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Tiger Beer - Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd.

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685 Ratings

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 21.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001)
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Photo of GilGarp


3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown bottle, 640ml, with a gold foil top.

Poured into a pint glass, it has a pale yellow color with great clarity and clean white head. The head is thin and settles quickly leaving no lace behind.

Aroma is faint but has corn and rice graininess to it and a pleasnt lager yeast. I can't figure out the date code but it seems fresh.

Flavor is familiar as I used to enjoy this at the Thai restaurant where I worked many years ago. It has a grainy sweetness up front that quickly turns bitter towards the middle. It finishes dry and crisp. There's not a lot of complexity, which isn't surprising for the style, but it's well done for what it is.

Mouthfeel is thin on body and higher in carbonation than I would prefer. Drinkability is good in the sense that it's a lawnmower beer but I wouldn't seek out 6 packs for regular consumption. That said, if it's fresh, I would choose it over American macro lagers like Bud any time.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 19:38:11 | More by GilGarp
Photo of yaegerje


2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this one in a dingy bar in Singapore, about the only beer you can get on tap there.

A - The best thing about this beer, white head that vanishes but a great gold color

S - You can really smell the cereal in it and also corn, adjuncts a plenty

T - Pretty average, not much going on here, overall a clean drink though

M - Really light, overly light

D - Clean finish, pretty tasteless, but honestly great for a muggy afternoon at Orchard Towers

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 20:04:32 | More by yaegerje
Photo of morebeergood


2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wanted something totally different and on the light side while having lunch with friends, so I ordered a bottle. Don't see this on menus too often. Poured into a standard pint glass. Yellow color, with a slight hint of orange. Decent head, but faded fast. Slight bit of lacing. Smelled a bit malty. And yes, it tasted like an average lager, but it had a bit of malt backbone that allowed it to stand on its own a bit. Not great, but not horrible. Slightly sticky aftertaste though. Easy to drink, not forgettable, probably would be good with Asian food. Decent mid-day drink, but not something to order at a place with better choices.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 20:28:35 | More by morebeergood
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Yukon (Canada)

3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a fizzy pale yellow with a small white head that dissapeared immediately

Aroma of cardboard, corn, malted barley

The taste is dry, slightly bitter, corn comes through. malt takes the front seat, no real hop flavour.

Very carbonated, watery mouthfeel


Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 04:11:41 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of hwwty4


3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz beer into my Maredsous chalice. This beer pours a corn yellow with a pretty supple head for the style. It's pretty creamy and leaves a bit of lacing as the beer recedes down the glass. The aroma is, what I consider, mildly generically sweet. There really isn't that canned corn aroma that comes with most macro lagers. The flavor reminds me of a mix between Heineken and Bud Select. It has a bit of a sulfuric funk and bland canned corn sweetness. Also there is an odd aspartame chemically-ness to it also. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and just a touch of dryness. As with all macro lagers, I think its pretty drinkable, especially on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 04:12:52 | More by hwwty4
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3.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. single - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: While it's not exactly a tiger's roar, there is at least a lively hiss of carbonation upon opening. Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Delicate, light pale malts with a soft touch of maize and some very mild floral touches.

Taste: Light pale malts dashed with a hearty handful of dried yellow corn and a medium sweetness. Faintly floral hops and mild bitterness leave you with, well, a slightly sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but not quite as thin as some of its lagered compatriots. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh, come on, it's not so bad. Really! Though it leaves me wishing I had some tasty Asian grub to wash it down with.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 00:16:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A pretty standard pour for an Asian lager - a golden yellow color, with a medium sized head that began to vaporize as soon as it had formed. Above average carbonation is present.

Smell: A fairly light, mostly adjunct smell. More specifically, I would say it has a slightly sweet corn smell. No real hop or malt to speak of.

Taste: A consistent flavor from start to finish. I actually thought the sweetness from the corn in the taste was an improvement over the normally awful tasting beers in this category.

Mouthfeel: Only a small amount of texture and not entirely smooth. A fair amount of carbonation reminds me that I am drinking a fizzy Asian lager. It is light enough to be ok, though.

Drinkability: Some of the beers I have had in India and Asia are so bad that I can not even finish one. So with a decent level of smoothness and a light, sweet character, I would put this ahead of those in terms of tolerability. That said, it certainly is not a beer I would go out of my way to purchase, and I would probably laugh at anyone drinking it in the U.S. as an "import."

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 12:18:22 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of Georgiabeer


2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours like a typical macro-lager. Yellow with a thin, pure white head. The head sticks around as a thin cap. Smells of adjuncts, but relatively clean and not too sweet. The taste is a bit sweeter, and there is a slight graininess that comes through as well. Some very slight hops on the finish that are mostly overwhelmed by the adjunct sweetness. Not terrible, but a bit too sweet and uninspired. The carbonation is right, but it would be crisper without the adjuncts. Just okay. One of those beers you end up drinking at an Asian restaurant because the other options are worse. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 18:17:06 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ToddT


2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a pale golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S- Light notes of yeast and little else, some rice adjuncts in the background.

T- Thin but crisp bite of the malt, the adjuncts come through but less than most of the American macros. Little touch of hops at the end for a little more than what was expected.

M- Thin, watery and heavily carbonated. Crisp and clean finish.

D- You could drink quite a few of these with the right food or on the hottest summer day and be quite happy with it. At 5.0% ABV it is easy to put them down.

A decent beer for what it is (a macro lager). Got turned on to this one in Asia and like to have a few with spicy Asian foods. I would have a hard time pairing that with a Russian Imperial Stout or many of my other favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 04:10:58 | More by ToddT
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2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A- It poured a clean, straw yellow with heavy carbonation. There was a 2-finger, fluffy, white head that left loads of sticky rings on the side of the glass.

S- The aroma initially struck me as vegetal with some hints of grainy malts. I had a difficult time picking up any significant hop aroma.

T- More of the vegetal tones struck me in the flavor mixed with some bready features and hints of fruit.

M- Pretty strong carbontaion. Not quite as clean a feel as I'd expect. It had a slight grainy feel, but nothing I'd categorize as a "rich" or "full-bodied" feel.

D- It's a very average beer. I wouldn't pay the premium price for this import when many of the more common domestic or Canadian lagers are of the same quality at a better price.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 02:02:50 | More by GRPunk
Photo of jpiper


1.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured at cooler temp into a pilsener glass

Clear golden with a decent white head. Nothing about this is reminiscent of any good beer I've had.

A lighter smell than the Kingfisher, with nothing really inviting about it. Maybe a little malt on the nose - much like an American macro.

This was pretty terrible - light, a little malty. Nothing very redeeming about this.

Not as pleasantly dry as the Kingfisher, but still clean on the palate.

I mean, these are meant to be drinkable. I just don't find them so. It's like drinking bad water.

Speaking of water - pass me the water. I'd take a Kingfisher over this anyday. Now there's a good beer!


Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 14:26:57 | More by jpiper
Photo of coalcracker


2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden in color with only minimal head and lacing.
Smell: Grainy, corny aroma noted
Taste: Light on the grain, adjuncts are noticeable; just a little hop balance. Beer taste is a bit transparent overall. Aftertaste is clean, though some metallic notes pull through here.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin on the palate, yet on the smooth side.
Drinkability: Quite, if you're looking for an easy drinker. Not so if you're seeking a more complex beer.

Overall: Not great. Nonetheless a clean adjunct lager comparable to Miller, etc.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 22:35:48 | More by coalcracker
Photo of smedley


3.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow, thin white head which disapeared quickly with no lacing. Very bubbly - forming on the side of the glass and rising quickly to the top

S - Pretty typical, light, light malts, bready smell.

T - Just about what I expected after the smell. Not much taste, very slight hops at the end, which makes is just a tad better than most american macros.

M - Thin, smooth, high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D - Not really my cup of tea. Lacked anything worth remembering, but not terrible. Drinkable if you're looking for something light without too much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 01:10:56 | More by smedley
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3.5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one on tap at a Thai restaurant somewhere in London, England.

A - Similar to most American beers of this style. Crystal clear yellow beer with a fizzy white head that settles to a thin patch. Lots of lively carbonation bubbles.

S - Very mild, a bit more hops than what I am used to in this style.

T - A mild lager with a slight bitter aftertaste.

M - Good amount of carbonation, but not overdone.

D - Very drinkable, especially with Thai food.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 18:06:22 | More by Beerislife652854
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2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass.

Mich ultra clear with constant carbonation stream and a thin white head.

First the smell is a metallic synthetic beer, then there is a faint wiff of some fruit.

Taste is better. No bad flavors, but nothing stimulating. Some initial sharpness, but then a mellow and lightly fruity finish.

Average mouthfeel at best.

Pretty drinkable misc. lager. I don't have many light lager favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 21:21:58 | More by aubuc1
Photo of atigerlife


2.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear golden with a big 2+ giner creamy white head. Good retention. Lots of small carbonation rising. Good start.

Aroma is light malts and adjuncts. Nothing special here.

Taste is sweet, light hops, somewhat dry at the end. Really not much going on.

Mouthfeel is flat and dry at the end. Disappointing.

Overall, it is drinkable but nothing special. Much better lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 19:18:40 | More by atigerlife
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2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle bought by my father in IL after a business trip to Malaysia where this is what they drink

A- rather dark golden color with a finger of white head with moderate lacing and a steady stream of carbonation racing to the top of the glass.

S- bready grains and a slight metallic scent.

T- exactly how it smells, with the metallic part being more pronounced

M- medium bodied with plenty of carbonation

D- meh, for the style it isnt that bad. sure, there are macros id rather have, but if this was all that was available i wouldnt really suffer. im glad i tried something from asia.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 03:24:30 | More by jwinship83
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3.45/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

first and foremost, if you haven't actually had this in asia you can't truly review this. to understand the allure of tiger beer you've absolutely got to have it in context (preferably with chicken rice and fish-head curry).

this is the typical asian attempt at american style macro beer. it's got that nasty smell that's associated with the style too. however, it's the best beer in asia and it tastes more like a malt liquor than beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 17:37:35 | More by radshoesbro
Photo of atliens81


4.45/5  rDev +64.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like I'm in the minority here... but I thought this beer was well above average. Got mine in a 6 pack of bottles from our local Hyvee supermarket and poured in to a glass. The most noticeable attribute of this one for me was that it was extremely smooth and crisp. I found it to be one of the smoothest lagers I've had in a long time. It was sort of heavy though, so not the best choice for a long session beer. It had a very non obtrusive aroma... almost nothing there. I think that contributes to the overall appeal to me. If your looking for a smooth, crisp, somewhat filling beer without the hoppyness or odor of other beer styles that might be this thick... this is a good bet.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 01:31:27 | More by atliens81
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Alberta (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

left over from a party & I'm watching a game on braodband..let's do a review.

Pretty average looking beer. Quite pale amber in appearance, fizzy carbonation, smallish bone-white head that did nothing in terms of retention or lacing.

Some grainy malt and a sweet floral aroma, nothing that is bad or great.

Definitely an asian lager. Quite dry. Light maltiness with a fairly sharp hop bite. Semi astringent taste. Super dry and crisp on the palate.

Would go well with spicy Thai food, but I certainly wouldn't go looking for it outside a restaurant type venue.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 02:40:00 | More by Shadman
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2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium gold with a fizzy pale white head. No lacing

Macro scents, but not too bad. Malt, corn, raw grain, and some hops.

Same same in the flavors. Raw grain malt, somee hop bite at the end, a little corn/grainy sweetness. Finishes with some bitterness but clean.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, and carbonated.

Had this with some Cambodian food -- certainly addressed the fire, curry, and multi-spiced dish by cleaning the palate without taking away from the food. Not something I'd knock a 6-er down on, but if you find yourself in a particular restaurant, give it a try. It works with the cuisine.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 21:49:44 | More by OtherShoe2
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New York

3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep yellow with a two-finger head that didn't last long and some aggressive carbonation. The smell is sweet with a a lot of the corn adjunct that's prominent in American Macro-style beers. The taste is sweet bread with a little bit of corn that doesn't linger and leaves next to no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp, if a bit watery. I'd say where this beer shines is its drinkability. Nothing to write home about, but would probably make a good companion beer to some spicy food or on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 22:45:31 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of DrJay


3.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was the last beer I had on my way home from Bali when we stopped overnight in Kuala Lumpur. What a way to end a trip! The tiger poured very clear with a pale gold colour. The white cap disappeared fast, leaving a few fizzy, soapy bubbles behind. The aroma was mild and inoffensive, just a little sweet with a clean yeast profile and a hint of spicy hops. Very mild bitterness, sweet with some grain and faint hop character. It also seemed to be a bit sour with some acidity that seemed to come from the carbonation. Light bodied and dry, CO2 was crisp. Not a bad beer in the heat, but there's not much here as far as character. A decent industrial lager, just not something I'd go looking for.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 02:19:50 | More by DrJay
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1.98/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. Purchased because I'm running out of new beers to try at that place and because I'd never had a beer from Singapore before.

Poured a clear, straw color with the faintest wisp of white foam for a head. Said head dropped faster than Tom Brady's (and almost certainly the Patriots) chances of a repeat of last season. No lace at all.

Vegetable oil and metal in the nose, but the skunk factor was lower than I'd thought it would be.

Tastes like vegetable oil as well, with a slight metallic twang and a mildly bitter (and not in a good way) hop flavor at the swallow.

Light bodied, with a watery mouthfeel.

Not at all impressed with this, but I honestly didn't think I would be, except as a bland shit beer. Still, I can find shit beers that were at least brewed in this country for less money that are still better tasting than this. Tiger? More like that pissy prima donna housecat one might have encountered as a child at their dotty aunt's house.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 00:17:12 | More by woemad
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New York

2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm going to be honest, I bought this bottle of swill primarily for the cap. However, I will be honest re. my thoughts about it for the purpose of the review, no matter how much I don't even want to drink this.

A- mmmm. Piss. clear, watery, pale golden color. 1/2 finger white head.

S- Sweet corn-adjuncty. oppression and sweat shops.

T- Watered down corn syrup. 'tis corn season, but I like the flavor on the cob, not in the glass. For the style though... ho-hum.

M- thin-bodied. Low carb. Reminds me of when I was 18 and willing to drink whatever because I was underaged.

D- I can't do it. It'll make me vomit, especially after a night of GOOD drinking at Mahar's.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 03:47:22 | More by Avryle
Tiger Beer from Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd.
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