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Singha - Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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926 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 10
Gots: 50 | 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:
"100% barley malt beer"

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 07-20-2001)
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Photo of cbl2
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Crystal clear pale gold/straw with 1/4" white head.


Crisp, clean with a faint "beer" aroma, though no other discernible smells.


Very crisp and smooth with nice sweet kick of malt in the finish. Nothing exceptional, but a pleasant, easy to quaff brew.

Note: I wish I could be more descriptive in my review, but this is not the type of beer that lends itself to description. It simply is. Neither good, nor bad.

cbl2, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light gold color with one finger of head. There is just a little bit of lacing. The smell is fairly sweet and malty, some grassiness. A light aroma, very faint. The taste is malty at first with a touch of sweetness. Slightly hoppy finish. A little adjuncty. The mouthfeel is a little light and watery, and the drinkability suffers some. Just an average lager.

SheepNutz, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of canadianbarman
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--Came in a differant style of brown bottle, 355 ml. There was a bottled on and freshness date on the back. Poured an average color, with a nice head that thinned but stayed, allowing some lacing. Minor amount of carbonation bubbles were present.
--Smell was sweet, almost like corn.
This was my first try of a Thai beer and I found it to be good. Kind of sweet. I must say that this was one of the better malt liquors that I have tried. I was actually eating spicy Thai food at the time and they went together great. I could see myself drinking lots of this beer in Thailand but not too often at home.

canadianbarman, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
3.8/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a suprise this was. Pours a light golden yellow with a foamy frothy head that retained farely well. Lacing was gobbing down the glass with each sip. The smell was of corn and grain, slight alcohol scent, a little roasted malt detected. The taste was smooth and sweet. The crisp refreshing hops went well with the caramelly smoothness. A medium bodied lager. Hints of fruit bring up the rear, a great lager. Very drinkable, great with kung pao chicken or spicy foods.

beertaster13, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of thinkbreakfast
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this paired with gang dang.

For some reason this beer reminded me of Labbat Blue. The friend that bought it for me disagrees, and calls it "the smoothest, best tasting beer ever".

What made this beer stand out from others like it was its dryness. The malt was well hidden behind this crisp dryness and lingering hops. The hops didn't bite, per se, but squeezed the tongue through out the taste.

thinkbreakfast, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of DrJay
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very clear, pale golden with a very thin white head that didn't last long. Stale hop smell, sweetness evident with a characteristic lager sharpness. The flavour was lightly sweet with some bitterness balancing things at the finish. Fairly well balanced with a light body.

DrJay, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled a malt liqueur, a bit worrisome…

Enjoyed at a nice Gloucester Thai restaurant. Pours an appealing bright gold, with a white and lacy head. Smells crisp and pilsner-like. This beer isn’t bad. It focuses on the spiciness of the hops. A crisp and refreshing beer, this does what it was designed to do, compliment Thai food, but in my opinion it can’t compete with the best Czech pilsners.

RocketWidget, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
2.48/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

paired with spicy squid and chinese broccoli and rice noodles at Southeast Asia.

Brilliant clear gold. Paperwhite head that waits until you look away to fall flat on its back. No, less than flat. There's just the amber liquor sitting there, looking as if no bubbles had ever graced its surface. Even topping up the glass fails to resurrect the head.

Sweet cut-hay scent. Mild slightly spicy bitterness up front followed by a moderately heavy sweetness verging on corn syrup. Full-bodied. Bittersweet aftertaste like, like marmalade? Weird, but it does a good job with the smoky red pepper in the food.

And then about halfway into the bottle, a mask of pressure settles around my eyes and sinuses. I check the bottle and find a freshness label--"FILL 122503"--so it's not that old a bottle. The discomfort lets up in a little while, but it's unsettling. I think I'll try something else for Thai food next time.

gentlebubbles, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like a draft I had in college only more malty. Pepper lemmongrass licorice spice. No aroma. Bit of foamy soap suds on yellow. Mid-sip notice acidic sour and grainy and it would calm very spicey food, about it. Touch of hops. Refreshes more than water.

Sammy, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid yellow color with hints of gold. Medium sized head of moderate bubbles that stuck around for a while. Aroma is sweetness, grains (mostly cooked rice) and a slight floral notes. Flavor was generally mild with sweetness and malted grains. No hop or yeast profiles to speak of. Very clean and refreshing.

Had this last night at a wonderful family-run "like you get in Thailand" Thai restaurant. It paired up with spicy baked/fried fish and spicy curry very nicely. I probably would not drink this in those times when "I want a beer", but it worked well in this setting. I'll admit that my ratings may be a little higher because I had it with good food.

Dukeofearl, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of PartyHatjo
2.15/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I sampled this brew at "The King and I" in Boston. They gave me a very small Singha glass to pour it in...which of course yielded to cracks from some people at the table how Asians can only drink half a beer (there were a lot of Asians there and didn't seem to mind the crack). On to the review:

Appearance: Straw/golden color...definitely approaching orange. White head is very airy and lasts for half the glass (all 6 oz of it!).

Smell: Some sweetness...no hoppiness. Very, very bland.

Taste: Meh

Mouthfeel: Little body to try and balance out the alcohol in this "Malt Liquor"

Drinkability: I wouldn't have ordered it if I wasn't at a Thai restaurant, but I wouldn't hesitate to have it again (at a Thai restaurant).

PartyHatjo, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of nortmand
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually had this for the first time less than 5 miles from the source in Bangkok, while visiting my wife's parents.
Pours clear and golden, "richer" looking than other beers in this style.
Smell is a bit off putting, smelling kind of malty sickly sweet.
Tastes pretty average, going down smooth, but highly carbonated. I mean highly!
Very drinkable in Thailand (85F and 80% humidity), considering the lack of local choices and the abundance of foreign crap (i.e. Heineken and Corona).
Oddly enough, in Thailand the locals drink this on the rocks.

nortmand, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A straw-golden pour with a medium white head. The heads fades quite quickly and the beer looks much like apple juice. The nose is moderately malty. Taste wise i found the maltiness was accompanied with a grainy sweetness that stayed through the finish. A pretty light mouthfeel, nice carbonation, but light. This an slightly below average beer as it stands. An easy drinker but not one that i would return to on many occasions. Overall, a light malty beer of little distinction.

Popsinc, May 20, 2004
Photo of tjd25
2.4/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color. The head disappeared very quickly. The smell was the worst thin in this beer: a cheap lager smell, but with something rotten in it at first. Very bad. It gets better after a while.

The taste is of a very basic lager, with maybe a bit more hops, and a thicker mouthfeel and aftertaste. The bitterness wasn't enjoyable. Maybe a very light aspect of caramel, but it's well hidden. I don't think I'll drink that one again, unless I'm forced to do so...

tjd25, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of merlin48
2.1/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, pale yellow, with a rocky, white, two finger head that leaves minimal lace behind. Not bad looking, except for the lack of color.
Aroma is hoppy, with lemon, hay, and a sulfuric note that reminds me of Euroskunk hops of the Heineken variety.
Mouthfeel has medium carbonation, a metalic presence, and an unpleasant sulfuric note.
Taste has very little malt presence, some skunk, and a dominant taste of cardboard. Alcohol is well concealed, which is the highlight of this brew. Some adjuncts add a vague offnote to the already unimpressive taste.
Very disappointed in this one, as I love Thai food.

merlin48, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not too impressive on the outtake, Singha is a weak yellow color with minimal head. I like the bottle and label quite alot though, especially the punty little shape.

The smell is the redeeming factor, besides the 6% alcohol, of this beer: good balance of floral hops and malt sweetness, surprisingly potent.

The taste is...barely interesting and reminds of many "cheap" beers available here in Japan, light malt flavor and...that's it almost. Light hop dryness at the conclusion. Mouthfeel is also unimpressive, with moderate and fairly sharp bubbles.

I can imagine drinking this beer with a meal and not even bothering to notice what type of beer it was, nor even thinking to. Unmemorable.

donnebaby, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of woemad
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.49. I bought this because I had never had it and was curious what a beer from Thailand would be like.

Poured a very pale gold. No haziness whatsoever. I could read a book on the other side of the glass. Very slight white head. sheets of lacing that ran down the glass quickly.

Smell was a bit skunky, and what there was beyond that was primarily mild sweet malts and inoffensive hoppiness. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste was not very different from smell. Essentially, this is a fizzy pale lager. While it is better than the average big 3 product in terms of flavor, the term “damning with faint
praise” comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is typical of a fizzy pale lager.

Drinkability is ok, if there’s nothing else besides really awful swill. Hopefully, that situation hopefully will not arise.

woemad, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold color.

Smell is sweet and grassy with a bit of perfume scent to it.

Taste is sweet with as sort of apple cider flavor. As I drink this the grassiness and bitterness builds up. A pleasant Asian beer, probably a bit better than Tsingtao.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good brew for Thai food.

Zorro, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of EagleTalon
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Label says "FILL 072403" on back (a "born on date of sorts?")

Pours to a white head that eventually fades to a thin ring of bubbles and no lace. Urine-yellow color and ample carbonation. Sulfury smell eventually fades away revealing sweet, "lagery" malt aroma with a little hops. Flavor is european lager-like with extra sweetness and alcohol flavor. This is what American malt liquor should taste like! 6% alcohol by volume helps you feel good fast. Tingly mouthfeel aided by hops and alcohol. Not bad for a big-brewery style beer. Quite drinkable and would go well with Thai food. This brew goes down fast and easy for a 6% beer so be careful. Especially in Bangkok.

EagleTalon, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of Redrover
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this one at Bamboo Thai in Elmhurst, IL.

Beer pours a very light yellow with a fluffy but quickly disappearing head.

Not a ton of nose with this one. Some malt/corn smell and a clear whiff of alcohol.

Taste is on the bland side. A little sweetness and a bare minimum of hop bite. Seemed to get a little sour as I worked to the ½ way point of the bottle. Really nondescript except for the fairly strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel was thin. Drinkability is tougher, this is not a session beer, but even given its short comings, it went well with the tasty Thai food that this restaurant offers. Perhaps the good food raised the score of this otherwise mediocre beer. I noticed this is labeled a malt liquor, is that due to the 6% alcohol?

Redrover, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
3.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a typical macro pilsner, straw yellow with a foamy white head that receeds quickly. No lacing. Yawn.

Smell: Suprisingly floral aroma, quite hoppy indeed. Nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow, this is actually quite a competent pilsner. Starts out with a sweet mouthful of malt before the hops come through with a bracing bite. Crisp and rich, with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. The ABV is well-concealed, but no doubt adds to a fairly smooth and dense mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good; tasty, crisp and substantial--great with Thai food. While Asian beers tend to be pretty mediocre, IMHO, this is a top-notch pilsner that will hold its own with its Euro counterparts. No Urquell or Czechvar, but good stuff.

WetCoaster, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of jtfest
1.68/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Singha's initial dollop of sweet maltiness is immediately followed by a crisp, crackling hop character that turns sweetly grainy in the aftertaste -- or so claims the 365 days of beer calendar that I got for Christmas. I'm trying as many of the recommended beers on the day they appear and, unfortunately, January 7th was Singha. It looks and smells like a cheap lager, virtually no head and virtually no taste. It’s a bit thicker on the palate than American crap beer, but it's your basic "serve cold, swill it down, catch a buzz" beer for the masses.

jtfest, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of JustinBathurst
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

OK, pours pale straw, very little head forms. Just enough to cover the top of the beer, but not thicker than a bubble or two. This makes me wonder what's different about the bottle I had compared to others who speak of a huge foam.

Skunked somewhat. Smells of old grass. Malt mixed with a subtle fruity sweetness at first, but over time quite a big fruity aroma emerges. Let me say this--the aroma is quite unique.

The carbonation seems subdued, but it feels hot to the tongue. One glance at the glass reveals the carbonation exists in large amounts. This beer coats your tongue more than I'm used to.

Taste is overwhelmingly sour. A slight bitter finish (and I mean slight) that becomes more noticeable as you drink. Sour start sets the tone. An old kind of sour lemon taste (old as in off, not nostalgic). Aftertaste is very citrus, with bitter overtones. In time, the tongue feels 'spiced'. At first, the high alcohol content isn't noticeable, but after half a glass, I could feel and taste it. As it warms, the grainy character emerges in the flavour and it becomes less citrus.

This beer isn't as bad as I imagined it to be, but it's quite different from what I usually favour. I was ansty about trying this one, but I would recommend this to people as an extremely unique, if not exciting, beer.

JustinBathurst, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of theozag
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Singha is labeled as a "malt liquor," so i'm not entirely sure if it even qualifies as a beer. but i suppose, since it's on this website, it must be loosely related to other products of barley malts and hops. This Thai beverage pours golden and builds a very thick, frothy, white head. The bubbles on top gradually thin out to form a film or center patch of whiteness, but the head never dies away entirely. Singha smells "floral." Actually, "floral" is the word I used to describe this beer to my mother, who asked about it after the first bottle I tried. The smell is a little like a wildflower bouquet with heavy dose of lemon juice.

It starts mild and crsip with some acidic quality, but not a lot of distinct flavor. As it settles onto the tongue, Singha becomes light-bodied and smooth, but with complex sour notes. Fruit-like flavors are also discernible when the beer is fresh from the refridgerator. It finishes rather unpleasantly. Singha rolls off the tongue quickly, but its aftertaste comes back with a vengenance. The beer's leavings become a lot like cough syrup as you get to the bottom of the glass. The heavy taste sits in the center of your tongue for a long time after the bottle has been put in the recycle bin.

theozag, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of mwrseeley
3.9/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprise surprise. Just when I was beginning to sour on Asian beers, along comes Singha to lend me an ounce of faith.

It is a normal looking brew. A small, creamy-headed straw-coloured beer with lots of continuous bubble action.

Citrus aromatics have been coupled with a fine sulfuric sweetness; a balance of which I am fond. The taste was a nice balance of moderate flavours that had a lengthy duration. But it is on the palate that Singha excels. Lively carbonation is added to a full and creamy texture. Very nice stuff.

Singha is a bit creamy and sweet for me to want to drink more than a half dozen at one sitting, but it is a damned nice beer and one I heartily recommend.

mwrseeley, Dec 27, 2003
Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
70 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.