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Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 369 | Ratings: 926
Photo of Pratik
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This can be called as "a poor mans drink". But since this is an Indian beer, its still an expensive option in India comparing earning to spending ratio.
It has a super light body, the stronger kingfisher beer will have some head, but this specific premium or the lighter beer will have a smaller head. You wouldn't find any layers to this beer, and I would say its super clean almost a translucent look. Not bad, but definitely I would want my beer to have some bold hold. Even the crisp lagers
This is going to smell awful, almost like added alcohol and you don't want to drink it right out of the bottle. People drink right out of the bottle, however as a beer advocate, I would say pour the beer in a tall lager glass or even a mug, and let it sit for a minute. Slight breathing of this beer will create a sour/tang kick to it. But when you do this, make sure the beer is super cold or it will cause a huge head and an unpleasant taste. I like to have this beer maybe once or twice a year, and wouldn't drink everyday. I would compare this with a PBR or something similar in the US. Its an Indian version to create an European style kolsch crisp lager. And since its hot in India, with limited beers available, I think it works.

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Photo of Nass
2.86/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

This is sort of bland tasting for a pale lager. I am getting slight grass, faint hops, barley. I have had other pale lagers that were better than this & to top it off there is NO DATE on the bottle as well. Cheers! C

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Photo of REVZEB
2.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Had on tap. Very adjunct, yet at the same time has some details that set a part for the positive in the euro pale lager. Some citrus and a decent among of hops, more in the spicey and grassy spectrum. But the adjunct is so strong, and the body is very watery. So perhaps the best Indian beer easily available?

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.26/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review: 330 ml green bottle of Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer: ABV: 4.8% vol

Like the logo of the beer, a nice and striking picture of a Kingfisher.

On pour get a decent sized white frothy head, and a golden amber coloured beer, some small carbonation going on. Some lacing on the glass. Overall, not a bad looker.

Typical lager smell, with a very particular hint of sweet malts, barely and corn, slightly metallic as well.

Taste is ….bit citrusy and very, very hoppy, not smooth anyway.
Ok not bad, got some tastes…… the malts, the corn, the citrus, and the barley, and the beer has some character, but might need to drink again for further assessment. To be honest It was not what I was expecting. I was getting ready for another generic tasting lager but this is slightly different, and it kind of threw me to be honest! The beer has a bitter taste to it that’s a bit sweet.
Wholesome taste, and for a lager not exactly sessionable, but it certainly had a bit of a kick to it. Overall, an interesting beer and one I would like to revisit again. Must try and get it the next time I am having an Indian curry! (cheesy, I know!)

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Photo of woodychandler
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On Veterans Day 2017, I am delving into The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody to see what is what in Whoville. This whatzis is from Subs & Six Packs here in Lancaster Co., PA. I do not hold out a lot of hope for this beer, though.

From the bottle: "Since 1857"; "The Finest Malted Barley & Hops".

I Pop!ped the cap & began another slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. Once decanted, an in-glass swirl raised two fingers of foamy, eggshell-white head with decent retention that left a surprising amount of lacing in its wake. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus to do an about-face & come running back into my kitchen for a taste. Nose had a mild honey-like sweetness, indicative of a Lager, but there was nothing distinguishing about it. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was odd, not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect, but enough to make me wonder what sort of hops they used. There was a bitterness that was clearly hops-driven, but it was not the usual grassiness of Noble hops. It was not skunked, either. It was just ... odd. Finish was semi-dry, kind of unobtrusive & generally a ho-hum in total. I might drink it again if I were at an Indian restaurant where it was being served, but otherwise, it gets a pass in the future.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.82/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

From Festival de las Naciones. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Age. Watery, without much taste nor aroma apart from a unpleasant grassy hops presence that instead of giving it some character spoil its flatness

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Photo of HELIOS23
2.69/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best of class for the indian pale lagers, but thats not saying much. Mild smell crisp flavor but ultimatly still a run of the mill mass produced lager. It goes bettet with food than on its own.

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Photo of Birder
2/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is not the worst beer I have ever had but it does come in a very close second until you have got use to the taste. First time I had ever had a sweet tasting beer. Unfortunately, it is the only beer readily available in most of rural India so it is either that or nothing. After about 6 of the things (not all at once. That I think might be impossible), it no longer tastes so bad. Actually, I think it might depend on just how thirsty one is.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.02/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pours clear golden yellow with a frothy creamy white foam head. Smells like sweet grainy barley malt with floral grassy hops. Tastes like sweet grainy malted barley with floral grassy hops. Feels light bodied, slick and crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice pale lager.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

It has the skunky pale taste to it, smells the same way. Not too light of a mouthful but light enough to go down easy and drink numerous of them, not great by any means but not bad.

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Photo of bankboy66
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not bad. Pretty average lager. A little sting on the tongue. Moderate fizz. I would drink it if someone gave it to me but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the bottle, it pours a golden amber with a moderate head that lasts a bit. Some grain in the nose. The mouth gets a touch of bitterness in the beer, along with some malt. Slight aftertaste.

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Photo of Squire
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bring on the Tandoori Chicken.

It's the thought that counts, contract brew notwithstanding. Decent enough, clean, crisp, light color and flavor, not demanding even for wine drinkers. Appearance is it's best attribute.

A food beer for a theme dinner.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.27/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

0,33l bottle.
Clear, but not crystal golden beer with 1-finger white head, moderate retention.
Smell - grain, rice.
Taste - grainy with decent hop presence.
Light body, good carbonation.

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Photo of Zet
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale golden with a decent head of foam. Very weak smell of hops and malt. Taste is a bit stronger: malt and hops again. Taste tends to lean more to the bitter than the sweet side, which is alright with me. Moderately crispy and refreshing. Oh well, just a run-of-the-mill pilsener, but these brews are all about context. In tropical Bangalore, with 50 degrees Celsius and no rain, right after finishing a mutton vindaloo, these beers are probably worth their weight in gold.

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Brewed under contract in New York. There's not much to this beer--green bottle means it's pretty skunked. Oh boy. Grainy, fairly gritty, quite herbal. Moderate-high carbonation and middle-of-the-road body. It's far from poison, but doesn't really do anything to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. I'd happily enjoy a couple with some spicy Indian food, but . . . that's about it.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.24/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bought a single bottle to try and sampled back on 3/17/16. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a flute glass.

Brew pours a light straw-yellow in color with a white fizzy head that doesn't last long. Aroma...well isn't real pleasant to be honest. Some musty grains for the must part. Taste pretty much follows the nose as well. Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, a one time brew for me.

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Photo of Myotus
2.14/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Poured at 43°F from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 18Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers of white foam that shrivels into a quarter fingers worth after 1 minute and 15 seconds. A subtle amount of thick lacing is left behind from the head dissipation. Gold in color. There is a large quantity of small, rising bubbles. Lacing is subtle in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of car exhaust and sugar water are poorly backed by subtle grassy barley, earthy hop, and spicy hop aromas.
TASTE: The initial taste is a mild bombardment of all the aromas, but in flavor form. All flavors begin to fade away, except for car exhaust, leaving just that as the final taste.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: This was truly a foul beer. The taste of car exhaust is not something that I enjoy. I would take Bud Light over this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Very weak straw yellow pour, very minimal pour. Aroma wasn't all that. Somewhat metallic coin aspect.

A little bit bitter, high carbonation, super light body. Almost no hops. I don't get why this is so expensive.

Hot weather only beer for me. Kinda weak in every category. Even skunkiness would be an improvement.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear red-gold amber, foamy, wispy eggshell cap of low to moderate retention. Smells skunky but somewhat sweet. Typical, green bottle. Taste is grainy (malts, adjuncts) and grassy throughout, beer is not overly sweet for the style, despite the nose. Somewhat floral hops balance well, making this taste not too far off from a German Pilsner, albeit less bitter in the finish, less robust from the start. Fortunately not too skunky beyond the aroma. Light-bodied, but ample sudsy, fizzy, to effervescent carbonation, giving it an apparent thickness. Incredibly crisp.

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Photo of FLima
2.39/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Golden color with a thin head with short retention, but keeping a constant plate.
Aroma with notes of floral and grassy hops, lager yeast and bread malt sweetness. This sure smelled better than the ones I had back in India a few years ago.
Flavor with notes of malt sweetness, grains, some cardboard and a bit of corn syrup. Sweet aftertaste.
Light to watery body with medium, but fizzy carbonation.
Decent for style, adjunct lager with perceivable floral hop notes and no strong off-flavors. This one actually felt better than the ones I had in India (I guess people from there miss something else or I was lucky and they preserved it well during the trip, local storage might not be ideal). Also, if people didn’t know this was from India, they would never mention that it pairs well with Indian food, at least not differently than most adjunct lagers. Drink it cold...
Ps. even there I didn’t take the supposed glycerin out by doing the water trick.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.21/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin, yet fairly frothy head. The scent is very weak, not bringing anything good, yet at least nothing bad. The taste is very clean, with a light taste of barley and faint hops. The mouthfeel is then wonderfully smooth. Overall a decent lager, wish I could get more in Canada!

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose, not much else; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with cereal grains. Simple lager.

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Photo of VABA
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a lemongrass flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

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Photo of ordybill
4.04/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good beer in India and not so much in the states. Often times it suffers from the Euro Green Glass Skunk Monster. But if it is fresh it is downright awesome to session with.

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