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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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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
Photo of glamphetamine


1.45/5  rDev -45.3%

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.

03-05-2010 02:51:57 | More by glamphetamine
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2.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Did it wash down my vietnamese curry adequately? Yes.

Is there anything else to be said about it? Not really. It looks yellow, it smells sweet, the taste is grainy and a little bit tart, the mouthfeel is light and clean and dry.

I would order it again with pho.

01-31-2010 17:06:45 | More by lstokes
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Alberta (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -17%

From a 355 ml brown bottle, gold foil around the neck and cap, abv listed at 4.9%. Pours out a clear straw colour, lazy carbonation, two fingers of tight foamy white head that settles quickly.

Grainy at first on the nose, some light bready malt, some tart/sour adjunct, light spice, some veg.

Rough, husky, grainy malt up front in the flavour, sour tartness from the rice in the middle, veg and salt on the finish and lingering aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, very prickly abrasive carbonation, dry salty aftertaste.

This barely hits the radar, not overwhelmingly offensive, yet enough flaws that it doesn't do much to redeem itself for another round or another look. Bland.

01-29-2010 06:41:12 | More by IronDjinn
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New Mexico

2.88/5  rDev +8.7%

My first beer from Vietnam, Saigon Export out of Ho Chi Minh City. Why not HCM City Export? Probably because it is bottled for export. In any case, I peeled the gold foil from around the cap and the dried glue holding the foil in place created a powder which dispersed itself all over the table. Not a good start.

The beer poured a pale golden with an inch of dishwater foam that receded to a wispy ring. The aroma is crisp with hints of grass. Light and fleeting on the palate as it moves to the gullet. Faint grainy flavors turn into detectable bitterness. By the time you notice the flavors, they are gone. However a dry residue is left on palate which is a little harsh.

This isn't my favorite beer, but it is not the worst one I have ever had either.

01-16-2010 01:24:01 | More by BeardedBoffin
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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
Photo of Zorro


3.1/5  rDev +17%

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.

12-01-2009 02:57:32 | More by Zorro
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2.45/5  rDev -7.5%

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!

10-21-2009 00:06:16 | More by twiggamortis420
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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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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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Nova Scotia (Canada)

1.93/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

05-14-2009 14:55:02 | More by nighthawk
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Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -0.8%

355 ml brown bottle, silver foil over cap. Ordered with dinner at a local Vietnamese place.
Label ingredients list malt, rice, hops and water. Looked OK, light yellow, white foam, some head retention, no lace. Grassy aroma, light and crisp grainy flavor, adjuncts come through, but not enough to make it overly offensive. Light body, crisp mouthfeel, and nicely drinkable paired with some spicy Vietnamese food. It does the job, fits the style. Prefer this over Tiger or green bottles of Tsing Tao (the other 2 usual options).

04-22-2009 23:39:44 | More by BigBry
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Yukon (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -20.8%

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

04-06-2009 23:55:54 | More by EatsTacos
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured very clear and very yellow, with a half-decent looking head. Lots of carbonation bubbles running up the side. The smell was of soapy malts and grains and some very basic hop bitterness. Pretty blah. The taste is about what you'd expect from an American-style Asian macro-brew: mild, a little bitter, but mostly dominated by grainy and grassy malts. However, this beer was a pinch sweeter than the others. The mouthfeel was thin and the carbonation high. I wasn't expecting much going in, so I enjoyed what I had. I know that if I was in a bar on a hot day in Vietnam, this beer would taste a lot better.

03-05-2009 03:18:18 | More by micahgoldfus
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Alberta (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours pale yellow, clear. Smell - sweet and malty. Taste - pretty sweet, malty, somewhat refreshing. An OK lager I guess, nothing spectacular here. It's drinkable, but really, there so many lagers around, I wouldn't even bother getting this one again.

11-16-2008 21:05:13 | More by Voonder
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1.7/5  rDev -35.8%

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 ....

10-09-2008 22:48:46 | More by Daredevil
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Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -4.5%

355ml bottle
4.9% ABV

This was tried on October 30, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured into the glass a tranlsucent pale gold colour with a thin white head. The aroma was slightly malty and very grainy. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation. The taste was grassy with some bitterness thrown in (invisible hoppiness?)

05-13-2008 00:02:10 | More by cyrenaica
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3.23/5  rDev +21.9%

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.

01-27-2008 23:02:08 | More by watchnerd
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3.28/5  rDev +23.8%

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.

01-09-2008 18:45:20 | More by HappyHourHero
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2.65/5  rDev 0%

Purchased at Taste in Kowloon Tong. My first Vietnamese beer, to my knowledge.

Yellow in color, clear, with a small head and no retention or lacing. Adjuncty aroma. Brown bottle, so no skunking. Taste is surprisingly sweet, definitely a tropical lager. Adjuncts are evident, mouthfeel is thicker than expected. Refreshing, I suppose, but more a soda that happens to contain alcohol than a beer.

06-27-2007 05:41:11 | More by hunteraw
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New York

2.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Saigon export. A very pale yellow with a stream of large bubbles the head is quite small with a soapy texture.

S-fairly bitter smelling in the macro sense. Light malt

T-fairly sweet on first sip. The malt makes its presence none and there is a vague spiciness to the beer. The aftertaste is slightly artificial.

M-a bit richer than I expected with a heavy dose of carbonation.

D-this is better than most Asian lagers but that really isn't saying much. A decent match for vietnamese food. I think I would like a Kolsch with a lot of Vietnamese dishes.

05-29-2007 00:54:59 | More by sleazo
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Alberta (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -19.6%

looks like your average lager..very clear amber yellow with poor head retention but above average lacing.

aroma is pretty faint with some grainy malt, grassy hop. Maybe a hint of cooked veggies.

Wow..weak. Some faint hop bitterness, sweet malts, and adjuncts. Not impressed at all.

watery & thin mouthfeel

thank the Lord for single beer in a liquor store because I'd be pouring out the other 5.

04-01-2007 00:24:44 | More by Shadman
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Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

02-12-2007 17:21:34 | More by Viggo
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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
Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
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