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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 tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +18.5%
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 +25%
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 -8.5%
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 -27.7%
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 +0.8%
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 +34.6%
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 +10.8%
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 -5.4%
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 -8.5%
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 -2.7%
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 -5.4%
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 +18.1%
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 -31.9%
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 -51.9%
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 +23.5%
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 +15.4%
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 +20.4%
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 +16.5%
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 BostonBiosafety
3.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer I tried has a different label than the one showed on the site and in the pictures. Maybe they changed the label and the recipe because I do not think it warrants such a harsh rating. While the beer did not blow me away, I would hardly rate the beer in the lowest category. The initial smell from the bottle was a bit skunky, but it dissipated once poured in a glass. Nothing about this beer was impressive enough to mention nor was it bad enough to slam. It seems like a better version of a general purpose beer but from India. It is definitely a step above Bud and alike. I would not make a habit out of drinking this beer, but for the price of $3.49 in MA., it's not bad.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL (22 oz) bomber at 42 degrees into a 20 oz mug.

A: It pours a clear and bright yellow color with two fingers of fizzy white head that hangs around and laces better than expected.

S: Grass, mild sweet corn, light hoppiness, and some fruity esters.

T: Lots of stale graininess, some sweet fruit flavors, and a semi-perfumey finish.

M: It has a medium-light body with average carbontion.

O: This isn't bad; it is not offensive because the flavors are not strong enough. It's drinkable but perpetually boring.

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Photo of chiccabeer
1.81/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer in a bottle that was poured into a glass. The waitress explained that this was a traditional Indian beer, and was the typical light beer. The beer is a light beer with the a typical clear look. The taste is below average and is similar to a Bud light. It has a full flavor up front without much after taste. Not a bad beer to have with dinner. Cheers

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Photo of Wasatch
2.45/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of Duff27
2.08/5  rDev -20%
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 secondtooth
2.65/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Didn't expect much, but this one wasn't bad at all.
Clear straw-gold at pouring, with a nice white head.
Scent is honey and corn -- adjunct for sure, but not offensive.
Flavor is sweet and crisp, with a slightly hopped finish.
Not too inspired, but drinkable, and probably perfect to accompany a nice spicy Indian curry dish.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
1.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 330ml bottle with a BB date of 17/12/2010, so it's a little out of date. Picked up from a local off-licence that was selling it for next to nothing (probably due to the date). Label features the Taj Mahal (of course) and describes it as a premium lager brewed in India.

Poured into a pint glass. Very pale straw colour with a thin foamy head that disappears within 30 seconds. Medium carbonation. Aroma is strange - initially it smells distinctly of sour apples, almost like some sort of acidic cider. After a while this gives way to an effete malty odour that doesn't seem particularly appetising.

Taste - in a word - yuck. A very weak malty character with almost no discernible hops or bitterness. Very watery, and initially quite fizzy from the carbonation. Other notes that appear include weak apples (at the beginning) and an unpleasant off flavour that is reminiscent of mould or fungus. Not good!

To summarise - it resembles mineral water that might have been stored next to beer at some point, and has some nasty undertones. I've tried quite a few lagers in my time, but this could well be the worst beer I've ever consumed (with exception to oxidised beers that I've tasted). To be avoided! It only cost me 60p, but I want my money back...

PS. I still have another bottle of this. Who do I hate that much?

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Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
63 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.
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