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Brewed by:
Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.
India

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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2.8
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
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 metter98
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
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 LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev -8.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
1.79/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pallid amber with a few fine floaters frolicking within. The bright white cap is a majestic four fingers in height and is nicely firm. There's quite a bit of lace too, although it doesn't last. This is a better than decent look. In fact, I might have thought 'quality German pils' if I hadn't seen what bottle it came out of.

I knew the nose wouldn't maintain the standard set by the appearance because I've been smelling the beer from afar since the cap was popped. It isn't quite skunky, but it's certainly nothing that appeals to me either. It's musty and tangentially floral with a definite chemical-like undercurrent.

The odd flavor is a fair approximation of the nose. The first half of each mouthful is bland and inoffensive. Then 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'. Bitter greens, hot plastic, minerals, Band-Aids. Oddly enough, it's still drinkable. However, there's no way I'd go any deeper into the bottle if I wasn't sacrificing my palate for the sake of this review.

The mouthfeel is light, even for the style, without descending to the depths of 'light beer light'. More carbonation might have helped. As far as drinkability, it depends on what one's options are. I'd take a bottle over undergoing Chinese water torture, but not over most pilseners that I can think of.

Apparently, Maharaja Premium Indian Pilsner was brewed with 'the technical expertise of Belgian brewers'. That means it has to be good, right? Not so fast muchacho. The Indian Subcontinent is anything but a hotbed of brewing excellence. Given that, it's amazing that this little foil-capped pils isn't even as good as the better known substandard pale lagers from that neck of the jungle.

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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 TheManiacalOne
1.6/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of grain and lager yeast. There's a little malt sweetness and almost no hops presence. There really isn't much to this beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, not the best representation of style, this is definitely not a beer that I would want to drink again.

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Photo of russpowell
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
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 dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
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 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 feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
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 GClarkage
1.91/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11/22/04- Purchased at Wine Globe in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a light pale yellow color with minimal quickly disappearing head and very slight traces of lace.

Smell- It smells like bad cheap bum liquor. Maybe like nightrain or white port. Not a good smell. If anything maybe a smell of budwieser but worse.

Taste- Guess I wasted my $1.79 on this one. Very odd (in a bad way) taste. Don't really know how to describe it. Malt is there, but something is in the background. Something stale tasting. Stale grains? No hops do I detect.

Mouthfeel- Way to carbonated. Like seltzer. My stomach is hurting after three sips.

Drinkability- Hello sink, here comes your dinner.

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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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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 RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +46.4%
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 Gusler
1.12/5  rDev -60%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a typical clear golden yellow to amber color, the head bright white, modest in size with sufficient lace to cover the glass, nose is all malt, and is also crisp and fresh. Start is malt, the top cadaverous, the finish caustic and the hops pitiful, dry and a very forgettable beer and it pains me to call it that.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.58/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I tried this awhile back and somehow forgot to rate it. First of all, this is the heaviest 11oz bottle you can find. You could probably throw it against a wall and not break it. Pours a pale gold color with a medium white head. No real lacing to speak of. Minimal aroma of hops, luckily there was no skunk aroma present. Flavor was typical boring Lager stuff. Light hops and light malt is about all you can find. I know there must be some good Indian beers out there.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.86/5  rDev +37.9%
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.

RJT

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Photo of alexgash
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bubbly straw body with a cottony looking white head. Smells of sweetened cereal malts and big metallic, funky hops. Taste is not as sweet as the smell led me to believe, with singed malts and some medicinal/slightly astringent hops leading to a dry, bitter, finish. A pretty smooth, easy to drink lager, but I wouldn't move to India for this.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle lists original gravity as well as reference to "Belgian Brewers."
Aroma is a sweet mix of pale sweet water, malt and light fresh hops.
Very fizzy sounding. Medium white head that settles on its own and only leaves a ring. Watery looking in light gold.
Mostly bitter in taste. In background very mildly is a little pale malt. Taste gets worse as warms to a unpleasant bitterness.
Fizzy mouthfell, excessive carbonation.
This is pretty bad, other that an okay aroma, I can't thing of any redeeming qualities.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours crystal clear with a white head which falls quickly. The aroma is Saaz hops and a decent malt background. The flavor is slightly sour, crisp and bitter. Also present is a metallic flavor. he finish is bone dry. The body is light and watery.

11 ounce bottle (330 ml). Bottle says original gravity 1042-1048 ABV 5%. It also says:
"Produced for the finest malt and imported hops with the technical expertise of Belgian Brewers"

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Photo of IronDjinn
1.23/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

At one point I had mistaken this for Taj Mahal, as it was so bad, and had my review for that deleted. But now I've come to realize that these are both different yet equally awful beers in their own right.

Comes in a 330 ml brown bottle, a red label, gold foil around the neck and cap, with a black logo of a Pegasus on the foil, with the words UB beneath it. Remember this well, as to be able to avoid it all the better in the near future. On the pour it is a thin looking clear yellow hue, okay white head that recedes to a thin ring. However the moment you bring the glass up to your nose the thing doesn't hesitate to bitch slap you. Swilly, cidery, skunky fumes waft up from the glass, keep it away from your eyes. The flavour is horrible, sour old grains, a cidery apple-juice like flavour. This stuff was only made 6 months ago according to the date on the back label. The mouthfeel is thin, but difficult to concentrate on, as the flavour is so bad. Now I understand why the liquor store always has a lot of this stuff packed in on their shelves--no one is buying it, it just sits there. I receommend not buying it either, I find it truly awful.

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Photo of ADR
1.91/5  rDev -31.8%
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 Offa
4.07/5  rDev +45.4%
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 morebeergood
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle tonight while at dinner at India Quality restaurant in Kenmore Sq. Poured into a tall stemmed glass. Crystal clear, yellow colored body. Fairly nice looking white head. Plenty of carbonation. Had that typical corn-like smell. Decent pilsner flavor, with a bit of maltiness. Body was on the thin side. I wish this beer was a bit more crisp, as it had a definite sugary and sticky aftertaste. For a macro from India, this was not a horrible beer. I've had worse exotic beer than this; I'd order one again. A nice brew to accompany some chicken and lamb dishes.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.91/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very light hazy pale gold colored body, small white head, not much to look at. Smell and taste are akin to soda water. Watery and fizzy, maybe a little graininess, nary a trace of hops anywhere. Not a very good beer, no matter. If this is Maharaja, I would hate so see what Raja tastes like.

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Maharaja Premium India Pilsner from Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.
68 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.
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