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Kingfisher Premium LagerKingfisher Premium Lager

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United Breweries - UB Group

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.45/5  rDev +60.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was at a local deli looking for something I hadn't had before and found this critter. The green bottle, the screw tops, and the claim that it's the world's number one selling Indian lager didnt scare me off.
This was a pleasant surprise.
One of the best macro lagers I've had to date.
Drinks very much like a good pilsner (mind you, I'd rather have a good pilsner but this makes for a fair to fine substitute).
Pours golden with a bright white head that actually hangs around for more than 10 seconds. None-too terrible lacing for a macro.
Fresh hop and citrus scent. A hint of malt, a hint of yeast and grass. A tinge metallic but no skunk or corn or rice or pee.
Excellent while very cold and not at all offensive as it warms.
This makes me think of how I learned to like beer when offerings were slim.
This has that really nice hops bite that you find in some pilsners and lagers... like fresh Heinekan or Grolsch... shades of Prima Pils, maybe.
By no means should you go out of your way to find this. It's in a green bottle and there's no freshness date to be found..
but it IS brewed in New York state so it's probably safer than many euro lagers regarding freshness and quality control.
An excellent macro brew, and a decent beer.

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Photo of Fialcowitz
4.4/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have a bottle with a slightly different label. Title "Kingfisher" is horizontal , not slanted.

Brewed and bottled by Kingfisher Brewing Co. Saratoga Springs, NY. under "technical supervision of UBL, Bangalore, India."

I found it very good, the equivalent of Becks. Just the right amount of hops.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +48%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kingfisher Premium Lager has a thin, white head and a somewhat hazy, golden appearance with lots of little streaming bubbles. The pleasant aroma is lightly toasted and very bready. Taste is surprisingly hop forward, with lots of bitter hops up front, then breadiness across the sip along with the hops. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kingfisher finishes crisp, clean, and dry, yet, not as dry as American adjunct lagers. Overall, this is a delicious beer, and I strongly recommend giving it a taste.


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Photo of bigfurrynutz
4.1/5  rDev +48%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am in India on business and this is one of the local beers. I have had this in the US at a few indian restaurants but these here far surpass the quality I have had at home. Incredibly smooth and refreshing and a superior lager. I am here for another week and am thinking this will be my mainstay.

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Photo of ordybill
4.04/5  rDev +45.8%
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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Photo of sachsich
4.02/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

great with spicy foods
appearance was a golden color
smell was very good with spicy hops
taste was very good
mouthfeel was almost perfect as well as drinkability

this is the perfect beer for spicy foods. good session beer too.
enjoy with a vindaloo or rogan josh

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Photo of Seeker_11
4/5  rDev +44.4%

This beer tasted so much better in India. I had it in the states and didn't care for it. If you get a chance to go to India, definitely give it a try.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.89/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green 12oz bottle with no visible date of bottling poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is quite nice with some malt and grassy hops. The taste mimics the aroma with some malt and a spicy and grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is pretty much what I am looking for from a lager. This is a highly drinkable and tasty brew that is recommended.

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Photo of mpyle
3.8/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color - modest whitish head, brilliant clarity

Noble hop aroma, some candy-like malt aroma

Some initial malt, but good hop flavor and ultimately bitterness rounds out the flavor. Finishes a bit bitter/sweet, but ultimately becomes quite clean.

Highly carbonated, as expected for the style. No major mouthfeel issues.

Flavorful but not overpowering. A bit like a quality German lager, only not quite as good. Better than I would have expected from an Indian brewer, for some reason. I could down a few of these without a problem.

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Photo of doerickson
3.78/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored with a quickly-dying white head. A little more bitter than other American lagers, and also more complex. It would be easy to put away a bunch of these at a sitting.

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Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%
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.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color, well-carbonated, with a thin, slightly foamy head. Crystal clear.

I actually found the aroma to be quite pleasant -- reminded me of boiling wort, with noticeable hops and a pleasant malty sweetness.

In the mouth, this is a medium bodied, fairly refreshing beer that wonderfully compliments the spicy flavor of Indian food. A bit of grainy malt with a very nice hop finish.

Well balanced and very drinkable! A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of TheDM
3.7/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a small white head of small to medium bubbles which left a small lacing as it receded. It body is a transparent light amber orange color. It's aroma is a mild hoppy one and it's taste is a bit carbonated and like a typical lager with a slight bitter aftertaste. There is nothing really noteworthy here, but it is a good all around drinkable brew.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle at Spirit of India in Chicago.

Pours pale gold with a flurry of ascending bubbles. Clean aroma, some mild malt/biscuit aroma, but not much else. Ok in every aspect. Mild and inoffensive malt profile. Crisp, clean, no off flavors to upset the Indian food it was up against. Fairly sweet. Not my first choice for a lager to pair with food, but it will do if the restaurant doesn't have anything else. Probably the cleanest Indian lager i've had.

Overall it's a serviceable beer, don't expect any great shakes obviously.

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Photo of cwok1980
3.68/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in London at a curry place. had this on draft so my experience might be unique as i have not seen this on tap in the US , Went very good with the meal. nice color, no skunky smell. nice balance of crispness and hops. Not too carbonated, would drink again, but judging from the reviews, maybe the bottle doesn't travel well. Compared to beers like Singa and other Asian Heineken imitators, this lager is one of the better ones I have tasted.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.63/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Darbar Grill on 55th/3rd in NYC.

A: Looks like a nice golden-yellow colored lager with a pretty thick head that was slow to go down.

S: Light malts, slight graininess, and a mild yeast flavor. A little hop presence, but no "funkiness" seen in other reviews.

T: Tastes like your average pale lager. Sweet, but not cloying. The malts were certainly nice, and there was pretty good balance to it. More on the malty side than hoppy, but as to be expected from a beer of this style.

M: Big carbonation and a light body. There was a slight bitter aftertaste that went away relatively quickly.

D: Went wonderfully with the Indian food, though I'm not one to drink a bomber with dinner, so admittedly I wasn't thrilled about finishing the whole bottle.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at an indian restaurant in beijing, china

clear gold color, decent head that soon fades to ring. some lace.

obvious noble hop aroma, some yeastiness and light malts. despite the green bottle, there was no detectable skunk, so it seems they kept this away from the light. consistent with three bottles here, and also with two bottles at another different indian restaurant in beijing.

flavor also has sweet malts underlying a strong but smooth bitterness that lasts throughout. esters and phenols when warmed.

certainly has some substance, with some lively but not too fizzy carbonation.

NOTE: checked the labels at several indian restaurants - this does NOT seem to use any adjuncts. JUST MALT.

this pairs quite well with indian food, esp. when properly chilled and the bitterness is snappy.

does this use rice or other adjuncts? if not, this almost seems like a euro pale lager or even a pils...

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.61/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice crisp clean, smooth lager, with a great refreshing taste, nothing too special. I fell in love when i got a few bottle of the actual stuff as a gift. but the stuff you buy in normal supermarkets (Tesco,Asda,Morrisons) is brewed under licence from Kingfisher...its just not the same.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.61/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brilliantly clear golden body with a thick vicious white head. The head is long lasting.

S - Very malty, hints of honey and light lemon fragrance.

T - Medium amount of malt up front and a slightly bitter finish. Not a lot to the taste. The bitterness at the end is slightly unwelcome as it is harsh.

M - Light to medium light bodied. Slightly over carbonation sensation.

O - A well done lager with relatively minor faults. A wonderfully drinkable beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.6/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am pleasantly surprised. I can understand why some people like this beer. Upon opening the bottle, there was a definite skunk smell. but once I poured it it dissipated and gave way to a decent eurolager aroma that was not overly skunky. Nice clean flavor that balances malt and hops in a way that makes it easy to drink. Refreshing dry finish with a little sweetness on the tongue to make it special. This is an alright beer. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +30%
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

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Photo of BrewskiBanks
3.54/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this brewski is a bit too average for it to be one of my favorites.

The smell of this lager is extremely hoppy and you can can also smell the malt.

The hops are very noticeable in the taste of this brew and I like it a lot.

The carbonation trickles in my mouthpiece and makes this brewski exceptional to swish around my tonsil region.

The drinkability is excellent; sometimes I wake up and pour a tall glass of this while eating waffles and strudels.

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Placing my review here for now even though this bottle is fresh brewed in the USA. UB Bought the Olde Saratoga Brewing company and put it back in business.

131 Excelsior Avenue ~ Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 ~ 518-581-0492


Pale yellow colored beer with a small white head, looks like a light beer.

Smells sweet and grainy with a considerable grain aroma. Strong biscuit malt aroma. There is a very slight wheat bran scent in this one.

Starts out sweet and grainy with a lot of malt flavor. Herbal hop aftertaste very mineral tasting like Very hard water was used to brew it. Certainly is a more substantial beer than a regular American mass production Lager.

Mouthfeel is quite full.

More tasty than I would have expected. Brewing it locally instead of shipping it from India makes a Difference.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.52/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much better than your typical "macro lager"

A-Typical transparent macro-yellow with a decent bubbly head

S- Slightly skunked in a green bottle, but I don't mind skunk. Good citric/metallic hop smell

T- Taste is good with more hops than usually expected in a macro. I can actually enjoy the flavor in this beer

M- Another plus for this beer. Light body and not overly carbonated like most macro

D- Drinks good like beer should

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.52/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green, 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams Summer nonic pint glass at Haveli Indian Restaurant & Cocktails in Middletown, Conn. Bottle states brewed in Saratoga Spings, N.Y.

A: Clean, clear, pale, fizzy, yellow color with a very thin head of effervescent carbonation bubbles that leave a thin cap in its wake but only meager, soapy lace.

S: Cracked grain husk and very faint, floral bitterness from delicate hopping.

T: Clean, crisp and grainy malt flavor hits up front throwing a bit of toasted cracker at the palate before a very thin, spicy and floral hop bite dries out the palate completely. The bitterness is extremely low, however, and the brew finishes with a slightly vegetative, carbonated sweetness.

M: Very clean, crisp and refreshing on the palate, this is a light-bodied lager with mild hops for drying the mouthfeel.

O: There aren't too many good things to say about Kingfisher Premium Lager other than its a fairly inoffensive, clean, crisp lighter beer to wash down food or perhaps quench your thirst on a humid day. I wouldn't turn one away, though, because this all-malt, no frills, 4.8% ABV lager is just slightly above average in my book.

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