Beerlao Lager | Lao Brewery Co.

Beerlao LagerBeerlao Lager
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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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-01-2003

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BillB1786
1.96/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Taste just like any lager that's out on the market.

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Photo of ordybill
4.11/5  rDev +34.8%
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 -1.6%
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 +9.2%
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 kwjd
3.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of taospowder
2.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AgentMunky
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass at Spirit House.
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'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 -21%
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 -4.9%
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 dmorgan310
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Winston3737
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tigsher
4.23/5  rDev +38.7%
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 Risenhower
3.01/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of captaincoffee
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +12.1%
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 powdersoldier
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spikester
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
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 BaronJin13
4.25/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev +23%

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 Chief99
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Sergioelijah
3.75/5  rDev +23%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev +23%

Photo of LutherBrau
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of arini10
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Beerlao Lager from Lao Brewery Co.
Beer rating: 10.3% out of 100 with 243 ratings
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