Taj Mahal Premium Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

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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
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
457
Avg:
2.61
pDev:
23.75%
 
 
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3
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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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Photo of BostonBiosafety
3.06/5  rDev +17.2%
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 +8.4%
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 -30.7%
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 -6.1%
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 -20.3%
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 +1.5%
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 -29.9%
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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Photo of wordemupg
2.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into pint glass jan16 2010

A clear straw yellow with very heavy carbonation feeding a fast falling finger of head that leaves no lace

S skunky corn and not much else

T some sour lemon with what I smell, not very nice

M watery and over carbonated

D hard to like a beer that smells and tastes lousy, I wouldn't go looking for this one

perhaps as a safe alternative to drinking water in India but other then that I'll pass

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear amber, but the white head dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is fairly strong and malty with an apple undertone like a cider. Flavor is typically malty, with just a hint of fruit, not great but still palatable and enjoyable. Texture is fairly lively, rough and fizzy. This is better as an accompaniment to a meal than by itself, but still is worthy of at least a try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3.95 for the 650ml bottle, batch 1277, mfd 09/10

It's a gusher so have your glass ready, just in case.

Straw gold colour, fairly big head of foam that calms down quick enough.

It smells of corn, light sweet note, usual low level of bitterness.

Same goes with the taste....so much like many of the style out there. I preferred the Flying Horse as it was a bit more assertive and interesting.

Light bodied, medium high carbonation and is drinkable despite it nearly boring me to death. ;^)

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Photo of beerprovedwright
1.58/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

One finger head of white foam that didn't stick around more than a thirty seconds. Broken lace with some clinging power. Color is a 3 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell like wet wheat and malt. Flavor is harsh, that of musty wheat, malt, and little hops. Very watery in my mouth, just a little bite from the carbonation. Could do better with one of the big three, not worth the price.

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Photo of flyingpig
1.2/5  rDev -54%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Very light yellow in colour with a small, bubbly white head than disappears to leave a small lacing ring after a couple of seconds. Lots of bubbles too.

Very poor with grain & corn the only distinguishable smells apart from a faint hint of alcohol.

Grain, vegetable oil and skunky in taste, not very pleasant at all. It has a light bitter aftertaste & the beer sits funny in your stomach.

Bubbly & light bodied, to much carbonation. The lager has a crisp finish but is not even remotely refreshing.

A very poor beer, one of the worst I think I drank so far. It had no redeeming features & didn't settle well in my stomach after drinking it. Avoid this beer at all costs.

(More reviews at: abarwithnoname.wordpress.com)

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Photo of Lauthaha
2.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Honey/golden color with light- to medium-carbonation visible. No head, just a trace of foam around the edges of the glass.

Smell: What smell? A little chlorine? Some old citrus?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nothing at first, but as the carbonation opens up a little, there are some citrus tones, spicy hop flavor. Weird strained grain presence later on. Very light on the palate, which is easily the best thing about this beer.

Drinkability: Worth a try, but not a re-try. Too bad this was a 22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of jadpsu
2.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 ounce brown bottle that I paid $3.49 for.
Pours pale straw yellow with a bright white head that melts quickly away but does leave some decent galss side lacing.
Aroma: Grainy, grassy and corn husk, has inexpensive or cheap written all over it.
Taste confirms the "cheap" tag. Has a slight skunk smell, also a hint of lemon peal.
The more I drank this beer the less appealing it became.
The only redeaming item of note here was that I added another country to my total.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Golden transparent color. A good inch and half of white head and lots of bubbles. Beautiful looking lager in the tall glass. Looks just as good as the pilsners in Czech or Germany.

S - Strong corn smell. Not much else.

T - Light bitterness, clean finish.

M - Bubbly, light bodied, soft and tingly on the tongue. I thought it would be more crisp and clean but this works.

D - It's drinkable. Not my favorite style, but I thought this was a decent beer in the so-called "American Lager" category... though it is from India. Not sure how that works. In any case it drinks more like a pilsner, but a bit softer. It is definitely better than most of other American Lagers I've had.

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Photo of NStLincoln
2.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this with some extra spicy lamb vindaloo.

Pours a very pale yellow with little head to speak of.

Not much going on with the nose. Getting some corn.

Some mildly pleasant bitterness on the palate with a little bit of bread. Very light taste.

This beer is very crisp and the carbonation seems to work well with spicy food. Unfortunately, that's all Taj has going for it.

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

Part of a series of Asian beers I tried recently, like the others it was a fairly ordinary knock-off of cheap American pilsners. I noted though my sample as brewed here instead of there, so no wonder it seemed among the freshest in the series. Mild sweetness, little malt, that' basically it.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer is clear and pale with a head that lasts a little while. It smells like yeast and hops. This beer has a grainy taste which morphs into a roasted malt aftertaste. It's very thin in the mouth with a small amount of carbonation. Still a fairly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale straw yellow with a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the major of the aroma is a combination of various grains, wheat, and sweet malt notes. I also got faint citrus in the background.

T: the various grains and sweet malts run the show on the palate with slight citrus accents but also had very slight underlying corn notes.

M: the brew was light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a wheaty crisap finish.

D: it drank really good due to how light in body and flavor but went quite well paired with chicken vindaloo.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
2.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with a yellow label into a pilsner glass at the Cafe Tandoor in Westlake, Ohio. Served cold.

Pours a clear pale canary yellow, with minimal white head. Mild carbonation.

Smells faintly of barley malt and mild hops. Nothing much doing here.

Very mild, inoffensive malt taste, with a slight sweetness to it.

A crispy and smooth beer, it's not bad, there just isn't much going on here.

As a session beer, it seems fine, a kind of "drink and forget about it" beer. Given that I'm about to have spicy curry, I think a hoppier beer would be more in order. However, it doesn't seem that many of the beers served at Indian restaurants take this into account, always serving some of the blandest brews around.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.71/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

and so it begins another adventure down the road of the bottom of the barrel. stopped in the store on the way home and grabbed a few more tonight. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/16/2010.

the pour was actually slightly better then what i was expecting. nice light golden color with a light head of white that was about two inches high and faded down quickly into a thin film that barely covered the sides.

aroma is off, musky wet hay, corn, lots of grain, just that macro lager aroma that is just wrong on so many levels. clean, clear taste, but nothing more to it then glorified water to be honest. highly carbonated with only a hint of dry hops on the finish.

overall while not a drain pour, it was close. again these things are ok freezing cold, but when they warm up look out.

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Photo of KeefD
1.41/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Well, I saw this bottle was only 2 months old, so I figured if I'd ever try it, might as well be now, and probably the freshest I'll ever get. Pours a very pale golden color with a tiny white head that was gone in a flash. Lots of carbonation. Not getting much in the way of aroma, mostly some damp grains, and no hops. Flavor is.. ummm... interesting. It reminds me of the way a wet dog smells. hairspray, mild grains and adjuncts. Ugh. This is terrible stuff. Light body, basically undrinkable. I can't finish this thing.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Indian food with the wife. I figured this was as good a time and place as any to try this beer. I won't have to do that again.

500 ml bottle served in a stein. Beer is dark yellow and clear. Forms no head (to speak of) and is moderately carbonated with very large bubbles. Looks a little odd. No lacing at all.

Beer has a sulfury and corn like aroma to it. Its kind of strong and kind of gross.

Beer is not too sulfury though. Not spoiled or light struck. Kind of grainy, light in body, some aftertaste, at times I get some boiled vegetable flavors...normally light lagers are quite drinkable but I had to force myself to finish this one. And I won't ever drink it again.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.57/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Straw yellow, no head

S - Faintly decent aroma; honey-yeasty

T - The taste is about as the nose, vaguely decent. Not terribly cheap-tasting, on the bright side. Not very good tasting, on the down side.

M - The feel is a bit limp.

D - It is not very good, but it pairs okay with Indian Food.

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Taj Mahal Premium Lager from United Breweries - UB Group
2.61 out of 5 based on 457 ratings.
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