Kingfisher Premium Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

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Kingfisher Premium LagerKingfisher Premium Lager

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Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 926 |  Reviews: 368
Reviews by baos:
Photo of baos
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on recently at Shallos.

A: Looked pretty good the tender poured it in a pint glass for me. Head went away pretty quickly. Looked like your normal macro.

S: Malts and barley. grainy.

T: Kind of sweet corn on the get go then into a bitter papery funky after taste.

M: Pretty normal for this type

D: Maybe with another bottle the flavor might have rown on me but this lager is pretty run of the mill, or run of the brewery for that matter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.71/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.8/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance- The beer is dingey yellow, with no head, and lots of carbonation.

Aroma- There is none to speak of.

Taste- This beer is sickly-sweet w/ overpowering berry fruit esters. A tart green apple rides the very cidery finish. This is one funky lager. I work at a restaurant that sells this and people seem to like it but as a BA, I can't bring myself to push it.

MF- grippy, stingy

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Photo of grubdunkman
4.3/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sebgrossi
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WuAnquo1
1/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of Todd
3.27/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, served at this Indian restaurant (forgot the name) on Mass Ave., Boston. "Most thrilling chilled!", the label shouts.

Appearance: Light golden with tiny bubbles, yielding a thin fizzy head.

Smell: Semi-sweet with a distinct yeast aroma.

Taste: The malt gives this a slight grainy taste which is followed by a refreshingly high lemon flavour and sour bitterness. Wonderful use of hops in this brew.

Notes: There was a card on the table that went into some interesting detail of this brew. I wrote it down, and it goes as follows: "A time when a strong, smooth beer was needed to quench the thirst and beat the heat in Hindustan, India [snip] ... high gravity lager is kept in copper urns for over 2 months. Copper stimulates the yeast and imparts its flavour in the beer."

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Photo of CAC329
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green twist off bottle with no freshness date, says it is brewed in NY state … Indian beer brewed in the US, go figure. Pale yellowish golden clear brew with a decent white lace.

Light metallic aroma, with a clean hop and grain in the back.

Light to moderate body with a lower than normal carbonation for a lager. Oily hop flavour hits first then some grainy malt, grassy in a way but clean none the less. Clean palate, more herbal hop flavour hits in the dry finish.

I guess the one thing and thing only that saved this beer is that it is brewed in the US and not India. Still a mediocre brew, I would not turn it down if someone offered it to me.

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Photo of Billolick
2.21/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In need of something to review, I picked up a green bottle of this "Indian" brw which is actually brewed in the states. No freshness dating. Pours light clear amber, typical white head and minimal lacing. Not much taste or interest here, mostly adjuncts account for the lack of malt notes. Best that can be said here is that this washed my sandwedge down nicely and cut through the tahini sauce.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours macro yellow with a very small, clear to white head. The aroma is basically non-existent with some slight malt and hop components. The flavor is basic macro but the aftertaste was very strange. It resembled the aftertaste you get when you eat pecans and cashews. There was no nuttyness in the flavor, it was simply that the aftertaste was similar to the aftertaste you get when eating those nuts. Very thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up from the LCBO's leftover bin. I've been meaning to finally try Kingfisher for some time now - a somewhat favorable response from a friend who recently visited India (finding this was to be literally the only thing to drink) pushed me over the edge.

Poured into a pilsner glass. The palest of pale yellows, it's if the beer were passed through by another beer like a ghost, leaving only the finest imprint of colour behind. Spotty foam, some lacing, I guess...Looks pretty pathetic.

The nose is the typical skunk that comes from any green-bottle, but for some reason I don't mind it. For the longest time, that particular taste was what beer tasted like to me, so it connotes enough fine memories for me to not completely hate it. Adjunct notes, a bit of bread. Pretty faint.

Meh. There's some flavor here, a good bready character, but other than that this is humidity-crushing beer and not much else. Still, I can think of much worse beers that are good for beating the heat than this one. I would have gladly spent a week drinking nothing than this than some of the other brews I was forced to drink in the tropics. I could drink a sixer of this no problem. If it were cheaper, I would.

Bubbly at first, then not so much. Thin.

I went in with low expectations and the beer lived up to them, exceeding them slightly. This is chugging beer, plain and simple, not much different from any other pale lager, but good enough to be drinkable. I actually preferred it from the bottle - pouring it into the glass made things worse.

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Photo of mattster
2.16/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened 12 ounce bottle, poured into mug. 1" head formed quickly, didn't die down. Color is straw to light yellow. Lots of bubbles, very clear.

To me, this lager smells and taste like a run of the mill mass market brew. Somewhat sweet with no discernible flavors. Slight creaminess, but not enough to make in interesting.

Aftertaste is minimal but present. I'm glad I didn't buy a bunch of this brew because it is pretty disappointing.

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Photo of CDS86
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Jaysicles
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 SudsSurfer
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -28.3%

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 jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. This is the UK version; contract brewed by Shepherd Neame.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Not much aroma; light malt with a hint of grain and little else.

Tastes of light malt with a faint bitter finish. Clean, with a hint of stewed hops and citrus in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly. Faint aftertaste of malt.

A decent but unremarkable lager. I usually have this when eating a curry, and it's bland flavour pairs quite well with spicy food. A shade above other mass-produced lagers (which isn't saying much).

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Photo of Cynic-ale
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of skivtjerry
2.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Actually had this in bottles and on tap in the Delhi area, and in Bihar, where it seems to be the only beer available. The bottled version has significantly more hop character, but still not much.

Appearance: Pale yellow and clear. Pretty good head and retention.

Smell: Not a lot. What there is hints of corn and maybe molasses, with a slight yeasty note.

Taste: Again, not a lot. Starts out like a 'premium' American macro, but halfway through a sip, all flavor mysteriously disappears and it feels like you're drinking seltzer water. Slight noble hop taste that is actually pretty good, but only for an instant.

Mouthfeel: Like water.

Drinkability: Out in the sun on a 100 degree day, not bad. Otherwise, I'll have tea or soda.

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Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.52/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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