Beerlao Dark | Lao Brewery Co.

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77
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168 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:
168
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
15.95%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of MarkoNm
2.01/5  rDev -38.3%
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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.08/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a twelve ounce bottle - Pours a clear brownish red. Below average carbonation, and lacing. Smells of mild malts and mild hops...maybe some rice or other adjuncts? First sip is surprisingly lighter than expected, some mild bitterness. Weak malt backbone. On a whole not very good but better than their lager

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.09/5  rDev -35.9%
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 albern
2.09/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In fairness, the Beerlao that I tasted was bottled almost a year prior, so it really is far from fresh. The beer pours a nice amber mahogany color with not much head no lacing. The nose tastes really processed and artificial, like a very bad adjunct lager.

The taste is caramel and a bit nutty. The overly processed taste to the beer and what appears to be a cheaply made beer, is enough for me. This isn't good enough to suffer through. Perhaps with a fresher Beerlao, I would think differently, but I only have the one to rate and it isn't good.

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Photo of alkemy
2.19/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown with a hint of orange under nary a finger of beige head. Smells of skunkiness and caramel malts. There's a metallic thing going on in the taste as well as a sour overtone. This is really quite bad. It's thin and drinkable if you can overcome the flavor. Not for me.

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Photo of stoutman
2.2/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Quite disappointed with this beer like the other beer lao. It is just a sweet and malty bland beer with some caramel and just a hint of spices. Quite sweet and sugary. Very little bitterness. Has some of that old lager flavor but for the most part it goes down fairly easy. It’s still drinkable, but far from a great beer.

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Photo of Domingo
2.44/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to a buddy of mine who brought this back from Laos. Not sure about the imported version, but this one is from the source.
Pours more of an amber color than I expected. It's darker than a pale lager, but no darker than something like Yuengling.
Smells sugary...but not in a good way. In general the smell isn't really very appealing. It reminds me a little of a malt liquor.
The taste is so-so. There are elements of a caramel malty flavor, but there's also a really rough overcooked rice flavor that comes across as bitter and makes the finish harsh.
As it warms it actually get better, but it's never really "good."
Not quite a drain pour, but nothing I'd want again.
Skip this one, even if you are in the area.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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 AgentMunky
2.62/5  rDev -19.6%
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 lzepplin01
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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

Photo of Nathanbolin
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of bylerteck
2.76/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at a restaurant on Don Det. From notes.

A - Pours bright with a root beer colour. One finger light beige head. Mild-medium carbonation. No lace, tiny spot of retention on the side of the glass.

S - Nutty. Sugar, dark fruit, coffee. Sweeter elements def come through stronger. Mild but pleasant.

T - Sugary. Some coffee flavour. Mild nuttiness again. Quite sugary, but the nuttiness is alright.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a sweet, nutty finish.

O/D - An OK dark lager. Definitely a step up from the run of the mill yellow lagers around the country. I could have a few of these but it really doesn't stand out too much style wise. Decent, but off style and far too sweet.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.82/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beerlao Dark is a very clear brown lager with a fluffy off white head that leaves nice lacing. It has a faint aroma of grain and vegetables, with a hint of sweet and a hint of sour. It has a smooth medium body with a watery finish. It tastes slightly sweet, like dark malt extract, with no roastiness, really. There's a touch of chocolate and caramel and maybe squash or yams. It's relatively inoffensive.

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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 GRG1313
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

Bretanomyces nose (which I expect is not intentional) with an underlying vegetal character that is not unpleasant and which turns to burnt carmel when in the glass a few minutes.

Thin mouthfeel that thickens and improves. Flavors of burnt carmel and light coffee with a high acid character and a malty fruit mid palate and goes to coffee and cooked fruit in the back palate and initial finish.

Finish then "finishes" with long pleasant malt and hops. End palate and finish is strength of this beer. Not what I would call "drink" friendly.

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Beerlao Dark from Lao Brewery Co.
3.26 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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