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Tiger Beer - Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd.

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750 Ratings

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 21.85%
Wants: 9
Gots: 36 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001)
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Photo of BigJTrucker
2.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked up this 640ml (?) bottle at my local asian food store, simply because i recognized it as one of the parties involved in a legal fight in india about two beers with similar names. I read about it in Northwest Brewing News. Now, on to the review...

Pours a VERY clear slightly amber tint, fizzy white head settles very quickly. Heavy carbonation. Aroma is fairly plain, some light malty notes that give an apple-like smell, but nothing memorable. Tastes is almost nonexistent, some faint, watered down malty sweetness. No hops to speak of. Mouthfeel is very watery with some faint fizzyness on the finish. Drinkability is the one area where this beer shines to me. It's very eazy to drink, and would pair well with some spicy asian food, or in my case, a bowl full of wasabi peas. A very forgettable beer in a sea of amazing ones.

BigJTrucker, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.75/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Purchased a six pack of this at BevMo in Redlands for $8.99

Pour a pale yellow color with a whiter tint and a small 1/2 inch foamy head that dissipated quickly

Smell was nice with some fruity accents, mostly citrus and a lot of honey

Taste was real nice and crisp, surprisingly fruity, but balanced well with the hops, not too many malts

Drank all six like a lush in one night, could have drank even more, super light and goes down very smooth and easy

Floydster, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
2.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a clear straw color with columns of bubbles and a short-lived thin white head. Very little lacing is present. Sweetish malt and light hops aroma. Light-bodied and somewhat crisp with a fairly bland hops and malt flavor. The finish is short and lightly bitter. Indistinguishable from similar beers the world over.

Dogbrick, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Chaz
3.6/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden-straw in color, leaving a dense two-fingered white head. Minimal lacing. Nose is dominated by pale malt, along with a light note of honey and a somewhat fruity quality. Minimal hop profile. Soft and slightly brisk on the palate, the sweeter malt notes get to work quickly, but are mitigated by the carbonation, a dry biscuity malt highlight in the middle, and just a kiss of nicely bitter hop at the end. The bitterness hangs on for a while before yielding to those fruity and honey notes - I swear I'm catching honeydew melon and mango (!), not what I'm expecting from a tropical Asian lager, but I appreciate it just the same. Drinks more convincingly on a hot day, out of a bottle -the first time I tried it I figured it was modeled after a Munich helles- but it tastes just fine served in a 330mL pilsener glass or pint glass, too. Altogether a drinkable pale lager of the 'american macro' variety, and at least as interesting as Tsing Tao when on offer at the local Chinese restaurants.
[Served in a shaker pint.]

Chaz, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of zeff80
2.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted a little bittersweet. The predominant flavor was just corn.

M - It was pretty crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a below average beer. It is fairly bland and doesn't bring much in terms of flavor.

zeff80, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.53/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Free from the anheuser busch station at sea world. Pretty decent macro lager, if you are into that. Typical adjunct filled beer, but wasn't horribly too bad, but I think I'll pass on this style in general. Adjuncts=nasty.

If you like macros, give this a try, it's not bad for what it is. A light macro lager slightly better than BMC.

jasonjlewis, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased one bottle as part of a mixed 6 pack.

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2 fl oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass. It's nice to see an import in a bottle that is not green or clear! The beer is clear, golden in color with a nice white head (about 1 inch). The head quickly fades to a ring around the glass. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: I smell...nothing. As clean and free of scent as almost any beer I have had. If pressed I would say there is a faint sweet scent. Scent is either from malts or adjuncts, probably the latter.

Taste: This is a real American macro lager (made in Singapore no less!). No offensive taste, really not any taste to mention. Does that make this average or slightly below average?

Mouthfeel: Light, lively with some good carbonation. A touch prickly on the tongue, I don't find this too be too watery either.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, just your standard inoffensive easy to chug macro lager. About right for the style, I guess. Will I have this again? I would gladly have another, but with a six pack going at about $8-9, way too overpriced for what this is, a macro lager which are $8-9 for 12 packs and larger.

I'm scoring this as average, since it is just an average macro lager. Not worse than anything available here, but not any better.

BigRedN, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of eballard
2.58/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured from the bottle a clear straw yellow color. With a bubbly head that wasn’t very impressive. It had a sweet aroma but hot a lot of smell to it. The taste was unimpressive. It has an American lager quality with nothing too exciting to say. It is a crisp beer and goes down smooth and refreshing. In all this is a clean refreshing beer. I would rather drink it after a hard day then water but I wouldn’t grab it out of my refrigerator over most other beers.

eballard, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Raised brown glass bottle, est. 1932, 11.2 fl. oz. brewed in Singapore

Aroma: Lightly grainy malt base, noble hop bitterness and earthiness.

Appearance: Dark yellow glass with good clarity, thin cover that laces modestly

Flavor: Rich malt base but all in all a Euro Lager style beer without the prerequisite skunking.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body gives it some heft with a bit of rough grainy texture.

Overall Impression: Solid beer. No flaws, but no shinning star either.

Thanks to Pegasus for the karma point.

HardTarget, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of FriedGold2010
3.88/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip-style pint glass, well-chilled. It has a rich amber colour, with little head at the pour, but a significant amount of lace. The carbonation is somewhat strong, but not irritating like an American macro. The carbonation bubbles are larger like that of soda, but quite pleasant. There are many peculiar aspects to this beer, but in a good way. The taste is slightly bready with a background of savory spice in both the taste and nose. It would probably pair well with either Southwestern or Indian cuisines. Overall a pretty good beer, very drinkable and refreshing, but nothing astronomical. It's sure no Mackeson, but still a few bounds ahead of the average.

How's that for a slice of fried gold?

FriedGold2010, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer on July 6, 2007 after purchasing it from my local LCBO store. It poured a golden orange colour into the glass with a fluffy white head that dissipated very quickly leaving almost no foam on the top. Lots of effervescence. The aroma was a combination of malts and yeast. The mouthfeel is crisp with a lot of carbonation - dances on the tongue. The taste is slightly bitter with some malty tones. Not a great beer by any stretch.

cyrenaica, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.55/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a conical pilsner glass, this beer is bright straw-gold color with a small head. Fairly pleasant malt character, not as grainy as most of the familiar examples. There's some bread-crust notes that are quite nice. Flavor is not quite as nice, though there are still some hints of melanoidins. Bitterness is low with hop taste barely detectable. Finish is clean. Body is a bit watery for a lager.

A touch above the average generic lager.

allengarvin, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of basica
3.13/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paul said that the tiger on the tap is GREAT; he had it at Penang and he claimed it puts many
lagers and pilsners to shame. On an occasion at Brauhaus we ordered the Tiger draft for Andre
seeing him quaffing (and wasting) Belgian Trappist ales. The Tiger beer from the tap is
definitely more refreshing and clear tasting with the good malt balance but still very plain
and I would not order it over most beers. I have to say that the Tiger is not a really
resilent beer noting that it tastes metallic when canned, slightly musky when bottled and
fairly ok on tap; it needs to develop some form of immunity I guess. :)

basica, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
2.48/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

640 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow/gold color. Light fluffy white head that becomes a little film and laces the top of the glass.

Smell: Has an aroma of slightly sweet lightly-malted grains, and that's pretty much it.

Taste: Basically a repeat of the smell, with the exception that there is a bit of hops in the finish and after-taste. There's a not-so-great bitterness in the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and generally thin. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, generally. But kinda boring.

This is basically just a beer to have with food. Works fine with Vietnamese and other south Asian foods (though there are other beers I would prefer). Not recommended for having on it's own.

mithrascruor, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of smcreator
2.38/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: No head at all. The beer is a clear yellow.
S: Has somewhat of a sweet smell, but nothing too notable.
T: Boring overall flavor. Nothing sets this apart from other lagers. Slight flavor of hops.
M: Light bodied beer with medium to high carbonation.
D: This might be a good beer to was down some food, but it is not a good stand alone beer.

smcreator, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I traded one DFH Shelter Pale Ale for two of these, pouring into a pint glass.
Appearance: Light yellow color, lots of carbonation, fair size head, poor retention, white head, all very transparent.
Smell: Generic malt aroma, with a bit of a sweet note.
Taste: Similar to the smell, hints of caramel malt flavoring.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, typical macro lager.
Drinkability: This is just as I rated, just above average, not awsome and not bad, just a tit above average.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of zymurgy4all
3.05/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well it appears Asia has mastered a tasteless macro American lager style beer. It has gotten more rave than it is worth, but I would prefer it over an American, because it has a little bit of flavor. It smells yeasty with no hops at all, yet I detect a slight bit of flavoring hops, and some bittering hops to balance it out well. Not a bad lawnmower beer, but not worth the price (I paid about 8 bucks a six pack). Very clean beer. I would like to try the local version, since the bottle says "brewed for export" I'm not sure if they add more hops to make it last longer (like they did with the IPA :), or not, but I expect not based on how it tastes.

zymurgy4all, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of afinepilsner
2.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle

Tiger Lager Beer was a pale golden color with good clarity. It had a bubbly off-white head that was quickly became a very thin layer with no lace. The aroma was sweet and grainy. The taste was a little sweet upfront, light grain, some hop bitterness, and a clean dry finish. It was fairly light bodied bodied with decent carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's pretty much just an average macro lager.

afinepilsner, May 15, 2007
Photo of stcules
2.15/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Deep yellow, golden. White foam, a bit scarce, and not to compact.
The smell is quite heavy, intense, grainy. Notes of mou.
At the taste, quite full and loaded too, a lightly biscuited biscuit, malt.
Not an exceptional beer, for sure, but it is not the usual and trivial industrial lager.
Same notes in the aftertaste, average body.
At the end, a bit heavy.

stcules, May 10, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.95/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this nice beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a very pale beer with a big wite foamy head that did not hang around long. The beer had a bready yeasty nose to it. The taste was very refreshing, clean and crisp. Not much really exciting but just a good summer thirst quenching beer. I will buy again.

Minkybut, May 07, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
1.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - Light yellow, tiny bubble "head".

Smell - skunky and grassy.

Taste - None in regards to flavor.

Mouthfeel - low to medium carbonation. I burped like a beast. Sharp, rought start almost unpleasant. Burns the palate.

Drinkability - Hurts. Would not recommend unless you could absolutely find nothing else.

SaltyLime, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of jkaufman
2.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours clear and straw-colored with a white head that completely fades away, with a few rings left behind. Carbonation is easily visible.

S: Smells slightly sweet and corny.

T and M: Tastes much like it smells, but is weaker than expected. Goes down mostly smooth and bubbly but finishes watery with a slight bite.

D: Very drinkable, but doesn't have much to offer.

Don't go out of your way to try it.

jkaufman, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tiger beer pours out a rocky head that collapses into a thin
white disk on top of a pale, transparent yellow brew. Nose is
of malt, carbonation is slow and steady. Mild, thin barley flavor,
no apparent hop presence. Very slight grain aftertaste. Mouthfeel
is thin, with a bit of a tingle due to carbonation. Not much here,
really. The 5% alcohol by volume makes it alright for sessions,
but to get the most out of this, you might as well slam it- ice cold.
There's not much to differentiate this Chinese Lager from most
American macrobrews except their TV spots, which are amazing.

shadow1961, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It seems that the distributor(s) in the Central Kentucky area are pushing this beer quite hard. I finally ordered one under the pressure. Gladly, it didn't seem to be a mistake. I thought the beer was as clean tasting as it looked. The brightly colored straw brew with a bleached head retention prevailed with a solid pilsner malt sweetness and low levels of vegial / grain flavors. Spiced with hip bittering a light grassy flavors. Mostly clean in the feel with a mild grain lingering. Overall, decent but my money will be better served on other good Germal Lagers.

BEERchitect, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of andrewmartin
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Props to the in-laws for lugging this half way across the world

A: Pours a pale, pale, straw with a huge head, pretty good retention

S: Thin sweet malts, definite adjuncts going on here.

T: More of the same, clean corn and malt flavors

M: Very clean and light.

D: Not a terrible rendition of a macro lager, but nothing outstanding either

andrewmartin, Feb 24, 2007
Tiger Beer from Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd.
64 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.