Royal Challenge Indian Premium Lager
Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.

Royal Challenge Indian Premium LagerRoyal Challenge Indian Premium Lager
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Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #272
Ranked #29,287
2.37 | pDev: 30.8%
Dec 29, 2022
May 11, 2003
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

2.67/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
(650 ml bottle, B NO-350 MFG-18/05/12... purchased cold single two days ago at Mr. Liquor)

I could have sworn the label said '22' and not '12' for the MFG year. Only reason I got excited and decided to take a chance. Crazy, the label looks brand new... If you've never had 10-year old, basic-strength pale lager before, you're in luck!... poured this into my HR Tubinger mug... darn near crystal clear medium-amber-colored liquid; good bit of foam on the pour, but it collapses shortly after construct... slightly grainy, corny lead aroma with moderately heavy apple/cider overtone; overall only mildly off-putting from oxidation I suppose... much of the scents carry over into the flavors; notable dry vacuum mid-palate, devoid of depth; again, not terrible, given its age... fairly dry and quick on the palate, with a slight residual slickness, but little fizz to break it up... surprised this wasn't a total disaster, but I lasted about 7-8 sips before moving on; more of this might've went down had it been near freezing and/or it was in the 90s (2072)
Dec 29, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

2.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
22oz bottle served in a shaker pint. I'm shocked and horrified that the "MFG" date on the back is printed as 23/08/12.

Pours clear pale golden with little head and moderate carbonation. Smell is sweet, bready, a tiny bit grassy, a tiny bit lemony.

Taste is blandly sweet with slight grassy characteristics. Surprisingly, not too bad, just very very boring.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, not great, but not as bad as I expected.
Apr 22, 2015
Rated: 3 by alexkwilhelm from Virginia

Apr 15, 2015
Rated: 2.94 by Beestin from Iowa

Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 3 by MikeThumel from Illinois

Jun 23, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by Latarnik from New Jersey

May 28, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by siege06nd from Virginia

Mar 30, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by gshak from Texas

Feb 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by nikhilshetty007 from Arizona

Feb 21, 2014
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

2.7/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Royal Challenge shared at the 2014 RBWG.

A rather run of the mill lager Its strong point is the aroma, which is a decent light malt with lightly spicy and floral aspects.

On the weak side, the light body is watery.

The flavor is unremarkable for a mass produced pale lager.
Feb 14, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by DbbC from Illinois

Nov 24, 2013
Rated: 2.25 by beernads from Florida

Jul 03, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by grahamboudreaux from Tennessee

Mar 23, 2013
Rated: 2.5 by matjack85 from Illinois

Jan 29, 2013
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Reviewed by drpimento from Wisconsin

1.62/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Well. I gave this one the benefit of the doubt and poured it cold, straight from the fridge with an aggressive pour and got a medium size, white, foamy head that quickly settled out and no lace. Color is a clear yellow with lots of huge bubble trails. Aroma is the best thing with the beer, is sweet, beerish, hint of hop and malt. Flavor is sweet, hint of malt & hop bitter and lots of carbonic tang. Body is ok, but the carbonation is so harsh that it totally dominates, Finish is a little strange - it's like flavor and is fairly short while leaving a neutral sweetness and alcohol warmth. Maybe the warmth is there due to the heavy carbonation enhancing the 5% into feeling stronger. Not very good stuff.
May 14, 2012
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Reviewed by Cyberkedi from Georgia

2.58/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours a clear straw yellow with a thick but not too persistent white head. Aroma is malty and just a bit fruity, not very strong. Flavor is malty and palatable, just a hint of apple - nothing to tweet, but OK. Smooth texture has only average body and just a little fizz. Well, India is not known as a great beer country - yet.
Mar 16, 2012
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Reviewed by Domingo from Colorado

3.36/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Wow. A lot of hate for this one. Honestly, this isn't half-bad for a random international lager.
Deep gold color. Definitely more visual appeal than most, and it left lace rings on my glass, too.
The nose is pretty pedestrian. A bit on the sweet side.
Tastes a hair sweet, but not overbearing. The hops leave a bit of an herbal note. A little bit of a cereal grain character doesn't impart any major problems. This isn't too bad, really.
I had no problem downing the bomber of this at my local Indian restaurant, and I might even be tempted to order it again the next time I'm there.
Much better than the usual Flying Horse, Old Monk, Taj Mahal, etc.
Not the greatest beer anywhere, but I'd probably take one over a fair number of US macros, too.
Mar 12, 2012
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Reviewed by CrazyDavros from Australia

2.22/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Pours amber with a tiny head.
Nose shows sweet light malt, vegetables, light floral notes and brown sugar.
Very sweet tasting, more cooked vegetables and cardboard. Practically no bitterness. Somewhat cloying.
Carbonation is much too high, body watery.
Jun 20, 2011
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Reviewed by ADZA from Australia

1.3/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
This is one brew ive never heard of and after tasting i hope i never do again it pours a see through straw hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head that quickly dissaptes and leaves no lacing,the smell is pretty horrible with hints of grains and weak grassy hops,it has a light bodied well carbonated macro mouthfeel and the only tastes i get are grains,pale malts and weak grassy hops and overall to be honest this brew is definately one to avoid and hate to say it but no matter how good the indian food just go kingfisher instead.
May 14, 2011
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Reviewed by Vdubb86 from Illinois

2.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Served in a pokal glass from the 650ml bottle

When you go to an Indian restaurant the beer you should get an Indian beer. That was the thought process that led me on Valentine's day to getting this beer while getting my girlfriends favorite type of food. Well as it turns out all of the Indian beers on the menu were AAL, though I had never heard of most of them it was like throwing darts at a dart board trying to figure out which one to choose. How can you turn down a beer called Royal Challenge?

This beer pours a golden straw color faint white foam that didn't last very long. The smell was sweet with aromas that included sweet corn and malted sugar. The flavor when it was initially poured into a frosted glass from a cold bottle, was a pleasant yet corn filled sweetness. The unfortunate part is that I had to take down all 650ml by myself. That meant that that the beer was sure to warm up. When it was cold it was almost pleasantly sweet to drink, as it warmed it became like drinking a watery corn syrup that was no longer pleasant to consume. The mouthfeel was rather sticky the whole time, which for a light beer wasn't as desirable as you might imagine. This beer was only temporarily drinkable then it became pretty awful to drink. It wasn't the worst Indian beer I got to consume, but there is still a long way for this country to go before it starts producing good beer.
Feb 15, 2011
Royal Challenge Indian Premium Lager from Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 38 ratings