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Singha - Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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995 Ratings
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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 14
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd visit their website
Thailand

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 rarbring
2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear straw colored beer, a white head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is faintly like grains, sweet lemon and some grass.

Sweetness mainly in the taste, biscuits, some lemon and a light bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a simple body.

Rather easy to drink, nothing unpleasant - or exiting.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in brown glass at least there's a chance this beer won't be skunked on you. Pours fairly standard look and color and smell for cheap American pilsners. Taste actually wasn't bad, a fairly balanced malt and hops and sweetness. I'd take this over Sapporo or Tsintao.

Photo of kentawan
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -Pale golden pour with little head..

S - Smells sweet..

T - very sweet with hints of dieacetyl.. got a bitter end. Best drink cold in hot weather.

M - thin and very refreshing when cold..

D - taste marvellous when taken with spicy South East Asian food.

Serving type: Can.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.72/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled 03/03/10

A - Pours a pale golden hue, fizzy, no head. Not impressive...

S - As for aroma, there is not much, perhaps a bit of mineral and grain.

T - Relative to the brew's other characteristics, this is great. Perfectly tendered sweetness for the style. Suggests (faintly) lychee and pear tempered by an herbal bitterness. There is a tangible caramel note and a hint of diacetyl. Seriously. It is good.

M - Thin, lightly carbonated and generally quite refreshing.

D - Delicious paired with some spicy Pho.

Photo of jdense
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased in PDX, shared with a buddy in The Big, 9.10.10.

Golden body, above average carbonation rising from bottom of wine glass, quite thin layer of white head, quick dissipation with o.k. lacing. Sweet malts (or adjuncts?) dominate the nose, little hop presence. The taste is once again quite sweet, hops not noticeable. Average mouthfeel, not bad effervescence. While I won't hesitate to order one of these with lunch at Beervana's favorite Thai restaurant, this isn't something I'll drink at home again.

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 mikesgroove
2.48/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

amazing that i am actually hunting down some of the worst beers on earth now. i found this and a couple more to help me kick this list on my way home from winston last night and decided to drink them as i was out in the yard all day today. served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 08/29/2010.

pours a very light, nearly crystal clear color. really nothing too it at all with loads of carbonation that form a small head that seems to just last for a brief second then drop off the face of the earth.

aroma is non existent with a light touch of rice and corn, a light grainy presence and that was about it. nothing keeping you awake here. crisp, clean and watery taste with really no defining flavor at all as i struggle to find really any direction in this one at all.

overall i have had worse but it certainly was not worth me tracking down at all.

Photo of Sudsy89
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz. bottle, chilled.

Ordered this with a Thai dinner in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Pours a deep golden color, high carbonation but the head fizzles out pretty fast. I was disappointed in the aroma and taste, thought it was surprisingly "skunky" and harsh, had maybe a bit of sweet rice flavor but the overall feel was a letdown, especially for the price. Not drinkable for me, I wasn't eager to finish the bottle. I'd drink one if I was given one, but wouldn't order it again.

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

Singha is that familiar tone of golden that characterizes seemingly 99% of the world's national brand lagers, a fact that doesn't make it necessarily unattractive but definitely ordinary. Its bubbles defy gravity and shoot rapidly upward, making quite the visual attraction but failing to produce any head. Its clarity allows them to be fully observed.

The aroma, which might be imperceptible to those without a strong sense of smell, is nothing awful but certainly uninteresting, if not somewhat disagreeable. It has a corny must that, without any impression of malted barley or hops, strikes me as being terribly processed. Watering it down wouldn't be the worst thing they could do to the beer.

The flavour wasn't defiled enough with adjuncts so as to make it completely unpalatable, but it's nowhere near neutral or agreeable enough so as to consider it tasteful. It is the taste of raw grains and corn syrup; fortunately, it dissipates quickly and leaves hardly no memory of it on the palate. Once again, there is no impression of any natural ingredients.

Singha might fare reasonably well in terms of its ability to refresh, if for no other reason than that it closely resembles water. It has no prevalent taste, a reserved carbonation and little-to-no bitterness. It fails to distinguish itself from other industrial lagers and offers no sensation or gratification to make it worth trying again (or in the first place).

The fact that most beers, certainly the most common and nearly all mass-produced ones, resemble this - watery, cheap corn syrup - is probably why most people have to acquire the taste for beer and why many never bother to. I'll admit that it took me some time to stomach lagers like this with comfort and, by the time I could, I had already realized there were much better, much more exciting and enjoyable offerings out there.

Photo of spinrsx
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pale yellow, clear, small white fizzy head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Smell - metallic, pilsner skunk, rice

Taste & Mouth - Average carbonation, tastes metallic, skunky, dry finish, and you can taste the alcohol somewhat

D rink - not a beer I'd have again, better off drinking tsingtao

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice looking label and cap.

A- Big bubbles in here. Clear golden with loose white head. Looks okay.

S- Sweet grain and a little burnt cream of wheat.

T- Pretty much the same as the smell. Alcohol is pretty strong. Got to find out what that burnt cream of wheat taste is. I'm getting it in a lot of pale lagers.

M- Quite smooth. Very low or soft carbonation. Pretty dry but it gets countered by the sweetness.

D- Very good. Not offensive enough to stop me from drinking a few.

I'd only drink this again if I was in Thailand. ...okay maybe here if in a thai restaurant.

Photo of wordemupg
2.89/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass july11 2010

A clear pale yellow with about as much carbonation as you can fit in a glass, this alone may be responsible for the decent retention after the foam falls to a 1/4inch

S sweet grains and corn with a little skunk

T says all barley but it tastes as it smells and that involves corn

M thin and over carbonated

D nothing special going on here perhaps it looks better then it actually is

perhaps a safe alternative to the jungle water but other then that I wouldn't go looking for this one

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a small quickly fading head.
Nose shows honey and caramelised malt (much more interesting than I expected) but with very little hops.
Flavours mirror the aromas perfectly, very malty.
Carbonation is pretty high but at least this dries out the sweet malt well.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

0.33ml bottle poured into a chalice.

An Asian beer in all means. It has this crisp and refreshing taste. Smells malt but also rice peel or something. Interesting enough is a characteristic perfume in it. I don't know exactly what it is... It reminds me flowers! :/

A: Pale yellow color with a huge white head which dissipates quickly leaving not much lacings
S: Quite flowery smell. Also malts, hops and rice can be felt
T: The taste of malt is quite good and the hop bitterness is quite present too
M: Very light body with a medium and balanced carbonation
D: It goes easy. A summer beer. Nothing special apart the characteristic perfume

Photo of eschbach
3.55/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. It has a white label with golden writing on it. It's really over styled inn my opinion.

Look: It looks alright. It's a pale golden color and it has a good thick head that vanishes very fast.

Smell: It has strong bitter veggie like smell. And it smells slightly of alcohol.

Taste: It's bitter and crisp. No real unique flavors in this brew.

Drink: It feels alright on the palate somewhat creamy but not like soda water. It's a very smooth beer to drink. It goes down so easy you hardly know you are drinking a beer really.

Notes: Overall a decent Euro Lager but there are better ones out there for the same money. I think this beer is somewhat overpriced. It isn't as good as the cost would indicate.

Photo of scottiesq
3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer. It was clean and refreshing but had a subtle caramel-like taste at the tail end.

Had the small bottle.

Color was average. Smell was hardly of any distinction. But, it was definitely enjoyable. Enjoyed it pre-meal and then with hickory bbq baby back ribs.

It definitely was crisp, and I am looking forward to a tasty spicy meal to complement it.

Photo of benfons
2.89/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale, neither head nor lacing.

S: Some grains and hops, but bearly noticeable, and something unpleasant in the background.

T: Corn, and hops in the aftertaste.

M/D: It lacks a bit of carbonation,for my taste, alcohol is a bit more noticeable thezn you would expect but it isn't overpowering the rest.

Rather a-one dimensional beer , it wouldn't be bad if it hadn't that unpleasant kind of smell and taste in the background.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale yellow with a thin white head that remains. Good lacing as it goes down.
Smell is faint spicey malts, with some light hints of clove. Very faint banana notes as well.
Taste is more faint spiced malts, with a mild, bitter wave following. The malts become a bit bready towards the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp with a little bit of bite from the carbonation. Slightly watery, but with a pretty clean finish. Light body.
Drinkability is very good. Nothing too exciting, but it's refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of berkey
3.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a Pils flute 05/03/10.

This is probably the most yellow beer I've ever poured. Forms a very large light colored head. Retention is actually very good but it eventualy if fades nearly completely.

Not big on aroma but I'm getting some faint bitter hops reminscent of a German Pils, some bready malt aroma, and a slight Heineken-like skunkiness despite the brown bottle.

Flavor follows with some light clean sweetness and actually not as bad I expected based on previous experiences with Pale Lagers from Asia (if you're wondering why I purchased a beer I had such low expectations from it's because I wanted the bottle cap for my collection).

Overall decent for what it is and considerably better than some well known European Pale lagers. May not buy it again soon unless I'm at a Thai resturant but if I was offered this by someone I would certainly accept it. I can see this being effective for cooling down after spicy food.

Photo of sunrisesolara
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.33L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours a pale gold with fizzy 2-finger white head which quickly receeds to a thin ring. Some lacing in the upper third of glass.

S: Grainy malt with a dash of hops, but really, very little to work with here.

M: Light bodied with light carbonation.

T: Sweet malt and light hops provide a dry finish with a lingering aftertaste. Not much to taste here.

D: Nothing objectionable here. A refreshing beer, especially after a day trekking through the sticky heat of Thailand.

Photo of farrago
3.02/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good finger+ of pure white dimpled foam, holds steady for a decent while before breaking across the surface, thin rivulets of lacing cling here and there. Orange to dark gold color consistent throughout, transparent but not watery, very few bubbles to be seen. Beery nose of barley, lentils, lemon peel, metallic rust, honeyed malts and cane sugar, can be slightly offputting at times. Light-bodied with a weak handshake, tries to slip the churning carbonation in there swiftly to create presence and distract from the presence of diverse flavors. Honey, corn syrup, malted milk balls, rice mask a good deal of the more bitter hops and grassiness. Undistinguished florality fills in some blanks through the finish. No real glaring flaws but pretty gosh darn boring.

Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Lives up to its style by pouring a very pale straw, like urine when a lot of water has been drunk. The initially strong white frothy head dissipates rather quickly, though stoically, into nothingness. The nose is faint notes of caramel, wheat, and grasses, with a light syrupy sweetness riding cavalier through it all. The taste brings these elements together, toning down the sweetness a bit and ratcheting up a bland grassiness. The body is definitely on the lighter side, with active enough carbonation and a smooth but watery texture. Overall, not that bad a brew, but definitely nothing to write home from Bangkok about.

Photo of taigor
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing.

S - Grains with yeast and bread. Nothing much going on.

T - Slightly sweet but for a very brief time followed by yeast and bread.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Easy going beer but very plain and simple.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.62/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a few at one of those hot pot restaurants. I discovered I don't like tripe.

Large fizzling white head over a pale god beer. Retention holds for a few. Smells intensely of floral perfume and green apple. Taste is a unique sweetness not unlike sweetened ginger ale.

Not something I would drink for it's own sake, it did compliment my meal perfectly.

Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
70 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.