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Singha - Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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BA SCORE
70
okay

1,026 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,026
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 17
Gots: 95 | 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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Ratings: 1,026 | Reviews: 449
Photo of JamesS
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried it with Thai food at a Thai restaurant on Christmas Day, it poured out the standard straw colored lager with tons of carbonation, although it did have some great head to it. Nice crisp and clean malty scent, with a nice clean taste. Went down fine and I would try it again, but probably only with Thai at a restaurant. Just a nice decent macro lager.

Photo of GPHarris
3.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - poured a four-fingers thick off-white head into a weizen glass. the head was fizzy and bubbbly, the body was a clear and bubbly golden color. left nice sheeting and lace.
s - grainy, floral and metallic. mostly metallic.
t - sweet and malty with a hint of fruits.
m - thin and slick.
d - ate this w/ some sushi and it's a good beer to pair with.

Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

400th review

Pours a pale yellow color with a head that's abundant at first and later fades, leaving a bit of lacing. Aroma is one of adjuncts, sweet and typical for the style. Taste is bitter and sweet upfront with a smoothness at the back of the throat. Goes down ok but with that bitterness I described.

An average version of this style. It's nothing special except that I'm always looking for opportunities to try beer from other countries (other than Germany, Belgium and the UK) and even if they're bland, oh well.

Photo of BiereBlanche
2.36/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle from a 6-pack

A very pale, very clear straw yellow covered with a weak, white head despite a rough pour. The one finger cap dissappears quickly, leaving almost no trace aside from a few scare groups of bubbles that are destined to last only a few more minutes.

The smell is not unpleasant, it is simply weak. A lightly sweet smell, not much of anything really going on, not unpleasant or flawed.

The taste is light. A malty sweetness is shortlived and carbonation and bitterness comprise the mid-taste.Slightly sweet, crisp aftertaste. Nothing unpleasant from the 6 per cent ABV.

Light mouthfeel, mid to high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

This is a pretty simple beer, but really not unpleasant, there are certainly worse drinks to sip on while enjoying a meal. Singha is light, crisp and good for a macro offering.

Photo of biggmike
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with a decent white head that lasted a while. Aroma is typical American macro-brew, nothing really that discernible. Taste is malty, but not much in the way of a hop character to it. Mouthfeel is okay and beer is pretty smooth. Drinkability is fairly high, as there is nothing really offensive about it. Not an abundance of taste or aroma, just your typical lager and nothing else.

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 SargeC
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium yellow color with flowing carbonation and a white head

Smell: Chemicals and light hops.

Taste: Rowdier flavor than Singha Gold. Initial minor hop flavor quickly dissipates into a chemical aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Heavy for an Asian beer.

Drinkability: Good when very cold on a Thai afternoon. Some bars in Bangkok will serve it over ice to maintain optimal temperature.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a pale color with lots of carbonation tracing on the sides, a fun beer to watch.

Smell- Light in the nose but with somthing I cant quite place in it, interesting though.

Taste- Fairly average macro flavor but with a little more body and an unusual tang, kind of spicy.

Mouthfeel- Light but one of the heavier macros I had, an interesting combination.

Drinkability- An ok beer to sit back and enjoy with a spicy Thai meal, not one of my favorites though.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.82/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this one with my new neighbor David who's Taiwanese and who is a big fan of Chinese brews, Japanese brews, ...basically any Asian beer. I thought that this was Chinese, but I see that is is actually Thai. Never had a Thai beer before.

A - Clear burnished gold brew that supports a one finger white head that is in no hurry to drop to a thin cap. This looks like, but is maybe a shade darker than your average American macro lager.

S - Smells strange. I can't put my finger on it, but there is something different about this one. It has some musty and dank overtones with some nice floral hop aromas.

T - Again, very strange. It's got a sweet malt base that reminds me of the hard candy coating of a chocolate tootsie roll pop. There are some dank and grassy hops on top of the candy coated malt that remind me of a bitter grassy lager like Heineken or Becks. Not bad.

M - Thicker than other macro lagers, but still pretty light bodied. Quite a bit of carbonation is there, and the finish is bitter and slightly dry with a little bit of a metallic twang.

D - Not bad. I would definitely have this again if I saw it at a Thai restaurant and I think that it would complement spicy food, but I wouldn't go out of my way to bring any of this oddball brew home.

Photo of skillerified
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A straw golden color, crystal clear with lots of big carbonation bubbles. Decent head, about a half finger, with decent retention. Moderate to weak lacing.

Lots of fruit up front, tropical mostly, a little citrus. Does seem to have a backbone of non-distinctive grains and, maybe, probably, a little rice. But the fruit is pretty over powering. Actually reminds me somewhat of a Duvel, just much sweeter smelling.

A little disappointed with the taste. This was shaping up to be much better than I expected, until I tasted it. It's not that it's bad, just that it's predictably not good. Flat, generic grain and rice flavor pretty much from beginning to end. Actually tastes a little like water on the finish. Running air over it in your mouth simply produces a pungent alcohol smell. That said, it's not undrinkable. Non of it is particularly bad tasting, just not good either.

Sweet early, a touch bitter late. Light on the palate. Sort of boozey though (a surprise). Good carbonation prick, as would be expected by the looks of this brew. Light and quiet finish.

Would probably make a great palate cleanser for most Asian dishes. I'd pick this up in a restaurant. Far from good, but certainly an adequate brew for the proper occasion.

Photo of burnstar
3.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale clear straw with a decent head. Smell is grassy hops. Some sweetness in the backround. Fairly typical macro aroma. Taste is sweet with grassy herbal hops. Actually surprised at the hop presense here. I mean there aren't a ton of hops but quite a bit for the style. Pleasant bitterness. Balanced. Light to medium mouthfeel. Well-carbonated. I actually wouldn't mind drinking several of these. Would be nice with spicy food. Overall, for the style, this is quite nice surprisingly.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.56/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Way past time I got around to this one. Thought I had, actually...

Lightly hazed golden hue, smallish, but staying, white head.

Faint, soft, clean nose. Nothing much in here.

Taste: clean, empty, ...wet. No real flavor. Spritzy, lemony feel, small hops linger back in the throat after floating on the tongue. Makes a small impression.

Lightness in body, and faint in flavor. But, am I holding my breath for a Thai barleywine, or chocolate stout? No, sir, ree...this must go excellently well in the heat, and the alcohol makes it's presence known before too long,...excessive imbibement can bring on some crazy Bangkok nights.

Photo of BBM
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, fizzy yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma was grainy and a bit metallic.

I was prepared to hate this beer, but to be honest it's not bad for what it is. It goes down smoothly, has an enjoyable sweetness, and doesn't leave a skunky aftertaste in the mouth. Now, of course it has its limitations, but it's better than I was expecting. As it says under the score, this one is worth a try.

Photo of cyrenaica
1.83/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle
6.0% ABV
I tried this beer on September 14, 2007 at 'The Beer Bistro' in Toronto. The beer poured a dark translucent gold with a light whit head. The aroma was slightly malty with a whole lot of grain. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was very grassy. Not a beer I will buy any time soon (if ever again) but it does knock another country off my beer passport

Photo of goochpunch
3.77/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the typical pale golden straw color as many other Asian and Latin American lagers. Keeps a thin lace of head atop the beer. Smells of pale malts with a hint of cooked vegetables and a touch of tea hops. Some bread and honey are in the background. Taste reminds me a lot of Heineken: pale malts and faint adjunct graininess. This one, though, has a bit more of a nice, bittering hop kick and a welcome alcohol warmth from the 6%. Mouthfeel is prickly but rather substantial in weight. I'm actually impressed with this. I see this falling more in line with the "Euro pale lagers" (or however you want to deal with the arbitrary pale lager style guidelines) rather than "American adjunct lager". This beer is going extremely well with some lamb and lentil soup I cooked up.

Photo of enfield249
2.06/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - Light gold in color. Pours with very little head. A slight ring of white foam hangs around the edges.

S - Adjuncts. Not clean smelling, kinda musty.

T - Very little flavor, only on the last little bit is there anything. Not good, I'm not sure how to describe it. DMS, wet corn?

M - About right for a lager. Sharp from carbonation. It's there, then gone with little to note.

D - Meh. Well, I guess I would pick this over a Bud, but that is about it. And only if I was in Thailand.

Photo of shivtim
2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Similar to other SE Asian lagers, but with a bit more alcohol. Pours clear yellow with a small white head. Nose is as expected, but maybe with a tiny bit of sweet fruit. taste is metallic, grainy, yeasty, with some alcohol and slight hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability both poor to ok.

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

A very light and pale blond color. White head, not too compact. Lively carbonation.
Usual banal malt ans stale hop smell. A light metallic note.
Same thing about the taste of this beer.
Anonimous, usual trivial macro lager.
Nothing to talk about.
A row of 2s.

Photo of eballard
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a pale golden straw color with a foamy bright white head that disappeared quick and left just a little lace on the glass. It had a sweet grain smell it a little bit of a flowerily perfume to it. There was also a little bit of a carbonation aroma at first. The beer had a malty sweetness and a grainy flavor. It had a little bit of a hops bite but over all a very crisp flavor that finishes fairly clean. It has a light, smooth, crisp feel that in the end is very refreshing. All in all I would say there wasn’t any thing too surprising with this beer it was done well for your typical lager with nothing to great to speak of.

Photo of johnnymoto
4.2/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is defintely a great lager with or without the food. Read the Singha table tent that was on my table as I was eating and found out that the owner of this brewery many years ago traveled to Germany to learn how to make Thailand's first beer.

The color was a nice pale golden hue and smelled like all barley. The first sip was very flavorful and it ended with a very nice hoppy taste. It definitely cleansed my palate nicely while I was eating my spicy Thai food. I definitely recommend anyone to try this when you get the chance. Cheers!

***Edit...found out through the BA mag that it is made with 100% barley malt with no adjuncts which is a plus in my book****

Photo of irishkyle21
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My girlfriend picked up a six pack for me. Nice of her but the beer is not anything special. Pretty much your typical macro with a bit more flavour and a higher abv. Clear golden colour one of the most transparent beers I have ever seen. The nose is malty and sweet with a hint of alcohol and slight skunky notes.. Pretty much tastes like it smells. Well I am glad she didnt buy a 12. But I can stomach a 6 or leave them for my friends who don't really care what they drink.

Photo of beachbum1975
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They sell this bottled beer at my favorite Thai resturant in Cinicinnati, called Arlo Dee's. It poured a crystal clear yellow with a small white head that evaporated quickly. Because the wife and I were having Thai, we thought we would stick to getting a Thai beer. I consider it very similar to many of the asian lagers out there like Sapporo, Asahi, etc - with no real thrills.

Smelled like metal, rice and corn with a mild, sweet after taste.

Good session beer if the local mini-mart is out of Budweiser (ha!).

Photo of hero27
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle..cool design on the cap if that counts for anything.

I was told to try this from a foreign exchange student that lived with a friend of mine..and since it turned out to be a legitimate beer, I obliged.

Pours a light gold color with a surprisingly frothy head. Plenty of carbonation keeps this beer active.
Grassy hop aroma..herbal and grainy.
Flavor is slightly sweet and finishes dry. A bit of graininess but remains crisp and drinkable.
Carbonation is about right for the style. Light body but has a crisp, thirst-quenching quality.
Overall, I would certainly choose this over most American macros in the summer..if anything just to change things up a bit. Worth a try if you've never had it.

Photo of jayfarley3
2.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass from an 11.2oz bottle

A- poured a very light straw color with a white head that retains itself nicely.

S- aroma has a slight malt sweetness to it, other than that i dont really smell anything.

T- very clean tasting with a hint of sweetness, not very flavorful.

M- light bodied, goes down very smooth.

D- not a bad beer for what it is, i guess it would be a good beer to get drunk off of with 6.0 and pretty much goes down like water.

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

Purchased overseas while visiting Thailand. Easy to get a hold of over there it's sold at almost every corner store.
Clear straw color slightly murky. leaves a while head that sticks around for a bit. smells of floral hops. taste hoppy and bitter not to my liking. Drinkability- decent when served REALLY cold on a hot day. leave this on the shelf.

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Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
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