Singha - Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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Ratings: 1,064
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 17
Gots: 118 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 07-20-2001

"100% barley malt beer"
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Perhaps a surprise to the beer geeks, this beer is brewed with 100 percent barley malt, no adjuncts. Small beaded bubbles form a nice thick head with a little lacing on the glass. Filtered clarity shows a bright golden yellow color. The aroma comes off as pleasing with a sweet malt, grassy grain and mellow herbal hop mix. Crispness is right on target for the style, moderately sized fluffy body does flex a small creamy portion of leftover dextrins. Grainy but clean, more of a bready and feed grain flavor which is a tasty compliment to the kiss of hops. Bitterness is modest as the hops let the malt do what it does and coats the palate with a thin sheet of herbal flavor. Finishes semidry with a clean graininess.

The malt flavor and the stellar crispness does what not many lagers can, it harnesses an epic refreshing quality and maximizes drinkability. You don't have to be eating in a Thai restaurant to drink this beer; it's good enough to stand on its own.

Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 21 fl oz light brown bottle. It's a very unique container in that it tappers in twice going up to the bottle-neck.

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy pale straw liquid with a large pillowy white foam head with meringue characterists, trailing the sides of the glass as it settles. Pour slowly as this beer foams up real quick.

Smell: Touch of sweet grain, metallic, alcohol and faint floral hop aromas.

Taste: A smooth beer with a unique rich malt sweetness and mouthfeel, like medicinal syrup. It's strong and the alcohol makes its presence known with a spicy and faint liquor punch. Notes of grain flavour follow then get leveled by a lime (touch of grapefruit) rind-like hop bitterness that peaks to a gentle sting on the palate. Finishes with some residual spice and a bit grain dry.

Notes: The perfect beer to accompany some spicy Thai food, or the like, but I could not see myself sitting down all night and drinking this on its own -- maybe 2 or 3. Although it is not that strong, beware as the alcohol silently kicks in.

03/29/2002 Notes:

Had this once again, but this time at Jae's in Boston to complement my Spicy Korean Chicken Lunchbox special. For a malt liquor, it's one of the better ones IMO. Clear, deep golden in colour with a thin white lace. Full-bodied, rich with flavour, albeit the flavour is near one dimensional, and just the right amount of hops to balance. Has a nice bready roundness that runs into the finish.

Highly recommended with Thai food -- quite the refreshing contrast.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As with most Asian beer there is that sweetness, it is not out of balance by any means but that sweetness is there. Super crisp and very refreshing. The mild hop bitterness is set for balanced and the graininess is not harsh at all.

All in all this is a great brew to pair with Spicy BBQ, spicy Tai cuisine would be the obvious pick.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AMDDD
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Presentation: Nice, artistic and regal looking bottle that will stand out on the shelf

Appearance: A bright sunshiny yellow that fizzles and bubbles, with a equally bright white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet smell with undertones of metal and alcohol, reminds me a bit of malt liquor

Taste: Crispy, clean, dry taste with a light hop bitterness. Citrus fruits *grapefruit comes to mind* are here as well but nothing is over powering

Overall a not half bad beer, I was pleasantly surprised. Most beers out of Asia tend to be watery and bland, but this beer had a decent flavor and was refreshing. Wouldn't drink everyday but I will definatly pick it up again the next time I go to BYOB Asian diner

Photo of Popsinc
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A straw-golden pour with a medium white head. The heads fades quite quickly and the beer looks much like apple juice. The nose is moderately malty. Taste wise i found the maltiness was accompanied with a grainy sweetness that stayed through the finish. A pretty light mouthfeel, nice carbonation, but light. This an slightly below average beer as it stands. An easy drinker but not one that i would return to on many occasions. Overall, a light malty beer of little distinction.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.07/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a pint glass from a bottle producing minimal white head that diminished quickly. Minimal lacing. Color was golden yellow.

S: Nothing particularly noteworthy but not bad

T: Crisp and clean with a light but well balanced taste. Like much of this brew, nothing stands out as particularly outstanding but everything works together nicely. Finishes a little dry without much lingering effect.

M & D: The lighter body makes this rather drinkable without lingering aftertastes or getting too full.

Overall an okay brew but nothing singularly fantastic about it. I enjoyed it with some spicy Chinese food and it complimented the meal nicely.

Photo of merlin48
2.18/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, pale yellow, with a rocky, white, two finger head that leaves minimal lace behind. Not bad looking, except for the lack of color.
Aroma is hoppy, with lemon, hay, and a sulfuric note that reminds me of Euroskunk hops of the Heineken variety.
Mouthfeel has medium carbonation, a metalic presence, and an unpleasant sulfuric note.
Taste has very little malt presence, some skunk, and a dominant taste of cardboard. Alcohol is well concealed, which is the highlight of this brew. Some adjuncts add a vague offnote to the already unimpressive taste.
Very disappointed in this one, as I love Thai food.

Photo of Weizenmensch
1.53/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

330mL brown bottle best before 270106. Low density head with sticky lacing, dissipates slightly faster than normal. Appropriate lager colour, low to moderate carbonation.

Fairly harsh adjunct smell, some hops which may be turning a bit, grass and Asian macro beer aroma. On the crap side of innocuous.

Not the best taste, but quite good for a macro at 5.9%. Actually, that isn't saying much. Kind of harsh and burny on the tongue, tastes like it would get gross fast, though really cold it would be OK on a hot Thai evening. The more I drink, the more I lower my score for flavour. Rough and unpleasant mouthfeel, and abysmal drinkability: I would not want to be drinking this all night. Overall, quite a bad beer.

Photo of olradetbalder
1.56/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was thisrty and I could chose a tick or some wather. I made the wrong choice.

Photo of mattster
3.55/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 11.2 Fluid Ounce Bottle, pouted into Nonic glass.

Head develops on pour, this disappears almost immediately. Brew is a lt gold color.

Smell is of malts (sort of sweet smelling), sort of subdued. Taste subtle as well. Not bad, actually, quite palatable for this style. Decent mouth feel, bubbles have a "club soda" feeling, and finish rather smoothly with little after taste. I'd drink this again, but I think it would have to be with a nice spicy Thai meal.

Photo of magictrokini
2.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with a medium white head. Lagery metallic aroma. Taste was more of the same, yet sweeter and less corny. More of a rice flavor. I had this beer at PF Chang's. It tasted good with the Dan Dan noodles. But when I see it sitting there on the shelf at BevMo, I know it will never make it into my fridge.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured in snifter.

Light color, similar to bud light. Very unappealing smell, the rice/adjuncts come through on the nose. However the taste is surprisingly good! It's kind of sweet and malty, not too bad! However I can tell it would be very bad once it gets warm.

Pretty interesting for a Thai beer!

Photo of pat61
3.86/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 5-10-15 from a Total wine that opened 11/14. Bottled on 6-13-14 and lists a best date of 6-13-15 from a total wine that opened 11-14.
L: Pours a vigorous brilliant gold under a 2” cream to white colored foam cap that produces light lace. S: Light malt and fresh white bread aromas.
T: The palate starts with a slight light grain sweetness and a trace of apple ending with a moderate bitterness.
F: Crisp, light body, medium to a little above on the carbonation.
O: The beer is refreshing but the aromas and the flavors are a little muted after 11 months in the bottle. The brewer’s vision of the beer’s shelf life is overly optimistic.

Photo of sammy44
3.55/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this with my lunch at a local Thai place. I ordered the Pad Thai instead of my normal Masaman Curry. I think it would have gone better with something a little spicier as the noodles were a little sweet.

Anyway the beer poured with a small white head that quickly fell to nothing. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising and a transparent golden color. More gold than a Budweiser.

Smell was average with a little bit of hop snap but mostly a clean smell. Reminded me a little of steamed rice or corn.

Taste was good, much more hop bitterness than the aroma would let on. Lots of bubbles in the mouth from the carbonation. Good with food, not really something I would want to pound all night.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear straw colour with medium carbonation rising lazily through the liquid. Yields a decent white head of foam that lasts for a minute or so. Not much aroma - some light malt and possibly a whiff of corn.

The taste is clean and light, with some malt and a mild bitter finish. Very faint hints of grain, but little else by way of flavour. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly; virtually no aftertaste.

Bland but refreshing. The best aspect of this beer is that the flavour is clean - no unpleasant 'off' notes. Otherwise it's a run-of-the-mill lager, nice on a hot day...

Photo of Alycrocker
2.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When overseas and parched, this will do the trick. Otherwise, nothing amazing. Thailand is not known for their beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A light yellow pour, minimal head. Not much to speak of aroma wise, a little grainy.

Taste, somewhat refreshing, if only because there isn't much there to pick up on other than water and the slightest hop presence. Nothing real offensive going on here, other than the price for this. Didn't try it with spicy food, but I imagine it would be ok. There's just not a lot to this beer, and yet, the price is as if there was.

Photo of MOShepp
2.92/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold in color with a frothy big head and some lacing.

The smell is the highlight. Some malt and lemon.

Tastes of weak malts and some hops, very light with little flavor, a little skunky.

This beer isn't bad, just not good, a little watered down.

Photo of ADR
1.94/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pilsner glass...clear, pale greenish-yellow. Skunky aroma to put it kindly. Head is big-bubbled but a fleeting one. Metallic and scouring flavor, sulfurous and skunky, with a strangely bitter tone. Not malty smooth, this settles into a downright unpleasant flavor to me. But, the brew definitely makes a stand. I'll pass...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at what I believe is the best Thai food in Pittsburgh, located in Shadyside My Thai is off the hook when eating some Pad Kee Mow or Pad Thai you have to have a crisp tasty beer to cool down the fire. Singha Thai beer is just that appears a golden clear hue with forms a nice sized bright white head leaves behind fine vibrant lacing. Aroma comes off as German in origin with a grassy herbal hop character sweet lightly toasted 2 row malts and maybe a touch adjuncts in probably rice I'm guessing, along with this I'm getting a spice sweet ginger tone that's just barely noticable but present. Anyway much freakin' better than the "typical" asian macro, the taste is clean flavored crisp lager one gives the balance of light sweetness and herbal hop flavor with low bitterness but mixes well and complements the food so well. Mouthfeel is clean crisp light body with crisp even carbonation very nice. Drinkability, definitely a beer I'll continue to imbibe on when eating Thai really helps to douse the addicting fire of their dishes, oh and after the beer and food don't forget your mango with sticky rice...good stuff.

Photo of Shovelbum
2.77/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can bought at my corner convenience store here in Bangkok.

Pours a white fluffy head over a golden-clear body. Bubbles drift upward, but the head soon recedes leaving no lace whatsoever. Aroma is of light malt and grain mixing with mild lemony hops. Taste is mildly sweet malt backed by a more assertive hop bitterness (but with little other hop flavor). Also has a lingering acrid character that seriously detracts. Medium body with at crisp drying finish.

The classic Thai beer despite the recent upsurge of Chang. The name and mascot pictured on the label-- the Singha-- is a mythical lion believed to inhabit the forest surrounding the home of the gods, Mt. Meru. It is often served with ice at bars and restaurants, contributing a-- you guessed it-- significantly more watery taste. However the ice is often necessary to keep the temp down when drinking outside and helps to cover up some of the less desirable flavors-- fine, all flavor. All the same I prefer mine without ice. Decent as far as macro lagers go.

Photo of thatruth
3.55/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up a 22 oz, just to try, from the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.

pours a great two finger, white head with minimal, slippery lacing. pours a crystal clear, very pale champagne color into a pale light gold with lime tint. damn bubbly.

smells of straw, grass, hay, corn, rice, and a hint of wheat. reminds me strongly of being in my native fields of Northeast Arkansas.

not too much going on, pure rice lager taste, vibe, and feel.

awfully refreshing cold. clear, crisp on-bringing to a bright, wet finish.

one of domestic footballs most advertised beers, one can see why it is easily marketable as well as distributed. refreshing to say the least...or perhaps most.

Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A bit of a sweetish alc. smell and taste at first, but quite dry and even bitter towards the end, i like it with Thai food, but thats all.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)
A- The golden body is crystal clear with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles gliding up to a snow white head that turns bubbly after a bit.
S- The clean aroma has hints of soft slightly sweet green hint that is almost hops.
T- This beer has a soft sulfury note with a slight sweetness and a mineral water note. The finish is a light sulfur hint that fades into a soft sweetness.
M- This beer has a light airy mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish. D- The light and crisp beer has a nice soft sweetness to it that the sulfur flavors are muted. There is not much flavor there but what is there is pleasant.

Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A super huge white head is floating above a clear golden colored beer, do this by pouring this from a inch or so above the glass.

The aroma is light but even between a slight hops and a grain malt with maybe a hint of honey somewhere in the background.

The taste is also light and even between a light sour citrus hops effect and a honey whole grain malt.

A light malt with a slight sourness to a light dry aftertaste.

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Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
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