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Cerana: Bira 91: White (India: Belgian Wit: 5% ABV)

Visual: Dark cloudy lemon juice. Large yellow white bubbled head.

Nose: Orange zest. Lemon cream. Vanilla. Creamy. Quite sweet. Lemon curd.

Body: Lemon curd. Wheaty. Orange zest. Vanilla pods. Peppery. Grapefruit.

Finish: Wheaty bitterness. Sour lemon juice. Peppery. Grapefruit. Dry lemon.

Conclusion: This is the best Indian beer that I tried during my holiday in the north of India! Ok, admittedly that is a low bar to clear considering that the competition has been varied Kingfisher beers and Boom Strong. So, instead of damning it with that faint praise how about we just ask the question, is this any good then?

It is sweet on the nose and fruity, which resulted in me expecting a very Hoegaarden like sweet and heavy wit beer – however what I got was a body that leans more toward a traditional wit with drier lemon and lightly peppery touches. Interesting.

There’s some orange zest, which is not unexpected for a wit, but it goes into light grapefruit notes which is a bit more new hops than I would expect. Nice touch and it takes it a touch tarter and sour at times, refreshing, but always returning to that dry lemon base.

It is very slightly rough edged around the wheaty and peppery notes, but generally pretty decent, if still on the lower half of Belgian style wits. It isn’t bad – and if fact if you are looker for a non lager beer in India this is a pretty inoffensive one. It is just it is nothing special compared to the wide range of awesome wits out there.

Does the job though.

Background: Found this one near the end of the holiday in India, a few days after being violently ill which seemed to be the common tourist event for our group in India. I had been wandering and spotted an alcohol store. As always there were not many local beers, but they did have this from Bira 91, and since it is not part of their Boom line I had hopes it would be more interesting than that, cheaper, more mainstream aimed, line. I had been hoping from something from a brewery I had not tried yet but ah well, ya can’t have everything.


Cerana: Bira 91: Boom: Premium Super Strong (India: Strong Pale Lager: 6-8% ABV)

Visual: Pale banana yellow. Lots of small bubbled carbonation. Clear. Rapidly descending large loose white bubbled head.

Nose: Clean. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Custard slices. Malt biscuits. Soft peach.

Body: Smooth. Vanilla toffee and vanilla custard. Slight wet cardboard. Golden syrup. Banana. Palma violets. Peach.

Finish: Vanilla toffee. Slight hop character – hop oils and low bitterness. Slight liquorice touch. Wet cardboard. Light chalk. Fluffy popcorn hops.

Conclusion: First non Kingfisher beer of the India trip has been found! And it isssss … fairly nondescript actually. It definitely has more character than Kingfisher by a mile, but that isn’t really saying much.

It is smooth, while being thicker than the average lager and more malt led, but thankfully doesn’t really show any alcohol burn considering the abv. Whatever actual level that abv is.

On the downside there is that slight wet cardboard, slightly muggy hop rough edge that tends to come with the more dull lagers, and it has a slight artificial feeling touch to it despite that lack of alcohol burn. So, imperfect but not overly harsh, just unrefined.

There are hints of palma violets and hop oils that call the German and Czech noble hops styles. Even smaller hints of peach and banana that call to the fruitier American hops. Nothing too well defined, but hints that it is trying for something more than the most standard lager.

Over all nothing stand out bad, but just generally sub average. The slight rough edges and lack of stand out character means that it doesn’t rise to be recommendable – just generally inoffensive.

Not worth hunting down, and considering where I was in India I had to really hunt for non Kingfisher beers not worth that hunt. Sub optimal but not horrible.

A bit meh and hard to find for that meh.

Background: So the full name is Bira 91: Boom: Premium Super Strong Rich and Malty Munich Lager. So, Cerana is the contract brewer, Bira 91 the beer company, boom the sub category for their more mainstream line so the beer name is? I dunno, Munich Lager? Super Strong? Don’t mix up your descriptions and beer names people, it makes things complicated for me! Similarly, while I tend to go for the description the brewers use, Munich Lager can fall under a bunch of categories, – due the beer strength just general Strong Pale Lager seems right as it doesn’t seem to have characteristics of a dopplebock or Imperial Pilsner despite its strength. Life is pain. Also the can lists the strength as 6-8%. Fucking helpful. Anyway, first non Kingfisher beer I found in India, so grabbed it do notes. Simple. Being on holiday I had to use what glassware I could find.

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