Beerlao Dark | Lao Brewery Co.

BA SCORE
77
okay
168 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 81
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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Photo of Soothsayerslayer
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -8%
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 +17.2%
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 BrewAskew
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Z-man
4.09/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
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 beerpirates
2.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of BillB1786
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly strong for a dark lager.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
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 NeilSilber1
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 monorailred
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -8%
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 dmorgan310
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 31Sam13
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet and more full-bodied than what you find in this part of the world. I think that it had a nice, fruity complexity and was well done.

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Photo of Deggar
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

when in Thailand and all you can find is light lagers this beer is like Carmel Gold

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Photo of grahuba
3.24/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -8%

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