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Singha - Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 15
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd visit their website

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 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.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.55/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

21.3 oz bottle filled on 1/18/07 best before date 1/18/08.
Pale yellow with a frothy, soapy white head.

Aroma is slightly grainy malt with some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some prickly carbonation.

Flavor is slightly sweet with a mild spicyness and a crisp finish.

Photo of Lupe
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw , with a large white foam head that leaves some tracks of lace along the sides of the glass.

Touch of sweet grain and faint floral hops in the nose, along with a slight metallic aroma.

Has a rich malt sweetness with some grain flavors, followed by a touch citrus. A crisp hop bitterness comes in next to balances things out. Finishes dry with a bit of spice.

Smooth, crisp and very refreshing - perfect with spicy Thai food. At 6%, the alcohol did not show up in the flavor but definitely helps putting out the fire of the Thai chilies.

Not perfect, but very crisp, refreshing, and gets the job done with spicy food.

Photo of SaltyLime
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not a great rating for this beer at all, however, I did chug them down like beer was going out of style when I was passing through Thailand.Once you guzzle down the first few, you start to crave more.

Appearance - Pale yellow with a little foam sliver of a head.

Smell - Pungent. The hops were less floral and more metallic.

Taste - I heard it a million times that it must be brewed in formaldehyde because of the taste. It is very sharp and hoppy. Bitterness was unpleasant. At the same time, it was refreshing and helped put out the fiery Thai food.

Mouthfeel - Sharp.

Drinkability - Drink it extremely cold and you won't suffer as much. When you don't have many other choices, this cheap beer goes down fast. Hangovers are painful.

Scary for a virgin or inexperienced beer palate.

From another website explaining the formaldehyde rumor - "strongly suspect that the originators of the story were -- and remain -- American and British expatriates and soldiers trying to explain what was to them an odd phenomenon. Singha, you see, is not just another ‘international lager.’ It is a relatively strong 6% alcohol by volume, and is an exceptionally bitter lager, at 40 International Bittering Units (by comparison, Budweiser is about 5% ABV and around 11.5 IBU)." = Myth Busted.

Photo of micahgoldfus
2.08/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A light golden look, with a fizzy head that dissapeared quicklys. Not a distinct smell, just somewhat hoppy. The taste is overall unimpressive, dominated by malt, and leaves a dry, slightly bitter, slightly hoppy aftertaste. I have had this beer several times, and its taste can improve depending on what you eat with it. If you have a sweet Thai dish, don't drink this beer. If you have a spicy Thai dish, this beer can provide a decent compliment.

Photo of Daredevil
3.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a typical south east asian brew ... rather light in taste (although the 6.0 ABV suggests otherwise), this seems to be made primarily for thirst quenching .... on overall I would rate this as an average lager, not too bad, but no revelation either ...

there is a rumour going round about formaldehyde being used in some of the asian brews ... not sure what to think about it ... has anyone got any inside infos?

Photo of bluejacket74
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle says fill date of 08/23/06, expiration date of 08/23/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear golden yellow with pretty much no head at all. The aroma is just malt and grain, nothing else that I can tell. Taste is sweet malt and grain, but it's not offensive. There's a little bit of hops in the aftertaste, but there's not much bitterness in the finish. Supposedly it's 6% ABV, but you can't tell that at all. Mouthfeel is light, and it's a bit watery. Drinkability is OK, it's doesn't go down bad at all, and it's relatively easy to drink. Not much to distinguish this from most typical macro lagers, but at least it's not awful. Luckily I just bought a single bottle of this, I don't think I'll seek this out in the future.

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

12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a frothy thin white head - nose of hay , straw , cereal , milk , and slight hopps – taste of malt , wet hay , straw , and acidic – body is acidic , and textured – aftertaste of sweetened malt , and vanilla extract – lingering

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

A typical lager. Nothing spectacular, but it is certainly more palatable than some beers (maybe I should say alleged beers) I have consumed. Appearance and smell are OK. Taste is crisp and not complex, and there is no bitterness, but it has no interesting undertones or hints. A good beer for when you are watching a game or at a party. Worth a try.

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

330 ml brown bottle with 'FILL' and 'BB' dates printed on the back label, poured into my logoed Singha mug.
Pours a pale straw color, clear throughout, thin stream of tiny bubbles. Bright white head an inch high, decent retention.
Pretty basic macro-lager. No off flavors, with some malt and hops. Well balanced, a touch of bitterness in the finish. Appropriate body and carbonation. Smooth, with a crisp and dry finish. No complaints.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.2/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had it before in Aus, but this was reviewed when recently in Thailand.

Pours a watery pale yellow colour with no head.

Nose is pretty insipid, based on light grainy malts or rice. Sweetness, but no fragrance.

Taste is watery, with only a slight hint of sweetness. Slightly yeasty back palate. Very unintrusive. Very uninteresting.

It goes down easily, I'll say that for it. This was fantastic sitting on the beach and looking over Phang Nga bay. As a beer to appreciate though, it's pretty woeful.

Photo of mpyle
3.68/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color, beautifully clar. Creamy white head moderate in size and with good retention.

Malty and some gentle noble hops in the aroma. No off flavors - clean.

Nice malt/hop balance. Significant malt flavor, but sufficiently bittered and attentuated to leave a neutral (but not dry) finish. Clean lager character, but with stronger flavor characteristics than most "American Macro Lager" examples.

Moderate body and carbonation. Very smooth - no astringency, and maybe a slight hint of alcohol warming.

A big flavorful lager. Not as crisp/dry/refreshing as most examples, but the body and flavor make it a nice beer. Maybe just not a refreshing "lawnmower" beer.

Photo of DogFood11
1.61/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz brown bottle. Poured into a pils glass it formed a whispy white head that sticks around for a couple minutes. Leaves a bit of lace with each pull. Not much visible carbonation just a thin string to the surface.

Starts out rather sweet and unbalanced, not a good start for my palate as sweet unchallenged beers don't usually float my boat. There is a bit of raw grain in the background and literally no hops that I can detect with my amatuer palate. Alcohol enters the picture and is a bit annoying in a beer of this nature. A bit hot really at the end of the day.

Notes: I could see this being better with some food. As a stand alone it is not good and not worth another purchase.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.6/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not much flavor for a 6% beer, poured from a bottle, very light beer and very typical for Asia. It did seem fairly balanced. Not much aftertaste as the damn beer did not have much taste to begin with.

Due to the freshness, this could be a decent session beer as this 22oz bottle had a fill of Aug. 17th 2006, just 10 days old! Why can't they make an Imperial version? After just 2 days in Asia, I would do anything for an Ale, Porter, or Stout.

Photo of zuggy9
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good solid lager, which is a perfect compliment to Thai food, and is generally available at Thai restaurants. Pour pale gold with almost no head retention. The smell is fairly typical with a bit of a hoppiness to it, and the taste is bitter bit balances well, particularly with a spicy curry. Well carbonated and good well with the meal but not likely more than a couple bottles.

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 IntriqKen
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After much arm twisting from my local liquor store owner ("try it....it's great") I picked up a single of this.
Hmmm....light golden with a half finger of white that melts away completely.
Aroma is pretty typical american macro lager...lager yeast...sweet malt...probably some corn in the aroma although I don't think they use it as an adjunct.
Lightly sweet malt gets overcome by (dare I say it?) HOPS...lots of drying, citrus hops. Nothing I can really identify, but they are there and make this a crisp and refreshing brew with nothing obnoxious about it
Think spicy foods and bar-b-que and just plain hot summer days.
You won't go wrong with this beer from Thailand.

Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
70 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.