Phuket Island Lager - Thai Amarit Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Phuket Island LagerPhuket Island Lager

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thai Amarit Brewery Co., Ltd.

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mmmbeer on 09-29-2006

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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.33/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2014. Picked up a little while back from a bargain store - bit of a random find. The label claims that Thai jasmine rice is included in the grist.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A clear golden-yellow colour with low carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating. Aroma of cooked grain, faint malt and a whisper of stewed leaves. Vaguely sweet and exceptionally bland.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a harsh, metallic finish. Notes of weak malt, faint cooked grain and acrid stewed leaves. A twinge of unpleasant solvent in the background, followed by a harsh, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with prickly carbonation and little body to speak of. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh leaves and a nasty metallic twang. Not good.

Blech! Nasty stuff. Looks uninspiring, while the aroma is weak and the flavour is horrid. Body like fizzy water. Simply vile; even a nice pilsner glass couldn't do anything for it. Give this one a miss.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.56/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Consumed at Vientiane in Madison Wisconsin.

Basically a crappy Heiniken. Pours a pale golden with tiny bubbles and a quickly dissolving white head. Smells like a skunk’s rear, metal, and pils. Tastes like celery and metal with a touch of sweet malt. Feels thin and watery with a bit of carbonation bite. Undrinkable unless you’re eating really hot food and desperate for a quencher.

Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased this beer so that I could try a beer from Thailand. I came into it not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised.

Pours a clear yellow and looks about like a BMC beer. There is no head. The aroma is also similar to a BMC with some corn and yeast. No hops are present in the aroma and not much in the flavor. The flavor is corn with a little bit of grass. Basically your basic, macro flavor. Very light mouthfeel. Not a great beer, but better than I was expecting.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.37/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I had this at a local Thai restaurant in Champaign, Illinois and it was an okay beer at best. The beer pours pale golden, with a rapidly dissipating head, and high carbonation. It tastes bitter, with hints of salts, fruits, citric, and rice. It is light, does not leave much of an aftertaste, and is not filling.

Photo of chiapete
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a off golden , yellow .

slight head , faded fast.

I thought the aroma was strange. had a skunky odor. Some what grassy. Stale beer ?

very off lager taste. hung around the mouth for a while. Some say like a Heineken , give me a Heineken over this any day.

Went back and tried a differant bottle, slightly better but still don't think I would get this one again.

Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single at Trader Joe's. Like others I was attracted to the label and yet had zero expectations for the beer. Memories of 'The Beach' and the Phi-Phi islands wafted through my brain. And, as luck would have it, the single didn't scan so I got the beer for free. Thank You random Trader Joe's checker!

Pours a typical macro lager in both color and head/retention. Smell tends more towards lightly malted rice/barley and with a light noble hop presence. Tastes decent and offers up a medium body with well balanced carbonation. Finishes rather smoothly. While I certainly wouldn't say that this beer is 'flawless' I would say that it has no obvious flaws(in the macro. department) and has well exceeded my albeit limited expectations.

I will surely buy a full six in the future to bring to a group event and see what others think...

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is grassy, grains, a touch of skunk. Taste is crisp, grains, some malts, flavorful and highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a great beer on a hot day, or sitting in my hot room in central FL.

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.92/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle in a Cost Plus World Market "Beers of the World" collection purchased earlier this year, consumed in late December 2007. I have no idea how old this beer is, but I expect it's past the 3 month mark!

Pours a murky cloudy pale golden yellow, a thin white head quicky dissipating to a partiual cover. Minimal carbonation runs up from the bottom of my Arrogant Bastard pint glass (don't tell anyone from Stone I did this!! :).

Aroma of weak euro-lager stinky hops. Other reviewers said it smells like Heineken, and that's not far off the mark. Not much for malts, but a light cooked veggie note arises too.

Flavor- somewhat sweeter than expected from the aroma, the malt base dominates the thin hops in the aroma. It would be a good thing to try this in Thailand- it may taste like heaven there. But it doesn't here.

I've had better in the style.

Photo of theopholis
2.76/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance-- Wow. This is just about the lightest beer I've ever seen. Just a hint of a white head that very quickly settles down to just a cap. No lacing.

Aroma--Lots of sour-mash and graininess. Not much else..

Taste- It taste better than it smells. Some malt sweetness. Not much. Blended failry well with the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel- Failry light, thin body. Over-carbonated. Although, the over-carboantion is probably hiding some flaws.

Drinkability--This would be okay with a spicey dish. Nothing else tho.

Photo of jeffjeff1
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It was ok I guess. I had it at a thai restaurant and it does go well with thai food.

Appearance- light yellow, thin head, translucent, nice lacing

Smell- light aroma, couldn't really make it out

Taste- mil;d lager flavor

Mouthfeel- light body

Drinkability- ok with thai food but wouldn't drink it regularly

Photo of ronniebruner
2.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This "Island beer" as the bottle says, feels like it is definitely watered down and the closest comparison I have would be to say this is Thai's attempt to clone Budweiser. It is not completely horrible, bu is one of those beers you try just once. It is a very light shade of yellow, the head is too much, the aroma is extrememly skunky and it tastes very bland an non-descript. Great to try just once, so buy just one bottle before you spend on a whole 6 pack.

Photo of soju6
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a small head that quickly fades to bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of grain and hint of sweetness. Pretty bland.

T: Taste is a mild sweetness with some grain. Nominal bitterness and a clean finish. Pretty bland.

F: Light body, crisp, smooth and somewhat refreshing.

O: Very bland Euro lager. Goes best in tropical climate.

Photo of Tone
2.6/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight hop, hint of rice, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight hop, rice/corn, and a hint of metallic. Overall, average-at-best in every category. This beer was exactly what I expected it would be.

Photo of Everydayoff
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

Pale straw color with rather small white head, it falls quickly and leaves thin film covering with decent lacing, high fizzy carbonation.

The smell is grain, cereal, grassy hop, sweet bready malt and subtle acidic hint.

Mostly leaning toward grain and somewhat grassy that yield a bit astringent and acidic note, end with malt sweetness and hop bitterness mingle trying to cut a sharpness of grain.

The body is light, smooth, dry and clean, crisp yet refreshing.

Nothing new here as it tends to be light and clean just staying on high drinkable side.

Photo of JISurfer
3.07/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a little better than what I expected. I was thinking,"green bottle + funny label = skunky nasty beer". I was a little right, but the skunk wasn't that prevolent. The smell was very malty, with a slight hint of skunk, but that's where it stopped. The taste yielded a lightly malted beer with a very slight hop bite to it. I actually would prefer this over most Euro Lagers. A cool bottle for my collection though.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.62/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--I wasn't given a glass with this at the restaraunt, so I'm guessing that this one would have looked slightly above average??

Smell--Sweet and malty.

Taste/Mouthfeel--I was really surprised by this one. Most Asian brewed beers I've had have been thin and watery. This had a much thicker mouthfeel. Taste was a pronounced malty sweetness. No discernable hops.

Drinkability--I had a couple of these and would have had more.

Notes--This one was a really pleasant surprise. I was a Thai restaraunt, and figured I'd give it a shot. It went very well with the spicy chicken pad thai I had.

Photo of laituegonflable
1.97/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale straw colour with a medium white head, thins out to a ring around the top, not helped at all by weak but steady carbonation. No lacing. Looks very dull.

Thin smell, virtually no malt. A lot of grassy hops but mostly just a soda water aroma. Smells acidic, basically like carbonated water. Unimpressed.

The taste is revolting. It has the palate of a backwards pilsener. Starts off, well, watery, while the mid-palate has bitter notes with a slight POW hoppy character, and then a thoroughly nasty lingering sweetness on the back. The flavours might be okay if the hops were at the back to truncate the sticky malt, but it's topsy turvy and as a result leaves me syrupy and sweet. Mouthfeel gets sticky at the back as well, but is not too watery, quite appropriate for the lager style.

Not very pleasant and not drinkable. A failure.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a Christmas gift that came with an assortment of other brews. Four pint glasses to add to my collection also accompanied it. Thank you Heather Bidwell.

Appearance - Pale yellow body and about a 1/8 of an inch of white head that fades extremely fast.

Smell - It has the aroma of a Heineken. The bold malty scent has real appeal.

Taste - It has the pungent flavor also found with a Heineken. This flavor is actually pretty solid. The finish o the Phuket needs some serious improvement.

Mouthfeel - There is nothing in the texture that makes this beer better. It starts out real wet and has ending.

~ Not something I’ll likely try again unless I happen to travel to Thailand. The home of " The Original Island Beer."

Photo of DoubleJ
3.17/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The array of colors on the label will attract you to this beer the way pollen attracts bees. "The Original Island Beer" gets hidden and overlooked in the label. I feel like I'm on a tropical retreat as I open this beer:

Straw yellow in appearance with a soda like head. The famous skunk and sulfur of green bottles exist in the aroma of the brew as well.
I guess being the "original" island beer, the flavor has more on its bones than other so-called island beers (i.e. Corona). It's very close to the flavor of Heineken, and while that may not be anything to be proud of, there are a lot worse chocies which are more popular than this beer. Good crispness delivers a slightly sweet and herbal note with it. It's interesting enough to have a couple of these.

Phuket might be confused with a common phrase. We laugh at the way Bangkok sounds, but you don't hear anyone cracking at Phuket. I'm hear to help though, break down the word and you get "phu-ket", which sounds a lot like f--k it!

Photo of baos
3.77/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A: Nice to look at. 2 finger head on pour with good lacing.

S: Mild malts with a hint of hop in there.

T: Maybe a bit like Heineken, but not so much out of the bottle. I think It's a lot better than Heine thicker and more robust.

M: Not bad medium carbonation with light to light-medium body.

D: With the beef yellow curry at Thai spice this shit is fucking good motherfucker!

Photo of AgentMunky
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Golden-clear with a sweet-bland nose. Nice head. The beer itself is perhaps my favorite I've had in Thailand-- soft, malty, but pleasant and genuinely MALTy instead of just grain sugar. Very few off flavors. Instead it's just a bittersweet wags that sits quite heavy on tongue. Would drink again.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.17/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A friend brought back one of these from Thailand... looks like a typical pale lager. It's in a green long-neck 330ml bottle. Pours a straw-yellow color with a fizzy yellow head. Good retention and lacing for a lager, at least.

The aroma is biscuity and slightly herbal. I can't pick up which (if any) adjuncts were used in this one. Again, for the style it's pretty good.

The taste is again, good for the style... clean, crisp and no bad flavors. Just grassy cold beer. It's nothing that's mind-blowing at all, but for a quick refreshment, I think this is a decent beer.

I could certainly see myself drinking these like crazy if I ever made it to the beaches of Phuket Island!

Photo of BDTyre
3.09/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So-so lager. Pale, fizzy golden yellow. Really skunky smell. Adjunct taste. Corn or rice with a bit of malted barley. Really weak hops.

Pretty unexciting overall. Taste is not that great, however it avoids the watery character one finds in American Macros such as Bud, or MGD.

Photo of Vancer
3.04/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To be honest, I like this lager for the label. Pure island, sandy beach day dream of good and relaxing times.

Although, this is fairly tasty brew, starts nice with a clear straw yellow and a very good white head that leaves sticky rings.

Euro skunk first pops in the aroma, but that settles into a malty lager base. Average taste of the pilsner lager, not bad but not really worth the $9 a sixer import price. On a beach in Thailand for a buck, this would hit the spot.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Meh. Very bland and uninspiring. I greatly prefer the other Thai beer i've had in my lifetime: Singha. This one doesn't offend, but it sure doesn't excite.

Retailers have confessed to me they are stocking this one for no other reason than the college kids get a kick out of drinking Phuket beer. I decided to grab a single just to see if there was anything worth noting about it. There is not.

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Phuket Island Lager from Thai Amarit Brewery Co., Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.