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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 mfnmbvp
2.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with FILL 060313 EXP 060314 printed on the back label. I found this oddity at the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack. "The original Thai beer since 1933". My first beer from Thailand. Expectations are average based on the style.

Poured into a miniature pint glass with Victorian carriage artwork.

A - Pours the typical clear lager gold yellow with lots of big carbonation bubbles floating topside. Three big fluffy fingers of bone white foam for a head. It's okay for what it is.

S - The smell is comprised of the usual grainy / corny / husky adjunct maltiness. Dusty, papery, and some artificial syrupy sort of sweetness in the background. Not an appealing aroma.

T - I guess the taste is the standard import lager fare - soggy grains, corn / huskiness, a bit of sweetness, and a sharp metallic bite on the finish.

M - The feel is crisp and clean, light sweetness / graininess lingering on the palate. Some might say it has a light bitterness to it on the finish, also. Light-bodied with good moderate carbonation.

Overall, it's the typical easy-drinking lager fare, similar to other imports I have had from India. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I would surely drink it if the occasion was right. Glad to have tried it, and I look forward to trying more of these strange import lagers.

Singha ---3/5.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Singha, Thailand's Lion beer. All the major Thai beers have an animal as a signet; e.g. Chang is the Elephant, Archa is the Horse, Tiger beer is (no surprises) a Tiger. Singha however has an advantage over the other Thai macros in that it is brewed 100% barley malt - which as I will soon taste - makes for a better Lager.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Carlsberg Lager tulip.

A: Presents a clear straw golden body with a white head that fizzles quickly down to a light dusting.

S: The malt is quite evident and upfront in the aroma, along with some faint grassy hops in the background. There is a note of honey sweetness as well. It does have a refreshing fragrance this Lager.

T: Begins with sweet honey and malt, then mid palate expresses a meaty malt base, with a long dry finish. Crisp, refreshing and a tad watery, as are most SE Asian beers, must be the heat or something [sarcasm intended]. There is an odd feeling on the tongue in the after-taste though, some slimy film coats the taste buds, weird huh?

M: Mid to light body, some slight wateriness with some sharp carbonation (a common Lager characteristic).

D: Apart from that after-taste this is one hard to fault Lager. It does have a bit less yeast and hops than a European Lager, which I personally prefer, but it's a bit of a subjective area when it comes to which beer suits which drinker. The price is right Larry, at around $13 to $16 per 6-pack depending where you get it. Overall a thirst slaking brew of affable character.

Food match: Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian are sure-fire picks. Aside from that BBQ fare is also a great match. One could even see this brew working quite well with sushi.

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Photo of FLima
2.87/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow golden color with a one finger fluffy head with short retention.
Aroma of booze, herbal hops and a mild lemony.
Flavor of sweet pale malt and floral and herbal hops. A light numbing booze, minerals with a spicy sensation. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Decent Pale Lager, with a nice bitterness and great drinkability.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a brillinatly clear light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Smells of sweet bready pilsner malt off set with a light amount of spicy hop and a touch of sulfur and mineral water. The flavor is sweet and a hint tart. Light sugary malt sweetness with a hint of earthy spice. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Middle of the road pale lager. not offensive but not particularly complex either.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of many (over the years) bottles had at a Thai restaurant. Pours a light straw color, a bit darker than most adjunct lagers (this is all-malt), with a lot of white foam. Aroma of malty bread, some grassy/herbal noble-type hops and a whiff of skunk. Overall this beer is very malty, grainy, and bitter, with just a little residual sweetness. Sourdough malt predominates but there is a little hop spice and a fairly dextrinous body. There is a hint of apple but the finish is dry and bitter. A classic pale Euro lager flavor and much less sweet than most mainstream examples of the style. Fewer flaws as well, although there is a little metal and skunk on the palate. Great with spicy curries and stir fried chilli and basil chicken, and has more character than its countryman Chang.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ap- pours a fizzy, completely clear, yellow color with about a 1/2 inch head with below average retention

Ar- straw, barley, tin, and a wee bit of skunkiness

T- not much going on here but it's surprisingly refreshing, has a decent sweet malt flavor, a touch of hops and overall tasty

M- light bodied and well carbonated

O- not a bad beer, I was expecting less flavor considering the lackluster appearance and smell. Much better than a lot of the other more well know euro pale lagers out there.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.00 CDN

Appearance - Very pale golden color poured into glass and 1 finger of thick creamy white head is yielded. Head actually recedes slowly leaving good retention time. Tons and tons of bubbles are apparent. I can tell that the beer is very heavily carbonated without even tasting.

Smell - Nice light malt and hops blend, nothing overwhelming or ground-breaking here, but it smells like good beer. Hints of sweet and bitter notes can be picked up as well but the balance is neutral. There is a slightly weird metallicness on the back end of the whiff that is slightly off putting. This is unusual since it came from a bottle.

Taste - Tastes wet and refreshing, otherwise similar to the smell. There is a bit of sweetness that was detected in the aroma that comes through here. It's a bit too much and detracts from the beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Nice level of carbonation to quaff your thirst that much better yet doesn't feel fizzy. No lingering aftertastes either. Probably the best part of this beer.

Overall - Wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised, especially by the way the bubbles tingle in mouth and on the tongue. Beer is pretty standard otherwise, but would work well with spicy foods in particular.

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Photo of soju6
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a small head that fades quickly to no real lacing.

S: Aroma of fruit malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of malt sweetness with bit of fruit and grain.Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Good beer to relax with in a tropical climate.

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Photo of Geranun
4.94/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Malty lager and golden yellow ‼ Good taste ‼

Singha beer with german technology.Builded in 1933. and exactly, I was seen the oldest logo of Singha beer at http://www.geranun.com/archives/1759

I love this beer , the first biggest brewery in Thailand.

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Photo of Shoffy
4.1/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. No other beer in Southeast Asia comes close. Can be consumed warm or ice cold. Prefer ice cold. Heard the original brewers trained under the Guinness Brothers and modeled this beer on Harp, only difference they sourced the ingredients locally in Thailand. Not certain that is true but the beer stands out and I buy it whenever I see it all over the world. In Vietnam, where I live, I gt it delivered 5 cases at a time. It's carried by a single guy on the back of scooter.

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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 rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed golden straw in color, fizzy cap of prickly bubbles. Light scent, lingering sweetness with lighty bready and grassy notes. Taste leads with sweet malts, as with the nose, bready malts and lightly grassy and faintly herbal hop notes. Light bodied, bubbly. Decent pale lager with nice flavor and no major faults.

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Photo of RickS95
2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Exceptionally clear, looks like piss in a bottle. Pale golden straw color. The head is thick and has good retention. Cloud-like and foamy.

There's almost no smell. I've got my nose to the bubbles, and there's just little to be found. Pilsner malt, but literally nothing else registers.

The taste mimics the smell in that there's nothing there. Slightly biscuity, pils malt and water I think are the only ingredients.

Since there's limited ingredients, it's fairly smooth in the mouth. No sweetness, no bitterness. Slight crisp finish with a light-bodied almost stale feel.

Overall it is what it is...a beer with no standout characteristics. It would likely save you if you were dying of dehydration, but it would be difficult to want another of these unless you were actually dying. Very plain.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, "Fill 060612" "Exp 060613" on label.

appears a crystal clear pale straw color, with bone white head. bubbles stream to the surface and join the well retained head. slightly sweet grainy aroma. not offensive compared to most pale lagers. taste is crisp, clean, mild grain flavor, slightly sweet. thin and fairly fizzy, but appropriate for the style.

overall - pleasantly surprised by my first Thai beer.

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

Two fingers of head.. big bubbles and quickly gone. Clear, light straw colored body.
Smells like rice and steel.
Nice taste. Sort of malty (for a lager), sweet, mild bitterness.
Average texture. Crisp and light body. Moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable, even better with SPICY Thai food.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At one time the BA profile listed what states and what countries a member had reviewed. I miss that. Nonetheless, I'm sure Thailand wasn't included on my list, so I'm giving it an unfair trial - it's a month or two past best by, but I think I can give it a fair shake. I"ll even pour it into a Reidel pils glass.
Doughy malt character with greenish herbal hop aroma. Yeast quality of Euro pils. Decent mix and pretty traditional.
Brilliantly clear, light gold, very white head that maintains a 1/8 inch cap.
Flavor is softer than than the aroma. The prickliness of the carbonation muscles out some of the flavors. Quite a bit of drying follows a soft but noticeable bittering. Soft malt flavors with a reduced doughiness. Hop flavors run in and out. They are nice and blend well.
Feel has a fair amount of fullness, but it's mostly from carbonation.
Solid and drinkable with good flavors and balance.

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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 jonb5
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, contact brewed by Schlossbrauerei in Hallertau, Germany. Poured into Leffe chalice, pale colour, clear, small head which didn't hang around long. Tasted malty, some hop content, could well have been Hallertau as this is where it was brewed. Malt forward taste, on the sweet side but balanced, hint of apple, wheaty finish. Crisp texture, well carbonated, thin body. Overall I'd say this was more a Helles than pale lager. Went down well, quite drinkable.

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Photo of rale
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I had this easy-drinking lager in a Thai restaurant in Bonn, Germany. Beer has a nice color, but the foam disappears very fast. It's very drinkable, inviting you to go for more. It's a perfect match with spicy Thai food and I would recommend it in such an occasion, but otherwise would go for some German beer.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a beer mug at a local Thai restaurant.

A-Straw yellow in color. Carbonation is present. A little lacing on the glass and a white ring around the edge of the glass.

S-not much, malt and some wheat or rice.

T-Malt, wheat, some grains. It is a pretty average beer that was fun to drink in Thailand. It is the best option at a Thai restaurant.

M-Watery, refreshing to some degree, light-bodied and carbonation on the high side.

Overall-I like this beer because of the nostalgic feelings I feel from traveling through Thailand. It is just your standard run-of-the-mill mass produced beers. Sessionable, sure.

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Photo of socon67
2.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a straw yellow color with a foam head that settles quickly. No lacing of note; slight carbonation.

S - By far thebest quality of this beer, there is an aromatic and floral scent with a bweetness of fresh honey.

T - Honestly it is quite bland. The smell did not translate at all to the taste. This is your run of the mill euro-lager.

M - Sessionable? Yeah. But so is tap water. And we wouldn't give that a "5".

O - I'll say it is overall average in that you will likely find this in a Thai restaurant and it may be the only interesting beer option. For that it works. But beyond that it is nothing special.

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Photo of Tepsitola
4.48/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boon Rawd.. the first and still the biggest brewey in Thailand. Malty lager herby and golden yellow abv 6% They brew it with german technology.Builded in 1933.I love this beer but it is more expensive than other beers in Thailand. It is worth the extra money.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There are certainly worse lagers out there, in fact, much worse. This beer has saved me many times while out eating Thai food as it was by far the best beer on the menu. It makes sense for such a purpose as well- a fairly crisp lager with a rounded flavor from all malt, and a snappy finish- you can actually taste the hops! Really not that bad, especially for a Euro style lager. That being said, I won't get carried away either- it still IS a Eurolager- and not all styles should be treated equally. Some are catch-all categories for - average- beer. This one pours golden with a moderate white head that settles to a thin swirl. Smells grainy and full bodied, with sweetness on the finish. Tastes full bodied and grainy and fairly thick, but with a nice crisp finish, while overall evincing some creaminess. It is what it is, but better than most in the style.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been a while since I reviewed a beer, not the best beer to start with again, but whatever.

Pours a pale gold, thin white head. Aroma of corn and sweet malt, a bit of smokiness which is strange.

Tastes like a typical lager, pretty light, not very complex. A very stronge corn aftertaste, but it's not that bad.

Not something I would ever buy back home, but overall a decent asian beer that gets the job done.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
3.85/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of the beer is a light golden color. The head poured one inch and quickly dissipated. There was no lacing at all.

The smell is light and pleasant but a little skunky.

The taste is a classic pale ale - a balanced mixture of malt, bitterness and hops.

The mouthfeel is very light and refreshing. The beer is very easy to drink and smooth as can be.

Overall I liked this beer, especially because of the refreshing quality and crisp finish and flavor.

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Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
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