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Singha | Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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Brewed by:
Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
Thailand | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"100% barley malt beer"

Added by UncleJimbo on 07-20-2001

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Reviews: 453 | Ratings: 1,158
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.76/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

You get those yellow but not all that clear feels. Small 1/4" white head. Aroma was grain, rice stuff.

Taste, kinda refreshing, high carbonation, I totally see why this is a beer they say to pair with spicy food. Minimal hop presence compared to the carbonation, body seems lighter than 100% barley. 6 row probably.

Pricing is high despite lack of ingredients here.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.27/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Color light gold, straw, clear. Head white, not too high and unsustainable.
Aroma: malt and metallicity
Taste: malty, caramel, metallic aftertaste.
Gentian unpleasant, "pharmacies". Saturation average.

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Photo of Squire123
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love the Lion.

I've had this in Thai restaurants where it seemed to match fairly well with the food. Lightish pale lager with low medium malt/hops that fairly balance from start to finish. No real flaws but wouldn't buy it for home consumption unless I was planning a theme dinner.

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Photo of sokol_1993
2.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: bright golden yellow, not that much head and retention
Taste: skunky, hoppier than Chang

It is what it is, an okay macrobrew. Less interesting than Chang, the other very popular beer in Thailand. Would opt for something better if available.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My first time.
After I moved to the Bay Area, I was introduced my first non-American, non-German/Dutch beer.
In a Thai restaurant in Berkeley, I had a Singha.
Floral hops and sweet malt went splendidly with the lemongrass and spices in the food.
Introduced to me by the woman who became my first wife.
Why didn't I know there was a whole world out there.... of ale, of course.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear straw yellow. Small bubbles drift up through the beer creating a thin film on the edges of the glass. Aromas and flavors are of slightly sweet biscuits, straw, and some grain and a kiss of hops. Mouthfeel is perfectly light and medium carbonation; cleanses spicy food off the palate and thirst quenched my thirst. Great for pairing with spicy Thai food. A great pale lager, here.

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Photo of stevoj
2.09/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pale yellow, with little taste and little aroma. Ordered only because I was in a Thai restaurant. Bland and unexciting (as expected) but puts out the fire

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
2.21/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

So, this one follows the trend of light beers in SE Asia, but I would say this one isn't horrible. It has earned it's place near the top of a lot of light beer drinkers' lists in this region, which I can respect. I personally just don't like light beer. I always try them and hope to be surprised, but this one just falls in the same category, for me, as so many others as "okay."

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Photo of sejorules
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden and clear, it looks like an European Lager. Lots of bubbles appearing. It creates a big, foamy head of 3 fingers that disappears very quickly.
S: Very standard smell. Grassy hops and a bit of malty/bready smell, with a hint of something metallic in the end.
T: The taste follows the smell. Again, very close to what a European Lager offers. Watery, fresh, and some cereals. Perhaps some bitterness, although its hard to tell. The metallic flavor appears from time to time. I like how the flavors are well balanced, not overcoming the others.
F: Although it looks very carbonated, the feel is not like that. It is a very refreshing, very easy to drink beer. Nice feeling, but without anything that is out of the box.
O: Nice beer, nothing impressive. More or less, what you would expect from a European Lager

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Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a lager glass
Coded fill and BB date stamps of AABYDB & AABYDC.

Appearance: Nice gold and white labeling 'says' premium lager. The beer itself is light golden, with good clarity, plenty of visible carbonation and a large, durable, white head. Streaks of lacing get left on the glass.

Smell: Lightly sweet with both grains and hops apparent. Grassy with off notes of an earthy and metallic nature.

Taste: Better than the aroma suggests. Fairly clean with a light hoppy bitterness. Bready malts and, perhaps, corn, are present as well.

Overall: not bad beer, with a decent refreshing flavor, if mild and preceded by a mildly unappealing aroma.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.27/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle pulled from an LCBO singles bin; best before Jun 9 2016 and served slightly chilled. Never had this one before, and now is as good a time as any to tick off my first Thai beer.

Pours a clear straw-yellow colour, generating one finger of soapy, white-coloured head at the surface. It lasts for a minute or so, steadily fizzling off until only a thin, foamy collar remains, along with some wisps on the surface. Neutral aroma that doesn't deviate terribly far from what I'd expect of this style - grainy, pale barley malts and some wet straw/grassiness. Inoffensive at best.

Certainly not the worst imported lager I've ever had - and as far as Asian-produced ones go, this is at least above average. Relatively clean, pale barley malt graininess comprises the bulk of the flavour, with a modest hit of grassy hop bitterness on the back end. Light-bodied, with acceptable carbonation levels for a pale lager and a somewhat prickly feel on the palate. Easy to drink; fans of this beer style would have no trouble plowing through a sixer over the course of a night.

Final Grade: 3.27, a C+. Typically, my reviews are a tad more verbose than this, but Singha is one of those beers that there just isn't a whole lot to say about. It's fizzy, it's yellow, it tastes like beer, and it's at least marginally better than most of its direct competition. If that sounds like it might be your bag, have at 'er. I wouldn't turn this one down, but I can think of no compelling reasons as to why I might want to purchase it regularly.

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Photo of mightyyt
2.51/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I live in Bangkok, so this is my normal session beer. Now that I'm trying to be a more discerning swiller, I ought to rate this stuff. Candor compels me to call a spade a spade. Refreshing on a hot day, and in MHO better as a draft. But not much to redeem from the bottle. Little head, industrial beer colored, virtually odorless, struggling to define the taste....is cold a flavor? Some slight malt and hop hints I guess. This stuff is the main reason I've started home brewing. But, need to keep drinking it for a while longer....I need the bottles.

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Photo of ordybill
3.66/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass. A clear light bodied golden yellow beer with medium carbonation. The aroma is mild with a major part being malt and grains. Has a mild flavor of barley and grain with a modern aftertaste. A great session beer.

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Photo of bsonk
3.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Singha Thai Lager

A: a golden yellowish with foamy white head

S: basic lager hop presence, no off aromas.

T: nice sweet malt, not boring.

M: drinkable but leaves maltiness, not watery.

O: a very nice pleasant lager. Nothing special but good. 3.75/5.

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Photo of Roguer
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden brew, extremely lively and topped with a snow white head. Ok retention. Pale and transparent.

Strong aroma, heavy on barley grains and grassy hops.

Bitter up front, quickly shifting to a slightly sweet, grainy body. Slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Grassy hope with a kiss of lemon; balanced bitterness.

Lively and smooth; fuller side of light.

This is a decent import lager, better than standard AAL fare, but well below widely available European lagers.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear, pure yellow-golden with low or medium retention fizzy white head. Smells grainy, little more. Taste is similar, but honey- or fruit-like sweetness detectable with rindy finish and bready retro-olfaction. Light in body, very crisp, medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
3.86/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.38/5  rDev +45%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice lager from Thailand. It´s the beer of the king and it´s not bad, If I were king I would drink better. Pours clear pale beer with white foam head that doesn´t persist.

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Photo of 50wolves
2.91/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours very pale with some head that disappears quickly, Aroma - fruity smell, reminds me of champagne. Taste - lacking, not sure if it is that I haven't had utility beer for some time but it was rather unnoticeable. Feel - astringent with a warmth afterwards. Overall - I would put in category 'piss beer', it does have astringent elements that I appreciate.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.66/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

Golden clear with a grainy (almost) sour nose. The flavor is a classic adjunct lager; crisp and sweet with a sour hint in this bottle I've not detected previously. First amongst equals in Thai beer.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.96/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw color. White 3 finger head lasting around 2 minutes. Weak legs but high activity.

Faint aromas, but strong flavors of grains and citrus with minimal herbal spices. Rich crisp taste with some pleasant bitterness and slightly sweet.

Slick light body with prickly carbonation. Well intensified finish ending with a thick smoky grainy and lemony, slightly bitter dry mouth coat.

Overall : Surprisingly good rich flavors, great freshness while being a little dry...really impressed! Love this beer!

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Photo of hopmashian
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is my favorite beer to have with Thai food. It goes especially well with spicy Thai chilly basil. It certainly beats the usual "BMC" offerings as well as the Japanese adjuncts. Nicely balanced between malts and hops, finishes slightly bitter.

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Photo of Rod_J
2.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An okay beer but nothing much to make it stand out. Okay look and smell but taste a little too watery for me and not much on mouthfeel. Overall, I would group it with other average beers.

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Photo of leantom
2.11/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This was bad even by euro pale lager standards

L: Yellow, small head, not nearly carbonated enough.

S: Grainy malt.

T: Has a funny aftertaste accompanying the grainy malt. Mostly grainy malt, though.

F: Not carbonated enough.

O: Bad.

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Photo of captaincoffee
2.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I lived in Thailand 4 times and spent a total of about 5 years there, so I felt i should at least take the time to write about their beers...which are all bad. There are a few local brew places that are okay, but the stuff sold in stores is all bad.
Singha used to be the main local beer 20 years ago, but now is considered "premium" compared to the even cheaper and crappier offerings like Chang and Leo. It is still not very good, but better than those other ones. The best Thailand piss beer.

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