Kingfisher Premium Lager
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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #474
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
66
Ranked #50,466
Avg:
2.81 | pDev: 22.42%
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
951
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India
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  180
SCORE
66
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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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RoyalT from Ohio

1.71/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Clear light yellow in color with a white head that foamed up big and laced well.

Smell – Grainy skunk hides the hint of hops in this nose.

Taste – The skunk is complimented by sour fizz, making it difficult to drink AND to smell.

Mouthfeel – The cheap, fizzy carbonation make this thin, light-bodied ale feel horrible in the mouth.

Sinkability – Yes, this is going down the drain.

Nov 15, 2003
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I find myself drinking this a lot when I eat Indian. Some small part of me tells me that I should stick with an Indian beer.

This one is a short 330ml can from Malaysia. ABV on this one is 5%.

Very pale yellow colour, slightly hazy with chill. Has a reasonably rocky white head, which simmers down quickly. Decent amount of fine carbonation. Lacing? No lacing...

Quite sweet nose, a hint of bitter alkali, and a washed out smell of seltzer water. A little hop note, but not much.

Weak flavour, nonetheless with a clear bitterness somewhere in the mid-palate. Ends with a metallic twang. Mouthfeel rathr smooth, not too prickly.

Good to drink with a curry, but it just doesn't stand up to the test on its own.

Nov 25, 2006
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with small head. There is a very light grainy aroma. Taste is crisp and refreshing. Slighty sweet with a mild aftertaste. Feels somewhat watery in the mouth. This beer is very drinkable and a good overall selection

Jun 16, 2009
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illpass78 from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a stange-like glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw with heavy carbonation. Short, frothy white head that turns to film quickly.

Aroma: Inoffensive, clean aroma of mostly grass and cereal.

Taste: Some grain and biscuit along with a slight herbal note. Tastes like a clean pale lager.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking and light of body.

Overall: This isn't a beer to be fussed over. It's a beer for when you want something that pairs well with spicy, down-and-dirty curry. Certainly gets the job done.

Feb 24, 2015
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Kingfish1965 from North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dec 23, 2015
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Hunter from Arizona

2.33/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Vigorous pour yields only the thinnest, whispiest of heads. Seetles quick into a thin latyer of white bubbles atop a deep golden brew. Minimal lacing and little carbonation.

Brew has the telltale skunkiness in the aroma of many lagers...is it possible to get away from that? Lemongrass notes and sharp hops underlie this.

Ber is almost sweet when it initially hits the tongue, giving way to a crispness and hoppy bite mid-swallow, finishing in a sharp aftertaste and semi-sweet finish.

Thin mouthfeel and sticky aftertaste complete the experience.

Not the best of lagers. I won't return for a second glass of this. Perhaps the trip from NY to AZ was too much and it would be better closer to the brewery?

May 17, 2005
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JIMTRK16 from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -11%

Mar 18, 2014
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +6.8%

Feb 26, 2014
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chubenzino from California

2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mar 07, 2015
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer
12 oz green bottle
Jet ink #063107651503 on the front of bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow color. Very thin lace for a head.

Grainy sweet aroma. Slight hop detection. The nose reminds me of most European lagers.

Very clean and grainy taste. Grass, rice, barley and corn flavors mostly with a slight hop snap on the finish. A rather neutral tasting beer that would probably work well with a variety of different foods.

Oct 08, 2005
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CharlatanSin from Connecticut

1.98/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had one with dinner at an Indian restaurant. Why not? It's got to be better than Taj Mahal, which I've had a couple of times and really don't like.

It pours a pale, ghostly yellow, with nearly no head. No lacing, naturally. Looks very fizzy. As a wise man once said, I've got a bad feeling about this...

I took a sniff. I pick up a little green apple, maybe a little corn, but it's all overwhelmed by a very unpleasant metallic essence. It's like greasy tinfoil that's been in the oven too long. The taste is slightly better, but not much. To me, it basically tastes like a BMC with a little spicy sweet Belgian yeast thrown in, which doesn't match anything at all.

The mouthfeel is very light and fizzy. Not my favorite, but I suppose that's how the style's supposed to be. As for drinkability...it washed down my goat masala, but next time, I'll probably just stick with Sam Adams, which the restaurant also had.

Jan 13, 2010
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GMB from Japan

2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Kingfisher's Premier (Same as Premium?) Lager Beer pours a very light golden body with moderate, even carbonation and a fizzy snow-white head.

The nose struck me as slightly skunky and corn-dominated at first, but after a few deep breaths I began to appreciate some roasted characteristics and even a slightly fruity aroma.

The taste of this beer is sweet, sweet, sweet. The side of the can lists water, malted barley, sugar and rice/maize/corn syrup as its first four ingredients. This should give some indication of just how sweet this brew is. To me, it tastes like corn syrup with a bit of malted barley mixed in for good measure. Hoppy bitterness is only appreciable after a dozen or so small sips. The beer is far too thin on the palate; and sweet, far too sweet: sort of gross, really.

Considering my overall aversion to the sweetness, I was surprised to find a couple of sips somewhat enjoyable. Perhaps it was the freshness of the can: I drank it on 12 November and the can was "manufactured" on 07 November. Or maybe the seasoned puffed rice that I snacked on as I sipped cut some of the sweetness.

Nov 12, 2012
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CAC329 from New York

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Refreshing everyday beer.
I usually have 1 everytime i go to indian dinner.

Mar 28, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a rocky white head that fades pretty quickly, leaving the occasional dot of foam on the side of the pint glass

Smell: I avoided the skunk, fortunately, and pick up a herbacious and grainy aroma

Taste: Bready, up front, with a balanced herbacious, grainy bitterness blending with the malt as I swirl the liquid around my mouth; after the swallow, the bitter hop flavor hangs around well after the swallow, but the grainy aspect is not particularly welcome

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: OK to quaff, but not something to sit back and contemplate; probably pairs well with Indian food

Apr 13, 2009
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cudmud from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with no head or lace. Medium carbonation.

Smell: No aroma to speak of; it smells of beer.

Taste: Nice malt falvor; I detected honey and carmel. Finishes with a slight hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin

Drinkanility: A tasty brew when served at the correct temperature. I was served this beer at an Indian restaurant in a forzen glass. Plus, the bottle was wicked cold. My first sips were insipid; however, as the sample warmed, I discovered wonderful flavors.

Jul 02, 2010
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waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

May 26, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Pours clear golden with a white head that leaves no lacing. Aroma and flavour are grains, malt, and grass, with a slightly dry finish.its ok.

Jun 29, 2015
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misteil from Ireland

3.04/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mar 05, 2020
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bigone4 from Rhode Island

3.42/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at The Garden Indian restaurant in Agawam, MA. The bottle said it was brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY under the supervision from the brewery in Bangalore, India. It was served in a 22oz green bomber that poured a dark golden yellow color. The fluffy white head left a mild lace in the pint. There were smells of pale malt with a mild hint of faint citrus hops in the back ground. It certainly had a decent aroma.

This beer tasted rather light with tones of malt up front. There were some faint hints of caramel and some sweetness in the flavor. The malt was followed up by a slight hint of dry hop flavor in the after taste. It seemed to be very balanced and medium bodied. Decent offering that went down easy. Tasted good with the buffet of Indian food we ate. This brew certainly provided a good mouth feel and a decent flavor. It is very drinkable and would be a decent beer to try again. Not the worst American Macro I have had before. It certainly captures the style.

Feb 03, 2007
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jeffjeff1 from California

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My fiance picked this up for me before I came back from training.

Appearance- light yellow color, thin head

Smell- malty

Taste- malt

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok for a lager, I might possibly drink it again. Possibly a good summer beer because it is light and if it was cold definitely good summer working beer.

Apr 05, 2010
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Glopez from California

2/5  rDev -28.8%

Dec 30, 2012
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Jcarriglio from Florida

3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 12, 2017
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Kulrak from Australia

3.42/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color with a nice tight head that fades away pretty quickly. Has a slight flowery/yeasty aroma. There's some hop flavor in it, overriding the very weak malt flavor, finishing with a lingering bitterness. Actually, quite refreshing. Especially with indian food (chicken korma + masala rice). Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Overall, it's pretty drinkable, not a bad brew at all.

Jun 20, 2005
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virinow from New York

3/5  rDev +6.8%

Nov 17, 2011
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