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Royal Challenge Premium Lager

Brewed by Shaw Wallace (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Mumbai, India


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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Royal Challenge Premium Lager is a well balanced, distinctive lager, that notches up 2.5 million cases every year, thanks to its loyal consumers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmgreenuk (6192) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle from Drops 100 Feet Road, Bangalore. Poured a crystal clear straw colour with a frothy broken white head and a little broken lace. The aroma is malt, more malt and a little yeast. The flavour is moderate sweet with a smooth, dry, mineral malt, light bitter hop palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Not great, but not undrinkable. I won’t be buying a crate though or even a second bottle for that matter!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle from Bangalore courtesy of Nav, drank at The New Penguin, week 11. Pours lazing gold with a fleeting white tuft fast becoming a halo. Something of a mineral, phosphorus-laden aroma in the regional English ballpark accompanied by weak lemon sherbet and bags of lovely glue-like glycerine. Decent weak lemony flavour at first moving swiftly into stale hay, envelope, licked stamp, Disprin and matchbox. The stale cardboard and pea-like meaty vegetable flavour is pretty hideous as it warms. It’s not going to trouble my top 5000 but a perfectly serviceable adjunct-laden drab global lager if drunk sufficiently chilled.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle @ home, thanks to MacBoost for sending. Pours a clear yellow appearance with a white head. The aroma is dusty, full of lemon, stale grains, some rice, and a bit of bread. Thin mouth feel. Twangy, bland flavor. Kind of bready and herbal. A little chewy. Not all that good.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a bottle at the late night tasting after the RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours clear golden with an average white head that disappears after some time. The nose is corny malt with a hint of green hops. The flavor is the same light pilsener malt, some corny sweetness, and just a bit of lightly bitter green hops on the back of the palate. The body is light with average, fizzy carbonation, and a short, corny, very lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Frank (3600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2014
If the beer they export to the US is any indication, the people of India sure do love fancy foil topped bottles. I can see why. They are pretty damned fancy. This beer, once it is out of its fine, fine bottle, is really not all that great though. It is a pale lager brewed in the style of everywhere but the United States and Canada. It is clear golden yellow w/ a small head of fine white bubbles. Its nose is sort of grassy hops with kind of an oxidized nutty malt character. The taste is along those same lines only sweet and almost syrupy in texture. Moderate carbonation does little to relieve this. There is really very little to like about this beer. I guess ice cold, you can slug it down no problem but this is definitely a cut below most cheap lager beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2014 RBWG Sat night Downtown Inn bottle share. Gold with a white head. Little to no aroma. Or flavor. Wet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
decaturstevo (5594) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Royal Challenge- Clean yellow pour with white head and lace. Paper and corn aroma. Flavor mirrors aroma with a flat paper finish. Medium light body with good carbonation. 4-6-6-3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6250) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle shared at the after party at the Downtown Inn, RBWG
Clear golden with a mediums sized white and good lacing. Aroma and flavors of wheat, grains and honey

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
deyholla (8884) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle at RBWG 2014, thanks! Pours a clear yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of earthy sweet grains with a bit of corn and sweet bread notes. Flavor has more sweet corn with some earthy sweet grains as well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #169. Bottle from Beer Run shared at the Downtown Inn Saturday PM Bottle Share. Pours a clear golden color with a thin creamy white head. Aroma of toasted malts, corn, dust. Taste is corn, toasted grain, green banana. Thin bodied.

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