Kingfisher Premium Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

Kingfisher Premium LagerKingfisher Premium Lager
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-1998

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle at Spirit of India in Chicago.

Pours pale gold with a flurry of ascending bubbles. Clean aroma, some mild malt/biscuit aroma, but not much else. Ok in every aspect. Mild and inoffensive malt profile. Crisp, clean, no off flavors to upset the Indian food it was up against. Fairly sweet. Not my first choice for a lager to pair with food, but it will do if the restaurant doesn't have anything else. Probably the cleanest Indian lager i've had.

Overall it's a serviceable beer, don't expect any great shakes obviously.

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Photo of cwok1980
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in London at a curry place. had this on draft so my experience might be unique as i have not seen this on tap in the US , Went very good with the meal. nice color, no skunky smell. nice balance of crispness and hops. Not too carbonated, would drink again, but judging from the reviews, maybe the bottle doesn't travel well. Compared to beers like Singa and other Asian Heineken imitators, this lager is one of the better ones I have tasted.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Darbar Grill on 55th/3rd in NYC.

A: Looks like a nice golden-yellow colored lager with a pretty thick head that was slow to go down.

S: Light malts, slight graininess, and a mild yeast flavor. A little hop presence, but no "funkiness" seen in other reviews.

T: Tastes like your average pale lager. Sweet, but not cloying. The malts were certainly nice, and there was pretty good balance to it. More on the malty side than hoppy, but as to be expected from a beer of this style.

M: Big carbonation and a light body. There was a slight bitter aftertaste that went away relatively quickly.

D: Went wonderfully with the Indian food, though I'm not one to drink a bomber with dinner, so admittedly I wasn't thrilled about finishing the whole bottle.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at an indian restaurant in beijing, china

clear gold color, decent head that soon fades to ring. some lace.

obvious noble hop aroma, some yeastiness and light malts. despite the green bottle, there was no detectable skunk, so it seems they kept this away from the light. consistent with three bottles here, and also with two bottles at another different indian restaurant in beijing.

flavor also has sweet malts underlying a strong but smooth bitterness that lasts throughout. esters and phenols when warmed.

certainly has some substance, with some lively but not too fizzy carbonation.

NOTE: checked the labels at several indian restaurants - this does NOT seem to use any adjuncts. JUST MALT.

this pairs quite well with indian food, esp. when properly chilled and the bitterness is snappy.

does this use rice or other adjuncts? if not, this almost seems like a euro pale lager or even a pils...

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.61/5  rDev +29.4%
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 WrathsU
3.61/5  rDev +29.4%
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 BrewAskew
3.6/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am pleasantly surprised. I can understand why some people like this beer. Upon opening the bottle, there was a definite skunk smell. but once I poured it it dissipated and gave way to a decent eurolager aroma that was not overly skunky. Nice clean flavor that balances malt and hops in a way that makes it easy to drink. Refreshing dry finish with a little sweetness on the tongue to make it special. This is an alright beer. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with small head. There is a very light grainy aroma. Taste is crisp and refreshing. Slighty sweet with a mild aftertaste. Feels somewhat watery in the mouth. This beer is very drinkable and a good overall selection

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Photo of evenflow1980
3.6/5  rDev +29%

Photo of lupercmda
3.6/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AuntBea
3.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of myouman
3.56/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Beervana
3.54/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewskiBanks
3.54/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this brewski is a bit too average for it to be one of my favorites.

The smell of this lager is extremely hoppy and you can can also smell the malt.

The hops are very noticeable in the taste of this brew and I like it a lot.

The carbonation trickles in my mouthpiece and makes this brewski exceptional to swish around my tonsil region.

The drinkability is excellent; sometimes I wake up and pour a tall glass of this while eating waffles and strudels.

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Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.52/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Placing my review here for now even though this bottle is fresh brewed in the USA. UB Bought the Olde Saratoga Brewing company and put it back in business.

131 Excelsior Avenue ~ Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 ~ 518-581-0492

Pale yellow colored beer with a small white head, looks like a light beer.

Smells sweet and grainy with a considerable grain aroma. Strong biscuit malt aroma. There is a very slight wheat bran scent in this one.

Starts out sweet and grainy with a lot of malt flavor. Herbal hop aftertaste very mineral tasting like Very hard water was used to brew it. Certainly is a more substantial beer than a regular American mass production Lager.

Mouthfeel is quite full.

More tasty than I would have expected. Brewing it locally instead of shipping it from India makes a Difference.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.52/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much better than your typical "macro lager"

A-Typical transparent macro-yellow with a decent bubbly head

S- Slightly skunked in a green bottle, but I don't mind skunk. Good citric/metallic hop smell

T- Taste is good with more hops than usually expected in a macro. I can actually enjoy the flavor in this beer

M- Another plus for this beer. Light body and not overly carbonated like most macro

D- Drinks good like beer should

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.52/5  rDev +26.2%
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 +26.2%
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 +25.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

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Kingfisher Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
Beer rating: 5.2% out of 100 with 900 ratings
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