Kingfisher Premium Lager
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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #465
Ranked #50,358
2.81 | pDev: 22.42%
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Greywulfken from New York

3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Saturday at 04:03 AM
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

2.59/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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
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shambeano from Australia

2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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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Steve555 from Wales

3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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
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4.57/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid European style lager. Decent balance of fruity hops - noble variety - with a refreshing malt. This is one of the better finds I came across at a local store.

Mar 04, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

(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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Ant777uk from England

1.46/5  rDev -48%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

"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
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detgfrsh from Texas

2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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
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Pratik from Michigan

2.53/5  rDev -10%
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.

Jan 14, 2019
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Nass from Florida

2.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Nov 12, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
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?

Aug 06, 2018
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

3.26/5  rDev +16%
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!)

Mar 02, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Nov 11, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

1.82/5  rDev -35.2%
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

Nov 08, 2017
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HELIOS23 from California

2.69/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Jan 14, 2017
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Birder from Indiana

2/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Jan 04, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +43.1%
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.

Jan 02, 2017
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Dec 22, 2016
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Nov 20, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

2.79/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

May 14, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Apr 16, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.27/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Apr 06, 2016
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Zet from Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Mar 28, 2016
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Mar 27, 2016
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Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 949 ratings