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Flying Horse Royal LagerFlying Horse Royal Lager
BEER INFO

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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87
Ratings:
172
Avg:
2.98
pDev:
25.5%
 
 
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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.

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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 EnJeiBee
2.96/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured with a golden hue and little head. It had a quality to it that I found hard to describe. The malts certainly prevailed over an almost unnoticeable hop profile. Beyond that, there was an almost "off" flavor to it that I found enjoyable. Other than that, it presented a typical lager flavor with virtually no aftertaste.

I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it again, but I'm happy that something from India presented itself for me to try.

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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 Suds
2.8/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a olden colored beer, slightly hazy, with a very slight head. There is a serious cereal smell...vegetable, grass, and healthy dose of sulfur-like scents. Dry and grainy, this beer is not really complex. Still, the slight pale malt and bitterness is not distasteful. It's a typical macro-style lager. Light in body, moderately effervescent, and soft. Not a bad particularly beer, although also not very drinkable.

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Photo of kneeland
3.82/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at an Indian restaurant, mostly for the price. I was very surprised to find out how much I liked it. There's a certain flavor to it that I wasn't able to put my finger on, but it really works for a beer. So if you want something different tasting, but is still all beer, this one is for you.

It pours a straw yellow, but has a heavier body than it looks. Goes down very easy. I would have liked more head. But I will definitely get this again when I go to another Indian restaurant.

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Photo of riored4v
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/11/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Crystal clear, golden body. Egg-white like head that faded fast.

Aroma had some slight diacetyl, buttery aroma. Mild malt. Clean smelling overall, not much aroma though.

Taste had a light floral aroma. Mild presence of diacetyl. Light floral biterness. Very mild flavors, slight off-flavor.

Mouthfeel was light body and high carb. Crisp finish.

Drinkability was good. Clean and light profile.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.27/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale, transparent golden-straw lager with quickly-dissipating head.

Smells of adjuncts -- sweet corn, chiefly. Very malty and sweet.

Taste is mild and malty, uncomplex and watery with no hops presence at all.

Unremarkable, uninteresting, and rather forgettable.

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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 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 thekanna
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, clear yellow with a very large head upon turbid pour.

S: Clean adjunct malts and yeasts.

T/M: Crisp, slightly sweet adjunct malts; then diacetyls shine through and give it a bit of butteriness before ending in a nice, carbonated finish.

D: Very much your run-of-the-mill Indian macro-lager, but refreshing nonetheless (not as torturous to drink as one might think), and also a good complement to flavorful 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 budgood1
2.3/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a slightly hazy pale straw yellow colour with a faomy white head which reduces quickly to a light lacing on the glass. light grainy aroma, hints of grass and hay. rather non-descript. the taste is rather non-descript, too. a generic lager sweetness and no really discernible hop bitterness makes this "royal" beer pretty plain. very bland...i just had the taj mahal before this flying horse offering and this comes off as a characterless clone devoid of any soul. the body is a bit sturdier and the mouthfeel does come across a tad slicker but that doesn't make up for the lack of overall character. drinkability is ok. you don't have to think when you drink this, especially if you're pairing this with Indian cuisine.

boring and not recommended.

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Photo of armock
1.97/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a light straw color with a whit head that fades quickly to nothing

S - Is of sweet grainy malt

T - Follows the nose with grainy malt theres also some vegi flavor too

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is not a good beer theres no reason to buy this beer its that bad this is not an easy drinking beer don't waste your money on it

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Photo of morebeergood
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered for $6.75 while at Himalayan Bistro in West Roxbury. Split with my wife and poured into pilsner glasses. Average looking beer, clear yellow color, lots of carbonation. Smells like a macro, lots of rice and corn qualities. Taste was not horrible, but nothing great. Matched well with spicy food, as it did not overpower. Slightly sticky on the palate at the end. Worth trying once, but price would probably steer me towards a different alternative with my next meal.

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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 Overlord
2.03/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It was either this or Kingfisher with my Indian meal last night.

Pours a nice golden macro yellow. Gawd have I come to hate that color in beers. Surprisingly mild white foam head. Hmm...carbonation issues?

Smells slightly vegetable-y dank with some sweet grain notes. Taste is ... sweet grain, that weird vegetable dankness, and ... more sweet grain. Familiar corn-y content. For perhaps the first time I can recall, an adjunct lager was not carbonated sufficiently. Weird.

*sigh*

Not awful, not particularly memorable either, and I could have had a decent sixer for the price.

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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 Sheeeeeeep
2.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost unexceptional in comparison to it's peers, but the fruity aftertaste cuts through when drinking with it's intended cuisine. Indian.

Tasted a week ago at a Northern India/Pakistan restaurant. It replaced Taj Mahal, which I was not impressed with. Pairs better with the food. Ideal, similar to Dos Equis and Tex-Mex.

Drinkable alone, but if that's the case you can do better. But if you're having a curry, then your meal will benefit from this beer.

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Photo of merryjoulton
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Took this from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsener. Pours a nice crystal clear light straw yellow with a wispy head and minimal lacing. Smells like superficial and light malt, the some citrusy notes, noble hops. Taste is just average. Not too much more than a mass produced lager. Mouthfeel is thin, drinkability isn't bad.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.36/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Horse Royal Lager is a descent beer to enjoy while dining on Indian Cuisine. Stand alone, I would not buy it off the shelf. It pours a nice golden color out of a 22oz bottle, with a moderately sized foamy head. Smell is somewhat yeasty. Taste is pleasant, with a crisp.

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Photo of KeefD
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale Yellow, with huge carbonation bubbles coming up keeping a firm cap on top of the beer that didn't last long. Aroma is very interesting. It's not quite skunked, but has some very herbal, earthy, and grassy aromas. There's also a certain toastiness to the nose. Flavor matches up with the nose. Some sweet honey like malts, cooked veggieness, with a dose of herbal earthy hoppiness. Not tasting much in the way of adjuncts such as corn. This is light to medium bodied, utterly drying and crisp. Fairly drinkable, but these particular flavors aren't really my thing.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took a chance and ordered this one at a restaurant.

A - Clear light straw, small head, sudsy lacing.

S - Macro type smell of light malt and hops. Very subtle.

T - Taste follows smell. Fine enough, just not much there.

M - Average. Fairly thin.

D - Easy enough to drink, just not very interesting.

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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 Mcculler
4.47/5  rDev +50%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Poured into a pint glass a golden slightly hazy yellow with a moderate head that dissipated to a ring around the glass.

Smell - Vibrant nose with apple, pear, grass, nut, and mineral earthiness.

Taste -- repeats the nose, though I thought the taste would be far stronger given the former's vibrancy, but once I got over disappointed expectations, I realized that in fact, the taste is about an equal match of the nose, though perhaps the earthiness becomes more pronounced with a kind of unsweetened squash flavor -- not unpleasant -- coming through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability -- nicely carbinated and a little thin -- perfect for the style and makes for a high drinkability. Great with food -- the spicy chips we had enhanced the beers pleasant and intriguing taste rather than masking it.

I'm not quite sure why this beer is rated so low -- my buddy and I split a bomber and found it an exceptional lager. Maybe another tasting will disappoint but this one was memorable.

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