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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hue Brewery LTD
Viet Nam
huda.com.vn

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
94
Avg:
2.47
pDev:
28.74%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
1.98/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

straw coloured, a little foaming white head. Aroma beery-malt, not impressive. Taste is fizzily carbonated beer, fairly basic. Not worth travelling to Nam for, good thing their numbers in Montreal justify bringing bottles here. Almost undrinkable, and below average mouthfeel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with sugary and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer with some aromas and flavors that make it pretty much undrinkable.

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Photo of metter98
2.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of corn adjuncts along with faint hints of sweetness and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't have any interesting flavors. I guess it would be good in the tropics on a hot and humid day.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.09/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hue is a pale gold hue. It contains larger and more numerous particles than I'm comfortable with, but at least there are no truly scary chunks. None of that sissified filtering for Vietnamese brewers, no siree. The cap is actually a thing of beauty. It's blindingly bright white, possesses a crazily bubbled upper surface, lasts for an impressively long time and deposits a fair bit of spackle-like lace. Beer: thumbs way down. Head: thumbs way up.

The beer smells exactly like a product brewed by any one of the Big Three. Stale grain mixed with musky, cheap perfumy hops. Like trying to cover up body odor instead of removing it. I'm amazed to see that the brewery is located by the Perfume River in Hue City. Coincidence? The aroma isn't nose-wrinklingly bad, but it's nothing to celebrate, believe me.

Hue has more flavor than an American macro lager, I'll give it that. Trouble is, it doesn't taste any better. It's also sweeter than expected and tastes a little like a low-ABV malt liquor. The flavor is wall-to-wall creamed corn mixed with rotting flower petals and stainless steel . A different take on the usual macro lager formula that wasn't worth taking.

If I can divorce the flavor from the mouthfeel (no easy task), I can admit that the latter isn't half bad. It's more full than expected, but is still only light-medium. That, of course, means it's an improvement on the usual light-watery. A few more lively bubbles would help what is a somewhat lackluster mouth presence.

Hue Beer is my second beer from Vietnam and is the clear loser to Halida; no great shakes itself. I'm not even sure if I'd order a bottle to accompany one of my favorite dishes at my local A Dong Restaurant (doesn't matter since they only stock Export 33). Why is it that Vietnamese cuisine is so wonderful while Vietnamese beer is so lousy?

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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 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 DoubleJ
2.1/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From the Perfume River in Vietnam (no really, that's what the label says), on to the beer:

Poured into a mug, it's a clear yellow color with a soda-like head. The smell is somewhat astringent in grain, with a cooked corn smell. This flavors in the beer don't meld together well for me. There's more cooked corn, a mild astingency, and a straightforward bitterness that battle each other for supremecy. Even at ice cold, it took some work for me to stomach this beer. Round off the edges and we might have something more tolerable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with light gold tints and a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Very light aroma of sweet malt and corn adjunct. Flavor is very light sweet malt, light grain and a hint of grassy hops and metallic taste. Starts thin and loses most of the intial flavor. Light bodied. Possibly the thinnest adjunct lager I've ever had. The flavors aren't too bad, typical adjunct sweet malt, but very light as if watered down. I'm not sure they even tried with this one. I'll bet there's something tastier in Vietnam. Poor.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Little Saigon.. Only a decent brew, but still an okay take as long as it is fresh... Mild and a little bit of corn .. sweetish lager .. Not gonna hate on it, but this is a humid weather beer, and Boise doesn't fit that frame... Not good at all IMO.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.38/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 350ml bottle ABV of 5% and according to the rear label brewed from Purest water, barley, rice, hops...

Best before 26 Dec 09, drank on a glorious afternoon in June 09. Poured into a Corsendonk Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass. Strong Chedder with cellery salt and a hot gooseberry chutney were taken with the beer, after the initial notes.

Looked OK, medium to light golden lager colour, thin white head. Clear and bright impression, I then noticed small particles flaoting within.

Stale sort of smell, dirty dishcloth or dirty glass type of smell, not pleasant at all.

Tasted like most rice lagers, bland and fairly dry. Ideal for quenching a thirst after some hard labour, but not a lager I'd drink on a regular basis. Sadly the small gets me everytime I take a sip.

Not a great lager, but it is another country added to my list that is taking me drinking around the world, this is country number 61.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.58/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a white, two finger head that vanishes quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy and grassy. Starts slightly hoppy and skunky, wierd dry cottony finish. Worse than 33 Export from Da Nang. Gift, 12oz bottle from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, Va.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a yellow urine color with no head. Terrible, stay away. It tasted like an overgrown Natural Light. Smelled of grain, some other things and the mouthfeel was just malty, grain and water. It was really as bad or worse than American macros. Stay away.

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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 bylerteck
2.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Had this at a bar in Hue. Bottle was marked 'export' as well. From notes.

A - Poured gold and bright with good carbonation. One finger of white head was gone fast and left no lace or retention.

S - Really mild. Honey and grain.

T - Chemically corn. Grain and honey as well. Flavour began quite offensive with that cleaning product thing going on. Mellowed out further down the road with more honey and grain.

M - At first this was a little hard to get down but it became a little easier furthern on. Good carbonation, lightish body and a little dryness after a heavy adjunct sweetness.

O/D - Not something I'd want too much of. That chemical note was really offputting, but it was smoother as it went on. Not one of Vietnam's finest, but definitely not its worst.

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Photo of jera1350
1.29/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thought I would try out a Vietnam beer seeing that I only paid 99 cents for a bottle.

I have never seen a beer so light and clear in color. Thin white foam on top. The biggest problem is that there is some small and almost fuzzy looking things floating around in the beer. Yeesh!

Smells of adjuncts. Corn sweetness with even just a little hint of citrus. Light and cheap grain smelling.

Some promise to start, but then drops off quickly and turns downright offensive. Starts out with corn sweetness, turns to nothingness and then finishes with an extremely bitter, yet bland taste. Almost aspartame aftertaste.

Thin, watery and flat.

This really is a bad beer and should be avoided at all costs. Hopefully this isn't the best Vietnam has to offer.

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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 Dogbrick
1.1/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Another crappy Vietnamese beer. This was no better than the "33". Unappealing golden color with alka-seltzer fizzyness. No real aroma. Horrid flavor that manages to produce a passable hops presence here and there, but it's not worth wading through the rest of the beer for it.

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Photo of alexgash
2.23/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had to fly to Ho Chi Min City to get a bottle of this. Took two days of mostly flying, but I figured this beer was worth it. Afterall, this beer must be amazing, if the US went to war for the better part of a decade just to ensure it's continued production. After airfare, and missed work, I only had enough money to buy one bottle though, doh! Poured a solid strong yellow with a foamy white head. Smells of jungles, land mines, and rice paddies, or more literally, sweet adjuncty-malt with a strong, pungeant hop background. Definite rice-malt sweetness (and mellowness), followed by sharp, metallic (old M-16 ammo?), acrid hops. Finish is biscuity with lingering "hops." Ehhh... I'm starting to think the trip wasn't worth it... This is tastier than you standard american pale lager, but not my cup of tea--er--beer.

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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 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 Pegasus
2.53/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy light golden color with a small snow-white head that retains fairly well, fair lace, slight carbonation. Aroma of cooked vegetables and a little hops. Taste begins with smooth carbonation; some slightly tart maltiness that fades to the finish and a late punch of mild hops that lingers a bit past the end of the taste. The mouth feel was rather watery. Overall, a mediocre novelty.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very pale yellow color. Small head. Aroma is slightly malty. Tastes like a non-skunky Euro-lager, or a less rice and wood chips bud. Crisp and clean, but not a lot of flavor. It is at least beer-like, and is without a whole lot of that corn and/or rice adjunct taste so popular with this style. It's also NOT skunky. THANK YOU! Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is neutral.

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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 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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