Leo Beer
Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #306
ABV:
5%
Score:
65
Ranked #49,855
Avg:
2.69 | pDev: 21.56%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
89
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Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
 
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Year-round
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SCORE
65
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

1.72/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review: 330ml bottle of Leo Beer: 5.0% vol.

In cans and bottles.

The colour is a pale golden yellow with a small white head, that does die a death very quick. Some carbonation and the general look is ok.

Lovely aroma on the nose, a nice beery smell, a little sweet but nice, even if its a little faint. Sweet corn, the hops and yeast and mild grains……

A lager taste is there for sure, but on the low level, watered down and with minimal hop presence. Light grains and that’s about it really.

Also a bit raw and a slight astringent aftertaste.

Not nice, no flavours and not smooth or crisp enough to be enjoyed. A nothing beer.

Rubbish beer, forgettable, tasteless, not enjoyable, I will pass on this……

Have tried Chang and Singha Premium and I have to say this is also a Thai beer that doesn’t do it for me. Perhaps it’s better in Thailand, but I can only go on what I get in the local off license and this beer is pretty tasteless, typical of Asian beers in general.

Nov 30, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

2.06/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle. Fill date 11/09/2020. Best before 11/09/2021. Poured into a tulip.
Look: very clear and pale gold. About 2-3 of fluffy head that has a decent retention, slowly falling down to a thin film.
Smell: pretty generic, a little sweetness, grainy, corn and a rice astringency. Not much else.
Taste: much like the smell, sweet And grainy, though a little less grainy than the smell.
Feel: Light but a little oily. Slight bitterness at the end and a dry finish.
Overall: yeah, there’s not much to it. Hot weather and spicy food type of beer.

Nov 07, 2020
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pat61 from Minnesota

1.67/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

L: brilliant yellow permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1/2" fleeting white cap

S: has a mild sweet rice aroma joined by light hops with traces of skunk and apple and very faint toast

T: mildly sweet with a lot of apple, a hint of movie popcorn butter and very little hop presence which would help balance the sweetness and help mask some of the apple and popcorn butter. Has a retched aftertaste.

F: body is light and the carbonation is medium high

O: Not pleasant.

Oct 19, 2018
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Spike from England

2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another ordinary South East Asian lager. Better than Chang, similar to Singha. That said, drunk ice cold at a beach bar in Thailand they all hit the spot in much the same way.

Dec 26, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.58/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

330 ml brown glass bottle with a branded pry-off crown cap purchased at a 7-11 in Bangkok.

5% ABV.

Malty, with a malt syrup taste and an overly thick mouthfeel that prevents it from being refreshing (even in 100 F Bangkok heat). No hop character (not even grassy Noble). No yeast character (which is to style).

Smooth, wet, overcarbonated.

Adjunct flavour seems closer to maize than rice, but it's honestly not that prominent.

A lighter mouthfeel and a grainier taste would be nice to start, but this isn't trying to be anything more than a serviceable macrolager catering to the hoi polloi. I think I may prefer Chang, but at this low level of quality - does it really matter?

Low C- (2.53) / BELOW AVERAGE

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05/30/16 brief 2nd impressions from a cold bottle at a restraining Chiang Rai.

Soft, malty, and drinkable. The biting overcarbonation I noticed previously seems to mellow out once this warms a bit (to merely "chilled" as opposed to outright cold). Refreshing though shallow and simple. I can't identify any overt adjunct aside from maybe some maize, but it does have a cheap malt extract taste.

I remain surprised at its expense relatively speaking, but maybe that's because I'm used to swill lagers like this costing a quarter of the price or less in Eastern Europe.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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06.05.16 further impression from a bottle in Pai.

Flat malt taste. No depth here at all. Not horridly imbalanced, and drinkable.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

May 29, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale, bright, golden color, with a decent, froth head.

Smells of slightly fermented, sugared grains and corn.

Has a pleasant, lively carbonation with a nice, herbal finish, while maintaining its refreshing character.

Tastes of an aqueous, wet hay quality, together with a nice, noble hop bitterness, which becomes apparent especially during the finish, with slightly sweeter malts.

Super light, but well nuanced, refreshing light lager beer.

Apr 16, 2016
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sokol_1993 from California

1.58/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had on my 2nd day in Thailand, Sunday January 10. Just moved into Juan Manee, and it was too hot after moving that I needed a beer. Bought one from the 7/11 at Samsen Soi 2 for about 35 baht (~1$). Was quite disappointed. Strange adjunct taste all over the beer.

Jan 16, 2016
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_drummer_ from China

2.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad beer. I get it in Thailand when I hit a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. It's better than Chang, so if I want a beer at some places in Thailand that don't have BeerLao or something, I'll get this.

Nov 09, 2015
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brought back by a friend from Thailand for my home collection. Pours a yellow colour with a white head that is fast to disappear. Aromas of malt, hops & nuts. Tastes were fairly smooth with again malt been fairly strong, but as with most mass produced Asian lagers lacking anything special. Feel was of above medium carbonation.

Aug 11, 2015
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JobiWanKenob from Canada (QC)

1.77/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Terrible, all the local Thais drink this beer served over ice in a glass. I drank it with ice, also straight from the bottle. Tasted similar both ways. Sadly, out of the 4 main Thai beers (Leo, Chang, Singha, and Archer) Leo is probably your best bet.

Apr 03, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

1.85/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

630ml Bottle in Koh Phangnan, Thailand (48 Baht):
Clear straw coloured with a thin, foamy white head that disappeared rather quickly. There is some minimal lacing left on the glass too but not a lot.

Faint adjuncts start things off, followed by some lager malts and a corn with a hint of skunk. The aroma is incredibly faint and hard to detect.

Light malts and some faint, grassy hops along with a watery taste and touches of bitterness. There isn't much going on with this one really and it's your typical, mass-produced Asian lager.

Light & thin bodied with a sort of watery feel and minimal bitterness. Smooth and quite wet at the end but also very bland.

Not a great beer at all and sadly a lot worse than I remember it being from the last time I was in Thailand although that may just be down to my tastes changing a lot since then. The beer was too thin and watery with both the aroma and taste coming across as too faint.

Sep 06, 2013
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stoutman from Michigan

3.42/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium yellow colour with an average, frothy, good lacing, medium lasting, white head. Aroma is a light malt, toasted, sweet corn - and of cooked vegetables. Flavour is moderate sweet and lightly bitter with a average duration, with a corn like after taste. Body is light medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is light. Not too bad but I was thirsty for something other than abc stout on a hot 39C day.

Jun 15, 2012
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.67/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow, tones of carbonation, small white fuzzy head which fades to nothing in a couple minutes.

S: Smells of malt, hops, some skunk, reminds me of Pabst to some degree, and some cheap Chinese lagers.

T: Taste pretty much follows the nose, but its better than I expected. Malt, some hops, some skunk but very mild, some Pabst Blue Ribbon like taste (kind of a slight sweet Jello- like taste) but it passes way faster than Pabst’s would, and gives a nice yeasty pizzeria aftertaste.

M: Highly carbonated, light body.

O: Not bad for a cheap Thai beer. Would go well anything an American Adjunct would, but would be best with Thai food and salty snacks to fit its country of origin.

Jun 13, 2012
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear golden with a sizzeling sound, lots of small bubbles in the liquid. The large white head is at first compact but quickly turns soapy. Only faint lacings.

S: Faint bitter hops, sweet, sweet malt with quite some corn in it. Citric notes.

T: Sweet malts, with some corn. Bitter hops. Some marzipan in the back. Citric notes. A bit artificial.

M: Aftertaste lingers longer than others in this style, nice bitterness. Body is medium while carbonation is strong and a bit aggresive.

O: A decent beer, rather nice considering the style.

May 22, 2012
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shigg85 from Japan

3.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this at the Siam Heritage restaurant in the Parco department store of Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a regular pilsner glass. This Thai brew is a yellow-gold brew with complete transparency with a foamy white head that disappears after the first sip and leaves the glass completely clean at the end of its life. The smell was pleasant throughout the entire drink, however, even as it warmed a bit (a quality lacking in most lagers/pilsners). Also, the taste was wonderfully smooth yet also had hints of grain and even orange. This lager went well with the spicy Thai food we ate, and I would definitely choose it again among a selection of other lagers from SE Asia.

Feb 18, 2012
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Daredevil from Switzerland

2.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

spending my hols in Thailand and sampling all local brews I can get hold of ....

smell is hoppy and nutty
the taste is somewhat chemical (there is some rumor about thai beers containing relatively large amounts of formaldehyde, which might be confirmed by this brew), lightly bitter and watery
an english style rather unpleasant lager ... neither smooth nor great taste (which would be the ad on the bottle ...)

Jan 03, 2012
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bat6 from District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

currently traveling through SE Asian and sampling all the local brews i can find. there's a distinct style to the light-bodied lagers specifically suited to the blazing heat and humidity of the region, so reviews are based on my understanding of the style here.

A - poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tall water glass. freshness date says it was brewed in the last 20 days. very pale gold, produces a frothy even head that recedes fairly quickly

S - i swear to god i stuck my nose in the glass for at least a minute and can't identify any particular smell whatsoever. there's, like, nothing... which is about average for the style

T - most of the lagers here lean towards a hint of pale malt sweetness w/ virtually no hop presence. my first sip made me think i had somehow caught the foil off the bottle in my mouth, except there is no foil around the bottle cap and i'm drinking out of a glass. there's some kind of hop bitterness trying to dry this out but the initial metallic flavor profile is too off-putting to try to assess what little else may be going on here. it tastes cheap

M/F - crisp and very light, good carbonation. hard to assess mouthfeel due to the unpleasant lingering flavor but it seems average for the style

O - i drank enough to review this beer but i won't finish half the bottle. i've had over 15 beers of this style while in this region. most of them are decent and quite a few are surprisingly good, but i can definitively advise not reaching for this one if there are other choices in the cooler when traveling here

Oct 26, 2011
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krazyboi from Illinois

3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a glass mug.

A: Light golden yellow color. Two finger head that recedes quickly. Leaves little to no lacing.
S: Sweetness, grains, slight caramel, citrus.
T: Grainy, sweet, slight alcohol, slight bitterness.
M: Creamy mouthfeel. Light bodied with medium carbonation.
D: This beer is not too bad. There are some bad batches out here in Thailand that will taste a bit too sweet and will give you massive headaches, but this batch was decent. Easy to drink with a meal or by itself. Refreshing on a hot day. Try it if you haven't.

Oct 03, 2011
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OneBrewru from Japan

3.38/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crisp, clear color. Finger thick head takes about a minute to die down. Looks like a lager should.

Aromas of slightly roasty malts, buttery, and sweet citrus hops. Not bad.

The taste is a little like… buttery movie popcorn with a light hop touch. Definitely some corn flavor. Not bad (for Thailand)

The mouthfeel is light and crisp, medium follow through.

I could have a few of these.

Apr 23, 2011
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Everydayoff from Thailand

2.9/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

A:
Bright gold color, transparent with slim white head that rapidly dissipates, no lacing appeared. Carbonation is medium to high. Overall appearances look a bit dull.

S:
Faint malt, a bit musty, grainy and grassy which is general AAL's note.

T:
Distinctive sweetness from adjunct grains and cereals bring to balance by hop bitterness note in the finish.

M:
Light body, very crisp, high carbonated but smooth throughout a palate.

D:
Definitely easy drinkable but just quite mediocre consider in all aspects.

Jan 27, 2011
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sfprint from Germany

3.91/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from first week of Dec 2010

630ml bottle

A: Gold with small head, but reasonable rising carbonation.

S: Nice, slightly metallic but fresh malt. Relatively rich.

T: Wow, I didn't think I'd find any decent beers here but this one is well up there with good german and Czech pilsners. Nice malt vs hop balance. Fresh.

M: Relatively smooth with medium body. Very mild but pleasant carbonation.

D: Like the bottle says, "Smooth and Great taste." I will have to agree. Best AAL I've ever had, and i was fooled into thinking it wasn't one.

Jan 20, 2011
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BeerSingh from India

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is not a patch on Singha. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pale yellow with a slim head that disappeared without a lace. Smelt skunked and terribly metallic. Grainwater, vinegar and grassy. Taste was nothing to write home about - grain, raw bitterness and no maltiness at all. Just a bitter rendition of grainwater. Mouthfeel was very thin with an over the top carbonation. Not recommended, unless its the last thing available.

Nov 05, 2009
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johnnymoto from California

3.35/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the price that it offers, its not a bad beer. It was very refreshing when I had it and it left a descent impression on me. Not the best beer, but definitely drinkable and better than alot of the domestic beers from back home like bud light and all that other crap. Overall, I would prefer to drink this over Chang any day. Give it a try!

Jun 11, 2009
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FrothyBeverage from Pennsylvania

2.87/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a can, glass was not available. This beer had a similar taste and smell to other thai beers. The mouthfeel was slightly differnt. Was very smooth, almost creamy and tingled the tip of your tounge. This beer seems to be more popular with the locals, no idea why.

Apr 08, 2009
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alysmith4 from District of Columbia

2.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this beer from a can in Thailand. They were out of Singha and Chang, so this was the next obvious choice. It tasted similar to Singha and Chang, but was a lot less fresh. I would recommend having a Thai whiskey over this beer as I was not impressed by it at all.

Feb 04, 2008
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