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Brewed by:
Hue Brewery LTD
Viet Nam | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 12-23-2002

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57
Ratings:
93
Avg:
2.47
pDev:
28.74%
 
 
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.9/5  rDev +57.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reading through the other reviews for this beer has me thinking that someone put a much better beer in my bottle of Hue as some sort of joke. My Hue was certainly not BMC like and really not all that bad.

Appearances: Piss amber with extremely high levels of effervescence. A huge white froth dilutes down to near nothingness and then nothing at all.

Aroma: Sweet, fermented apples, basically, Mott’s. A touch of grain, corn, and maybe just a smidge of light hops.

Taste: Apple cider, with a little corn and some flower petals.

Mouthfeel: Champagne like. Really great carbonation. Light to medium bodied, well balanced dryness and sweetness, very nice indeed.

Drinkability: High. I quite enjoyed this beer, especially when held against other SE Asian brews. Hell, in the AML category this one is tops.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.53/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Very eye catching label with OK artwork. Has a gold foil wrap around neck and cap. Really looks like it came from the Orient.

Appearance - Pours out a crystal clear golden yellow with a 1 finger fizzy white foam head. Moderate carbonation rising from the glass.

Smell - Smells of earthy grassy hops mixed with bread-like corn-like malt aroma. Almost has a faint white wine aroma.

Taste - Tastes of rice malt flavor with hints or corn malt flavor. Slight hop bitterness mixed with a faint white wine flavor on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied despite medium carbonation. Very light, crisp, and smooth.

Drinkability - Refreshing with a light feel that doesn't fill you up. Drinkable on a hot day

My first time having this and first time having anything brewed in Vietnam. A very unique taste unlike anything I have ever had. Very refreshing and I enjoyed it much more than I expected. Now I have a go to beer if I ever find myself in Vietnam or more likely at a Vietnamese eatery.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.53/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How could I not? Sucker for the label art. From Vietnam via Texas. 12oz into pint glass with some onion rings. Gold foil indicates that this is a 'fancy' beer.

A- Crystal clear yellow pour, pale pale pale, with a surprisingly big and attractive head. Sticky foam, snow-white in color.

S- Pears. Very faint.

T- Mild pear fruitiness.. some honeysuckle... some wishy washy grains. Not too many flavors, but they're all light and crisp.

M- Adequate carbonation, crisp on the tongue. Impossibly light body..

O- Moderately tasty, easy to drink, refreshing. Wouldn't mind plowing through a handful of these on a hot day. Better than expected.

618

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.45/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, capped, no date.

This beer poured a clear, yellow color with good carbonation and white foam that settled but left some lace. The smell was a slightly sweet, malty aroma with hints of grain and floral hops. The taste was malty (slightly sweet) with a touch of grain (corn?) and a very nice floral hop flavor. The hop bitterness was very low, though there was a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. There were hints of a medicinal taste, but overall the flavor was dominated by the flowery taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and fairly clean with medium body and moderate carbonation feel. This is a decent lager and pairs very well with spicy Southeast Asian meals.

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Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold capped 120z bottle, no dating on the label. Imported through Texas Not a good start, but lets give 'er a go.

Pours a very light straw yellow into the Bitburger glass, minimal white heading. Also minimal aroma of grainy malt - very subdued.

The quaff? Ya know, not too bad at all. Of course, just a light and sweet tasting pilsner with perhaps a corn backbone, but no aftertaste - crisp and clean. No problem finishing one after mowing - in fact, tasted darn nice. Wouldn't go after it again with the import price, but enjoyed this one today.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.26/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average beer. Nice and refreshing on this hot day, but that's the only really good thing this beer has going for it. It pours a very light clear golden color with a white head the size of my thumb that quickly settles to a decent surface layer with a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Eventually the ring is all that is left. Decent lace. Aromas of some corn and some notes of malt and that's really about it for the smell. The taste mainly comprises of some mild, sweet, grassy malt and a trace of hops along with maybe a bit of apple. That's really about if for the taste as well. The taste is decent enough, but there just isn't enough flavor overall for this palate. The taste however is a bit stronger than in most American beers I have had that are of this same style and overall this beer is certainly a cut above the average American macro lager. It has a nice crisp, light bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

Eric

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Photo of DogFood11
3.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sturdy and heavy 12oz brown bottle foiled and capped. Poured into the new sam adams pint / tulip hybrid it forms a loose white head. Body is a transparent yellow with multi sized carbonation.

Very much in the mold of macro lagers right under our noses like coors and the like. Not clean enough to compare to bud but its in the ballpark. Light grain notes are present throughout. Moderate hops add some credibility to the offering. Not much to say, its a ho hum middle of the roade lager.

Notes: After having some offerings from gluek called Stite this is a refreshing change of pace and makes this seem like liquid gold.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.18/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was a very nice light beer. Not much in the alcohol area, which aided the lightness of the taste. Had some maltiness to it, along with a solid corn taste, and some hints of very light hops. It was a very clean and crisp taste, one that would be desired on a hot summer day, probably one spent surfing. All in all a decent beer from Vietnam. My first one from that region in fact. I would say they left a good impression on me.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Gapwines, Belfast...

Poured a very pale golden yellow colour... White head poured quite thick and foamy and faded to almost nothing... some patchy lacing remained...

Aroma - Creamed corn sweetness... Very light biscuit malt, light spicy hints, some lemony notes...

Taste – Pretty non-descript... Light corn, quite sweet, light lemon notes, barely any hoppiness or maltiness.... pretty poor...

Feel - Quite smooth and dry... Light bodied... Could be quite drinkable in the right context - maybe in the humidity of Vietnam... not sitting at home though !!

Overall - A pretty poor lager... not really worth trying...

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.02/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with some heft to it, poured into a pilsener glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a creamy one and a half inch, creamy white head, good solid ropes of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom and does wonders for head retention which eventually bubbles away into a loose cap. Could have benefited from some extra lacing because there is not much here.

S: Strong dextrose and toasted, almost burnt maltiness, corn is there to be sure, but really not as bad as the other reviews on here seem to indicate, nothing special but there are worse noses out there to be sure.

T/MF: Buttery apple (no corn at least) that gets more bitter as it lingers on the palate, there is a bit of grassyness here as well that might benefit from a bit more carbonation as the body here is a bit too light for the lack of carbonation it displays, the finish is bitter and drying and leaves a husky flavor across the tongue.

D: This beer is not as bad as people make it out to be, a bit above a macro lager, but not really anything more than that, it is easy to drink and on a hot day (perhaps in Vietnam) would be quite refreshing, but as it stands, just an average beer for me.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.02/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Which color? This beer has no color. A finger height of foam.

Smell: Average. Not an exceptionnal smell, but I easily have worst for an adjunct lager.

Taste: Again, no special personnality. Maybe, Hue is sorta too watery, but it could be a part of the local drinking culture there.

Mouthfeel: Soft and foamy. The aftertaste is surprising for its taste.

Drinkability: I guess what it brings the most attention on this lager is its origin: Vietnam. This is the second time I bought this brew and I continue to believe only Vietnam expats, veterans and curious drinkers buy it in America. It is not that bad, but it is not exceptionnal.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair/good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, corn, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with malts and some cooked corn. It finishes with a grainy and malty aftertaste with a very small amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – Well, it was better than I thought it was going to be. The bottle label looks like something that was homemade on a cheap printer. There is nothing offensive about this beers taste but it is also unremarkable.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.95/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (£1.39 from Chung Yong Supermarket, Glasgow):
Golden with a 0.5cm white head that has slightly foamy texture. The beer is pretty clear with a lot of bubbles rising to the surface. The head also stays pretty well with no visible reduction.

Light with some corn and grassy hops, there is a bit of bread and some basic lager adjuncts coming through. There was also some light lager malts as well with a touch of skunk.

Light hops, a grassy flavour with some bread and light lager malts. There is some very light citrus and a touch of grain. As expected this one was a basic lager taste.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation and a very slightly gassy feel and is refreshing at least.

Okay for what it was, a mass-produced and very cheap (at least in Vietnam anyway) pale lager that hits the spot, particularly in a hotter climate. It's by no means great but it is worth a try more for the novelty of trying a Vietnamese beer when you get the chance.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.92/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Julio's
Pale yellow, sweet maltiness little to no hops. Not horrible, but I only picked it up because I thought I didn't already have the country.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.88/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint bright yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with a moderate amount of corn adjuncts. Very light aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cereal grain malts with a moderate amount of corn adjuncts and a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by very light flavors of grassy hops which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not bad but nothing special. Easy to drink with the well hidden alcohol and lighter mouthfeel. Probably quite refreshing on a hot day in a tropical environment. Would pair decently with asian food, including spicy ones.

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Photo of Sixpack595
2.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice light lager. Something a (very) little different, but no more special than your "premium" American standard lagers. Not a complex beer, but good for cooling off on a hot day; it beats Bud I guess. Probably got better marks from me for sentimental reasons (Dad got wounded in Hue).

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Photo of secondtooth
2.77/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Didn't expect much from this one, being shipped from thousands of miles away and likely sitting in a warehouse somewhere for who knows how long. This golden lager pours with large lacing and bits of scary sediment. The nose is yeasty and corny. Nonetheless, the taste is fairly crisp, with a definite adjunct character, and a slightly hoppy zing. Better than expected, but not one to pursue, either.

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Photo of cabsandking
2.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden clear color and a big champagne head that dissipates quickly. Faint hops aroma. Not so much hops flavor as expected, bitter in the back pallet. Slightly thicker mouth and slightly less carbonation than what is standard for its style. Some malt character is noted, but only because its lacking in general flavor, watery. Not recommended. Lacking in complexity.

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Photo of rangerred
2.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very pale yellow with a tiny fizzy head.

Smells of sweet grain along with a little bit of lemon. Somewhat promising

The taste starts off decent with some sweet bready grain typical of cheap Euro lagers. This doesn't last long however, as a harsh bitterness takes hold. The grain fades away into nothing but bitterness. The mouthfeel is sticky but dry at the same time. Not a very pleasant finish.

Overall this beer wasn't all that enjoyable. I could drink it again but probably wouldn't.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear yellow with a thin, fizzy white
mousse that hardly left any lacing at all. Looked like a standard commercial lager. Nothing special.

S: Very faint aromas of grassy, citrusy hops and bready malt. Very generic and sterile, but not as offensive as some beers of this style.

T: Initially malty and dry with notes of biscuits, crackers, rice paper, straw, grass, and lemon. The finish was quick and quenching with grassy hop notes and a bit of a sweet, bready flavor. I did not detect the corn adjunct notes that many other reviewers found.

M: Light-to-medium bodied and dry, but surprisingly lacking the crispness of many pale lagers. Kind of flabby for a beer of this style.

O: I can't see myself having this beer again.

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Photo of sessycuban
2.68/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a very light amber with and is quite bubbly. I got a lot of head, but it didn't retain for more than a few seconds. That was disappointing, but the pour was better than I expected.

S - It smells a bet sweet, almost like a cider. I'm also getting a bit of grain and maybe some light hops.

T - A bit like a cider gone wrong. I'm not quite sure what's going on with this beer, but I suppose it has some character. It just doesn't seem appropriate for the style.

M - Great carbonation. It was fizzy down to the last drop. For better or for worse, it almost feels like a kid's drink in your mouth.

D - When judged against other Southeast Asian brews, I think this one holds up well. I just think that the makers missed the target a bit on taste; nothing a new brewer couldn't fix. All in all, a good beer to taste once and probably never drink again.

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Photo of wagenvolks
2.65/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle into a Meantime snifter.

Pours a like your typical adjunct lager---crystal clear, pale straw hue with a minuscule eggshell-white head that retains (surprisingly) well. Aroma isn't great, but better than average for the style, with notes of rice, white wine, crystal malt, and a vagueness of floral hops.

Tastes like carbonated water with faint traces of rice and pale malt. It isn't an unpleasant flavor, it's just that there's not much of it. Surprisingly decent aftertaste of hops and white grape juice. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, well-carbonated and crisp, with no harsh adjunct-y off-flavors or sensations. Again, Hue Beer isn't the best in the world, but as a lawnmower beer I'd probably pick it over any BMC product.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.62/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a beers of the world gift set recieved for my birthday a few months ago.

Pours the palest straw yellow I've ever seen in a beer, with half a finger of sparse white bubbles. Not much nose or taste to speak of - rice, faintly sweet malt, some grassy notes. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. A middling, watery, taste-lacking brew that I'm sure is quite refreshing in the Vietnamese sun. It did an admirable job of washing down the delicious moo-shu pork delivered to my doorstep and cleansing my palate, so it's not all bad.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.62/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours the palest of yellows with what appears at first to be a nice white head, but as soon as I turned around, it disappeared.

Aroma is faint, but a slight grassy hop with lemon peel and a certain mustiness. Not bad, just not interesting.

Flavor is very weak. Some malt breadiness, a slight citrus zest, and weedy grassiness. Clean, inoffensive flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin. Typical of hot weather locales, it seems.

Drank it with no food. It might be a good match with spicy foods, I can't tell (and am not likely to try).

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Photo of kbub6f
2.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

Hue has a big, crusty white head that leaves decent foamy lacing. Huge caverns pop open in the head as it dies. The beer is a clear gold.

There's a little lagerfonk in the nose and some grains. The front is lagery, the middle a little sourish, a little watery. The finish isn't bad: bitter, grainy. There's some strange metal in the aftertaste and a nutty graininess. This isn't hideous.

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