ordinary maltiness and combines with the funky aroma to give an odd and unsettling close -- a little like Smith Bros. cough drops or even traces of locker room witch hazel. I can't recommend this beer as drinkable in a tasteless kind of way, it has some off properties to me.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
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 acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 Fl oz. bottle > 16 0z. SA glass ($1.65)
MFD: 03/07 Batch No. 35 US

Pours out a very clear pale golden color, very active with large bubbles and a creamy, bubbly 1/2" deep head. Retantion is very good for this style with mild lacing.

Smells of honey-soaked doughy bread with tangy yeast and sweet grapes. Banana, vanilla and lemmon. This is much more aromatic than I remember from the few times I had this at several Indian Restuarant's.

This is a very flavorful Imported Pilsner with a honey-bread with corn type malt flavor with subtle wheatie attributes. The balance is sublime as the sweetness mellows on the palate a blast of slightly fruity and earthy yeast notes and dried herbs but also zesty hop finish. The complexity was a big surprise.

Very light bodied, very crisp, clean and refreshing, finishing a bit dry.

I'm just going to have to agree to disagree with the rest of BA on this one, I found nothing very cheap about it except the price. I was actually expecting much less but was happily jazzed after.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so India is not exactly known for it's beer scene but this just looked pretty cool so I had to pick it up.

A - Bright someone milked a highlighter into a glass of water. This is crystal clear and topped with a very thin cap of tiny white bubbles. Nothing but a slightly thicker collar is found around the edges of the lace at all.

S - I have never, in my beerxperience, smelled anything remotely like this. It smells like some sort of weird spice mingled with some bizarre exotic fruit nectar. It smells a lot like an Indian friend's house after they have cooked a large meal for guests. It's a very pungent and unfamiliar smell, and it makes me think of my favorite Indian restaurant in town...there is something (I have no idea what it's called) served there that is intended as a garnish or's dry and flaky, and sort of like what we would think of as that red pepper stuff you sprinkle on pizza. Anyhow, this is what I'm reminded of.

T - Wow. This is a unique brew! Spicy, herbal, exotic, and odd. This is amazing stuff, but not in the traditional beer sense. This is almost like another beverage entirely. There are some Saaz hop flavors....quite pronounced I see why this is listed as a German pils, but I'm almost thinking this should be under the "herbed/spiced beer" category.

M - Light, crisp, and refreshing with an extremely dry finish...all qualities that should definitely be found in this style of beer. The lingering aftertaste of weird fruits and herbs is intriguing, and I think that this is definitely well suited for spicy Indian cuisine.

D - One of the strangest beers that I've had in a while. I thought that it would be a pretty basic macro lager and boy was I wrong. This tastes like a good German pils with added Indian spice. Good stuff IMO!

Note: I have a major problem with this 11oz bottle BS. Where is my extra ounce? It seems like a lot of Belgian and other European beers (Germany and England aside....they like their bottle BIG) are shorting us with 11 ounce beers that cost the same as, if not more than every other 12 oz beer out there. What gives? Is this just due to their standard of 330ml being a nice solid number? I know it's not a big deal, but I just don't want to see the next trend being 10oz or 9oz bottles that cost the same as they did when they were a nice round 12oz!

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Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Beernoobie
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured an effervescent golden with 1 finger+ of white head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Sweet cereal & some soapy notes

T: Metallic hops taste up front, with some cereal notes (corn flakes). Soapy notes as this warms. Finishes with more metallic notes & some dryness

MF: Thinnish with lively carbonation

Had this an Indian restraunt, else wise this was a drain poor. Still left about 30-40% of it there. Serve icecold if forced to drink this. Slightly better than BMC

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Photo of Imbiber
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brewed May 2003 according to the bottle, so 9 months old.

Hazy pale yellow. Carbonation is heavy, lots of big bubbles constantly dash to the surface. The head disappears instantly. Slight hoppy, flowery aroma. A bit of hop bitterness comes out, though the aftertaste is strange and somewhat rough - tastes more like it came out a can rather than a bottle. Too gassy.

Not a beer I would recommend.

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Photo of DKHNOVA
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of TheStig
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, with a quickly dissipating head. Very bubbly.

Very faint corn scent, with no musty or skunky scents.

Clean and light tasting, with every typical flavor muted and made subtle. There's nothing terribly prominent, but a sweet tartness is present throughout. It's not unpalatable, but there's just really no taste.

No alcoholic burn. Finishes crisp with no lingering after textures.

Very drinkable if only for the fact that it's something that can be knocked back while watching TV. It's nothing spectacular and it doesn't challenge the palate. Meh. Sure kills the burn of a vindaloo, though!

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Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of philipquarles
2.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 bottle from 11/07--wish I had seen that date before buying. Pours a clear light gold with a fizzy, medium white head. Smells faintly of sweet malt and straw. Essentially devoid of all taste. Almost no malt and only a lingering bitterness. I've never had a beer that tasted like nothing before; it's really quite strange. Thin body. Drinks about like a flat Perrier. Bud has more character than this.

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Photo of tone77
2.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Padron4KM
2.01/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle. batch no. 650 manufactured 11/2004.
Okay so going in I know it’s probably past it’s prime.
Poured clear yellow with a white head and no lacing.
Aroma is grain and corn.
Flavor is corn,lemon,acid, with a dry finish.
Mouthfeel is sharp, overly carbonated.
If was I was at an Indian resturaunt I might drink this, but I think I'd prefere water.

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