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Beerlao Lager - Lao Brewery Co.

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107 Reviews

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 205
Avg: 2.98
pDev: 28.19%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | 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: 107 | Hads: 205
Photo of yesyouam
2.14/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of NODAK
3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

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Photo of basica
3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
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)

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Photo of philphilphil
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudyish yellow and has thick white head.
Smells lager with a touch of lemon, not bad, not amazing.
Tastes pretty much the same.
Mouthfeel is average.
Pretty good for the price it is, i could drink a six pack of this next time im getting smashed.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Wave Thai in Queens with my street noddles dish. It wasn't anything special, but it was a nice, well-made lager completely capable of washing down spicy food. Frankly, I'd take this over most Euro lagers. This actually tasted faintly like a Dortmunder Export with soft bready malts and a little bit of body to it. It's certainly the best Asian lager I've had at a Thai place.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Yellow/lemon color with a bright white head. There is some yeast at the bottom of the bottle and floating around in the beer itself.

S-Noble which have a lemon, grassy, and spicy character. There is also some malt.

T-Very balanced between hops and malts. Not a strong flavor, but what sticks out is some lemon and just a hint of caramel. The noble hops become more present as it warms. While it is watery and isn't packed with flavor it is very refreshing.

M-Thicker than expected and sticky.

D-This is one drinkable beer. I could drink this all day and would love to drink it alongside some Asian food.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Its very tasty and easy to drink. One of the best examples of the style I have had.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beerlao Lager
12 oz green bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a mustard yellow with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Decent head on top with good trails.

Funky aroma of sweetness and skunk traces.

Surprisingly I found this beer at my local my Stop & Shop. In many ways, it was what I expected, yet I was pleasantly surprised. A euro and asian lager combo. Sweet malts with some grassy flavors.

I think there is a nice lager yeast in here, because I find this beer pretty smooth. I'd like to pair this beer up with some Thai or Chinese food. An interesting beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Laos is not known for their beer culture, with only two breweries in the whole country. Not much of a selection if you wanted to open up a beer bar and serve local beer, but we guess they make due.

Perfect clarity with a pale straw yellow color, good foaming action here as it pushes up four fingers in height and leaves a thick crowning of white lace on the glass. A delicate but complex aroma; sweet lemon oil, mellow spice and thin, cracker-like graininess. Mild crispness and light-bodied. Faint lemon oil meets a clean and dry graininess. Mild on the hop bitterness, though there is a spiciness within that has a jasmine-like bite. Very faint cooked corn flavor in the back. Finishes slightly husky and dry.

Not half bad, drinkable and refreshing for what it is, and a few odd complexities make this one interesting.

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Photo of flagmantho
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale straw hue with a touch of haze, which I'm not used to in beers of this style. Tons of apparent effervescence in the body. Head is three fingers of pillowy white foam. Not too bad, but a bit pale and non-clear for me.

Smell: mostly inoffensive aroma of raw grain. Luckily, there are none of the unpleasant off aromas I usually associate with this kind of graininess; still, it's not my favorite aroma of all time.

Taste: light, malty/grainy flavor. There's actually some noticeable malt flavor here; not too bad, though there is then a sour touch at the end which isn't too great. Hops are very mild and contribute to a low but pleasing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: pretty light body, bordering on watery, but the carbonation is quite high which I tend to like. Call it average.

Drinkability: boy, this has been one middle-of-the-road beer. It's drinkable in a pinch, but it isn't outstanding in any particular area (for better or for worse).

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Photo of UTGrad
4.35/5  rDev +46%
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.

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Photo of Chizoad
2.65/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow with a pure white 2 finger head that faded fast. Nothing special.

Definitely some sweet malts on the nose, and that's just about the only thing it tastes like. Sugary to a fault, like they should have let it keep fermenting for a while rather than bottling it and serving it to me. Doesn't taste bad though.

Light beer, a little low on carbonation which as a result doesn't balance out the sugar. Too sweet to really be that drinkable. I think the Beerlao Dark is a good bit better.

But hey it's Laotian Beer! So why not if you have the chance.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Extremely pale yellow color. Extremely clear too. One finger white and fluffy head which lasts a bit leaving only few laces around
S: Despite of simple, its smell is quite disappointing. Sweet grains and malts, basically. Not much hops
T: Pretty much like the smell. Very light and malty. Dry and with a not bad light bitter end
M: Very light body with a noticed carbonation
D: Not bad but extremely watery beer. Very "Asian" Lager with notes of rice which does not help too much

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Photo of wordemupg
2.56/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass april 7 2010

A pale straw yellow with lots of carbonation feeding a nice thumbs width of head that has decent retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S sweet grains and some grassy hops but pretty basic

T as it smells but with a bad rubber flavor aftertaste that's rather unpleasant, almost like someone burnt an eraser unlike anything else I can think of

M light and well carbonated, pretty basic

D I can't focus on anything else other then the bad taste it left in my mouth, takes away from what potential this beer may have had

you may see me drink this if I'm in some south east Asian jungle and this is a safe alternative for water

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Photo of Shadman
3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tough to find fault in how this lager looks. Crystal clear pale amber colour, very impressive, rich, foamy white head and absolute gobs of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Grainy malts, a musty hint of aroma that smells slightly like canned mushrooms, faint grassy hop.

Very light in taste intially. HInt of sweetness, with a very light maltiness that gets overshadowed slightly but spicy euro hop. Annoying metallic twang towads the end. Finish is quite dry.

Acceptable mouthfeel for an Asian lager. Light, with nice carbonation

Would pair well with Thai food.

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Photo of utah44
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into standard pint glass revealed a minimal head which did not persist the requisite amount of time to impress most folks. Carbonation seems to be minimal. Yellow color typical of many beers of this type. Smell was pleasing despite being minimal. Taste was surprisingly good with hints of the normal ingredients for this type of beer. Mouthfeel was about as good as it gets for this type of beer. This was an average lager but not without merit. I would consider drinking this brew again if ever I encounter it in a package store.

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Photo of sprucetip
2.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Clear, piss yellow, mild/moderate activity, copious big bubble foam with some retention. Looks like a macro lager.

Smell absolutely nothing at first. Maybe just the faintest sprinklinof ops and some grainy maltiness. All of which come a little stronger, as it warms (which is something to avoid with this and all Asian lagers), but still not much.

Same grainy malty sweetness as the nose, and some barely perceptible hops. Sometimes it is enjoyable when the weather is hot and the beer cold. But I have been generous with my score in the taste category, as it is a cut above the others in the region (though that isn't saying much). To me, it does taste like it is all malt, or at least with less adjunct than the others.

Actually has some body to it, and doesn't feel as thin as the others. Finishes pretty clean.

The teen waitress found my swirling and sniffing in an attempt to find something in the nose quite humorous. Surely she sees foreigners do strange things, but smelling beer??? There is a general consensus among travelers in the region that Beerlao is better than the other, especially Thai, regional beers. While I am agreeing, also note that the competition is extremely weak. As with the others of this ilk, it is best slammed colUd before being allowed to warm. It is common for locals to pour it into a glass with ice to keep it cold, and the thinning isn't all that noticeable since it is pretty thin to start with. Gives you an idea of the beer scene in SE Asia...

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from Laos. It was better than I expected, but it wasn't crazy good either. Pours pale gold into a glass, with a quickly dissipating head, little to almost no lacing. Sweet aromas, easy drinking, and very light in body.

This beer reminds me of a sweeten Pilsner beer.

I would drink this again, I wouldn't go to a store looking for it, but it is something cool to get once and a while or bring to a party of beer drinkers who don't mind trying strange and new things.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of white head. It is yellow in color. It has a sweet adjunct lager smell to it. There is nothing special about this beer. It is not as bad as I anticipated, but it's not something I will seek out again. It reminds me of an adjunct lager all the way around.

Can Chen!

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Photo of ATPete
3.57/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, green glass.

(reviewed from notes taken in 1/10)

Definitey first beer from Lao. Pours a very clear yellow color with a small foamy white head. Skunky, corny malt malt, bitter hops, overall pretty clean and light, refreshing and very easy to drink. Would easily pick this over any BMC or the like, especially if i knew it was fresh. Not bad, not bad.

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Photo of dgilks
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Great example of the style in terms of appearance. Light gold colour, very clear and with a big, white head with good retention.

Medium low malt aroma with good sweet notes. A tiny bit grainy. Some nice light spicy hop aroma is good.

Moderate malty sweetness with just a wisp of bitterness and touch of hop flavour. Not as dry as it should be.

Could be crisper. The medium body and moderate carbonation are too middling.

A decent Premium American Lager but it lacks the crisp, dryness of a good lager.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer. I drank quite a few of them. usually big bottle. In Lao, the weather is hot, humid
and you feel very thirsty if you walk a little bit,. So a beer is always welcome, and its less dangerous than the water on tap.

appearance is standard golden yellow kind of beer

smell nothing wrong

taste pretty refreshing, nothing to say here. Its a beer in Laos

Mouthfeel is alright, not to picky here

Drinkability is good, you can drink a lot of fluid in Asia, because you need it.

you dont go to asia to have nice brew, if you beer travel, go to Belgium or something, US not Laos

so thats it. beer lao is the beer over there

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Photo of Domingo
2.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

After the hellish Beerlao dark I wasn't overly eager to try this. Luckily it's tiny bit better. Again, this is a bottle brought back from Laos, so I have no idea if the import is any different.
Pours a standard golden color with a head that fades to a sheen rather quickly.
Smells like a normal lightly hopped pale lager. No funkiness or DMS or anything off.
It tastes sweet up-front almost like a helles...but then there's that weird off flavor in the middle I got form the dark version. It's almost like burnt rice. That flavor fades in the finish and makes this version better, but still not good. If that weren't there, you'd actually swear this an attempt at a helles.
It's probably easier to drink in a hot arid climate. On my couch during the winter it's not really doing it for me.
I guess it could be worse, but I'd avoid buying this as an import.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.44/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours headless and without much carbonation, no carbonation as well.

Nose lacks the typical skunky overtones associated with a lot of lagers, especially some of the other asian lagers - smell is quite dull but just a hint of spice in there.

Taste is just really smooth - not a whole lot there, but a bit of german malt character, but much lighter than your average deutch lager - again, missing the skunky flavour that a lot of european/third world lagers have. Finish is slight but pleasantly sweet and malty.

mouthfeel isn't much...pretty flat, but again not sticky or super thin.

Very drinkable, not much here, but nothing too offensive, and there is enough structure to make it better than an american lager.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a short strange)
A- This beer has a straw yellow crystal clear body with a snow white moussey head that last a bit and is supported by a sea of micro-bubbles that swirl around.
S- The light sulfury note has hints of green as the beer warms but that is it.
T- The soft dry lemon hint fades to a green note in the finish. There is a tap water flavor that comes though as the beer warms and a soft perfume soap note that grows aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz.
D- This beer isn't offensive in flavor or aroma it is just bland.

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Photo of farrago
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bone white head crests over a finger, finespun enough that the it collapses down to the surface with ease, nice thin traces of lacing, retains a thin layer across the surface. Washed out orange to worn gold in color, transparent but not squeaky clean per se, few bubbles visible within. Bready nose with a honeyed touch, buttered corn, hay, caramel, no real fruit or citrus presence, just a slavish desire to please by maximizing sweetness and minimizing anything which might offend by requiring thought. Medium-bodied, lowgrade fizz for carbonation, no surprise that the palate has the same character as the nose, all poised to please the lowest common denominator and blend into the pack. Corn syrup, maple syrup, caramel, all this makes it stick to your mouth pores. The hay or grass is without edge, has sufficient hops to have good posture, that's it. No problem taking another sip, A step above domestic macrobrews, that is its best attribute.

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Beerlao Lager from Lao Brewery Co.
70 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.