Beerlao Lager | Lao Brewery Co.

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Lao Brewery Co.

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beerlao is brewed from the best local rice and overseas high quality malt giving it a unique taste. Beerlao was launched in 1973 and has become the best selling and leading brand in Laos. It was also awarded gold medals by various international competitions. Beerlao is one of the most successful exports and is currently available in 13 countries worldwide.

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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 278
Photo of EMH73
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear yellow with a poorly retained quarter inch white head that left very little lacing. Smell is rather mild with notes of rice, grains and malt. Taste follows the nose although it tastes better than it smells. Slightly sweet malts, rice, grains and just a touch of hops and associated hop bitterness. Light bodied and carbonated, thin mouth feel.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a lovely golden color with a modest, eventually reducing to little, white head. Little scent, as is normal with these pale lagers. Feels better than many in the mouth - more robust! Taste is malty. I suspect that this beer is a killer on a hot day on the plain of Jars!

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Photo of minterro
4.06/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ratings need to be based on the style and not on if the style is what you are in to. I really feel this beer is rated so low not because it is bad, but because of people who rate based on personal preference.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours crystal clear honey yellow with an adequate white head that falls away quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma is faint, nothing very discernable. Flavor is a touch sweet, but very simple, no hop bitterness. Feel is thin but crisp and adequately carbonated. Over all just an okay (at best) beer.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L. From 330 ml bottle, but appears golden yellow with modest white head. S. Not a lot, corn/grain sweetness. T. More interesting, corn/grain base but a hint of citrus bitterness. F. Light with a dry, slightly sparkling finish. O. Nothing unexpected from a beer of this type from this part of the world. But a decent example.

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Photo of Ironhand24680
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5


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Photo of chitoryu12
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Clear urine yellow with a decent white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Yeast, rice, grass, and a little skunkiness.

Taste: Heavy on the rice, with a little bit of hop bitterness countering the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker and less carbonated than expected for a lager.

Overall: Interesting. Not that great, but it's rare to drink a predominately rice beer (jokes about Budweiser side).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

a rice lager very popular over there in parts of asia, but not something i see around much in colorado. i found this one at cho 77 on broadway, a delightful street food eatery, highly recommended. the beer is basic, simple, and familiar already, but somewhat different from its fellow asian lagers too. i think the rice adds quite a bit, a dry almost nutty element that most of these dont have. it stays away from tasting as metallic and cheap as some of the other adjunct beers in this style, but unfortunately that doesnt make it delicious. its a little sweet for what it is, and has a papery complexion, not as much barley character as it seems to want. no hops at all, and a lager yeast that doesnt seem quite robust enough to dry this out. nice carbonation though and a moderate body, not too watery like so many of them are. it warms up poorly, but is well refreshing when its ice cold. i nice quencher and offers good relief from spicy and oily foods. outside of this context, its a lot less enjoyable. reminds me of traveling to thailand though, good memories there...

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.17/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.2 fl oz bottle into glass. Mfg code is 'JI/JA/8JAG'.
Clear, straw colored body. Less than one finger white head with aggressive pour, settles to island and ring. Few spots of lacing.
Sweet aroma of rice malt and lager yeast.
Clean flavor of malt, lager yeast, and slight spicy hops. No complexity.
Thin mouth feel. Clean pass through of flavor profile. Minimal after taste.
Made to be clean, crisp lager for tropical climate. Easy drinking, no skunk. I can see this beer used for an every day, many occasions regular lager drinking beverage.

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Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a Rice Lager (see first ingredient on the helpful label) and the taste is more like a regular Adjunct Lager than a Euro. I don't taste the skinky euro hops, or really any hops for that matter. It's mostly a sweetish, grainy brew with a dry finish.

Appearance is sterling, the color is literally gold and the creamy white head rises nicely in the tall Rodenbach goblet. As a light quaff, this is better than a lot of tasteless lagers. Also it doesn't have the club soda taste so prominent in the lightest lagers. The cornflakes taste lingers, but overall it's not bad at all. It's a Carlsberg Group product. From the 640 ml bottle purchased at a Southeast Asian supermarket.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3


A: Grassy, floral hops with a grainy malt sweetness.

A: Straw color, clear, with a mostly uniform white head.

T: Crisp, light caramel malts with cooked rice flavors, floral, with a moderate hop bitterness through the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Alright; the beer is crisp, with decent floral hop flavor, but lacks taste and body.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.77/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From estucerveza. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Age. Light bodied and refreshing, without much flavors but grassy bitter, nice rice notes in aroma and taste and light sweetness

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Photo of puboflyons
3.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle coded Manufactured JE/JB/BJAG, Sampled on November 10, 2017.

The pour is yellow with a quick fizzy white head on top and decent clarity.

The aroma has a rice character along with sweet grainy malts and grass. Typical Euro-style lager character.

The body is light-medium and smooth.

Mildly sweet cooked rice flavor but overall clean, crisp, and mildly bitter at the finish. This style is not meant to do anything more than quench your thirst and this would do the trick.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.27/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hands down the best Asian macro lager I've tried. That's not saying much but this one does not suck. Crisp and refreshing without the overwhelming malt that others have. Or maybe I'm just really thirsty.

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Photo of aleigator
3.11/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale golden color with a coating film of white lacing.

Smells of straw, toffee and a bit of bread dough.

Has a sparkly, light body, providing enough leverage to prevent this from becoming too light.

Tastes of crackers, toffee and young straw, with just a hint of herbal hops among an uprising level of carbonation. Provides more straw, a little more caramel and a mineralic quality. Finishes light, doughy, with just enough flavours of wheat and cereals, to keep it going.

A very light, solid made lager, which shines during hot summer days.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A gift from a friend who'd been to Laos. A 330ml bottle which pours as a clear straw colour with a small white head. Aromas of sweet malt & corn. Tastes medium sweet and bitter, malty, grain & lactose. Aftertaste has a sweet light bitter finish. Reasonable for the region it comes from

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Solidfunk, Thanks again!
Slightly cloudy golden color with a small bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Skunky from the get go, light sweet bready pilsner hints of earth. Sweet corn light non descript fruit. Not horrible, but really all over the place taste wise.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this almost every day during my trip in Laos. It has a light sweetness in there and a taste that is just perfectly refreshing in the eternal summer heat in many parts of the country. A bit above average, since it has a little extra oomph in there - an unmistakably unique flavor.

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Photo of shiu-chan
2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 640ml bottle to a glass. Hazy copper gold and light frothy crown.
Sweet malty nose. Light-bodied, hint of sweetness with light creamy finish on the palate.
Overall, easy going lager to drink with or without food. As it is brew from rice, it does give a unique taste.

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Photo of Alexc11
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had this at a Korean restaurant recently. Light and went will with the meal. Nothing extraordinary but it has a decent enough taste. Very light in color which is gold and weak foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma was average and nothing memorable.

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Photo of sjrider
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical rice lager in every regard. In Laos it is available everywhere and is usually quite fresh. On a hot day , that’s very often, it definitely hits the spot. I never hesitate to quaff one (or more).

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

11.6 oz brown bottle purchased at a Tops supermarket in Thailand.

Light and malty but always pleasant - never too sweet. Balanced and enjoyable, with a refreshing taste.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated.



640ml bottle @ LaoLao Garden in Luang Prabang.

Ludicrously drinkable, but it has sufficient body and a pleasant fresh pale malt taste. I find no overt rice notes, which is probably testament to the beer's quality; it has none if the thinness and cheap sweet flavour found in many rice lagers.

It does lean a bit too heavy on the malt sweetness, but it's forgivable and doesn't affect drinkability too much.

Easily preferable to every Thai beer currently produced as well as most Vietnamese lagers. Beerlao is a highly drinkable faultless Southeast Asian rice lager with more body and balance than most. My beer of choice when in the region, though relatively uncommon in smaller Thai and Vietnamese towns. That said, it still can't compete with good international (read: Western) expressions of the style.


07.04.16 further reflections from another bottle in Laos (though this is also available in 330ish ml cans).

A hint of perfumey jasmine helps set this apart. There's a blip of graininess in the third act, which shifts the beer out of its malt sweetness nicely.

Its softness on the palate is a key strength, and a nice change from the sharply overcarbonated texture usually observed in regional brews. Light to medium-bodied, yet nevertheless refreshing.

No diacetyl, metallic flavour, or other faults.


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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

For a lager this is not a bad beer - picked up a pint can at the 99 cent store. Not expecting anything mind blowing I actually found myself enjoying this beer. It's a straight forward lager, not overly sweet like some lagers. Much better than other Asian beers (like Tsingtao.)

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$ 1.86/11.2 oz bottle ($0.167/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
MFG Date: JI BA B JAE at 42 degrees into SA “Perfect Pint”
Aroma of wet grain, some disulfide
Head large (Seven cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to three mm ring and heaped partial layer
Lacing – poor. A few small drag marks as the volume lowers, ephemeral
Body – light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor – amazingly, not offensive. Little flavor at all, no disulfide coming through, no malted grain, no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol. Just very slightly sweet.
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3

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Photo of smcolw
2.46/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold color and clear. Little head and no lace.

Grainy corn macro aroma. Some stew to the nose.

Lots of corn to the taste. I give some credit for the presence of hops thin body and elevated carbonation.

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Beerlao Lager from Lao Brewery Co.
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