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Beerlao Lager - Lao Brewery Co.

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BA SCORE
71
okay

164 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
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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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 91 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Howlader
1/5  rDev -66.8%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of DogFood11
1.33/5  rDev -55.8%
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.

DogFood11, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of elmocoso
1.35/5  rDev -55.1%
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

elmocoso, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
1.43/5  rDev -52.5%
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.

jdhilt, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
1.78/5  rDev -40.9%
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?

feloniousmonk, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of JBogan
1.83/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

JBogan, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of daliandragon
1.93/5  rDev -35.9%
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...

daliandragon, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of yossarian
2/5  rDev -33.6%

yossarian, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of devildog1775
2/5  rDev -33.6%

devildog1775, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

ATLbeerDog, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
2.05/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

yesyouam, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of shivtim
2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

shivtim, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of Drew966
2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Drew966, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of stoutman
2.13/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

stoutman, May 28, 2012
Photo of mltobin
2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

mltobin, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of dansmcd
2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

dansmcd, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jcubz
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

jcubz, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of sneaks2210
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of johnbosma
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

johnbosma, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of FLima
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
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. Donít let it warm, I started with a higher note and was forced to downgrade it along the degustation.

FLima, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of PacNWDad
2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

PacNWDad, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.33/5  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.

NeroFiddled, May 12, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
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, itís not a beer I would drink too much of unless my choices were very limited.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 25, 2011
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Beerlao Lager from Lao Brewery Co.
71 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.