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Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-10-2001

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Photo of spointon
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at an authentic Indian restaurant - poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= =This lager poured a clear and pale golden color. Very little head and no lacing to speak of.

S= Faint, dry malts. Some minor sulfur in keeping with the style.

T= I found malt flavors, relatively dry and grainy. No hop biterness present.

MF= Crisp an clean. Light bodied, medium carbonation.

D= An ok macro style lager that paired well with spicy Indian food.

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Photo of neorunner
3.26/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle of this at Cork and Fork in Gainesville. 650ml bottle poured into a Eggenberg pilsner glass. Paired with chipolte apple glazed steak over rice with green beans. Aroma is sweeter and more fragrant than expected from an adjunct lager. Carbonation is beautiful, thick two inches of pure white head and continual fine streams of bubbles throughout the beer. Flavor is a bit too sweet and has a strong corn backbone. Almost no hop bitterness in this beer. This is a beer I would buy again, and great to get a cautious BMC drinker into deeper waters.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I went to pick up my Indian carry-out order a few minutes early so I could belly up to the bar and drain one. I initially picked Taj Mahal, but at the last minute changed my mind to this one. I don't think I've had it before, and in comparison I was getting an extra 0.3% ABV (bang for my buck!). It's to the point now where any new lager I try is expected to be fairly boring, but I'm always hoping for some unique characteristic to shine through. With Flying Horse, there is a noticable hint of sweet corn. The morning-urine yellow appearance reinforces this trait, which is normally a reminder that I'm drinking cheaply produced swill. It reminds me a lot of Red Stripe which I think also imparts this same sweet grain flavor, but Flying Horse is more extreme in this regard. Did I just use the word "extreme" in a lager review? Well, not extreme, but very noticable when put up against any other standard import lager from Europe or elsewhere. I rather enjoyed this beer, though in the "Macro Lager" catagory it doesn't take a whole lot to impress.

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Photo of ADR
3.22/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty well-charged, a big fizzy head of an inch on a slow pour. Vanishes quickly though. Medium gold and clear appearance. Little lace, mostly dots on the glass. Straw aroma, quite a bit of green apple skin. Some honey to the malt, but very fruity flavor, tart and with more decided apple tones, approaching fermented cider mid mouth. Light body, medium carbonation. Hands off to a crisp hoppiness near the close but with tangy notes remaining. Has a little character, not a favorite of mine, but makes more of an impression than other United Breweries Lagers like Taj Mahal.

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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 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 aquatonex
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another Indian lager, but compared to most I'd rather drink this one.

Pours a pale yellow with a light foamy head of 2-3 fingers easily that quickly dissipates. Nose is not skunky, but not complex. Taste isn't skunky, either, and light but good. Reminds me of the Steel Rail of Indian beers. I could kick back a few large bottles without a problem.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
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 shadow1961
3.16/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Horse Lager pours a big stiff head over a clear
yellow brew. Carbonation is steady and constant, and
the nose is lager yeast and a bit of malt. the flavor is
slightly sweet light barley malt up front and a tint but of
some kind of hop in the finish. Really, really simple stuff,
but still and all, well made and refreshing. The mouthfeel
is crisp and clean, and that's about it. Only 4.5% alcohol,
this is a good brew for sessions, lawnmowing, watching
Cricket, eating curry, or summertime porch rocking. Good
stuff.

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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 BitteBier
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear and golden straw in color. Topped with frothy white head that quickly dies out and leaves little lace. Sweet grains dominate the rather nondescript nose--not unpleasant but lacking depth and daring. The same is true of the taste, which is dominated by the almost syrupy malts that far overshadow the hops, though there's a pleasant bit of crispness at the outset. The mouthfeel is reasonably well-balanced, and this beer is surely quite drinkable. But I'm bound to reach for something that promises more character.

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Photo of Tang07
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went for some Indian food so, when in Rome...

It was served in a 22 oz. bottle with a little booklet on it saying how great it was.

The beer poured well. It was a pale gold/yellow with a nice head for a light(er) lager. He head vanished pretty quickly, but still laced the glass nicely.

The beer was very lightly hoppy, with a hint of fruit. The beer definitely complements spicy Indian food. It cleanses the palate well, and has a very nice mouth feel and finish. (which is nice if you are eating several different dishes family style.)

I look forward to ordering more of these.

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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 Hibernator
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Horse Royal Lager Beer
22 oz brown bottle
MFD: 03/08 BATCH NO. 124-US
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow with a decent head on top leaving some trails of sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass.

Not much to speak about in terms of the nose - light whiffs of cereal and grains. Perhaps some hops mixed in there too.

The flavor is rather clean with the emphasis on cereal grain flavors. I like the carbonation level that prickles the tongue. The finish is provides a mini hop snap. A middle of the road lager that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Rayek
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours deep gold with great clarity and little carbonation. A small and soapy white head quickly vanishes, while leaving no lace in its wake.

The overall drinking experience is that of many a pale lager. Slightly sweet malts dominate with straw and honey. The hops provide a pleasant, yet subtle grassy aroma. Bitterness; however, is light and rather flavorless. There are no off flavors present and the beer finishes quite clean.

The body is light and not quite fizzy enough. Its lack of heft, combined with the low ABV helps this beer go down quickly.

Overall, Flying Horse is decent and drinkable. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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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 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 mpkiser
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

www.goodbeerhunting.com

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

For the style this is decent enough....I get a slight bit of skunk on the nose but not on the taste....Pours a light gold with a little haze...big white frothy head....has a slight noble hop impression on the taste...spicier than a basic American Macro lager...crisp maltiness...a little dry on the finish...

I was given this sample and wouldn't consider buying it from a liqour store but at a restraunt I would certainly try it alongside some spicy food.

The more I drink this it gives a sourish flavor...

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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 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 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 msubulldog25
3.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is on the menu for October 2006 at Mother's Bistro in Portland, OR (happy birthday to both Moms...). The theme of their specials this month is 'Indian', so the special import is Flying Horse Royal Lager. I thought it'd be worth a try - though not cheap at $7 for a 650ml bottle. Poured to a pint glass. Label has a cartoon image of Pegasus, the flying horse of Greek mythology.

A: Pale yellow and crystal clear with some steady carbonation. A one-finger rocky white head crowns the glass...

S: Hmmm...not much smell. Mild grains & malt...clean hops for some miniscule bittering. At least it's not off-smelling...

T: Decent flavor for the macro-styled beer. Gentle toasted grain and a hint of nuttiness. A touch bitter...nothing 'awful' & nothing 'exceptional'...I guess that makes it pretty 'average'...

M: Clean and crisp, light mouthfeel.

D: This beer must go with food, which is how I enjoyed it - I scored it slightly above average for that reason. My dinner was masala-spiced prawns and aromatic rice; the beer provided a nice clean backdrop on which to enjoy those flavors. I suppose I could have said the same about any of a number of macro lagers, still it was a novelty trying one from India and having it paired with Indian cuisine...though probably my first AND last Flying Horse, it was good enough for me on this night.

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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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