Taj Mahal Premium Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

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Taj Mahal Premium LagerTaj Mahal Premium Lager

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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A: poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pint glass, golden straw colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing, clear

S: skunky grain and grass, not pleasant

T: little flavor, some slight malt flavor, little hops, not too sweet

M: thin, not too carbonated

O: probably would be better washing down a vindaloo curry

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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 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 Aaron_Ramson
2.83/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My only guess is that this is India's attempt at a cheap adjunct lager. It is extremely pedestrian with a color similar to bud light, close to no aroma-a light smell of corn and rice possibly-, a taste that is very bland and light; it doesn't even have the sour tang of an American adjunct lager. It is highly inoffensive and I don't mean that in a good way. I'm sure Pellegrino has more flavor than this. Avoid this beer if you perchance see it at an Indian restaurant, and just order an Anheuser Busch product as it will definitely have more flavor.

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Photo of SeamusDoyle
2.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured clear pale color with a medium frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sweet grass aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium crisp sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of short to moderate duration. Overall nothing amazing, but it did go well with my vindaloo.

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Photo of beergoot
2.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow body topped with, initially, a tall, big-bubble white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma comes across with a moderate sweet, corn-like scent with a hint of mint. Mild, corn-like flavor with a slightly metallic bitterness at the finish. Light body, crisp, dry.

Quite an underwhelming beer. No worthwhile, memorable characteristics other than it's wet and has a bit of mild alcohol content.

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Photo of Bryan17
1.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle said Mnfd. 5/11, reviewed 10/12.
A: Very pale yellow, lots of carbonation, small head that dissapated completely after 10 seconds.
S: Reminds me of a cheap light beer.
T: Not too much flavor of its own. Essentially tasted like seltzer mixed with vodka. Could easily taste the alcohol.
M: Very thin, waterlike, and bubbly.
O: Never again. This goes down in the books as one of the worst beers I've ever had. It had absolutely no character.

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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 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 Dave1999
2.38/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a translucent yellow wirh no head at all.

Had almost no smell maybe some sweetness.

The taste was sweet grains, corn and butter.

The mouthfeel was very thin and highly carbonated.

Overall did the job at the indian resteraunt but just tasted like another bmc style lager.

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Photo of mscudder
1.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

So I'm in the beer store and I spot this brew stating: "brewed in India." I could help but think damn... haven't ever had a brew from there, so against my better judgement I purchased it without checking it out here on BA. On to the review...
MFD: 10/11

A - A crystal, nearly transparent, yellow with a white head. No lacing.

S - A bit of apple and some yeast that leads to a bit of skunky smell. Not doing anything for me.

T - Think strong apple juice fused with a light lager. Indian beer is far from what I expected and this is just not something I would elect to drink. Finishes abruptly with a but if dryness. No bueno.

M - Sweet malty but empty and incredibly light. Bleh!

O - I may have paid around 4 bucks for this brew but I prefer to avoid the calories rather than endure another glass of this. Just a complete failure of a brew.

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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 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 DrDemento456
2.88/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Same as the other lagers I tried there maybe a slight less head than I wanted that quickly fades to nothing.

S - Wow this one has a distinct lager skunk to it, aside from that mild cereal grains and malt sweetness.

T - Well it wasn't as skunked in the flavor department but it did go down easy enough. Less corn and skunk is always good.

M - Light as expected and crisp.

Overall again it was worth trying with India food but really nothing to revisit again.

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Photo of beertunes
2.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Stella Artois stemmed goblet. Poured a clean, clear bright yellow color with about a half-inch of white head that had low retention and the very lightest possible lacing.

The aroma was a fairly typical sweet grain scent, but a noticeable skunk was a big distraction. The skunk wasn't as noticeable in the flavors, but still had a presence. Otherwise this was a typical AAL, some grains, a fair bit of sweetness and just a faint trace of hops.

The body was thin, as is typical for the style. Drinkability suffered from the skunkiness. Overall, a bit below average example of the style. Try it if you want to tick it, otherwise, don't bother.

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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 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 bump8628
2.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first beer from India! The best I can say is that it washed down Tikka Masala and jasmine rice like a champ. A little sweeter and maltier than the Big 3 with a pleasant background graininess, but finding descriptors beyond that is difficult. Similar to some of the more mainstream Asian lagers (Sapporo, Tsing Tao, etc.). When I go to an Indian restaurant I don't expect much of a beer selection so this was actually nice to find, after all it's always fun to try new beer.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Indian beers have been very hit or miss in my experience. I like to keep trying new ones whenever I get the chance in the hopes of discovering some kind of hidden gem or something.

This beer pours a pale straw-golden colour with lots of carbonation rushing up to replenish the thin but not insubstantial head.

The aroma is sweet, grainy and slightly fragrant, with a hint of grassy hops right at the start, though I'm noticing it less and less. Pretty standard.

The taste is smooth and slightly grainy, with a nice toasty/marshmallow kind of note. There isn't a lot of depth, and the carbonation is a bit intense, but it's not too bad.

Overall, this is a better-than-average offering.

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Photo of rangerred
1.77/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

650ml bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance is clear dark straw. Tons of carbonation bubbles and a constant half finger white head.

Smell is awful. Sweet smell of sugar cookies which is odd. Also an unappealing wet dog aroma. Really nothing good at all.

Taste is a little better but not much. The sweet cookie taste is there along with just a hint of grain. A quick flash of grassy hop flavor but almost no bitterness.

Really just an awful beer. Too sweet and too many weird flavors. Will not get again.

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Photo of DIM
1.25/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

manufactured in Oct. of 2011

a: Unbelievably pale, it looks watered down. It poured with a thin fizzy head.

s: Sweet corny badness. Nothing in the way of anything I associate with beer.

t: Tastes like weak, vile malt liquor. Very sweet and corny.

m: Thin and watery.

o: Just horrible.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.21/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice bubbly carbonation. Pale yellow. Champagne-like overall.

Smell: Not horrible. There's a medicinal Tide-lemon-bleach smell to this, which sounds horrible, but it's very faint.

Taste/Mouthfeel: There's a nice bite in the finish that makes this pretty good. A good balance of sour and bitter. Mouthfeel doesn't do it for me. Fairly watery, so it doesn't stand up to the bitterness. Not a clean finish.

Drinkability: All in all, very average.

Overall: Not bad for my first Indian lager.

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Photo of Durge
3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale yellow gold color with a skimpy white hint of white coverage and just a spec of lacing. Aroma is non-descript, vague cereal at best. The flavor is kind of a lemon almond deal with watery wheat and a sluggish peppery finish. It’s light bodied with meager carbonation for a dull feel. Drinkable enough but not well balanced or particularly tasty. Very forgettable and a tad odd. I can’t recommend it but you can handle it if it’s all that’s on the beer list!

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.13/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle in a local fav indian restaurant.

A - As bubbles subsided, a crystal clear golden lager emerged.

S - Biscuit malt, some lemon.

T - Classic lager malt flavors with very little on the finish. Quite light, easy to drink

M - Dry and fizzy

Great with some spicy Indian food, not much to speak of on its own.

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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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Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
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