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Hue Brewery LTD
Viet Nam

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 12-23-2002

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 95
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 Bierguy5
2.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz., foil capped bottle. Pours a very pale gold color. Almost no color at all. White rocky head holds for a minute or so, then fades away. A few streaming bubbles coming from the bottom.

Very pale, grainy aroma. A bit of cooked corn. Nothing in the way of hops in the nose.

Very pale flavored. a bit sweet. Clean, with not much character at all. A bit of an odd, earthy finish.

Light body, with a good amount of carbonation. Very weak.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a sparkling gold with an average one finger of frothy white head. Nose was pale malts, some grains, some lemon and a smidgen of hops. Tasted mostly of sweet grains and a touch of grassy, bitter hops. Spritzy and clean finish. A lot better than I expected it to be.

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Photo of JDV
1.37/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear light yellow and looks very watery. Smell is sourish malt and pretty unappealing. Taste is very bland and slightly malty with some definite off flavors of some kind. Bitterness that doesn't seem like it should be there almost...Very bad pale lager.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.


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Photo of Tang07
2.12/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a typical and rather boring lager. It it like a euromacrobrew.
The beer pours a very pale yellow with a slight head that rapidly disappears. There is a hint of hop, but the beer is "thin" and doesn't have much to write about.

The only place this stuff tastes good is probably in Hue where it's hot as hell and you'll drink anything.

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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 Jredner
2.38/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Adjunct grains and a honey-like sweetness in the aroma. Pale golden with a tiny white head. Nearly flavorless on the whole. Mild malt sweetness that is again very honey tinged along with some faint grassy hops. Not a lot going on, but like cold water it is fairly thirst quenching.

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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 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 JudgeRoughneck
1.26/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Beer is pale straw color with spittley white line of "head resting on top. No lacing. Nose is Cheerios, fresh honey, and sour milk...not appealing.

Very watery, just corn, rice, sickly sweet kinda taste. Stingy carbonation in thin body. This beer is point-blank ungood. Ironically, though this comes from halfway around the world it is like a half-assed attempt at the cheapest beer at your corner store. Drainpoored

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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 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 EMV
2.05/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the only beer I've ever had from Vietnam.... and if this is a true example of what they brew, then it'll probably be my last. I picked it up for the sheer novelty of a Vietnamese beer at a Chinese restaurant, and even the novelty was barely worth the beer.

This one pours a very, very thin yellow, almost clear with a surprising amount of head (maybe an inch and a half) that fell rapidly. The aroma smelled of rice, or maybe corn, with little else. Malts were barely detectable.

The taste was about the same, very thin, with abundant carbonation. The malts were again detectable, but this one really could have benefited from some more (any?) hops. It was really a tad overcarbonated for my taste, but given it's overall lack of flavour, you could probably drink a number of these without blinking. Overall a very bland and uncomplicated beer... almost like drinking a light light beer. If you're out for an Asian dinner on the town, go with a Tsingtao. Not amazing, but better than this. Also... the lack of a "best by" date never reassures.

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Photo of paterlodie
1.81/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

bb Feb 26 2006. Liltle head, clear pale golden beerc. Nose is very much rice, some malts and yiny litle fruityness but hard to detect any fine flavour. As taste is very empty too, almost carbonated water with litle maltyness and ricetaste. Is there any hops used in this brew? Can't find any bitterness at all not even in the aftertaste; if that's there. No mouthfeel other then carbonated water and rather drink plain water.

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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 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 HardTarget
1.28/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Aroma: Wet rotting wood with the accompanying moldy smells. I'm afraid to taste it.
Appearance: Painfully clear watery yellow with a fair fluffy white head that settled to a thin coat pretty quickly.
Flavor: Oh God, call the paramedics, I tasted it. That wet wood smell is amplified about 20 times in the taste. One sip and it is sink-bound. Some mild beer tastes are present as well, some rice or corn (have trouble telling between them) and some mild hay flavor as well.
Mouthfeel: Thin.
Overall Impression: Ok, to be fair, this traveled a heck of a long way to find me, and I'm sure it sat waiting patiently for me for at least a couple years in the store before I found it. Maybe I could drink this fresh, but I'm pretty sure I'll never know.

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