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Beerlao Lager - Lao Brewery Co.

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105 Reviews

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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

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 cokes
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellowish gold with a good sized head of cotton white thanks to a high altitude pour. A pretty nice look, all things considered. Its appearance is superior to the two light macro lagers that I tasted during a recent head-to-head smackdown. The cap maintains some firmness as it falls and streaks the glass with vertical rivulets of thin, sudsy froth.

Standard macro lager nose of (more) sweet (than most) grain and perhaps a touch of hops. Beer Lao doesn't smell all that bad and I might even say that it's rather pleasant in a low expectations kind of way. There are no off-aromas of any kind; always a good thing.

'Tutti-frutti' came to mind as I assessed the nose, but I thought I was hallucinating. The beer tastes just like it smells and I'll be damned if it doesn't taste 'tutti-frutti' as well. I'm not sure that I could take much more than one bottle since the candyish flavor would undoubtedly wear pretty thin after a while. It isn't sweet like candy (though it is somewhat sweet, for beer). That description seems pretty unsatisfactory on re-reading, but it'll have to do. And it isn't nearly as bad as it sounds.

The flavor doesn't degrade within each mouthful, nor does it change all that much from beer entry to beer exit. As well, it doesn't seems to be worsening with warming (a minor miracle). The mouthfeel is light, but nowhere near watery, and contains an enlivening amount of carbonation.

Beer Lao was something of a surprise. It's definitely different from anything that I've had before and is pretty okay, though offbeat. I'll order it in a heartbeat if I ever find myself in a Laotian restaurant. Strangely enough, I was recently given directions to the favorite Laotian restaurant of a Laotian acquaintance of mine. Perhaps I'll pop in some evening and see if Beer Lao is on the menu. (1,826 characters)

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3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
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! (542 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
2.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.25 oz (330 mL) brown bottle, capped, MFG Date stamped on label (031025).

This beer poured a clear, light yellow color with very little carbonation but with creamy white foam that settled fairly quickly. The smell was mildly malty with a bit of hops and a touch of grain. The taste was light: malt, some hop bitterness, some sweetness, and a grain/corn flavor. The mouthfeel was crisp with light body and low carbonation. The slightly sweet flavor lingered. This beer was OK as a complement to spicy Laotian food, but I would not seek it out otherwise. (557 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)

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