Taj Mahal Premium Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

Taj Mahal Premium LagerTaj Mahal Premium Lager
470 Ratings
Taj Mahal Premium LagerTaj Mahal Premium Lager

Brewed by:
United Breweries - UB Group

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2002

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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 Drunkenass
1/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of circus_cat
2/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of thefullpython
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of mfc
2/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of KingBiscuit
3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of Joefisherman
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

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 Dapperticus
4/5  rDev +53.3%

Photo of PatGreer
2/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of KimbarkBrewCrew
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of FriedGold2112
1.25/5  rDev -52.1%

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 buckyp
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

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 OldTime
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of smi
2/5  rDev -23.4%

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 szmnnl99
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Sailracer
2/5  rDev -23.4%

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