Royal Challenge Indian Premium Lager | Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-11-2003

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by siege06nd:
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2.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.23/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Royal Challenge clear glass longneck, best before 05/09/05 - review date was past that by nearly two months! But this is what one can expect in India...

Appearance: Straw-yellow, low-moderate carbonation, thin head retention, no lacing.

Smell: Skunky, BO. Hops have probably gone bad, the bottle is clear glass. Some sulfur smell - thankfully no glycerine like most other Indian lagers.

Taste: Strange bitter adjunct flavour. This flavour is not present when ice-cold - it's easy to knock this back when very cold. This one is still cold, but not cold enough!

Mouthfeel: Very easy to throw back: thin, nothing to it.

Drinkability: Good if ice-cold, better than any other Indian lager, with the possible exception of Belo from Goa.

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Photo of chinchill
2.7/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.32/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this bomber in an Indian grocery in Bloomington and I decided that I just had to take the "royal challenge."

A - Crystal clear gold brew with a small fizzy white head.

S - Slightly fruity (I'm noticing a trend in Indian beers) and clean... almost like clean linen or something. Very fresh and balanced to my nose, but there isn't a lot of complexity.

T - Just like the nose, this is crisp, clean, and slightly fruity. There are some fusel alcohol notes along with a quasi-German-pils saltine cracker pale malt note.

M - Light, refreshing, crisp, and airy. This is highly carbonated, and that suits the flavors just fine.

D - Nothing special in the flavor department, but this is a beer designed to wash down spicy food, and I think that it would do well in that aspect. This is a solid session beer... especially in the heat of summer. I like it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.4/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This shiny, straw-gold lager from India delivers a sweetish and delicately fruity aroma and flavor; balanced by a healthy dose of herbal hops in the flavor and a solid bitterness that dries it nicely. It's reminiscent of Heineken to a certain extent, but the maltiness is less grainy (there's obviously some adjunct in use), and it has far more fermentation characteristics to it than any well-done European lager. But its berry-like yeasty fruitiness and slightly-off fermentation characteristics (hints of a Belgian lambic... Brettanomyces?) are what give it a bit of charm and make it worth trying. Other than that, it's appearance is standard with a dwindling head; it's flavor is not-surprisingly basic; and it offers little to no finish at all. Still, it does have some spark of uniqueness to it, and a good amount of drinkability.

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3/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of nikhilshetty007
3.75/5  rDev +58.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.22/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.03/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured a clear yellow color lager with small bubbly white head. Aroma of skunk is overly present and leaves little or no place to anything else (was drank before BBD). Taste is weak with some skunk noticeable and some malt. Overall, this is very weak.

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Photo of Beestin
2.94/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of matjack85
2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of 3Vandoo
1.3/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A shy yellow beer, very limpid, clear reminding me of an apple juice! No head, the head dissapeared too quickly, well actually it might be David Copperfield's head, it appeared and "voila" dissapeared right away!

Smells like water, nothing to pick to smell at, nothing!

Her taste : no character, dry, a taste of I cannot describe it very easy, I want to use two words one starts with C and the other one with S. Anyway, that beer had a weird effect on my mouth drying it very quickly.

bad bad bad!

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Photo of Shiloh
1.43/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I didn't really expect much from a lager brewed in India and to that I was not disappointed.
The colour was of apple juice on arrival with a thin island lace and ring.
Carbonation was almost nonexistant.
The body is light.
Heavy skunk scent was my first impression of this sad little beer.
The taste has a light maltiness to it start to finish with no linger.
Just boring, nothing else...oh yeah weak as well.

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Photo of cudmud
2.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light honey color with very little carbonation and head combine to produce scant lacing.

Smell: A slight hint of hops is overpowered by adjuncts.

Taste: Lets just say it's the Bud of India.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: It's cold and wet.

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Photo of gshak
2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of JanM
1.63/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nothing premium with this beer. Although Shaw Wallace is a major player in India's brewing world, the Royal Challenge is to finish a bottle of this weak and semi-flat liquid. Avoid it at any cost or confuse it with the same company's Indian Royal Challenge whisky. At least it will make you numb.

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Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of adjunct, yeast, and pale malt. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with and average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, and slight hop. Overall, little metallic aftertaste, very smooth, and a decent blend of flavors.

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Photo of alexkwilhelm
3/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chunkylover53
1.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can you say "bland"? I hope so, because you'll want to if you try this beer.

It was a pale yellow with no head whatsoever, and no smell. Literally none.

I get a stronger mouthfeel out of my Brita filter. And the taste? Weak. Very very slightly hoppy. I think. I thought I detected some adjuncts in there as well. Rice perhaps? I'm not sure. It was too weak to really tell.

This is not a beer for drinking. This is a beer for lying down and avoiding.

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Photo of JISurfer
1.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Yeah, this is a nasty brew. I figured I would have one, cause I never had a beer from India. Hopefully though, most of their beers are better than this one. The bottle was kinda cool, with the important looking label and all, but that was defintely the highlight of the beer. It's taste was really sweet and had a hoppy tinge to it. I guess it tasted like a bad Malt Liquor. So bad, I couldn't even finish it. Hell, the smell was pretty skunky too, to top it off.

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Photo of Domingo
3.36/5  rDev +42.4%
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.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.5/5  rDev +48.3%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.23/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was bottled in a 12 ounce green longneck with very nice labeling - an attractive package. Immediate skunky nose on popping the cap. The pour created a hazy light amber body capped, briefly, by 3/4 inch frothy off-white head. Past the skunk there is a piney hop nose overlaying the malted barley. The taste is oily hops resin in the front fading to some back bitterness. The body is thin and watery. The rice adjunct floats into the flavor bringing an unpleasant additional taste to the beer. This is a beer I won't drink again. Lengthy metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of pootz
1.91/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Green bottle: poured a pale pils-like beer in the glass.... weak head, poor lacing, active carbonation.

Has the Heineken/Beck's "skunk" from sulphers in the light- spoiled lager yeast mixing with the saaz hops. Light body, sandy mouth feel, faint malt spine. Light-struck flavor of sweet and sour hop-malt over musty earthy notes, fast finish where the musty tastes are detected ( these musty notes verge on nasty and spoil an otherwise inoffensive bland Heineken clone)

I think I got a light-struck sample that skunked....I'd like to try this fresh to make a proper evaluation even though I'm sure it will be a Beck's clone.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.3/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This Indian beer come in a very light green bottle. It pours a vapid yellow haze with some dandruff like flecks that might be yeast (I hope theyre yeast, then again these kinds of lagers are usually so tightly filtered no yeast will get through). Head and lacing consist of a scummy film.

This is the ugliest beer Ive seen.

The aroma is nasty with skunk, metallic grain, rotten vegetables and saccharine sweetness. The taste is soapy with a hop bitterness that is overpowered by skunk and metallic flavors. I cant taste malt over the astringent maelstrom. The mouthfeel is unnatural and almost puckering with off flavors. The finish is as nasty and ruins my palate.

This is not a good beer, in fact its one of the worst Ive ever tried. Makes Bud and Canadian sound very appealing. Since the skunk flavors werent out of control, this probably wasnt a bad bottle either.

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Royal Challenge Indian Premium Lager from Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.36 out of 5 with 37 ratings