Beerlao Dark | Lao Brewery Co.

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167 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lao Brewery Co.
Laos
beerlao.la

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 12-31-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
15.95%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GrantBrennan
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mfilchock
4.45/5  rDev +36.5%
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 +20.9%
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 Spaceman_Jer
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vitALEity
5/5  rDev +53.4%
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 axxe
3.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BucBasil
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -21.8%
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 BlueSpader
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMH73
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mayhewbc
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
07.04.16

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.

Low C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tumbler.
It's easy drinking. At 6.5% ABV it may not be a good session beer.

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Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of two from Laos (the country and brewery) on the 1001 list.

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Photo of aleigator
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, amber-orange color, with a soon collapsing, bubbly head.

Smells of grains, rustic bread and toffee malts, with an earthy, slightly perfumy note.

Has a pleasantly light body, with a malty flavor profile to it, enriched by the beers bubbly carbonation.

Tastes of a bakers chocolate, earthen foundation, together with a faint coppery note, which introduces more and more toffee to the palate. The toffee quality turns slightly sticky during the finish, with a refreshing, slightly metallic carbonation.

Turns a tad one dimensional sweet, solely relying on the malts, while producing a nice earthiness, adding some depth.

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Photo of tigg924
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
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 outoffocus
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bat6
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
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 +0.9%
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 bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Frazz
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Beerlao Dark from Lao Brewery Co.
3.26 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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