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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
Ranking:
#44,259
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
248
pDev:
19.34%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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Photo of sebgrossi
3.09/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mfigueroa713
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
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 +1.3%
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 +7.2%
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 Sparky44
2.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of aleigator
3.36/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden color with a big, white head.

Smells of honeyed toffee malts and a faint whiff of dried grass.

Has a light mouthfeel with a soft, effervescent carbonation.

Tastes of straw and a note of bee honey, together with well pronounced toffee malts. Turns thinner during mid palate with some watery notes cutting through, balanced by straw, toffee and an uprising dryness during the finish. Maintains its honey note, including a slight dry hop appearance among an effervescent ending.

Light but special, as for its rich honey malt appearance.

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1.59/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of grahuba
2.34/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jroof1
3.79/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.01/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +14.8%
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 -10.5%
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 SeymourDunn
3.74/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DavidST
3.52/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.21/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
3.71/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alexc11
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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
2.97/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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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 dcotom
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.86/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Beer rating: 3.05 out of 5 with 248 ratings
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