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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Photo of GRG1313
2.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light honey yellow color with a very thick and pillowy white head. Nose of sweet peaches and stone fruit.

Pleasant light bodied with floral light flavors and a hint of light honey. Very thin; no real character. Very short on body, flavor and character. Light carbonation amplifies this lager's simplicity and shortcomings. Would likely be one of those refreshing summer drinks one would have simply in lieu of water. Nothing special.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottled 1/2013.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a cardboard-like flavor that is not all that pleasant.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i dont think this is as bad as the masses say, and i definitely think its better than a lot of other large scale indian brews. it pours a mostly clear piss yellow color with a surprisingly vigorous white head almost two inches tall. the nose is weak light bready malts and nothing more than bittering hops, quite boring to smell really, but not at all offensive. the flavor i think is pretty decent. it has an odd carbonated water sort of taste, minerally, but refreshing. it also has more hops than the nose suggests, finishing actually a little bit bitter, and very dry as well. the feel is decent too, its light but not too light in terms of body. its sharp enough to cut through spicy indian cuisine, but delicate enough to not ruin the palate. i think in that context its a pretty good beer. in a craft brewed pale lager contest it isnt a contender, but i really enjoyed this with my meal last night, and will definitely order this before i get a kingfisher or a royal challenge!

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Photo of metter98
2.38/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that quickly died down, leaving some swirls of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of apple juice in the nose along with some hints of corn.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light flavors of apple juice with notes of corn.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The flavors aren’t that bad compared to other adjunct lagers but then again this beer doesn’t have much of a taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eeeek. The bottle say's it's for the true connisuer. Aparently India does not set their standards very high when it comes to beer appreciation. Though the beer does not smell or taste or look or feel bad, it's certainly far from good. Totally emensed with cereal grain, particularly rice and / or corn. A little too sweet - to the point that it detracts from the cleanliness and crispness. The subtleties that make great lagers great are either missing or covered up by adjuncts. It would be a fine beer -- if it were free.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A new hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant opened up a few months ago, right across the street from my place, and I think I've waited the appropriate amount of time to let them settle before sampling their culinary offerings. As for the beer, they actually offer more than the ubiquitous Kingfisher (or god forbid, Minhas) on their Indian Beer list, which is nice.

Into a Rani (yuck, I know) mini pint glass, this 330ml bottle pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy, soapy off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky sky trail lace around the glass as it quickly fades to nil.

It smells of grainy, cereal-heavy pale malt, some pithy, musty corn mash, solvent, and slightly grassy, dead weedy hops. The taste is more grainy pale malt, overripe green apple, a soft corn/rice, er, buttery character, and earthy, grassy, and mildly skunky hops.

The carbonation is average, a bit tightly bubbly here and there, the body a surprising medium-light weight, and sort of sticky smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt and some stale vegetal essence lingering.

While not something I would ever choose to have again on its own merits, some kind of brain-palate association made this beer go down well enough with some very decent lamb vindaloo, which I suppose is the point of the geographical food/beverage connection, real or imagined.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium or slightly less white head quickly dies to practically no lacing at all above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Sour lemons, sour grains, some skunkyness, and a light yeasty aroma.

A light washed out grain malt taste with a light sourness coming through.

A dry aftertaste that harbors some of the light sour citrus and yet less of the grains.

I'm pretty impressed that they sent this beer half way around the world to just disappoint people. Real pretty weird, IPA's (India ..) are such a big part of the brewers spectrum yet they made this crap in India just to disappoint.

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Photo of zeff80
2.67/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured out a clear yellow color with no head or lace.

S - Smelled of corn and some grassy hops.

T - It tasted of corn and some malt. A slight hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not bad for the style or price. Very smooth and a light hoppiness.

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Photo of nickfl
3.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a clear, yellow body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.

S - A sweet, grainy aroma with a hint of herbal hops.

T - Sweet, grainy bread up front. Some light malt in the middle and a grainy finish with light hops.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish.

D - Not much to say about this one. Its a standard indian lager, light but refreshing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear straw gold. Full and creamy bright white head that displays good retention and leaves some nice lace. The nose is limited but delivers some grainy malt and a bit of hops. The body is light and it's mildly crisp on the tongue - smooth and lightly creamy across the palate. The flavor, however, is lackluster with the same lightly grainy malt and hops found in the nose. It's well made, clean and very well-balanced; but that's about it. It is somewhat refreshing, however... ... ...but then again, so are most light beers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.55/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, corn, malt and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is slightly sweeter than most macros, with flavors of corn adjunct & barley. The label reads “Brewed from the finest malt and choicest hops.” Well, the malt character seemed “fine” meaning thin, not premium and the hops are almost undetectable. The after-taste is grainy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, way too high carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

D: Not very tasty and it’s not the easiest beer going down. The label also reads “Slow brewed for the connoisseur” in 4 different places, but since this just seems like fizzy-yellow-beer from India to me and the bomber cost only $0.99, I’m not really sure what type of connoisseur they brewed this for. Maybe a Bud drinker that wants to be able to say he tried a beer from India?

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.53/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin (half finger) fizzy white head that reduces to patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of apple juice and corn which is a very strange mixture, though not an offensive one.

T: The taste follows the aroma but is a not lighter - the apple juice flavor really comes through which is not something I have experienced in other American adjunct lagers and not sure I really like.

M: Light bodied with high amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: If this is the premium version, I would hate to try the normal version as this is not a great beer. For some reason I recall this as a much better beer when I had it in India but that might have been due to the fact I had not had any good beers in a week or two. Not the easiest beer to drink with the apple flavor. Not sure I will try this again, even when I'm back in India.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Manufacturing date listed as 03/10.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, standard lager yellow body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: A tedious odor of limp malts, cooked corn, and cider with some pervasive, all-too fragrant solventy tones.

Taste: Ultra pale maltiness with some flecks of maize, a taste of bargain bin cider, and a mite bit of detergent. Light bitterness. Another round of odd, icky flavors until the merciful ending. My advise is to not allow these tastes to take hold -- drink this one cold, drink this one fast.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Bleh! This one falls somewhere between irksome and unpleasant. Now I wonder what is Hindi for "foul, dumpy lager."

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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 mikesgroove
1.71/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

and so it begins another adventure down the road of the bottom of the barrel. stopped in the store on the way home and grabbed a few more tonight. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/16/2010.

the pour was actually slightly better then what i was expecting. nice light golden color with a light head of white that was about two inches high and faded down quickly into a thin film that barely covered the sides.

aroma is off, musky wet hay, corn, lots of grain, just that macro lager aroma that is just wrong on so many levels. clean, clear taste, but nothing more to it then glorified water to be honest. highly carbonated with only a hint of dry hops on the finish.

overall while not a drain pour, it was close. again these things are ok freezing cold, but when they warm up look out.

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Photo of Jason
2.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Slender 22 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Thin ring of white lace, pale yellowish straw colour. Not much head at all quite sad looking.

Smell: Faint solvent alcohol in the grainy and cooked veggie aroma (DMS).

Taste: Odd slickness on the tongue, adequate carbonation with a light body. Cooked veggie, husky grain and faint solvent flavours show inferior characteristic to the lager style. Strain sweetness toils its way to the taste buds. Thin malt and quite bland. The best thing about this beer is the sharp, clean and semi-spicy bitterness. Weird funky grainy finish is not appealing at all.

Notes: I don’t suggest this beer at all, there are many other sub-premium imported lagers that are not only cheaper in price but cleaner and more flavourful.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh yeah. You know this is going to be good. Slow brewed for the "connoisseur". Right.

Pours a clear straw with a sizeable white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the drop. Nose is sweet and almost soapy. Taste like old hops with a dirty after taste. Maybe the bottle is off, but I doubt it matters. Feel is thin and weak as expected. Drinkable? Well if you are stuck in the middle of India and your choices are limited, I guess. But why would you want to with so much else available to us in the U.S.. At least I get to add another new country to my stats.

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Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light copper with little head

S - grainy, warm

T - grainy, grass, sweet

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a nice, light, sessionable beer. The adjuncts are there but they're unoffensive. There are also some noticeable hops which balance out the corn-like sweetness. This is better than more adjunct lagers, but in the end it's probably not a beer I'll buy again.

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Photo of jwc215
2.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

650 ml bottle - small freshness date on back.
Poured straw yellow with carbonation was stronger on one side than on the other. A foamy, one-finger, steady head left some lacing.
The smell was a hint of grass, some adjuncts and a touch of skunk (similar to that found in some Euro-macros).
The taste was of oily grass, a touch of an unpleasant bitter bite that didn't seem to fit with other flavors in the drink, cooked veggies, starch and a hint of sweetness as the drink progressed. A touch of salt became noticeable in the second pour (as the pint glass could not hold it all at once.) The flavors did not mesh well.
The mouthfeel was thin, sweet and oily, but rather dry at finish. Overall, quite bland.
The label states "for export out of India"...so, obviously you can't get it there...
"Slow brewed for the connoisseur"...hmmm...slow brewed or over-cooked?
Don't bother with this one It's overpriced for what it is and not it's not a tasty brew.

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Photo of Duff27
2.08/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours about as pale as I've ever seen a beer with an immediate one fingered white head that slowly dies down. Some lacing left, surprisingly.

S- Almost smells like champagne somehow?

T- Grassy. Saaz hops? Slight lemons. Second glass offered some aftertaste akin to tomato juice?

M- Good carbonation and decent mouthfeel.

D/O- Nothing tooo offensive with this one but certainly nothing that warrants a $4 bomber price. Could have easily stopped at one pint of this...the second is going to be tough. I wish I would have/could have shared with someone. I agree with whoever said that this would have been better with a meal. India tick.

Edit: After review of the label..."MFD: 10/08" Whether that means October 2008 or August 2010 (in India) is irrelevant...past it's prime per style, although I doubt a fresh one would be any better.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Indian food with the wife. I figured this was as good a time and place as any to try this beer. I won't have to do that again.

500 ml bottle served in a stein. Beer is dark yellow and clear. Forms no head (to speak of) and is moderately carbonated with very large bubbles. Looks a little odd. No lacing at all.

Beer has a sulfury and corn like aroma to it. Its kind of strong and kind of gross.

Beer is not too sulfury though. Not spoiled or light struck. Kind of grainy, light in body, some aftertaste, at times I get some boiled vegetable flavors...normally light lagers are quite drinkable but I had to force myself to finish this one. And I won't ever drink it again.

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Photo of stevoj
1.6/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Piss poor pale lager from India. Aroma will tell you something is wrong from the start, musty, sour, citrus, cereal. Appearance is as expected for a lager. Taste again is sour, musty, corn, and overall watery mouthfeel. Lingering taste is not pleasant. Thumbs down.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale straw yellow with a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the major of the aroma is a combination of various grains, wheat, and sweet malt notes. I also got faint citrus in the background.

T: the various grains and sweet malts run the show on the palate with slight citrus accents but also had very slight underlying corn notes.

M: the brew was light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a wheaty crisap finish.

D: it drank really good due to how light in body and flavor but went quite well paired with chicken vindaloo.

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Photo of Gavage
2.28/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dull gold color with a thin head that quickly disappeared. Huge carbonation bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass. Very little malt aroma detected. The taste is weak, thin bodied, and some malt is the there while no enjoyable hop flavor can be found. The limited bitterness is almost like vinegar.

The mouthfeel starts off with a sharp crisp bite on the tongue that fades to a dry feeling rather quickly. Stated four times on the bottle "Slow brewed for the connoisseur", the brewery should retract that statement immediately. Seems like they should change it to "Lazily brewed for average Joes".

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Photo of Wasatch
2.45/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is kinda malty, ricy, with a touch of corn. The taste is sweet, ricy/corn note. Light body. Slightly Drinkable, one of the better macro's around.

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