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Beerlao Lager - Lao Brewery Co.

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 199
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 20.54%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lao Brewery Co. visit their website
Laos

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: 105 | Hads: 199
Photo of DogFood11
1.32/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale straw color with little head and no retention. mild carbonation.

Cooked vegetables, dry hay are up front. Its not very clean or crisp. Kind of dirty and watered. mild peppered hop presence tries to lift this beer out of the cellar but it falls short.

Notes: Pass on this one. A filthy finish leaves the palate greased and filmy. Sweetened malts are annoying as well. Ughhhh. (382 characters)

Photo of elmocoso
1.33/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I got this beer at the 99Cent store 2 for 99 cents. THought i would try it just to rate it.

It is not good. It is a slightly hazy gold with little to no head. The thing that sticks out the most is the small black particals floating around in it.

The smell is very unatural. There is a sweetness there but i can not place it. Kind of fruity, like a zinfendel. Not what im looking for in a pale lager.

I would not recomend this beer. It is not natural. It may be better consumed in its native land.

el_mocoso (518 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
1.4/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Very light carbonation and light bodied. Skunky nose. Starts almost sweet, corny just as bad as Macau beer, hops at the finish. Far eastern countries have trouble making good beer. Bought this only to add a new country to my collection. $1.50 for a 330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or. (394 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
1.74/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My first Laotian lager, hurrah!

A profile of a big cat is featured on the cap, and in miniature on the label. 11.125 ounces, rather odd..Brewed & bottled by Lao Brewry Co, Ltd., Vientiane Lao, P.D.R...but let's forget about the bottle and pour out the contents.

Very pale and pure yellow appearance, with a crisp, swiftly departing snow-white head above.

Aroma....smelly, stinky, skunky..not good, spoiled vegetables and bad water...phooey, me no like.

Taste: harsh initial appearance in the mouth, sharp and citric, big carbonation, but not redeemed by flavor, or mouthfeel, or anything at all.
It's wet, and it's alcoholic, and it contains a grain or two more flavor than Bud Light...,
... but, honestly, this falls squarely into the must avoid category.
Unless you're a cuckoo bird like me, who just HAS TO TRY IT!
You build your own heaven or hell...guess which one this is...?

post script...halfway in, it's not so bad...maybe I warmed up to it? (972 characters)

Photo of JBogan
1.86/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A hard pour yields a small white head which quickly turns into a thin film atop a bright gold body and leaves minimal lacing.

Smells extremely sweet and grainy along with the dreaded "skunk in a cornfield" aroma.

Taste was no better. Very sweet, grassy and one dimensional.

Mouthfeel was thin and could have used more carbonation. It did have a smoothness to it however.

This is not a beer I'd care to put to my lips again. (427 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yes, it's just another boring lager from a foreign country I'll likely never get a chance to visit but it has a tiger on the label, and some cool script I can't remotely read. That's good enough these days. Straw golden with white head that caps in a minute or two. Sigh. Nose has a little citrus or berry with the grainy rice.

Taste is interesting but not really in a good way. I mean, yeah, it's just grainy rice with an astringent, sawdust like finish but there is something else foreign on the palate. Mouthfeel isn't helping at all. Not quite a drain pour but closer than I'd like. But, hey, Laos... (606 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a twelve ounce bottle - Pours a clear pale yellow. Below average carbonation, and lacing. Smells of mild malts and mild hops...maybe some rice? First sip is surprisingly lighter than expected , some mild bitterness. Weak malt backbone. On a whole not very good. (266 characters)

Photo of stoutman
2.08/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this one in Ventiane. Pours clear light golden with a small white head. Aroma is nearly nothing. Taste is mild sweet grainy, thin body, some wet paper as well. Definitely nothing special here. A locally popular rice beer that in my opinion is just something cold to drink. (278 characters)

Photo of shivtim
2.1/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tried this one in Cambodia. Pours out of the can looking like you'd expect- mostly like clearish pee but with a big white head that vanishes quickly. Nose is... well... a simple lager. Bit musty too. Taste is slightly sweet, with a bit of hops at the end. Not too much going on, but it's not gross.
Fits in well with most of the other beers from this region. (360 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.12/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beerlao Lager pours a golden yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy and a touch sweet. The flavor is very light, grainy, perhaps a touch of grass. A tad astringent, such that it's making me thirsty to drink it. I can't really taste any hops and only a note of sweetness that I would identify as malt. Not terrible, I didn't expect much, nor does this deliver much. (426 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
2.14/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Beerlao Lager is a slightly hazy pale gold with a fluffy white head that has nice retention and lacing. There is spice and funk in the aroma. It smells fruity and sweaty. Is that a touch of coconut? It smells strange, but sexy. It's pretty light bodied and sudsy. The quick finish leaves the tongue a little numb. There is no bitterness and no sweetness. A strong, funky taste washes up and then vanishes. There does seem to be a touch of coconut in here. Am I crazy? There's a fusel taste toward the finish. It took me a lot of willpower to finish this little bottle. (568 characters)

Photo of mltobin
2.21/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I was at the local package doing a mix a six, I decided to throw in this beer from Laos just for kicks.
The appearance is a very light yellow, mostly see-through with a 1/2 finger head to it. The smell is some sugar and light alcohol, that is all that my nose detects. The taste is more of a light sweetness, some of the basic barley tastes coming through. Mouthfeel is about the same, below average. Drinkability is ok, would work to pair with food when you are very hungry or had a few beers... So I can say I have drank this beer now, but I do not plan on drinking it ever again. (588 characters)

Photo of muldersha
2.24/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Had from a 500mL can purchased in Portland, OR. Sticker on the can says "Naturally Gluten Free GMO Free," however it still lists malted barley as an ingredient.

Pours a very light straw color with a large cotton white head that is quick to dissipate, Leaves little to no lacing.

Metallic, skunky aromas dominate out the gate, but there are more subtle herbal and grainy aromas of tart apples, grass, unripe pineapple, cantaloupe, sake, and rice candy.

Light bodied with subtle malty and fruity flavors coming before a herbal and bitter finish.

Not bad. A step up from Heineken, but not really anything special. (621 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear and pale yellow gold in colour, one finger of frothy white head appears yet disappears just as fast. Small spots of lace.

S - Clean floral and rice aromas balanced with some cracker malt.

T - Pretty same old macro profile minus the corn, grass and lemon skunked up with an old coin.

M - Highly carbonated and thin bodied.

O - At least they use a brown bottle. (373 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
2.26/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank the standard 11.2oz (330ml) brown bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Light, golden color. Decent amount of head (1cm) that lasts little while. Some lace on side of glass. Bubbles continue to stream from the bottom of the glass for 30 minutes or more.

S: Not much here. Slightly malty, corn syrup aroma. Hops does not come out.

T: Standard, slightly bitter, slightly sweet Asian lager. A bit coppery in the finish. This would complement noodles or fried rice extremely well.

M: A very refreshing beer, best served well-chilled. Nicely carbonated. Smooth and easy finish.

O: A pleasant beer. I think it would be great ice cold in the tropical heat of Laos. (667 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Golden color with a two finger fluffy head with low retention.
Initially it brings more bready malt than average for the style with hints of booze, sulfur, honey, floral hops and non-malted cereals.
Flavor of malt sweetness and cereals with hints of booze, lemon, floral hops and oxidation.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
If on one hand, it is hoppier and uses rice as opposed to corn; on another hand it has a strong oxidation and sulfuric notes. Don’t let it warm, I started with a higher note and was forced to downgrade it along the degustation. (564 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.31/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, some adjuncts and little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some honey and light malt sweetness, followed by some breadiness from the thin malt character and lager yeast. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a beer I would drink too much of unless my choices were very limited. (750 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.31/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Light pale maltiness with a distant, displeasing staleness. Don't you dare do this to me, Beer Lao.

Taste: Light pale malts and rice with a light cereal sweetness. Slight stale quality throughout. Minor hop character and bitterness. And that's really about it till the "Himilayan spring water" watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, a tad watery. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A beer to not only unite an entire nation of peoples but also to supremely represent a country that traces its ancient origins all the way back to the Kingdom of Lan Xang -- Land of a Million Elephants. Man, that's a pretty tall order, but as Laos is a relatively impoverished and oppressed place, I'd say Beer Lao really fits the bill. (797 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.36/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.41/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

I was lucky enough to indulge in part of a 500 ml can. Beerlao's best characteristic is that it's relatively inoffensive. However, Beerlao doesn't have much flavor to begin with. It's clean and gets you a buzz, which I suspect is better than drinking directly from the local water supply in Vientaine. (301 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.42/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of some citrus and a bit of malt sweetness, just a bit musty.

T: Taste is quite bland with some mild citrus and malt sweetness with a trace of fruit in the background. Just a bit of bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, fairly smooth but quite bland.

O: Goes best with a tropical climate. (398 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours clear yellow with a fizzy white head and minimal lacing.

Light scented -- some sweet vegetable and grain notes

Rice and barley dominate this one, with sweet grain flavors and hiccup of hop bitterness in every sip. Very macro, with a watery funkiness that I cannot pin down. The hop bitterness helps, but there's also a sourness in the aftertaste (if you space out the sips), like an over-boiled vegetable.

Well carbonated -- this is made for washing down spicy food.

I won't try this one again. Went ok with my Vietnamese cuisine, but I could have chosen any beer offered and it would have had the same effect. A mouth washer at best. I can't imagine sitting at home and sipping one of these, let alone having a 6 to get through. (739 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
2.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear gold color with little head that laces nicely.

S: Corn, grain

T: Grainy, malty, sweet and a touch of sour bitters.

M: Dry, thin, a little carbonation but mostly just wet.

O: I probably wouldn't drink it again. Fortunately, the reason I picked it up is because it was the last one available in my store and I didn't want to miss out at least trying it. It has some interesting notes but it's a little too foreign for my personal taste. (455 characters)

Photo of TheClassical
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I just finished a long trip through SE Asia, and Beer Lao was the best "national" beer I enjoyed on the trip, better than anything offered in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, or Malaysia. But winning the "best beer in Southeast Asia" crown is like living near a sewage treatment plant: even the best is still near shit.

Why is Beer Lao the best of the SE Asian brews? Maybe it's because it's made at a big brewery you can't help but pass on the way in to (or out of) Vientiane, and so you know the stock is fresh, and the good folks of Laos keep it nice and cold (take notes, China). Maybe it's because their dark lager is actually drinkable. Or maybe it's because in a whole subcontinent of cheap beer, Beer Lao is the cheapest. Anyway, I'll be reviewing the large, 660mL bottle that you can find pretty much anywhere in Laos.

Into a nice clear pint glass we get a respectable foamy head that lingers with decent lacing, but halfway through, the head simmers into nothingness. All in all, the appearance is nothing mind-blowing, but looks inviting enough. The smell is again nothing special, just a weakly consistent aroma of grain and a generic, barely-there malt with standard lager-smell. Even in the middle of a dry Laos January it's a very indistinct, not especially impressive, but certainly not poor lead-up to the first sip.

The taste at first seemed dull and simple, with very few standout flavors. A second sip reveals a crisp tasty flavor, slightly sweet but nothing too strong. The carbonation was average, which seems to be the standard for this beer. The finish is as simple as the rest of the beer, a simple lagery dryness with just a tinge of malt.

So in the end, Beer Lao is really nothing special, in the grand scheme of things, but it's cheap and cheerful; it's tastier and far more drinkable than anything else out there in Laos, or in the rest of SE Asia. It won't leave your skull thumping after a few (like Beer Chang), and it just tastes better than Singha. Drink up while you're there, but don't bother bringing any home. (2,048 characters)

Photo of brendan13
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a very light golden colour with an inch of white fluffy head. A bit of lacing is left behind.
S - Some grassy & grainy notes.
T - Slighty sweet grain maltiness with a bit of a crisp herbal/grassy touch.
M - Pretty light bodied, high carbonation.
D - Not horrible & I guess OK in hot SE Asian weather. Wouldn't drink by choice though. (362 characters)

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Beerlao Lager from Lao Brewery Co.
70 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.