Halida Beer - South East Asia Brewery
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2.95/5 rDev +20.4%
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
02-16-2008 06:11:09 | More by sleazo
3/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
02-11-2007 04:36:09 | More by eb003
3/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
12-03-2006 23:09:27 | More by NeroFiddled
2.2/5 rDev -10.2%
Pours a pale straw color with minimal head that vanishes quickly. Detect some hops in the aroma. Very thin and watery, kind of like a Coors Light. In either case, might as well drink water. Not much taste, what there is seems covered by some thin metallic veil.
11-17-2006 20:59:44 | More by techdiver
1.53/5 rDev -37.6%
Pours a two finger white head that fades to nothing in minutes and leaves no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts sweet but that fades to a flavor like old shoe leather. I wasn't expecting much and didn't find it in this. Bought this only because it is brewed in Hanoi - I know that's lame. $1.40 for a 330ml bottle from John's Market Tigard, Or. Best by Jun 2006 - hadn't soured.
10-10-2006 22:33:19 | More by jdhilt
3.1/5 rDev +26.5%
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.
07-11-2006 16:40:53 | More by BEERchitect
United Kingdom (England)
1.63/5 rDev -33.5%
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...
03-04-2006 03:12:35 | More by wl0307
2.65/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
09-27-2005 14:19:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.58/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
09-01-2005 15:18:12 | More by Billolick
3.2/5 rDev +30.6%
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.
07-02-2005 01:05:47 | More by WesWes
3.1/5 rDev +26.5%
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.
05-13-2005 01:08:18 | More by pentathlete
3.03/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
11-22-2004 02:22:05 | More by freed
2.35/5 rDev -4.1%
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 didnt have anything offensive in it, but it was very dull and boring.
04-04-2004 13:54:04 | More by RoyalT
Halida Beer from South East Asia Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.