Saigon Export - Saigon Beer Company

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65
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85 Reviews
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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 Sammy
2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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. (278 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 metter98
2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
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 (640 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (283 characters)

Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -44%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,351 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a crystal clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. No lacing left behind.

S - It smelled of grains and very little else.

T - Grains and some sweet caramel. There was a touch of bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light bodied lager with a smooth finish.

O - This was okay. I was better than most Asian lagers that make it to the states. (393 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 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 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 BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.36/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ok, I'm trying to review this based on style, so....

A: Yup, looks like a typical AAL. Pale yellow/straw. Fluffy head that doesn't last much at all. Gotta knock it down a point

S: stale feet and wet straw. Malt is...well, isn't good.

T: About what I expected. The first impression isn't bad, but the aftertaste is socks and wet tarp. Hoping carbonation cleanses this out...

M: nope. pretty flat.

D: nope. Can't finish it. Need some Ruination to exorcise my palate. (470 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 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 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 Viggo
2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow/gold, big white fluffy head forms, settles down to a thin layer pretty quick, nice lacing however. Smell is pretty typical, sweet malts, some honey, grass, citrus, bit of skunk, can't really distinguish this from any other foreign macro lager. Taste is pretty weak, some malt, grass and citrus, bit of skunk, clean finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty refreshing, good lunch beer. Nothing more than slightly mediocre. (467 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass july3 2010

A clear straw yellow with a crazy amount of carbonation that leads up to a cola like head that fizzes out before you know it with no time to leave any lace

S some wet sour rice cake and some rancid lemon

T sadly it tastes as it smells but with some added skunk

M thin and over carbonated

D hard to enjoy a beer that tastes lousy, I don't think I'll be drinking this again unless it's a safe alternative to some jungle water

I swear I've reviewed this beer before and I don't think I cared for it then either, don't go looking for this one it's not so good (609 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 spinrsx
2.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

355ml Bottle

Appearance – Crystal clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, honey, pears/apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with a honey sweetness and some cooked corn. There is also a bit of a skunky and metallic taste to it.

Overall – A below average adjunct lager. The taste was bad - even for an adjunct. I wouldn't buy this beer again. (596 characters)

Photo of rudzud
1.98/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
1.99/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.42/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with no freshness date and a rusty cap, awesome. Pours a very clear light gold color with a pretty thick cap of white foam. Retention is not too shabby but it leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smells like Welch's grape juice with a hint of cardboardy stale malts. There is room for improvement on the aroma, to say the least.

Taste still has some vinous characteristics, but not as much as I feared upon smelling it. Stale malty graininess pervades the flavor and the body is lightened up significantly by rice additions. The body is so light that the modest 4.7% ABV can easily be detected. There is some grassy hop bitterness on the finish, but not very much. I could see this being refreshing served cold in the hot, humid climate of SE Asia. In the context of American beer, it is a slightly below average AAL. Glad to have tried a beer from Vietnam though! (873 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
2.34/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a mug so frosty it's opaque in Hoi An.
1.75/1.5/2.75/2.75/2.5
Limpid yellow with low carbonation and hilariously short lived head. It smells kind of musty and dank.
Either my standards have been shot to hell in SEA (yeah) or these beers are tastier than they have any right to be. Well carbonated, nearly crisp, with a strong malty sweetness that comes across almost fruity. The aftertaste is sharp and not entirely pleasant.
I wouldn't steer you away from this one. (500 characters)

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