Beerlao Lager
Lao Brewery Co.

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Style:
Lager - Japanese Rice
Ranked #13
ABV:
5%
Score:
72
Ranked #48,629
Avg:
3.09 | pDev: 18.45%
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
286
From:
Lao Brewery Co.
 
Laos
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  43
SCORE
72
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Notes: 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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Jsteez from Utah

3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The best beer in Southeast Asia (perhaps, arguably, Northeast Asia), IMO. I've been travelling Southeast Asia for many years and this one is such a good pils, even though BA labels it a Japanese Rice Lager.
It's dry, a little spicy, crisp, and has flavor. It's medium to light bodied. Great beer, especially in Laos.

Dec 27, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(500 ml can, MFG : AB/AC/BJAG; purchased cold single at Shangy's... poured into a fat tulip)

L: clear, yellowish liquid, full burst of tiny speckled sediment, head fizzing on pour... foam settles into bouncy, sticky film

S: pancake-y grain base with vaguely sweetish apple topping; soft hints of bruised floral mush... overall mellow potency, but relatively notable expressiveness

T: honeyed-floral, mellow-biscuity malt base; lovely latent grain sweetness with (lemon) citrusy flares... long past finish, lovely dry, toasty malt with a mellow marmalade essence... as it goes, mostly flowery and cereal malty, subtle-plus(?!) hint of caramel; rather mellow doughy and also grassy-bitter aftertaste

F: actually stupid suede-smooth, though a smidge watery in its finish... really few gripes: light-bodied, but with a sumptuous, fleecy, foamy wash... perhaps a touch sluggish at this stage, but the soft back-end fade and spice is rather lovely

O: not transcendent, but fairly enjoyable, though I'm immediately flagging the 'rice lager' denotation - more of a 75/25 Euro pale/Helles thing going on (debate?) - gets better in leaps and bounds, sip to sip... I've been avoiding the bottles when I randomly spot them, but this canned version is on point and worth grabbing (1617)

Nov 18, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden color. 1 finger white head. Retention isn't the best, but not too bad. No lacing on the glass.
The nose is light, but somewhat of a skunky malt.
Taste - Better than the nose. Malty, slightly sweet, but not too much there.
Body is about what's to be expected for this beer. Not too watery.
Good beer to get a check, and, probably, a good beer on location, but nothing I'd get again.

Aug 05, 2019
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Zorro from California

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight chill hazed gold with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of yeast and noble hop. Distinct lemon scent. Smells slightly grassy. Pretty sure this is a rice beer, not that malty.

Starts out mild and mildly sweet and malty, there is some barley malt in this. Mild bitterness but more malt and yeast flavor. A distinctly yeasty tasting beer. Taste is quite mild.

Mouthfeel is light, pretty much as expected for an Asian Lager.

Overall not a bad beer at all. Very easy to drink but not in the same class as a German Lager.

Jul 21, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

May 08, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

Feb 01, 2019
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minterro from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

Jan 31, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -10%
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.

Nov 17, 2018
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RichardLeahy from Australia

3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Oct 03, 2018
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Ironhand24680 from California

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

REFRESHING. ..
IF U CAN TASTE IT. ..
THE MALT AND HOPS R SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FROM AMERICAN BEER!

Sep 21, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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).

May 08, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
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...

Apr 21, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Feb 21, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

3.57/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Jan 11, 2018
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can.

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.

Jan 01, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

2.77/5  rDev -10.4%
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

Nov 16, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 10, 2017
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IckyT2012 from Florida

3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Nov 02, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Aug 10, 2017
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Feb 26, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Jan 11, 2017
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BucBasil from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Nov 25, 2016
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shiu-chan from Singapore

2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Nov 21, 2016
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Alexc11 from Canada

2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Jun 29, 2016
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sjrider from California

3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | 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).

Jun 21, 2016
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