Saigon Export - Saigon Beer Company

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BA SCORE
64
poor

158 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 20.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saigon Beer Company visit their website
Viet Nam

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: slitherySOB on 01-27-2005

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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 84
Photo of EmperorBevis
1.89/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Like a bad bud clone
apparently accross the border North Korea's technical backwardsness
makes for great beer production

Photo of SStein
3.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not good, but good enough with my pho

Photo of thommo_nk
4.46/5  rDev +67%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the sweet maltiness off this beer, super refreshing pairing to spicy Asian cuisine. This beer really suits my palate and comes across extremely well.

One of my favourite beers, my score will reflect this.

Photo of metter98
2.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell and has stronger flavors of rice adjuncts along with a little sweetness and faint amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad for the style because there are no "off" flavors.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of nelsonsaigon
2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Saigon

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of nasty15108
3.65/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. The taste was light, crisp and refreshing. Nothing new or exciting, just a solid thirst quencher. I wasn't expecting much but I have to admit that I was slightly surprised.
Paired extremely well with a Bahn Mi Thit sandwich at Co Ba in Chelsea. Slightly malty and went down well.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.44/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I have consumed this beer in the United States, Morocco, and France, and it is a fairly okay Asian pale lager. It pours urine yellow, with lots of laces, a soapy head, and a good level carbonation. It has a sweet aroma, has taste of rice/malt, and has no edge. It goes down easy, it has a rice after taste, and is not filling, good for meals are hot places.

Morocco May 2013

Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tried a bottle at a Vietnamese restaurant in NW Calgary. Makes me a tad depressed to ponder the hows and whys of American adjunct lager becoming the international beer style of choice. In any event, this particular example is a pale lemon yellow, with a more impressive head than average, maybe an inch and a half of white foam that manages to persist longer than three seconds. Smells like husky pale malts, modeling clay, a faint dry grass note. One has to focus rather intently to smell much of anything. I will say that these adjunct lagers do in fact taste different from one another if you pay attention (i.e., if you are willing to do so, which is hit and miss, granted). This is quite a citric example of the style, watery, very astringent, coarse, and metallic, with some sour fruit (green apple?), chalky grape, stewed leaf, and dry grass notes apparent amidst the grain husk backbone. Classic rice lager profile albeit with a vague sweetness can be picked out from the savage carbonation and grainy milieu. Not a terrible accompaniment to spicy lemongrass chilli chicken and a decent lawnmower beer, assuming one doesn't just drink a blonde ale or session IPA or something. If you don't live in Nunavut, you can probably find something better than this style for summertime chugging.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

355ml Bottle from TESCO's: my second beer from these guys and my third beer on my random beer tasting evening on 23 Feb 14.

Poured into a Leffe chalice: looks a pilsner/lager (which it is of course), golden, clear and clean. The white head refused to stay and became a wisp far too quickly.

Almost odourless; some grainy maltiness and metallic notes maybe: gets my usual score of 3 for a non-smelling pils/lager.

Lawnmower beer, no taste or flavour: thirst quenching and refreshing but lacks flavour and character, might be fine in Southeast Asia, but on a cold Sunday evening in Shropshire it didn't reach the heights for me.

Gives me another tick for Vietnam, but that's about it.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. ABV is stated as 4.9%. Picked up a little while back from a supermarket. I don't really have high expectations for this but I've never had a Vietnamese beer before.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with some floating sediment and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy, brilliant-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma of light, stale grain, corn, stewed vegetables and faint leaves. Most unimpressive.

Tastes of weak, watery malt with some nasty off-notes. Hints of grain, corn, overcooked veg, tart apples, faint stewed leaves and cardboard. More that a touch of harsh solvent in the background. Highly attenuated, with little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with a thin, watery body and an unpleasant sensation on the palate. Quite astringent, followed by an aftertaste of cardboard, stewed leaves and vague hints of petrochemicals.

Yuck - worst beer I've tried in a while. Looks OKish, but that's the high point of the experience. The aroma is bland and tinged with off-notes, while the flavour is a full-on blend of adjuncts and solvent. Poor body and texture. Deeply unappetising; I don't know if this suffers from low quality ingredients or bad brewing technique but the result is woeful. I suffer so you don't have to - pass this one over.

Photo of MarkoNm
2.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice and refreshing surprise from Asia.
Pours a standard clear. golden color and is topped with an average white and foamy head.
The aroma is the most unpleasant thing about this beer. It's really dusty and just not nice. Too bad.
The taste on the other hand is pleasant - slightly sweet, slightly bitter and some grains.
A decent beer all in all.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.02/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of very active visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall very fizzy white head that reduces rather slowly to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with some rice adjuncts along with a very light hint of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of grainy malts with some rice adjuncts which results in a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by some hints of citrus/lemon rind and light grassy hops which impart almost no bitterness to the beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Overall this beer is fairly average with a hint more sweetness than other AAL beers. This is probably a better beer than I expected considering the style and I could see how this would pair nicely with Vietnamese food. Easy to drink and I could have a couple of these.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Thin head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is light, metallic with a little grain.
The taste is all just a moderate white sugar sweetness. One sided and not great.
The texture is crisp with some fizziness; moderate carbonation.
One of the worst beers I've had. Not real aroma or taste.

Photo of tbeckett
1.99/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle at a food stall in Ha Tien. Served in a plastic mug with tons of ice. From notes.

A - Poured an apple juice colour with mild carbonation and a one finger white head that went fast. No lace or retention.

S - Lot's of corn. Nothing else really.

T - More corn, honey, sweet grain. Big adjuncty corn flavour. Typical macro adjunct yawnfest.

M - Mild carbonation, very light body and sweet finish. Not enough carbonation.

O/D - Tasted this quite a few times before. Same old stuff. Went down smooth though, and seemd OK for what it was, but overall not really good times with this one.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.76/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

330ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow crystal color forming a ridiculous white bubbled head. Retention is ridiculous and no lacings are left

S: Horrible smell of rice and corn. Flowery hops trying to give it some appeal... useless

T: Terrible as the nose. Sweet grains upfront. Strong notes of rice and corn. Slightly hoppy bitter end

M: Light body. Medium to high carbonation. Adjunct malts faint hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: One of the worst things I've ever drunk

Photo of flyingpig
2.91/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow to amber colour with a thumb sized, bubbly white head on top that has okay retention and shows plenty of bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

Mild touches of grain with a bit too much skunk following this, there is some cheap adjuncts probably some rice and corn and not a whole lot else. There is some very light grassy hops as well and some background sweetness.

Some sweetness and some corn, grain and not as much skunk as the nose suggested. Again there is a lot of adjuncts present but the taste is pretty basic.

Light to medium in body with mild carbonation and a sweet, smooth taste with a slight amount of grain towards the end of the drink.

It was pretty basic as you would expect and perhaps back of my review is based on nostalgic reasons by it is still a decent enough beer and definitely on of the better Vietnamese beers.

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Photo of omokoro
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered this beer at a Vietnamese restaurant. Served in the bottle. Smells like nothing. Tastes like a standard American lager, finishes a little sweet with a hint of bitterness. I'm sure it would be great on a balmy Saigon night, but it's not the type of beer that excites anyone.

Photo of evlu1441
2.82/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In honour of booking my summer trip to Asia, I decided to try out Vietnam's beer offerings.

There is a lot of carbonation visible in the beer as it sits in my glass. The head is quite creamy looking and it has a nice golden colour. Quite a nice looking lager!

The smell is kind of a "standard beer smell"...some faint hops and grain... not much to say.

The flavour is sweet and grainy with some faint hops. Quite refreshing, no doubt!

Overall, this is a nice lager with decent flavour, but nothing special.

Photo of soju6
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a small fizzy head and no lacing.

S: Very mild aroma of grain, not much else.

T: Has a mild malt sweetness with a grainy flavor. Some bitterness, fairly dry finish but with a mild sticky aftertaste.

Light body, crisp, but a bit gassy. Has sort of a gritty character.

Not one of the better Asian beers I have had over the years. probably goes best with salty or spicy foods.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up because I figured it would be one of my few opportunities to try a Vietnamese beer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a clear yellow color, perhaps slightly darker than most adjuncts, with a pitiful fizzy white head (you can literally hear it fizzing like a soda) that fades before I can even take my first sip. Needless to say it didn't leave any lacing.

S: A weak smell overall, not much if anything in the way of hops or malts. Maybe some adjunct grain (probably rice).

T: Although this one doesn't develop much flavor by any measure, it has more malt character than I expected, which starts to come through on the finish.

M: Light-bodied and fizzy. Definitely a lot of room for improvement here, but I suppose this is what you'd aim for when brewing a beer like this.

D: As one would expect, this is really no different from any other adjunct lager in the world.

Photo of bat6
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

currently traveling through SE Asia and sampling the local offerings. this is fairly popular in Vietnam but I haven't seen it elsewhere. beers in this region are almost entirely light-bodied lagers meant for fast quaffing in the blazing heat and humidity. all ratings are based on my understanding of the style here.

A - clear, very pale gold. lots bubbles, 2 finger head w/ decent retention

S - virtually no smell. maybe a touch of grassy hay

T - very clean. doesn't get very sweet (or sour) as it warms, which is a good thing for the beers over here

MF - light, crisp, good carbonation, easily slammed

O - this one's straight down the middle for the style. meant to be refreshing after a long hot day or paired w/ spicy food. if you're in Vietnam there's no reason not to grab one of these

Photo of Vashtar
2.18/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rice rice rice! This tastes like a beer that was derived from rice, but shouldn't have been.
The appearance is clear, saturated and beautiful. That's where the fun stops.
The smell isn't plesant. It doesn't smell dangerous, just unappetizing.
It tastes like rice. It tastes like they cooked it in some kind of container that they shouldn't have. It doesn't work.
The mouthfeel is too thin.

Photo of aasher
3.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a watery and very, very clear and light bright gold in color with a one finger bright white head. It smells very fresh. You get a lot of crisp dortmunder qualities, light pale malts, light sweetness, and a light hop bitterness. This has got to be the freshest beer I've encountered from Asia so far, Sapporo excluded. The taste too is very sharp and crisp, very fresh. You get the light pale malt sweetness with a light bitter hop finish. It's very light and very drinkable. This one is built for warm weather. Overall this is one of the better export lagers I've tried and pretty similar to Ba Me 33. I don't see this as an AAL.

Photo of mpyle
2.83/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another odd-ball macro lager courtesy of Trader Joes

App - Golden color, brilliantly clear. Poured a moderate sized white head, but dispersed fairly quickly. Carbonation bubbles are large.

Aroma - Aroma is cidery, with some sour apples in it. Hint of some hops that have a noble, spicy note.

Taste - Has a cidery sweetness on top of a pilsner flavor. If this cider were somehow removed, I think the flavor might be pretty decent. Distinct hop flavor, and dries out to a slightly bitter finish.

MF - Light/med body, and med/high carbonation. Nothing unusual for the style

Overall - A near miss for me, as there is a hoppy lager in here, but it is masked by the odd tangy cider.

Photo of biegaman
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saigon Export has a bright, brilliantly clear, twenty-four carat complexion. Given its pin-prick carbonation, little bubbles that flutter like tiny snowflakes, this offering is a marketer's wet dream, the perfect poster boy for commercial beer. The head that puffed up from the pour soon fizzled out, becoming finally nothing more than a plume of smoke.

The macro lager chain is typically a conveyor belt of adjunct and foulness. This one, however, actually has a considerably clean maltiness, only marginally tainted by cheap industrial fillers, one that, while not terribly exciting, is certainly agreeable. There's a bit of cracker, a bit of bready grain, and, most importantly, nothing remotely off-putting.

That being said, there is definitely some adjunct in the taste - a dry and starchy rice-like flavour, rather than that of sweet, cloying corn - but it's a mere flash in the pan. At least at first, we'll have to see once the chill wears off. (Note: it holds it together alright.) A cereal-y, bready graininess lingers briefly in the finish, but it's more than welcomed to.

Beers with lots of flavour are more refreshing than those without it. I've never understood those who say the opposite. When it comes to pale lagers, especially ones on the watery side like this one, what makes them refreshing isn't the quantity of flavour, it's the degree of cleanness. Clean grain is always flavourful and refreshing; adjuncts rarely, if ever.

Saigon Export is a clean, agreeable lager. Most non-European or non-North American brewers make pathetic mock ups of a great tradition when they try their hands at pale lagers, but this Vietnamese brand is guilty of nothing except extinguishing my thirst. I wasn't sure if I'd finish the whole bottle, but now having done so, I almost wish I had another.

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Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
64 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.