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Leo Beer - Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 65
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 25.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd visit their website
Thailand

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sweet, fizzy and yellow, with absolutely no head. Too sweet with too much alcohol showing through towards the finish, quite unpleasant, hence the crappy marks i gave it, horrible. (179 characters)

Photo of JobiWanKenob
1.77/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Terrible, all the local Thais drink this beer served over ice in a glass. I drank it with ice, also straight from the bottle. Tasted similar both ways. Sadly, out of the 4 main Thai beers (Leo, Chang, Singha, and Archer) Leo is probably your best bet. (253 characters)

Photo of shivtim
1.85/5  rDev -32%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not as good as some of the other SE Asian beers (and that is a pretty big insult). Clearish yellow with no head whatsoever. Nose is weak hops and yeast. Taste is light grains, with not much going on. Mouthfeel is thin. Skip this and go for an Angkor or even Beerlao. (274 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
1.85/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

630ml Bottle in Koh Phangnan, Thailand (48 Baht):
Clear straw coloured with a thin, foamy white head that disappeared rather quickly. There is some minimal lacing left on the glass too but not a lot.

Faint adjuncts start things off, followed by some lager malts and a corn with a hint of skunk. The aroma is incredibly faint and hard to detect.

Light malts and some faint, grassy hops along with a watery taste and touches of bitterness. There isn't much going on with this one really and it's your typical, mass-produced Asian lager.

Light & thin bodied with a sort of watery feel and minimal bitterness. Smooth and quite wet at the end but also very bland.

Not a great beer at all and sadly a lot worse than I remember it being from the last time I was in Thailand although that may just be down to my tastes changing a lot since then. The beer was too thin and watery with both the aroma and taste coming across as too faint. (932 characters)

Photo of Wintermute
2.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

630 ml bottle, Hati Restaurant, Ko Chang, Thailand

White head of large bubbles giving poor head retention. No lace.
Pale, golden yellow colour. Very clear.
Mild lager-like smell. Very faint hops.
Light bodied, but slightly heavier than others of its type.
Crisp tasting, very little hops. Slight sour/DMS in the taste, a little of which lingers into the aftertaste. (373 characters)

Photo of alysmith4
2.1/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this beer from a can in Thailand. They were out of Singha and Chang, so this was the next obvious choice. It tasted similar to Singha and Chang, but was a lot less fresh. I would recommend having a Thai whiskey over this beer as I was not impressed by it at all. (268 characters)

Photo of Daredevil
2.12/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

spending my hols in Thailand and sampling all local brews I can get hold of ....

smell is hoppy and nutty
the taste is somewhat chemical (there is some rumor about thai beers containing relatively large amounts of formaldehyde, which might be confirmed by this brew), lightly bitter and watery
an english style rather unpleasant lager ... neither smooth nor great taste (which would be the ad on the bottle ...) (412 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

White can with a leopard on the front. I guess Leo's not a lion here. ABV 5.5, no freshness date.

Pours golden yellow with a reasonable white, sticky head. Fine carbonation, good lacing. Looks like a pretty decent lager.

Sweet light malt on the nose, with a little graininess. No hops noticeable. Pretty bland.

Pretty sweet on the palate, lots of grist, with a sticky yeasty aftertaste. Apart from those less-than-wonderful characteristics, it's very bland and watery. Mouthfeel flat and insipid. You could chug this one on one mouthful there's so little to it.

Not offensive, per se, but bloody flavourless. (620 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
2.46/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wonderful wife went to Thailand and all I got was this stinkin' beer. My fault, though. I asked her to bring back a couple beers, knowing full well that Thailand isn't exactly known for its beer. But it's always fun to try something new...

A good pour produced a thin half-inch head that thinned quickly. Color is a very pale, very clear yellow. It doesn't look appetizing.

Aroma is wet straw, corn, aluminum and urine. Yum.

Flavor offers light, crispy hops that are almost fruity, with a little malt kick in the finish. Good sweetness, but too much corn flavor swimming around. It doesn't produce the metallic twang I expected, which is a relief.

Typical for the style, but it's hard to impress in this category. (729 characters)

Photo of bat6
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

currently traveling through SE Asian and sampling all the local brews i can find. there's a distinct style to the light-bodied lagers specifically suited to the blazing heat and humidity of the region, so reviews are based on my understanding of the style here.

A - poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tall water glass. freshness date says it was brewed in the last 20 days. very pale gold, produces a frothy even head that recedes fairly quickly

S - i swear to god i stuck my nose in the glass for at least a minute and can't identify any particular smell whatsoever. there's, like, nothing... which is about average for the style

T - most of the lagers here lean towards a hint of pale malt sweetness w/ virtually no hop presence. my first sip made me think i had somehow caught the foil off the bottle in my mouth, except there is no foil around the bottle cap and i'm drinking out of a glass. there's some kind of hop bitterness trying to dry this out but the initial metallic flavor profile is too off-putting to try to assess what little else may be going on here. it tastes cheap

M/F - crisp and very light, good carbonation. hard to assess mouthfeel due to the unpleasant lingering flavor but it seems average for the style

O - i drank enough to review this beer but i won't finish half the bottle. i've had over 15 beers of this style while in this region. most of them are decent and quite a few are surprisingly good, but i can definitively advise not reaching for this one if there are other choices in the cooler when traveling here (1,549 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My friend brought this back with him from Thailand, just for me. And I say, if it's called Leo, why is there a leopard on the label, instead of a lion? He says "Leo does start the word leopard." So, don't call this "Lee-o"...call it "Leh".

Perfectly transparent, utterly yellow, slim, soon-gone head.

Slightly honeyish, though largely dull aroma...empty, vapid...eh...

In the mouth...wet and abysmally insipid. Evenhanded, leaning on the malt side, though possessing no particular heft. Thoroughly thin in body, and faint in flavor...a touch grainy...dull finish.

It's ultimately boring, and bland, but not horrendous.

Crap lager from Thailand. Hey, every nation has it's share. (693 characters)

Photo of BeerSingh
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is not a patch on Singha. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pale yellow with a slim head that disappeared without a lace. Smelt skunked and terribly metallic. Grainwater, vinegar and grassy. Taste was nothing to write home about - grain, raw bitterness and no maltiness at all. Just a bitter rendition of grainwater. Mouthfeel was very thin with an over the top carbonation. Not recommended, unless its the last thing available. (440 characters)

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
2.83/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brought back by a friend from Thailand for my home collection. Pours a yellow colour with a white head that is fast to disappear. Aromas of malt, hops & nuts. Tastes were fairly smooth with again malt been fairly strong, but as with most mass produced Asian lagers lacking anything special. Feel was of above medium carbonation. (328 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear golden with a sizzeling sound, lots of small bubbles in the liquid. The large white head is at first compact but quickly turns soapy. Only faint lacings.

S: Faint bitter hops, sweet, sweet malt with quite some corn in it. Citric notes.

T: Sweet malts, with some corn. Bitter hops. Some marzipan in the back. Citric notes. A bit artificial.

M: Aftertaste lingers longer than others in this style, nice bitterness. Body is medium while carbonation is strong and a bit aggresive.

O: A decent beer, rather nice considering the style. (550 characters)

Photo of FrothyBeverage
2.87/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a can, glass was not available. This beer had a similar taste and smell to other thai beers. The mouthfeel was slightly differnt. Was very smooth, almost creamy and tingled the tip of your tounge. This beer seems to be more popular with the locals, no idea why. (272 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
2.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

A:
Bright gold color, transparent with slim white head that rapidly dissipates, no lacing appeared. Carbonation is medium to high. Overall appearances look a bit dull.

S:
Faint malt, a bit musty, grainy and grassy which is general AAL's note.

T:
Distinctive sweetness from adjunct grains and cereals bring to balance by hop bitterness note in the finish.

M:
Light body, very crisp, high carbonated but smooth throughout a palate.

D:
Definitely easy drinkable but just quite mediocre consider in all aspects. (552 characters)

Photo of ZAP
2.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My buddy Road Warrior got three beers for me on his trip to Malaysia or Thailand or somewhere out there....I noticed those folks are big on putting Tigers and Lions on their bottles.....That's pretty cool...wish we had some Tigers hopping around the woods here...This beer poured very charged up...high carbonation..frothy white head sits atop a champagne colored liquid...nose is grassy and husky with a background smell of raw sewage or hard water.......body is medium with a little more sweetness than I imagined...flavor is interesting...must be an adjunct type sweetness that I'm tasting..it's not bad...mouthfeel is a little slick and sweet....creamy from that big head on top...

Not an exceptional beer, but a little different...I consider this a straight lager...and it's definitely drinkable and packs a punch at 5.5% (829 characters)

Photo of krazyboi
3.05/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a glass mug.

A: Light golden yellow color. Two finger head that recedes quickly. Leaves little to no lacing.
S: Sweetness, grains, slight caramel, citrus.
T: Grainy, sweet, slight alcohol, slight bitterness.
M: Creamy mouthfeel. Light bodied with medium carbonation.
D: This beer is not too bad. There are some bad batches out here in Thailand that will taste a bit too sweet and will give you massive headaches, but this batch was decent. Easy to drink with a meal or by itself. Refreshing on a hot day. Try it if you haven't. (558 characters)

Photo of barryhurley
3.12/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hadnt been to Thailand in almost 10 years and the last time I went, I really didnt care about what beer I drank. This time around I made it a point to try every different one I saw. Unfortunately, for the most part there is only about 3 or 4 different ones to choose from.

Leo, which is made by the same brewery as Singha, is a very light but refreshing beer. The beer of choice of most Thai’s, its very similar to our American light beers but with a little more flavor. A light color and if drank like most other Thai’s, gets watered down because of all the ice which instantly reminds you of Bud Light. It had a good amount of carbonation and was very easy to drink.

When I first tasted it, I thought of all the normal run-of-the-mill American beers but when I got back home, I actually longed for the bottle with the leopard staring back at me on it. Its not an exceptionally good beer but it has a taste that, over time, grows on you. (950 characters)

Photo of shigg85
3.32/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this at the Siam Heritage restaurant in the Parco department store of Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a regular pilsner glass. This Thai brew is a yellow-gold brew with complete transparency with a foamy white head that disappears after the first sip and leaves the glass completely clean at the end of its life. The smell was pleasant throughout the entire drink, however, even as it warmed a bit (a quality lacking in most lagers/pilsners). Also, the taste was wonderfully smooth yet also had hints of grain and even orange. This lager went well with the spicy Thai food we ate, and I would definitely choose it again among a selection of other lagers from SE Asia. (681 characters)

Photo of johnnymoto
3.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the price that it offers, its not a bad beer. It was very refreshing when I had it and it left a descent impression on me. Not the best beer, but definitely drinkable and better than alot of the domestic beers from back home like bud light and all that other crap. Overall, I would prefer to drink this over Chang any day. Give it a try! (341 characters)

Photo of OneBrewru
3.38/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crisp, clear color. Finger thick head takes about a minute to die down. Looks like a lager should.

Aromas of slightly roasty malts, buttery, and sweet citrus hops. Not bad.

The taste is a little like… buttery movie popcorn with a light hop touch. Definitely some corn flavor. Not bad (for Thailand)

The mouthfeel is light and crisp, medium follow through.

I could have a few of these. (395 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.42/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium yellow colour with an average, frothy, good lacing, medium lasting, white head. Aroma is a light malt, toasted, sweet corn - and of cooked vegetables. Flavour is moderate sweet and lightly bitter with a average duration, with a corn like after taste. Body is light medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is light. Not too bad but I was thirsty for something other than abc stout on a hot 39C day. (417 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.67/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow, tones of carbonation, small white fuzzy head which fades to nothing in a couple minutes.

S: Smells of malt, hops, some skunk, reminds me of Pabst to some degree, and some cheap Chinese lagers.

T: Taste pretty much follows the nose, but its better than I expected. Malt, some hops, some skunk but very mild, some Pabst Blue Ribbon like taste (kind of a slight sweet Jello- like taste) but it passes way faster than Pabst’s would, and gives a nice yeasty pizzeria aftertaste.

M: Highly carbonated, light body.

O: Not bad for a cheap Thai beer. Would go well anything an American Adjunct would, but would be best with Thai food and salty snacks to fit its country of origin. (696 characters)

Photo of blurredphoto
3.73/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Beer Leo is one of the most, if not the most, popular beer in Thailand. It is a direct competitor to Beer Chang, and from what I can tell has won the competition.

Why? 7-11 sells single bottles for 50 cents and big 630ml bottles for about a buck- very cheap in a ocuntry with high vice taxes. It is popular because it is such a good value- it tastes ok, and does not leave one with a nasty hangover.

I should mention that I have never seen a Thai person drinking it straight- it is always drunk with plenty of ice. This definitely waters it down to a very 'bud' like taste. (579 characters)

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Leo Beer from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
70 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.