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Halida Beer - South East Asia Brewery

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 41
Avg: 2.5
pDev: 24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South East Asia Brewery
Viet Nam

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-04-2004

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.09/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
1.66/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tasted in one of the best and most authentic Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road, London. In fact, it's the first Vietnamese beer I've ever tasted, alas, this equally authentic beer is not nearly as impressive as the cuisine... The BB date of the bottle is 05/09/06, and I tasted it "before" enjoying the cuisine at the restaurant, so as to keep a clean palate for the beer.

It pours a very pale straw colour, like a watered-down honey drink, coming with a thin beer head and gentle fizz. The nose has some cane-sugar elements, on top of the lightest lager malts I could ever imagine. And where's the hop? On the palate there's suggestion of light malts with its slightly artificial flavour of grains and hop-flakes. Interesting metalic feel in the end. No structure and no depth, just plain and bland. Watery and overly thin-bodied for a 5.0%abv. lager. This is definitely not a well-made beer and one of the worst in its class I've ever encountered.

P.S. My Vietnamese flatmate told me that "Hanoi Beer" is much better than this one after I got back home, but I'm afraid it'd take me a long time to recover from the nightmare of drinking this beer before moving on...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.68/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
2.57/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of freed
3.02/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Very light yellow in color with a two-inch head that went down quickly.

Smell – The aroma is singularly grain and very faint.

Taste – This has a very light ricey grain flavor. There seems to be a bit of creamed corn in there as well.

Mouthfeel – The lack of carbonation or a dry mouthfeel left this one wanting.

Drinkability – This beer didn’t have anything offensive in it, but it was very dull and boring.

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Halida Beer from South East Asia Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.