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Flying Horse Royal Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

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Flying Horse Royal LagerFlying Horse Royal Lager

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United Breweries - UB Group

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 172
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
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 metter98
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
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 oberon
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wasnt expecting much,but I was somewhat pleasantly suprised.Poured straw color with good head, smelled rather yeasty and breadlike.Tasted like a traditional lager was somewhat floral and to me very yeasty.To me it was the equivalent of Molson in a lotta ways so it was to bad got it for free so I am not complaining.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flying Horse pours an absolutely crystal-clear, deep-golden body that teems with swirling clouds of tiny, effervescent bubbles beneath a long-lasting head of frothy bright-white foam that holds quite well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass. The aroma offers a soft, grainy maltiness and a mildly herbal and grassy hoppiness that's very European. The body is medium with a fine-bubbled carbonation that's crisp on the tongue before allowing it to smoothly fade away. The flavor delivers a unusual maltiness that's a touch sweetish and grainy with an odd, nuttiness to it (as if some wheat was included in the grain bill). The grassy, herbal, and delicately spicy hop flavors are perfectly balanced against the malt and backed by a solid bitterness that could be a bit sharper but still gets the job done. (It's less bitter than most German pilseners, but there's definitely something going on). It finishes dry with a lingering maltiness that's bumped by a swirl of hops and then residual bitterness. It's an impressive lager considering that it's coming out of India (a country not known for it's beer!). And interestingly, this "pils" has a softness and lingering quality to it that works really well with Indian foods. It pairs exceptionally well with the creaminess, delicate spiciness, subtle raisin fruitiness, and cashew nuttiness of Navratan Korma. More of a "food beer" than a Friday night quaffer, but still pretty good regardless.

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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clerar straw-yellow in the tall glass. Nice head, for what that's worth. They've got this carbonation thin nailed in Bangalore. Strangely sweet. Insipid seems to be the one word description. Slight dirty flavor that may be hops. Diet soda pop aftertaste. Nice name for a lame nag.

Tried this out of curiosity, but I'd have to call it even worse than usual deck wash. Apparently countries can do without a national airline, but they still have to have a cheap lager (apologies to Frank Z.)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright yellow-gold with a sparse cloud of fine particles. The cap practically exploded off the bottle, but the amount of carbonation doesn't look to be out of the ordinary. A decent looking cap of simple white sits atop the beer and leaves a few arcing streamers of sudsy lace when it descends. More than passable.

As is the nose. Sure it's simple. Sure it's grain-like. It's also devoid of any off-aromas that would make me assign a less than average score. It smells more musky than many Indian lagers, but not exactly more hoppy. Although where musky would come from other than hops, I have no idea.

This is okay beer. It tastes similar to the two other offerings from this brewery that I've had (from what I can remember anyway). Lightly sweet grain countered by grassy, lightly spicy noble hops... you know the drill. Like the nose, there's no hint of nastiness, even as there's little hint of pleasantness. The finish is short and reasonably clean.

I didn't expect much on the body/mouthfeel front and that's exactly what I got. It's light without being watery and is carbonated well enough to keep the mouthfeel from feeling lackluster. In short, it's as unoffensive and as unremarkable as the rest of the beer.

As far as United Breweries beer goes, Flying Horse loses to Taj Mahal by a nose and finishes quite a few lengths ahead of Kingfisher. Like most beer from this country, I would never buy a bottle to enjoy on its own, but would have no problem ordering it in an Indian restaurant to douse the heat from a plate of vindaloo curry.

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Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a bomber of this with my Indian dinner tonight

Pours golden/straw with 1" of white head. Zero lacing or head retention

S: Sweet malt & perfumy hops

T: Sweet malt & hint of herbal hops up front. A little grainyness & cardboard moves in as it warms. Finishes sweet & dry

MF: Low carbonation & light/medium body, skews too sweet balancewise

Drank below average, not sure I'd have this one again. Probably only if it was a choice between BMC & this & then it's more about princible than taste. Left about 4ozs in the glass, I usually never waste beer

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Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22 oz slender brown bottle with a manufactured date on the back label.

Appearance: Clear pale yellow with a thin broken lace that barley sticks to the glass at all.

Smell: Dry hay and cooked veggie in the aroma, other than that it is quite clean.

Taste: Light bodied and thin with a semi-forceful carbonation. One sided malt flavour with a graininess that lingers far, mild cooked cereal grain flavour within. Even yet prickly hop bitterness though there is no hop flavour. Hint of smokiness ands an interesting twist to the clean palate. Dry and grainy in the finish.

Notes: A decent pale lager that does a good job of cleansing the mouth for the next sip beer or bite of food.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
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 smcolw
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
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 woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +39.3%
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 GarthDanielson
2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, this beer presents with a decent 1-1/2" head on top of a gold-ish color beer. There is a dank, light barley smell on the pour, which is followed by the typical lager taste. There is a malt undertone to the crisp flavor that is present in this brew. Sour undertones to the effervescent nature of this beer. It is very light and smooth on the tongue and in your mouth, and there is little to no aftertaste. It would be easy to consume multiple bottles of this beer, but I can think of many better ways to spend an afternoon...

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Photo of WesWes
3.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a slight bitterness. It's clean with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that seems a bit grainy and slightly earthy on the finish. It's crisp and refreshing, but lacking any real character. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good lager. It has a flavor that I enjoy as well as good drinkability.

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Photo of stevoj
2.44/5  rDev -18.1%
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 Zorro
3.32/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an ultra clear pale yellow.

Smell is very grainy and grassy. Strong sweet buckwheat smell to this with some perfume.

Taste is rustic and grainy with an almost smoky flavor to it; a slight sour flavor shows up in the background later on.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK brew drinkable yet different

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.43/5  rDev -52%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tried in what I thought was a suitable environment, an Indian restaurant in Chelsea.

Pours a pale yellow watery colour, with a fizzy and insipid initial head of bubbling sputum for a head, which merely disappears as soon as its blown its load. It leaves the beer looking like pale yellow, flat water. If it were body-temperature I would consider it indistinguishable from piss.

Nose is redolent with chlorinated water, with a faint honey grain adjunct sweetness behind it. These characters individually would be unpleasant, but together, they make a clanging synergy that makes them worse than the sum of their parts. Just terrible.

Taste is quite similar. Some light phenols on the front palate, before some more (perhaps evaporated) chlorine characters. Back is weak and insipid, and disappears like drinking water. Feel at least can be said to be clean, but that's being charitable.

No, this is a blatantly appalling lager. Devoid of all but the most unpleasant characters. Everything is just wrong with this beer, and despite the fact it cost $9 for the bottle (!), I chose not to finish it.

Not even the suitable environment could save it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.16/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.95 for the 650ml bottle, mfd 09/10, batch no 1275. grin.

A bright and clear straw gold colour, huge head of foam, some lacing. It's very pale but doesn't look bad at all.

It smells of corn, lightly sweet, slightly of some lemon and perfume. What I expected.

The taste is more of the same though the corn is more subdued than the smell suggested. Light sweet notes, some fairly assertive bitterness, not a bad tasting Lager.

I'd say the mouth feel was pretty good if it was so highly carbonated. It makes me want to burp every time I finish a sip.

Good drinker but again, too spritzy!!!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 scruffwhor
3.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a pretty normal head with poor retention. Decent lacing mixed with a noon day sun color. Smell is avery grassy with pilsner malts. Taste is a watery, yet natural malt character. Tastes like Indian sunshine. The palate is pretty light and refreshing, making this beer very easy to drink.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. had a pale yellow color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a decent amount of foamy head and some good lacing.

S: Didn't have a clearly defined smell, though there was evidence of hops and lemon.

T: Tasted like bitter hops up front, along with some lemon. When it finished, there was an unpleasant grainy quality to it. Other than that it was a typical lager: thin and simple.

M: Suprisingly vibrant amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: As lagers go, this one is decent. That doesn't make it a good beer. Some components of it were alright, but on the whole it was an uninteresting beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, straw yellow, medium carbonation.

Smell: grass and earth

Taste: grass and earth with a metallic taste as well

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium high carbonation, slightly bitter

Drinkability: This beer is good for what it is..an adjunct lager. It is drinkable and I could have a couple in a sitting. Not a bad beer for the style, nothing to go out of the way for either.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.37/5  rDev -20.5%
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 Beerandraiderfan
2.43/5  rDev -18.5%
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 TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bottle (I think over 1 pint) and had with dinner at an Indian restaurant. It was completely clear, yellow color, thin white head (the head didn't retain). The smell was mild due to the style, more malty than hoppy. Flavor was mildly malty with a very slight bitter aftertaste.

It wasn't my favorite style of beer but it went well with the spicy Indian food we were eating. Same thing as drinking Kirin at a Japanese restaurant, it's just about right for the food.

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