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Angkor Beer - Cambrew / Angkor Brewery

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BA SCORE
63
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 2.38
pDev: 25.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambrew / Angkor Brewery visit their website
Cambodia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-02-2002)
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.51/5  rDev -36.6%

330ml Can brought back from Cambodia as a gift:
Clear & light, golden straw colour with a tiny head that was bubbly whilst it lasted and then quickly disappeared.

Sweet & grainy with lots of corn and bread making up the nose. There was the odd hint of malts, a sticky sweetness and a generally poor, almost skunky aroma that didn't help things much. Some light citrus towards the end.

Sweet with cheap adjuncts, some rice or bread maybe and a hint of citrus, heavily diluted by water. The taste wasn't up to much at all and came across as quite tasteless and bland with too much sweetness at the end.

Watery and bland with not much going for it other than some weakened citrus and watered down bitterness plus a bucket load of cheap adjuncts. Thin & disappointing with hints of bitterness and not much else.

Another very poor Asian beer and one that I'm surprised I drank with such ease a few years ago. This one was watery, bland and had little going for it in the way of taste yet I can't remember it begin this bad in the past.

08-24-2013 16:29:20 | More by flyingpig
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev +8.4%

A pull-tab can. With a profile of Angkor Wat on the label. Bad-ass.

Pours a frothy white head over a clear golden body. Cereal and light malt are noticeable, but not dominant, in the aroma. There's also trace of hops that seem a bit past their prime. Taste is mildly sweet with low bitterness. It's actually fairly smooth. Low carbonation for a lager with a moderate body that is not too watery.

This is right on par for Southeast Asian lagers, and is fairly innocuous. It's actually better than most of its N. American brethren in this style category. It makes a fine thirst quencher after clambering over Angkorian ruins all day-- and for that matter you cannot knock an archaeological themed beer!

11-03-2007 09:02:32 | More by Shovelbum
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lzepplin01

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

06-03-2014 10:12:38 | More by lzepplin01
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jaydoc

Kansas

2/5  rDev -16%

10-20-2013 13:51:25 | More by jaydoc
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Tepsitola


4.08/5  rDev +71.4%

The most popular beers in Cambodia are infact imported. But this one is brewed in sihanoukville, cambodia. They started the brewering in 1990. The beer and the label is inspired from Angkor Wat, the temple from 1100 by the Khmer-kingdom.It can be bought in USA and Europe.But the big importers are Japan and Canada.

08-31-2012 18:32:59 | More by Tepsitola
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patre_tim

China

3/5  rDev +26.1%

08-20-2014 22:19:00 | More by patre_tim
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beerpirates

Belgium

2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

08-08-2013 11:56:25 | More by beerpirates
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Wintermute

Ontario (Canada)

2.17/5  rDev -8.8%

FCC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I liked it better on-tap than in the bottle. It had better head retention, produced more lace and a stronger hops smell and taste. The hops seemed a bit more resinous from the tap. My guess is that the inprovement had to do with the freshness.

12-13-2004 05:16:19 | More by Wintermute
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morfius85


3/5  rDev +26.1%

12-05-2012 04:40:57 | More by morfius85
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +26.1%

11-07-2012 02:25:11 | More by cfalovo97
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hanwong


3/5  rDev +26.1%

07-12-2012 08:25:40 | More by hanwong
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sd123

Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev +5%

06-01-2012 10:05:00 | More by sd123
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yossarian

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -16%

06-25-2012 20:47:07 | More by yossarian
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bark

Sweden

2.45/5  rDev +2.9%

The colour is straw yellow; the liquid is clear. The two finger head builds with a fizzing sound; it is airy and white. No lacing occurs.

The rather strong smell is very malty with some clean bitter notes and a somewhat sticky sweetness. It is not all fresh.

The taste is sweet with some vegetable hints. I found some notes of old French loaf. There are some clean chemical bitter hints in the background. The aftertaste adds more vegetables, some chemical/artificial bitter flavours and a growing flavour of alcohol.

The carbonation is medium to mild, the small bubbles feels a little tired. The liquid is light, but not watery.

Just another tropical lager, although it became a little better when I had some spicy crisps along with the beer.

05-13-2010 21:13:15 | More by bark
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oOSupremeOo

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev +5%

08-17-2014 19:17:41 | More by oOSupremeOo
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dmorell

Germany

2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

06-24-2014 15:20:24 | More by dmorell
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sprucetip

Alaska

1.55/5  rDev -34.9%

Clear yellow with fizzy but thick, briefly, white head. Looks like your basic adjunct lager, which it is.

With an aggressive swirl I eventually find some straw like sweetness.

A bit of malty sweetness with a mild adjuncty aftertaste. Yuck. After a few bites of Indian food it tastes a little better, with the sweetness stronger and something almost minty, but that is surely from the food. As the food fades the minty becomes adjuncty again.

Benign and thin, with the aforementioned unpleasant aftertaste.

If you've tasted one SE Asian lager, you have tasted them all, with BeerLao regular being a very modest step up, and the BeerLao dark a more significant improvement. For anyone with even the most passing interest in quality beer, this one begs to be slammed fast while ice cold. But on Pub Street in Siem Reap, Cambodia, at 50 cents a draft, it is cheaper than water or a soft drink with your meal.

In defense of Cambodia, versus some of its neighbors, Guinness Foreign Extra can be had in the shops for $1.25, there are a few local stouts, and a couple of Germans available as well.

03-10-2010 02:38:49 | More by sprucetip
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hungryghost

District of Columbia

2.98/5  rDev +25.2%

Pale yellow, slight carbonation creates a small but lasting head. Surprising amount of lacing.
Smells light and fresh. Kinda like air, but not the dusty warm air in Cambodia.
Tasted light, sweet, tiny hop tartness.
Mouthfeel was crisp for about half a second. The beer is thin, watery and perfect for washing down yummy food in Cambodia. Also, if sitting roadside, helpful to clean the dust from yer pallet.
Easy to drink, and really what choice/options did I have.

04-19-2006 23:35:35 | More by hungryghost
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morlboroburn


3/5  rDev +26.1%

06-25-2012 22:56:15 | More by morlboroburn
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

1.73/5  rDev -27.3%

Another Australian International Beer Awards Winner - the signs aren't good. Red and gold label, some Khmer on it and a picture of the famous Angkor Wat, which adorns everything in Cambodia from the flag to the flagstones.

Yellow piss colour. Light carbonation feeds a large-bubbled head, that disappears very quickly into a slight ring of suds.

Slight malty sweetness on the nose, but not much else. Hint perhaps of freshly turned earth, or to put it a better way: dirt. Not great.

Slightly bitter light lager palate. Finish is rather clean, but the beer is ultimately pretty flavourless. Mouthfeel is also quite flat, designed for quick drinking.

More Cambodian swill, I'm afraid. No taste, no character, just bland lager to quench a dry dehydrated thirst.

It's a real shame the Cambodian beer can't stack up to the fabulous Cambodian cuisine - I would have loved something decent to go with their fantastic curries and stir-fries...

01-25-2007 05:05:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
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shivtim

Georgia

2.1/5  rDev -11.8%

Angkor is not that good of a beer, but I would recommend it if you're traveling in Cambodia for one main reason: it's usually available on tap. It looks like a lager; clear yellow with a slight white head. Nose is light and grainy. Taste has some hops at the end, but not much. Mouthfeel is thin. Still, it's fun to drink Angkor with the locals or the other tourists. Maybe sure you shop around before picking a bar to drink this at - prices can be doubled or tripled at "fancier" bars.

08-24-2007 00:16:43 | More by shivtim
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Countpopeula

Oregon

2.93/5  rDev +23.1%

The aroma was a little grassy from the hops and had some sweet malty notes as well. It pores with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Like most lagers, it was a pale straw color and clear. There was almost no lace. The malts were much more prominent on the pallet. The hops were also more citrusy and floral than earthy. There was a sharp mild bitterness. As the beer warms, more of the grain flavor of the malt came out. It finished dry with a very mild, almost sour, bitterness. It had a slightly fuller body than most pale ales, almost a medium body, and had very lively carbonation. It was at least as good as a Bud, but closer in most respects to a Corona.

10-25-2006 23:08:48 | More by Countpopeula
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Aimeeford


2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

07-04-2014 05:28:56 | More by Aimeeford
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

1.94/5  rDev -18.5%

On tap for 50 cents a mug in Siem Reap. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a light golden colour. One finger white head gone fast. Very small amount of carbonation. No lace, no retention.

S - Grainy with crackers or bread. Corn. Sweet grain. Fairly typical.

T - Corn. Yellow lager familiarity. Sweet grain. Very pedestrian.

M - A bit of dryness with corn husk in the finish. Very mild carbonation, medium body. Body is interesting, but carbonation is so off.

O/D - Tasted this 100s of times before. Plain. Unfortunately this is what a lot of the world thinks beer is. Easy to drink, but why?

02-21-2013 12:58:48 | More by tbeckett
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marburg

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -37%

A friend of mine brought some beer back from overseas; the beer was from Korea and Cambodia. This fabulous example of substandard quality was labelled as "The National Beer" of Cambodia. Poor bastards.

The can has neat Cambodian castles/palaces on it. And it has an old-fashioned pull tab, so I kind of felt a bit retro when drinking it -- either that or like I was about to open a can of cheap orange juice. The underside of the tab had the same castle images on it. Exciting!

Looks like your standard pale lager. The head has to have some sort of chemically induced retention because the thin but intense layer of head lasted forever (and because I had a massive f***ing headache about 2 hours after consuming it).

Almost no aroma -- slight grainy aroma of wet weeds. Flavor is more or less the same. I have to give them credit: I could only rate a beer a "1" for taste if it legitimately tasted bad (e.g., Coors Light), but this simply had no taste at all! A real bonus. It's remarkably easy to drink until it gets a bit on the warm side. Then it's like drinking that water that seeps out of the bottom of a pile of old, wet grass.

Yummy.

04-24-2003 11:24:30 | More by marburg
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Angkor Beer from Cambrew / Angkor Brewery
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