Maharaja Premium Indian Pilsner | Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.

Maharaja Premium Indian PilsnerMaharaja Premium Indian Pilsner
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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 e11iott
3.49/5  rDev +24.6%
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 gopens44
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear light straw with almost no head.

S - Malty and a touch sweet. That's about it.

T - Sweet, some malts going on and slightly tinny.

M - Thin, highly carbonated and a touch bitter in the aftertaste.

I'm sorry, but I couldn't imagine drinking this again unless I was actually in India and wanted to get some local beer drinking on.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
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 thekanna
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear yellow with small effervescent bubbles. half a finger of white head dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a very thin sheen of resilient foam on the top.

S: Strong yeast sourness, almost like injera bread. Very small bit of sweet malts detectable underneath.

T/M: Very watery yeast flavor leads to some adjunct malts and detectable hop bitterness at the end. Relatively high carbonation, but it is not exactly crisp; I'd say "biting" is the more appropriate term.

D: Very run-of-the-mill lager; good for quenching thirst, bad for much else.

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Photo of TheStig
2.61/5  rDev -6.8%
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 BeardedBoffin
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 33 cl bottle of Maharja Premium India Pilsner poured crystal clear, a pale golden brew with a ring of white fading foam. The nose consists of contributions from pale malt and grassy bitterness. This beer has a light body. This beer reminds me of a mass produced Euro style lager and one that isn't that bad. Malt is followed by a touch of bitterness. The carbonation bites the palate a bit.

This isn't a bad beer. It could use a little bit more flavor and some refinement, but I enjoyed the bottle I had.

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Photo of NealVsBeer
3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
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 cudmud
3.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale, yellow color with no head or lace. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Nice fruit component and slight malt attribute.

Taste: Fruit-like taste (apples) with a hint of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin.

Drinkability: A tasty and interesting brew.

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Photo of wesclaypool
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at an Indian restaurant and thought it was the Maharaja imperial IPA....nope.

a - Pale straw color; clear.

s - Not much there but the typical thin, lager-alcohol smell.

t - Very subdued, nothing to really make it stand out amongst other lagers.

m - Smoother than most pilsners, but still crisp.

d - Not bad, but I think I would pass on it next time.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first Indian beer was a light yellow color in a pilsner glass at Saffron Indian Cuisine.

This beer has a malty smell but otherwise a nondistinct aroma.

The taste is sweet and slightly grainy taste from corn. I know this pilsner has been ripped on here, but it complimented a spicy Indian meal with its sweetness.

Maharaja is light-bodied and means supreme king in Sanskrit. It's very drinkable and doesn't have that dreaded skunkiness that plagues American lagers or other lawn mower beers.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Randomly picked this up; thought an Indian beer would be interesting. I'm definitely no expert on Pilseners.

A) ginger ale. light, fizzy, no real head.

S and T) mild and sweet - apple, corn, water

MF) thin, watery

D) Overall, it's okay. Nothing too exciting, but it was pleasant enough, just kind of sweet and bland. Could be good to balance out some spicy food or something.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this at the little store attached to the deli in Clayton. We got indian food so my mom bought me and my dad some indian beer.

Appearance- pale yellow color, little to no head

Smell- malt

Taste- malt

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- probably wouldn't drink it again but I would if someone gave one to me.

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Photo of kegger22
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear yellow with a tiny head that instantly fled in embarrassment. The aroma was malty/metallic. The taste was sweet/sour, not really something that I look forward to again. The feel was light bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability was decent if your in the Sahara with a Maharaja (you've got the market on a's cornered). Weak, even for a German/Indian Pilsner.

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Photo of adamette
2.35/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a 300ml bottle into my SN Anniversary Ale pint glass. Purchased at Lena's Beverage in Painesville a few days ago for the odd price of $1.39. I admit that I pretty much bought this beer since I had not had a beer from India prior to now.

A Looks like a Bud. Straw yellow translucent body under a very brief white fluffy 2 inch head that dissipated nearly as I set the pint glass on the table after pouring. It is just now a trace layer of bubbles on the top now.

S Corn malt and barley. Light and forgettable, like a Miller or Coors.

T Yeah, this is pretty bad. Lightly sweetened corn based Pilsener with really little taste. Reminds me of the last time that I had a Bud Light only this is not as fresh as that one was.

M Thin with only that bit of sweetness and light corn malt to keep it from being downright watery.

D Good but I will not test that theory in the future.

Notes: Well, I have now had a beer from India but now I shall seek out a beer from India that has some depth to it (The guy working at Lena's....who is from Bombay....said that this, "Taj Mahal" and a third beer are the most common beers there....he did not say which is his favorite though).

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Photo of danielharper
1.99/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My first beer from India. At least that's a milestone of a sort.

Appearance: Transparent yellow body, very slight orange tinge. Very minimal head that dissipates immediately, leaving only slight traces of soapscum. Not an auspicious start.

Smell: Very sweet, strong notes of corn. Uncomplex, but decent. Not spectacular, but sets the stage for what might be a decent pils.

Taste: This one is way off. Too sweet on the up-front, almost lip-puckeringly so. Unpleasant corn aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Decent. Thin body, goes down clean like a pilsner should. Flat, with almost no carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe this would go better with curry, or maybe it just doesn't travel well, but I'm very unimpressed.

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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 Newmerator
2.38/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

very light transparent yellow. white foam that quickly disappears.

smells like breads and malts. no hop aroma

tastes much the same.

i wouldn't see myself having one of these unless i was in the actual country it was bottled. it was only 1.50$ so i figured i'd try it. a bit refreshing (because you are drinking mostly water) wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of Rayek
2.56/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy gold color with leisurely carbonation. Soapy white head is small and has OK retention. Leaves a very nice lace.

S: Lemon, grass, light honey and a bit of cooked cabbage greet the nose.

T: Very light. A slightly sweet malt flavor starts things out. Hops come along with a mild lemon and pepper bite. The pepper lingers into the finish. A subdued metallic taste joins in at the end. As the beer warms, cooked cabbage rears its ugly head.

M: Medium light body is a tiny bit grainy. Carbonation level feels about right.

D: Not that impressive to me. The light flavor certainly makes it go down quick. At cold temps, the beer is halfway decent. Letting it warm kills the experience, sadly. Overall, a very mediocre brew.

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Photo of Monsteruss
4.23/5  rDev +51.1%
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 philipquarles
2.16/5  rDev -22.9%
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 ThreeWiseMen
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a champagne glass.

Appearance: Pours a very, very, pale yellow (kind of like tainted water). Good visibility. Fairly active carbonation feeds a 1-finger, fizzy, white head. Not a whole lot of retention. Some stringy lace left on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Sour lager yeast, lemon rind, grainy malt, grass, and a touch of skunkiness.

Taste: Grainy malt, lager yeast, hop bitterness in the back. Some lemon again, grass, possibly some celery, and somewhat skunky adjuncts (that's my guess of what it is anyway).

Mouthfeel: Light and clean. Good balance. Nice, active carbonation. Probably this beer's best quality.

Drinkability: Below average pilsener, but much better than any macro. Nothing else to say about this one.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm surprised how unpopular this beer is

With that said, I found it just fine. Not spectacular, but not terrible. I think culture needs to take aspect with beer. For example, I could see enjoying this beer while eating a very spicy curry dish or some lamb. By itself? Ehhh, just an average beer, not good / not bad.

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Photo of JBogan
2.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear gold with almost no head or lacing, even after a hard pour.

Had a grassy aroma, and that's about all I could pick up.

Tasted bready, with the grain and grass also playing a part. Not bad tasting really.

Mouthfeel was thin, with a slight amount of carbonation to give it a bit of crispness.

This beer wasn't that bad, although it also didn't make me want another. I came across it while on vacation, it was cheap, I tried it, and that's pretty much gonna be the end of the story with this beer.

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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 SargeC
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale yellow brew with a slight haze. Tight, white head.

Smell: Touch of hops and green beans.

Taste: Smooth malt flavor. Slight touch of bitterness. Nothing really stands out about this brew but it has a decent flavor. Slightly tangy.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Semi waxy.

Drinkablity: Pretty decent brew. It was an interesting offering I was not able to pass up. I figured that I may not get a second chance to try an Indian brew.

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Maharaja Premium Indian Pilsner from Associated Breweries & Distilleries Ltd.
Beer rating: 6.4% out of 100 with 141 ratings
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