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 BeerWithMike
2.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bought a single bottle to try and sampled back on 3/17/16. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a flute glass.

Brew pours a light straw-yellow in color with a white fizzy head that doesn't last long. Aroma...well isn't real pleasant to be honest. Some musty grains for the must part. Taste pretty much follows the nose as well. Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, a one time brew for me.

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Photo of Myotus
2.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Poured at 43°F from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 18Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers of white foam that shrivels into a quarter fingers worth after 1 minute and 15 seconds. A subtle amount of thick lacing is left behind from the head dissipation. Gold in color. There is a large quantity of small, rising bubbles. Lacing is subtle in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of car exhaust and sugar water are poorly backed by subtle grassy barley, earthy hop, and spicy hop aromas.
TASTE: The initial taste is a mild bombardment of all the aromas, but in flavor form. All flavors begin to fade away, except for car exhaust, leaving just that as the final taste.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: This was truly a foul beer. The taste of car exhaust is not something that I enjoy. I would take Bud Light over this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Very weak straw yellow pour, very minimal pour. Aroma wasn't all that. Somewhat metallic coin aspect.

A little bit bitter, high carbonation, super light body. Almost no hops. I don't get why this is so expensive.

Hot weather only beer for me. Kinda weak in every category. Even skunkiness would be an improvement.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear red-gold amber, foamy, wispy eggshell cap of low to moderate retention. Smells skunky but somewhat sweet. Typical, green bottle. Taste is grainy (malts, adjuncts) and grassy throughout, beer is not overly sweet for the style, despite the nose. Somewhat floral hops balance well, making this taste not too far off from a German Pilsner, albeit less bitter in the finish, less robust from the start. Fortunately not too skunky beyond the aroma. Light-bodied, but ample sudsy, fizzy, to effervescent carbonation, giving it an apparent thickness. Incredibly crisp.

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Photo of FLima
2.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Golden color with a thin head with short retention, but keeping a constant plate.
Aroma with notes of floral and grassy hops, lager yeast and bread malt sweetness. This sure smelled better than the ones I had back in India a few years ago.
Flavor with notes of malt sweetness, grains, some cardboard and a bit of corn syrup. Sweet aftertaste.
Light to watery body with medium, but fizzy carbonation.
Decent for style, adjunct lager with perceivable floral hop notes and no strong off-flavors. This one actually felt better than the ones I had in India (I guess people from there miss something else or I was lucky and they preserved it well during the trip, local storage might not be ideal). Also, if people didn’t know this was from India, they would never mention that it pairs well with Indian food, at least not differently than most adjunct lagers. Drink it cold...
Ps. even there I didn’t take the supposed glycerin out by doing the water trick.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.21/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin, yet fairly frothy head. The scent is very weak, not bringing anything good, yet at least nothing bad. The taste is very clean, with a light taste of barley and faint hops. The mouthfeel is then wonderfully smooth. Overall a decent lager, wish I could get more in Canada!

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose, not much else; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with cereal grains. Simple lager.

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Photo of ordybill
4.04/5  rDev +45.3%
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 Brian_L-2056
3.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smelled slightly skunky when I opened the bottle. Poured a nice golden color with a small quickly dissipating head. I actually liked the flavor, not skunky at all. Has a nice finish too, not dry at all. Has a slightly unique flavor. Would buy it again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Kapowski
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe i just got a magic bottle, but this beer exceeded my expectations. Quite malty-sweet, nose isn't too skunky, a bit of watery carbonation in the mouthfeel, and the finish is slightly more bitter/complex than a typical lager. Granted American adjuncts have set the bar pretty low, but I was fairly surprised by the sweet caramel malts. Might even prefer this to something like a Boston Lager (Sam Adam's beers are just sooooo skunky.) Nice light, understated beer.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" white head that drops quickly with slight amount of lacing. Color is clear light golden with a moderate amount of streaming bubbles.

Aroma: grassy hops and some yeasty bread dough.

Mouthfeel: light and fairly crisp with a mostly dry finish.

Flavor: biscuit and sweet barley sweetness with some noticeable grassy and herbal hops in the finish. Slight metallic flavor also is present.

Overall: good, but not nearly the best in this style.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks smell and tastes just like another dull lager, I presume a curry provides the flavour
Really lacking in all elements even for the generic lager style

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It exceeded expectations so it has that. Some minerality. citrus is detectable. Smooth, sweet finish. Pours very clear. Almost non existent color. Having it with fish.

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Photo of debanjanbanerjee01
2.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

It says premium but is not premium at all. Colour and appearance. Pale staw to yellow with a finger of white head. Thats the only good thing about this beer. I give it 3 for appearance. Hardly anything special. Smell hardly anything characterestic. Taste bland slighy fruity. Beer in US surely different fron Indian. The Indian tastes better. Best temperature to serve 8 to 10 deg c. Goes well with spicy food. What this beer lack is character. It is just an indian lager hardly eligible yo be called premium.

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Photo of deesbeers
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kingfisher and other Indian lagers get a bad rap on BA. This beer may not be made to current tastes (not hoppy at all, fizzy but insubstantial carbonation) but it's crisp, with a little earth and a little citrus, and with less skunkiness than European lagers. Indian lagers pair well with Indian and SE Asian cuisine. Would also work at the beach or BBQ.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.61/5  rDev +29.9%
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 beergoot
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color; thick, rocky, white head. Stale, grassy aroma. Mildly toasted cereal grain flavor; proportional (for the style) hop bitterness; slight tart fruitiness. Smooth, gentle body with a big dry finish.

A nice, refreshing beer that may not wow the IPA hop-head crowd, but delivers a decently crafted lager experience for those seeking a mild, refreshing, malt-forward beer.

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Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
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 stcules
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Clean, golden appearance, with a white, average foam.
In the smeel some stale cereals, and an impression of quite old hop.
Even worst taste. Wet cardboard, wet cereals.

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

Poured into a nonic glass. Pours a light straw amber with gold tints with a one finger white head that dissipates to patches. Served too cold at a restaurant. Aroma is light grainy malt with a hint of grassy hops. Flavor is similar, grainy malt and light grassy hops, but has some nice biscuit malt flavors in the finish that redeemed it and made it a nice accompaniment to an Indian restaurant meal. Light bodied. I wasn't expecting much and so this light, slightly grainy lager was fine for dinner. The biscuity finish was more enjoyable than I expected and I would consider this again for a similar meal rather than a sweeter adjunct style lager.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.49/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a good 330mL brown bottle with a stylish macro label.

Appearance: a crystal clear pale yellow amber with a finger of white head that drops away pretty quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma: the usual macro grains, but also some herbal hop aromas which is nice.

Taste: follows the nose to the letter. Herbal hops with macro grains - quite nice.

Aftertaste: drops away fairly quickly with a touch of bitterness hanging about.

Mouth feel: light in feel with an okay carbonation. Pretty good - the flavours come through quite nicely.

Overall: whilst this is still just a pretty standard macro lager, it is better than your average. Pretty good for AU$43 a case too.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

355 mL green bottle purchased as a single at the LCBO. Listed at 5% and brewed under license in Saratoga Springs, NY - but it still counts as an Indian beer to me, dammit.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, capped off with one finger of dense, white-coloured head that steadily disappears over the next few minutes. A thin, bubbly film and collar soon takes its place, with minimal lace. The aroma is grainy, with notes of honey and corn. A hint of grassy, weedy hops also comes through. I got a big whiff of skunk when I initially popped the cap, but it seemed to dissipate quickly enough.

The flavour profile is boring and not particularly clean, which is a problem for something that is not classified as an adjunct lager. Grainy pale barley malts, corn husk and a boiled vegetable water sweetness pretty much sums this one up. More of the grassy, weedy hops detected on the nose manage to provide a noticeable bitterness toward the finish. Fairly light in body, with moderate carbonation that provides a crisp, refreshing bite.

Final Grade: 3.00, a C grade. Kingfisher Premium is actually a decent industrial lager, but not at Canadian import prices. The flavour grew on me a little as I made my way through the glass, but not enough to give this anything more than a mediocre grade - because it is just a mediocre pale lager. If you're at an Indian restaurant and the beer selection is limited, this would be a viable option, but I can't envision a situation where I'd go out of my way to drink this again.

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Photo of mr-jj
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

It's usually what I can find at an Indian restaurant. It's okay for cutting spiciness, but overall a pretty mediocre brew. It's grainy and dry without any real character.

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Photo of Seeker_11
4/5  rDev +43.9%

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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