Maharaja Premium Indian Pilsner | Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.

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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: 141 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Monsteruss
4.23/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The foam was light wheat/ white in color. The color was a nice honey pils. The smell was crisp and clean with a nice hoppy feel. The taste had a good hops overtone with a fruity undertone and wheat highlights. Mouthfeel - smooth and crisp. Drinkability - easy going down.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 04/08/06 at Oasis Indian Restaurant in Chantilly, VA.

Typical pale yellow pilsner appearance and body with nice carbonation. I know everyone here made fun of the Belgian Brewers reference on the bottle but all I could think of was how the aroma and flavor had a light Belgain Pale Ale/Single character to it. A nice touch.

The best Indian beer I've tried to date. Unique character, refreshing, crisp and clean, and perfect with a spicy Lamb Vindaloo.

The bottle served at the restaurant was about or over a year old based on the bottling date but it was not a problem at all... I'd definitely order this beer again, and again ...

Per Label: OG 1042-1048. ABV 5%. "Technical expertise of Belgian Brewers"

(11 oz. / 330 ml)

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Photo of Offa
4.07/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty good and definitely in the tradition of a German pilsner, which it clearly seemed to me.

Golden, it has a medium white head that steadily shrinks to a thin top and ring.

The aroma is rather flowery with grain, honey, bread, pine and a grassy hint.

The taste is quite German with the first sip being mostly strongly herbal and grassy hops with bitterness, soon tamed with sweet bread cruast and grain and a hint pf pine bringing up the rear. It soon mellows and melds together, with a malty, lightly bready sweetness underlying the dominant and aromatic herbal-grassy hop bitterness.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.86/5  rDev +37.4%
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 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 jimmah120
3.78/5  rDev +34.5%
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 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 DKHNOVA
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of tjd25
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head was short, on a pale golden color, very light. The smell is of very refreshing citrus and honey. The taste is very refreshing too, with citrus and ginger. Hints of honey maybe, very sweet. The mouthfeel is enjoyable, with a nice level of carbonation, a slightly herbal hoppiness, and a hint of honey thickness maybe. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.58/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single-serving bottle into a wine glass for the hell of it.

Appearance: Straw-to-gold color (on the lighter side), with a very airy head which leaves moderate lacing as it recedes slowly.

Smell: Not all that bad. Smells a touch corny, but plenty of flowery-citrus underneath the corn. The good outweighs the bad here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of flavor here! The citrus is much more prevalent in the taste than in the nose. Moderate hop bitterness bites through the mellow carbonation. Lots of hops after the citrus wears off. A touch oily in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Slightly better than average. I'd opt for this over most macro-brewed pilses, but give me an IPA or a stout any day in its place.

Not too shabby. Not a *huge* pilsner fan, but this one is easily better than the American macros.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Premium Indian Pilsener" "Produced from the finest malt and imported hops with technical expertise of Belgian Brewers." Label depicts a bejeweled potentate.
Appearance: pale gold color, large and frothy pure white head. Nose is subtle and sly, showing only hints of spicy hops, and a whiff of citrus, a little sweet, even corny, and quick to dry out and flatten.
Nice little texture at first sip, lip smakcingly good. Quite drinkable, though unmemorable. Light body, and overall not much more than a cookie-cutter international lager, showing some faint resemblances to a pilsener, but not enough.
Further into the drink, I appreciated the taste more and more, and liked it better. An excellent match for hot, spicy food, and by far the best Indian lager I've tried yet!

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Photo of heavy216
3.54/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 11 oz bottle. litle head faded quickly, high carbonation can actually hear it as poured, looked like apple cider with fizz

S: smelled of corn and malt, slightly fruity as well.

T/M: very smooth, refreshing feel and taste

D: not bad, no alcohol taste, but a strong mildly sweet aftertaste

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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 Burleigh
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of gleemonger
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmm1793
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of e11iott
3.49/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 11 oz bottle. sounded like there was an alka seltzer in my beer, but oddly little to no head, very light in cool, like watered down ginger ale.

S: slight corn and fruit aroma, some malt.

T/M: served cold had light body. very smooth, refreshing but lacked other good qualities.

D: Alcohol was well hidden, odd sweetness in the aftertaste, not bad, but wouldn't buy a case.

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Photo of NealVsBeer
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden color with a two-finger head which quickly reduces, plenty of carbonation

S - slight corn smell

T - Sweet and light up front, slightly malty, crisp finish

M - Very light and smooth

D - Very easy to drink, it's lightness and crispness would lend itself nicely to drinking on a hot day. I will try this again.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beers shows up a dirty yellow color with a non-uniform, scummy head. Not unimpressive lacing--looks pretty good overall.
Smell is sweet and malty, with something else citrusy, reminiscent of a belgian white.

The taste is mild and smooth, as is the carbonation, but persists in the mouth and delivers a solid package of sweet syrupy maltiness, lined with apples and peaches. Both taste and mouthfeel are somewhat complex, and I always look forward to drinking this beer whenever I can find it.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light golden-yellow color with lots of large bubbles of carbonation. White, light head that faded away to nothing after a while.

Aroma is lightly sweet and yeasty with a bit of noble hops.

Taste is pretty good. Malty and light with some lager yeast flavors and a touch of hops flavor towards the end. Finish is clean and nice.

Mouthfeel is light, fairly thin, smooth and refreshing. One of the better light pilsner styles I've had.

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Photo of KeithE
3.4/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ibbjamin
3.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.49 for an 11 oz bottle of this from BevMo in San Jose, CA. This is my staple beer I drink when going to my favorite Indian Restaurant. With their selections being Taj Mahal or this, I have come to the conclusion this is a better match with the hellish spicy food they usually give me. Trying this one for the first time on its own, served in a pint glass.

Very fizzy, carbonated and light with a one inch head. Transparent yellow color, but more on the corn colored spectrum than most yellow beers. Thin layer of head retention. Nice lacing, especially for a yellow/Pilsener.

Smells of average quality ingredients; malts, hops and some yeast smells. All of these come through on their own, but don't really blend together for a nice bouquet.

Grassy and citrusy hops dominate the palate. The yeast cannot really be tasted, and the malts, even though taste to be lower quallity (along with the hops), balance out this one well.

Lighter bodied, heavy carbonation. Watery finish.

An above average German Pilsener and one that goes great with spicy food. Not sure why this one ranks so low.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color. Head was gone before I even put the bottle opener away. Smell is cereal grain with no real hop presence. I was surprised by the freshness, considering how long it sat in my house before I decided to drink it (a perfect example of the benefits of using brown bottles). Not at all over the top sweet, but about as balanced as you can get for an adjunct pilsener. Carbonation is adequate. I classify this in my personal sub-category of "lawn mowing pilsener" - albeit a good LMP (as opposed to what I call an "old world pilsener"). I could see this being great for washing down a plate of samosas. I wouldn't turn one of these down.

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Maharaja Premium Indian Pilsner from Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.
2.81 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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