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Beerlao Lager - Lao Brewery Co.

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Beerlao LagerBeerlao Lager

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183 Ratings

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by wordemupg:
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2.56/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass april 7 2010

A pale straw yellow with lots of carbonation feeding a nice thumbs width of head that has decent retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S sweet grains and some grassy hops but pretty basic

T as it smells but with a bad rubber flavor aftertaste that's rather unpleasant, almost like someone burnt an eraser unlike anything else I can think of

M light and well carbonated, pretty basic

D I can't focus on anything else other then the bad taste it left in my mouth, takes away from what potential this beer may have had

you may see me drink this if I'm in some south east Asian jungle and this is a safe alternative for water

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 innominat
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev +31.1%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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 HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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 dcbeers
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of intoxabroad
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

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 javlin624
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

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2.25/5  rDev -26.2%

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 cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev +31.1%

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 lzepplin01
3/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Beerlao Lager from Lao Brewery Co.
71 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.