Beerlao Dark
Lao Brewery Co.

Beerlao DarkBeerlao Dark
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European Dark Lager
Ranked #103
Ranked #46,681
3.33 | pDev: 15.62%
Lao Brewery Co.
Beerlao DarkBeerlao Dark
Notes: Beerlao Dark is an award winning beer brewed with the finest ingredients and roasted malt. A full-bodied tasted experience with a golden brown color.
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Photo of Lucular
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent dirty brown with a smallish head. Aroma and taste are similar to a sweet, slightly thin brown ale with plenty of caramel and faint hops. Not bad and I have now consumed (and enjoyed) a beer from Laos!

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle pour holds a very thin foam cap and light aroma of sweet malt. The flavor is of toasted malt and light toffee. The body is light and the brew is clean and flavorful. I am guessing that this is fresh and has not suffered heat degradation (based on other reviews).

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank straight from the bottle. Aromas of roasted malt and some dark fruit. A bit of roast in the flavor, with dark bread and a slightly herbal finish. Decent as far as Asian lagers go,you could do (and I have!) a lot worse.

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Photo of stevoj
1.21/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle from Jeremy. Dark amber, fizzy head. Aroma is cheap cola, kind of stanky. Taste gets worse, dry and chalky. Sour, cardboard.. pretty nasty. I don't believe in drain pours, but this was close.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle. Pours a medium brown with only a small amount of head. Smells of brown sugar and malt. Medium feel. Tastes like it smells, malt with some sweetness and a bit of hops on the finish. Tastes like a German lager, despite being brewed with rice. Maybe they're using German yeast. For Southeast Asia, this is outstanding. Overall, it's a solid dark lager. Kind of one-dimensional, but there's nothing bad about it.

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Photo of Mfilchock
4.45/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Vienna-style lager! My second favorite style of beer after Saison. Rank it right up there with Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager. The two best I've come to taste. Give me a case of this in camp after a day of trout fishing...nothing better!

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Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Savannah. The appearance is your basic traditional Euro Dark Lager. However, the taste was surprisingly good. I thoroughly enjoyed this more than the Beerlao traditional.

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Photo of vitALEity
5/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light coffee color with decent head. Nice aroma of sweet rice and caramel. Taste is very unique blend of jasmine rice and molasses. Medium mouth feel. My favorite dark Asian lager.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the change-of-pace brew around Laos. It's also a little bit stronger, which is good if you want some extra relaxation for a good price. The flavor is nice and is different enough with some toasted malt and a slight molasses sweetness. Definitely the beer of choice in Laos.

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Photo of shiu-chan
2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I had this during a business trip to Lao, I visited Beerlao factory on the same trip. Beerlao made up 90% of the beer consumption in Lao and also export to neighbour country Thailand. One can easily find Beerlao in any restaurants in Lao and also at the airport lounges.

Pour from 330ml bottle to glass. Clear coffee americano on the pour with medium frothiness.
Sweet toffee and bready nose. Earthy, nutty and sweet coffee on palate with medium carbonation.
Overall, a dark beer brewed not for locals but more for tourists.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Beerlao Dark Lager"

330ml brown glass bottle purchased at Cat Bar in Chiang Rai, Thailand for 240 baht. Manufacturing date: 12 JAN 2016. Best before: 12 JAN 2017.

6.50% ABV.

Sticky toffee, dark malts, amber or Vienna malts, prune. Sweetness is moderate. It's not imbalanced, but its simplicity and shallowness diminish that accomplishment.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, and (perhaps oddly) it's somewhat refreshing.

Highly drinkable, which is perhaps uncommon for a dark lager. I'd likely pick this over any of the other beers commonly available in Thailand, and look forward to revisiting it in finer grain. That said, while it's good by regional standards, it won't impress the discerning drinker.



Colour is a cola-like brown black if some translucency; this isn't the robust opaque black one might expect. Head is a pale khaki which recedes fully inside the usual 2 minutes, leaving no lacing.

Dark malt taste. Malted milk balls/whoppers. Some roasted barley is desperately needed to elevate this brew, but as-is it's one of the better dark lagers I've tried in Southeast Asia.

Balance could be better dialed in, but it's not the sweet bread bomb most Southeast Asian attempts at dark lagers end up as.

Creamy and drinkable, with an easily approachable smooth wet texture and apt moderate carbonation. Not too thick nor too thin.

It's a nice little dark lager for those craving exactly that, but most will opt for a Beerlao (original) in the Southeast Asian heat. Definitely worth a go at Lao prices, even if it struggles to run with the big dogs from Germany and the Czech Republic.


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Photo of aleigator
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a filtered dark brown color with a creamy, slightly beige head.

Smells of glazed caramel, crackers, flowery hops and roasted toffee.

Has a lighter to medium mouthfeel with a well dosed amount of sparkly carbonation, making this truly refreshing.

Tastes of toffee, copper and warm caramel with a grassy, soft and flowery hoppiness underneath. Turns heavier on the caramel then, with a subtle sweet peak of cake dough, gently toned down by the well nuanced, effervescent carbonation in this. Finishes sweet, with a nice, hoppy undertone and a light, roasty note.

By far the best iteration of all the lao beers, due to its creamier, slightly fuller mouthfeel and its nice taste diversity.

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Photo of tigg924
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear, light brown in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is chocolate and toasted malt. Very light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would rush out for either.

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Photo of bat6
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark red-brown color, decent clingy head

S: nothing powerful: a bit nutty, dark malts, some toasted bread

T: mild flavors: roasty chocolate, grainy/nutty bread, sweet coffee-ish finish, I detect

F: bright & crisp carbonation, keeps the beer light on the palate

Mild and very easy-drinking dark lager- especially because of the carbonation- pairs great with a lot of different food. If you're in SE Asia for any extended period of time then you'll probably love this beer because it's one of very few non-pilsener styles. Otherwise it's a decent beer for the style, one that I've enjoyed many times

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got a 330ml-bottle in Bangkok. Can't believe how difficult to get it here, among all the Singha, Chang and Leo!

Look: a good amount of bubbly white head that stay for quite some time. Brownish read. lively. Looking good for a dark beer.
Smell: Sweet malty bread smell.
Taste: Sweet, somewhat herbal taste. Great bread maltiness. Little hoppiness, the bitterness mostly comes from the roasted malt.
Feel: light-medium body. Good malty aftertaste lingering in my mouth.

A great beer coming out of South East Asia. Just wish it was more common, as it definitely beats all other macrobrew offerings here.

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Photo of Frazz
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a good, cheap beer that I can get at my local asian grocery store. I like the flavor of this beer -- the dark is better than the Beerlao Lager and it goes down smooth and easy. Tasty with Laotian food (of course) like curry puffs or spicy papaya salad.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought from Don Quiote 1.99 12oz. Dark brown color, slightly nutty taste, low carbonation, overall better than I expected after drinking the Beerlao lager, which wasn't that great.

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Photo of _drummer_
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I truly like this beer. I live in China where good, dark beers aren't always readily available. There are a large number of imported German beers, but some places charge more than I'm willing to pay on a regular basis for those. This one is available in my city at few restaurants and wholesale through a restaurant supply company. I buy a case at a time so I always have a few in my refrigerator. If I were back in the States, I'd still get this one on occasion.

It's dark, full-bodied, and very smooth. I drink it slowly as it would be a bit much to drink too quickly. I enjoy it to the last drop.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is easy to drink and solid for the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Take a Negra Modelo, add a little water and a pinch of sugar and you have a pretty good example of what this beer tastes like. Nothing bad about it though. Just down the list if other options are available.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a 330 ml bottle, with no date

Medium brown in color, nice head. Mild sweet nutty aroma and taste. Okay flavor, easy to drink, smooth mouthfeel. better than expected

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.62/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Pepsi glass in Huay Xing.

Clear and brown-gold with short lived but impressive head and good lacing. It smells sour, yeasty, and unpalatable. However, it's actually pretty okay. Heavier and sweeter than Beerlao, it makes sense it'd be stronger but it's not obvious. Overall, it's still a pretty paltry lager; all things considered I'll stick to the standard.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear darker amber color with off-white head. Toasted grain on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness from the malt.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.09/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a golden brown color, not all that dark, despite the title. It has a pretty long lasting 2 inch head, and a lot of lacing. The superlatives end here.

This smells musty and stale, like old bread. I have no idea how old this bottle is, but it can't be new.

This tastes musty and stale at all, with a bit of buttery diacetyl feel to it too. This is just simply not good. I'm against drain pouring, but I almost did throughout the whole session. I finished it, but it was hard. If I try really hard I can pull out weirdly sweet caramel. Meh, at best.

This is medium bodied, with a slick, oily, and gross mouthfeel. Really hard to get down. There's a medium amount of carbonation.

This is a big miss, in just about every way.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.01/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a light brown color with a decent tan colored head and a nice retention.
The aroma is very weak, hardly picked up, just some basic malty aroma.
The taste ois sweet throughout, quite bland withouth any real finish.
Drinkable but that's it. No real taste to it.

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