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Beerlao Lager | Lao Brewery Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lao Brewery Co.
Laos
beerlao.la

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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-01-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
236
Avg:
2.98
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 236
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 shiu-chan
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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 -2.7%
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 kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev +4%
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.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
07.04.16

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.

Low C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
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.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.86/5  rDev -4%
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 -0.7%
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 -17.4%
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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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle of Beerlao Lager for $0.99 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.

Look: Beerlao Lager had no foam.
Smell: Beerlao Lager had an aroma of grain mixed with metal.
Taste: Beerlao Lager had a surprising mellow taste. Hints of grain and slight butterscotch aftertaste.
Feel: Beerlao Lager had medium amounts of carbonation.
Overall: Beerlao Lager is a mellow beer that goes well with spicy meals.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.26/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold pour with white head; good cap and lace; great clarity. Grainy rice and a little floral hop nose, not much otherwise. Flavor is mostly water and a hint of hop. Highly carbonated with a lite watery mouthfeel. Crisp and easy to drink with a slight grainy linger.

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Photo of stevoj
1.84/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

As expected, a weak pale lager. Aroma is off, smells like wet cardboard. Taste is slightly better, whitebond paper. Looks decent in the glass, but leaves a lot to be desired....

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought form Don Quiote $1.99 12oc. Light golden color, strong grainy smell, tastes grainy, overall not a beer I would buy again but would drink it if it's the only beer available or if free.

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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 muldersha
2.24/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Had from a 500mL can purchased in Portland, OR. Sticker on the can says "Naturally Gluten Free GMO Free," however it still lists malted barley as an ingredient.

Pours a very light straw color with a large cotton white head that is quick to dissipate, Leaves little to no lacing.

Metallic, skunky aromas dominate out the gate, but there are more subtle herbal and grainy aromas of tart apples, grass, unripe pineapple, cantaloupe, sake, and rice candy.

Light bodied with subtle malty and fruity flavors coming before a herbal and bitter finish.

Not bad. A step up from Heineken, but not really anything special.

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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 HamdenHector
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: sweet malt; corn; apple;

T: light malt for a moment, then corn; sweetness increases as you near the finish; virtually no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: no reason to try this;

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Photo of pat61
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass at Spirit House.
2.5/2/2.75/4/3.75
A finger of head quickly subsides. Clear gold and effervescent. It smells sweet and lagery. Unimpressive. Yet, on tasting, it's inexplicably the best SE Asian lager on the market. I can't explain what makes it so good...it's crisp enough, I guess, with a clean but lingering finish. It's never watery and never cloying. There is a bit of sourness associated with the flavor, but the flavor is fairly brief, which might paradoxically work in the favor of Beerlao? In the end, I think it's the clean finish, un-wateriness, and un-*awful*-lager-ness that make it. Recommended. My go to in these parts.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.41/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

I was lucky enough to indulge in part of a 500 ml can. Beerlao's best characteristic is that it's relatively inoffensive. However, Beerlao doesn't have much flavor to begin with. It's clean and gets you a buzz, which I suspect is better than drinking directly from the local water supply in Vientaine.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle drank at SEA Restaurant in Rochester, NY.

I drank this one out of the bottle, but I'm fairly sure this one is light, pale yellow, and fizzy.

Smells a bit metallic and corny. Doesn't smell like a whole lot else. I doesn't smell offensive per se, kinda just smells bland like any other mass market lager.

This has an interesting bitterness that's likely from the rice, and a bit of something metallic, with some corny and grassy flavors as well. It's pretty watery and bland, but at least it's not offensive. There's almost nothing to it, though.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel. The carbonation level is pretty high. I guess it's sorta refreshing, it's kinda like drinking beer-ish water.

Not horrible, but not unlike any other shitty international light lager.

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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 captaincoffee
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Spend a couple months in Laos for work and got to know this beer fairly well. Compare to the local Thai beer offerings like Chang, this is definitely a step above. Keep your expectations low, and you will be happy. Taste is similar to Asahi or other Asian beer with rice adjunct. However, one of the villages I stayed in did not have refrigeration, and we drank these beers at 80 degrees in the evening. I couldn't do that with a Bud or Miller, so I give this beer a little love. Or maybe it is nostalgia.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Thip Khao, Washington, DC.

No review needed, it's an Asian lager like any other. It is a good one however, near as good as Singha, and went really well with spicy Laotian food. Try it if you see it, but no need to seek it out.

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Photo of Spikester
3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with two fat fingers of pure white head that lasts. Still has a small white head after most of the way down. Leave a lot of lace on the sides.
Smell is lightly malty and a bit of pungency from the rice. No skunk.
Taste is sweet malt and rice with a nice twang of noble hop bitterness in the finish.
Medium body and ample carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp. Refreshing.
Overall an excellent example of the Euro lager style. Better than most I have tried.
I am surprised to be honest I wasn't expecting much. From a handsome 500ml can.

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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 avalon07
3.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A little bit of skunkiness in the aroma, along with malt, hops, and grain.

T: Tasted of malt, grain, light hops, the aforementioned skunkiness, and a light grassy quality. There's a metallic harshness (not overly present), along with a thinness that doesn't serve this flavor well. Not terrible, but not great either.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly thin and watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: For what I can only assume is a mass-produced beer, this is OK, but hardly memorable.

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