Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1278) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2015
I’ve never had a beer from India, though Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer doesn’t really count as one either as this was brewed right up the road from me at Olde Saratoga Brewing Company (aka Mendocino’s east coast brewery aka a subsidiary of the India-based United Breweries Group). There is something strange that no matter where you go in the world, people want a pale lager that tastes like pale lager. Really, there’s little difference between this beer and a Carlsberg or Tsingtao or Asahi or Budvar, etc. There might be touch of sweetness in this one to differentiate it from the pack, but not enough to merit a recommendation.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.25 ($0.19 per ounce).

Appearance: Deep shade of golden amber with a completely transparent body. Small carbonation bubbles can be seen slowly rising. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly evaporates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Since it comes in a green bottle, it’s not surprising the beer has the classic skunky smell from light-strike. Otherwise it just smell like a generic adjunct lager.

Taste: There isn’t much to say about this beer that hasn’t already been said about every other beer of its ilk. The skunkiness from the green bottle has definitely carried over to the taste and given it a slightly sour edge and a bit of tang. Minor flavors of canola oil, though that’s probably just corn adjuncts I’m tasting. No distinguishable malt or hop characteristics, though I will say there’s a slight caramel sweetness right as it goes down. This caught me by surprise, as I’ve never experienced that in a beer like this before (that I can recall right now). If this beer came in brown bottles or cans I think it would be a much different (and better) experience. I’ve had worse, and I’d classify this as “tolerable,” but it’s got a long way to go to be just an okay brew.

Drinkability: The reasons beers like Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer are so popular worldwide is because their palettes are most inoffensive and they’re easy to drink. In this case I’d say the taste is approaching offensive and the body is not quite as swill-rific as you’d expect. The low carbonation hinders it a bit and prevents an oily-like sensation from building up on the tongue. At supposedly 5% ABV, this is pretty standard in weight, though I don’t see the point – either go lighter or have some genuine flavor. 
Grade: 3/10