Cobra | United Breweries - UB Group

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United Breweries - UB Group

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JanM on 01-20-2006

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by Kulrak:
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2.12/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden straw color with almost no head (and I pretty much dumped the beer into the glass) and what is there fades away quickly. Hardly smells of anything, a tiny bit of fruit and yeast, that's about it. The taste is also fairly clean. I get a bit of passionfruit, and mostly water. The mouthfeel is very watery, there's almost no carbonation, true to the label's claims of 'the less gassy bottled beer'. Overall, it's basically flat passionfruit seltzer. Not what I'd consider a great beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of virinow
3.52/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of JohnW
3.38/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For an imported Macro brewery lager style beer, I thought this was fairly good, and certainly better than the usual Carling Black Label type beers we get in UK (and more tasty than US Bud too!) Poured medium gold colour, though no great head developed - much less lively than most macro lagers - which was hinted at on the bottle description "the less gassy bottled beer." Aroma was reasonable, dryish grassy, though not necessarily inviting. Taste - fairly dry and smooth, some initial slight sweetness with slightly hoppy bitter aftertaste, though no great depth of flavours or body, but refreshing and clean. However, being much less 'gassy' than many other macro lagers, did not have that nasty metallic acid taste that the worst of them suffer from. One of the better Macro lagers, and would have it again well chilled on a summer day when nothing better available. The taste did remind me a bit of some of the Polish lagers/pilsners, certainly would not have guessed its origin in a blind tasting. According to the bottle label it was brewed and bottled in 'the EU' which covers a big anough area to guess at! Certainly preferable to most other UK brewed lagers available 'on tap' in can or bottle in England.

JohnW B'ham UK Jan 2008

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Photo of
3.37/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into chilled glass

Appearance - pours light golden takes some effort to form head, which dissipates very quickly but does leave some nice lacing

Smell - crisp malty and fresh, i think i catch a hint of rice among other veggies

Tastes - smooth, slightly bitter, which comes up mostly in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - active and highly carbonated, refreshing

Drinkability - pretty good stuff and rather inexpensive, good if your thirsty for a quick one that's a bit different

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Photo of aztraz
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.62/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow lager with a medium pure white head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of loads of adjunct with not much discernable if maybe some trace skunkyness. Taste is also a bad combination between some skunkyness and some bad adjunct. I guess this is about as bad as I had expected it to be.

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Photo of desint
1.62/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of evlu1441
2.05/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've had a few Indian beers in my day, and I have yet to be impressed. I'm guessing that this isn't going to change much, but it's worth a try.

It pours an extremely pale stray colour with a minimal head.

The aroma is mostly wet grain, and not much else.

The taste. is grainy with some slight vanilla notes, and slightly bitter towards the end. There is a kind of chemical aftertaste.

Overall, this is probably one of the worst beers I've had in a while. Not recommended.

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Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.43/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 660ml bottle.

Poured into a Veltins tulip glass, this is the third beer of my very own 'Night of the Lagers'.

Very pale golden colour, good white head, sadly melted away very swiftly.

No aroma to talk of.

Fairly good, firm lager taste, the best lager I've had so far tonight, as I review while drinking.

New Bit:
Had this on-tap at a local Indian Curry House (2011) and really thought it worked with the hot spicey food.

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Photo of BdM
2.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of 54V4G3
2.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of axxe
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Photo of MrAleman
1.8/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A bottle of this cost an inredible 4 quid. I think it was just a 330ml serving too. Really, what is so good about this beer to be worth that much? Nothing at all really, you could say its a bit of an animal being called a Cobra beer. But this one is really a light headed, light coloured plain lager.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.73/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly tasty macro-ish American style lager. Not great by any stretch of the imagination, but good. If beers such as Coors and Budweiser actually had some taste and flavor to them, they might taste like this. Funny how other countries making American style macro lagers sometimes actually do a better job of making them than the American brewers do. To my knowledge this is the only beer from India I have ever had. I had never heard of it or seen it anywhere else before gong to London, but I also did see it for sale in several stores and pubs while in London. My dad and I shared a 22 ounce bottle with our dinner in an Indian food restaurant on the first night of our recent trip to London. This beer complimented our food very well. For those of you who don't know, almost all Indian food is at least somewhat spicy. This beer is a nice yellow color with an average sized white head that doesn't last too long. It mainly tastes of corn and some hops and I suppose some malt as well. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. It is very drinkable. I couldn't really smell much from this beer, but that could be because we had already been served our spicy Indian food when I started drinking this beer and Indian food can have quite a strong smell. This beer was quite refreshing at the time. I am not sure if I would have enjoyed this beer so much had I not drank it while eating Indian food though. While overall not a very interesting beer I certainly would try it at least once more, with or without Indian food. If any of you are ever in an Indian restaurant and this beer is available it will compliment your food nicely.


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Photo of rarbring
2.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear light golden beer, a very small head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is mostly acid, lime and green apples.

The taste is more sweet, sugar and buscits, lemon and lemon zest.

Medium high carbonation, watery and simple.

Too sweet for me, on the positive side there was some bitterness at the end.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of JanM
2.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Cobra I had was distributed in Europe.It was yellow in color and poured with very little foam. It more or less went flat in 10-15 minutes. It had a flowery smell with some citrus in it. The taste was of citrus, ginger and apple with a strong breday aftertaste. It might work well on a hot summer day. But the malts and hops mixed with maize and rice makes very macrolagerish. It's ahrdly something to boast with on the label as they do. The label also says that it is brewed in the EU but not where or by whom. I wonder...

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Photo of GreenCard
2.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale gold, good clarity, big pillow of frothy white foam with a rocky top, ok head retention

Aroma: grain, wet cardboard, cooked peas, hint of indescript fruitiness

Flavor: crisp lagery maltiness with an underpinning of passion-fruity hop flavor; soap and corn; very light bitterness; finishes dry with a mild acidity and grainy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, pert carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: "American Macro Lager"? Not sure if that's the correct category for this.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

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