Beerlao Lager - Lao Brewery Co.

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lao Brewery Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-01-2003

Beerlao is brewed from the best local rice and overseas high quality malt giving it a unique taste. Beerlao was launched in 1973 and has become the best selling and leading brand in Laos. It was also awarded gold medals by various international competitions. Beerlao is one of the most successful exports and is currently available in 13 countries worldwide.
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about three fingers' worth of frothy white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - much like you'd expect a pale lager to smell like...much like a pilsner.

Taste - also much like a typical pilsner type of taste, but with a sweeter taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but does lean a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but not intriguing at all.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Laos is not known for their beer culture, with only two breweries in the whole country. Not much of a selection if you wanted to open up a beer bar and serve local beer, but we guess they make due.

Perfect clarity with a pale straw yellow color, good foaming action here as it pushes up four fingers in height and leaves a thick crowning of white lace on the glass. A delicate but complex aroma; sweet lemon oil, mellow spice and thin, cracker-like graininess. Mild crispness and light-bodied. Faint lemon oil meets a clean and dry graininess. Mild on the hop bitterness, though there is a spiciness within that has a jasmine-like bite. Very faint cooked corn flavor in the back. Finishes slightly husky and dry.

Not half bad, drinkable and refreshing for what it is, and a few odd complexities make this one interesting.

Photo of pat61
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours vbrilliant gold under a 1” white cap that quickly dissipates.
S: Moderate to a little less clean light grain nose.
T: The palate tastes thin with light grains – more rice than malt.
F: Crisp, effervescent, light body.
O: Does not do a very good job masking the lack of malt flavor and texture typical of gluten free beer.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from Laos. It was better than I expected, but it wasn't crazy good either. Pours pale gold into a glass, with a quickly dissipating head, little to almost no lacing. Sweet aromas, easy drinking, and very light in body.

This beer reminds me of a sweeten Pilsner beer.

I would drink this again, I wouldn't go to a store looking for it, but it is something cool to get once and a while or bring to a party of beer drinkers who don't mind trying strange and new things.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a short strange)
A- This beer has a straw yellow crystal clear body with a snow white moussey head that last a bit and is supported by a sea of micro-bubbles that swirl around.
S- The light sulfury note has hints of green as the beer warms but that is it.
T- The soft dry lemon hint fades to a green note in the finish. There is a tap water flavor that comes though as the beer warms and a soft perfume soap note that grows aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz.
D- This beer isn't offensive in flavor or aroma it is just bland.

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml stubby-esque bottle, a nice single grab from Zyn in Cowtown.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, billowy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which recedes rather slowly, doing a pretty good meringue pie topping impression in the meantime, leaving a few random swaths of chunky lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet bready malt, rice pudding, a bit of mild spicy citrus, a touch of metallic flintiness, and soft grassy, floral hops. The taste is quite consistent with the aroma, with a soft bread-dough like malt character, a steady rice patty grainy sweetness, all accented by some increasingly weedy, grassy hops. I also get a sugary medicinal twinge - subtle, but it is indeed there.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, barely a frothy tic manifesting as such, the body a tremulous medium weight, and generally smooth, and damned-near creamy, if only in an airy sense, but still, WTF? It finishes still semi-sweet and bready, rice and grain alike, with an understated, nondescript dryness, that apparently does its job well enough, in the grand scheme of things.

Well, for a lager from one of the tropical countries, one doesn't expect much more than a pale watery thirst quencher, whose headiest attribute is its lack of distance from the nearest fridge. This offering, on the other hand, is stamped from a slightly different press - it possesses a decent malt component, balanced by an adequate, if not overly evident, dryness. I could easily have another of this, given the right conditions.

Photo of cokes
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow with a modest white fluff and streaming jets of carbonation.
A sweet corn and husky grains nose preludes the exact same in the taste. Enters with a honeyed, crackery malt base that quickly shows some adjuncting, probably rice. The middle is husk and grain. It dries at the close, with traces of lingering powdered sugar and flaked maize, and a general seltzer water sense of flavorless wetness.
Light bodied, and actually tremedously downable, especially very cold.
I expected this to be atrocious, but it is pleasantly bland.
I'd grab it over most of the usual suspect US macros.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beerlao Lager pours a mostly clear deep-gold body beneath a finger-thick head of frothy bright white foam. The head retention is good and it leaves rings of craggy lace about the glass with each sip. It's got a great appearance, particularly given the style, but that's all it really has to offer.

In the aroma it displays a husky graininess that implies it was sparged at too high a temperature, and that some astringency will be found in the flavor.

That turns out to be the case, and it displays a sharp, somewhat acidic and harshly bitter generic "beer" flavor. The malt is present, and a bit husky as anticipated, and it's just barely sweet. Hops hardly appear across the palate, although there are some grassy notes in the rather unpleasant and lingering acidic, bitter, and astringent finish.

Badly flawed. To be avoided.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Wave Thai in Queens with my street noddles dish. It wasn't anything special, but it was a nice, well-made lager completely capable of washing down spicy food. Frankly, I'd take this over most Euro lagers. This actually tasted faintly like a Dortmunder Export with soft bready malts and a little bit of body to it. It's certainly the best Asian lager I've had at a Thai place.

Photo of Raligitano
3.37/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After 5 months of beer drinking hell in Thailand I return to Laos. BeerLao owns 99% of the Laotian beer market, which is a good thing. It's a small shining spot in SE Asia's rather desolate brewing scene.

Poured into a BeerLao glass. A strong foamy head lingers for a while as rising bubbles coat the inside of the glass. The liquid has a dark yellow piss color.

Smell is a little woody and malty but not unpleasant. "Same same" for the flavor. If a Singha beer went down smooth instead of making me gag, it would taste like this. Mouthfeel is a little greasy and the bubbles tickle...ooh. A little bad odor lingers in the mouth.

Many ex-pats in Thailand look forward to a Lao visa run so that they can stock up on Beerlao. It's nothing amazing, but it's very drinkable and you can down several bottles for cheap ($0.70) without suffering the Insta-hangover that comes from Thai beer. It must be the sand-filtered water.

Photo of ordybill
4.11/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA.
Aroma- Not much there maybe some grain and rice
Appearance- Pours the traditional Asian beer clear pale yellow color. Had a nice thick white head
Taste- Had a nice flavor of malt and grains, a little thin on the flavor side. but still pretty good.
Palate- A light bodied medium carbonated beer. Has a dry finish
Overall- My first beer from Laos, not bad. I would drink this again

Photo of basica
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber golden color into my Samuel Adams Globe pint glass with a thick head that quickly reduces to a pleasant half-finger thick milky white layer with clear lacing on the side and active fizzling (4)

S - Mild nose of malts and light grassy hop aromas as well as hints of citrus and a light dash of spice. Pretty interesting for a mass lager. (3.5)

T - Malts upfront, backed nicely with some grassy hops, meeting some spices and a mild, short-lived bitterness in the middle. A pleasant lemonish citrus zest shows up towards the finish followed by a dash of light biscuity malts at the back. The flavor was light but definitely well-balanced and ever so very slightly complex for the style. May have been a 4 had the flavors been slightly stronger. (3.5)

M - Light-bodied with minimal carbonation bite and watery-foamy smoothness. Pretty smooth for the style and really may deserve a tad higher a rating on this. (3.5)

D - A mass lager that's of surprising quality in all sense; pleasant, well-balanced flavors with a watery-foamy smoothness that makes it so drinkable and sessionable. Beer Lao is definitely impressive for its style. (4.0)

Photo of UTGrad
4.35/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Typical straw color of macro lagers with slight lacing in the glass.

Smell: Nice, crisp lager smell without the skunk.

Taste: I love this beer...very full taste and one I will definately try again.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Drinkability: Very good...

I've never tried a beer from former French Indochina but this one did not disappoint. It was a full bodied lager that was enjoyable. I hope I can find a six pack.

Photo of tone77
3.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, some malts. Taste is crisp, malts and grains, not bad but kind of mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is easy drinking but nothing special.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a lemon-gold with a brilliant clarity and a foamy 2 finger head that was bone white. The head lapsed to a patchy covering but only after a fair amount of time. The lacing was weak, failing to cling to the glass sides while a steady shower of carbonation rises upwards.

S: The nose was fresh corn right from the stalk complete with the green stalky leafs. Unfortunately there wasn't much else to go on here. The initial impression upon first opening delivered a strong skunky dms aroma, but thankfully this did not come through while in the glass. Overall for a pale lager was average, and non-offending.

T: The flavor opens with sweet buttery corn and cereal grains with a soft green herbal hopping. The flavor soon turns to a green melon fruitiness and light spicy hopping. The finish finds a buttery corn malting with a fresh herbal hop fade. Overall the flavor was fair, a bit buttery sweet but no worse then many other examples per style.

M: light, and slick on the tongue with a soft carbonation.

D: Average drinkability and average enjoyability. Better then anticipated, no qualms about finishing, but unlikely this would ever draw me in again.

Photo of Spikester
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with two fat fingers of pure white head that lasts. Still has a small white head after most of the way down. Leave a lot of lace on the sides.
Smell is lightly malty and a bit of pungency from the rice. No skunk.
Taste is sweet malt and rice with a nice twang of noble hop bitterness in the finish.
Medium body and ample carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp. Refreshing.
Overall an excellent example of the Euro lager style. Better than most I have tried.
I am surprised to be honest I wasn't expecting much. From a handsome 500ml can.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a golden yellow with light head, and decent tracing.
S-Light malt, grain, faint, faint hops.
T-Slightly sweet light malt, smooth grain, faint hops, and light mineral finish.
M-Good moderate carbonation, light-bodied, and smooth. Balance leans a tad toward the sweet side.
D-Actually quite decent. This is one of the better lagers I've had from countries not known for their brewing know-how.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle drank at SEA Restaurant in Rochester, NY.

I drank this one out of the bottle, but I'm fairly sure this one is light, pale yellow, and fizzy.

Smells a bit metallic and corny. Doesn't smell like a whole lot else. I doesn't smell offensive per se, kinda just smells bland like any other mass market lager.

This has an interesting bitterness that's likely from the rice, and a bit of something metallic, with some corny and grassy flavors as well. It's pretty watery and bland, but at least it's not offensive. There's almost nothing to it, though.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel. The carbonation level is pretty high. I guess it's sorta refreshing, it's kinda like drinking beer-ish water.

Not horrible, but not unlike any other shitty international light lager.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a pale yellow amber. Thin film on top with a ring around the glass leaving a bit off slippery lacing. Faint aroma of biscuit malt and wheat. Taste is mild, but pleasant sweet bready malt with a somewhat dry crackery finish with a slight hop kick. Not much here, but overall well balanced and refreshing to drink. I'd definitely consider this again as a beer with dinner.

Photo of buschbeer
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of white head. It is yellow in color. It has a sweet adjunct lager smell to it. There is nothing special about this beer. It is not as bad as I anticipated, but it's not something I will seek out again. It reminds me of an adjunct lager all the way around.

Can Chen!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beerlao has a thick, white head, an initially clear, yellow-golden appearance (which, when one swishes and pours out the bottom third, has lots of little brown flecks floating about), with streaming bubbles and a bit of lacing down the glass. The aroma is of sweet, mild barley malt, and the taste is of sweetness, some sourness, sugar, malt, cracker, paper, grain husk, alcohol, and a touch of hop bitterness to balance it. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and the finish is crisp, clean, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer. Try some!


Photo of metter98
2.97/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a slight bit of sweetness with flavors of corn and rice as well as a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable but nothing really stands out about the taste that would want to make me want to try this again.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.52/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 330ml bottle of 5.0% ABV Beerlao Lager. Best before 1st April 09, drank 17th March 09. Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip shaped glass.

I have drank many beers in my quest to find the worst lager in the world and I have now found this beer from Laos, how did it compare with some of the worlds worst, read on.

Typical lager/pilsner look, golden, bright and clear. Like so many others the head started off large and snow white in colour, only to fade very swiftly to a collar and wispy covering.

No aroma at all, gets my standard no-smelling lager score of 3. There could be a hint of some cereal, but don't ask me which one.

the taste suprised me, one of the best 'rice lagers' for flavour I think I've had. There is an unusual richness to the beer, for a lager anyway. It would hold up against a lot of the German Pilsners I've tasted over the years and is head and shoulders above most Oriental ones.

Not bad at all, one of the joys of drinking round the world (as I am trying to do) is finding little gems like this in the most unlikely places.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This may be the first Laos brewed beer I have ever tried. Let's give it a shot.

It pours a clear pale golden with plenty of carbonation bubbles rapidly flowing to create a somewhat stiff looking white head that leaves some lacing.
Aromas are grainy, grassy, and sweet. No skinkiness, that's always a winner with a euro lager.
The flavor matches with less bitterness and more sweetness than expected.
The mouthfeel is slightly better than most Euro pale lagers out there.
Should I ever find myself in Laos, I wouldn't mind going for this, but it is certainly not worth seeking out here in the US. Thanks to my local bottle shop for the sample.

Photo of patre_tim
3.66/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden with a slight orange tinge, almost no visible carbonation, filtered, 1 finger of creamy slightly yellow head. Fair lacing.

S: Malt, hops, very faint, very American Adjunct Lagerish.

T: Malty, slight hops, thick and somewhat bready, I get a hit of yeast that fades fast near the end that is slightly sourdough.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation. Thicker than I’d thought it would be.

O: Good body, nice taste but not outstanding. Certainly great for this part of the world. Hits the spot and is cheap for this area, cool can. Goes great with pub food, and would be great with Lao/ Thai fare.

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Beerlao Lager from Lao Brewery Co.
71 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.