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: American 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a delicately hazed, lager-yellow body topped with a very thin, sudsy, white head.

Smell: Simple nose of bland, but grainy barley, pulverized corn husks, discarded apple seeds, and damp straw with some curious, unclean qualities to it.

Taste: Cereal grains accompanied by an adjuncty sweetness to it. Hint of straw stalks. A few drop of apple flavoring. Lightly bitter. Slight strange chemical tone precludes and lasts into the dry finish. Bleh!

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. Some lagers are good, some are bland but inoffensive, and some, like Kingfisher, as just unpleasant.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a bottle at Chai Pani in Asheville, NC

A: Pours a very lightly hazy light to medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of grainy malts with rice and corn adjuncts with light aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with some rice and corn adjuncts that give it a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops towards the finish. This beer has a light amount of bitterness which fades relatively quickly.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: There is nothing special about this beer but it does pair really well with spicy Indian food and really cuts through the spiciness. Refreshing and easy to drink but not a beer I will be getting regularly.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.1/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale amber with a minimum of floaty bits. The off-white head looks too insubstantial to last or to provide much lace (it does neither). It isn't quite as transient or as mealy as the heads on BMC lagers, but it's no superstar either. Barely acceptable, uninspiring, bland.

There was a huge blast of skunkitude when the cap was popped. Although it's still lingering, it's fading by the minute. The nose isn't horrible. For instance, it doesn't force me to keep my nose over the glass only long enough to form an impression, like some beer of this style. The beer smells like lightly sweet grain and little else.

Kingfisher is one of the least flavorful pale lagers that I've had in a very long time. With each sip I'm more and more astounded that there's so little substance. I usually reserve truly low scores for truly offensive beer. In those instances where there's so little to go on, I struggle with assigning numbers. Better to ignore the numbers and know that this is nothing more than a ghost of a lager. Beer-flavored water at best.

It does no good to talk about malt and hops since neither one makes much of a contribution. The beer isn't sweet and it's only marginally bitter. Think Bud Light (with its nastier aspects removed) cut with a generous portion of distilled water. Needless to say, the 'finish' begins as soon as beer enters mouth and the body feels like it has a specific gravity approaching 1.000.

I'm amazed to discover that Kingfisher Lager is 'the best selling Indian lager world-wide' and is now brewed by 17 breweries around the world. This particular bottle was brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY. I've had a bottle or two with Indian food in the past and wasn't impressed. Solo, it's even less impressive. Bottom line: avoid unless dehydrated.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.62/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really so sure why I picked this one up. Probabaly because I had not seen it before, which is the reason I pick up most of my brews. Anyway, hell it was worth a shot right? Poured a dull golden yellow. Small fizzy white head quickly faded leaving only some token lace behind, which iteslef left leaving a dull non carbonated yellow liquid. Smell was musty and grainy, with no really depth too it. The taste followed suit, dull, maybe a tiny bit of bitterness, but otherwise pretty non descript. Decent light mouth feel and a easy drinking are about it on this one. Served cold could be a session beer, but I would rather have it as a forget it beer. Nothing really to see move on.

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Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
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 womencantsail
2.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a pale yellow/straw color with a fizzy white head that dies away quickly.

S: You can smell the skunkiness from a mile away. It's absolutely overhwelming. Big time weed aroma to it as well. Underneath there is some adjunct and grain to it and a moderate sweetness.

T: Sweet adjuncts dominate the flavor, though there is still a strong skunk to it. Corn and grain with a wet straw sort of flavor. Mild malt flavor to it as well. Pretty sweet overall.

M: Light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: If this wasn't so skunky, I could see it actually being pretty decent. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

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Photo of TMoney2591
1.59/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Lucky number seven during Swill Tour 2010. The pour results in a pool of clear jaundice topped by some healthy white suds. The nose is like my brother's crappy incense, with some corn syrup and patchouli in the background. What incense, you ask? One of those bad combinations, like Jamaican Dread Sweat or Caribbean Jerked Taint. It is that bad. The taste is rotten wheat. Hookers fresh out of the tattoo chair. Vinyl and rubber burning alive, the victims of some crazed Saw-like serial killer's maniacal machinations. Terrible. I prefer the Olde English. The body is, natch, very light, with a light carbonation and a feel not unlike the forces amassed against Clive at Plassey (look it up...I'm pretty sure they were vicious). India ought to taste better. Seriously, even a lot of curry would make this taste better. Maybe this beer was aged to zombified perfection.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Blind Beer #11 from Kyle; sad to see this one ending soon. Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into my Hopleaf tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like maybe a pilsner. 3.5

s - Ut oh, smells a little skunked. Smells of grain, bready malts, wheat, and a little bit sour. Kind of reminds me of BMC macro beer; not that great. 2.5

t - Tastes of sour bready malts, grain, rice, and wheat. Again, a little skunked and sour, not very good. 2

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the tongue. A bit overcarbonated. 2.5

o - Overall not a very good beer; was this a kill shot? Reminds me of a macro, I'm guessing maybe another low alcohol lager. 2

And the beer is...Kingfisher Premium Lager. Got the style right and looking at some other reviews it sounds like the skunked smell and taste is always there.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Available at all Indian restaurants, this beer is the definition of a fizzy white beer. However, I must say this brew does pour a solid golden hue with a decent head. It does it's duty in pairing with some really spicy Indian dishes, and according to my roomate from last year, Chaitanya it's the only thing drinkable in his hometown of Bangalore. A very sweet corn and rice filled aroma, this beer is definitely swill, but it is swill I would rather pay for than our swill here Bud, Miller, Coors. When I went to eat with my exroomate at an Indian restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA he said it doesn't taste the same as it does back home, in fact I think it's brewed somewhere in New York. Overall, very light bodied and drinkable. It has a sweet crisp lemon grass finish that goes very well with the food I have eaten with it. So, this one's for you Chai!!!

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.91/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from colonial spirits.
Pours a mostly clear medium golden color with a smallish white head that recedes quickly leaving a moderate amount of lace on the glass. Smells of light sweet bready malt with a hint of sulfur and very light spicy hops. The flavor is light sweet bready malt with light hop and little else. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick watery mouthfeel. Straight forward macro lager, a bit on the sweet side but loaded with bland. I could drink this if I had to or if it were 105 degrees, but given the chance I would pick something else first.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am not a Kingfisher fan. There is something funky in the taste that I quite dont like. The appearance is yellow, clear and has decent carbonation. The smell and taste are primarily grain mixed with water. Mouthfeel is fine. Overall the beer is drinkable and ususally all that is available whilst in India.

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Photo of jwc215
2.91/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with a thin, creamy white head. Some lacing sticks to the glass.The smell is of strong "Euro-skunk", some husk,and sweet grain.The taste is husky and grainy with some "Euro-skunk" carry-over from the nose. Sweet with a bare touch of pretty non-descript hop bitterness. Not a big fan of the bland, sweet aftertaste.Light-bodied, though not overly fizzy. Not much to it though, either.I, ironically, preferred the "light" version, though I would not get either one again, personally. Maybe watering it down hid some of the bland sweetness and "skunk".A run-of-the-mill, at best, Euro-lager brewed right here in the USA ("under technical supervision of United Breweries Limited, Bangalore, India).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small pale white head sits atop a very pale yellow body. Aroma is zesty and clean, slight hints of citrus, sea-foam and straw. A dry, hoppy play upon the tongue and mouth, with a short, but nice finish. Light in body, texture, and just about every other way. Compared to other lagers of this type, it's one the best. Just enough flavor to make it palatable, but it's real purpose is to wash down the heat of hot and spicy food and keep those tastebuds cooled for the next onslaught. If you want boldness in body and flavor, you're barking up the wrong Bodhi tree.

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