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 JanM
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having tasted this beer in various corners of India, as well as in Europe, both on bottle and on tap, I have to say that the taste varies a lot. It probably falls back on the quality of the water source. At best Kingfisher lager is a pretty drinkable beer, at worst it can taste like ditch water. That said, it's a South-Asian equivalent of Heineken or Carlsberg lager, dependable but not very exciting. In the bars of Bangalore or the posh restaurants around Delhi's Connaught Place Kingfisher tastes fine. But in the north-Indian Ladakh region where only two brands of beer are available in the market, Kingfisher is thouroghly defeated by Devan's Modern Breweries' blessed Godfather Super Strong High Power Beer

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Photo of sachsich
4.02/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

great with spicy foods
appearance was a golden color
smell was very good with spicy hops
taste was very good
mouthfeel was almost perfect as well as drinkability

this is the perfect beer for spicy foods. good session beer too.
enjoy with a vindaloo or rogan josh

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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 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 BeerandBlues2
2.52/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours clear bubbly gold with very little white head that mostly dissipates quickly leaving just a footprint of foam on top. Fruit hop and sweet malt aroma with soapy notes. Malt flavor to start with a hoppy finish and a tad spicy. Light bodied and fizzy palate, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Hunter
2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Vigorous pour yields only the thinnest, whispiest of heads. Seetles quick into a thin latyer of white bubbles atop a deep golden brew. Minimal lacing and little carbonation.

Brew has the telltale skunkiness in the aroma of many it possible to get away from that? Lemongrass notes and sharp hops underlie this.

Ber is almost sweet when it initially hits the tongue, giving way to a crispness and hoppy bite mid-swallow, finishing in a sharp aftertaste and semi-sweet finish.

Thin mouthfeel and sticky aftertaste complete the experience.

Not the best of lagers. I won't return for a second glass of this. Perhaps the trip from NY to AZ was too much and it would be better closer to the brewery?

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Photo of BDTyre
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed in the UK and exported to Canada.

Boring weak gold colour. Hop smell with a grassy overtone, not much skunk in it.

Taste is not bad. Good hops, no malt taste, grassiness and faint copper tinge to it. Refreshing on a hot afternoon; would go nicely with spicy food.

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Photo of Billolick
2.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In need of something to review, I picked up a green bottle of this "Indian" brw which is actually brewed in the states. No freshness dating. Pours light clear amber, typical white head and minimal lacing. Not much taste or interest here, mostly adjuncts account for the lack of malt notes. Best that can be said here is that this washed my sandwedge down nicely and cut through the tahini sauce.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A small, white, bubbly head sits on the clear, clear gold beer. Just a touch ambery. Sweet corny nose with some sugary sponk. Major corn in the front. A little spicy... maybe even cinnamon. Middle is tangy with major sweet corn sugar. Some nice bitterness in the end with some grainsy crackers. It's not bad. The hops save it in the end from being completely nondescript.

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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 CAMRAhardliner
2.62/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale gold with a wispy little head and a tiny bit of lace. The aroma is a a pleasant mix of cereal grains and a faint yeast skunkyness. The taste is worse than the smell. Some light maltiness and wet paper come together with an all too faint hoppiness. The moouthfeel is thin and 'pastuerizey'. This is nothing more than an average adjunct lager. Its also not even brewed in India.

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Photo of Sammy
1.23/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

After a sip, had to wash out my mouth. Even after toothpaste, terrible taste remained. Not a good ambassador. Looks like watered down beer, dry, bitter, thin with awful carbonation. Maybe grass and hops, thin. Goodbye beer, hello drain. Useful for inducing nausea.

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Photo of necoadam
1.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Had this at an Indian cusine place.

Came in a pint glass. Pale yellow color with almost no head whatsoever. Don't like the sign of that.

Smell was quite clean. Some slight hops and malts show up, along with some citrus type aromas, but that would be it. Everything was on the light side.

Taste was ....blah. Grainy to start out with with some sweetness to it as well. Some metallic flavors also showed up which didn't help one bit. It was like sending a bunch of pyro's to a fire instead of sending firefighters.

Mouthfeel was terrible. Thin bodied with almost no carbonation. One of the worst mouthfeels I've had with beer.

Stay out of sight with this one. Truly a terrible beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.17/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Screw cap released this lager from a bottle & label touting “Most thrilling chilled” out of a 650 mL pint + 6 oz greener. Rather plain label without any freshness, but since I bought this tall boy straight from the Saratoga, NY brewery, I know better.

Pale golden hue with tiny beading of carbonation bubbles popping up the sides, and a scant coating of tiny white bubbles. Second pour had a puffy snow like coating that dissipated in 30 seconds.

Crisp, fresh twig lager scents that borderline on malt liquor, perhaps from adjuncts, me imagine.

Tangy balanced lightly spicy lager. Lingering sugary sweet malts. Slightly grassy hops balanced finish. Plenty of bready flavor.

Sticky sugary lingering aftertaste to make a medium bodied brew. A bit tacky to be a session, but not a bad brew all around.

Last swigs: Contract brewed by the big 100 barrel Mendocino Brewery in Saratoga Springs, NY. I met the manager Bob Craven himself there. Lagers have never been a favorite style of mine, but this was an interesting offering that kept me guessing. Reminded me of Heineken meets corn adjuncts and darker malts. I’d pass on drinking this all night. The 1pt 6 oz bottle was enough.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green 33cl bottle with a white, black and red label featuring the Kingfisher bird and the slogan "most thrilling chilled". Thrills, eh? No ingredient or freshness information. This bottle was contract brewed by Shepherd Neame.

Pours a clear pale gold under a 1.5 finger white head that settles quickly to thick film. There's a strong grainy skunk nose, typical of a macro lager. The mouth is very pirckly and light. The taste starts with standard adjunct malt and skunky hops. There's a slightly sweet moment, followed by a fairly substantial metallic hoppy bite. The bite is stronger than most macros would produce, and lasts a bit longer, pushing this beer just slightly, ever so slightly, above average.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.22/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light gold color below a decent-sized, yeasty, frothy top. Looks like beer. Smells good, a nice combination of malts with a hop background.

The taste reminded me of hamburgers at first and continued to remind of some sort of cooked meat as I drank it. This was not a totally pleasant experience--nor was it terrible either. A very good hop bitterness that is felt in the mouth and continues through in the aftertaste.

Crisp mouthfeel--and I could imagine drinking several of these. Very smooth-drinking, light yeast malt flavor. That said, really not too much taste.

I agree with the label that is it "Most Thrilling Chilled".

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Photo of cypressbob
2.1/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml green bottle

Pours very light in hue, thin head with little retention

Smell is of husk, corn comes through very prominantly. Malt sweetness also

Taste is dry, the taste of corn comes through, thin , very thin, little bit of sweetness

Along the lines of the standard euro pale lager

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--green bottle, label says to check neck for freshness date but nothing was there.
--Poured a light golden in color, very thin head and little bubbling.
--a mild skunky smell.

This beer had that clear-bottle-tropical taste to me. Some hops could be found but thats about it, nothing spectacular. It did go down faster than I expected because the bottle was done before I knew it!

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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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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 arizcards
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of a "Beers of the World" package received as a Christmas gift but comically enough this is brewed in New York state. A nearly opaque color that poured a fine head that disapated quickly. There is almost a sweet alcohol smell to this brew. Not a bad taste considering all. A sweet beginning ends up with a decent hop finish. This is an extremely thin beer but a drinkable one.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.35/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was bottled in a big brown 16.9oz bottle.
It pours a golden color with a thin, fast fading head. The aroma is mostly of cut grass and corncob with a trace of metallic scent. The light-bodied sweet malt is a bit grainy and lightly herbal. A mildly spicing hop bitterness peeks through, as does a hint of alcohol. Mellow, Smooth & Sweet. OK on a hot day.

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Photo of DagFishHead
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed in Saratoga Springs NY by the Kingfisher Brewing Company?
Appearance: Optically clear, very pale golden pour. Fizzy white head fades fast leaving little lace.
Smell: Popped the cap and took an instant skunk hit (damn!), but I toughed it out to find a sweet cream malt nose with faint hops in the background.
Taste: Surprisingly sweet malt start, then dryed by a subtle hop bitterness. Dry clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Decent malt fullness for such a pale brew, carbonation level low, but crisp.
Drinkability: Glad I didn't let the skunk drive me away at the get go. Not a beer I would seek out again, but I'd have one if it was offered to me. Boring, but nicer than most all of the macros!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.29/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a light but healthy golden colour, evocative of heineken or peroni or the like. the smell is just first. smells of sulfer and skunkiness. thankfully, this cleared out almost entirely after a couple of minutes. the taste here was pretty standard for a pale lager: minimal overall hop/grain taste that was kind of watery. unlike the smell, there was no skunk flavour here. mouthfeel was quite smooth overall but a bit too highly carbonated the smell was what really turned me off here. otherwise, this is a pretty average brew.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.71/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Clear light yellow in color with a white head that foamed up big and laced well.

Smell – Grainy skunk hides the hint of hops in this nose.

Taste – The skunk is complimented by sour fizz, making it difficult to drink AND to smell.

Mouthfeel – The cheap, fizzy carbonation make this thin, light-bodied ale feel horrible in the mouth.

Sinkability – Yes, this is going down the drain.

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