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Saigon Export - Saigon Beer Company

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Saigon ExportSaigon Export

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135 Ratings

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: slitherySOB on 01-27-2005)
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Reviews by fizzy:
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3.28/5  rDev +23.8%

Just got done downing a couple of these at a Pho resturant here in Saigon, Vietnam. With the Pho the beer was just fine, but I refuse to let them pour my beer into a glass with a big ice cube. The beer was cold at the table in the bottle, but the "real" reason for diluting a 1/2 decent beer with ice is beyond me, they say it's to cool it down. When in Saigon (HCMC) drink the local and watch the motor bikes and cycles churn past on the street. Things could be worse!!

01-28-2011 06:30:45 | More by fizzy
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2.78/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a typical pale lager color. Yellow water, not much to get excited about there.

Pale grains in the aroma with traces of lemongrass.

The taste is about the same, not much going on, and not the cleanest taste either. Lingering grain taste into the finish. Light bodied, not as watery as some american examples, if that's saying anything.

Pretty blah, but not super offensive. Pass.

04-13-2010 22:33:43 | More by brownbeer
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3/5  rDev +13.2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Bubbly, pale-golden clarity shines in the light. Green apple skin and dried grass hit the nose hard. Delicate crispness balances on top of the light body. Green apple splashes down and leaves quick, dried, husked malt; a hop bitterness with muted flavor is all that really comes to the top. Dry with a nearly clean finish and more dried grass, which is at this point a little astringent, seems to not want to leave ... not too much of a bother.

On its own, this beer will become tiresome; better off just pairing it with a piping hot bowl of canh Chau (Vietnamese sour soup) to counter the astringent finish of the beer.

01-03-2011 15:21:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
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2.88/5  rDev +8.7%

355mL bottle, the label clearly stating 333®, not "Saigon Export" as its name. Gold foil around the neck.

Appearance: Pours nicely, good head retention and thorough lacing. Normal amount of effervescence. Pretty normal-looking.

Smell: Not as bad as I thought it'd be. Faint grassy notes, some chemical flavour but not too bad - for the style, it's pretty good. As a beer in general, it's not great, but it's average for the style.

Taste: Pretty devoid of 'nice' flavours, rather acrid and unorganic tasting. Would be all right ice-cold, but while it's not a joy to drink, it's not painful like a lot of other macros like it. A hell of a lot better than most Asian developing world beers! Insipid, chemically but not altogether horrible. On a par with or even slightly better than most common Australian macros including VB, New, Cold, Carlton Draught and Reschs. But that's not saying much.

Mouthfeel: All right. Adequately bubbly but not excessive; thirst-slaking is this beer's role. Thus it's easy to throw down and one might even crave one if working hard in the humid environment.

Drinkability: Considering the above point, drinkability is quite good. If I had a six pack here, and nothing else to drink, and had cause to celebrate or kick back, I would drink them all. It's pretty cheap too for an export, so this one isn't as bad as its Asian macro heritage has you to believe.

On the web site it makes much of its German brewing origins. Though this may be largely exaggerated, there is a modicum of decency to this beer, so if you're in downtown Saigon you could probably do worse.

Bear in mind though, the above score is for its exemplification of the STYLE! This isn't a great beer, but it's OK for the style. When reviewing this, don't slam it just because it's not a pilsener of Renaissance Bohemian excellence. It's a Vietnamese macro. Drink it if you want.

05-11-2005 11:52:43 | More by Weizenmensch
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3.28/5  rDev +23.8%

Poured from abottle into a pilsner glass.

Light golden straw color, with almost no head, and LOTS of bubbles.

I was expected that same old skunky smell that you get from all of the lesser-known imports, but this one smells surprising clean. Almost floral.

Taste is what it is. An imported beer from Vietnam, so I guess it's not supposed to blow my mind, but it is far better than most other odd imports I have had. This could be attributed to the brown bottle, rather than the prefered green glass of most others.

You could do much worse than an enjoying an ice cold Saigon with a bowl of noodles.

07-13-2009 02:14:58 | More by MisterDeeds
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3.58/5  rDev +35.1%

The beer pours a clear macro yellow color with a white head. The aroma is unmistakably full of adjuncts. I get a lot of corn with some earthy and grassy hops. The flavor is grassy hops with a lot of corn and wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. As bad as the adjuncts sound, I actually didn't mind the beer and finished my 12 ounce bottle pretty quickly. It is certainly not a great or even an above average beer, but if you have to have an adjunct lager, this one is not bad.

06-24-2010 05:28:45 | More by Mora2000
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3/5  rDev +13.2%

12-10-2012 19:31:21 | More by innominat
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United Kingdom (England)

2.49/5  rDev -6%

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.

01-14-2014 00:39:39 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.25/5  rDev +22.6%

06-09-2014 20:03:16 | More by HoppySeb
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3/5  rDev +13.2%

04-05-2014 02:39:47 | More by navband
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2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

10-08-2012 17:08:10 | More by intoxabroad
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Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -2.6%

355ml bottle. I remember searching over half the city for this a few years back, as part of my contribution to a Vietnamese-themed dinner party. Now, its gold-foil encased neck lends a bit of bling to the SAigon BEer COmpany, apparently.

This beer pours a clear medium golden apple juice yellow colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and duly soapy off-white head, which leaves some random patchy branched lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of sweet, overripe corn mash, bready rice pudding, cooked veggies, and dead leafy, weedy hops. The taste is a pretty simple reiteration of the aroma - gritty corn husk and glutinous white rice, some acrid stale vegetal essence, and stale leafy, scorched earth grassy hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side, but settles to an agreeable enough frothiness soon enough, the body a kind of surprising medium weight for the style, and plain in its work-a-day smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the cheap maltiness holding true, with some grassy, weedy hops lingering weakly alongside.

Another United Colors of Benetton world lager that is so-so on its own, but which I would imagine goes much better with some of its associated Diaspora's culinary offerings, such as fried noodles or oh-so-spicy pho, as has been my experience with most of these Asian lagers.

10-02-2009 22:20:24 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

2.17/5  rDev -18.1%

Another international contribution to the LCBO, i.e. a pale lager. Sudsy head though almost transparent body. Some taste with some leaf bitterness well malted and distinctly metalic. Metalic on tongue. Drinkable with a salty snack or veggies. Not satisfying but not water eiher.

09-07-2005 02:41:21 | More by Sammy
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2.28/5  rDev -14%

This lager pours a pale, straw gold, with medium white foam and no lace to speak of.

Sweet adjunct aroma. Nothing special here.

Taste is overmalty and light. Rice is evident.

Not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination, but mine was likely out of date (purchased from a less-than-reputable liquor store).

I'm sure this one would fare much better alongside some spicy Asian carryout, but as it stands, I'd avoid this one.

03-04-2011 06:09:55 | More by secondtooth
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2.43/5  rDev -8.3%

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

04-10-2014 21:04:38 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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2/5  rDev -24.5%

04-25-2012 02:12:29 | More by avisong
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2.35/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

03-25-2013 03:53:24 | More by Fatehunter
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3/5  rDev +13.2%

Bottle poured into 20 oz mug.

From Vietnam comes Saigon Export. Rice is a utilized adjunct, creating a yellow, piss-like color. This beer smells and tastes like Heineken, but an obvious difference lies between the IBU's, with Heineken having a lot more.

Saigon Export goes down friendly, but the beer is very bland, even more so than Heineken. I'm guessing it is the Miller Lite of Vietnam. The gold foil presentation that surrounds the neck and bottle cap is definitely out of place. The head and lacing of this beer is just like any light beer from the U.S. Yuppies could drink this and feel trendy.

I don't like this beer, but I don't hate it. On a positive note, it shares qualities of a typical European beer. There is a hop characteristic in the taste that I'm familiar with. In that respect, it reminds me of Pilsner Urquell, Stella Artois, even Carlsberg or Grolsch, but every one of the beers I just mentioned are superior to Saigon Export. Still, it has a good carbonation level, a nice feel, and a light body that, surprisingly, doesn't disappoint me. And for a beer that lacks a lot of flavor, it doesn't really taste watered down.

In retrospect, I can't complain. I bought an imported Export from Saigon that traveled a hell of a long way, and for one single it only cost me around a $1.93. Not bad for an Import.

This review was originally posted @ http://thelightonbeer.blogspot.com

12-26-2009 02:55:21 | More by DerekP
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2/5  rDev -24.5%

01-04-2013 21:04:12 | More by Foulon
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2.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a light, clear golden-straw color, and developes a decent, glutenous 1.5-finger head which receeds to a skim. Sparse lace left down the glass.

Aroma is weak, but of toatsed grain and a lageresque skunkiness. Flavour is of the same: toasted grains, suggestion of apricot and faint butter in the back.

Ligh carbornation punctuates a thin, crisp finish with a hint of hop-bitterness - actually not so bad for a macro-style Lager. Higher alcholol content (My can says %5.3) is pretty transparent. Nothing impressive, but not neccessarily off-putting either especially considering the rice content. Could easily drink a gallon without knowing it

09-17-2006 02:18:49 | More by GimmeAles
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Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -15.8%

Bottle: Poured a bright golden yellow color lager with a big bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of malt is a bit weak with no hops presence easily detectable. Taste is bland but in no way gross. At least it did not skunked while travelling 3000 miles to get to my place.

09-11-2006 18:48:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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New York

2.9/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

05-21-2012 21:07:50 | More by omokoro
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2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

08-01-2012 03:03:30 | More by LJWalker
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2.95/5  rDev +11.3%

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.79. No freshness date but the label tells you that this beer is made with rice as the adjunct grain, which is not surprising considering where it comes from.

The beer pours a clear golden/amber color with a 1 finger white head that doesn't last very long and leaves zero lacing.

The smell is pleasant enough. It has a touch of sweet malt, some grassy hop aromas, plus a touch of lemony citrus.

The taste is nothing special. It leans more to the sweet side although it's not sugary sweet. Rice and grassy hop flavors are evident wth no bitterness at all. A touch of lemon rounds things off. There's nothing offensive here, but nothing memorable either.

Light body without being watery. It could stand a little more carbonation and the finish leaves a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

It's not great but it's drinkable with no alcoholic taste.

12-25-2010 01:16:42 | More by matjack85
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Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

11-18-2011 05:39:46 | More by evlu1441
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Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
64 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.