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Kingfisher Premium LagerKingfisher Premium Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-1998

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356
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855
Avg:
2.77
pDev:
35.02%
 
 
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Photo of GMB
2.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Kingfisher's Premier (Same as Premium?) Lager Beer pours a very light golden body with moderate, even carbonation and a fizzy snow-white head.

The nose struck me as slightly skunky and corn-dominated at first, but after a few deep breaths I began to appreciate some roasted characteristics and even a slightly fruity aroma.

The taste of this beer is sweet, sweet, sweet. The side of the can lists water, malted barley, sugar and rice/maize/corn syrup as its first four ingredients. This should give some indication of just how sweet this brew is. To me, it tastes like corn syrup with a bit of malted barley mixed in for good measure. Hoppy bitterness is only appreciable after a dozen or so small sips. The beer is far too thin on the palate; and sweet, far too sweet: sort of gross, really.

Considering my overall aversion to the sweetness, I was surprised to find a couple of sips somewhat enjoyable. Perhaps it was the freshness of the can: I drank it on 12 November and the can was "manufactured" on 07 November. Or maybe the seasoned puffed rice that I snacked on as I sipped cut some of the sweetness.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a golden color and quite nice looking with its nice white head. However the head did not hang around long. The beer also had a little bit of that skunky (Becks) smell, thank goodness it did not taste that way. it did have a bit of a bitter finish though not bad. I will buy again.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a single bottle of this from Everett’s in South Beloit, IL.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a very small head. There is a slight scent of grains and hops, but nothing all that strong. The taste is pretty average for an imported lager. There is a decent taste of grains and citrus mixed with some slight hops. Smooth and mellow that delivers an overall light and refreshing taste. A lot better tasting then you would expect from an Indian beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear golden yellow with just a tiny fizzy head that quickly disappears. Somewhat lacking in carbonation it seems.

Aroma lacks skunk thanks to the brown bottle and has a pleasant breadyness with some light citrus hop aroma. There is a slight musty smell but it doesn't really detract.

The flavor has plenty of bread and hay typical of mass produced European lagers. A little bit of a corn adjunct taste along with a slight citric bite from the hops. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than I was expecting and finishes somewhat sticky with a lingering light tartness.

Overall, a fairly typical Euro lager although it is not one of the better ones I have had. Just does not finish dry enough for me.

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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.58/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Tresha
1.16/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is lucky. While it tastes pretty bad compared to any craft beer, it is the most popular and most available beer in India. The colour is pale golden, and always served very very cold. Almost get a head freeze! Very very carbonated and will keep you gassy and burping (not to mention pissy) for a long time. Goes well with Indian food - most lagers go well with spicy food. Gets warm very soon and tastes terrible when at room temperature (undrinkable actually!)

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Photo of tobelerone
2.09/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Olde Saratoga brewery. Probably the worst thing I drank there and that’s saying something because very little was distinguished at all. Pale straw color, decent clarity, small white head that settles slowly, some patchy lacing. The look was the best thing about this beer.

Strange aroma has an off, slightly soured milk aspect to it dominating some weak grainy malt and vague herbal hoppiness. This intensified in the tasting; aggressively awful spoilt milk flavor, with the accompanying sourness, as well as some kind of adjunct flavor, graininess, puny malt character. A hint of herbal, floral hops mostly noticed in the mercifully dry finish.

Body is medium light with strong carbonation. Feel was fine but this is a terrible, terrible beer. Memorably bad and to be avoided at all costs. Yuck.

Edit: noticed a bottle of this in the back of my dad's fridge last time I visited. Maybe I'll crack it open and see if it's actually as bad as it was on tap at the brewery!

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Photo of seydou
2.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into chilled glass in Mumbai. Slightly better than my West African lagers (Flag & Castel), but definitely in the same family.

Unremarkable yellow-golden lager color, quickly-dissipating foam, fairly carbonated and best served very, very cold against a hot day. Bit too much of a Bud Light-like aftertaste for. An unremarkable beer but enjoyable in cultural context.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.52/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a centimeter thick, fluffy white head. Has almost no lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet with a corn aroma that's most dominant. Also some grains and bread.

Taste - Pale malts, slightly sweet, corn, and skunk.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good beer. Light and crisp.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The last beer that was available at the India Restaurant and got it simply since I couldn't find it anywhere else.

A - This one actually had some nice deep golden color, almost like a pale ale with a 1/2 inch of fizzy head that again reduced to nothing. No lace ring but it got the most head out of the three.

S - What I noticed on this one was the strongest of lager yeast of the three but it gave way to a fruity aspect. Aside from that light cereal grains and actually some hops in the smell.

T - Well this one was pretty nice. Smooth crisp body and light hopping of typical lager flavors. Not bad overall. No vegital taste so I don't understand the low ratings...

M - Light in body.

Overall not a bad lager which really doesn't deserve the below average rating. Not my best style so it would only be something I would order again if at the restaurant.

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Photo of stevoj
2.56/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Conventional pale lager, nothing more, nothing less. Faint aroma and taste of malted grains. Mouthfeel is watery. Good with Indian food, at least, helps put out the flames

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Photo of bonkers
2.76/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought it over for me to try, so I split it with him. Golden yellow pour, good head. The aroma at first is off, after a minute or 2 kinda bland. The taste is light, some grassy hops, finishes slightly bitter. The body is light, good carbonation. Not something I would pick up, but if offered it is not terrible.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.29/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a weizen glass (my only clean glassware at the time), appears straw yellow with a fading collar of white foam, presents a very strong cooked corn aroma combined with a medium skunked aroma...tastes like a helping of overcooked corn and gym socks on a slab of wet moldy cardboard. Light body, but I didn't get too far into it before pouring the rest of it down the drain. If this is what they consider "premium," I shudder to think what the normal version would be like.

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Photo of JoLight
1.49/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Golden in appearance, with a soapy white head, which does not retain at all.

It smells like spoiled hops, very light toasted malt, but has an overshadowing aroma of garbage. No seriously, garbage.

The taste profile is super light. I believe this has as much flavor as most light beer. (And I'm not hating on light beer. But for full-flavored beer, this is disappointing.) There is some very light toasted barley malt, and light hops. But all over, it's just very bland and spoiled-tasting.

I'm not a picky drinker, nor do I look for the worst in beers or criticize them to any great degree. But I have to say, this is one of the worst beers I have ever tasted.

God-awful, really.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
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 vkv822
1.91/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz green bottle into pint glass.

Pours a clear dark yellow with a fizzy white head. Unimpressive, but pretty standard for the style.

Lightly skunky, with some malty adjunct character.

The taste is a little better then the aroma, but not by much. There is a bit of cereal grain sweetness before another touch of skunk and finishes with malty adjuncts.

Light body, fizzy carbonation, as expected.

What one would expect in the style and coming in a green bottle. Basic adjuncts, some sweetness and a light touch of skunk. Not the worst in the style but not enjoyable either.

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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 Durge
3.19/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A light gold colored lager with very little white head on top and no lacing. The aroma offers oaky malt and oats. The flavor is nutty malt and vanilla with a touch of sweet cardboard. I also detect some woodsy cereal grain elements. It’s on the heavy side of light bodied with ample, tasteful carbonation for a light and refreshing feel that goes down very easily. Different from your typical lager and a passable choice with your Indian meal.

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Photo of cbutova
2.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gonna be a week or two from the cheaper coolers, hopefully find some goodies I wouldn't buy normally.

A- Deep golden lager poured into a pint glass. One finger foamy white head forms and fizzes out fairly quickly. A few spots of lace on the glass.

S- Smells like a mix between mostly wet dog and some sweet caramel malts.

T- Slightly caramelized sugar and malts mixed with light fruit and floral hops. Kind of reminds me of those strawberry jam hard candies somehow.

MF- Creamy light body with smooth moderate carbonation. Tiny bitterness.

Flavor isn't too bad with fruit and relaxed hop notes, nothing bad in here. Smell upsets me as it reminds of bathing a dog.

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Photo of scratch69
2.55/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Golden yellow with very little head and almost no lacing.

Smell- Simple grain aroma.

Taste- Bitter, bland flavor. Slight hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. Average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Reminds me of a run-of-the-mill adjunct lager. Unimpressive and forgettable.

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Photo of IronLover
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a fizzy white foam that quickly disappeared without much of any lacing. Grainy malt and grassy aromas with very light hop character. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Earthy, grainy malt flavor with grassy undertones from beginning to emd with light bitter hop character from the middle to the finish.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is crisp and malty, typical but not off-putting. It pours a typical clear straw yellow with a fairly thick white head. Flavor is about average for a lager, crisp and malty but not complex. Texture has average body and a fair amount of fizz. Not great, but give it a try.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Big bubbly head, though gone in seconds. Light and clear golden amber colour.

S - Lemon, corn, grass, a bit skunky.

T - Corn, lemon juice and old coins. A slight hop bitterness.

M - High carbonation, light body. Crisp with a dry finish.

O - I can see how this could be OK alongside a curry, but just a mediocre, bland lager at its core. And another thing, why do breweries like this use green glass? Is it cheaper, or is it completely and absolutely unjustifiable in every way?

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.44/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

An aggressive pour got a half finger of head that was down to a ring in less than two minutes. The body is a golden color with a steady stream of bubbles racing to the top like refugees running from an oppressive regime trying to reach the border before they are shot. No lacing.

Grassy, grainy and mechanical smelling. Smells like this must be the "high life" of Indian beers, if you get my meaning.

I get grassy malts. And corn. This tastes like a straight adjunct lager. The corn and weak malt team up to make the back end of this beer very sweet.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied. Not at all sticky, it is faintly drying. Easy to drink beer, I would put this in the "lawnmower" beer category. Best saved for the hottest of the hot summer days.

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Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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