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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My fiance picked this up for me before I came back from training.

Appearance- light yellow color, thin head

Smell- malty

Taste- malt

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok for a lager, I might possibly drink it again. Possibly a good summer beer because it is light and if it was cold definitely good summer working beer.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 ml (1 pint 6 fl oz) bottle, with no apparent production information on this bottle. From the same brewers as the Taj Mahal Premium Lager Beer that I enjoyed a few days ago, and the Flying Horse Royal Lager Beer which I just had a few hours ago. Not the highest expectations for this one, but higher at least than my expectations for the swill adjunct lagers produced in America.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about one finger of quickly dissipating eggshell white bubbly head. Dark cloudy gold, cider / lager colored body.

S - Smell is comprised mainly of muted corn husk / malt smell, honey, and very little else happening. Very dominant corn kernel smell becomes apparent.

T - Tastes like straight up fresh corn husk / corn tortilla. To be honest, this has got to be one of the most literally corn tasting beers I've ever had. Not a disturbing, cheap, adjunctive chemically treated corn husk taste like you would find in Bud Light, Miller Light, Coors Light, etc. More of a natural corn taste going on here, but still very prominent, and very little else happening.

M - Sweet, slight sugar, smooth, clean, and, watery. My mouth tastes like I just ate a plain corn tortilla. It's a clean feeling beer, I'll give it that. Not as carbonated and cidery as the rest of it's contemporary beers.

Overall, another strange surprising endeavor into the United Breweries portfolio. They seem to brew strange and offbeat beers, but I tend to enjoy what they put out. If I could find more from them I would be interested in trying it, for sure. This Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer has probably been the worst outing I've encountered from them so far, tasting the closest to American corn water swill like Miller Olde English 800, but it still isn't so bad. It is definitely a beer to try if you so happen to come across it, and the same goes for the rest of the beers put out by United Breweries - UB Group.

Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer ---3/5.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mild beer good with spicey Indian food. At Taja in Pearland.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler style glass much like what I'd expect for a Witbier. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The bottle indicates that this beer was brewed in Sarasota Springs NY, so I guess A-B InBev isn't the only conglomerate with multiple sites for brewing to help ensure freshness of their beer.

Appearance: As served the beer is the bright clear yellow gold color that I'd expect from an adjunct lager. It has a ΒΌ" bright white head that soon recedes to a small ring. There is little or no spotty lacing on this glass.

Smell: The aroma is faint but light and slightly malty or bready with a hint of herbal, grassy hop character.

Taste: The flavors are clean and fresh but simple and lacking in complexity. There is some sweetness and bready character from the light malt and some faint grassy hop character that hardly shows but does persist.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied with a finely bubbled carbonation that has a nice prickly feel to it. The finish trails off from the light sweetness into some mild hop flavor and a touch of bitterness

Drinkability: This was an ok beer to accompany the Indian food when dinner was served and the carbonation helped to freshen and clean the palate between portions of the Vegetarian Thali that made up the meal. But that being said there was nothing exceptional about the beer so it was adequate and better than no beer at all, but there's no motivation to repeat it or seek it out in the future.

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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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Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
2.78 out of 5 based on 899 ratings.
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