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Saigon Export - Saigon Beer Company

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BA SCORE
65
poor

142 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of Sammy
2.17/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.23/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of zeff80
2.93/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +34.6%
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.

Photo of wrightst
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.81/5  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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev +13.9%
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 wl0307
2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.35/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.03/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Viggo
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.7/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of wordemupg
2.17/5  rDev -18.4%
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

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

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Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
65 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.