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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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Reviews:
87
Ratings:
137
Avg:
2.8
pDev:
27.14%
 
 
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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 tjd25
3.7/5  rDev +32.1%
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 BadBadger
3.26/5  rDev +16.4%
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 donnebaby
3.47/5  rDev +23.9%
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 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 Imbiber
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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