Kingfisher Premium Lager
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United Breweries - UB Group
 
India
Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #287
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
66
Ranked #30,863
Avg:
2.79 | pDev: 22.58%
Ratings:
962
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 05, 2022
Added:
Mar 06, 1998
Wants:
  20
Gots:
  179
SCORE
66
Poor
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2.89 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia on May 05, 2022
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3.64/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Pours a bright gold colour, long lasting midsize head. Corny and grainy on the smell. The taste is also grainy, but some hop presence is noted. Very tickly on the tongue
March 27 2022

Mar 27, 2022
 
3.12 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON) on Mar 27, 2022
 
1.15 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Feb 18, 2022
 
2.75 by generallee from Virginia on Feb 05, 2022
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3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Deano_53 from New York

Taste like beer

Feb 05, 2022
 
2.75 by DOCRW from Washington on Jan 19, 2022
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2.49/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I finally bought a bottle of this Kingfisher at the LCBO in Ontario
330ml at 4.8%.
Poured a 1finger head into glass that quickly disappeared tiny little lace around as you drink it.
Sweet malts with a medium bitterness and hoppy.
Overall nothing special average or below average beer from India
It was just ok to me
Wouldn't buy it again. Leave it in India don't import it
Lol
Cheers

Jan 03, 2022
 
2.81 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 23, 2021
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2.55/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by pkalix from California

aint had a Kingfisher since the Der Baron/Air Force days in Vegas.... 1988?

Oct 18, 2021
 
2.67 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Sep 06, 2021
 
 
3.78 by Daneve76 from Australia on May 26, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Greywulfken from New York

A fairly solid and enjoyable beer - relatively full-flavored and full-feeling, decent grain representation, bit of bitter hop bite, enough sweetness to smooth it all out...

May 15, 2021
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2.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

Kingfisher Premium is crystal clear and a darker shade of amber. It's like straw, only a shade or two darker. The head is rocky, bone white, and surprisingly lasting.
As expected, Kingfisher smells of soda crackers and cereal grains blended with hints of fresh baked biscuits. There's definitely a hint of corn sweetness lingering towards the center. I'm having trouble distinguishing what I'm smelling behind that corn adjunct sweetness. My first instinct is to call it the beginnings of skunkiness. The beer did come from a green bottle, after all. It could also simply be an overabundance of sulfur compounds. No, best to go with my first instince. Definitely the sharp, pissy aroma of skunk.
Smooth and rounded on the palette at first. Then come the flavors. At first, I taste the tart flavor of those hard, sucky lemon candies everyone's grandma has on hand. This is cut somewhat by flavors of cereal grain and soda cracker. Then comes the flavor of corn adjunct sweetness in the center coupled with the sharp, tangy flavor of the beginning of skunkiness. The finish is leafy, grassy hoppiness.
Kingfisher tastes like every cliche you'd expect from any mainstream lager. It tastes of corn, it's kind of pissy, and it's started to go skunky. And I even made sure to take a bottle from the back of the shelf so it wouldn't be so exposed to bright lights. Well, what're you gonna do?

Apr 05, 2021
 
3.75 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on Jan 20, 2021
 
2.98 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Dec 18, 2020
 
2.94 by KeeganM from Canada (ON) on Dec 06, 2020
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2/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by shambeano from Australia

330ml bottle with the best before 28/08/2021. Poured into a tulip.
Look: very clear, golden, about 1 cm of white head that very quickly falls to nothing.
Smell: sweet honey, a little grainy and a touch of herbal hop at the end. Not offensive but not much to it.
Taste: sweet, grain, corn, a little bit astringent, and the slightest touch of grassiness.
Feel: light bodied, touch of carbonation, slight bitterness and a dry finish.
Overall: yeah. It’s pretty plain.

Oct 31, 2020
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3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Steve555 from Wales

Pours a golden yellow with a frothy head that fades very quickly. Carbonation is a little flat. Smell is mild of sweet cereals.
Taste is sweet grains and very mild floral hops with light watery body, some adjuncts come through like rice and corn. Mouthfeel is light, light bodied and medium to slightly flat carbonation. Inoffensive but not great.

Aug 16, 2020
 
3.5 by paulish from New York on Aug 11, 2020
 
2 by hybridentropy from Angola on Jul 31, 2020
 
2.74 by Shanex from France on Jul 11, 2020
 
2.5 by Jaasoares from Virginia on Jun 28, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +63.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by MDMM

Great Beer if only they can keep to a consistency - considering the number of locations it is brewed locally. The beer is crisp, malty, well carbonated, bottom fermented lager, that has a golden pour and decent head. Usually the pint green bottles of the Premium are more consistent than the 650ml bottles sold in stores across the world. I tend to avoid the cans, though. During a particularly oppressive Indian summer, for bottled beers, there's nothing to beat a cold Kingfisher - most thrilling, chilled!

Apr 27, 2020
 
1.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 02, 2020
 
3.04 by misteil from Ireland on Mar 05, 2020
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3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(12 oz green bottle, code 2479; pry-off crown; brewed & bottled by Kingfisher Brewing Company, Utica, NY; purchased cold six pack... poured into 14 oz glass mug)

L: crystal-clear pale gold liquid, bit of speckled sediment; tall, tight, but fleeting white foam; thin, but messy cap retains... lil drib dabs of lace

S: hint of skunk at crown pop, bit on nose once in glass; moment later, toasty cereal malt aroma pushes forward, hint of floral (and/or phenolic) spice as well, touch of golden bread crust on the edge... rather standard, moderate-strength pale lager character, weakens as it goes, getting grassier

T: upon first sip, a touch or three drier than expected, with the toasted grain and mildly medicinal spice leaping forward... spice remains singeing on palate long after; back end retains a dry, lightly-doughy, but ultimately dull malt flavor... about a minute after last sip, burp pulls up some skunk

F: mildly spritzy, effervescent carbonation; marginally thin-bodied; really no depth to it, no beginning or end - faded, frayed... the alcohol and/or phenols build a sedate warmth that hums from the start

O: spicy phenolic-floral, near champagne-y lager... either fell off awhile back, or its just meant to be enjoyed from the bottle or ice-cold from a glass; or perhaps Euro pale lager can't be adequately produced in the US... I'll drink the rest of the sixer, but this would be more enjoyable in a summer heat, not a Feb chill (1646)

Feb 09, 2020
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1.46/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
by Ant777uk from England

"Indian" beer, brewed in England, with "torrefied wheat" (haha never heard of that before) and added glucose syrup and caramel for colour. Not a good sign.

Reasonable head, aroma is very sweet and a little artificial. But not unpleasant.

Fairly tasteless except for the added glucose syrup. A beer produced for profit, not quality. Luckily for them, most people drink it in Indian restaurants and don't notice how sweet and tasteless it is.

Jan 22, 2020
 
2.4 by tottel from Netherlands on Nov 24, 2019
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2.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by detgfrsh from Texas

On tap in London. Golden color with fluffy white head. Sweet malty smell. Light feel. Grain flavors with moderate sweetness and a bitter floral hop finish. A bit more hops and bitterness than your average Euro lager.

Aug 21, 2019
 
2.62 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Aug 17, 2019
 
1.9 by chiefz1 from New York on Jun 21, 2019
 
3 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Jun 09, 2019
 
2.5 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 02, 2019
 
3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on May 28, 2019
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2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by Pratik from Michigan

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.

Jan 14, 2019
 
2.72 by mothmanscott from Georgia on Dec 31, 2018
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2.86/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75
by Nass from Florida

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

Nov 12, 2018
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Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 962 ratings