Halida Beer - South East Asia Brewery

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 24.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South East Asia Brewery
Viet Nam

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-04-2004)
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Photo of Hexley
3.8/5  rDev +52%

Photo of SargeC
3.38/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow brew with a foamy white head.

Smell: Touch of yeast, citrus and malt.

Taste: Slight citrus flavor to start off. Good malt flavor with apparent yeast. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium/Light body. Standard.

Drinkablity: Amazed in the difference from bottle to can. It was a completely different beer.

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt scent along with some hints of adjuncts; probably rice. It has a sweet smell; pretty clean. The taste is average as well. It has a light pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean with some residual sweetness. It pretty good, but it lacks character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. It is a little heavier than most Asian lagers, but it drinks well.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's pretty decent beer for it's style. It's just that the style always tastes like a wet dog. Of course it's grainy and vegital...it's supposed to I guess. There are some interesting fruitiness (green apples, appricots, and peach) going on, but not enough to mask the American Lager qualities. Aromas are about half malty and half grainy. The beers body is where it is saved. The beer is round and moderately full. It holds its retention well and stayed refreshing down the the bitter end. Herbally hopped for a bit of tea-like character and grassyness. Finishes mainly crisp, but with a residual sweetness and corn flavor that hurts.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with no head, save for some thin, white patchwork and a thin ring around the perimeter. No lacing.
Smell is corny, bready malts with some subtle notes of barley. Faint notes of ginger as well.
Taste is corny malts with some faint notes of spice. Very little else going on here; lackluster finish that is slightly watery, with a touch of barley and malts.
Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly watery at the finish. Light body.
Drinkability is decent. Definitely a bland and relatively unexciting beer, but it still drinks easily, as there's nothing too offensive or unpleasant to detract from the drinkability.

Photo of pentathlete
3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw with a nice white head, dissipates rapidly, but falls to a ring. Nose is soggy bread, some malt. Taste is typical for the style, lacking in crispness. Mouthfeel is thin, but not unpleasantly so. Found this for $3.99 for a sixer. I don't think it is normally this cheap. Easy to drink, would bring it to a party of known macro drinkers to provide them with something to talk about.

Photo of bat6
3.08/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had "Halida Premium Lager", not "Halida Export" as the picture indicates, but there's no other Halida listed and I don't know if there's a difference.
Drank in Hanoi, did not write down the freshness date but it was within a couple of weeks from the brewery.

A - very pale, pours a billowing head w/ amazing retention

S - virtually no smell, on par for the style of pale lagers in SE Asia

T - very clean, nothing distinct

M - crisp & light-bodied w/ great carbonation

O - right on par for the style, meant to be quaffed in blazing humid heat. It appears that other reviewers had something different or perhaps expired beer- this definitely wouldn't have much shelf life

Photo of freed
3.03/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle - rather noble looking label (different than pictured).

Pours a palish, waifish golden with a white foamy head that retires early.

Smell is of sweet, sweet malt. Like RoyalT mentioned - its very singular in its aroma.

The taste is mild, pleasant and sweet. Less carbonation bite and more malt flavor (and a bit less adjunct flavor) than most American lagers. Nice summer sipper, drinks easily.

Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +20%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Halida beer pours a clear yellow-gold body beneath a short head of creamy white foam. The head retention and lacing are average. It has a very generic beer aroma to it with a dull sweetish malt and very background hops, and it's clear that there's some adjunct in use here. It's clean, however, and smells pretty much like any other well-made macro lager that uses a fair amount of adjunct and goes real easy on the hops. It's medium-light bodied and crisp in the mouth. The flavor offers a clean, lightly sweet but far from grainy maltiness with just a thread of nondescript hop flavor running through it. It finishes short-but-drying as a bit of sweet, but basically flavorless, malt sticks in the mouth. Average beer. You could drink this without noticing it except for the burp that followed.

Photo of SmashPants
3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: chinsy and tacky, much like anything from SE Asia. Very bright, with a quality, thick brown bottle.

Appearance: pours a fairly light straw with one-finger fluffy head, reasonable retention.

Aroma: fairly clean lager with some yeast, malt and a hint of citrus.

Taste: standard adjunct lager with a touch of corn and some malts. Pretty light flavours, to be honest.

Aftertaste: About the same, but all taste disappears rapidly. Luckily a sessional beer.

Mouth feel: standard lager - light body, medium carbonation. Suits the style.

Overall: lager wheat and metallic lagery-ness, not a bad beer really if it had a bit more in the way of flavour. If you want a standard and light-flavoured lager, this is one.

Photo of eb003
3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, another brewski tried from the "singles bin" at the ol' Liquour Barn.

On the whole, this brew is about average. It pours clear gold in color...about the same as an american light beer. The smell is also average...almost a bit bitter. The taste is light and hoppy. The mouthfeel is rather crisp, but it doesn't feel smooth at all. It's almost "too bubbly". The mouthfeel is average. The drinkability is also average.

I rate drinkability on what level I think I could drink a beer "all night". All I know is that I got tired of this one after 12 oz.

It's an OK beer.

Photo of sleazo
2.95/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Highly needed beer in the mini bar after 30 hours of travel.

A_as lightly golden straw coloured as I have seen a beer. Decent sized head settles into a white slick. A heady stream of bubbles makes it look refreshing.

S_Straw and some grassy hops.

T_Light in the taste department, slightly medicinal but mostly light grains and mild grassy hops. Inoffensive but not bad nor good.

M_very light bodied with a medium carbonation. Would prefer a bit more for a beer so light.

D_typical macro Asian Lager. I did like the pull top

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a pale gold color that is perfectly clear. Had a decent head.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt aroma with a little bit of funk making its appearance known.

Taste: Smooth and dry. Its taste is better than its smell as it is a little sweet and there is no funk in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and watery. Not much carbonation bubbling on the tongue, either.

Drinkability: Not great. I had one, and that's probably all I'll ever really need of this one.

Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of thierrynantes
2.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance : Pale golden color, with a creamy white head.
Smell : Aroma of malts and hops
Taste and mouthfeel : Light-bodied and watery with some dry hops in the finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Pale lager

Photo of Kulrak
2.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw color with no head whatsoever. Smells slightly of yeast, and a lot like water. The taste pretty much of water as well, with a very slight nondescript hop flavor. Mouthfeel is very watery, but not fizzy at all. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, like water is. There's really no flavor to this at all, I can't even be sure it's actually beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Weak, washed-out amber with a fair number of small to medium sized particles floating about. The crown of foam is better by far. It's as rich and as creamy white as a piece of expensive stationery, with a texture that other macro lagers would kill for. It also leaves arching strands of lace around the entire circumference of the glass. Maybe I'll just look at it from a bird's eye view so the head obscures the beer.

Yep, that's a macro lager nose all right. Each sniff brings slightly sweet, reasonably fresh grain and a wee whiff of floral hops. It's nothing special, but at least it isn't offensive.

Ditto on the palate, although the beer tastes more stale and bland than it smells. Halida has flavor, but it lacks any sort of mouthfilling volume, anything of substance that I can wrap my taste buds around. Maybe that's asking too much of a macro lager, but hey, good examples of this style do exist, even if they aren't plentiful.

I keep trying to come up with something more descriptive than 'grain'. The weak hoppiness that I picked up in the nose is still present, but it's even most ghost-like on the palate. The fact that the beer is slightly more sweet than bitter keeps it palatable. The mouthfeel is no help at all since it's lackluster as well.

According to the label, South East Asia Brewery is located in Hanoi. I wonder if Hanoi Jane (Fonda) drinks this stuff and reminisces about her salad days as an anti-war activist? The bottom line: Halida is probably the best beer from a Communist country that one could ever hope for. Take that for what it's worth.

Photo of dgilks
2.65/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, light straw colour with a small, creamy and longlasting white head.

Pretty much nil aroma. There is a touch of grain but that's it.

Fairly standard adjunct lager with a touch of sweetness with very mild bitterness. There is also a hint of generic hops. Not bad for what it is but not a great beer.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

Looks, if I was in Viet Nam I would be thoroughly enjoying this beer. It is a thirst quencher and nothing more.

Photo of Billolick
2.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce brown bottle, with "expiration" dating on the label. Pours very light, just slightly yellowed, minor white head and lacing. Initially prickly on the tongue,seems highly carbonated, as medium sized bubble continue to stream to the surface. Light body, minimal malt, slightly hoppy in the finish. Also picking up some metallic, nasty flavors. You can find better beer then this. Would hit the spot in an extreme heat wave or while pushing a lawn mower.

Photo of philphilphil
2.53/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

clear gold small head was how it poured.
Smells like lager with a touch of urine.
Taste is absent, it hides its alcohol well though.
Mouthfeel is too thin but not too bad.
Drinkability is okay, not worth paying for here, maybe in vietnam itd be good.

Photo of lzepplin01
2.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
2.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer can be summed up into one word, "bland" or "boring" should do the trick. I try to go into every beer with high hopes of having something really great come from it but I have yet to find an Adjunct Lager that really impresses me. This beer pours out as a golden color which is decent but there is virtually no head on it at all. Mouthfeel is flat much like I suspected from the look of it. The tastes of Malts are the most pronounced in the beer. This is one I can skip if I see it on shelves somewhere for purchase.

Photo of randylangford
2.5/5  rDev 0%

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Halida Beer from South East Asia Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.