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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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a pale yellow amber. Thin film on top with a ring around the glass leaving a bit off slippery lacing. Faint aroma of biscuit malt and wheat. Taste is mild, but pleasant sweet bready malt with a somewhat dry crackery finish with a slight hop kick. Not much here, but overall well balanced and refreshing to drink. I'd definitely consider this again as a beer with dinner. (420 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +23.9%
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!

RJT (572 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.47/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: reasonable light brown bottle, chinsy and sparkly south-east asian label, if that's your thing...

Appearance: decent, light straw with average head, reasonable lacing.

Aroma: malt, grassy hops and rice grains. Quite light.

Taste: light and bready malts, quite sweet rice undertone with some grassy hops. Unlike most Asian beers with rice for filler, this one actually adds a nice sweet flavour.

Aftertaste: disappears quickly, some rice sweetness remains.

Mouth feel: quite clean, a little heavier than a lot of lagers, but still light-to-medium body. Mid carbonation. Quite nice.

Overall: quite a surprise. I expected this beer to be awful thanks to its origins and the bottle, but it turned out to be quite good. Decent lager with an unusual rice sweetness undertone, as opposed to the rice simply being filler in most Asian beers. (847 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 BDIMike
3.57/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. A lot of carbonation, but only a thin white head that dissipates very quickly.
Smell is very sweet for a Euro Pale Lager. The wheat base can be smelled, but there is a very sweet corn smell dominating.
Taste is very sweet as well. A lot of sweet malts and a sugary aftertaste.
Mouthfeel has a very crisp and carbonated feel. At first it is refreshing, but then it almost hurts it is so strong.
Drinkability is good on this beer. Very crisp, refreshing, balanced beer. However, after a while the sweetness and strong kick to the mouth gets old. Surprised by how nice this beer is. (607 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.28/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about three fingers' worth of frothy white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - much like you'd expect a pale lager to smell like...much like a pilsner.

Taste - also much like a typical pilsner type of taste, but with a sweeter taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but does lean a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but not intriguing at all. (519 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another of the massive delivery courtesy of local beer trader, Tone77, who seems to keep me plied with bottles from every inch of the globe.

I decided to just dive right in with my pour and get the party started. I got two-plus foamy fingers of bone-white head and it looked like Fluf atop the beer. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and I knew that I was not going to be winning any points in Greg Koch's eyes by drinking it, but I am not in the business of trying to impress others. Nose had that sweetish lager-like characteristic that I find hard to define, but easy to recognize. I also did not recognize any adjunct smells, so things were definitely looking up. Mouthfeel was medium and I was getting the honey-like sweetness of pure unadulterated lager on my tongue. Winning! Man, I CANnot tell you how many bad AALs I have put up with in pursuit of The CANQuest (TM), but it has been enough to make me appreciate a simple lager, free of adjuncts. Mmmmm. Finish was semi-dry and it begged for a pretzel to go with it and by coincidence, I had a bag of Hammond's Pretzels on-hand for just such an occasion (like any time that I am drinking beer). Don't bother to seek this out, but do be aware that better lagers exist than the BMC AAL type of lager. (1,277 characters)

Photo of irrgalaxy
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light yellow color; large amounts of head for a pale lager

S: Undistinguished; crisp, but no strong scents

T: Lower hops than usual, with some bitterness at the end. Notes of lemon, and a definite rice taste toward the end.

M: Cool and refreshing; easy to drink quickly

O: Excellent on a hot day, especially in Laos (I imagine). Nothing particularly distinguishes this from a number of similar lagers I've had, especially from countries in Asia or Africa without a strong brewing culture. (496 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow with a finger tall fizzy white head. The head reduces slightly but there is quite a bit of head retention over the course of the beer (about 50%). There is moderate amounts of visible carbonation. Moderate amounts of lacing are present.

S: There is not a heck of a lot of aroma to this beer but what I do detect is malts, grassy hops, a touch of rice or grain, and just a hint of skunkiness.

T: The flavor is primarily malty (light and bready) with hints of sweetness as if from honey. Some grassy hops are present and there is a nice touch of bitterness in the finish to help balance the sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation - slightly on the thin/watery side, better mouthfeel while it is colder. This beer has a rather crisp finish.

O: I was surprised, I was not expecting the beer to be quite as refreshing as it was due to the average score. I found the beer to be quite refreshing and easy to drink. While I might not run out to get this frequently, I certainly would not turn it down (and I consider myself to be a bit of a beer snob). This would pair nicely with real spicy foods - in fact I wish I had some to go with this beer tonight. (1,236 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.02/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (251 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 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 flyingpig
3.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear & light straw coloured with a two-fingered size, foamy white head that has very good retention, managing to stay without receding for well over two minutes.

Some light malts & faint grassy hops, a fair bit of adjuncts such as vegetables and possibly rice. There is a bit of grain in there as well & a very faint amount of skunk towards the end.

Grassy hops and some vegetable adjuncts to begin with and some faint lager malts. The flavour is basic but very nice. There is some mild honey and a touch of lemon.

Very smooth & very creamy feeling, the beer is light bodied and goes down incredibly well with a beautiful crisp finish.

Up there with the best lagers I have ever tried, it may not be quite as good as I remember when drinking it on the banks of the Mekong but it is still a great beer.

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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 bat6
3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
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 (1,473 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear gold topped by a thin white mousse. Looks about like every other pale lager on the planet. Nothing special here.

S: Subtle aromas of mineral water, straw, grass, and honey are present on the nose. Again, this beer smells like most other commercial pale lagers.

T: A creamy, smooth, and relatively rich entry leads to notes of honey, heavy cream, minerals, vanilla, grass, lemon, and straw. The finish is clipped with notes of lemon, straw, and grass.

M: Medium-bodied with a spritzy, carbonated feel to it that is about what one would expect for a beer of this type. Compared to most other mainstream Asian lagers, the mouthfeel of Beerlao is pretty substantial.

O: Not terrible. Actually, it's pretty solid for an Asian lager, even displaying some likable qualities. Not something I'd reach for on a regular basis, but not bad. (850 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 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 thierrynantes
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2011 (in Vanola Restaurant, Nantes).

Appearance : golden clear color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : moderate malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : watery and grassy flavours.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Pale Lager. (279 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (1,560 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw yellow apperance with foamy white head that quickly disappears. Smell is medicinal, very sweet with a hint of grain.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet and medicinal. Picked up some grain and odd spices to it as well. Has a hint of citrus and malt to it. Light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering sweetness.

Overall, reminds me of the bargain beers in Canada. Good for the novelty of drinking a beer from Laos (a country not know for beer). If you get ahold of a bottle, don't hesitate to try it out for that reason. Nothing special though. (571 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 Everydayoff
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 330ml bottle into a pils glass with filling date on Dec'10 but no best before date.

Slightly pale yellow color with thick white frothy head that retain for average time and leave plenty of nice lacing stick. Carbonation is little to medium.

Blend with malt and grain with hint of hop spice.

Graininess, malt sweet, mild hop bitterness all flavors are mellow and quite balance nothing too sharp or overtone. Finish by rice grain.

Light body, mild yet crisp with dry finish.

This was my revisited after I had plenty during my trip to Laos good to see it available on local beer store. Good drinkable and nice refreshing against the local climate here. (676 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 NODAK
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
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! (751 characters)

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