Yuksom Breweries, Ltd.

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #210
Ranked #47,056
2.53 | pDev: 20.95%
Yuksom Breweries, Ltd.
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matjack85 from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev +23.3%

I found this 650ml brown bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $1.99. I wasn't particularly looking for an Indian beer, but the price was inviting, so into the cart it went and then into my refrigerator. Ended up sharing this with 2 friends just in case it would be too unbearable to finish by myself. No freshness date, but the back label says the water they use for brewing this comes from a Himalayan spring, so we'll see if that makes any difference.

The beer poured a slightly hazed golden color and it made a 1-finger white head that fizzled out in less than a minute. It left only minimal lacing.

There wasn't much to the smell. Just a bit of grain and some lager yeast.

Macro lager flavor with a kiss of honey in it. Floral hops used for balance but there aren't enough of them. You only really taste the hops in the finish.

Light bodied with low carbonation. It could have used some extra spritz.

Drinkable, but nothing memorable. I would put it a notch above most of the premium Indian lagers I have tried, but that's not saying a whole lot.

Nov 21, 2014
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Gkguliani from Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Jhoom is a decent light lager. It seems to be missing some elements however and doesn't quite reach its target. The Carbonation is weak. The taste is light but that is a light fruit flavor. Very easy to drink, smooth. There are better Indian lagers, but this is easier to drink.

Jun 15, 2014
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I procured this Indian beer at Friar Tuck's in Savoy, Illinois. It pours golden yellow, with a little head that resembles dishwater, and has a average carbonation and lacings. There is no aroma, it has taste of corn, grains, malt, and skunkiness. It has a slight metallic taste, little bite or edge, goes down easy, and is not filling.

May 04, 2014
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crossovert from Illinois

1.25/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

650ml bottle.

It struggles for form a head when it pours, it just immediately fizzles away. The body is a hazy gold.

The smell is almost nothing, but a hint of corn flakes, a pinch of honey, and white bread.

The taste is like sour bread flavored water, low carbonation.

Just really vile

Dec 01, 2010
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thekanna from Maryland

3.23/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale clear yellow with about 2 fingers of white head.

S: Relatively clean, a bit of smokiness and herbal medicine; mostly yeasts and adjunct malts.

T/M: Interesting. Crisp, adjunct malt taste which ends in a slight astringency and an aftertaste that can only be characterized as smoked hops. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: Definitely an interesting aftertaste to distinguish it from the other macro-lager crap. Not a bad beer overall (given the pedigree), and something that's definitely drinkable.

Oct 28, 2010
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StevenBilodeau from Connecticut

2.82/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, just wow...
you would think that a beer from India would be a little more interesting, or simular to an IPA, but not at all. This pale colored beer was way to sweet in the worst way, a malty nasty malta goya wannabe from India this beer wasn't what I thought it was gonna be.

But overall, this wasn't the worst beer I ever had.

Jul 14, 2010
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drpimento from Wisconsin

1.75/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Had this at Mayura Indian Resto in Milwaukee last night with dinner. Poured with small, soap bubble, white head and no lace. Color was a slightly hazy gold. Aroma was most notably smokey along with some malt and a little hop. Flavor was about the same. Body was on the heavy side for the style and little carbonation. Finish was what you'd expect from the above description. Couldn't finish the bottle of 500 ml. Friend I shared it with who used to be a high end beer distributor, agreed. Not a session.

Nov 20, 2009
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So what they say about this beer is true, it's pretty ragged. It's husky and a bit astringent, and not well balanced. But that's to be expected really, isn't it, coming from a country where not too many people drink?

It pours a slightly hazy (no freshness date) deep golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam that evaporates into an average collar before your eyes. That's the first indication that they don't know how to brew beer. Onward...

The aroma is mildly grainy, and a bit floral. There's not much there. It's otherwise basically clean, and lager-like. I can't really pick out any sulphur, but I get that "lager yeast" aroma.

The flavor offers a thin grainy malt along with a bit of floral hops and a hint of yeasty fruitiness. More sulphur is present than in the nose (not in a bad way), and there are also some very low-level but odd fermentation notes. It's balanced by a low-level bitterness, and perhaps some spiciness from the hops. It finishes mostly dry, but some sticky maltiness lingers - oddly juxtaposed by a tiny spot of raspy bitterness. It's husky, and a touch astringent. They're either trying to pull too much out of their malt, or sparging it too hot. I'll guess they're trying to pull too much out because although there's malt flavor to it, it still seems a bit thin. And that's a shame because there are some good hops in use here. It's just not balanced properly.

As to drinkability, well, there are worse beers. And there are some noticeable malts and hops to it, rather than just adjunct emptiness. But it's not really well done at all. Everything's a trade-off. I think I might go for a better made adjunct beer over this, given the limited choice.

Oct 09, 2009
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spointon from Illinois

2.55/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at a Indian restaurant in West Lafayette, IN on 4/26/2009.

A= This beer poured a clear pale yellow gold with a 1/4" foamy white head. The head dropped to zero in about 30 seconds and did not leave any lace.

S= The aroma, what there was of it, was made up of sweet grain and sulfur.

T= Super sweet creamed corn, metal, and sulfur. And not in a good way...

MF= Light bodied fizzy yellow water.

D= Not recommended. If you are in a restaurant get the Kingfisher or Royal Horse instead...

Apr 27, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

2.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pallid winter sunshine gold beneath a softly crackly cap the color of lightly yellowed ivory. All in all, the foam doesn't look too shabby. It hangs around for a bit and manages to lay down at least a token amount of lace. Average is as far as I'm willing to go.

Since the word 'Premium' is on the label, this stuff must smell great. Oops... I forgot. All Indian pale lagers have the word 'Premium' on the label. Thankfully, the beer falls short of olfactory offensiveness, but it's still nothing to write to Bombay about. Lightly sweet grain and mildly musky hops is about it.

There are no surprises on the taste buds (not that I was expecting any). The front label says Jhoom is 'for export outside India'. Thanks Yuksom, but that really isn't necessary. I'll refrain from any wisecracks about the brewery's name and the taste of the beer since that joke pretty much writes itself.

Does natural spring water from the Himalaya's Mount Kanchenjunga help the flavor taste fresh and clean. No it does not. What we have here is yet another lousy lager that tastes like barley water runoff with a shot of skunky-grassy hops that don't even provide enough bitterness to make drinking worthwhile. At least the label is pretty cool (as Indian labels go).

The mouthfeel is okay for the style, but then the bar on that pole vault pit is set pretty low. It's thin to start, reaches watery on the finish and is lacklusterly carbonated. On second thought, that all adds up to... not impressed.

India pale ales are some of the best beers in all the world. Indian pale lagers are some of the worst. I'm aware that one has nothing to do with the other, but I'm searching for something interesting to say about this excruciatingly uninteresting brew. Save your money.

Mar 15, 2009
Jhoom from Yuksom Breweries, Ltd.
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 12 ratings