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Bia Ha Noi | Hanoi Beer Company

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Bia Ha NoiBia Ha Noi

Brewed by:
Hanoi Beer Company
Viet Nam

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by shivtim on 09-01-2007

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Reviews by bgildea:
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3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer from my brother and his escapades throughout southeast asia.

A: Pours a nice yellow color with a slight white head that fades quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: Decent fruity smell typical of american adjunct lagers and rice based beers.

T: The beer has a fruity sweet taste to it that almost tastes like a cross between malt liquor and rice beer.

M: The beer maintains a decent amount of carbonation while drinking it. Not necessarily the best quality, but probably needed it to get safely to the states.

O: The beer is a fairly standard rice beer/american adjunct lager. I found the flavor and smell to be slightly above average but the beers constant carbonation was its biggest downside.

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Photo of Jaysicles
2.3/5  rDev -20.7%

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2.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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3/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.56/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had while in Vietnam in 2005

Pours macro.

Nose is macro with a little creamy oddness to it, reminds me of vanilla tootsie roll candy.

Taste follows with mostly macro but an odd creaminess. corn and cheap grain with minimal hop presence. The only thing uniqe is this wierd sweet kind of earth soil flavor.

Mouthfeel is macro.

Drinkability is ok, but the odd creaminess sort of hampers it a bit, but for all intensive purposes, this is a macro. haha.

Overall, a nice change of pace from the usual tiger or carlsberg, but, yeah, well, yeah...

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Photo of basica
2.84/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear gold color topped with a thick rocky head with medium retention and lively effervescence (3.5)

S - Yeasty astringency with a light malt backing. (2)

T - Yeasty and woody tastes upfront followed by light maltiness and slight grassiness in the middle. The finish comes in with a nice malty aftertaste. (3)

M - Light bodied, largely watery with a tad of carbonation bite (2.5)

D - Easy drinking lager; light and balanced and very approachable compared to other more known mass lagers (3.5)

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2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of peandyd
2.41/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.8/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a quickly fading head.
Soapy notes in the aroma along with an overtly sweet doughy character.
Sweet flavours too with more doughy notes and maybe a hint of honey.
Watery body. Too much carbonation.
That doughy character seems weird, almost like it was fermented with bakers yeast...

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Photo of 54V4G3
2.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of chubenzino
2/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wasn't expecting much when I had this in Hanoi

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Photo of NickyG213
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Hexley
4/5  rDev +37.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of sokol_1993
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of kojevergas
2.94/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml can from a minimart in Hanoi. Cost was around $0.50 USD. 4.60% ABV. Brief impressions below:

Too sweet, with a heavy artificial malt syrup taste and possibly some diacetyl off-flavour. Overcarbonated. Metallic, lightly syrupy, smooth, wet, unrefreshing.

Malt backbone is all cheap pale malts/x-row. No hop flavour whatsoever.

Simple, shallow, imbalanced, badly built.

Drinkable in that it's largely inoffensive. I might revisit it when in the mood to merely get intoxicated with something cheap and insipid, but it has nothing to offer the discerning drinker.


On-draught (delivered today) impression:

The fresh draught version is vastly superior, bringing a blip of a banana ester, a fresher malt presentation, and far more apt carbonation. Absolutely worth trying, especially at its low price. Clean easy drinking with a nice barley backbone and the beginnings of kellerbier-esque unhinged oxidation.


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Photo of Rlombardi75
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JKAllen
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Philpop2
3.78/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 450ml bottles are the best for whatever reason the cans are nowhere near as tasty as is the smaller 330ml hanoi beer labeled beer which they now disappointingly export. By far the 450ml bia ha noi is Vietnams best beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BeerHERE2010
2.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This review comes via the open door sharing policy that predominates the craft beer community. Availble, on a 'gift horse' basis by virtue of someone recently back from Asia and 'packing' Cambodian and Vietnamese brews.

It's a 'grassy' rice based lager. Better than 'green' San Miguels & 'short' of Asahi or Kirin (less the radiation).

'Nothing to write home about here', just another 'back yard' lager made in another back yard half way around the world , where, 4 decades ago I was turning circles off the DMZ on an LPH.

That's the (back) 'story', 40y down the road, after being literally AT each others throats, Hanoi v NY, now I'm critiquing a wk old Vietnamese rice lager > eg pouring relatively 'fresh' rice lager DOWN my throat.

This is better. (Tho, for my wants/needs; still just a 2.3-ish beer

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Photo of shivtim
2.74/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this while visiting Vietnam. It's served with ice cubes in restaurants! Weird.
Anyway, it's a clearish brew, pale straw in color, with a very slight white head. Nose is yeast, wheat, and mild rice. Taste is a bit more interesting than expected. It's got some sweet grain, yeasts, slight hops on the end, and a bit of a wet earthy flavor mixed with spiciness. Mild but more complex than most lagers of the region. Mouthfeel is not too bad, drinkability is average. Worth a shot if you're in Vietnam.

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2.43/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Can from Circle K in Ho Chi Minh.

A - Pours light golden with a one finger loose white head gone fast. Bright and decent carbonation. No lace and no retention.

S - Light honey, a little herbal, sweet grain.

T - Grainy, sweet malt, some honey, dusty, dry grain.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, clean and slightly dry finish.

O/D - Decent lager. Inoffensive and clean with nothing to wimper about. Just nothing out of the box or interesting. Not bad for the style, but a little rough around the edges as well.

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Bia Ha Noi from Hanoi Beer Company
2.9 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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