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Singha | Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
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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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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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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Pale clear gold with two fingers of white head that lingers about five minutes. Few lacings.
Smell bready malt and some herbal hop aroma.
Taste big surprise is the level of the noble hopping in this beer. The malts are barely able to keep up. Light to medium mouthfeel with proper carbonation level. A lightly dry bitter finish.
Overall an excellent euro lager that has some real flavor. I was not expecting such a tasty beer from Thailand.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.79/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is weak but lightly fruity with a lemon-lime character along with some faint graininess. The body is a brilliantly clear pale amber with an eggshell-white head. Surprisingly flavorful with a grainy sweetness, a lightly spicy/herbal hop flavor, and very minimal hop bitterness. Some of the spiciness and graininess linger in the finish. The body is light and crisp with considerable carbonation.

Quite drinkable and pleasant, perhaps a step up from ordinary.

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Photo of AMDDD
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

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

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Photo of ronbro55
5/5  rDev +65.6%

Excellent beer brewed under German technology. Great head smooth lager beer taste. Tastes best at a beer garden overlooking downtown Bangkok on a typical hot, humid day. Aroi maak maak. Tried it in Bangkok and other cities in Thailand, best beer in the country with Chang a close second.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle with a fill date of 3/4/14 and an exp. date of 3/4/15.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a solid 1-finger thick white head which fades slowly and yields some clumpy lace.

N: Yeasty and lemony, herbal and grassy, mildly sweet malts for balance and a touch of wheat.

T: Clean, light yeast, earthy, grainy, faint lemon zest.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp, mildly dry finish.

O: Refreshingly simple. The understated clean taste really is nice.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a light amber gold with a fat creamy head of white foam. Clear and had bubbles rising to the top. Lovely presentation. You could call it glorious. The nose is sweetened grain. it has a richness on the nose that is deep. A slight hop herbal grass to sweeten it. It drinks well. Hearty grain, dry and robust with plenty of depth and the hops are accents. They add some sweet herbal grass to the palate for definition and depth. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and is not shy. I would call it forcefull in it's malt stature. The malt is the drink. It's pleasing and leaves with a slight bit of dryness and maybe an earthiness that you could call bitter. This was made by a thai brewer who got his training in Germany and it's evdent in this beer. Tall golden liquid grain with a an enthusiastic and crisp presence.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at about 40 degrees at Thai restaurant into small glass
Aroma of grain
Head average (about 2.5 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to broken 2 mm ring
Lacing none
Body light yellow, clear, sparkling
Flavor begins with sweet graininess, short lasting. Some dimethylsulfide noticed; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, dry, soft carbonation

Not a bad beer with Thai food but I wouldn’t recommend it with much else.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
1.97/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The scent is not horrible. But there is something with the malt that I simply do not appreciate.
The taste feels cheap and quite watery with strange tones of hops. Lacks bitterness.

The overall rating is quite low. It is not specially tasty, but it is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.89/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a a clear straw golden yellow, with a half inch head that dissipates almost immediately. Not much lacing.

Smells like basically nothing, unfortunately. A bit of sweet malt and grain.

The taste is similarly light. It's crisp and light, and that's the best thing going for it. It's got a slightly metallic twang that's very off-putting. There is a musty hop leaf type flavor, and some sweet grain.

Light bodied, crisp, fairly drinkable as long as it stays cold.

This is only a slight step above the typical American macro lager. It's high points are how easy drinking it is, and it's a tick from Thailand. But other than that, it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a medium straw amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass with little lacing. Served in a cold glass at a restaurant and allowed to warm up bit before tasting. Mild aroma of sweet malt and a hint of grassy hops; typical Euro pale / adjunct lager. Flavor follows with mild grainy malt with a hint of biscuit and a light grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Light bodied. Quite as expected for a light foreign lager, perhaps with slightly more mildly astringent hop bitterness in the finish than the body can support, but overall a nice neutral accompaniment to my Thai meal, even if not something I would buy as a stand alone ale.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Very pale clear straw, ample loose bubbles, frothy head alike soda- fades moderately quickly, leaves no lacing. Labeling is pretty cool.

S: Not pleasant. Dirty malt, yeast. It's a little off-putting, but not rank.

T: An improvement over the nose. Cleaner malts, a glimpse of a surprisingly and impressively floral yeast finish. Sessionable, if mostly unremarkable.

M: Watery and bubbly, but nothing to gripe about.

O: This could be a guilty pleasure all-night beer with friends. The nose isn't good, but the rest isn't bad.

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Photo of itsscience
2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed with a nice Thai meal; poured out of the bottle into a pint glass.

It pours a super clear light yellow with a small white head and vigorous carbonation. There's a Caro syrup smell all too reminiscent of an Icehouse Lager, with some clean pale malts and a hint of lemon. Tasting it, I get sweet malt, bland soggy grains, and as it warms up, an extremely bitter metallic taste on the back end. It's no wonder they served this in a frozen pint glass. Goes down fizzy with a watery, light body.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $14.00 6pk of 330ml bottles. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Ok. Opens well pours clear and light gold. Not much head after 10sec

S- Not much here at all

T- Ok at best. Lots of carbonation. Little aftertaste. Light on hops and malt. Light on taste.

M- Nothing special but ok. Lots of carbonation keeps this beer alive.

O- Feels like Thailand's Bud or Blue. Mass produced without a lot of character

Food Pairing

This light beer pairs well with anything you would like to have with a Bud.


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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall, a mild but pleasant beer. It reminded me of a Budweiser but with actual flavor and not watery. There's a nice, buttery like smoothness to this beer. And obviously it pairs well with spicy Thai food. The next time I'm at a Thai restaurant, I might have to get a bottle or two with my meal.

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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +65.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

reviewed from notes; 6/17/12.
A:light golden yellow in color with a thick white head.
S: smells really good! sweet malty smell, somewhat wheaty. has slightly sweet caramel flavor as it warms, this stuff is unbelievable!!!
T: great for a lager, everything a lager should be, but most are not!
M: perfect lager: silky smooth feel on the palate - new fav lager!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with FILL 060313 EXP 060314 printed on the back label. I found this oddity at the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack. "The original Thai beer since 1933". My first beer from Thailand. Expectations are average based on the style.

Poured into a miniature pint glass with Victorian carriage artwork.

A - Pours the typical clear lager gold yellow with lots of big carbonation bubbles floating topside. Three big fluffy fingers of bone white foam for a head. It's okay for what it is.

S - The smell is comprised of the usual grainy / corny / husky adjunct maltiness. Dusty, papery, and some artificial syrupy sort of sweetness in the background. Not an appealing aroma.

T - I guess the taste is the standard import lager fare - soggy grains, corn / huskiness, a bit of sweetness, and a sharp metallic bite on the finish.

M - The feel is crisp and clean, light sweetness / graininess lingering on the palate. Some might say it has a light bitterness to it on the finish, also. Light-bodied with good moderate carbonation.

Overall, it's the typical easy-drinking lager fare, similar to other imports I have had from India. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I would surely drink it if the occasion was right. Glad to have tried it, and I look forward to trying more of these strange import lagers.

Singha ---3/5.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Singha, Thailand's Lion beer. All the major Thai beers have an animal as a signet; e.g. Chang is the Elephant, Archa is the Horse, Tiger beer is (no surprises) a Tiger. Singha however has an advantage over the other Thai macros in that it is brewed 100% barley malt - which as I will soon taste - makes for a better Lager.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Carlsberg Lager tulip.

A: Presents a clear straw golden body with a white head that fizzles quickly down to a light dusting.

S: The malt is quite evident and upfront in the aroma, along with some faint grassy hops in the background. There is a note of honey sweetness as well. It does have a refreshing fragrance this Lager.

T: Begins with sweet honey and malt, then mid palate expresses a meaty malt base, with a long dry finish. Crisp, refreshing and a tad watery, as are most SE Asian beers, must be the heat or something [sarcasm intended]. There is an odd feeling on the tongue in the after-taste though, some slimy film coats the taste buds, weird huh?

M: Mid to light body, some slight wateriness with some sharp carbonation (a common Lager characteristic).

D: Apart from that after-taste this is one hard to fault Lager. It does have a bit less yeast and hops than a European Lager, which I personally prefer, but it's a bit of a subjective area when it comes to which beer suits which drinker. The price is right Larry, at around $13 to $16 per 6-pack depending where you get it. Overall a thirst slaking brew of affable character.

Food match: Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian are sure-fire picks. Aside from that BBQ fare is also a great match. One could even see this brew working quite well with sushi.

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Photo of FLima
2.87/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow golden color with a one finger fluffy head with short retention.
Aroma of booze, herbal hops and a mild lemony.
Flavor of sweet pale malt and floral and herbal hops. A light numbing booze, minerals with a spicy sensation. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Decent Pale Lager, with a nice bitterness and great drinkability.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a brillinatly clear light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Smells of sweet bready pilsner malt off set with a light amount of spicy hop and a touch of sulfur and mineral water. The flavor is sweet and a hint tart. Light sugary malt sweetness with a hint of earthy spice. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Middle of the road pale lager. not offensive but not particularly complex either.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of many (over the years) bottles had at a Thai restaurant. Pours a light straw color, a bit darker than most adjunct lagers (this is all-malt), with a lot of white foam. Aroma of malty bread, some grassy/herbal noble-type hops and a whiff of skunk. Overall this beer is very malty, grainy, and bitter, with just a little residual sweetness. Sourdough malt predominates but there is a little hop spice and a fairly dextrinous body. There is a hint of apple but the finish is dry and bitter. A classic pale Euro lager flavor and much less sweet than most mainstream examples of the style. Fewer flaws as well, although there is a little metal and skunk on the palate. Great with spicy curries and stir fried chilli and basil chicken, and has more character than its countryman Chang.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ap- pours a fizzy, completely clear, yellow color with about a 1/2 inch head with below average retention

Ar- straw, barley, tin, and a wee bit of skunkiness

T- not much going on here but it's surprisingly refreshing, has a decent sweet malt flavor, a touch of hops and overall tasty

M- light bodied and well carbonated

O- not a bad beer, I was expecting less flavor considering the lackluster appearance and smell. Much better than a lot of the other more well know euro pale lagers out there.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.00 CDN

Appearance - Very pale golden color poured into glass and 1 finger of thick creamy white head is yielded. Head actually recedes slowly leaving good retention time. Tons and tons of bubbles are apparent. I can tell that the beer is very heavily carbonated without even tasting.

Smell - Nice light malt and hops blend, nothing overwhelming or ground-breaking here, but it smells like good beer. Hints of sweet and bitter notes can be picked up as well but the balance is neutral. There is a slightly weird metallicness on the back end of the whiff that is slightly off putting. This is unusual since it came from a bottle.

Taste - Tastes wet and refreshing, otherwise similar to the smell. There is a bit of sweetness that was detected in the aroma that comes through here. It's a bit too much and detracts from the beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Nice level of carbonation to quaff your thirst that much better yet doesn't feel fizzy. No lingering aftertastes either. Probably the best part of this beer.

Overall - Wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised, especially by the way the bubbles tingle in mouth and on the tongue. Beer is pretty standard otherwise, but would work well with spicy foods in particular.

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Photo of soju6
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a small head that fades quickly to no real lacing.

S: Aroma of fruit malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of malt sweetness with bit of fruit and grain.Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Good beer to relax with in a tropical climate.

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