Taj Mahal Premium Lager
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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #378
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
63
Ranked #47,734
Avg:
2.65 | pDev: 24.15%
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
524
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United Breweries - UB Group
 
India
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  7
Gots
  63
SCORE
63
Poor
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Photo of beersampler6
2.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A little tough to drink - bottled in February, lots of residual skunkiness that made it fairly unpalatable. Clear golden color with scant head and no lingering lacing. Smells skunky, a little malt and grain and sweet corn in the background. Tastes similarly. Too sweet and artificial tasting for me. Thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Maybe a fresher bottle at a restaurant would have been better?

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.4/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle pours a typical clear gold with a short-lived, bubbly white froth.

Nose smells like an empty can of creamed corn that has sat out for an hour or so.

Pretty typical of import lager...sweet, uberly slight leafy hops, not much going on. It seems to have a comparatively full body but without any depth - it reminds me of one of the Baltika lagers from Russia.

I'd wager this is not India's finest, but lets be honest - no one in the western hemisphere is drinking this fresh. Id imagine this is what OE800 mixed with Miller Lite would taste like.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This one pours a very light yellow color with a small head and not much lacing.

This one smells like corn, grass, and sweet malt.

This is your basic everyday crappy light lager. There’s no off flavors, really, but there’s just not much flavor itself. It’s crisp and fairly clean, and that’s all I can really expect.

This is very light and pretty drinkable, but finishes a bit sweet.

This is exactly what you’d expect. Not horrible but certainly not good.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.26/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a thick white cap that falls away rapidly but leaves a surprising amount of lacing. Aroma is grains and light biscuit. Flavor is mild with a noble hop forward flavor with a grain malt backbone. Feel is light and crisp. Overall a lot like some of the weaker American lagers on the market but with a European hop flavor.

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Photo of TrojanRB
2.71/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a translucent gold with no head.

Smells of light malt, a little grassiness

Taste is corn and grassy, water crackers. Very low profile.

Thin body....

This is a generic lager....slightly better than water. Will refresh you, but not much else.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.56/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at an Indian Restaurant in New York City. Deep gold color with white head, decent retention, thin ring and spotty lacing. Corny nose. A little sweet and corny tasting. Medium lite body, moderate carbonation. Bottled in May 2018. Overall an ok lager that paired well with a spicy dinner...I don’t understand the hate, I’ve had much worse lagers than this one...

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Photo of dcotom
3.69/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from 650-ml bottle into a straight-sided mug. Clear, pale golden color, with a finger of white head that settles rather rapidly. Good carbonation, light to medium body. Aromas of crackery malt, with grassy and herbal hops. Flavor is malt forward, with some decent bitterness. Finish is quite dry. To me, this drinks more like a Euro Pale Lager than an AAL. It's a little sweet, but not overpoweringly so. It has a lot of malt character and some pleasant bitterness. Paired with spicy chicken biryani, this really hits the mark. Recommended.

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Photo of jkblr
3.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650mL bottled November 2017 (6 months ago) poured into a nonic imperial pint glass at fridge temp 4.5% ABV. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. Retention and lacing are above AAL average in the nucleated glass. The aroma is fairly pungent for the style with some corn and grassy hops. The taste is fairly nuetral with some pils malt, grassy hops and a yeasty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and somewhat dry in the finish. There is some bitter oily residual after the swallow that, while not great, is not completely unpleasant. Overall, good (for a 6 month old AAL imported from India).

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Photo of Nass
3.67/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I dig the Taj Mahal artwork that they put on the label, but I don't dig that there is NO best by date anywhere on the bottle to speak of. Enough chit chat! let's see how this Indian lager tastes. I am not getting any off flavors or cheap adjunct taste, but it is also is has not very flavorful either. It's your run of the mill type of pale lager. It is cheap & easy to knock back a few. Cheers! B

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Photo of rypkr
3.97/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this to tick a beer from india. Drank and it concluded better than most per style from America.

It's very metallic and remiscent of old milwaukee.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled in 8/2017. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, corn, rice, white bread dough, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Solid and pleasant aromas with pale malt/grains and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, rice, white bread dough, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, rice, white bread dough, and light herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/grains and mild earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin but not watery. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a solid pale adjunct lager. All around good robustness of pale malt/grains and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the minimally bitter/drying finish. Clean pils malt/grains and mild earthy hop balance. Inoffensive and not a whole lot of character, but well made and I enjoyed it. No real off flavors to speak of.

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

650 ml

Pours a champagne golden, white fizz for a head.

Smells of crisp rice and barley, hint of dry hop.

Tastes of crisp barley malt, cereal and corn.

Light body, stinging carbonation.

It's not something you drink for the sake of the beer. Very cold, this really is a great companion to Indian cuisine.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.98/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle with an 11/17 bottling date. Sampled on January 27, 2018.

It pours a clear and bright yellow color with a fizzy white head that lingers and laces a little. Good clarity.

The aroma brings out a malt sensation and a white bread character. But the main thing I get after that is grassy hops and a kind of cardboard sensation. Maybe rice.

Thin/light body but definitely creamy.

The taste is bready and sweet for the most part. A mildly dry finish that does not linger. Sweetness defines the taste from start to finish actually. I expect the beer drinking citizens of India would like this because it is somewhat refreshing and easy to drink (or get drunk on).

Will I have it a second time? No! And that is not only because it is difficult for me to find. It didn't blow me away.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
2.74/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A clean, crisp AAL. Not too grainy, not metallic, well done for what it is. Clear yellow, light, faint malty sweetness, slight grassy hop bitterness, no aftertaste.

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Photo of Tucquan
2.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Had this on 2017-09-26 in Warrenville, IL at Masala Indian restaurant.

A - Clear straw gold with a short white head and light lace

S - Very mild biscuit and not much else

T - Bread, honey, light lemon and grassy spice. More flavor than I expected from the aroma. Very sweet No perceptible bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Appropriate for my South Indian birthday dinner but I wouldn't seek it out otherwise.

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Photo of Josephclark
4.65/5  rDev +75.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I assume every low review here tried a stale bottle or something.

Crisp brown lager with a tongue taste of sweet iced tea, alkaline not very acidic, has many tea like floral notes in after taste, very malty brew much malt flavor, some hoppy bitterness

Not sure how to recommend a fresh source seem that is a problem for many here that have reviewed

I'd recommend an outlet beer / wine beer store with large turnover and selections

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Photo of BeerSexLove
3.13/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I only drink this beer when I dine at my fav Indian spots in town (mainly there's little to choose from). I don't think this is a horrible beer; it doesn't scream profundity but I've drank a lot worse in my time and it nicely compliments the intense spicy dishes I indulge in.

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Photo of craftaholic
2.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Crisp and light. Confused by the serious amount of negative reviews. It isn't trying to be something groundbreaking and it pairs fantastically with the complex flavors of Indian cuisine

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the style this is a dead ringer, straight down the middle american lager (brewed in "slowly" according to the bottle - in India.) Pours golden brass, aroma is malty. Flavor is better than a Bud, tastes is as expected crisp, light, relatively dry - not a bad lager if that's your thing.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.43/5  rDev -46%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Pale straw color with fizzy head and little lacing. Smells of cereal grains and tastes the same. Bubbly mouthfeel that feels just like Coors Light. Not the kind of beer to purchase every day or really any day. Don't waste your time or taste buds.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It's certainly nothing special but it's probably slightly better than your standard macro brew, the problem is it's more expensive and not that much better.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No head retention, light pale straw, but crystal clear.

Not much in the way aromatics, just some prickly carbonation and very fine pale malt notes. A whisper of floral, spicy hops might be there... A bit uneventful but clean and nice

Pretty damn mild. Super subtle biscuit and caramel malt flavors with a mild kiss of hop for balance. Slightly sweet in the front, slightly dry, crisp, lingering finish.

Super refreshing and quaffable. That's the main lure for the style I think.

Pretty underwhelming overall, but certainly not bad or deserving of hate.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, pours a pale straw with a thin white head. Very subtle aroma of grains. Tastes are subtle with both malt and hops detectable. But there are also distracting flavors of corn, grass, and rice. Not even much redeeming carbonation.

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Photo of EMH73
3.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I, like several others do not understand how poorly this beer is rated. IMO Taj is superior to the vast majority of macro lagers out there. It pours a clear, bright yellow with a poorly retained half inch head that left almost no lacing. Smells slightly sweet, bread and malt. Taste is crisp and clean, bready and slightly sweet. Well carbonated and light bodied. Certainly not a great beer but very drinkable. I'll take this over a Bud or Miller any day of the week.

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Photo of Dmcdonald33013
4.35/5  rDev +64.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do not understand all the negative feedback on this beer. I do not rate beer by comparing it to the best avaialble, rather rate it by it it's character, typicity, value and drinkability. As far as lagers go this is better than much of the macro swill out there. I can think of 30 macros I would gladly pass up to have a Taj.

Next time your in a Indian restaurant faced with a choice between a miller shite and a Taj, do your self a huge favor. Drink a Taj.

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Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 524 ratings