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Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flying Horse Royal Lager beer - the champagne of beers. Superior malt, aromatic hops, yest and crystal clear water are transformed by the skill of the brewmaster into a beer fit for you, the connoisseur.
Flying Horse goes through a long and special maturing process. This gives Flying Horse its full-bodied, malty taste, making it the only truly royal beer.

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91
Ratings:
188
pDev:
17.88%
 
 
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 188
Photo of VoxRationis
3.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 22 oz (650 ml) brown bottle into a custom taster pint; production date 05/18.
A: Pours crystal clear, light golden color with brass highlights, a one finger, foamy white head, retention largely to a rim, and very limited, soapy lacing.
S: As always, I was pleased when I found that this bottle wasn't skunked, despite its age. I'm not going to address the metaphysics of whether it's true "beer dies," but it is fair to say it just doesn't travel that well. This one displayed mostly peppery, grainy, and grassy aromas entirely consistent with the style. Breadier as it warmed.
T: Semidry to dry; closer to dry. Malty, although lightly so and somewhat generically. Light bitterness throughout.
M: Light bodied with very persistent carbonation. Smooth, refreshing, and with a decently clean finish.
O: This is a solidly constructed and very refreshing Euro Pale Lager. Pale Lagers are what they are and are designed to do what they do, which is refresh. I have read that beers from the Indian subcontinent are uniformly awful and this is clearly an example to the contrary. Actually, I thought it was very reminiscent of MHL, on some level, although a bit drier.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
2.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml brown bottle. Gold leaf wrapped cap. Bottled on date is '09/18', Batch '34'.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Two fingers of white head upon pouring, but this recedes back to a thin cap and ring. Leaves behind some strips of foam lacing.
Aroma is grain, with a bit of skunk.
Taste is grainy, woody malt with a bit of soapy, floral hops. Has a bit of a sulfur skunk.
Thinner mouth feel. Good carbonation. Has some tongue bite with large sips.
This beer has some flavor, but can be imbibed at a rapid rate. The skunk is kept at a minimum. The beer is a good representative of a Euro pale lager.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flying horse pours a golden straw color, with a small head. Sweet and dry aroma, lots of filler. Flavor is sweet and sugary, lots of flavor. Bubbly and watery but smooth. For what it is its not too bad. Is overly sweet and not drinkable.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden straw color, crystal clear, and a fluffy white head. Light grassy hops on the nose, and a slightly sweet note from the malt.

The sweet note is the savior on the taste, holding up the faint hop notes. A nice, refreshing pale Euro lager.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.64/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

650 ML
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours a nice amber color and is topped with two inches of off white head.

The smell is sweet with caramel and toast. It also has that lovely imported skunk smell.

The taste is sweet with some biscuit and caramel flavor, and of course my favorite, skunk's ass.

Medium mouthfeel

I am not sure what I was thinking here. I am not a fan of skunked imported lagers yet in a moment of sheer stupidity I purchased one, and worse yet, I am drinking it hungover. Alcohol makes for bad decision making. Write that down.

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Photo of EMH73
2.71/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

At an Indian restaurant last night and decided to try a new beer, usually get a Taj Mahal and I will go back to that beer here. Pours a clear straw color with a one inch, poorly retained white head. Really nothing much to the smell or taste, rather bland. Very light bodied, moderately carbonated, thin mouth feel.

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Photo of stevoj
2.44/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bomber at Bombay Grill. As expected for an Asian lager, very pale, unsubstantial head. Flavor was OK, but not remarkable. A tad watery, made for accompanying Indian food. Overall, tended to be bland.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.37/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Standard fizzy yellow beer appearance. Corn vegetable aroma, mild grain. Its clearly in mild aal territory here.

Taste was super bland, make it as clean as possible. Why import this from half way around the world when there are several domestic examples of pretty much the same thing. Not all barley, mild, weak no hop or yeast flavors, lots of water. That's what you get with this, and a pricey tag to boot.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.49/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a terrible Indian beer.. Clear and fizzy, no head.. Smells kinda alc-y and gross but drinks clean - just some good ole cheap lager flavors that would go well with some spicy injun food

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Flying Horse Royal Lager Beer has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, yellow-straw appearance, and little-to-no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet biscuit and soda cracker (non salted), and the flavor is of the same, with a mild, grassy hop note. Mouthfeel is light, and Flying Horse Royal Lager Beer finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.

RJT

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

when you are going out for indian food, you can do a lot worse than this one. that said, i think you can also do a fair bit better. this has some appeal for sure, super light in color, not weighty in the belly like the food is, its a great palate cleanser and contrast. it also has a light hop profile, but an appreciable one, and thats lacking for me usually in indian lagers. unfortunately, its woefully under carbonated, and that hurts the lightness and overall experience. there is also a funny green apple flavor in the middle, and i cant ignore it. it doesnt clash with the food necessarily, but i dont like how distracting it is. it also finishes sweeter than a light lager should, adjuncty and not done. overall a beer to drink and not think too much about, thats when it tastes best.

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Photo of avwrite
2.16/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pale and fizzy. Very golden color.

S - No real smell. Bland and lacking anything.

T - Light. Very mild in taste.

M - Loses any great sensation very quickly, and quickly becomes a standard lager.

O - A bit better than any big manufactured lager I've had, but overall, average.

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Photo of metter98
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of rice adjuncts are present in the nose along with some hints of corn.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of adjunct malts along with slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing overly special about this beer, but it seems a cut above most American Adjunct Lagers. It's easy to drink and seems like it would pair well to cool off some spicy vindaloo if you are eating Indian food.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.36/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours medium gold with a decent white head. No true lace but decent retention.

Mild pale malt notes, some bread and herbal notes.

Bready with some mild hop bitterness. Some grassy notes, a little corn, some raw grain. Malt is a little on the sweet side and not balanced out by hop bitterness. But, this is fairly smooth. Crisp enough in the finish.

Medium to medium light body. Good carbonation.

Ok brew. The malt and bitterness isn't cloying or horribly out of balance. Worked well with my meal.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 8/2012.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy light beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is fairly faint but I am getting some malt, grain, and some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing all that memorable in my opinion.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 ml (1 pint 6 fl oz) bottle, with manufacted date reading 04/2011 batch no. 3468, so this brew is about two years old. Been hitting the India imported American adjunct lagers at my local beer store lately, and I quite enjoyed the Taj Mahal Premium Lager by the same brewery, so I figured I would give this one a shot. An American pale lager, at a moderate 4.70% abv, no need to drag this out any longer, so on with it.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields two fingers of eggshell white bubbly head on top of the typical clear apple juice urine colored body. No lacing.

S - Some sour tart apple champagne like presence in the nose. Has cider qualities to it. Some bready yeast. Honey.

T - Very sweet, clean taste. Honey sweetness. Apple. Carbonated, medium bodied feel. A drinkable tasty beer for being what it is: a four dollar bottle of imported beer from India.

M - Smooth, light, and sweet mouth feel. Clean, and somewhat carbonated.

Overall, a highly drinkable beer. I think I might prefer the Taj Mahal Premium Lager just a bit more, but both beers would be nice to try if you ever manage to spot a bottle. Beats the hell out of the awful adjunct swill Bud Light and Coors Light being made in America, and if beers like Flying Horse Royal Lager Beer were more widely available, I would probably be drinking them more often.

Flying Horse Royal Lager Beer ---3/5.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhere between a German pilsner and an American light adjunct lager, this beer was light and easy drinking with German bittering hops, a nice strain of lager yeast, and corn being the predominant flavors. The color and nose were nothing special, inoffensive at best, boring at worst. Mouthfeel was what you would expect; heavy carbonation and thin without being watery. Not a bad beer by any means and much better than Taj Mahal brand lager, but not something would willingly drink again, as pedestrian light lagers aren't my thing.

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Photo of Lemke10
2/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pours what is worthy of calling a “piss yellow” color with a carbonated head that disappears quickly. Pour this in a glass and hand it to someone, they might think its tainted water. The aroma is cheap, full of cheap grains with that classic adjunct scent. Wow this light taste rivals that “beer” called Miller 64. Really light and taste less other than cheap corn syrup. You really can skip over this one!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Each time that I go to get a haircut, I like to stop in at Country Garden 6-Pack if for no other reason than to see what is available. I am rarely disappointed and certainly not when I come away with a massive bottle of Indian lager for a song. I visited Bombay in 1987 and I still have nightmares about the crushing effects of disease and poverty that I encountered there. Let's hope that this beer will not be nightmarish.

I got a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with low retention from my pour. Nose was grainy and malty and I began to wonder if its classification as an AAL was correct. Color was a light-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was honey-like, the hallmark of real unadulterated lager. The CANQuest (TM) has caused me to come in contact with far too many AALs not to be able to tell the difference. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I was very glad that I decided to give this one a whirl. That, and the price was well worthwhile.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went to an India restaurant and had a pour of each of their house lagers.

Nice yellow golden in color, fuller than expected for a lager with a 1/4 inch of bubbly head that quickly fades. Smells of common cereal grains, mild lager yeasts, and a bit of fruity corn. Taste was better than expected for an average beer with good sweetness and a crisp bite. Not something I would seek out again but worth trying lagers of India.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours clear gold, no head, cascading bubbles

S: nose features faint sweet malts, hints of grape nuts, some caramel and bread

T: mildly sweet, notes of cereal grains, mild fruity sweetness

Mf: light body, mild carbonation

O: a little more character than I'm used to for the style, not something is go back to, but good its own right

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Faint yellow, has the fizzy yellow beer cliche down pat. Aroma was corn. Made me think of the old scoring system's "not impressed" when I gave it a 2.

Almost no taste to this thing, a good palate cleanser. Very light, crisp mouthfeel. Really lots of water in this beer. A little bit of corn sweetness.

I don't see any reason to pay the relative expensive price for yellow beer that doesn't even have a funny/stupid ad campaign. I mean, what exactly does this stuff cost more than Sierra Nevada for anyways? Might fool some chicks into thinking you drink exotic palatable beer, but I can't recommend that greasy lifestyle based on a lie.

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Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For an Adjunct Lager, this is not bad: The body is thicker; the carbonation is less; the flavor leans toward malt and less toward raw grain; there's even a hint of hop.

All that said, it is an Adjunct beer. The flavors are mild, but for a lawnmower beer, it is good. So, I would order it again in a pinch.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered this at an Indian restaurant in Massachusetts. Served me the bottle and a pint glass.

A: Pour a clear light yellow with a foamy, one finger, white head on top. Not much lacing at all though.

S: Grainy with a slight floral aspect, but certainly not hoppy at all. Not a ton of adjunct or corn in the aroma though.

T: Lots of grainy malt, a bit like cereal, but there is some sweetness to it. Slight grassy hop flavor. Nothing off or bad tasting though, drinks rather clean.

M: Light to medium bodied with a a good bit of carbonation.

O: Not a bad lager really. Refreshing and rather crisp, and went very well with my spicy Chicken Tikka Masala.

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Photo of mpkiser
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An oddly sweet lager with a ton of bright carbonation, which does a good job paired with nuttier, spicier Indian flavors. It clears the palate really well.

There's a strange flavor underneath that smacks of sorghum. Like an overly crystal sugar peak reminiscent of Greene's sorghum beers. Is there such a thing as a sorghum adjunct?

Enjoyed with a meal for sure. on its own it'd be lacking.

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Flying Horse Royal Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
Beer rating: 3.02 out of 5 with 188 ratings