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 Gambrinus1184
3.52/5  rDev +26.6%
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 jsisko01
3.52/5  rDev +26.6%
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 Jayli
3.51/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at ITC Mahastra in Mumbai 8/24/09
This beer pours a clear golden color, carbonation is very evident. A two to three finger of rocky white head sits on top. Head retains quite nicely and leaves sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass. Nose is definitely of adjuncts - grains, light malt and a slight touch of hops. Taste starts with grainy malts, a touch of yeast with a finish that is somewhat sweet. There is a bit of hop presence as there is bitterness in the middle that sticks with you. Light bodied, high carbonation, thin, goes down easily. Certainly a beer that one can kick back for a while.

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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 MAB
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I'm a little biased against lagers, I find it hard to get excited about this. However....

It is tasty. I had it with Indian food and it went really well with that.

There is a bit of sweetness, and a bit of bitterness, and overall I prefer it to the megabreweries lagers.

One weird thing though: They don't have a picture of a "kingfisher" on the front (any more). It's been replaced by a hummingbird, of all things.

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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 BeerSingh
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden to pour with a steady head. Smells like any lager - grainy and hoppy. Tastes sweet at the back of your tongue with a blocking bitterness. Mouthfeel is obviously very light, typical of any beer of this genre. The quintessential Indian beer, very drinkable. Goes essentially well with curry and tandoori food.

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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 Minkybut
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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 bala747
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As an Indian by race I have had plenty of experiences with this beer, which is almost India's national beer based on its widespread availability. My review is of the most recent time I had it.

A: Golden yellow, looks rather like a Heineken, with a nice bubbly 2cm head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some lace.

S: Initially smells a lot of corn and some hoppy smells. When I had this from a can or bottle there was a slight skunkiness and a metallic smell but on tap it wasn't noticeable.

T: Crisp and dry taste, hoppy flavours more apparent here and some citrus flavours were detected. Very refreshing taste, especially in the hot Indian summer.

M: A lot like Heineken, very bubbly on the tongue

D: Definitely drinkable, more flavourful than most American macros, and lack of skunkiness puts it ahead of many South East Asian beers.

O: A decent beer from India, surprisingly refreshing and clean tasting (unlike some of India's other beers like Haywards). Despite competition from Budweiser, Fosters and others, still India's largest selling beer.

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Photo of joecast
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very pale clear yellow with little head forming from the pour.
big grassy aroma exits from the bottle. once settled int he glass, some maltiness shows in the background.
taste is fairly crisp and light. obvious sweetness with a just below (or over?) par level of bitterness. still fairly well balanced with maybe some flavor hops as well?
pretty decent beer and i cant argue with the statement on the label as it being the best indian lager. its the best ive had!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was trying to be authentic while out to eat at an Indian restaurant. The bottle says this Indian beer was brewed about 4 hours away in Saratoga Springs New York. Sheesh.

Straw colored with a tight, thin head. Some foam lasts for almost half a glass which I guess is par for the course in pale lager land.

Floral aroma which I wasn't expecting. Honey and green apple peel. Tastes like it smells with some nice herbal hops in there.

Refreshing, floral, and sweet. Pale lagers ain't so bad when you don't throw a bunch of rice in it.

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Photo of lehows
3.46/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at an Indian restaurant one night, first thing I noticed was that it was brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY. Pours a golden yellowish color, somewhat hazy. A one finger white head with good retention. Not a whole lot of nose going on here, some faint malt. Taste upfront is tangy and some mild hop bitterness. I found this be a rather pleasant and drinkable beer. Certainly not something I would seek out but would order again if at an Indian restaurant.

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Photo of Loki
3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a light, pale yellow with a thin head and decent lacing.

Aromas of yeast and a faint sweetness.

Tasted very crisp and clean with mostly yeast and a faint sweetness form very simple lemony malt and grain.

Very good summer session beer. Light, easy drinking simple beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours an ever so slightly hazy light gold medium fine white head retains okay as a lacing.

Smells of fresh malty lager grains and a bit of mild dry hops.

Tastes like lagery grains with a hint of citrus sweetness. Smooth.

On the thinner side with tingly carbonation.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. This is a good sessionable lager that pairs well with food. Nothing stellar but better than I've come to expect from this style.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at Market Cross Pub in carlisle,PA.

The bottle is very unique in that it has a hummingbird as it s logo. It is actually very cooland different.

A- a lil cloudy with a pale yellow color. It looks like yellow murky water.

S-no real smell to describe except you can definitely smell the hops in it.

T- taste is alright. Not too bitter but a lot ofkick from the malted hops. It is kind of juicy yet dry.

D-this is worth themoney of a six pack. Its a decent beer but not the best lager that i have ever had. Its a good beer but nothing to great.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml green bottle poured in a mug. The back label says to see neck of bottle for best before, but I couldn't find anything indicating a date.

Clear, pale gold in colour. Foamy white head is 1/4 inch at the pour, but quickly dissolves into nothing. Some spotty lacing.

Lightly malty and slightly sweet aroma is mild, but pleasant.

Taste is refreshing and pleasantly surprising. It is mild and understated, but that's not uncommon in a lager. Starts off lightly malted and sweet. The carbonation fizz breaks this up and leaves a metallic and skunk hop finish. Aftertaste is a little acidic and mildly hop (pine) bitter.

Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Leaves a bit of an oil feel to the mouth after the swallow.

Surprisingly complex for a lager. Atleast there aren't many lagers that I've tasted that are available in this area that display as many characteristics as Kingfisher. The lack of head retention, mild aroma and metallic twang at the finish hold it back some, but it's still one best lagers I've had available in this area.

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Photo of jackndan
3.42/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kingfisher: A relatively popular import from India. Very light green bottle, with a faint and pleasant aroma of yeast. The taste is not dramatic, at all, but does have a nice closing tang of hops that really redeems this beer, at least on a very hot July evening. Not bad.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.42/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color with a nice tight head that fades away pretty quickly. Has a slight flowery/yeasty aroma. There's some hop flavor in it, overriding the very weak malt flavor, finishing with a lingering bitterness. Actually, quite refreshing. Especially with indian food (chicken korma + masala rice). Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Overall, it's pretty drinkable, not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of billybob
3.42/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first i must say this beer has a distinct smell and taste from other lagers that i have tried but not in a bad way but different.

pours a quarter inch white head very quickly fades to beer and a very light fading lace and lightly hazed golden color. herbal and metallic smell and taste. light malt grain and hop with strong herb front to finish and light metallic after taste. mouthfeel light and carbonation light also. good beer for a change of pace with a different lager taste and the price was right.

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Photo of bigone4
3.42/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at The Garden Indian restaurant in Agawam, MA. The bottle said it was brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY under the supervision from the brewery in Bangalore, India. It was served in a 22oz green bomber that poured a dark golden yellow color. The fluffy white head left a mild lace in the pint. There were smells of pale malt with a mild hint of faint citrus hops in the back ground. It certainly had a decent aroma.

This beer tasted rather light with tones of malt up front. There were some faint hints of caramel and some sweetness in the flavor. The malt was followed up by a slight hint of dry hop flavor in the after taste. It seemed to be very balanced and medium bodied. Decent offering that went down easy. Tasted good with the buffet of Indian food we ate. This brew certainly provided a good mouth feel and a decent flavor. It is very drinkable and would be a decent beer to try again. Not the worst American Macro I have had before. It certainly captures the style.

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Photo of ark57
3.42/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I happened upon this beer at the Fancy Food Show in New York City. I have seen it many times in liquor stores, but never thought much of it. Well, I am not one to pass on free samples of beer and this booth was giving away full bottles. Not a bad sample , huh? Needless to say I was very surprised at the taste. It has a noble hop aroma and a taste that was crisp and refreshing. It is better than I thought it would be. Still not something to go out of your for, but for free, it is great.

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Photo of Drew966
3.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kingfisher Lager is Indian beer contract brewed in New York. It pours a light orange with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. It has a fairly nice aroma, citrusy and a bit of malt. Not too bad flavor wise, nice hoppy touch, decent malt flavor as well. Somewhat grainy too. Better than I expected, I'd take this over b/m/c.

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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 WesWes
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It boasts of mainly pale malts and lager yeast, but it comes across as light and refreshing. The taste is a little above average. It is light with a grainy pale malt flavor on top of a dry lager yeast finish that refreshes on the way down. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks easy, but it has nothing to brag about. It does a lot right, but not a lot more than others. Still, this is a decent lager.

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2.78 out of 5 based on 885 ratings.
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