Maharaja Premium Indian Pilsner | Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.

Maharaja Premium Indian PilsnerMaharaja Premium Indian Pilsner
BA SCORE
6.4%
Liked This Beer
2.8 w/ 141 ratings
Maharaja Premium Indian PilsnerMaharaja Premium Indian Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.
India

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 08-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,448
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
141
Liked:
9
Avg:
2.8/5
pDev:
21.43%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of cryptichead
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
3.51/5  rDev +25.4%
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 bnes09
2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Taybeh
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of daliandragon
3.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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 RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thesidewayz01
3.34/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MacMalt
2.46/5  rDev -12.1%
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 beerimthere
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jaysauras
2.42/5  rDev -13.6%
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 ZombiesAteMyDog
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beernoobie
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lucky_rodent
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of KeithE
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.16/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev +9.3%
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 spycow
2.56/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.84/5  rDev +1.4%
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

From the label "PRODUCED FROM THE FINEST MALT AND IMPORTED HOPS WITH TECHNICAL EXPERTISE OF BELGIAN BREWERS. FOR EXPORT OUT OF INDIA. ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1042-1048 5% ALC/VOL"

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 geryeb624
2.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of tim007007
2.81/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Gobzilla
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
2.46/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of LakerLeith
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tone77
2.84/5  rDev +1.4%
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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