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"

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Photo of gentlebubbles
2.51/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

paired with spicy squid and chinese broccoli and rice noodles at Southeast Asia.

Brilliant clear gold. Paperwhite head that waits until you look away to fall flat on its back. No, less than flat. There's just the amber liquor sitting there, looking as if no bubbles had ever graced its surface. Even topping up the glass fails to resurrect the head.

Sweet cut-hay scent. Mild slightly spicy bitterness up front followed by a moderately heavy sweetness verging on corn syrup. Full-bodied. Bittersweet aftertaste like, like marmalade? Weird, but it does a good job with the smoky red pepper in the food.

And then about halfway into the bottle, a mask of pressure settles around my eyes and sinuses. I check the bottle and find a freshness label--"FILL 122503"--so it's not that old a bottle. The discomfort lets up in a little while, but it's unsettling. I think I'll try something else for Thai food next time.

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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 Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid yellow color with hints of gold. Medium sized head of moderate bubbles that stuck around for a while. Aroma is sweetness, grains (mostly cooked rice) and a slight floral notes. Flavor was generally mild with sweetness and malted grains. No hop or yeast profiles to speak of. Very clean and refreshing.

Had this last night at a wonderful family-run "like you get in Thailand" Thai restaurant. It paired up with spicy baked/fried fish and spicy curry very nicely. I probably would not drink this in those times when "I want a beer", but it worked well in this setting. I'll admit that my ratings may be a little higher because I had it with good food.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
2.14/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I sampled this brew at "The King and I" in Boston. They gave me a very small Singha glass to pour it in...which of course yielded to cracks from some people at the table how Asians can only drink half a beer (there were a lot of Asians there and didn't seem to mind the crack). On to the review:

Appearance: Straw/golden color...definitely approaching orange. White head is very airy and lasts for half the glass (all 6 oz of it!).

Smell: Some hoppiness. Very, very bland.

Taste: Meh

Mouthfeel: Little body to try and balance out the alcohol in this "Malt Liquor"

Drinkability: I wouldn't have ordered it if I wasn't at a Thai restaurant, but I wouldn't hesitate to have it again (at a Thai restaurant).

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Photo of nortmand
2.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually had this for the first time less than 5 miles from the source in Bangkok, while visiting my wife's parents.
Pours clear and golden, "richer" looking than other beers in this style.
Smell is a bit off putting, smelling kind of malty sickly sweet.
Tastes pretty average, going down smooth, but highly carbonated. I mean highly!
Very drinkable in Thailand (85F and 80% humidity), considering the lack of local choices and the abundance of foreign crap (i.e. Heineken and Corona).
Oddly enough, in Thailand the locals drink this on the rocks.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A straw-golden pour with a medium white head. The heads fades quite quickly and the beer looks much like apple juice. The nose is moderately malty. Taste wise i found the maltiness was accompanied with a grainy sweetness that stayed through the finish. A pretty light mouthfeel, nice carbonation, but light. This an slightly below average beer as it stands. An easy drinker but not one that i would return to on many occasions. Overall, a light malty beer of little distinction.

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Photo of tjd25
2.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color. The head disappeared very quickly. The smell was the worst thin in this beer: a cheap lager smell, but with something rotten in it at first. Very bad. It gets better after a while.

The taste is of a very basic lager, with maybe a bit more hops, and a thicker mouthfeel and aftertaste. The bitterness wasn't enjoyable. Maybe a very light aspect of caramel, but it's well hidden. I don't think I'll drink that one again, unless I'm forced to do so...

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Photo of merlin48
2.18/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, pale yellow, with a rocky, white, two finger head that leaves minimal lace behind. Not bad looking, except for the lack of color.
Aroma is hoppy, with lemon, hay, and a sulfuric note that reminds me of Euroskunk hops of the Heineken variety.
Mouthfeel has medium carbonation, a metalic presence, and an unpleasant sulfuric note.
Taste has very little malt presence, some skunk, and a dominant taste of cardboard. Alcohol is well concealed, which is the highlight of this brew. Some adjuncts add a vague offnote to the already unimpressive taste.
Very disappointed in this one, as I love Thai food.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.87/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not too impressive on the outtake, Singha is a weak yellow color with minimal head. I like the bottle and label quite alot though, especially the punty little shape.

The smell is the redeeming factor, besides the 6% alcohol, of this beer: good balance of floral hops and malt sweetness, surprisingly potent.

The taste is...barely interesting and reminds of many "cheap" beers available here in Japan, light malt flavor and...that's it almost. Light hop dryness at the conclusion. Mouthfeel is also unimpressive, with moderate and fairly sharp bubbles.

I can imagine drinking this beer with a meal and not even bothering to notice what type of beer it was, nor even thinking to. Unmemorable.

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Photo of woemad
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.49. I bought this because I had never had it and was curious what a beer from Thailand would be like.

Poured a very pale gold. No haziness whatsoever. I could read a book on the other side of the glass. Very slight white head. sheets of lacing that ran down the glass quickly.

Smell was a bit skunky, and what there was beyond that was primarily mild sweet malts and inoffensive hoppiness. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste was not very different from smell. Essentially, this is a fizzy pale lager. While it is better than the average big 3 product in terms of flavor, the term “damning with faint
praise” comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is typical of a fizzy pale lager.

Drinkability is ok, if there’s nothing else besides really awful swill. Hopefully, that situation hopefully will not arise.

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Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold color.

Smell is sweet and grassy with a bit of perfume scent to it.

Taste is sweet with as sort of apple cider flavor. As I drink this the grassiness and bitterness builds up. A pleasant Asian beer, probably a bit better than Tsingtao.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good brew for Thai food.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Label says "FILL 072403" on back (a "born on date of sorts?")

Pours to a white head that eventually fades to a thin ring of bubbles and no lace. Urine-yellow color and ample carbonation. Sulfury smell eventually fades away revealing sweet, "lagery" malt aroma with a little hops. Flavor is european lager-like with extra sweetness and alcohol flavor. This is what American malt liquor should taste like! 6% alcohol by volume helps you feel good fast. Tingly mouthfeel aided by hops and alcohol. Not bad for a big-brewery style beer. Quite drinkable and would go well with Thai food. This brew goes down fast and easy for a 6% beer so be careful. Especially in Bangkok.

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Photo of Redrover
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this one at Bamboo Thai in Elmhurst, IL.

Beer pours a very light yellow with a fluffy but quickly disappearing head.

Not a ton of nose with this one. Some malt/corn smell and a clear whiff of alcohol.

Taste is on the bland side. A little sweetness and a bare minimum of hop bite. Seemed to get a little sour as I worked to the ½ way point of the bottle. Really nondescript except for the fairly strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel was thin. Drinkability is tougher, this is not a session beer, but even given its short comings, it went well with the tasty Thai food that this restaurant offers. Perhaps the good food raised the score of this otherwise mediocre beer. I noticed this is labeled a malt liquor, is that due to the 6% alcohol?

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a typical macro pilsner, straw yellow with a foamy white head that receeds quickly. No lacing. Yawn.

Smell: Suprisingly floral aroma, quite hoppy indeed. Nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow, this is actually quite a competent pilsner. Starts out with a sweet mouthful of malt before the hops come through with a bracing bite. Crisp and rich, with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. The ABV is well-concealed, but no doubt adds to a fairly smooth and dense mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good; tasty, crisp and substantial--great with Thai food. While Asian beers tend to be pretty mediocre, IMHO, this is a top-notch pilsner that will hold its own with its Euro counterparts. No Urquell or Czechvar, but good stuff.

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Photo of jtfest
1.66/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Singha's initial dollop of sweet maltiness is immediately followed by a crisp, crackling hop character that turns sweetly grainy in the aftertaste -- or so claims the 365 days of beer calendar that I got for Christmas. I'm trying as many of the recommended beers on the day they appear and, unfortunately, January 7th was Singha. It looks and smells like a cheap lager, virtually no head and virtually no taste. It’s a bit thicker on the palate than American crap beer, but it's your basic "serve cold, swill it down, catch a buzz" beer for the masses.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

OK, pours pale straw, very little head forms. Just enough to cover the top of the beer, but not thicker than a bubble or two. This makes me wonder what's different about the bottle I had compared to others who speak of a huge foam.

Skunked somewhat. Smells of old grass. Malt mixed with a subtle fruity sweetness at first, but over time quite a big fruity aroma emerges. Let me say this--the aroma is quite unique.

The carbonation seems subdued, but it feels hot to the tongue. One glance at the glass reveals the carbonation exists in large amounts. This beer coats your tongue more than I'm used to.

Taste is overwhelmingly sour. A slight bitter finish (and I mean slight) that becomes more noticeable as you drink. Sour start sets the tone. An old kind of sour lemon taste (old as in off, not nostalgic). Aftertaste is very citrus, with bitter overtones. In time, the tongue feels 'spiced'. At first, the high alcohol content isn't noticeable, but after half a glass, I could feel and taste it. As it warms, the grainy character emerges in the flavour and it becomes less citrus.

This beer isn't as bad as I imagined it to be, but it's quite different from what I usually favour. I was ansty about trying this one, but I would recommend this to people as an extremely unique, if not exciting, beer.

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Photo of theozag
2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Singha is labeled as a "malt liquor," so i'm not entirely sure if it even qualifies as a beer. but i suppose, since it's on this website, it must be loosely related to other products of barley malts and hops. This Thai beverage pours golden and builds a very thick, frothy, white head. The bubbles on top gradually thin out to form a film or center patch of whiteness, but the head never dies away entirely. Singha smells "floral." Actually, "floral" is the word I used to describe this beer to my mother, who asked about it after the first bottle I tried. The smell is a little like a wildflower bouquet with heavy dose of lemon juice.

It starts mild and crsip with some acidic quality, but not a lot of distinct flavor. As it settles onto the tongue, Singha becomes light-bodied and smooth, but with complex sour notes. Fruit-like flavors are also discernible when the beer is fresh from the refridgerator. It finishes rather unpleasantly. Singha rolls off the tongue quickly, but its aftertaste comes back with a vengenance. The beer's leavings become a lot like cough syrup as you get to the bottom of the glass. The heavy taste sits in the center of your tongue for a long time after the bottle has been put in the recycle bin.

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.87/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprise surprise. Just when I was beginning to sour on Asian beers, along comes Singha to lend me an ounce of faith.

It is a normal looking brew. A small, creamy-headed straw-coloured beer with lots of continuous bubble action.

Citrus aromatics have been coupled with a fine sulfuric sweetness; a balance of which I am fond. The taste was a nice balance of moderate flavours that had a lengthy duration. But it is on the palate that Singha excels. Lively carbonation is added to a full and creamy texture. Very nice stuff.

Singha is a bit creamy and sweet for me to want to drink more than a half dozen at one sitting, but it is a damned nice beer and one I heartily recommend.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer tonight at a Thai place in Arlington. Served from a 12oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Pale yelllow in color with a minimal head even after an aggresive pour. Smell wasn't much, kind of reminded me of Heiniken. Taste was malty sweet in the beginning then a bit skunky in the end. I honestly felt it went well with my Hot Basil Fried Rice, it just wasn't a stand out beer.

What else is their from Thailand?

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Photo of Jarod
2.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For export only
Fill 12 12 02

The appearance when poured into the glass was of a plain yellow color, nothing fancy, and it boosted some carbonation. The head that was formed was white in color that lasted only a moment then fell to almost nothing, except a ring on the edges. It did manage to leave some lace behind. The aromas that came from the glass were of malts, light hops, pepper spice, and some light fruit (plums). The malt and pepper seemed to stand out. The flavors started off with a pepper spice bite then the hops came over my tongue, then as it settled over my tongue I noticed a sweet malt and spicy pepper dominate the flavors as it started to slide down my throat, and finished off with a fruity flavor in the back. The aftertaste was mostly a combination of malty pine with hints of fruit (as it warmed). The body was light to medium. I did notice that when first served cold it had a kind of plastic feel in my mouth that was noticeable but diminished as it warmed. But I also noticed that it became slightly bitter as it became too warm. Over all I would say that it was not a bad beer to drink. I rather liked the spiciness appeal it had to it. I would have liked to try one that was a little fresher, and if get a chance to I will do so.

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Photo of Brent
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that, judged on its own, would not fare terribly well. But taken in context with the ethnic cuisine to which it is particularly well-suited, the beer gains a notch or two. Pale straw, some vague sweet grain in the aroma. Very smooth, with a slightly astringent sweetness. Not bad, but pretty pedestrian. Team it up with some potent Thai spice, however, and the beer kicks into gear as an ideal salve to sooth a raw tongue. Mutes the fire a bit, and then gets out of the way.

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Photo of Beastdog75
1.49/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Singha is one of the most unpleasant beers that I've tried within recent memory. I was expecting this to be a rather bland, lifeless, but harmless pale lager type of beer with maybe a slight alcohol kick from the 6% abv. This beer turned out to be much more akin to an American malt liquor, and a most foul one at that.

Singha pours a decent yellowish gold color with a decent foamy white head that lasts for under 30 seconds. The aroma however was one of the most putrid I could ever recall for a beer. To start off, it smells like the beer was bottled with the scent gland of a skunk. Altough arriving in a brown bottle, the smell was beyond skunk, and also included some nasty adjunct smells and alcohol smell. Call me crazy, but it smelled like it could have had B.O. in there too. Quite repulsive, and it nearly gave me a headache by just smelling it. The mouthfeel was thin and fizzy. The flavor is quite unpleasant as well. Some of the skunky flavor carries over, but the flavor contains an odd chemical taste that feels like it is burning my tongue somewhat. I'll use the figurative "battery acid" metaphor here literally. There are some light, cheap adjunct flavors underneath that to a small extent, but the alcohol flavor is also quite dominant. The finish is unpleasantly bitter. The aftertaste carries a rather astringent alcohol flavor, and it finishes off with some alcoholic warmth.

I would lump this in with Natty Ice and Elephant as amongst some of the most foul beer I've tried. From other reviews, it looks like that this could be a decent beer at times. I do not have anything good to say about this beer though.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.21/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One I picked up while on an “Asian beers” kick this week. Poured from the 12oz. bottle depicted, Singha has a clear straw color and has a fizzy white head that quickly settles down to a ring. The smell was a corn/malt mix that came off slightly sour. Faint floral citrus scent also. The taste was a grainy malt flavor that tried valiantly to mask a lightly sour taste lurking around underneath. There was a mild hoppiness to the finish but the sourness was rather distracting. The feel was on the medium side of light-bodied, crisp, and having a sour tanginess.
Overall, Singha is still pretty close to what I remember from my stops in Thailand. Back then I could hardly choke it down and would opt for nearly anything else. I still wouldn’t get this unless approaching “last resort” status.

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Photo of shippos
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured with a very energenic head and settled to small white head, very pale straw-yellow color. some hint of sweetness in the aroma (being from malt or corn I can't tell) followed by a slight spicy hoppiness. the corny/malty sweet taste is there again followed by more hop character than I was expecting and a good dose of co2. all in all this is a very good compnion with a spicy thai food, the residual sweetness and co2 clears the palate and some of the heat.

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

12 oz. stubby bottle served chilled in some sort of water glass or something.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow color with a short lived white head. Not much in the way of head retention. A few bubbles drift upward.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with a hint of banana. Not much of a sniffer.

Taste: Pale malt sweetness with some faint peach and ginger aftertastes (I ain't kiddin'). Slightly sour.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Very light bodied and seemingly well carbonated.

Drinkability: I wasn't prepared to like this as much as I did. I'm not saying it's world class, but I'll definitely have it with Thai food when eating out. Easily drinkable and goes quite well with the myriad flavors of Thai cuisine.

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Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
3.02 out of 5 based on 1,213 ratings.
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