Archipelago Samui - Archipelago Brewing Company / Craft Beer Hub
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.25/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Pours a rich metallic gold colour with lots of steady carbonation streams through the clear body. Head is white with visible bubbles that fizzles out right from the get go of its modest beginnings. Lace is lacklustre; looks fairly bland.
Smell is quite sweet. Plenty of that Asian lager grain smell with corn and rice and a good dollop of honey character underlying. Saving grace is a nice tangy citrus note over the top with a slight coppery edge, some orange juice and kaffir lime. Not ideal, but a good nod to refreshing.
Taste is alright; most of the best flavours come through early and depart before the disappointing finish, but more on that later. Tangy notes are welcomes into the fray early on, complementing the sweet grain notes with mild orange peel and almost a medicinal toughness. Has a slight artifical bend to the zestiness, but it's not unpleasant. Now this trails off by the finish which is when that phenolic astringency comes through. Some bland grain notes with bready edge don't do much to lift the palate, and I'm left not really feeling it. Points though for continuing flavour to the end which I don't get from many Asian beers. My initial reaction is to give this palate a 3, but I'm just finding too much here - relative to the beer style and brewery region - not to mark it up a bit.
Mouthfeel is quite full with a touch too much weight. Has a sinking feeling and not enough of that visible fizz is apparent while drinking to awaken the senses.
A tad on the heavy side here. One thing that can be said for bland Asian lagers, you can smash them down very easily. This has lots of flavour by comparison but not enough good, pleasant flavour to keep me coming back.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2010 05:37:53 | More by laituegonflable
3.65/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
This is definately the first time ive heard of this brewery my fav bottleshop got it in and they had 3 different styles on offer and this is one of them it has a pretty cool bottle/label on the bottle itself it has lions moulded in the neck of it and the label is quite catchy with a map in the background of the label and it has a green border also on the bottle it states that this brewery was established in 1931 and this beer was brewed by A.F.ALLEN on the back of the label it has a good description of the brew stating that is"a light wheat ale with a tangy,festive citrus taste and a hint of sweetness specially brewed with calamansi lime and pandan leaves" i gotta admit ive never heard of those limes or those leaves so here goes,it pours a pale cloudy straw hue with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger fast vanishing head and a ring of lacing around the rim of the glass,the aroma is very citrusy as was to be expected with hints of freshly cut grass aswell,it has an average light body to the mouthfeel with lime the first thing to hit your palette followed by some lemon zest,mandarin and a little hit of fruity wheat but not much at all really and i find the lime and pandan leaves really overtake this brew to make the wheat play second fiddle which definately made classing this beer a little easier as its definately not a hefe and not a pale wheat but overall a nice easy drinking brew that is no standout by any means but would suit a hot,humid day in Singapore or even here.
Serving type: on-tap
04-01-2010 13:23:11 | More by ADZA
Archipelago Samui from Archipelago Brewing Company / Craft Beer Hub
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