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Singha - Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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BA SCORE
71
okay

951 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 10
Gots: 59 | 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:
"100% barley malt beer"

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 07-20-2001)
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Photo of beersarang
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw with a little white head, overall very standard macro, but head retains a tiny bit better.

slight grain in the nose with perhaps a touch of hop oils

Very thin malt profile, slight corn presence, marked spicy hop bitterness defines the character of this brew. The hop quality is nice but there is no balance at all. Grain and corn in the exhale. Alcohol has some presence.

Light bodied, stiff carbonation, goes down like any other macro.

A pretty solid standard macro lager from Thailand, pairs well with spicier foods.

beersarang, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow; the semi-compact foam builds a quite high head.

The smell is dry-bitter, fresh and rather neutral.

The bitterness is surprisingly large; it is almost like drinking a German pilsner. There are some notes of dry malt, some white bread and a fine citric touch. The aftertaste is a bit bitter sour with notes of lemon/lime. It is rather long and dry.

Mouthfeel is quite strong and pleasant with lots of big bubbles.

A good lager with more flavour than I had expected, and it works very well with spicy food.

bark, May 28, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.03/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a gold color lager with some great carbonation resulting in a medium head with standard retention. Aroma is quite weak with some malt and light alcoholic side to it. Malty taste with some hops and some subtle floral notes. Light alcohol burn made this a little less unpleasant though.

Phyl21ca, May 16, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special here. Poured out to a clear yellow color with a short lived foamy head. Odors were a bit skunky, but not enough to make the beer undesireable. Flavors of corn and malt were detected. Finished rather crisp, with a touch of bitterness on the aftertaste. Worth a try, but not anything to go out of your way to find.

Frozensoul327, May 15, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average lager. A light weak on the appearance: good head, but very delicate colour. Smells crisp, fresh and malty. Taste is malts, some sort of adjunct (corn? rice?) and a sort of cut grass taste that I've found in the S. E. asian/Indian lagers I've tried.

Decent, drinkable. Refreshing on a hot day. Probably works wonders in the hot tropical climate.

My bottle gave a web address (www.singha.com) that does not work and was stamped "for export only"...interesting considering they sell the same stuff in Thailand. (Maybe this is a way of determining what's to go overseas and what's to be sold domestically).

BDTyre, May 05, 2005
Photo of pootz
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours out like another pale, stale straw colored lager...poor head retention modest lacing, sharp carbonation. nothing spectacular in the nose...some sweet grainyness, light grass tones. Sharp up front peppery ( aggressive carbonation) nice biscuit malt spine with lemony hop balance... clean sharp finish with a citrus-bready after taste. Not bad...the distinct malt backbone was a pleasant surprise and the lemon departure of the hops near the finish give you the impression this is a sharp spritzy helles. Just the thing to knock back with some spicy Tai Bar BQ.

pootz, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of scaliasux
2.17/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Light gold. Fizzy head with little retention. No lacing. Thoroghly average for macro.

Smell - Definitely stronger than most macros. Sour smell, like lemons or green apples. Maybe a touch of the funk? Few if any beer odors.

Taste - Definitely more flavorful than common American macros. Just a touch of initial sweetness followed with somewhat unexpectedly strong bitterness. A little undertone of something chocolately or malty. Flavor is not entirely good though, tastes a little off, a little too sour and bitter. Maybe its just not as "even" tasting as it should be as a light lager.

Mouthfeel - Mine seems a little undercarbonated and too watery.

Drinkability - I'm having trouble finishing this one. Seems a bit too bitter to fit in as a hot afternoon beer. Not very refreshing and leaves a sour taste in my mouth. More flavor, but that's not always good.

The Bottle definitely gives the impression that I'm drinking something impressive. The glass I just emptied does not labor under that misapprehension. Yeah you get a little more flavor and a little more booze and maybe that helps you know you're alive, but this beer simply doesn't taste very good and likely won't have you coming back for seconds.

scaliasux, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very oddly shaped 12 oz. brown bottle. Medium gold color, with a big white head that fades to an unveven rocky surface. Not getting much in the smell department. Very metallic and citrusy, a very noticable hop presence. Full bodied and grainy, this is an interesting beer, one that actually has something more than your standard import lagers.

TastyTaste, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You’ve just spent a day staring at countless Buddhas in some museum, or at crazy psychedelic story paintings at the palace, or you’ve just baked in the sun on the beautiful Koh Samet beaches. What do you do to wash down a hefty serving of late night Kee Mow noodles? You really shouldn’t have that bomber of Carlsberg, please don’t drink the skunked Tiger either. You really must have a Singha.

It looks just like every evil American macro in the world, with a tepid head, light carbonation, and neon yellow coloring. It only has a faint malt/grain aroma. The flavor isn’t overly malty, has virtually no hops, and probably has rice or some other adjunct thrown in to help destroy any flavor that might be had.

In Thailand, I had no clue as to what 40-42°C meant in American terms. I just knew that it was friggin hot and humid. In those conditions, Singha becomes some magical, ultra-quenching elixir when it is the only thing to offer. Plus, it doesn’t destroy your liver half as fast as the glycerin filled Tsang Thip or Mekhong “whiskies.” Among the assorted crap and skunk brews you will find while in SEAsia, this is truly the king of beers. (Note: Except for the bombers of Guinness available in Kuala Limpur for a dollar or so…)

Probably better on tap at the open-air beer markets during the winter. But I’m no snob. I’d have mine anywhere, including late night plastic tables outside AM/PM, throwing rocks at stray dingoes.

Dithyramb, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of KoG
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled glass... oh well. Kept an inch thick head for atleast half of the consumption. Other than that it's a pretty typical pale straw.

Smell is clean when cold, but turns to grain and corn when it warms. Not bad for what it is.

Taste is clean and crisp. Very very slight hop presence and no off flavors. Becomes sweeter upon warming. Goes down clean and smooth, very good with spicy Thai food.

Not something that I would go out and get, unless adjunct lagers were the only fare or Thai food is involved, but a rather solid lager.

KoG, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of Hop2it
3.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't think any other reviewers had a chance to try this on tap, but if they find themselves in Thailand, they certainly should give it a try.

It's 9:00 pm and it's still over 90 degrees as I'm sitting at an open-air cafe eating salty-pork fried-rice in an omlette. In the mug it is a light golden hue. 99% of you will freak to hear that there is a inch solid block of ice on the bottom of this mug, recently taken out of an ice box. After a few minutes the ice pops to the top for a brief second of befuddlement.

Awesome. I never wanted to see ice in my beer until I've sweat through my shirt, boxers, and slacks. Refreshing doesn't even describe it. If you tried it in the comfort of your easy chair in a cozy den, you probably won't get it, probably won't like it.

It's all malts, no hops whatsoever. But man is it smooth. I've had it in the States but it just doesn't do it justice. Is this review worthless to anyone thinking about picking up a sixer? No.

Take it with you to a Thai restaurant, order spicy Kow Pad Gai (chicken-fried rice) with mixed vegetables. Ask for a chilled glass is available and drink up. Chockdee!! (Cheers)

Hop2it, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of beerluvr
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in the new (around me anyway) 12 oz. bottle six-pack.This pours with a healthy rocky snow white head settling over light straw colored liquid in the glass. Nose is lighty sweet/malty, with no discernable hops detected. First taste is a little malt sweetness leading to a sharp bitter hoppiness that dries slightly at the finish. Lingering hop bitterness leaves a pleasant clean aftertaste in my mouth. A nice light bodied beer that falls into the pilsner/malt liquor catagory. Goes down great on a warm day.

beerluvr, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of WMBierguy
2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer from Thailand... I purchased this during a day of exoctic international beers (Lebanon, Thailand, and South Korea). This beer just did not look like it would be very good, and in this case you could judge a beer by its bottle.

The beer poured a pale yellow, had no head whatsoever. It was pale yellow, and it looked very much like Budweiser or MGD. Had a weak, bitter taste with a hint of syrup. Left a hint of a bitter after taste. The only reason that I bought it was to drink a beer from Thailand. Its not the worst beer that I've ever had (that's a tie between Miller High Life and Edison Light), but its not very good. Try it to say that you've had beer from Thailand.

WMBierguy, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer is straw color, with a rocky white head that dissipates quickly. It has medium carbonation.

Smell - The smell of this beer brings back memories of drinking macro brews back in my early college days. It has that "lagery" aroma so common in American adjunct lagers. Something in the character also seems stale. Maybe it is even a metalic smell. Weird.

Taste - I think that the flavor of this beer is better than most other adjunct lagers I have sampled. The taste is strange, but not bad: there is a certain sweetness to the beer which is pretty easy to pick up, but I also detect a sort of grassy flavor in the background that grows into an almost spicy character.

Mouthfeel - Surpisingly, this beer packs a decent body. This ain't yer daddy's lite beer.

Drinkability - Smooth and sweet, this beer keeps you sippin' away. Unfortunately, the beer's aroma detracts from the overall experience.

Comments - This beer was better than I expected. I not not a huge fan of adjunt lagers, but this one is worth a try. I noted that the label says that the ingredients are water, malt, and hops (no yeast), so I'm not sure why this is an adjunct lager (or how it was fermented, for that matter). At the risk of copying every other review written about this beer, it seems like it would be a good idea to pair it with spicy food.

mgdeth, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since the wife-zilla and I were at the Thai house, figured a Thai beer would be the way to go. Not a bad choice, the very light, clear amber beer produced only a small white head with little lacing (reminded me of the Bud Lite the wife was drinking).

The semi-sweet, lemony taste/aroma pared well with the Thai food, little disappointed there wasn’t more hop kick - but still little aftertaste. Yeah, could drink *several* of these, but they would be much better with the spicy Thai food. Will have them again.

Vancer, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of slitherySOB
2.17/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I figured since I'm eating a spicy dinner, that I should drink a beer brewed in a land where spicy cuisine abided. Pours the pale, adjunct lager yellow. A shade or two darker than urine. A one finger head forms, lasts for a minute, then quickly fades away to film. A few whisps of irish lace, specifically around the rim where the beer reached its peak. The first smell was killer. I actually exlaimed "Yikes! They expect me to drink this?" The second smell wasn't as bad though. Perhaps my nostrils quickly adjusted? Who knows. Sulfur, which is what I believed that first whiff was. Grains, grass and overcooked vegetables. Their is a unique taste to this that I can't quite put my finger on. What is it? I looked through the reviews and none of them seem to ring that bell on what that taste is. Sort of a stale, bitter/sour taste. This soon subsided to a diacetyl, lemon grass taste with a malt backbone. Aftertaste has a hint of that unique taste, but a little less stale. That unique taste, it isn't good I'm sorry to say. It's not terrible, which is about the only good thing I can say about it. The mouthfeel reminds me of sea water. Something I would not choose to drink again. I've had worse beers. However, their is very little I could say that is positive about this beer. Perhaps, this is a beer best used for cooking and not for drinking.

slitherySOB, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.38/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale lemon yellow with a few persistent streams of uprushing bubbles. The large, fluffy head is a shade darker than brilliant white and isn't falling very fast due to the carbonation feeding its underside. There's almost no lace. In fact, there's so little that it doesn't deserve all four letters. Let's call it lac.

The nose is nothing to write home about. I shudder to think what it might have smelled like without the brown glass bottle. Singha smells like just about every other macro lager that I've ever run across. Musty hops lead the way and nothing else is interested enough to follow.

The flavor is a slight improvement. I prefer beer of this style to be a little on the sweet side since the residual sugar helps to cover up the nastiness and tends to fill out the body. This one has a bit of a sweetened Rice Crispies flavor which is offset by a sharp, hop leaf bitterness. It's far from good beer, but at least there's something there to keep the ol' taste buds busy.

Singha has a touch more flavor and, therefore, a little more personality than many macro lagers. It's still incredibly mediocre beer. If I ever find myself in Bangkok, I might 'go native' and toss back a few cold ones. Absent that, no thanks.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of Wintermute
2.03/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

630 ml bottle, Pinte Blues Pub, Chiang Mai, Thailand

White head of large bubbles with OK head retention. No lace.
Clear, pale yellow liquid.
Mild lagery smell. Almost no hops smell at all. Very faint sour smell of lager DMS.
Thin mouthfeel, little body.
Taste is sweet and lagery. Almost no hops in the taste either. Fairly clean aftertaste.

Wintermute, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of vagreek
2.2/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Oh gosh, Please don't drink this. I got a case of this for cheap through a distributer. It poured yellow and smelled like water. 6% ABV and a malt liquor, if that is what you like. Buy this beer if you are going for the high. Went into an area market and this was going for 10.99 a six pack. Go immediately there and purchase this. Give them a 20 and get back 8 dollars and a few cents change and then quickly pick up a phone and call the police, you have been robbed. I did get some thai food and had a few and it didnt treat me too bad.

vagreek, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

eh. below average i think. pretty standard stuff as far as asian lagers go. it pours a very pale yellow colour with a soapy thinnish head that dissolves rather quickly. the smell is a touch malty with very faint hop noticeabillity. perhaps a touch sweet and even a bit metallic at times. the flavour is more of the same but with a grassy/straw kind of flavour. this one sort of went well with my pad thai, but i would have preferred something with a bit more body and flavour overall. i could probably be coerced into sampling this one again with thai food as that's it's origin and it a basic brew that washes down the food somewhat nicely, but i would look for other options first and would never just sit around and drink one on it's own.

SixpointJMH, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale yellow/straw colored beer with a bright white head that disappears quickly. There is a light sweet and grainy aroma with just a hint of lemon in the backgroung. The taste starts out with that light sweetness on the tip of your tongue but there is a good assertive hop presence that takes over quickly. There is a peppery spiceyness to the finish that is interesting. The 6%ABV is not high enough for the alcohol to make it's pesence felt in the taste but you do start to get warmed up after a few.

ybnorml, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unique broad shouldered bottle shape, sort of like a stubby. This pours a very clear pale yellow color. The head quickly disperses into a pure white wisp and leaves almost no lace (Im big on the lace). The smell is sweetish with some lime and hop notes. The taste is also sweet but a lot better tasting than North American Adjunct lagers, the corn/rice and DMS are at an absolute minimum. Theres also some subdued noble hop flavors. The finish is sweetish but sufficiently balanced. Mouthfeel is quite light but actively carbonated. This beer is quite drinkable, with no really off flavors nor any stand out ones. It doesnt seem like a malt liquor to me, too flavorful and light. I agree with the other BAs who classify it as a German Pilsner.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a straw color, no head, no lacing
smell: smell was skunky, don't know what else to say.
taste: what I describe as skunky, a bit sweet as well, but not bad overall!
mouthfeel:light, bubbly, fairly smooth.
drinkability: Not bad, but nothing to get excited about either, this beer was suggested to me by my cousin, as going great with spicy food! I haven't tried it with food yet, but, it isn't that bad a beer, pretty decent!

steinlifter, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of StuFox
2.6/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

If you want to drink a beer, this is not what you should reach for. However, it does serve an important role. A lot of Thai food is pretty spicy, and when you eat something very spicy, you want to reach for a glass of water to wash it down. Alas, there's no booze in water, and thus it can't get you drunk. Enter Singha. This is a flavorless, textureless, odorless beer. It's essentially seltzer that also gets you tanked; which can be a very good thing. After eating some really spicy noodles it isn't like you'd be able to really taste much of anything anyway, so it would be a waste to get a Delirium to eat with your spicy pad thai. However, if you're going to be going to a Thai place, and need something to put the fire out, Singha acts as water extra.

StuFox, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
2.15/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with a foamy white head. Skunky nose with a very faint background of real hops. Taste is full of adjunct malt, tempered slightly by a light fruitiness and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is a little bit foamy, with a strange stickiness around the roof of the mouth. Probably OK if you're drinking it with Thai or Chinese food, but on its own, I'm not impressed.

ElGordo, Aug 28, 2004
Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
71 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.