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Singha - Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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1,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,026
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 17
Gots: 96 | 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 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.

Photo of Finite
2.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poors a nice head with good retention and some decent lacing. Starw coloured with large bubbles of carbonation.

Smell is pretty faint but some grain / corn aroma. Hint of cirtus/ fruity hops.

Taste is pretty simple but well constructed. The extra alcohol adds an uncharacteristicly interesting addition to this style.

An ok beer but nothing special

Photo of techdiver
3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a nice head and displays good carbonation. The large bubbles turn to a frothy goodness. Nose displays faint hops with the malt being most evident. Has a well-balanced malty taste with a ltttle alcohol bite on the finish. Feels light to medium bodied and is quite enjoyable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a plastic cup.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium-sized foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is heavy with sweet malt & grain and has a faint hint of hops.

T: The sweet caramelized malt is what comes out first, then there’s some hops and a little bit of breadiness. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth & crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: The taste is quite different but enjoyable, easy to drink, not very filling.

Photo of johnbonham1980
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like many have said in these reviews, this is beer that I sense is intended entirely for consumption with spicy food... spicy Thai food specifically. On its own it's pretty disappointing.

In my most recently consumed example, which is the first time I've had it without food, I found it to be rather flat in character...

The beer is definitely crisp and refreshing... has a fairly odd tasting edge that I wouldn't call 100% bitter or sour but a weird mix of the two. Grassy notes in the flavor. Faint malts.

Poured golden, rather carbonated, 2-finger head into a room temp pint glass.

Would definitely not buy this one for consumption on its own but it's a great beer for pairing with something spicy which brings out more of the malts and allows the food to take center stage.

Photo of vancurly
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at a good Thai restaurant in Sydney's Pittwater region.

Although called American Macro, I'd be inclined to label it "mild Euro"... the profile of the beer was more European in character, although in a restrained way.

Pours a nice light gold, good bubbling. Clean grain & malt aromas, and flavours.

Finish fairly cripsly, without cloying. And matches the spice of Thai food perfectly.

Photo of aquaderek
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer with some sizzling beef at one of my favortie Thai resturaunts. Poured into the standard food establishment mug. It had a golden yellow color. The nose was cereally and slightly malty. The taste left much to be desired, but was refreshing with a spicy thai meal.

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this priot to my Thai meal tonight, not my favorite Thai beer but pretty representative of the style

Pours golden & efferevescent with a 2 fingers+ white head. Some lacing & no head retention

S: Sweet perfumy hops & malt sweetness

T: Floral hops, a slight grassyness & malt sweetness up front. As it warms, a little fruittyness emerges. Finishes dry & crisp

MF: Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation & okay balance

Drinks pretty easy, especially in hot humid weather. This is beer is fairly consistent be it in Thailand or abroad, never was wowed by this, but a nice thirst quencher or acompanyment to some seafood curry or padthai

Photo of atigerlife
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had with a meal at a Thai restaurant.

Poured a golden color with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Decent amounts of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is flowery with a strong sweetness.

Taste is of sweet malts, fruity and some light hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and is lightly cleansing.

Overall, it was better than I expected for the style [which is not one I generally like]. Nothing offensive in this beer. Just a basic macro lager, but better than many macros.

Photo of wl0307
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown glass bottle. "Fill" 17/05/06, BB 17/05/07, served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: pale straw hue; a fluffy white beer head settles to a thin carpet, supported by abundant streams of lively fizziness, full of medium and large sized bubbles...
S: semi-sweet and pleasant, grainy/popcorn-ish lager malts upfront, laced with a faint note of sour dough and understated floral hops in the corner. Smooth, malt-themed, balanced with a sour edge.
T: a neutral taste of lager malts fills the palate, very restrained in flavour with very little of anything being highlighted; followed by just a smoothly sweet grainy edge and a faintly sour/lemony kick... gradually, the hop's dryness prevails towards the clean finish, leaving a touch of warming alc. deep down the throat.
M&D: the carbonation is well-controlled, not as fizzy on the palate as it looks, while the clean palate and no presence of undesirable sugary taste make this 6%abv. lager pretty drinkable. All in all, this is a medium-bodied beer without impressive elements of a really good lager, but is well-balanced and void of any unwanted taste of chemicals and adjuncts--an "honest"-tasting beer, so to speak. Not something I'd feel like revisiting any time soon, though.

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Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
70 out of 100 based on 1,026 ratings.