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Myanmar Lager Beer - Myanmar Brewery and Distillery

Not Rated.
Myanmar Lager BeerMyanmar Lager Beer

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 25
Avg: 2.72
pDev: 30.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Myanmar Brewery and Distillery visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Naerhu on 02-05-2006

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 25
Reviews by Ciocanelu:
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2/5  rDev -26.5%

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Photo of migwell
2.56/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is the ubiquitous Myanmarian brew, and undoubtedly the generals still in command of this lovely little country are getting a generous kickback for allowing it to become the #1 beer in the country. I spoke to some Europeans living in Malaysia who said that several times a year they would drive up to Burma (the colonial misnomer for this country, in which the Burman tribe is the largest, but far from the only, group) to drink this beer, a pleasant change from the appalling Tiger beer foisted on Malaysians.

I spent a month in Myanmar, and drank enough of this rather poor lager that I was actively seeking out the few alternatives (Dagon, Mandalay) or the wretched ABC stout. It's OK if someone is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to drink it, or if you're travelling in Myanmar, which I thoroughly recommend that you do, but otherwise, give it a pass!

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Photo of virinow
2.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of filmguy
1.65/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

America has its Bud. Myanmar has its Myanmar. There really isn't a reason to drink this swill unless you're in Myanmar without an alternative, which will likely be the case at some point since there are many restaurants that only serve this.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beerpirates
3.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok beer on a hot day

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Photo of sd123
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of leitmotif
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of SVD
1.75/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of rredshift
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of muldersha
2.29/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Had from a 640mL brown glass bottle purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a somewhat gree/gold straw color with a chunky, large bubble white head. It's quick to dissipate, but leaves an acceptable lacing.

Super skunky and metallic aromas of old hops and dusty tin cans mask more subtle and pleasant aromas of bran, caramel, honey, lemon, and oats.

Medium bodied and malty on the palate with some ripe fruitiness.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.12/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is available just about anywhere in Myanmar, and I don't just mean restaurants and bars, but on the side of the street, in the temples... you could probably even get them to brink you one if you were lying in hospital, so ubiquitious is this green-and-red-labelled beverage.

It's served mostly in large 640ml bottles, which proudly shows off the medals it has won at awards (which I note bemusedly includes the Australian International Beer Awards).

I tried it first at a roadside food outlet in Yangon, but it was pressed upon me many other times during our two week trip as well...

It pours with a golden yellow body, with almost no head. No lacing, some large-bubbled carbonation.

Nose is slightly sweet, with a little bit of fragrance, but not much. It's a pretty bland smelling beer.

Taste is pretty smooth. A little sweetness first, but balanced surprisingly well with some refreshing bitterness. Reasonably full-bodied, not as weak as many an Asian lager. After a few sips, it feels like it's coated your mouth.

Pretty good for a dry lager. Enough character to keep you interested, but smooth enough to gulp down and ward off the humid Burmese nights.

As an aside, Burmese beer in general is significantly better than Thai or Cambodian beer, but what with international sanctions, it's unlikely to be discovered outside its borders. Myanmar Beer is not the best the country has to offer (I would recommend Mandalay Beer a hundred times over this), but it's good to be able to find a reasonable beer like this wherever you go.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.4/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 640mL bottle into a branded mug.
Two fingers of stark white head have surprising retention. The beer is clear golden with mild effervesence.
It smells...not good. Sharp, sour, vaguely both skunky and metallic.
By god though this beer is drinkable. It's like thicker soda water with a light sweetness and mild tang. Not the 'bad lager' tang, the aftertaste is surprisingly clean, but just bit of a bite. That said, it's a watery, more or less flavorless beer. If Drinkability were still a component, it would get high marks, but overall it's not worth your time.

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Photo of tbeckett
2.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at a beer station somewhere in Myanmar. From notes.

A - Poured golden and bright with one finger of fluffy white head. Spotty lace and film retention.

S - Adjuncts. Not much else.

T - Sweet grain and a mild adjunct flavour. Not too bad, but not much to work with.

M - Good carbonation, light body, sweet before moving to a clean finish.

O/D - Not a bad lager. Mostly inoffensive and fairly clean. Could have a few, but doesn't really stay too interesting.

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Photo of jeanphoenix
2.29/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Jamesinbangkok
4/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does the trick a warm day at the border. Way better than anchor in Cambodia, but not as good as beer Lao in, well, Laos.. Great while still cold, tastes like beer and makes one drunk. Can't ask for much more.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Scott for this beer.

A - Pure white head with small carbonation.
S - Fruity banana aroma, with no malt or hop presence to speak of.
T - Slightly fruity flavor on the palate, but really light malt and next to no hop bitterness.
M - No body to speak of and a bit of unpleasant starchyness.
D - This is a decent enough brew to wash down greasy yakisoba or road side curry, this beer does not stand on its own.

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Photo of Poupae
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of soulgrowl
2.79/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nondescript but attractive yellow-brass with a fairly sturdy, almost creamy white head of fine bubbles.

Smell: Lemon dish soap, green bananas, sourdough bread; an odd melange of weak, strange flavors.

Taste: Light as a feather. Basically there is no malt flavor but a wafery, starchy sweetness easily overpowered by a taut snap of mild, citric hop bitterness. It is also oddly sour.

Mouthfeel: Clean and dry, refreshing and fizzy.

Drinkability: Pretty much what you'd expect. Good for the Burmese heat, but it doesn't do Burmese food justice.

Note: It's better, and cheaper, on draft.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml green bottle served in a small beer glass in a dingy little Burmese (Myanmarian?) restaurant in Takadanobaba area around Tokyo.

Looked clear golden, with a medium to big head. Head fades fast. Smells like an AAL, but with greater emphasis on pleasant characteristics like grass and less emphasis on unpleasant characteristics like ass.

Taste is a little sweet, not inappropriately so, generally inoffensive. As far as AALs go, it's not bad at all.

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2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of SFQuixote
2.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A surprisingly pleasant and enjoyable brew - probably my favorite in Myanmar. Typical average lager profile at an excellent price.

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3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of tangoafterdark
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Myanmar Lager Beer from Myanmar Brewery and Distillery
74 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.