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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-1998

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

I have this beer when I eat at the House of India in Huntington, NY. The bottle says it's brewed and bottled in Saratoga Springs, NY. It tastes fresh enough each time and is easy to drink. It has more character than a cheap adjunct lager - a clean taste of grains, a little grassiness, and a mild hop finish. I agree there's a slight metallic aroma, but overall this is a nice, average lager that goes well with a meal.

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Photo of Morris729
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a think and creamy white head that slowly dissipates into a nice lace. Nose is sweet malts and yeast. Light to medium in body with a nice crispness. Taste is fresh grains with some citrus notes and a nice amount of spicy hops. A very refreshing brew that is definitely a step up from the macros.

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Photo of MisterE
3.37/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle brewed in Saratoga Springs NY, bought at Ward's Supermarket for $2.99

A: pours a clear pale yellow with a two finger head of fine bubbles

S: sweet, clean, herbal aroma - light citrus hops and faint whiff of roasted barley

T: subtle with nice balance - finishes with a dry, mild bitterness

M: gentle carbonation and a surprisingly full mouthfeel for a light lager

D: this one can go the distance

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Photo of scooter231
3.36/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This guy pours a bright, crisp golden color, very clear, with a thin white head that lingers for a moment or three and then disappates to a tiny, tiny rim around the glass.

Smells citrusy and floraly, nothing too deep or complex. Tastes similar, with a good bite of lemon in there- reminded me of Heineken, but a better tasting one. Mouthfeel is on the watery side and not the most pleasant thing in the whole wide world. However, very drinkable. I would much rather drink this than Bud- it's not attacking to the palate, it's light, easy to drink, and the taste is not offensive at all.

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Photo of jettjon
3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz green bottle with no date into a pilsner, it’s a pale gold color with plenty of carbonation. Thin white head fades quickly leaving a thin ring and no lace. Nose of pale malt and floral hops. In the flavor department, it features medium sweetish malt tempered by floral and citrus hops. Decent. Mouth of ful carbation; crispness helps bring out hops character. Drinkability is decent; it’s crisp and refreshing but not much to bring me back. It’s one and done for me.

Overall: Looks like a lot of the negative reviews on BA are older, leading me to believe that this beer was reformulated or QC has been improved. As sampled, it’s a competent Euro style pale lager, that looks, tastes, and smells good but isn’t anything special. I’d take this over a Heineken if that’s any sort of endorsement.

Note: The bottle stated that this beer is brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Photo of Luigi
3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow with a fizzy head for a lace. The smells is very clean. Faint hops and grainy malt. A oily hop up front and background of slighty grassy grains. Finishes very clean and is light of the palate. This is a nice average lager to keep around for cookouts on hot summer days.

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Photo of Realale
3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ligth yellow/gold with a huge fluffy white head that settles slowly to a complete rocky 1/4" cap.

Nose is sweet malt a whiff of grain and plenty of flowery, slightly spicy hops.

Bit thin on the palate, but nicely malty with a decent hop component both in flavor and bitterness. Not long, but a nice refreshing level of carbonation.

A tasty brew when its fresh and not skunked. My local Indian restaurant seems to about the only one that can manage that trick.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Trader Joe’s

Appearance: Golden yellow color with lace head that dissipates to almost nothing quickly.

Nose: Grainy and sweet, sums it up to me.

Taste: Initially sweet maltiness and a nice hoppy finish to round it out.

Overall: Pretty good beer to drink on a summer day. I am not overly impressed, nor am I overly disappointed. It is about what I expected.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.32/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw yellow, very similar to most mainstream lagers. Decent inch head that levels out within a few minutes. Small amount of bubbles fizzing thoughout body.

A little fruity (strangely, banana) and malty

Taste & Mouthfeel
Light and fruity, with that banana aroma coming though on the palate. Mouthful turns foamy quickly when swishing around for flavor. It has at least some character of flavor, unlike so many other lagers I've had. It's not bad, but not really my preference.

This is the "World's Number 1 selling Indian Lager" according to the label, however, it's produced in New Jersey. It has a mild, somewhat pleasant taste. But it still has too much banana fruit flavor coming through, and I would forgo this in the future.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.32/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I had while I was at the Washington DC Folklife Festival. Can't remember which booth it was from but most likely the Indian/Bhutan area.

12oz bottle poured into the plastic pint glass. Served ice cold.

Pours a light golden straw. No head formed what so ever.

Not much to the nose but yeast. Sweet as well.

The malts are grainy, and there is a huge citrus note that follows. I'm talking huge! Then the bitterness cuts in a bit but not to much. A great balance and the hop profile is great.

The line for the beer at the vendor was 10 minutes but I had to try everything there. They had 4 people at the registers doing nothing but selling beer, the sign said 'this lines beer only'. Yes ma'am! I would recommend it again because it really beats the heat on a hot day

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear golden body with a trickle of active carbonation, capped with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a sheet that leaves a few flecks of lacing.

Smell is nice and malty with a sting of herbal, floral hops.

Taste is malty-sweet with a nice dose of earthy, citrusy hops. The finish is a touch bitter and a bit dry with a metallic note.

The drink is crisp and light medium-bodied, and is very drinkable and refreshing.

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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 Hibernator
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer
12 oz green bottle
Jet ink #063107651503 on the front of bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow color. Very thin lace for a head.

Grainy sweet aroma. Slight hop detection. The nose reminds me of most European lagers.

Very clean and grainy taste. Grass, rice, barley and corn flavors mostly with a slight hop snap on the finish. A rather neutral tasting beer that would probably work well with a variety of different foods.

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Photo of Offa
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent pale lager, fairly basic but slightly more hoppy and characterful than many similar basic macros.

Deep gold, it has a thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.

The aroma is a standard, fairly good pale lager but slightly on the fuller side with sweet, fruity grain, hints of sulphur and grass.

The taste is similar, fruity sweet grain with light but noticeable grassy, faintly herbal bitterness. It's slightly on the heavier side for the style.

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Photo of Finite
3.29/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, little to no head or retention and only a tiny bit of lacing. Large bubbles.

Smell: definite citrus hop character maybe a little grassy too. Some malt there too but the hops are strong in the smell.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Quite nice citrus or piney hops character a little oily on the palate heavy carbonation but finishes quite smooth and oily with some nice malts balancing out.

Drinkability/Overall: Not a bad brew. Would go down a real treat with some butter chicken on a hot day.

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Photo of jaluria
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's got the look of a great beer without the taste. Somewhat bland and rather generic in it's overall taste. It pours a golden color with intense carbonation. Not much to detect scent-wise. The taste is more like a medium-bodied pilsener. Nothing extraordinary or overtly complex. It goes down smoothly, but not very enjoyable. I wouldn't have more than 2 of these in one sitting, but it does pair nicely with Indian food and it's a summer beer because of it's hoppy presence.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a good white head. Not much aroma, a little malt and metal smell. Taste is crisp and a bit bitter, a metalic twang to it. Not bad, actually adds a little to this otherwise very average lager. Its easy to drink and goes fine with Indian or Chinese food. It is what it is.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a nice, foamy, domed white head that reduced over a light straw coloured body with lots of bubbles.

Smell - 3.0
Dry and clean, light husk and grain, grassy hops.

Taste - 3.0
A clear step above most macro lagers in that there is real hop bitterness. Dry, crisp and refreshing, would go well with most curries, although not nearly as well as an IPA (IMO). Clean with mostly grain flavour, grassy hops giving a pleasantly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Light and crisp.

Drinkability - 4.0
Seriously sessionable, the bitterness gives it an edge over pretty much any macro lager you care no name.

OVERALL - 3.25
It's not complex, it doesn't have a great deal of flavour, but then pale lagers should not anyway. Exceeded my expectations, definitely one of the better macro lagers.

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Photo of Todd
3.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, served at this Indian restaurant (forgot the name) on Mass Ave., Boston. "Most thrilling chilled!", the label shouts.

Appearance: Light golden with tiny bubbles, yielding a thin fizzy head.

Smell: Semi-sweet with a distinct yeast aroma.

Taste: The malt gives this a slight grainy taste which is followed by a refreshingly high lemon flavour and sour bitterness. Wonderful use of hops in this brew.

Notes: There was a card on the table that went into some interesting detail of this brew. I wrote it down, and it goes as follows: "A time when a strong, smooth beer was needed to quench the thirst and beat the heat in Hindustan, India [snip] ... high gravity lager is kept in copper urns for over 2 months. Copper stimulates the yeast and imparts its flavour in the beer."

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Photo of Dentist666
3.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

0,33l bottle.
Clear, but not crystal golden beer with 1-finger white head, moderate retention.
Smell - grain, rice.
Taste - grainy with decent hop presence.
Light body, good carbonation.

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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 hotstuff
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a small white head that contained small-medium sized bubbles.The body was clear and there was no lacing with this beer.This beer's nose was hoppy.There is nothing very special about this beer in my opinion.I found it to have a somewhat of a bitter taste to it and it is a beer that went down rather smoothly.

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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 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 LPorter33
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this stuff like water during my 10 days in India. It's not bad. Has an entertaining sweetness to the malt that makes a welcome appearance towards the end of the taste spectrum. Good drinkability and above average taste for a macro lager. Reminds me of PBR. It's probably the best beer you'll find in the country.

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Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
2.78 out of 5 based on 885 ratings.
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