Beerlao Dark | Lao Brewery Co.

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Beerlao DarkBeerlao Dark

Brewed by:
Lao Brewery Co.

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

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 163
Photo of MarkoNm
2.01/5  rDev -38.2%
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%
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 -35.7%
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 -35.7%
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 -32.6%
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 -32.3%
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 -24.9%
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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Photo of shiu-chan
2.55/5  rDev -21.5%
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 AgentMunky
2.62/5  rDev -19.4%
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 bylerteck
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
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 -13.2%
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 -12.3%
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 -12.3%
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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Photo of CoalPorter
2.87/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle poured into a pint glass at a sushi place.

A - dark amber color with a light head that clings well

S - very sweet and bready, with caramel and burnt sugar overtones

T - again very sweet and malty, with a bitter finish and aftertaste that I found unpleasant

M - medium bodied with fair carbonation

D - I wouldn't go back for another.

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Photo of paulieatworld
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just got handed this from my wisdom beverage rep. laosian??? sweet.

yeah, anyways, this one's just kinda there for me. has that kind of skunky smell that all important green bottles, or anything from the south pacific has. kind of a syrupy mouthfeel with a sweet, no roast flavor. this is pretty much how dark beers from warm climate breweries always taste! yeah, we'll probably shelve this at the store cause it will attract about a months worth of curiosity purchases but i doubt this will hang with other beers from its region like singha or tiger.

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Photo of aleigator
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
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 buschbeer
2.94/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of head. It is a dark rust color. It has a kind of skunky import smell with a side of roasted malt. The taste is mainly of roasted malt. It tastes better than Beerlao because of the malt. It's not that bad of tasting beer. It has an almost cocoa taste to it. It is an average beer. I could probably session it if I had to, but let's hope it doesn't come to that.

Can chen!

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a super dark brown w/ a one finger cocoa head. Impossible to see through, and almost zero lacing on my snifter glass. Nose is that of caramel malt, nuttiness, and diapers. Not a big fan of that last smell. Fortunately, I don't get the diaper in the taste, just caramel malt and nuttiness. Maybe a hint of chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is probably the strongest part of this beer. It's full bodied malty- actually pretty good. Overall, I would not seek this beer out again. My first brew from Laos though, so I wanted to check it out. Cheers.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one courtesy of Tyler. Poured into 10oz glass. poured a clean, clear medium brown with almost 2 inches of light tan head (thanks to an over-enthusiastic pour by me) that had very good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly grainy malt, with a touch of hops and a slight skunk. The flavor was also grainy, but a bit cleaner than the aroma. The slight skunk was also present. I received this bottle in July and just stuck it in the fridge a few days age, so the skunk may be due to my storage and handling. Or the beer may just have some skunk.

The body was typical for the style and drinkability was OK as well.
Overall, about what you'd expect from the style. Give it a shot if you're interested.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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 TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Jimmys
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

adding a country and a style to my checklist. score. 11.2 oz bottle. not seeing a bottled on date on this rather light brown bottle.

A: a dark, deep reddish hue. however, still very clear. decent head, retention and lacing.

S: a very light toasted caramel aroma. maybe oh-so-slightly fruity from a little bit of hop character? that may be a stretch.

T: drinks light a lager should. clean. a touch of roast. i suppose that is the "dark" quality. nothing too discernible, but nothing notable either.

M: moderate/average carbonation on a medium body.

D: drinkable? yes. desirable? hardly. cool to sample a brew from Laos, but otherwise not really worth seeking.

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Photo of farrago
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly white colored head given the deeper brown to amber hued liquid, you get about a half finger with average retention, good tenacity in what lacing there is. Fully transparent. Direct and simple nose based in caramelized brown sugar, cola bean, rice and processed flour, some okra or greens notes, over time a strong earthiness comes out, not much by way of fruit or citrus, for what it's worth clean dissolve. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation has a tough edge to it, adds some turbulence. Not that sweet, however, the caramel, honey, brown sugar the most prominent part by default. Can't shake that vegetal edge, maybe, just maybe some orange peel. More of the earthy, sort of minerally, stuff. You can drink it without pain nor suffering but once the glass is empty you hardly remember it.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a snifter, full finger of fluffy tan head that fades gradually, slight haze, chesnut brown.

s- nice nose, light roast, but of spicy character, very bready, maybe a touch of honey.

t- interesting, a little bite, maybe a touch of alcohol, some honey, a bit peppery, maybe a bit of wheat, roasted caramel malts.

m- smooth, slight chew, slick medium body.

d- okay, i just happened upon a free single of this and figured why not. it's not an awesome beer, but it's solid. i probably won't pick it up again though.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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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