Taj Mahal Premium Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

Taj Mahal Premium LagerTaj Mahal Premium Lager
BA SCORE
2.61/5
470 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#44,033
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
470
pDev:
24.14%
Bros Score:
2.18
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
45
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 470 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of logicalparadox
3.23/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No head retention, light pale straw, but crystal clear.

Not much in the way aromatics, just some prickly carbonation and very fine pale malt notes. A whisper of floral, spicy hops might be there... A bit uneventful but clean and nice

Pretty damn mild. Super subtle biscuit and caramel malt flavors with a mild kiss of hop for balance. Slightly sweet in the front, slightly dry, crisp, lingering finish.

Super refreshing and quaffable. That's the main lure for the style I think.

Pretty underwhelming overall, but certainly not bad or deserving of hate.

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Photo of Jotora
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Guppy314
2.45/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, pours a pale straw with a thin white head. Very subtle aroma of grains. Tastes are subtle with both malt and hops detectable. But there are also distracting flavors of corn, grass, and rice. Not even much redeeming carbonation.

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Photo of EMH73
3.23/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I, like several others do not understand how poorly this beer is rated. IMO Taj is superior to the vast majority of macro lagers out there. It pours a clear, bright yellow with a poorly retained half inch head that left almost no lacing. Smells slightly sweet, bread and malt. Taste is crisp and clean, bready and slightly sweet. Well carbonated and light bodied. Certainly not a great beer but very drinkable. I'll take this over a Bud or Miller any day of the week.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 rodbeermunch
2.05/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of the most straw yellow and clear water beers around. The aroma is barely grainy.

The taste is barely grainy. Highly carbonated, light mouthfeel and body. How do they get away with charging a premium price on something like this. They say it pairs well with spicy food, but you can say that about any beer that doesn't really taste like anything. There's a mild sweetness that makes me think this might have cut the barley with some corn or something in that realm.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
2.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Squire123
2.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ControlVolume
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%
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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BAsbill
3.18/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
2.83/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev +22.2%
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 +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KennyYounger
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beernooph
2.36/5  rDev -9.6%
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 +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.08/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TimWakimika
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RHVC59
3.55/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Brewfocker80
2.83/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
Beer rating: 2.61 out of 5 with 470 ratings
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