Beerlao Dark | Lao Brewery Co.

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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
Ranking:
#43,675
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
174
pDev:
16.41%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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4
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Photo of Professor_X
2.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of stevoj
1.21/5  rDev -63.2%
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 DerbyDave35
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of detgfrsh
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
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 MaxOhle
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HabaJohn
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GrantBrennan
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mfilchock
4.45/5  rDev +35.3%
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 +19.8%
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 +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vitALEity
5/5  rDev +52%
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 +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BucBasil
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -22.5%
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 -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMH73
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mayhewbc
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -4%
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 +1.8%
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 -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Beerlao Dark from Lao Brewery Co.
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 174 ratings
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