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Haywards 5000 Super Premium Beer | Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.

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Haywards 5000 Super Premium BeerHaywards 5000 Super Premium Beer

Brewed by:
Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Suds on 11-30-2002

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 133
Photo of laituegonflable
2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with light carbonation. No head at all. Lagery, dull and not very interesting.

Nose has a distinct pride of ringwood edge to it, with very little else apart from a very slight fruit aroma, maybe apple, but I think that's being generous, or imaginative. Weak and again, not very impressive.

Palate is surprisingly fruity, but the first taste is that nasty pride of ringwood character again which appears on the front. Luckily this goes away by the mid palate leaving a nice apple character but one that is quite watery and insipid. Finish is actually quite sweet but not very nice. Overall the palate isn't actually badly constructed, frankly, it just doesn't taste good. Mouthfeel is a bit flat but also has a slight sticky note to it. It's not a pleasant beer, although one thing for it is it does go well with the spicy food.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.16/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a hotel water glass (best I could do).

A-Light yellow body and a very weak, white head.

S-metallic, sugary malt flavor

T-if there is hops in here than my taste buds must be fried from all of the chilies I had eaten in India. No hop flavor to mention. Strong alcohol and a somewhat metallic flavor.


D-If one was to drink only Indian beer while in India, you can do a lot better than this. I know everyone seems to hate on Kingfisher but I would make Kingfisher my session for a week than touch this again. I felt dirty after drinking it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2/5  rDev -24%
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'.

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Photo of beerthulhu
1.85/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Brewed and bottled in India under SABmiller supervision. Pours a clear pale yellow color. Big skunky aroma with raw vegetables and hay for flavor.

S: Smell is raw, warm buttered vegetables.

T: Taste is buttery vegetables that finishes with off flavors, sour vegetables, sour malt, some sweetened buttery notes.

M: Mouthful is thin, harsh and coarse with some skunkiness and musky feel.

D: Just plain horrible flavors, a horrible lager bite and just bad brewing techniques, but then again what else would you expect from SAB. Undrinkable, couldn’t finish.

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Photo of emerge077
2.25/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
1.73/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Interesting label. Claims to be the "crown jewel of Indian beers" the sentence after it uses the phrase "bottled in India under SABMiller supervision". Is it just me or is that in itself a devaluation of Indian beer?

Strangely bright tan/yellow color with a thin cap of head and a sharp sourness in the nose that is mostly malt. Taste is strong sour malt and not a whole lot else. Finish is fairly clean but not good at all. The alcohol is an intimidating enforcer behind the sour assault. Wow, this is pretty bad. If you want a brew to drink with Indian food, go with Kingfisher or Cobra, this is barely drinkable at all.

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Photo of Freshie
2.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with small soda-like head.

Smell was hard to read, because it was served to me o so cold. Light grain, faint sweet malt.

Tastes like a normal American Lager with more kick (7% ABV). The stale grain flavour gives way to a more spiced aftertaste, where the hops becomes present. Smooth, but carbonation adds some bite.

Nothing special. It might Work well with some cuisine, but I think other beers of the same genre probably surpass it.

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Photo of JanM
3.1/5  rDev +17.9%
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?

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.72/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of hungryghost
1.66/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.47/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.88/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

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Photo of packetknife
2.28/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.14/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.71/5  rDev +3%
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 acetaldehdye. 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 amidsts a somewhat grainy and sweetish malt that's backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with residual, lingering alchohol. Not a very well-made beer by any means.

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Photo of Suds
2.99/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Haywards 5000 Super Premium Beer from Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.
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