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Hue Beer - Hue Brewery LTD

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 24.69%

Brewed by:
Hue Brewery LTD visit their website
Viet Nam

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-23-2002)
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Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.03/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with some heft to it, poured into a pilsener glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a creamy one and a half inch, creamy white head, good solid ropes of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom and does wonders for head retention which eventually bubbles away into a loose cap. Could have benefited from some extra lacing because there is not much here.

S: Strong dextrose and toasted, almost burnt maltiness, corn is there to be sure, but really not as bad as the other reviews on here seem to indicate, nothing special but there are worse noses out there to be sure.

T/MF: Buttery apple (no corn at least) that gets more bitter as it lingers on the palate, there is a bit of grassyness here as well that might benefit from a bit more carbonation as the body here is a bit too light for the lack of carbonation it displays, the finish is bitter and drying and leaves a husky flavor across the tongue.

D: This beer is not as bad as people make it out to be, a bit above a macro lager, but not really anything more than that, it is easy to drink and on a hot day (perhaps in Vietnam) would be quite refreshing, but as it stands, just an average beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 21:32:15 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of DoubleJ


2.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From the Perfume River in Vietnam (no really, that's what the label says), on to the beer:

Poured into a mug, it's a clear yellow color with a soda-like head. The smell is somewhat astringent in grain, with a cooked corn smell. This flavors in the beer don't meld together well for me. There's more cooked corn, a mild astingency, and a straightforward bitterness that battle each other for supremecy. Even at ice cold, it took some work for me to stomach this beer. Round off the edges and we might have something more tolerable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 03:36:46 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of sessycuban


2.68/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a very light amber with and is quite bubbly. I got a lot of head, but it didn't retain for more than a few seconds. That was disappointing, but the pour was better than I expected.

S - It smells a bet sweet, almost like a cider. I'm also getting a bit of grain and maybe some light hops.

T - A bit like a cider gone wrong. I'm not quite sure what's going on with this beer, but I suppose it has some character. It just doesn't seem appropriate for the style.

M - Great carbonation. It was fizzy down to the last drop. For better or for worse, it almost feels like a kid's drink in your mouth.

D - When judged against other Southeast Asian brews, I think this one holds up well. I just think that the makers missed the target a bit on taste; nothing a new brewer couldn't fix. All in all, a good beer to taste once and probably never drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 07:34:34 | More by sessycuban
Photo of DogFood11


3.25/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sturdy and heavy 12oz brown bottle foiled and capped. Poured into the new sam adams pint / tulip hybrid it forms a loose white head. Body is a transparent yellow with multi sized carbonation.

Very much in the mold of macro lagers right under our noses like coors and the like. Not clean enough to compare to bud but its in the ballpark. Light grain notes are present throughout. Moderate hops add some credibility to the offering. Not much to say, its a ho hum middle of the roade lager.

Notes: After having some offerings from gluek called Stite this is a refreshing change of pace and makes this seem like liquid gold.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 00:26:14 | More by DogFood11
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.93/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reading through the other reviews for this beer has me thinking that someone put a much better beer in my bottle of Hue as some sort of joke. My Hue was certainly not BMC like and really not all that bad.

Appearances: Piss amber with extremely high levels of effervescence. A huge white froth dilutes down to near nothingness and then nothing at all.

Aroma: Sweet, fermented apples, basically, Mott’s. A touch of grain, corn, and maybe just a smidge of light hops.

Taste: Apple cider, with a little corn and some flower petals.

Mouthfeel: Champagne like. Really great carbonation. Light to medium bodied, well balanced dryness and sweetness, very nice indeed.

Drinkability: High. I quite enjoyed this beer, especially when held against other SE Asian brews. Hell, in the AML category this one is tops.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 20:44:31 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of cabsandking


2.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden clear color and a big champagne head that dissipates quickly. Faint hops aroma. Not so much hops flavor as expected, bitter in the back pallet. Slightly thicker mouth and slightly less carbonation than what is standard for its style. Some malt character is noted, but only because its lacking in general flavor, watery. Not recommended. Lacking in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 16:25:45 | More by cabsandking
Photo of neenerzig


3.33/5  rDev +37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average beer. Nice and refreshing on this hot day, but that's the only really good thing this beer has going for it. It pours a very light clear golden color with a white head the size of my thumb that quickly settles to a decent surface layer with a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Eventually the ring is all that is left. Decent lace. Aromas of some corn and some notes of malt and that's really about it for the smell. The taste mainly comprises of some mild, sweet, grassy malt and a trace of hops along with maybe a bit of apple. That's really about if for the taste as well. The taste is decent enough, but there just isn't enough flavor overall for this palate. The taste however is a bit stronger than in most American beers I have had that are of this same style and overall this beer is certainly a cut above the average American macro lager. It has a nice crisp, light bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.


Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 04:19:51 | More by neenerzig
Photo of Tang07


2.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a typical and rather boring lager. It it like a euromacrobrew.
The beer pours a very pale yellow with a slight head that rapidly disappears. There is a hint of hop, but the beer is "thin" and doesn't have much to write about.

The only place this stuff tastes good is probably in Hue where it's hot as hell and you'll drink anything.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 21:33:53 | More by Tang07
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.05/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Gapwines, Belfast...

Poured a very pale golden yellow colour... White head poured quite thick and foamy and faded to almost nothing... some patchy lacing remained...

Aroma - Creamed corn sweetness... Very light biscuit malt, light spicy hints, some lemony notes...

Taste – Pretty non-descript... Light corn, quite sweet, light lemon notes, barely any hoppiness or maltiness.... pretty poor...

Feel - Quite smooth and dry... Light bodied... Could be quite drinkable in the right context - maybe in the humidity of Vietnam... not sitting at home though !!

Overall - A pretty poor lager... not really worth trying...

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 09:01:37 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Jredner


2.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Adjunct grains and a honey-like sweetness in the aroma. Pale golden with a tiny white head. Nearly flavorless on the whole. Mild malt sweetness that is again very honey tinged along with some faint grassy hops. Not a lot going on, but like cold water it is fairly thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 07:15:32 | More by Jredner
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hue is a pale gold hue. It contains larger and more numerous particles than I'm comfortable with, but at least there are no truly scary chunks. None of that sissified filtering for Vietnamese brewers, no siree. The cap is actually a thing of beauty. It's blindingly bright white, possesses a crazily bubbled upper surface, lasts for an impressively long time and deposits a fair bit of spackle-like lace. Beer: thumbs way down. Head: thumbs way up.

The beer smells exactly like a product brewed by any one of the Big Three. Stale grain mixed with musky, cheap perfumy hops. Like trying to cover up body odor instead of removing it. I'm amazed to see that the brewery is located by the Perfume River in Hue City. Coincidence? The aroma isn't nose-wrinklingly bad, but it's nothing to celebrate, believe me.

Hue has more flavor than an American macro lager, I'll give it that. Trouble is, it doesn't taste any better. It's also sweeter than expected and tastes a little like a low-ABV malt liquor. The flavor is wall-to-wall creamed corn mixed with rotting flower petals and stainless steel . A different take on the usual macro lager formula that wasn't worth taking.

If I can divorce the flavor from the mouthfeel (no easy task), I can admit that the latter isn't half bad. It's more full than expected, but is still only light-medium. That, of course, means it's an improvement on the usual light-watery. A few more lively bubbles would help what is a somewhat lackluster mouth presence.

Hue Beer is my second beer from Vietnam and is the clear loser to Halida; no great shakes itself. I'm not even sure if I'd order a bottle to accompany one of my favorite dishes at my local A Dong Restaurant (doesn't matter since they only stock Export 33). Why is it that Vietnamese cuisine is so wonderful while Vietnamese beer is so lousy?

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 15:07:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Golden2wenty1


2.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a beers of the world gift set recieved for my birthday a few months ago.

Pours the palest straw yellow I've ever seen in a beer, with half a finger of sparse white bubbles. Not much nose or taste to speak of - rice, faintly sweet malt, some grassy notes. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. A middling, watery, taste-lacking brew that I'm sure is quite refreshing in the Vietnamese sun. It did an admirable job of washing down the delicious moo-shu pork delivered to my doorstep and cleansing my palate, so it's not all bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 02:52:21 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


1.25/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Beer is pale straw color with spittley white line of "head resting on top. No lacing. Nose is Cheerios, fresh honey, and sour milk...not appealing.

Very watery, just corn, rice, sickly sweet kinda taste. Stingy carbonation in thin body. This beer is point-blank ungood. Ironically, though this comes from halfway around the world it is like a half-assed attempt at the cheapest beer at your corner store. Drainpoored

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 05:17:37 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.58/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a white, two finger head that vanishes quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy and grassy. Starts slightly hoppy and skunky, wierd dry cottony finish. Worse than 33 Export from Da Nang. Gift, 12oz bottle from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, Va.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 23:41:57 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Dukeofearl


2.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours the palest of yellows with what appears at first to be a nice white head, but as soon as I turned around, it disappeared.

Aroma is faint, but a slight grassy hop with lemon peel and a certain mustiness. Not bad, just not interesting.

Flavor is very weak. Some malt breadiness, a slight citrus zest, and weedy grassiness. Clean, inoffensive flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin. Typical of hot weather locales, it seems.

Drank it with no food. It might be a good match with spicy foods, I can't tell (and am not likely to try).

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 02:43:04 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of EMV


2.05/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the only beer I've ever had from Vietnam.... and if this is a true example of what they brew, then it'll probably be my last. I picked it up for the sheer novelty of a Vietnamese beer at a Chinese restaurant, and even the novelty was barely worth the beer.

This one pours a very, very thin yellow, almost clear with a surprising amount of head (maybe an inch and a half) that fell rapidly. The aroma smelled of rice, or maybe corn, with little else. Malts were barely detectable.

The taste was about the same, very thin, with abundant carbonation. The malts were again detectable, but this one really could have benefited from some more (any?) hops. It was really a tad overcarbonated for my taste, but given it's overall lack of flavour, you could probably drink a number of these without blinking. Overall a very bland and uncomplicated beer... almost like drinking a light light beer. If you're out for an Asian dinner on the town, go with a Tsingtao. Not amazing, but better than this. Also... the lack of a "best by" date never reassures.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 00:47:05 | More by EMV
Photo of paterlodie


1.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

bb Feb 26 2006. Liltle head, clear pale golden beerc. Nose is very much rice, some malts and yiny litle fruityness but hard to detect any fine flavour. As taste is very empty too, almost carbonated water with litle maltyness and ricetaste. Is there any hops used in this brew? Can't find any bitterness at all not even in the aftertaste; if that's there. No mouthfeel other then carbonated water and rather drink plain water.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 19:28:36 | More by paterlodie
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was a very nice light beer. Not much in the alcohol area, which aided the lightness of the taste. Had some maltiness to it, along with a solid corn taste, and some hints of very light hops. It was a very clean and crisp taste, one that would be desired on a hot summer day, probably one spent surfing. All in all a decent beer from Vietnam. My first one from that region in fact. I would say they left a good impression on me.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 07:04:18 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Which color? This beer has no color. A finger height of foam.

Smell: Average. Not an exceptionnal smell, but I easily have worst for an adjunct lager.

Taste: Again, no special personnality. Maybe, Hue is sorta too watery, but it could be a part of the local drinking culture there.

Mouthfeel: Soft and foamy. The aftertaste is surprising for its taste.

Drinkability: I guess what it brings the most attention on this lager is its origin: Vietnam. This is the second time I bought this brew and I continue to believe only Vietnam expats, veterans and curious drinkers buy it in America. It is not that bad, but it is not exceptionnal.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 02:27:07 | More by Barraclou
Photo of HardTarget


1.25/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Aroma: Wet rotting wood with the accompanying moldy smells. I'm afraid to taste it.
Appearance: Painfully clear watery yellow with a fair fluffy white head that settled to a thin coat pretty quickly.
Flavor: Oh God, call the paramedics, I tasted it. That wet wood smell is amplified about 20 times in the taste. One sip and it is sink-bound. Some mild beer tastes are present as well, some rice or corn (have trouble telling between them) and some mild hay flavor as well.
Mouthfeel: Thin.
Overall Impression: Ok, to be fair, this traveled a heck of a long way to find me, and I'm sure it sat waiting patiently for me for at least a couple years in the store before I found it. Maybe I could drink this fresh, but I'm pretty sure I'll never know.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 00:42:55 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Morris729


1.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear pale straw color with a bright white head that quickly falls into a thin lace. Nose is detectable the moment you begin to pour with notes of adjunct grains and cooked corn. The beer is so light in body that I wouldn’t have known I was drinking anything were it not for the overly sweet taste of corn syrup followed by dry grain husks. I’ll pass on another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 00:43:56 | More by Morris729
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.45/5  rDev +42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, capped, no date.

This beer poured a clear, yellow color with good carbonation and white foam that settled but left some lace. The smell was a slightly sweet, malty aroma with hints of grain and floral hops. The taste was malty (slightly sweet) with a touch of grain (corn?) and a very nice floral hop flavor. The hop bitterness was very low, though there was a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. There were hints of a medicinal taste, but overall the flavor was dominated by the flowery taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and fairly clean with medium body and moderate carbonation feel. This is a decent lager and pairs very well with spicy Southeast Asian meals.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 06:44:58 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of alexgash


2.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had to fly to Ho Chi Min City to get a bottle of this. Took two days of mostly flying, but I figured this beer was worth it. Afterall, this beer must be amazing, if the US went to war for the better part of a decade just to ensure it's continued production. After airfare, and missed work, I only had enough money to buy one bottle though, doh! Poured a solid strong yellow with a foamy white head. Smells of jungles, land mines, and rice paddies, or more literally, sweet adjuncty-malt with a strong, pungeant hop background. Definite rice-malt sweetness (and mellowness), followed by sharp, metallic (old M-16 ammo?), acrid hops. Finish is biscuity with lingering "hops." Ehhh... I'm starting to think the trip wasn't worth it... This is tastier than you standard american pale lager, but not my cup of tea--er--beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 17:15:28 | More by alexgash
Photo of beerguy101


2.42/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very pale yellow color. Small head. Aroma is slightly malty. Tastes like a non-skunky Euro-lager, or a less rice and wood chips bud. Crisp and clean, but not a lot of flavor. It is at least beer-like, and is without a whole lot of that corn and/or rice adjunct taste so popular with this style. It's also NOT skunky. THANK YOU! Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is neutral.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 03:16:29 | More by beerguy101
Photo of kbub6f

New York

2.55/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

Hue has a big, crusty white head that leaves decent foamy lacing. Huge caverns pop open in the head as it dies. The beer is a clear gold.

There's a little lagerfonk in the nose and some grains. The front is lagery, the middle a little sourish, a little watery. The finish isn't bad: bitter, grainy. There's some strange metal in the aftertaste and a nutty graininess. This isn't hideous.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 08:41:00 | More by kbub6f
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