Taj Mahal Premium Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

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Taj Mahal Premium LagerTaj Mahal Premium Lager

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United Breweries - UB Group

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2002

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Photo of Dmcdonald33013
4.35/5  rDev +66.7%
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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Photo of Kulrak
4.3/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a decent amount of creamy white head that clings to the glass and laces. Smells earthy and floral, with some citrus there. The taste is fairly clean and sweet, with some citrus and melon flavors. Clean finish. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Overall, it's a drinkable and tasty beer. I'll be looking for it again.

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Photo of ceaser
4.28/5  rDev +64%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This goes under weird tasting beer. It makes me want to eat a big Indian curry feast but without the Indian cuisine it's pretty shabby. Pick up a bottle next time you goto the Indian restauraunt for some good food because it's almost like it's meant to taste good with food only.

later added!!!!: i was doin some shrooms okay :\ and i preluded the onset with this beer. i am a big lover or the indian food. this shit tastes just like naan bread if it were a liquid (if you can grasp my meaning there). i like it and it is fricking weird but i have to give it a higher ranking for what it is: a strange ass brew! IF U WANT NAAN BREAD IN A BOTTLE THEN HERE'S YOUR TICKET MATE!!! :d

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taj Mahal has a thick, white head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, bready, barley malt, and the taste is the same, with a predominate paperyness and some subdued hop bitterness to round it out. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Taj Mahal finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. Yes, this is really nice, and I score it as such.


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Photo of YumaLaowai
4/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought it was a great 8/10 pre salt and/or lime.... With a 8.7-9.0
Very good.... Smooth with a good malt flavor that gave it a well needed kick...!

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Photo of ordybill
3.8/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Indian Lager is a very good American styled lager beer. I bought it from a "Whole Foods" store in Marietta, GA and it traveled well from the brewery. No hint of skunkiness, a good crisp taste. A non-overpowering aroma and a pretty full body for a lager. I would definitely drink this again. I would compare it with the other well known Indian brew "Kingfisher", Interesting label to boot, not shiny and eclectic like many micro-brews but an old school label that did get me to notice it in the cooler.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.77/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good, bright golden color with a huge foamy white head. Good, grassy and somewhat floral aroma for what is considered a US macro. Clean, somewhat malty flavor with a trace of bitterness. Soft malt flavor. Average body for a macro type beer-pretty standard. Quite enjoyable when taken in context. Goes great with an Indian meal. A bit "beefier" overall then the other usual offering of Kingfisher. I must have had a very fresh bottle compared to some of the other reviews here. The hop level was quite pronounced. Outside of having it in a restaurant I doubt I would buy this but I find it quite good.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.63/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving a 500ml bottle. This pleasant lager is best enjoyed nicely chilled. The smell is a pleasant mixture of hops and malt, as is the refreshing taste. The beer pours a very light golden color. There is a nice head formation. This is an enjoyable import from India.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

slowed brewed for the Connoisseur. MFD 11/08. Consumed 1/10. Batch 222 US

A: Poured a pale gold with a brilliant clarity and a quickly rising 3 finger snow white head that was well lasting with a equal mixture of foam and froth. A near full sheet coating sticks nicely to the glass walls while a visible carbonation provided a strong showing with a medium density of rapidly rising bubbles. Overall I thought this was a really nice presentation of a pale lager with the head leveling to a solid creamy whipped capping that remained so for the entire drink along with the solid carbonation.

S: The nose was pale grains with a good supporting scent of both hay and straw highlights. There is a sense of fresh greenery leaves and vines that give this an earthy appeal as well. For a lager this showed a pretty decent nose strength wise, with nice grainy attributes.

T: The initial flavor starts off with some sweet pale grains, slightly dry, with lightly buttered bread. Dry lemon grains along with hay and straw also add to the drinks grainy appeal. There is a soft sense greenery and fresh flowers as well balancing the initial sweetness that soon moves in as well with a slight hint of buttered fresh croissant. The grains are truly the focus here while the hops add more then there share of fresh greenery and flowery appeal. Overall I thought this was a nice change of pace, the flavor was clean and crisp, with a slight buttered touch that was balanced very well with a soft essence of herbal hops.

M: The mouthful provided a nice tingle like a good lager should, giving this a nice bite from the carbonation. The texture was buttery smooth with a surprisingly near medium full body that sits pretty well on the tongue per style.

D: Drinkability was fairly decent. I certainly wouldn't turn one down. At 4.5% abv was a light refreshing lager making for a good picnic beer that both craft and micro drinkers should both be able to enjoy with little complaint. A nice clean crisp quality that showcases the good brewing technique. Should hit the spot well on a hot summer day for a light affair. Definitely worth checking out if you respect the style and just want to put back a few and not get filled up.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light yellow with a tinge of orange and some active carbonation. The head frothed up pretty well and went down slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell – The grain and sucrose aroma seems smoother here than in most of the other Pale Lagers that I’ve had.

Taste – This wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. The ricey grain notes are subtle enough not to offend, and the sweetness doesn’t make me want to puck like it does in most other examples of the style. There’s also a hint of actual floral hops in here. Amazing.

Mouthfeel – This was a little above light-bodied and somewhat smooth. The carbonation was light but not cheap and fizzy.

Drinkability – Yes, I’ll actually finish this bomber off myself (as opposed to sharing it with that Pale Lager-loving friend of mine, Mr. Sink). It’s still winter here in Seattle but I’ll bet this would be downright refreshing on a hot summer’s day.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.5/5  rDev +34.1%
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 iheartmyTHO
3.5/5  rDev +34.1%

I bought of bottle of this to drink at the Indian dinner put on by my neighborhood pool club. It paired well with the food, I'd say.

Overall, the Taj Mahal, reminded me of a tasty version of Budweiser i.e. it has more flavor. The beer was light tasting but also had a bit of hops and malt. It wasn't anything spectacular, but not anything awful either.

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Photo of Beermazter310
3.5/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color.with thin white foam head and nice mini suds on the top after the foam dissappears...Smells a little flowery and thats about it. Tastes good, not much flavor, a good malt/hop balance...flowery on the front, the slightest hop bitterness at the end mouthfeel is good, smooth and watery with lively carbonation. overall a good quality well made beer, but it is a very light beer, very drinkable and sessionable, good for a hot day. No off tastes, good for the style. I dont think this is deserving of the low scoring average on beer advocate.

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Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.48/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not as bad as people are saying. It's nothing fancy but it beats a lot of other AAL style beers for drink-ability and goes nicely with some Indian food.

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Photo of jlervine
3.47/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow with a white head. The head disappears quickly, but carbonation bubbles keep a thin layer of Belgian lace present. Smell is hoppy with a hint of pale malts. The taste is very crisp and clean. Light-bodied and well-carbonated, this beer will accompany my lamb vindaloo perfectly.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.47/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served chilled in a Maharaja/Taj Mahal pilsener glass at a local Indian restaurant.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow topped by a smallish white head. Not much in the way of retention, but little blotches of foam were left on the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell: A nice amount of light German-style hopping, quite grassy and floral. A nice presence of malt on the nose as well.

Taste: Bready, sweet light malt flavors with a splash of grassy hop flavors on the finish. Apple notes occasionally.

Mouthfeel: Quite light and crisp. Pretty darn refreshing.

Drinkability: Quite a decent lager, I thought. I may be inflating the scores a bit as I was expecting this to be mediocre and was pleasantly surprised. Worth getting if you're eating Indian food - it accompanied the mulligatawny soup, naan, and festival of tandoori meat I had rather well.

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Photo of mullenite
3.46/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale golden color with a large white fluffy head (took 3 pours to get 16.9oz of beer in a 20oz pint glass.) Some visible carbonation but not much. Little bit of slippery lacing. Wears a nice crown most of the way down.

Smell is non-distinct. Others mentioned corn but I don't smell it. Not a whole lot there really.

Taste is like the smell, doesn't taste like anything. A slight bitter at the end and some sweetness a the beginning. Well balanced but not strong in any one way. Better than most BMC.

Watery but that seems to come with the style.

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Photo of yen157
3.45/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Honey colored beer with no lasting head. Toasty and malty aroma, with no hops in the nose. Malt, diacetyl, toast, and honey were the flavors most dominant to me, and there was a tiny little bit of bitterness at the end. Nicely done! The beer was also a little smokey at first. I felt the body was too thin for the tastes, though. A good beer with appropriate carbonation. Bump up the gravity a little and it would be much better.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.41/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taj Mahal pours out a fluffy head (it collapses to a quarter inch of foam pretty
quickly), over a clear yellow brew. The nose is your typical light barley malt
and lager yeast. Carbonation is active, and the flavor is slightly tart malt up
front and a surprisingly robust herbal malt finish. Like the Flying Horse I had
the other week, this is another pretty decent Indian pils. There's not a bit of rice
or corn in this, and the mouthfeel is crisp and clean. A point of irony- the real Taj
Mahal is an Islamic mausoleum. Pretty decent.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.36/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - very clear light golden straw color, nice ice-cream-like head that settles a little into a thick collar

S - initially hoppy as it's first poured, but becomes slightly malt with alcohol noticed

T - fairly clean, malty with a touch of hops on the finish, decent balance

M - light body, moderate-high carbonation

D - Overall this is a decent American-style lager. It goes down quickly and I'm sure would be nice on a hot summer day. It's perhaps not the best macro type lager out there, but I think it sure gives the domestics a run for it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.32/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml (1 pint 6 fl oz.) bottle with the back of the bottle reading manufactured 07/2011, batch no. 988. A fairly old, dusty brew, sitting in the cooler alongside the Yuksom Brewing India Special Quality Beer I drank a few weeks ago. Another imported American adjunct lager from India, and if it's anything like the last one I had I can at least expect better things than Bud Light or Miller Lite. I should note that my bottle has a yellow label rather than the white label pictured on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields about two fingers of thin bubbly white head, dissipating pretty quickly, on top of a clear gold lager colored body.

S - Malts. Green apples. Carbonated champagne like tartness. Grainy, but definitely a more authentic grain type smell as opposed to the adjunctive garbage that goes into beers like Bud Light and Coors Light.

T - Thin, light, carbonated, but definitely a lot better than the trill mass-marketed American adjunct lagers actually brewed in America. Sweet, grainy, appley. Light carbonation, but it is welcomed in a beer of this sort. Simple and to the point, and damn tasty for what it is.

M - Sweet, tart, crisp, clean finish. Remotely resinous hop / sugary feel, but still very light and smooth.

Overall, light bodied, highly drinkable stuff, with a moderate 4.50% abv. An imported style on the wretched American adjunct lager that I am slowly becoming more fond of. Even at well over a year old, this beer retained itself nicely, and came out better than any swill ass American malt beverages that I've tried so far. If you ever have the opportunity to try this beer or a similar India imported AAL, I highly recommend it.

Taj Mahal Premium Lager Beer ---3.5/5

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Photo of Greasy
3.31/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to rate this as compared to its counterparts within the adjunct lager style. 650 ml poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with a soapy white head that fades away after a moment.

S: Aroma gives typical pale lager scents. Sweetness, bread notes, some biscuit.

T: Flavorful. Plenty of sweet malt with some cracker and faint bitterness. Not offensive at all.

M: Feel is thin, but not overly watery. Finishes crisp and refreshing. Exactly as it should.

O: Among adjunct lagers, this beer is above BMC swill and drinks more like a good Euro pale or pilsner (minus the hop bitterness). I'd much rather reach for this to binge drink than a Bud, Miller High Life or PBR.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glassy lemon yellow with a shockingly bright white head that is filling at least half the glass at the moment thanks to a zesty amount of carbonation. The cap is stiff, sticky and impressively rocky as it descends, making it all the more surprising that more lace doesn't adhere to the glass. Even so, this is one of the best looking beers of this style that I've seen. Ever.

The nose is the very definition of grain-like, but I don't mean that in a negative sense. As far as I'm concerned, American Macro Lagers should smell like fresh grain, as this one does. Mildly musky hops great my nose as well. Thankfully, there are no off-aromas to spoil the party. Simple, clean, effective.

The beer isn't so wonderful on the palate, although it isn't bad either. The first thing that occurs to me is how balanced it is. Lightly sweet untoasted pale malt and grassy, modestly bitter Euro hops coexist in perfect harmony. Unfortunately, it doesn't taste quite as fresh as it smelled. I was expecting that corny AML sweetness to be present, yet it really isn't to any great degree.

With a 50% increase in hop content, Taj Mahal would make a pretty decent pilsener. It has that same clean, crisp, drying finish and is a good thirst quencher as a result. I imagine that it would be a more than adequate washer-downer for a plate of Chicken Tikka Masala. The subtle flavor would probably disappear altogether if paired with spicy food, but it could be downed by the gallon with no trouble at all.

The body/mouthfeel is adequate. It's much closer to light-bodied than to medium-bodied, although it wears that lightness well by not deteriorating at either mouthful's or bottle's end. The carbonation loses something in the second half while still managing to retain enough spunkiness to keep the mouthfeel active.

The Taj Mahal (which means, literally, 'the best of buildings') is the eighth wonder of the world. Taj Mahal the Indian Pale Lager is a wonder in the sense that it's the best beer from that nation that I've ever had and has exceeded my expectations by a country mile. I won't be buying it again to drink solo, but I won't hesitate to order a bottle or two if I happen to see it in an Indian restaurant.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.27/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma of some sweet grainy malt with a touch of hops. The taste is clean and crisp with some malt and a dry and slightly spicy hop finish. Overall, this is a pretty run of the mill lager. It certainly isn't bad, it really just doesn't stand out against the rest.

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Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 22 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma has a touch of sweet malts to it. Taste of malts and grains, finishing a tad bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is an average beer.

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