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Beerlao Lager - Lao Brewery Co.

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172 Ratings

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 20.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lao Brewery Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-01-2003)
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4.75/5  rDev +56.8%

Aimeeford, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +48.5%

beerlaodark, Jan 23, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +44.6%
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.

UTGrad, Aug 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev +32%

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4/5  rDev +32%

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4/5  rDev +32%

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4/5  rDev +32%

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4/5  rDev +32%

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4/5  rDev +32%

ThirstyBird, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Englandmj7
3.9/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beerlao is best enjoyed in a large, extra cold bottle on the banks of the Mekong River. I was recently in Laos and consumed, on average, 10-15 bottles a day (it's hard not to at $1 for a liter; and that's bar prices!). I bought some in the smaller bottles upon my return to the US from a Thai supermarket and it wasn't as good. May have been a combination of the hot/humid storage conditions and the amount of time the bottles had been sitting on a shelf. Regardless, this is a very refreshing beer that I much prefer to Singha/Tiger/Leo/Chang and other SE Asian beers. Nice crisp taste with no bad aftertaste. Pours a good head and is quite carbonated. Worth a try (if you ever visit Laos, the stuff is 100% unavoidable: only 2 beers served in the whole country)...

Englandmj7, Feb 04, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer multiple times while traveling in Laos. Served cold from a large bottle the beer is clear and golden with a light, white head of foam.
The aroma consists of faint corn and malt scents.
The taste is fresh with a little malt and a crisp clean finish. Nothing bold or overpowering about the flavor, plain and simple.
Very drinkable with food and coversation at a restaraunt or street market.
Believe it or not this beer has won awards in international competitions and is supposed to be one of the most consistently brewed beers in SE Asia.

hungryghost, May 31, 2006
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3.85/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

have readily found the bomber-size bottles of Beerlao Lager in Thailand and Cambodia, all w/ a freshness date stamped on them. Other than Kingdom Lager and Kingdom Dark Lager, this is hands-down the best bet for crisp, clean, lager I've found in SE Asia so far. Spend any time in the blazing heat and humidity of the region and you'll probably discover a deep appreciation for this beer, god knows it may have saved my life on a couple of occasions...

A - very pale gold, proper head for the style, looks like light lager should

S - very little smell, perhaps some faint graininess. any strong smell, or hint of citrus or sour, and you've got an extremely acute sense of smell or, more likely, it's past due

T - very clean and very simple. malts & hops are both virtually unnoticeable, meaning there's very little of either or they're perfectly balanced... or both... OR this was not meant to be over-analyzed but rather downed quickly by someone very hot and very thirsty. of note: unlike other similar beers of the region, this does not gain any unwanted sweetness as it warms

M/F - light, crisp, "refreshing" as it should

O - when looking for a beer during the thick weather of this region, i'm always genuinely thankful when this is available. it is clearly meant to be crisp, clean, and simple (rather than thoughtfully analyzed), as well as to be consumed very soon after bottling. i've had very few other beers of any style that hit their intended mark so well

bat6, Oct 16, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with large army of bubbles racing to towards a modest white head. The smell is a musty sweet corn and light malt aroma. Almost American macro-ey. The taste is a couple notches above the macro scene though and is fairly interesting. It unleashes a nice wave of black pepper, light fruit, faint malt, and a hint of hops. Nice! This is a light bodied brew that finishes slightly dry and it drinks down super easy! I have to say that I enjoyed this beer and would have it again if the scenario was right. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Mar 18, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've actually drunk this in Laos, where it comes in lovely big bottles. The nicest beer in Southeast Asia in my opinion. It's very much a hot country's beer. Beautifully hoppy and refreshing.I think some of the tasters here have sampled compromised stock.

eibeinaka, Jul 12, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

trxxpaxxs, Saturday at 06:20 PM
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3.69/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

patre_tim, May 09, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +21.5%
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!


RonaldTheriot, Jul 12, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
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)

basica, Dec 10, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer from Laos! Apparently this is the national beer of Laos....and tourists apparently love it. So I'm happy to have it over here in the USA.

The smell was almost exclusively of grains...very grainy, presumably from the rice it's made from.

The taste isn't earth shattering, though it's pretty drinkable. The body of the beer has a grain taste to it that has an interesting flavor to it that I struggle to describe, though I'd say that it's certainly from the rice. It's different. The backend, however, is simple. There's a touch of hop bitterness, which finishes the beer pretty dryly....and a whole lot of grain popping up afterwards.

Not bad, but not a top-tier beer either. I could quaff a few of these on a hot day. And hey, it's from Laos!

NODAK, Jan 15, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in Beijing.
330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
Born on date: 1/18/13.
ABV: 5%
Ingredients list water, barley, rice, yeast, hops.

A- Light watery yellow look of a adjunct lager. However the two-finger frothy head actually managed to stick around for a few minutes. Lots of carbonation rushing to the surface.

S- Grain, lemon, a bit of sourness.

T- More bready grain. A hint of peppery lemom. A bit of sulfur.

M- Not as thin as the appearance suggests. Prickly carbonation.

Good carbonation along with a slight acidity make this a very drinkable and refreshing beer. Great on a hot summer day with a plate of spicy peanuts.

beijingbrewer, Aug 18, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 17, 2009
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Beerlao Lager from Lao Brewery Co.
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