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Hue Beer | Hue Brewery LTD

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 12-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,473
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
96
pDev:
22.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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3
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Sammy
1.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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 -3.7%
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 t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of metter98
2.51/5  rDev +2.4%
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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2.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.09/5  rDev -14.7%
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 johnnnniee
2.92/5  rDev +19.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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 sd123
2.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.1/5  rDev -14.3%
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 spinrsx
3/5  rDev +22.4%
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 Latarnik
2.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -2.9%
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 -35.5%
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 harpus
2.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2/5  rDev -18.4%
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 bylerteck
2.18/5  rDev -11%
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 jzlyo
2.56/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Aroma and flavor is fruit, corn/rice and a sweetish finish.

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Photo of jera1350
1.29/5  rDev -47.3%
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 +10.2%
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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3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of papat444
3/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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