Singha | Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

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Brewed by:
Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"100% barley malt beer"

Added by UncleJimbo on 07-20-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like a draft I had in college only more malty. Pepper lemmongrass licorice spice. No aroma. Bit of foamy soap suds on yellow. Mid-sip notice acidic sour and grainy and it would calm very spicey food, about it. Touch of hops. Refreshes more than water.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.84/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Two finger frothy head on a bright.golden body. Scattered lacing. Aroma is very grainy, with pale malts rice and a hint of sweet corn. Flavor is very clean with more of the same from the aroma with mostly grains and minimal sweet corn. Not too sour although the finish is a bit bitter. Light body and high carbonation, crisp. Standard euro pale lager. No off putting flavors until the finish affecting drinkability.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a sugary aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight metallic flavor on the finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer all around but it's drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out as a clear pale yellow brew with a white head on it that fades within a few minutes. The aromas coming from this beer are mostly grains and some funk. The taste is pretty mild with malts and some hops in the mix. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Overall it's pretty boring to say the least. I wouldn't run out of my way to have this one again.

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Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear deep yellow in color, the beer has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sweet and grainy malts and corn in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some sweetness and flavors of grainy malts along with hints of bitterness.
M: The beer is light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing overly special about this beer but is not bad considering it is from Southeast Asia and would probably go well with spicy food.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good brew for the region. Borrows some characteristics for Bohemian Pilsners. Brigh gold in appearance, accessive carbonation, good head retention. Smells moderately malty, hoppy, and a little sourness (skunk). Tastes nicely malty and grainy. Hops bring out a 'bite' and some spiciness. Skunkiness fades after a minute or two. Moderate to light body. Finishes clean and mildly alcoholic.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to fill the mix a six up so went with some mass produced imported beers. Pours a very light golden color with a nice head.. but it quickly goes down to nothing. Has the skunkiness of a german beer a'la Beck's or St. Pauli Girl. Kind of a biting aftertaste to it but taste wise and body wise it's better than most of the other imports I've tried. Good if you want to try a beer from Thailand but that's the only reason I would get it, just a run of the mill import with little no flavor or care in the beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. This stuff is always available at Thai, Vietnamese, and Malaysian restaurants around here, along with Tiger, as the only alternatives to BMC lagers.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of weakly foamy, and mostly soapy bone-white head, which leaves a few specks of wayward islet lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of gritty pale malt and grainy rice/corn mash, somewhat acrid yeast, and dead floral, more or less skunky vegetal hops. The taste is sweet, soggy rice, that strangely evokes a sense of sourdough, some weird earthy spice, a hint of musky honey, and more skunky, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, just a plain, underwhelming frothiness throughout, the body clearing the light side of medium, easily, with a rather tacky attempt at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, that rice-inflected malt showing some chutzpah, alongside a lingering dose of those floral and skunky notes.

While hardly something I'd want to drink much of on its own, this always goes down well enough with spicy East Asian fare, go figure. The brown bottle belies the skank factor inherent in this one, which can only point to a cheaply-made brew in the first place - hello, country tick.

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Photo of brentk56
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a fizzy head that disappears rapidly; no lace

Smell: Sweet malt, but quite grainy, too

Taste: Sweet malt that builds in a grainy direction by mid-palate, but finishes sweet

Mouthfeel: Light body with some fizziness

Drinkability: Just too sweet; unbalanced

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Photo of kojevergas
2.12/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a (nonreal) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on October 29th, 2010. Pours a clear bright yellow that appears overcarbonated, with a QUICKLY receding head. Head goes from four fingers to absolutely nothing in twenty seconds flat.

Smell: A light clean scent of manipulated barley. I can't quite place it with my broken nose, but it is pleasant.

Taste: A bland note of barley that resolves to a finish akin to sake. Very sweet. For a pale lager this is strangely (but not necessarily badly) built. I acknowledge I seem to be biased against beers brewed to Asian tastes, but I can't help tasting its flatness and poor balance.

Mouthfeel: Flat. Too wet. Too smooth, though the finish is a hair more coarse than the rest of the beer.

Drinkability: I'd pass on this one, but if you normally like sake or other Asian-brewed beers, this might be a winner in your book. It certainly isn't in mine.

June 13, 2016 2nd impression on Ko Phi Phi, Thailand.

Clean drinking and light-bodied, with a faint pale malt taste. Inoffensive but bland. At least it's not metallic, watery, boozy, or syrupy. Still, 80 baht a 630ml bottle is steep for this low a level of quality by Southeast Asian standards.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.03/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a gold color lager with some great carbonation resulting in a medium head with standard retention. Aroma is quite weak with some malt and light alcoholic side to it. Malty taste with some hops and some subtle floral notes. Light alcohol burn made this a little less unpleasant though.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A super huge white head is floating above a clear golden colored beer, do this by pouring this from a inch or so above the glass.

The aroma is light but even between a slight hops and a grain malt with maybe a hint of honey somewhere in the background.

The taste is also light and even between a light sour citrus hops effect and a honey whole grain malt.

A light malt with a slight sourness to a light dry aftertaste.

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Photo of zeff80
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - 12 oz bottle pours out a plae yellow. It had a nice 2-finger head that left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and yeast.

T - It tasted of grains and there was a minimal hop spice kick to it. It also had a sweet taste at the tip of the tongue.

M - Mouthfeel was dry and crisp. It is light-bodied.

D - It is a pretty good Asian lager. Next time I'm at my local Thai place for dinner I might have one. It might be a nice compliment to the spice food.

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Photo of jlindros
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recommended at Young Tong restaurant in Northborough, MA.

A: Light 1 finger head over a crystal clear golden wheat (piss) colored liquid.

N: Some wheat and golden lager like aromas. Distinct sweet malt lager aromas, and a little toasty malt aroma as well.

T: Slightly sweet, with some distinct lager tastes. More toasty malts, and a little of that unpleasant syrupy bitterness that doesn't come from hops, but more from something wrong. I also get a little banana.

M: very light body with light carbonation, but refreshing nonetheless.

F: Slight lingering sweet syrupy flavor, slight metallic flavor, finish disappears quickly though.

I approached this beer with very low expectations, and it was actually a little better than I thought. It did have it's off flavors and unpleasantries, but otherwise wasn't too bad. More flavor than I expected.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle with a fill date of 3/4/14 and an exp. date of 3/4/15.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a solid 1-finger thick white head which fades slowly and yields some clumpy lace.

N: Yeasty and lemony, herbal and grassy, mildly sweet malts for balance and a touch of wheat.

T: Clean, light yeast, earthy, grainy, faint lemon zest.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp, mildly dry finish.

O: Refreshingly simple. The understated clean taste really is nice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden in color with a bright white head that drops quickly, but leaves a reasonable collar and some whispy surface foam from a very fine & highly effervescent carbonation. There is, however, no lace to speak of. The aroma is skunky, but also offers a distinct grainy maltiness. The body is medium with a brisk carbonation that gives a little bite on the tongue. The flavor starts with a sweet grainy malt, then reveals some light hop flavor as it warms in the mouth, and finishes with another touch of hop flavor and a fair amount of bitterness that's bouyed by a sweetish maltiness that sticks in the mouth. The alcohol, which is only listed as 6.0%, is somewhat apparent. Apart from the fact that this is not a complex beer, and coupled with the skunkiness of the aroma (remember a fresh bottle may be clear of that), and the apparent alcohol - this is a very nice, and interesting beer. I really liked its big malty quality and the hoppy bitterness that followed it. I remembered this beer the next day and wanted to have another. However, I think a case of it would be way too much! Still, enjoyable and interesting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a lager glass
Coded fill and BB date stamps of AABYDB & AABYDC.

Appearance: Nice gold and white labeling 'says' premium lager. The beer itself is light golden, with good clarity, plenty of visible carbonation and a large, durable, white head. Streaks of lacing get left on the glass.

Smell: Lightly sweet with both grains and hops apparent. Grassy with off notes of an earthy and metallic nature.

Taste: Better than the aroma suggests. Fairly clean with a light hoppy bitterness. Bready malts and, perhaps, corn, are present as well.

Overall: not bad beer, with a decent refreshing flavor, if mild and preceded by a mildly unappealing aroma.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a plastic cup.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium-sized foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is heavy with sweet malt & grain and has a faint hint of hops.

T: The sweet caramelized malt is what comes out first, then there’s some hops and a little bit of breadiness. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth & crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: The taste is quite different but enjoyable, easy to drink, not very filling.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with lots of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head which reduces to nothing quickly. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is primarily of sweetness, grain, and corn - like an American adjunct. Nothing special in the aroma and it is not overly strong.i

T: Flavors of adjunct malts, grain, and corn. This beer is very sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty good Thai beer to match with the Thai food I was having. The sweetness of the beer marries nicely with the spice flavors in the food. I thought the beer was really well paired with the food but not sure I would want to have it on it's own.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$1.49 12 oz. single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Expiration Date: 02/13/09.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Lightly honeyish, light pale malt nose with a faint hoppiness.

Taste: Light pale malts with a mild cereal sweetness present. Hint of honey. Even less than a hint of grain. Slight grassy hops character with only a minute touch of bitterness provides balance. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It'll do. Singha delivers a bit more character than expected, certainly more than rest of the endless parade of sad, vapid lagers out their.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale lemon yellow with a few persistent streams of uprushing bubbles. The large, fluffy head is a shade darker than brilliant white and isn't falling very fast due to the carbonation feeding its underside. There's almost no lace. In fact, there's so little that it doesn't deserve all four letters. Let's call it lac.

The nose is nothing to write home about. I shudder to think what it might have smelled like without the brown glass bottle. Singha smells like just about every other macro lager that I've ever run across. Musty hops lead the way and nothing else is interested enough to follow.

The flavor is a slight improvement. I prefer beer of this style to be a little on the sweet side since the residual sugar helps to cover up the nastiness and tends to fill out the body. This one has a bit of a sweetened Rice Crispies flavor which is offset by a sharp, hop leaf bitterness. It's far from good beer, but at least there's something there to keep the ol' taste buds busy.

Singha has a touch more flavor and, therefore, a little more personality than many macro lagers. It's still incredibly mediocre beer. If I ever find myself in Bangkok, I might 'go native' and toss back a few cold ones. Absent that, no thanks.

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this priot to my Thai meal tonight, not my favorite Thai beer but pretty representative of the style

Pours golden & efferevescent with a 2 fingers+ white head. Some lacing & no head retention

S: Sweet perfumy hops & malt sweetness

T: Floral hops, a slight grassyness & malt sweetness up front. As it warms, a little fruittyness emerges. Finishes dry & crisp

MF: Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation & okay balance

Drinks pretty easy, especially in hot humid weather. This is beer is fairly consistent be it in Thailand or abroad, never was wowed by this, but a nice thirst quencher or acompanyment to some seafood curry or padthai

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

amazing that i am actually hunting down some of the worst beers on earth now. i found this and a couple more to help me kick this list on my way home from winston last night and decided to drink them as i was out in the yard all day today. served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 08/29/2010.

pours a very light, nearly crystal clear color. really nothing too it at all with loads of carbonation that form a small head that seems to just last for a brief second then drop off the face of the earth.

aroma is non existent with a light touch of rice and corn, a light grainy presence and that was about it. nothing keeping you awake here. crisp, clean and watery taste with really no defining flavor at all as i struggle to find really any direction in this one at all.

overall i have had worse but it certainly was not worth me tracking down at all.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As with most Asian beer there is that sweetness, it is not out of balance by any means but that sweetness is there. Super crisp and very refreshing. The mild hop bitterness is set for balanced and the graininess is not harsh at all.

All in all this is a great brew to pair with Spicy BBQ, spicy Tai cuisine would be the obvious pick.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.74/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a pale golden/straw color with a short lived white head.

S: You can't get much more skunky than this. Intensely skunked with sweet grains. A strong cereal flavor with a bit of grassy hop flavor and although this says it's a "100% barley" beer, there seems to be some corn.

T: An almost sugary sweetness with a bit of an overcooked/burnt grain flavor. A bit of skunk to it, but nowhere near as bad as the aroma. Some grass and a slight bitterness on the back end.

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not sure what I really expected, but this was not something that I would care to drink again.

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Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
3.02 out of 5 based on 1,211 ratings.
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