Golden Eagle Beer | Mohan Breweries & Distilleries Ltd

Golden Eagle BeerGolden Eagle Beer
45 Ratings
Golden Eagle BeerGolden Eagle Beer

Brewed by:
Mohan Breweries & Distilleries Ltd

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The rich amber liquid that is so indispensable to India’s long, hot, thirsty summer. Mohan Meakin Breweries has been quenching a nation’s thirst for over a century and quarter now. Golden Eagle, the drinkers’ preference has come to be known as the king of beers in India. Sought after in International Markets for its taste and quality this Beer has won gold medals at Monde World Selection since 1982. Golden Eagle Beer is one of the seven best beers in the world, adjudged by an international panel of beer tasters organized by the Washington magazine.

Added by kbub6f on 07-12-2002

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Photo of Spikester
2.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Turbid pale yellow with very little white head. Some splotches of lace.
Smell is beer like.
Taste is American macro style lager but without the clarity. Tastes slightly phenolic.
Mouthfeel is light with modest carbonation. Finish lightly sweet.
Overall with no year date this could be many years old. Lots of suspended particles. I hope this beer doesn't attack my system tonight.

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Photo of Zylod
3.05/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smithj4
1.75/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of constantine_272
3.09/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bland ugly looking beer that had done separated sediment. Smell is cloying sweet of corn and honey. Taste is far better than the nose. Tastes of lemon and champagne are bright and zesty leaving a mild vinegar finish. Finishes crisp. Quite fascinating for an adjunct. Really hits the spot with spicy food.

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Photo of gardner254
1.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of papat444
2.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of rallyr32
3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smells great! It smells fruity, but tastes a bit like a dilkuted Sam Adams. Pretty drinkable with some chicken tikka!

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Photo of Latarnik
2.25/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of djrn2
1.75/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of LoveStout
1.5/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of acurtis
1.75/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Haybeerman
2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Noelito76
2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.81/5  rDev +65.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden Eagle Lager Beer has a thick, slightly off-white head, a clear, very bubbly, deep golden appearance, and lots of thick lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. When I swished the bottom and poured, some yeast chunks were seen in the foam, and the foam turned tan (at the top). The aroma is full- pungent, sweet, malty, and noticeable as soon as the cap is popped. The flavor is really strange. There is an overriding charcoal taste in the beer, so it has a pronounced rauchbier character. One will also pick up sweetness, barley malt, and hops, but the smoke is overriding. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Golden Eagle Lager Beer finishes crisp, refreshing, and smoky. Overall, even with the bizarre nature, it is still quite good. Check it out, for an unusual experience.


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Photo of matjack85
1.75/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of metter98
1.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are strange and unpleasant strong aromas of burnt rubber and melted plastic in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of burnt rubber and plastic along with notes medicinal flavors and some smoke along with some hints of cooked corn.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I had a difficult time sampling this beer because its smell and taste of are downright nasty. If you thought skunked beer was bad, this one is at another level.

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Photo of harpus
1.75/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
1.41/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Found some of this at a liquor a store I frequent. This is my first beer from India. Poured into my pint glass with some vigor and got no head. Pale yellow in color. Nose is extremely faint. Musty and some lemon rind. Taste caught me off guard. I felt like I was sipping something that sat in a ceramic jar in my grandparents basement. A musty/earthy(in a bad way) flavor, similar to saki, that is hard to get through. It then transitions to pennies and a unpleasant dryness. Sadly my $4.24 got poured down the drain.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.04/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Got a bottle of this from a little shop I used to go to. This was a new release for them and the bottle looked like it was over 20 years old. I should have known right then and there to steer clear of this. However I got it and tried it. It was probably one of the grossest beers I've ever had. It was salty... Just straight up salty. I got about half way through it and poured it down the drain. Just gross.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.7/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mohan Meakin Limited - Golden Eagle Lager Beer
No freshness date, but there is a Mfg. Date (MAR 19 - must be almost a year old) and a Batch No. (3815)

The cap opened with a soft hiss. I assumed that there was probably not a lot of carbonation, and tasting it revealed that it does, indeed, have a moderate, very fine bubbled carbonation.

I noticed that there's an odd color to it as poured it. It's golden, but there's something else as well. I don't know if I'd call it pinkish, or perhaps greyish, but there is a certain cast to it, and it appears 'dusty'. It's also a bit hazy, but I expected that. It built a very thin head of white, but that dissipated quickly. With a limited carbonation that's to be at least partially expected, but I'm sure there's more going on than that.

In the nose I found some malt and a touch of grassiness, but it didn't appear fresh at all. In fact, blindfolded I might not even have guessed that it was beer at all. It's not off-putting though, it's just more like an Eastern Bloc lager than a European "Pilsner".

The flavor is interesting, so at least it's got that going for it. It's malty, with a bit of an adjunct side to it (...some kind of unrefined sugar), and some dull, kind of grassy hops. It's also a touch buttery with a hint of DMS (Dimethyl Sulfide/cooked corn) and even a touch of plastic (or is that burnt-plastic?). Obviously there are some fermentation issues to be dealt with, but again, they're not really off-putting. It's hardly bitter, although there is some (probably around 12 IBU's); and it finishes pretty much the way it began but a touch dryer. Oddly, I kind of like the buttery and almost smokey phenolic... it's weird, it's interesting... but it's not a very good example of the kind of beer I believe they were trying to make here. Or perhaps not. Maybe this is exactly what they wanted. It does seem like it would go well with Indian cuisine. And that makes me question whether this is bad at all, or not? Maybe it's good that we have this weird beer. Maybe it's good that there are odd derivations out there. When everyone starts trying to produce the finest European-style golden lager, everything becomes homogenized, and we end up with ONE beer made by everyone. Hmmm... didn't that happen with American lager?

As for the mouthfeel, I did like that. It's light in body, but also a bit sugary, and it appears almost light-medium. The carbonation is soft, and very fine bubbled (there's not much to be released), and it's fairly smooth across the palate despite the lack of body.

Drinkability? It's a light bodied, fairly sweet beer. That gives it a little something. But it's also not quite what you might expect a beer to taste like; and without hop flavor and bitterness it's not particularly refreshing unless you drink it ice-cold. And that's the way it should be 'enjoyed', because the phenolics become more pronounced once it's warmed.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.49/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured a light golden orange with pale yellow highlights that had a thin ring of head with very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plums and vinous notes greeted me first but had a blend of grains but it had a weird earthy aroma that I could not put my finger on it.

T: the flavor was also big on the plum but had grape accents with good sweet malt backing. It had berry fruit notes to it that might be juniper berries.

M: the brew was light body with a fair amount of carbonation which had. Slight sweet but crisp finish.

D: it drank really good and went even better paired with some shrimp tandoori.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.29/5  rDev +43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Against natural lighting appeared a golden-honey with a brilliant clarity, enough so to easily read the finest of text through. Random instances and burst of carbonation appear while the head was dirty white in color, porous and soapy in appearance, while short in execution.

S: There was a bit of green leafy hopping on the nose, quite pronounced with instances of candy oranges and white sage honey. There is a backup of herbal notes, oranges and a sweet white peppery twang on the finish. Overall sweet but somehow intriguing per style.

T: Sweet honey and corn syrup composes the initial flavor. Oranges, with a warm sweetness of butter scotch and a slight touch of herbal terragon best sums things up. Overall not as interesting nor complex as the nose led you to believe. There is a bit of ripe fruitiness on the finish as well some leafy green hopping. Overall offers a bit more spiciness and flavor complexity then your average American adjunct so ill leave it at that.

M: Light mouthful but feels a bit bigger at times due to the slippery texture and watery honey like feel. Tame carbonation lacks the crispness or should I say "fizziness" that most American adjunct lagers are noted for.

D: Once again, considering by style this was somewhat more bearable then your typical beers offered by BMC. A bit overly sweet certainly limits this in multiples, which sadly is the whole concept of a light lager, so it bears a double edged sword. A bomber pushes my patience and tolerance but I finished it.

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Photo of tone77
2.95/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, some malts. Taste is light, a bit of cough syrup flavor, finishing a tad bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a mediocre offering.

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Photo of czechsaaz
2.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Trip to the I.D. always turns up a new beer or two.

REally sugary aroma and not much like malt. In fact, the more I try to pin it down the more I think it smells like brown sugar. No hops to speak of and a little fruit/estery for a lager.

Pale gold with lots of rising carbonation but no head. Has a little hazy apperance too.

Flavor is tough to like. Tastes a lot like honey malt with just the barest amount of bittering hops. It really comes across sweet and lightly malty, again with the sugary emphasis and not malt.

Medium bodied with a light but refreshing carbonation level. The mouthfeel is one of the few positives I can find to say about this beer.

Well it is drikable but more like a soda pop. It's pretty sweet and carbonated and taste not totally unlike beer but the sweetness is really not good.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.38/5  rDev +47%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly murky pale straw body with almost no head.
S: Sweet malts, corn, and honey.
T: The honey comes through pretty strong, with a sweet corn flavor following. Finishes with a scotch-like bitterness.
M: Pretty standard; good level of carbonation, good cold.
D: Again, pretty average. So far probably one of my favorite lagers to have with Indian food.

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