Beerlao Lager | Lao Brewery Co.

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Beerlao LagerBeerlao Lager

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Lao Brewery Co.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

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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Photo of UTGrad
4.35/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Typical straw color of macro lagers with slight lacing in the glass.

Smell: Nice, crisp lager smell without the skunk.

Taste: I love this beer...very full taste and one I will definately try again.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Drinkability: Very good...

I've never tried a beer from former French Indochina but this one did not disappoint. It was a full bodied lager that was enjoyable. I hope I can find a six pack.

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Photo of tigsher
4.23/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I haven't drank Beer Lao for over 10 years, and I came across it in 99 Cents store. They have a sticker on the can now that denotes it's Gluten Free. Did some research and found out that Beer Lao is made from Thai's Jasmine Rice. I'm not sure about this Gluten Free fad, but didn't even realize what was the ingredients. Finished a whole 6-pack over the weekend.

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Photo of ordybill
4.11/5  rDev +37.9%
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 Englandmj7
3.86/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beerlao is best enjoyed in a large, extra cold bottle on the banks of the Mekong River. I was recently in Laos and consumed, on average, 10-15 bottles a day (it's hard not to at $1 for a liter; and that's bar prices!). I bought some in the smaller bottles upon my return to the US from a Thai supermarket and it wasn't as good. May have been a combination of the hot/humid storage conditions and the amount of time the bottles had been sitting on a shelf. Regardless, this is a very refreshing beer that I much prefer to Singha/Tiger/Leo/Chang and other SE Asian beers. Nice crisp taste with no bad aftertaste. Pours a good head and is quite carbonated. Worth a try (if you ever visit Laos, the stuff is 100% unavoidable: only 2 beers served in the whole country)...

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Photo of hungryghost
3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer multiple times while traveling in Laos. Served cold from a large bottle the beer is clear and golden with a light, white head of foam.
The aroma consists of faint corn and malt scents.
The taste is fresh with a little malt and a crisp clean finish. Nothing bold or overpowering about the flavor, plain and simple.
Very drinkable with food and coversation at a restaraunt or street market.
Believe it or not this beer has won awards in international competitions and is supposed to be one of the most consistently brewed beers in SE Asia.

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Photo of bat6
3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

have readily found the bomber-size bottles of Beerlao Lager in Thailand and Cambodia, and it's everywhere in Laos. Have also seen it in the states in the last couple of years. The brewery's web site says they make all their beers with rice, and evidently I like rice beer when I'm traveling through the heavy humid heat of SE Asia.

A - very pale gold, decent head w/ little retention, looks just fine

S - very little smell, perhaps some faint graininess.

T - very clean, very simple w/ very little hops. definitely leans to the more grainy, sweeter side of pale lagers

M/F - light & crisp

O - crisp & simple, not meant for extended analysis. I have always found a date stamp on the bottle or can and it definitely makes a difference if you find it fresh (first few weeks). Not recommended after 2 months old...

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with large army of bubbles racing to towards a modest white head. The smell is a musty sweet corn and light malt aroma. Almost American macro-ey. The taste is a couple notches above the macro scene though and is fairly interesting. It unleashes a nice wave of black pepper, light fruit, faint malt, and a hint of hops. Nice! This is a light bodied brew that finishes slightly dry and it drinks down super easy! I have to say that I enjoyed this beer and would have it again if the scenario was right. Cheers!

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Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

Experienced in : Luang Prabang, Saigon
Appealing to me : Very good taste, refreshing, I like the after taste
Less appealing to me : - - -

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

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Photo of eibeinaka
3.7/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've actually drunk this in Laos, where it comes in lovely big bottles. The nicest beer in Southeast Asia in my opinion. It's very much a hot country's beer. Beautifully hoppy and refreshing.I think some of the tasters here have sampled compromised stock.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beerlao has a thick, white head, an initially clear, yellow-golden appearance (which, when one swishes and pours out the bottom third, has lots of little brown flecks floating about), with streaming bubbles and a bit of lacing down the glass. The aroma is of sweet, mild barley malt, and the taste is of sweetness, some sourness, sugar, malt, cracker, paper, grain husk, alcohol, and a touch of hop bitterness to balance it. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and the finish is crisp, clean, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer. Try some!


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Photo of patre_tim
3.66/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden with a slight orange tinge, almost no visible carbonation, filtered, 1 finger of creamy slightly yellow head. Fair lacing.

S: Malt, hops, very faint, very American Adjunct Lagerish.

T: Malty, slight hops, thick and somewhat bready, I get a hit of yeast that fades fast near the end that is slightly sourdough.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation. Thicker than I’d thought it would be.

O: Good body, nice taste but not outstanding. Certainly great for this part of the world. Hits the spot and is cheap for this area, cool can. Goes great with pub food, and would be great with Lao/ Thai fare.

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Photo of basica
3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber golden color into my Samuel Adams Globe pint glass with a thick head that quickly reduces to a pleasant half-finger thick milky white layer with clear lacing on the side and active fizzling (4)

S - Mild nose of malts and light grassy hop aromas as well as hints of citrus and a light dash of spice. Pretty interesting for a mass lager. (3.5)

T - Malts upfront, backed nicely with some grassy hops, meeting some spices and a mild, short-lived bitterness in the middle. A pleasant lemonish citrus zest shows up towards the finish followed by a dash of light biscuity malts at the back. The flavor was light but definitely well-balanced and ever so very slightly complex for the style. May have been a 4 had the flavors been slightly stronger. (3.5)

M - Light-bodied with minimal carbonation bite and watery-foamy smoothness. Pretty smooth for the style and really may deserve a tad higher a rating on this. (3.5)

D - A mass lager that's of surprising quality in all sense; pleasant, well-balanced flavors with a watery-foamy smoothness that makes it so drinkable and sessionable. Beer Lao is definitely impressive for its style. (4.0)

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad beer at all. It's definitely one of the best Asian beers I've tried (though I prefer the Beerlao Dark personally). If you like lagers and are traveling in Asia, pick this one up! You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of beijingbrewer
3.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in Beijing.
330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
Born on date: 1/18/13.
ABV: 5%
Ingredients list water, barley, rice, yeast, hops.

A- Light watery yellow look of a adjunct lager. However the two-finger frothy head actually managed to stick around for a few minutes. Lots of carbonation rushing to the surface.

S- Grain, lemon, a bit of sourness.

T- More bready grain. A hint of peppery lemom. A bit of sulfur.

M- Not as thin as the appearance suggests. Prickly carbonation.

Good carbonation along with a slight acidity make this a very drinkable and refreshing beer. Great on a hot summer day with a plate of spicy peanuts.

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Photo of NODAK
3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer from Laos! Apparently this is the national beer of Laos....and tourists apparently love it. So I'm happy to have it over here in the USA.

The smell was almost exclusively of grains...very grainy, presumably from the rice it's made from.

The taste isn't earth shattering, though it's pretty drinkable. The body of the beer has a grain taste to it that has an interesting flavor to it that I struggle to describe, though I'd say that it's certainly from the rice. It's different. The backend, however, is simple. There's a touch of hop bitterness, which finishes the beer pretty dryly....and a whole lot of grain popping up afterwards.

Not bad, but not a top-tier beer either. I could quaff a few of these on a hot day. And hey, it's from Laos!

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Photo of ATPete
3.57/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, green glass.

(reviewed from notes taken in 1/10)

Definitey first beer from Lao. Pours a very clear yellow color with a small foamy white head. Skunky, corny malt malt, bitter hops, overall pretty clean and light, refreshing and very easy to drink. Would easily pick this over any BMC or the like, especially if i knew it was fresh. Not bad, not bad.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.57/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. A lot of carbonation, but only a thin white head that dissipates very quickly.
Smell is very sweet for a Euro Pale Lager. The wheat base can be smelled, but there is a very sweet corn smell dominating.
Taste is very sweet as well. A lot of sweet malts and a sugary aftertaste.
Mouthfeel has a very crisp and carbonated feel. At first it is refreshing, but then it almost hurts it is so strong.
Drinkability is good on this beer. Very crisp, refreshing, balanced beer. However, after a while the sweetness and strong kick to the mouth gets old. Surprised by how nice this beer is.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.52/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 330ml bottle of 5.0% ABV Beerlao Lager. Best before 1st April 09, drank 17th March 09. Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip shaped glass.

I have drank many beers in my quest to find the worst lager in the world and I have now found this beer from Laos, how did it compare with some of the worlds worst, read on.

Typical lager/pilsner look, golden, bright and clear. Like so many others the head started off large and snow white in colour, only to fade very swiftly to a collar and wispy covering.

No aroma at all, gets my standard no-smelling lager score of 3. There could be a hint of some cereal, but don't ask me which one.

the taste suprised me, one of the best 'rice lagers' for flavour I think I've had. There is an unusual richness to the beer, for a lager anyway. It would hold up against a lot of the German Pilsners I've tasted over the years and is head and shoulders above most Oriental ones.

Not bad at all, one of the joys of drinking round the world (as I am trying to do) is finding little gems like this in the most unlikely places.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
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 BucBasil
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
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 thegodfather2701
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Yellow/lemon color with a bright white head. There is some yeast at the bottom of the bottle and floating around in the beer itself.

S-Noble which have a lemon, grassy, and spicy character. There is also some malt.

T-Very balanced between hops and malts. Not a strong flavor, but what sticks out is some lemon and just a hint of caramel. The noble hops become more present as it warms. While it is watery and isn't packed with flavor it is very refreshing.

M-Thicker than expected and sticky.

D-This is one drinkable beer. I could drink this all day and would love to drink it alongside some Asian food.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Its very tasty and easy to drink. One of the best examples of the style I have had.

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Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

I decided on a lager for lunch, so I pulled out this single I bought a few weeks ago. One of my life 'beer' goals is to have a beer from every state (41 so far) and at least 100 countries (36), so when I saw this Beerlao Lager, from Laos, I had to try it.
There was a nice, long lasting head when I poured it into the glass, with plenty of carbonation rising to the top. Many of these type of beers have heads that fade quickly, so I was impressed that it lasted almost as long as it took to drink it. The aroma was slightly sweet, expected from a beer made with rice & malt. I was prepared for the worst when I took my first swig, but instead I was pleasantly surprised. I would equate the taste with Budweiser. For an import from Laos that may have been months old, and could have suffered the consequences of traveling half around the world, this lager was still fresh tasting and enjoyable!

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Photo of utah44
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into standard pint glass revealed a minimal head which did not persist the requisite amount of time to impress most folks. Carbonation seems to be minimal. Yellow color typical of many beers of this type. Smell was pleasing despite being minimal. Taste was surprisingly good with hints of the normal ingredients for this type of beer. Mouthfeel was about as good as it gets for this type of beer. This was an average lager but not without merit. I would consider drinking this brew again if ever I encounter it in a package store.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.49/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear & light straw coloured with a two-fingered size, foamy white head that has very good retention, managing to stay without receding for well over two minutes.

Some light malts & faint grassy hops, a fair bit of adjuncts such as vegetables and possibly rice. There is a bit of grain in there as well & a very faint amount of skunk towards the end.

Grassy hops and some vegetable adjuncts to begin with and some faint lager malts. The flavour is basic but very nice. There is some mild honey and a touch of lemon.

Very smooth & very creamy feeling, the beer is light bodied and goes down incredibly well with a beautiful crisp finish.

Up there with the best lagers I have ever tried, it may not be quite as good as I remember when drinking it on the banks of the Mekong but it is still a great beer.

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