Saigon Export - Saigon Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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85 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 167
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 21.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Saigon Beer Company visit their website
Viet Nam

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: slitherySOB on 01-27-2005

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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 167
Photo of thommo_nk
4.46/5  rDev +66.4%
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. (210 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale straw color with a stark white, fluffy head of three fingers. Head is very slow to drop. Lots of meringue lacing left behind.

Aromas of grain, earthy hops, and sweet malt.

First sip is grainy, malty, sweet, green apples, with a balancing hop bitterness. Finish is long and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery. Appropriate carbonation, no carbonic bite. Very smooth character.

Very drinkable. Nothing aggressive, nothing offensive, nothing really memorable. Light, refreshing beer, good session beer. Nothing to distinguish it from other similar beers. (607 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.75/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden. Fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Lots of bubbles. Smell is sweet and floral. Different, but nice. Body is light, and carbonated. Taste is smooth and sweet from start to finish. I would recommend trying this beer if you get a chance. (265 characters)

Photo of nasty15108
3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.57/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (487 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a light white head, solid look.

S: Corn, Euro lager malt smell.

T: Nice light malt flavour, with some noble hopping. Nice taste, nothing too substantial, but a lot better than most in this category.

M: Clean and crisp. Smooth, light-bodied.

D: One of the better adjunct lagers I've had; no off-flavours, a pleasant experience. (367 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
3.46/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Vietnamese beer, Interesting. Ingredients include: Rice, Malt, Hops, Water. So I'm expecting a rice lager here.

This poured a standard lager yellow with a boring effervescent head that quickly dissipates. Smell is a little sour, but not wretched. Surprising this stuff tastes pretty good, a slight sweetness makes it's way from start to finish with little to no aftertaste. The rice is very prevalent here which would make this an excellent accompaniment with Asian food. That and the clean body and refreshing nature of this beer.

This is really not bad at all, definitely worth a try. (594 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.44/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My review is based on the AAL style guidelines.

A: Bright, clear golden yellow color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head with poor retention to a thin skim. Decanted continually. Just a little lacing at the start.

S: Sweet corn and wet crackers. Faint hay and grass noble hop aromas.

T: Slightly sweet, very subdued malt character. Mellow noble hops for an even bitter. A slight oxidation in the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Good balance (slight of-flavor not withstanding).

D: Solid for the style. Need to try another as maybe I had a bad seal or it was old. (601 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.42/5  rDev +27.6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Jemonster
3.36/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like your average lager beer. Pale gold, white head pretty small bubbles with a lot of carbonation.

S: Skunky funk up front, grass and grains.

T: Better than it smells. Pretty light as expected, but very clean with malt and rice. One of the better Asian lagers I've tried. Very light in flavor. Slight skunk at the end too.

M: Nicely carbonated and light bodied.

O: Pretty good Vietnam. Pretty good. If I am ever in the mood for a summer beer, I might look for this again. (486 characters)

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (601 characters)

Photo of fizzy
3.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!! (470 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is good for another 6 months so it should be fairly fresh.

Light spicy hop aroma with a touch of malt and butterscotch underneath. Shorty, dense, bright-white head fades slowly into that watery yellow beer below. A few streams of carbonation make their way up the center of the glass. Lightly sweet flavor. It tastes like a mix of Pils malt and tea with some herbal hops thrown in at the end. The finish is almost crisp, and barely bitter. The body is moderately light with a hint of fine carbonation that keeps it from being too watery. There is something a bit off in the aroma, but otherwise it's not bad. I'd say it's an average Pils, or an above average Macro Lager. (684 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random legs of lace form down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of some skunk notes, grains, and some grass aromas. Taste is of sweet grains, grassiness, and a slight citrus zest on the finish. There is a slight astringent bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer is a bit too carbonated with a crisp and fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager but my first beer from Vietnam which I wasn't even aware had any breweries. I am glad I picked up one of these to try. (591 characters)

Photo of watchnerd
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, had it with my lunch at a local pho place. It's a macro lager made with, according to the label: hops, malt, rice, and water. That being said, it doesn't resemble Bud as much as it does a Japanese macro lager like Asahi Super Dry, but less hoppy on the finish. Fairly weak from all points of view (aroma, taste, alcohol), it is inoffensive and quite drinkable. You could down a couple of these with some spicy Vietnamese dishes as if it were water. Sins are primarily of omission rather than comission, which is a good thing in this category and price point. (572 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Saigon Export
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "EXP-120216"
$1.99 @ Cost Plus World Market, Arlington, VA

4.9% abv, made with rice as an adjunct. Basic foreign "Euro" lager with an interesting grassy hop component and a light touch of semi-tart apple-like fruitiness. (262 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow beer with basically no head formation.

Smell is biscuit malt and grassy hop and that is about it. Not a lot of smell here.

Starts out a little malty with a light lemony hop flavor. Light flavored but clean with no off flavors. After about the middle of the glass it starts tasting like it smells. Very much drier than any of the other Asian Lagers like Singha.

Mouthfeel is light.

A good choice for beer when you want something drier than most Asian Lagers. (475 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (1,808 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.02/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (678 characters)

Photo of DerekP
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 (1,402 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a pale straw yellow appearance with bubbly head that quickly disappears. Smell is grainy and sweet with a hint of malt.

Taste consists of grain, apples and malt. Has an alright hop bitterness, very crisp. The taste is very light, but it stops short of being to watery. Light bodied with a high carbonation. Aftertaste is dry.

Overall, this is an average adjunt lager. Nothing really special, but it is refreshing. I'd recommend trying this with something spicy at a Vietnamese restaurant, I wouldn't bother with a 6 pack though. (534 characters)

Photo of bat6
3/5  rDev +11.9%
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 (796 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this one up just to check Viet Nam off my country list and it turned out to be a typical "Cheap American Lager". Bright, clear yellow with a fluffy white head that had decent retention and no lacing.

Typical grainy-sweet scent. The flavor was perhaps sweeter than most of this style. Body was typically thin. Drinkability was OK for the style. Not a bad beer to try if you see it, but probably not worth seeking out. (426 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (927 characters)

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Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
65 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.