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Beerlao Lager | Lao Brewery Co.

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Beerlao LagerBeerlao Lager

Brewed by:
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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-01-2003

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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 DogFood11
1.32/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale straw color with little head and no retention. mild carbonation.

Cooked vegetables, dry hay are up front. Its not very clean or crisp. Kind of dirty and watered. mild peppered hop presence tries to lift this beer out of the cellar but it falls short.

Notes: Pass on this one. A filthy finish leaves the palate greased and filmy. Sweetened malts are annoying as well. Ughhhh.

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Photo of shivtim
2.1/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tried this one in Cambodia. Pours out of the can looking like you'd expect- mostly like clearish pee but with a big white head that vanishes quickly. Nose is... well... a simple lager. Bit musty too. Taste is slightly sweet, with a bit of hops at the end. Not too much going on, but it's not gross.
Fits in well with most of the other beers from this region.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried in Phnom Penh, at a very nice restaurant near the river.

Golden orange body, with a fluffy white head which collapses into a sticky ring around the edges. Minimal carbonation. Excellent lacing.

Good lager hoppy nose, with a touch of treacle sweetness.

Taste is sweeter than expected, but not overdone. Hints of hop bitterness, but not very prominent at all. Finishes grainy and dry, like overcooked, crusty bread. It's surprisingly drinkable though. Mouthfeel is light, but with a little rambunctiousness.

It's not overly different, but it's done quite well. It is, however, different enough from the generic swill in Cambodia to make a nice change...

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Photo of jdhilt
1.4/5  rDev -53%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Very light carbonation and light bodied. Skunky nose. Starts almost sweet, corny just as bad as Macau beer, hops at the finish. Far eastern countries have trouble making good beer. Bought this only to add a new country to my collection. $1.50 for a 330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very effervescent and unusually large bubbles ina darkish gold beer.
The sudsy head is white.
The smell is of watery malts with a disappointing hint of metallic chemicals.
The most impressive aspect of this beer for me was the excellent balance between the malt and the hoppy bitterness.It Mixes and changes effortlessly.THe taste profile doesnt reflect many other flavours , but overall is pleasing.
The mouthfeel is a tad oily although sharp enough.
This is better than I expected and was a reasonable enough Lager.
On a hot day to quench a thirst it would be just fine

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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 PorterLambic
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a decent head developing. White with decent retention though leaving no lace.
Smell is hops, malt, citrus & grass.
Taste is similar with good-sized hops up front followed by light malt then citrus & grass later and light.
A crisp, fairly clean finish, not overly bitter like so many other lagers. Body is medium for the style. Considering I usually don't drink lagers, I thought this a good brew for the style.

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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 feloniousmonk
1.74/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My first Laotian lager, hurrah!

A profile of a big cat is featured on the cap, and in miniature on the label. 11.125 ounces, rather odd..Brewed & bottled by Lao Brewry Co, Ltd., Vientiane Lao, P.D.R...but let's forget about the bottle and pour out the contents.

Very pale and pure yellow appearance, with a crisp, swiftly departing snow-white head above.

Aroma....smelly, stinky, skunky..not good, spoiled vegetables and bad water...phooey, me no like.

Taste: harsh initial appearance in the mouth, sharp and citric, big carbonation, but notĀ redeemed by flavor, or mouthfeel, or anything at all.
It's wet, and it's alcoholic, and it contains a grain or two more flavor than Bud Light...,
... but, honestly, this falls squarely into the must avoid category.
Unless you're a cuckoo bird like me, who just HAS TO TRY IT!
You build your own heaven or hell...guess which one this is...?

post script...halfway in, it's not so bad...maybe I warmed up to it?

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold, visible carbonation, decent head. Very light grainy malt in the nose, and not much else. Taste is that of many-a import macro styled lagers, maybe a bit mroe grassymalt than the rest, but still not anything great. Carbonation is pretty good, although it does little to help out the overall experience of this beer. Probably only distributed here because of the far flung brewing location, other than that, there is no reason to buy this.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz with a MFG date of 09/04/04 ink jetted on the front label.

Pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a veiled ring.

Smells of grainy malts, undefined adjunct (corn?), and a whiff of hop oils.

Light malts that fade into a clean finish that has a generic hop flavor. Way more balanced and clean than domestic macros. Better than the average mouthfeel. No awkward flavors or rabid carbonation.

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Photo of cokes
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellowish gold with a good sized head of cotton white thanks to a high altitude pour. A pretty nice look, all things considered. Its appearance is superior to the two light macro lagers that I tasted during a recent head-to-head smackdown. The cap maintains some firmness as it falls and streaks the glass with vertical rivulets of thin, sudsy froth.

Standard macro lager nose of (more) sweet (than most) grain and perhaps a touch of hops. Beer Lao doesn't smell all that bad and I might even say that it's rather pleasant in a low expectations kind of way. There are no off-aromas of any kind; always a good thing.

'Tutti-frutti' came to mind as I assessed the nose, but I thought I was hallucinating. The beer tastes just like it smells and I'll be damned if it doesn't taste 'tutti-frutti' as well. I'm not sure that I could take much more than one bottle since the candyish flavor would undoubtedly wear pretty thin after a while. It isn't sweet like candy (though it is somewhat sweet, for beer). That description seems pretty unsatisfactory on re-reading, but it'll have to do. And it isn't nearly as bad as it sounds.

The flavor doesn't degrade within each mouthful, nor does it change all that much from beer entry to beer exit. As well, it doesn't seems to be worsening with warming (a minor miracle). The mouthfeel is light, but nowhere near watery, and contains an enlivening amount of carbonation.

Beer Lao was something of a surprise. It's definitely different from anything that I've had before and is pretty okay, though offbeat. I'll order it in a heartbeat if I ever find myself in a Laotian restaurant. Strangely enough, I was recently given directions to the favorite Laotian restaurant of a Laotian acquaintance of mine. Perhaps I'll pop in some evening and see if Beer Lao is on the menu.

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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 UncleJimbo
2.72/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.25 oz (330 mL) brown bottle, capped, MFG Date stamped on label (031025).

This beer poured a clear, light yellow color with very little carbonation but with creamy white foam that settled fairly quickly. The smell was mildly malty with a bit of hops and a touch of grain. The taste was light: malt, some hop bitterness, some sweetness, and a grain/corn flavor. The mouthfeel was crisp with light body and low carbonation. The slightly sweet flavor lingered. This beer was OK as a complement to spicy Laotian food, but I would not seek it out otherwise.

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Photo of elmocoso
1.33/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I got this beer at the 99Cent store 2 for 99 cents. THought i would try it just to rate it.

It is not good. It is a slightly hazy gold with little to no head. The thing that sticks out the most is the small black particals floating around in it.

The smell is very unatural. There is a sweetness there but i can not place it. Kind of fruity, like a zinfendel. Not what im looking for in a pale lager.

I would not recomend this beer. It is not natural. It may be better consumed in its native land.


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