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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-01-2003

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Reviews by spoony:
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3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Laos is not known for their beer culture, with only two breweries in the whole country. Not much of a selection if you wanted to open up a beer bar and serve local beer, but we guess they make due.

Perfect clarity with a pale straw yellow color, good foaming action here as it pushes up four fingers in height and leaves a thick crowning of white lace on the glass. A delicate but complex aroma; sweet lemon oil, mellow spice and thin, cracker-like graininess. Mild crispness and light-bodied. Faint lemon oil meets a clean and dry graininess. Mild on the hop bitterness, though there is a spiciness within that has a jasmine-like bite. Very faint cooked corn flavor in the back. Finishes slightly husky and dry.

Not half bad, drinkable and refreshing for what it is, and a few odd complexities make this one interesting.

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Photo of sebgrossi
3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of innominat
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of pat61
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours vbrilliant gold under a 1” white cap that quickly dissipates.
S: Moderate to a little less clean light grain nose.
T: The palate tastes thin with light grains – more rice than malt.
F: Crisp, effervescent, light body.
O: Does not do a very good job masking the lack of malt flavor and texture typical of gluten free beer.

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from Laos. It was better than I expected, but it wasn't crazy good either. Pours pale gold into a glass, with a quickly dissipating head, little to almost no lacing. Sweet aromas, easy drinking, and very light in body.

This beer reminds me of a sweeten Pilsner beer.

I would drink this again, I wouldn't go to a store looking for it, but it is something cool to get once and a while or bring to a party of beer drinkers who don't mind trying strange and new things.

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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a short strange)
A- This beer has a straw yellow crystal clear body with a snow white moussey head that last a bit and is supported by a sea of micro-bubbles that swirl around.
S- The light sulfury note has hints of green as the beer warms but that is it.
T- The soft dry lemon hint fades to a green note in the finish. There is a tap water flavor that comes though as the beer warms and a soft perfume soap note that grows aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz.
D- This beer isn't offensive in flavor or aroma it is just bland.

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml stubby-esque bottle, a nice single grab from Zyn in Cowtown.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, billowy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which recedes rather slowly, doing a pretty good meringue pie topping impression in the meantime, leaving a few random swaths of chunky lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet bready malt, rice pudding, a bit of mild spicy citrus, a touch of metallic flintiness, and soft grassy, floral hops. The taste is quite consistent with the aroma, with a soft bread-dough like malt character, a steady rice patty grainy sweetness, all accented by some increasingly weedy, grassy hops. I also get a sugary medicinal twinge - subtle, but it is indeed there.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, barely a frothy tic manifesting as such, the body a tremulous medium weight, and generally smooth, and damned-near creamy, if only in an airy sense, but still, WTF? It finishes still semi-sweet and bready, rice and grain alike, with an understated, nondescript dryness, that apparently does its job well enough, in the grand scheme of things.

Well, for a lager from one of the tropical countries, one doesn't expect much more than a pale watery thirst quencher, whose headiest attribute is its lack of distance from the nearest fridge. This offering, on the other hand, is stamped from a slightly different press - it possesses a decent malt component, balanced by an adequate, if not overly evident, dryness. I could easily have another of this, given the right conditions.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.21/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cokes
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow with a modest white fluff and streaming jets of carbonation.
A sweet corn and husky grains nose preludes the exact same in the taste. Enters with a honeyed, crackery malt base that quickly shows some adjuncting, probably rice. The middle is husk and grain. It dries at the close, with traces of lingering powdered sugar and flaked maize, and a general seltzer water sense of flavorless wetness.
Light bodied, and actually tremedously downable, especially very cold.
I expected this to be atrocious, but it is pleasantly bland.
I'd grab it over most of the usual suspect US macros.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.36/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beerlao Lager pours a mostly clear deep-gold body beneath a finger-thick head of frothy bright white foam. The head retention is good and it leaves rings of craggy lace about the glass with each sip. It's got a great appearance, particularly given the style, but that's all it really has to offer.

In the aroma it displays a husky graininess that implies it was sparged at too high a temperature, and that some astringency will be found in the flavor.

That turns out to be the case, and it displays a sharp, somewhat acidic and harshly bitter generic "beer" flavor. The malt is present, and a bit husky as anticipated, and it's just barely sweet. Hops hardly appear across the palate, although there are some grassy notes in the rather unpleasant and lingering acidic, bitter, and astringent finish.

Badly flawed. To be avoided.

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2.25/5  rDev -26%

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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 tempest
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Wave Thai in Queens with my street noddles dish. It wasn't anything special, but it was a nice, well-made lager completely capable of washing down spicy food. Frankly, I'd take this over most Euro lagers. This actually tasted faintly like a Dortmunder Export with soft bready malts and a little bit of body to it. It's certainly the best Asian lager I've had at a Thai place.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Raligitano
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After 5 months of beer drinking hell in Thailand I return to Laos. BeerLao owns 99% of the Laotian beer market, which is a good thing. It's a small shining spot in SE Asia's rather desolate brewing scene.

Poured into a BeerLao glass. A strong foamy head lingers for a while as rising bubbles coat the inside of the glass. The liquid has a dark yellow piss color.

Smell is a little woody and malty but not unpleasant. "Same same" for the flavor. If a Singha beer went down smooth instead of making me gag, it would taste like this. Mouthfeel is a little greasy and the bubbles tickle...ooh. A little bad odor lingers in the mouth.

Many ex-pats in Thailand look forward to a Lao visa run so that they can stock up on Beerlao. It's nothing amazing, but it's very drinkable and you can down several bottles for cheap ($0.70) without suffering the Insta-hangover that comes from Thai beer. It must be the sand-filtered water.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ordybill
4.11/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA.
Aroma- Not much there maybe some grain and rice
Appearance- Pours the traditional Asian beer clear pale yellow color. Had a nice thick white head
Taste- Had a nice flavor of malt and grains, a little thin on the flavor side. but still pretty good.
Palate- A light bodied medium carbonated beer. Has a dry finish
Overall- My first beer from Laos, not bad. I would drink this again

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4/5  rDev +31.6%

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