Haywards 5000 Super Premium Beer
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Ranked #33
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2.71 | pDev: 24.35%
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jarmby1711 from Australia

2.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pale gold lager is crystal clear , which in my experience does not bode well as it gives the beer a manufactured rather than brewed quality. This beer frothed up a decent head , but really is very plain and unremarkable.
It is all derinkable and enjoyable but thats about it.
It is the sort of beer to have over a business discussion on a warm afternoon.

May 29, 2010
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger head that leaves a ton of lace. Very pale yellow color. Light carbonation. Nose is hay like in a barn. Starts and finishes sweet. Light bodied. So far my best beer from India but this is only the fourth. The label has this "manufactured" by Skol Breweries. $1.95 for a 330ml bottle.

Apr 13, 2004
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Chaz from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +47.6%

Nov 15, 2011
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Suds from Missouri

2.99/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first beer that I've had from India, and I didn't really know what to expect. To be honest, its origin is the only reason that I bought the beer. All in all, it's average, and in no ways extraordinary. Decent hop bitterness
It has a negligable head, and a pale, golden color. It's not particularly carbonated, and has a sweet, alcolol smell. The taste is initially malty, and well balanced with a bitter hop finish. Soft, pleasant mouthfeel...at times grainy. Very slight warming, but the alcohol here…could be dangerous.

Nov 30, 2002
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packetknife from Idaho

2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This would be the last Indian beer I tried on my trip and it didn't help my impression of the business in that country. Light golden color, no discernable head. Smelled slightly skunky but that's about it. Lousy hoppiness, like it was watered down. Maltiness was negligable. Rather flat but drinkable for the ABV. I felt it after the oversized bottle but I wasn't ready to have another one, I'd rather Sprite.

Feb 15, 2004
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

2.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A clear gold body is capped by a short head of bright white foam. The retention is fair, and although it drops a bit it still maintains a thin creamy layer across the surface. Some minor lace also adds to the appearance. The nose displays some higher alcohols and acetaldehyde. It's not quite off-putting, but it's certainly not pleasant either. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth due to the combination of its medium/full body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The alcohol found in the nose reappears in the flavor amidst a somewhat grainy and sweetish malt that's backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with residual, lingering alcohol. Not a very well-made beer by any means.

Aug 12, 2003
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

2.72/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Stopper brought this bottle over and neither of us expected much but who knows.
WE are pouring a cold bottle into pint glasses. The beer pours a birght clear gold color with bleached white fizzy head of .5 cm that fades quickly.
Aroma is grainy malts, slightly skunky/funky, some spicy hops as well. A bit of sugaryness as well.
First sip reveals a lite body and Very sharp prickly carbonation.
Flavor starts sweet with some corn sugar and a hint of caramel again some spicy hops are present and a bit of husky malt and some corn/vegetable notes as well. ON the finish there is a hit of citrusy/rind hops. The beer is clean and sweet,not great or exciting but certainly not a drain pour either.

Oct 02, 2005
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ybnorml from Rhode Island

2.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has a very light yellow colored body with a big white head that disappears immeadiately. The aroma is lightly grainy with a hint of alcohol. Kind of a sweet grassy taste, no hop bitterness evident. Mostly a strong alcohol presence in the flavor not much else. This remineded me of some "biere forte" that I purchased in Canada a few years ago. Mostly alcohol rush and no real beer flavor.

Apr 15, 2004
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RoyalT from Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Extremely light and pale yellow in color with a decent head and loads of carbonation.

Smell – Typical Americanized strong grain aroma. This one smells very dry.

Taste – Sticky rice meets creamed corn. This is one of the strangest (and nastiest) beers that I’ve ever had.

Mouthfeel – Dry and somewhat crisp with a very thin body.

Sinkability – I definitely can’t make myself finish this thing.

Apr 15, 2004
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hungryghost from District of Columbia

1.66/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

1 Pint, 6oz. bottle
Yellow with a white foamy head
Smells like alcohol and maybe wet corn...
Taste is just plain awful and difficult to describe. Here goes; a bit of bitterness, no idea if it could be hops, malt liquor alcohol hints, the overwhelming taste is metalic, tinny. Bad tasting stuff.
Mouthfeel is watery and hard to swallow cuz it taste so bad.
Drinkable only as a last resort. Very last.

Jun 10, 2005
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Imbiber from New York

3.14/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle says best before 11/2003, drinking this 5 minutes into 2/2004, oh well...

Hazy gold in colour, smallish white head. Aroma is cross between neat alcohol, sherry, and white spirit - not necessarily unpleasant but somewhat unexpected and voracious on the finer elements of the nose. Actually, I think this is the best element of this beer.

Malt and hops are there in the taste, as is a slightly cloying sweetness and a grainy texture. Not unpleasant, but a bit harsh - though I have had a lot worse. Not much aftertaste, just a grainy feel.

Ok, maybe one of the better brews from India - but not great.

Feb 01, 2004
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smcolw from Massachusetts

2.97/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is as one would expect, grainy yellow. Nearly no head. No lace.

This has what I refer to as a refrigerator aroma. It's not stale per se, but it doesn't give any of the smells one would expect.

The flavor is a marked improvement. I can even detect a mild hop bite. Light grain. The body is decent with a slightly elevated carbonation level. For the style, I'd say this is better than the typical suspects, but it is still suspect itself.

Aug 11, 2012
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JanM from Sweden

3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Indian preference for "super strong" beers is often a menace. Somehow the kick is considered more important than the taste. The well-known beer "Knock-Out" spells it out quite clearly. Haywards 5000 would most likely taste better with less alcohol. Still, it's a kind of Indian equivalent to Eurolager- perhaps Hindulager?, and it's definately functional. It smells sweet and the hal finger of foam disappears quickly. The taste is malty/bready with a distinct alcohol breath lingering in the mouth. I often wonder over Indian beer names. Haywards is obviously meant to give the beer a heritage feel. The number 5000 may just be a high number indiacting the potency of the brew (He-man 9000 is another example?

Nov 09, 2005
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Pours a very light yellow with no head or lacing.

Smell: Grainy and grassy.

Taste: Kind of bland but not unpleasant. No detectable hops.

Mouthfeel: goes down easy no complaints.

Overall: reminds me of a regular BMC product and this beer hides the alcohol well.

May 25, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

1.4/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Oh dear, I'm in a fix; only one more chilled beer and there's this: Poured cold from the fridge with a small to medium foamy, frothy, off-white head, that quickly settled to an island and ring, with no lace. Color is a clear, pale yellow with lots of large and small bubble trails. Aroma is the best thing about this beer - sweet with a little beery, malt, hop. Flavor isn't so good; mainly neutral sweet, carbonic tang, hint of bitter. Body is there, but not pleasant and carbonation is too strong and clashes- heck, everything clashes in this brew. Finish is like flavor and of medium length, which is way too long. Bleh.

May 15, 2012
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

2.03/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mar 17, 2016
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

650ml bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, yellow body with a sudsy, quickly deflating, white head.

Smell: Washed out malts tones with a sweet-scented corn-hinting element to it and whiff of astringent cleaner.

Taste: Mild, meager pale maltiness with a sweetness of corn sugar powder. Lightly fruity, like a dash of Martinelli's sparkling apple-grape juice that had subsequently gone a bit flat and tired. No real hop flavor or bitterness, instead you get a small pinch of chemically alcohol. Warming, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Unpleasant and coarse but not entirely undrinkable, it's like an India-born malt liquor.

May 18, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up in a recent smash & grab for BYOB at a random Devon Ave. shop in Chicago.

Out of the four casual beer drinkers at our table, this was the only bottle to sit unfinished at the end of the night. It's only redeeming factor was a slight banana ester that surfaced at room temperature.

Poured fizzy yellow, some foam that rapidly dissipated.
Smelled like spent grain, noticeable alcohol, no hops.
Taste was bland, thin mouthfeel, no one wanted to drink it after a few sips.

After sitting for awhile, and warming to room temp. there was an out of place banana taste that was neither here nor there. Kingfisher paired much better with the spicy lamb curry.

Mar 19, 2007
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, so Kingfisher's "premium" beer was awful. I thought I'd try this one and see the difference, if any.
Pours a semi-haze pale yellow. Not quite straw color. Huge carbo-head, white and bubbly. Didn't last long. quickly settled to a film.
Aroma of stale bread, butterscotch, and alcohol. Not pleasant. Bad aftertaste. Thin, yet coating. A bit better than the aforementioned, but not my cup of 'tea'.

Jul 21, 2008
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matjack85 from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Jan 29, 2013
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jettjon from Florida

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

Served at an Indian restaurant from 22-ounce bomber into a copper Cup. Light brownish color hard to tell in the cup. Small amount of head quickly fades leaving a small cap and some clingy lace. Nose is extremely sweet. Grassy and malt liquor smell. Taste is similar. Very sweet best served cold. Mouth is thin with not much viscosity. Definitely better with food than solo. Overall not bad but neither is it very good.

Jun 12, 2015
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

3/5  rDev +10.7%

Dec 18, 2012
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JayQue from Virginia

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

Purchased at Grapes and Hops in Fayetteville NC. about 6 months ago. Didn't know it was a Malt Liquor till I I got back home. It is what it is - not that bad...not that great either. Poured into a pint glass as a pale yellow color. Medium size white head that fades fast. minimal lacing.

Smell is sweet and malty...a little skunk as well

Taste is a malty beer somewhat overly sweet. Don't detect the 7%. It went down fairly well with some Cajun shrimp/peppers and okra.

Mouthfeel is about average for this type of beer. No nasty aftertaste. Basically a standard malt liquor. Mild flavor and a bit too sweet.

Works as a lawnmower beer or with spicy food. Not that bad.

May 18, 2012
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fastrodney from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +47.6%

Jun 06, 2013
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

1.77/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Never heard of it. I was in Boulder, land of craft beer, so when the waiter at the restaurant mentioned it, I thought, hmm... yet another local beer. Didn't register: Indian restaurant, import beer, crappy malt liquor.

Well it looked like a beer, right? This was awfully oxidized, leaving a sickly sweet aftertaste. It's only value was that it quenched a little bit of the power that came from the whole peppercorns and cardamom seeds I stumbled across as I ate the biryani. Avoid.

Nov 08, 2013
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