Taj Mahal Premium Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

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64
poor
462 Ratings
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Taj Mahal Premium LagerTaj Mahal Premium Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group
India

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
462
Reviews:
212
Avg:
2.62
pDev:
23.66%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ControlVolume
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Only beats out Budweiser and the american lightbeer variants

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
2.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BAsbill
3.18/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
2.83/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Without doing thorough research, it seems to me that United Breweries is the AB of India; the brand-owner and mass marketer of tasteless beer designed to refresh. (UB's Kingfisher certainly fills that bill.) Taj Mahal is clearly a step above that low common denominator, but only a small step better. That is made by Taj not having the hyper-active carbonation that the other beers use to hide their lack of flavor. And then, it is clear that Taste is something Taj needs to work on, too. But I will say this positive, Taj goes well enough with what the Indian kitchen produces.

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Photo of EMV
1.94/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 2.97/22 oz bottle ($ 0.135/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Bomber at 42 degrees F into SA “perfect pint”
Aroma – smells like a AAL, just a hint of disulfide
Head – large (Five cm, slow gentle pour), white, fizzy/frothy, diminishing to irregular three to six mm ring and thin layer
Lacing poor – some drag but little else
Body – light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor – no worse than most AALs, just a hint of (hop?) bitterness; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. As it warms, it becomes sweeter.
Palate – light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of GoBeerGo
3.15/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KennyYounger
2.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beernooph
2.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Better than a Bud

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Photo of Rcaisse
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TimWakimika
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RHVC59
3.55/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Greasy
3.31/5  rDev +26.3%
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 Brewfocker80
2.83/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DMcGirr
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Zylod
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PhilMiller
2.56/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of stevoj
1.6/5  rDev -38.9%
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 Goatdavemac
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shreead
2.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Czequershuus
2.49/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed alongside a rather splendid Indian buffet. This beer pours a light golden with a modest head. The aroma has some rather nice grainy, funky notes, but very understated. Flavor is as you would expect for a lager although there is some depth here. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky. As the beer warmed it became increasingly sweet. Overall this is maybe better than the average lager, but not by much. The corn syrups sweetness is just too apparent to enjoy this too much.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light yellow, coarse head, tons of bubbles rising. Smells of malt and grain. Taste adds some white grape notes and faint caramel. Still super (cereal) grain forward. Over carbonated, but light and refreshing refreshing as heck.
It's a good, easily enjoyed, quaffable brew, devoid of off-putting flavors.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
1.26/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
2.62 out of 5 based on 462 ratings.
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