motelpogo (7054) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 15, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
i shouldn't be too hard on this beer because i bought it from the shop in jaipur where it was warm, took it back to my room, had no way of chilling it, waited till it got down to about 30 degrees and then tasted it. of course the alcohol was very evident in aroma and afterburn. somewhere in between was some stickiness and a slight saltiness. it was a bit of an effort to get through a big bottle of this, especially with my gut playing up
ogivlado (6031) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 29, 2006
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled(330ml). -from some asian shop in Graz. Had this one before few days and best before end expired on October 18th 2006. Clear yellow coloured, airy head, malty nose. Watery, faint hoppy, salty and skunky with strong maize notes. Iíll try a fresher sample again.
Marko (4096) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 20, 2006
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
0.33l bottle, Thunderbolt Lager Beer, 5%. Fot the italian market, but bought in a indian shop in Graz, run by some Sikh (or just some Indian that likes to wear the headgear), and his apprentice. I saw two very interesting things. A) The apprentice scrubbed the bottle vigorously with a dry rag after taking it out of the "cooler", and b) I bought it on the 19th of December of 2006, and it expired in 18.09.2006. Also, it was bottled on the 18.09.2005 (!). Haha... I got an even older bottle than ozujsko, who got his from the same shop a month befome. Ah, well... the things I do for Ratebeer...
It poured a yellow colour with a medium sized fluffy head that went away very fast. The nose is reminiscent of a cheap sake, rice and alcohol. and lo! It does claim to contain rice. Surprise surprise. I hesitated... And then I took a reluctant sip. The taste is... well... not that offensive. Rice, apples, medicine, some sugary sweetness, alcohol, somewhat dry/salty. Even some weak weak hints of hop. Heh, I should probably change the style to, say, Ginjo. Not as abysmal as I thought it would be but stilly pretty damn crappy. And odd.
jimhilt (2436) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 22, 2003
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Pours with virtually no head and no lace. Bad sign is this stuff flat? No, there is a light carbonation with a malty nose - unusual for a lager. Sweet start and a nice sweet crisp finish. Would make a very good lawn mower beer. A clear pale yellow color. $1.75 for a 330ml bottle.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2007
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled, acquired and drunk in Jipru, India.
Next to Kingfisher who has its own airline, this is the most marketed beer in India. Perhaps not as readily available as the marketing would suggest, I walk in several stores advertising it only to find blank faces when I enquired. Short on structure, body and flavour, but long on alcohol, shear brute force alcohol. Another India classic. [Glycerol included]
Dorqui (2115) - Brescia, ITALY - AUG 24, 2009
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Absent head and artificial orange color, insufficient fizzy aspect. Inconsistent aroma with notes of watery cereals and little other. Gaut, dampent and sweetish unpleasant taste and body.
NosirIwont (2008) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - APR 14, 2005
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Pale yellow colour. Fast disappearing white head. Aroma is citrusy with a slight skunkiness. Dryish. Flavour had me a bit surprised; itís smoked/tar-like. Not that this is anything special in itself, but I got this beer along with a Kingfisher Lager and a Kingfisher Strong, which both also had the same feature. Is this an Indian thing, pale lagers with smoke/tar? Peculiar! Other than that the flavour is plain boring. Slight notes of alcohol and some skunkiness. Milky notes. Watery palate.
skoisirius (1797) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2013
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Itís like...what do you say? India is another one of these countries where every beer basically tastes the same. This one has this odd alcohol singe to it though. Iíd rather have a Kingfisher and that says a lot.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2005
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
On sale in a beer shop in Delhi. Interesting places these beer shops. Just a load of boxed beer sitting around with half empty fridged around the wall. Seems a bit too much for the obviously flat out workers to refrigererate. Perhaps these are just props though because nothing is really cold. Yeah, interesting alcohol description. My vote is for the higher side as there is a cloying taste of alcohol amongst the astringency. Not a very enjpyable beer but really expectations need to be sufficiently low as the country generally is not one of those drinking powerhouses.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Tasted in Toronto. Delivered to me from a work friend from India. Fairly impressive 650ml bottle. Label says 'Super Strong'. Then, when I closely observe the label it states:
"Alocholic contents exceeding 5.25% but not exceeding 8.25%" Wow, customs and excise would have a field day with this one!
Great big blue lightning bolt says explicitely that this one is for sale in Punjab only. Must be powerful stuff. Well, here we go.....!.!.!.!
Colour is deep golden. Absolutelty no head. I read the previous postings (all 2 at that) of this beer, and one distinctly stated that:
"Pours with virtually no head and no lace. Bad sign is this stuff flat?"
Well, I can testify, there is no head, nada noting, zip, zippor. Colour is very rich however. Aroma is very interesting. I absolutely love tasting these types of beers. They are rare, not in the 'elite' brewery sense, but in the world traveller, local brew, here it is, and yes, you! my friend get to taste it! sense. Wonderful. The world is a big blue marble!!! Absolutely wonderful! I am halfway around the world. Aroma is absolutely incredibly sweet AND sour. No kidding. With each wift/waft of scent, I cannot localize the aroma...sometimes sweet, sometimes sour. Very dynamic, somewhat mystical.....ooohhh scary..disturbing, ..., delightful.
Man, I keep glaring back at that bloody label..THUNDERBOLT!!!! SUPER STRONG!!!. Hahah. Bring it on boys!!!!
Ok, here goes, all this ranting and only 1 of 5 metrics rated (Appearance 3 on 5). Aroma, due to its ambiguosness [sp] would have to get somewhere between a 7 and 10, roll the ten sided die...several rolls later...ohhh!!!! Its an 8!. So 8 it is. This actually is very close considering the bizareness of the sweetness and sourness of context. Brilliantly subtle man.
Now for the big plunge. Here we go...its flavour!!!!! The first sip had a consistency of flat beer. However, upon closer examination, it reveals a subtle (subtle in this context is used in a very good sense) underlayer. Not heavily carbonated, but carbonation value is present. Very wonderful sweet backbone. And I truly mean backbone - it is there. Things are going on with nuances in the taste, for instance presence of hopped bittereness, sour, almost lambic rogue / wild yeast intrusion!?!?! Good / bad / indifferent?!?! I really don't mind the variance here. Absolutely phenominal diversity. Good stuff. I really like to see these hidden breweries (mount shivalik) lurking in the background, only hidden from the fact the there is a very high probability that they will NEVER be sampled and rated by my fellow ratebeerians. Oh the pain, yet oh the joy!?!?!). Good stuff lads!!!!.