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Saigon Export - Saigon Beer Company

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Saigon ExportSaigon Export

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134 Ratings

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 20.45%
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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Ontario (Canada)

1.18/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Blech. Bad beer. Had it because it was a hot day, I was thirsty and I thought this would be a decent quenching beer. It's not even that. Pours a very pale yellow. No head to speak of, no lace whatsoever. Smells of rice, pale malts, and lake Ontario water. Not good. Taste is terrible. This stale sweetness, awful taste that ends sour. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Pretty much undrinkable. It didn't even quench my thirst. Not much to write about it. It's just, simply put, a very bad beer.
I just had this beer ice cold. So ice cold, in fact, that chunks of ice were floating in the glass. It's drinkable swill.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 03:09:07 | More by slitherySOB
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1.25/5  rDev -52.7%

01-16-2014 05:19:11 | More by SoCaliC8
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1.45/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Pale golden yellow with a half-finger head that dissipated to a light foam.

S - Weak. All I can smell is a hint of cereal grain and a slightly sour smell. After a few tries I got a hint of skunk.

T - Overly sweet and slightly metallic with a hint of grain. Again, a grainy and bland aftertaste with a touch of alcohol. The burp had more taste than the gulp.

M - Left my mouth feeling slightly dirty. It didn't finish clean, instead leaving a sickening foamy feeling lining my mouth.

D - If I saw this in a cooler in a party, I might throw myself on the grenade and drink it so someone else doesn't have to. It's not the worst beer I've ever had, and part of me wants to find something to like about it, but I wouldn't buy it again. One and done, folks. Buy it, talk some smack about it, then chug it and go grab a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 02:51:57 | More by glamphetamine
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1.5/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My first tick from Vietnam.

Pale yellow with decent clarity. The thin and fizzy head disappeared as quickly as it came.

Tons of green apple on the nose, along with cabbage and buttered Wonder Bread. Smells like a hobo's dinner.

Palate is similar, offensive amounts of green apple met by milder but no less offensive amounts of buttery diacetyl and cabbage-like DMS. Some pale malt and filmy rice sweetness appear in the slick finish. Pretty horrid.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:11:30 | More by largadeer
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1.7/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Asian beers don't seem to work very well outside of Asia .... this one smells rather disgusting (somewhere between a lacquer factory and smelly feet) .... and tastes like some artificially flavoured herbal tea .... honestly, no use to import it all the long way ....

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 22:48:46 | More by Daredevil
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1.75/5  rDev -33.7%

01-11-2013 21:23:08 | More by panther_5115
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Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A rather plain-Jane beer. Gold pour with a short white head settling to a film, gives up reasonable lace.

Overall somewhat more harsh than it needs to be. Metalic nose and aftertaste, lingering unpleasant bitterness. Actually smells a bit like malt liquor.

Unremarkable, slightly unpleasant in some ways. Pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 18:48:50 | More by TerryW
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1.75/5  rDev -33.7%

12-18-2013 18:42:36 | More by HRamz3
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1.78/5  rDev -32.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 19:19:21 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

1.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

355mL bottle with no apparent freshness date (though a code on the foil could be interpreted as a date of some kind) poured into a pint glass.

Body is clear yellow, lots of carbonation and a few floaties. Head is generous at first pour, but quickly settles to a thin ring. Retention's good, better than many in the style.

Aroma is a little sugary, maybe some hops in there. Really mild, almost nothing there.

Taste is watery, tangy apple juice.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Par for the course here.

I'm not choking on this, but I'm far from enjoying it either. Maybe if I was in Saigon, chowing down on some cha gio I'd go for this, but there are too many AALs that taste better to waste my money and palate on this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 14:55:02 | More by nighthawk
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1.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle of this at Austin Liquors.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a crystal clear golden adjunct larger pour with a fizzy one finger head that fades at the typical quick rate to leave no head at all.

S - Awfully sweet, lots of malt sweetness. Getting some super light grassy hops but thats it. Too sweet smelling.

T - Taste is screwed too. Way too sweet. More sweet malts and I guess sweet apples too like others have said. No hops, no yeast, just sweet. eh.

M - Nice carbonation cant help the thin, watery mouthfeel.

O - Overall, meh. Save your money. Atleast I get to check off another country.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 03:23:45 | More by rudzud
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1.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, vary pale yellow color. Has a very small, fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no discernible lacing.

Smell: Grainy with a bit of a fruity character to it. Actually better than I was expecting and better smelling than most adjunct lagers.

Taste: Moderately bitter up front. Finishes slightly sweet and a little sour. This beer has almost no flavor and doesn't even really stack up against most American macros. Kind of a let down after a better-than-average smell.

Mouthfeel: Thin, like carbonated water.

Drinkability: This is awful. Yes, it's "drinkable" but would you really want to drink it. I would give it lower marks but it's not overtly offensive just outright flavorless. Skip it...

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:44:54 | More by wahhmaster
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

04-25-2012 02:12:29 | More by avisong
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

01-04-2013 21:04:12 | More by Foulon
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New York

2/5  rDev -24.2%

02-17-2013 22:55:56 | More by JohnQVD
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United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -24.2%

10-07-2013 22:27:25 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

05-09-2013 21:51:47 | More by JRBecks
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

10-29-2012 03:56:01 | More by wsfletch
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New York

2/5  rDev -24.2%

04-06-2012 22:30:52 | More by smi
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

04-17-2012 23:55:44 | More by HarmonMW
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:47:36 | More by tbeckett
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

02-03-2013 23:51:35 | More by Shoffy
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -24.2%

03-29-2012 22:48:40 | More by djrn2
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New York

2.08/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 18:49:26 | More by schlimenhaumer
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Yukon (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a fizzy light yellow with almost no head. I'll admit that I read the label and saw that rice is listed as an ingredient before hops


Taste:...rice, malty...

Mouthfeel: not bad at all really. Sharp, biting carbonation with a thin to medium body is pretty much what I expected

Drink: It did the job and washed down my pad tai

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 23:55:54 | More by EatsTacos
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Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
64 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.