Golden Eagle Beer
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2.31 | pDev: 32.03%
Mohan Breweries & Distilleries Ltd
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Notes: 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.
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.81/5  rDev +64.9%
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.


Jul 14, 2013
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NYRunner from New York

2.28/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I had a bottle In an Indian restaurant. Fizzy golden-yellowish, white head that dissipated quickly.

Grainy smell, and the taste pretty much followed the smell. Heavy malty taste up front without much finish, no surprises.

Bottom line: it was OK with my meal, but got less and less appetizing as it warmed. I’ll try not to order it again.

Mar 24, 2019
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

1.78/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

"won gold medals" ??? Were the judges on drugs? A heavy pour and only a white one-fingered head that faded quickly leaving no lace. Clear light amber color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Starts with hints of hops and malt, no distinct flavor, really just a watery lawnmower beer. ABV is listed as <5%. Overpriced at $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Aug 17, 2004
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budgood1 from Minnesota

2.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

tastes like nothing i've sampled before. very malty in aroma and flavor, but it has this musty/cardboard thing going on and i'm not sure if i approve. a beer from India...having no idea what to compare it to....i would say the this beer is not to my tastes. but if i had no other beer to drink, i might learn to like it. definitely something different!

Jul 12, 2002
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Pegasus from Texas

3.12/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a small white head that vanishes in seconds. Curious aroma of apple cider with distinct vanilla notes. Taste begins with sweet malt and raw honey notes, turns rather tart in the middle of the taste, finish is dry with a ghost of bitterness and slight alcohol flavors. The odd flavors mentioned by other reviews (wet cardboard, plastic) seem to dissipate as the beer warms, although they are quite pronounced just after the beer is poured. An interesting beer.

Nov 16, 2002
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Mar 06, 2011
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Morris729 from Texas

3.29/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale golden color with a fizzy white head that quickly vanishes without a trace. Nose is sweet grains and a bit of fresh apples—quite unusual. Taste begins with a light fruitiness and notes of wildflower honey leading to a touch of hop bitterness and a dry finish. An interesting beer and one that I would probably order the next time I’m dining at an Indian restaurant.

Jul 26, 2005
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RoyalT from Ohio

2.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – This ale was light orange in color with no head. I almost threw my arm out trying to lather this one up but to no avail.

Smell – Grain, horse, grass, and a few Gumi-Bears.

Taste – There’s actually a light smokiness to this one, but it’s more like an ashtray than a flavorful barbeque. So, smoky creamed corn with a slight skunk aftertaste. Nice.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and a tad bigger than light-bodied. The mouthfeel on this ale wasn’t that bad.

Sinkability – I couldn’t poor this one out fast enough.

Apr 03, 2004
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Dukeofearl from California

2.6/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought from a newly found liquor store in a part of town that, shall we say, has had a depressed economy for a long time; the (Indian looking) owner saw my 2 Indian beers (among several others) and pointed to the other one and told me how much I would like it. Didn't say a word about this one. Hmmm...

I've never heard of this one, that's why I bought it. The label tells me that it is "The legendary beer of India", that it's 650 ml, that it's made in India, for sale in U.S.A., 4.8% ABV, and that it's the winner of gold medals at Monde Selection, 1982, 1983.

Pours a very US macro-like very pale yellow, with a medium white head of vary large bubbles tha settles quickly into a thin film that stays awhile, as it is fed by a modicum of carbonation. "Modicum", I love that word... but I digress...

Aroma is of grains, grains and more grains. Nothing more. Nothing exciting there at all.

Flavor isn't bad, but it is very macro-like in its weakness. I would say it's a bit more full and robust than American macros, with grain, lightly sweetened, lightly toasted. Corn-flake like. Maybe a touch of hops at the end, but not enough to notice.

Mouthfeel- eh.

I would probably like this one ok on a hot day, or during my trip to India (some day....), but all I can say is that I'm glad I tried it.

Mar 27, 2005
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CVC from California

1.99/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Came in a dark brown 22 oz. bomber bottle; served in a pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow color with a thin, white, one-finger head. Leaves no lace. Smells faint--flowery and malty. Tastes like soapy water. Thin mouthfeel. Somewhat drinkable.

"Winner of Gold Medals at Monde Selection 1982,83". This beer must have seriously changed over the years. I've never tried this beer before, so I decided to buy it when I saw at a nearby liquor store. The man working there, whom I often see, said, "This is good beer." He's never said that about any other beer I've bought from him either. Yeah, this stuff is shit. Nothing about is appealing. It looks and tastes terrible. The head looked like soapy water--very thin and died quickly. It tastes like that, too. "The Legendary Beer of India" is something I won't try again.

Jan 22, 2005
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden Eagle Lager
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a light orange bronze color with mini carbonation. Thin white lace crown on top.

The nose is faint. Some whiffs of grains and sweetness.

Slighty carbonated pressured mouthfeel. Sweet toasted grain and corn flavors with a sugary corn syrup blast.

This beer tastes just a little "off". Better the colder it is and drinkable, but not recommended.

Dec 19, 2006
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GClarkage from California

1.39/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

Appearance- Pours with a decent yellow color and aqequate head. Not much lace at all though.

Smell- Damn the same scent as that lace Indian beer. Kinda like cheap liquor. Or maybe some kind of aftershave that your 4 year old son gives you for X-mas.

Taste- Good God this is bad. I choked down one chug and dumped it. UGH, I thought the last one taste bad. It still has nothing on Crazy Ed's, but this is bad. I guess some corn flavored malt and staleness and skunk. Not sure how old it is. Slight rust on the cap, maybe that should have given me a hint.

Mouthfeel- From the one sip I had. Overcarbonated and tough to get down without refunding the rest from my gullet.

Drinkability- Make me wish I had another sip from my last review. Pretty damn repulsive beer.

Nov 23, 2004
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elricorico from Canada

1.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pale golden with plenty of carbonation racing up to a thin white head. Not much head but it sticks around.

The smell is very unusual. Smells smokey to me, not the usual smoke you find in beer but almost a burnt rubber or plastic aroma. Never smelled anything like it, and it is a bit harsh.

The taste starts with a macro lager like sweetness, but quickly becomes the same as the smell. I've never tasted anything like it. It certainly isn't good, but it also isn't quite as offensive as one might expect.

Fairly typical macro lager type mouthfeel. Thin and fizzy. Not quite to the point of watery though.

Won't finish it, I'm a bit afraid of what could possibly generate its unique flavour.

Jan 08, 2008
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Noelito76 from New York

2/5  rDev -13.4%

Aug 06, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to xnoxhatex for sharing this.

Transparent gold, visible carbonation, with fizzy foam that settled to a thin ring. Honey sweetness in the aroma, with an unusual note of smoke.

Flavor was much like a smoked Helles. The aftertaste was clean, with a dry finish that followed the oddly phenolic smoky taste. Some honey and grain husk. Fairly low carbonation, thin but not unpleasant. I would give this another chance if I saw it. This wasn't as bad as some other reviews made it out to be.

Sep 29, 2008
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.72/5  rDev +61%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of my beer of the world gift

12 oz bottle pours an effervescent golden/bronze with 2 fingers of fluffy head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Smokey notes?? Is this some sort of factory defect I'll love, will have to check other reviewers after I post

T: Smokey with some sweet honey malts up front. Butterscotch notes sneak in as this warms along with some lemon hops. finishes grainy with smokey notes & lemony hops

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation

Drinks very easy. Sucks as an american macro has posiblities as a smoked helles!

P.S. only one other reviewer picked up the smokeyness, so I'd say try this at your own risk! I enjoyed this

May 24, 2007
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matjack85 from Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Jan 29, 2013
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czechsaaz from Washington

2.23/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Feb 05, 2009
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Manosbeeroffate from Maine

1.06/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought locally for $2.00 a 650ml bottle. Pours pale yellow color, like any macro lager. Can't smell much but a weird sweet funk. Taste? Oh my gawd, starts sweet but immediatly goes to this weird ass plastic flavor. No I don't eat plastic on a regular basis but this is the closest I can't come to describing the flavor, and it stays in your mouth. Overall this is shit, if I ordered this at a restaraunt I would have them send this shit back. Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc. All the big macros could have a field day in the advertising dept. Hey at least we don't taste like Golden Eagle Lager. If I had my choice of drinking this beer again and being kicked in the nuts, I'll go for the kick, repeaditly!! Drainpour it goes!!

Feb 21, 2007
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harpus from Alabama

1.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Jul 22, 2012
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Latarnik from New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -2.6%

Jul 07, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

1.83/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

650 ml bottle:

Pours bright, clear straw yellow with a thin white head that lasts a few seconds before vanishing.

The smell is some husk, a bit soapy, something oddly smokey-ish.

The taste is sweet - in an artificial sweetener sort of way, soapy, some wet cardboard. As is progresses there is an odd smoky touch that seems out of place. It's not quite as pronounced as in some other offerings from India, but is enough to be out-of-line with the style, and along with other flaws in here, this just ends up being something rather of a mess. Lightly sweet, with almost no bitterness in the weak, fizzy finish.

Light-bodied and rather fizzy, the aftertaste - thankfully mild - is not very pleasant.

Almost half-way through, I considered "drain pour", but I managed through it - something of an achievement. This is not one I would recommend trying - weak, soapy, wet-cardboardish, rather fizzy, a bit smoky - rather a mess all-in-all.

Aug 06, 2008
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Shadman from Canada

1.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Another beer of the world sample..from India no less. The last Indian beer sucked, let's see if this one scores any better. Poured a clear, amber color. Very fizzy with no real head retention what so ever. Aroma is, as 1 reviewer put it, funky. Mostly a mollassess smell, no doubt the 'sugar' put in the recipe. I didn't care for it.

YUCK!. Easliy the worst tasting beer I have ever had. An almost medicinal taste, very similar to a weak disinfectant, Dettol, or something. There is a faint hint of malt that breifly coats the tongue and some hop that bites, but I can't get past the initial taste. Mouthfeel is maybe a bit thin, but given that it's from a warm climate that may be understandable.

I know you are not supposed to slam beer, but I tink this 1 gives a person a reason.

Jan 04, 2008
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metter98 from New York

1.84/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Sep 02, 2012
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papat444 from Canada

2.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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