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


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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.92   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2006
Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and Tupalev - tupalevís bottle. Hey, beer thatís made to go "well" with spicy food, this ought to be good. Poured incredibly pale yellow with minimal head - musty aroma, spoiled grain, swimming pool pee after the diabetic youth class, tastes - at best - like sour grass after a spraying of pesticides - nasty sticky harsh mouthfeel: yep, this is an ought-point-five.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
GregClow (2932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, jerc, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy of tupalev. Light yellow with tiny head. Skunktastic aroma. Putrid flavour of wet, mouldy grass and skunk. Horrendous stuff.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pootzboy (1608) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
Green bottle: poured a pale pils-like beer in the glass.... weak head, poor lacing, active carbonation. Has the Heineken/Beckís "skunk" from sulphers in the light- spoiled lager yeast mixing with the saaz hops. Light body, sandy mouth feel, faint malt spine. Light-struck flavor of sweet and sour hop-malt over musty earthy notes, fast finish where the musty tastes are detected ( these musty notes verge on nasty and spoil an otherwise inoffensive bland Heineken clone) I think I got a light-struck sample that skunked....Iíd like to try this fresh to make a proper evaluation even though Iím sure it will be a Beckís clone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2006
Appearance is your basic light-gold beer. Nice hop-forward, skunk aroma holds oodles of promise. Refreshing fizz and great flavour evolution, beginning with that instant refreshment, leading to a restrained maltiness and finishing with a balanced harmony of sweet and bitter. A great everyday lager that will pair well with a variety of foods, not just curry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
zach8270 (3690) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2006
(bottle - 650 ml) Clear straw color with not much of a head. Dry and grainy aroma with some hints of corn and hops. Light flavor that begins with a touch of corn and grass mixed with hops then quickly dies down to a watery and flavorless liquid and a light and crisp finish. Aftertaste of hops mixed with apple peels. Very watery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2006
Thanks to Sully for this fine drop. Smelled a little bit like a red stripe but that was where the similarity ended as the taste didnít follow up the aroma. Clear pale yellow body with a poor but lasting white head. Aroma is a cross between some hops and some corn. Taste is bland, slightly sweet, corn again, a touch of grain and a bit watery.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
highlandlad (1429) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2006
Acquired this canned Indian lager in a last-minute drunken trade with Sully in exchange for an obscure Kenyan lager at the end of a long session. Like most decisions at pub closing time, it looks like it turned out badly for all concerned... Here goes: pale gold with bizarrely prominent carbonation - the glass looked like it had a polka dot print. Skinny head, poor retention. Grainy aroma of corn and lemonade. Excessive soda-like carbonation, as expected from the appearance. Thin body. Tastes like fizzy sweetened corn juice. This reminds me of Skol, one of the least flavoursome lagers on the planet. (330ml can)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottled, at the Maghul Sheraton, Agra, India. Pale golden colour, with sharp fizzing white head. Sharp, sherbet, sugary aroma. Thin, lacking bitterness just about everything else. Somehow still satisfying when youíve just escaped the madness outside.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2005
Without reviewing the previous 41 reviews I expect there must be some reference to nominative determination, ie the name actually describes the content. Having said that I must admit that this tasted much better given the circumstances. You see, I am in Delhi at the moment snd BJ Singh asked me to his house after work for a beer and a chat. He talks the tits off a cow but is a nice bloke. Therefore context comes into play and so the rating is a bit tainted for that reason. Anyway, very corn ridden and strangely sweet this is an ordinary pale lager that makes Kingfisher look pretty good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
BeerMountie (117) - Placentia, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
330 ml bottle. There was slight skunky aroma when opened first but this quickly disappeared. It probably should of stuck around because there was absolutely no taste or aroma while drinking it. It is lightly coloured water.

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