Kingfisher Premium Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

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Kingfisher Premium LagerKingfisher Premium Lager

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United Breweries - UB Group

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
1.23/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

After a sip, had to wash out my mouth. Even after toothpaste, terrible taste remained. Not a good ambassador. Looks like watered down beer, dry, bitter, thin with awful carbonation. Maybe grass and hops, thin. Goodbye beer, hello drain. Useful for inducing nausea.

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Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.99/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white fizzy head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever on this one. Smell is of grain and grass aromas. Taste is of grains, grass, and a bitter hop finish. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation making it crisp and clean in the mouth. This is a pretty average beer overall but I am glad I picked up a single to try.

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

in all its forms this beer is pretty sub par. pours a clear yellow wheat color with nice rising carbonation but a quickly fading head. smells a bit skunked, possibly a product of the green bottle, but a bit rancid in odor. also some undigested sugars that still remain are present. flavor is about the same as the nose, a little like cold white toast, but with some sweetness in the finish. mouthfeel redeems it, its cold and crisp, lively on the tongue, and clean. very light body, easy drinker if you dont mind the taste. overall a beer that is impossibly unsatisfying as a last drink before 2 weeks of sobriety, but one that hits the nail on the head as a first drink after those 2 weeks. thats about all i say for kingfisher.

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Photo of djrn2
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured out as a golden yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly. The smell of the beer was sweet but almost smelled like a locker room to me... Not that appealing. The taste of the beer is average, the taste is a little on the sweet side just a touch of bitterness to it. The mouthfeel was typical, nothing too exciting going on really. Overall this beer wasn't anything special in my opinion. My friend was raving about it so I gave it a try when he offered me some. It's not something I'd ever buy myself. It he really enjoyed it.

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Photo of nmann08
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of metter98
2.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is rather clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops, corn and Irish soda bread are present in the nose.
T: The initial taste starts out with flavors of Irish soda bread and hints of corn; flavors of grassy hops become noticeable towards the finish and contribute a slight amount of bitterness throughout the taste.
M: It feels a bit more than being light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing really special that stands out about the taste of this beer, but it is easy to drink and doesn't have too much in the way of adjunct aromas or flavors. It seems like it would help take the bite out of spicy Indian food.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My advice: Hold your nose. Pour it into a glass. Leave the room. Breath. Come back in 5 minutes to let the skunk aroma disipate. After that, it's a drinkable beer. Not great, but drinkable. It has the solid straw color with good carbonation and a small lacing head. Tastes mildly sweet with barley, corn, and rice distinctively. Hop flavor and aromas are of the noble hop variety, but skunked through the green bottle. Carbonated to the mouth and lacks a bit of creaminess. Subtle apple fruits in the finish. Crisp and moderately dry. Weak and slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had been jonesing for some vindaloo all week, and finally found myself at the recommended Toronto curry house. This was the only "Indian" beer available, according to the smiling host. Hot day, hot food, why not...

This beer pours a clear, light straw colour, with two fingers of somewhat creamy white head, which leaves spotty lace as it recedes. It smells of husky white grain, and acrid grassy hops. The taste is sweet white rice/corn grain, and mildly skunky, metallic hops. The carbonation is average, the body is decently heavy for the style, and it has a bitter, slightly sweet finish.

Nothing stellar, it is what it is, and what it is, is, good with head-expanding Indian spice. Or so my curry-racked brain seemed to think.

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Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
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

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Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +32.4%
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 largadeer
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with a bubbly, soapy, white, two-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and a little bit of skunk.

T - It tasted sweet. The main two flavors were corn and grain.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a fairly typical American Macro Lager. It is better than their light beer.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Boone757
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

And here I thought I was getting a beer from India!? It's actually brewed in Sarasota Springs, NY! The twist off cap should have been a dead give away! Upon opening a skunky aroma emerges before you can even pour the clear, yellowish gold body topped by a full foamy bright white head. The head drops quickly leaving a decent collar and some spotty lace. The body is light/medium with a fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor is of a clean malt that's well infused with a light grassy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. It finishes with a mild herbal hop flavor and gentle residual bitterness. Reminiscent in many ways of Heineken, but lighter all around. Actually somewhat refreshing, giving it a little bit of drinkability. Certainly more engaging than a light beer. And if it weren't for the skunkiness it might score even better.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.78/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts and light malts, with almost no hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with flavors of honey, caramel, corn and light malts. There’s a very mild hops presence and not the much of a balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, doesn’t go down too easily, not filling at all which is about the only good thing I can say about it, if were going to drink a beer that tasted like this I would prefer to spend very little money and drink something that I know isn’t supposed to be very good.

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Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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