Tiger Beer | Asia Pacific Breweries Limited

387 Reviews
Read the review
Tiger BeerTiger Beer

Brewed by:
Asia Pacific Breweries Limited

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 387 | Ratings: 1,020
Photo of Tepsitola
4.75/5  rDev +72.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The most popular beer in Singapore.Its brewed on malt from europe and australia.Its developed by Heineken.Acia Pacific breweries started to brew it in 1931.It got really popular in ww2 by the allied groups in the far east,the soldiers took some beers home to introduce it... Lighth yellow lager 5%.

 298 characters

Photo of atliens81
4.4/5  rDev +60%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like I'm in the minority here... but I thought this beer was well above average. Got mine in a 6 pack of bottles from our local Hyvee supermarket and poured in to a glass. The most noticeable attribute of this one for me was that it was extremely smooth and crisp. I found it to be one of the smoothest lagers I've had in a long time. It was sort of heavy though, so not the best choice for a long session beer. It had a very non obtrusive aroma... almost nothing there. I think that contributes to the overall appeal to me. If your looking for a smooth, crisp, somewhat filling beer without the hoppyness or odor of other beer styles that might be this thick... this is a good bet.

 688 characters

Photo of Loki
4.37/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow reviews for this beer are all over the board. Is it possible that some of you got a skunked beer? It does come in a green bottle and due to the fact that this beer is not widely available it could have been sitting on the shelf. I have sampled this beer on two separate occasions; once at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant and last night from a 6 pack.

The best Asian beer I've had and also one of the best lagers I've had.

The golden is a deep golden that poured a thick head that lasted for the better part of the beer. Tiger is more carbonated than many, but it does not diminish the taste or head. The carbonation gives tiger a unique mouth feel, by quite enjoyable.

The nose is where Tiger really starts setting it self apart. I agree with ZAP?s assessment of a smell similar to chow mien or sweet and sour pork, with a dash of malt and another scent that I couldn?t place.

The taste was excellent, full bodied with a hint of spice. Tiger has a nice malt sweet nice that balances the spice and a very smooth even finish. I would rank this by far the best Pacific-Rim beer and put it against any lager around the world.

 1,139 characters

Photo of mempath
3.98/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

again, i put aside my inner beer geek/snob and...

pours a deep pale straw....

smell is of light malt and grain. doesn't seem 'cheap'

what makes this rise above what is expected is that this simply tastes solid. the cheapy sweetness one would expect is nowhere to be found....instead, there is a nice crispness and lack of thinness...a slight hoppy bitterness permeates, giving this some sense of body. true, nothing spectacular, but this is better than 90% of the crap american, mexican, euro and asian brews. not to say this is the best 'crap' brew! at this price, i found a damn good asian lager that sizzles out most japanese and chinese beers i've had. maybe this was just a lucky bottle. worth a try. beats the u.s. Macro market with ease...

 750 characters

Photo of Minkybut
3.94/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this nice beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a very pale beer with a big wite foamy head that did not hang around long. The beer had a bready yeasty nose to it. The taste was very refreshing, clean and crisp. Not much really exciting but just a good summer thirst quenching beer. I will buy again.

 319 characters

Photo of FriedGold2010
3.87/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip-style pint glass, well-chilled. It has a rich amber colour, with little head at the pour, but a significant amount of lace. The carbonation is somewhat strong, but not irritating like an American macro. The carbonation bubbles are larger like that of soda, but quite pleasant. There are many peculiar aspects to this beer, but in a good way. The taste is slightly bready with a background of savory spice in both the taste and nose. It would probably pair well with either Southwestern or Indian cuisines. Overall a pretty good beer, very drinkable and refreshing, but nothing astronomical. It's sure no Mackeson, but still a few bounds ahead of the average.

How's that for a slice of fried gold?

 742 characters

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.86/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tiger Beer has a thick, white head, and a very clear, golden appearance, with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the glass. The aroma is initially of overripe fruit of some sort, but this quickly dissipates and is replaced by an ordinary beer smell. Taste is quite bready, and a little hop spice rounds out the flavor. Mouth-feel is medium, and Tiger Beer finishes very dry and refreshing. Overall, this is an interesting and enjoyable beer. It's worth a try.


 463 characters

Photo of FleeVT
3.83/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours an extremely clear, pale, straw yellow with a quick 2 finger white head that recedes to just a lacing on the beer.

S: Fairly clean nose with the faintest of hops and mild malt. Grains dominate.

T/M: More malts come through on the palate. This is an extremely crisp beer with great carbonation and lighter body. The faint hops come through in the finish with dryness.

D: One of my favorite macros. A definite session beer for hot days.

 488 characters

Photo of backbonz
3.83/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My taste is definitely not as refined as most here, but I think I can appreciate a good beer and know when one is bad, although its definitely subjective.

That being said, i was somewhat surprised at the rating Tiger has here. Id never had a Tiger before, and never sought it out, but saw it on the menu at a local Thai place, and was wanting something new.

Wasnt expecting much, but was very pleasantly surprised after my first taste. I thought it had a clean, crisp, but not too bitter taste that I find sometimes in similar beers. My wife had ordered a Singha, which i tasted and found bitter and metallic by comparison. It really hit the spot, and even said to myself that Id pick up a six pack at the next opportunity. I dont say that about beers in this class that i try in restaurants.

maybe it was that I just really needed a cold beer at the time..

 862 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours golden, efferevescent & with a 1 finger white head. No head retention or lacing

S: Slight floral hops that grow in prominence as the beer warms, then you get perfumy hops& a little sweet malt. Finishes dry. slightlty sweet & crisp

T: Grassyness & lemons up up front, then a nice malt base. Dryness & a little grainyness follows.

MF: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks pretty easy, nothing too complex here, but rate this upper-echelon a far as this style goes. What's weird is this tastes better than it did in Thailand (just next door) , where it displayed more earthy hops profile-wise

 657 characters

Photo of freed
3.73/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light golden beer with a bright halo of tight bubbles. Very effervescent with a stead stream of carbonation throughout the beer. The smell is well rounded with a mix of malt and a twinge of hops.

The flavor is crisp and malty. There's a dry aftertaste that leaves a clean feeling in the mouth.

 303 characters

Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale gold color with virtually no head. There is a sweetness in the aroma. taste is slightly sweet and not overly flavorful. Feels a little watery in the mouth. Goes down very smooth and quickly. I drank this on tap in Singapore and remember it was quite tasty. Overall a good, mild tasting beer.

 350 characters

Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: The body has a pale light golden color with very good clarity. Its head is fairly thick, frothy and bright white in color. The head hangs on well as it slowly fades down to just a thin cap and makes some lacing on the glass along the way.

Smell: Its aroma is light and simple with notes of light grain, hay and grassy hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor is similar its aroma, not sweet and not too bitter. It has a clean and mellow grainy malt character with just a light grassy hop taste on the finish. The palate is very drinkable with a medium body, smooth wet texture and average carbonation.

Notes: Overall its not bad at all for a pale lager.

 730 characters

Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured straw yellow with a two-finger white, foamy head that diminished, but was well-retained and left some lacing down the glass.
The smell was of mild hops and a touch of sweetness.
A mildly sharp bitterness was followed by a touch of sweetness. It was fairly well-balanced between hops and malt. A slightly metallic tinge was noticeable (but faint) as the drink progressed. It was light to medium bodied.
It was quite smooth. Refreshing. A decent alternative to most American macros. While nothing particularly great, it's a decent choice for a hot day. It had a bit of body and a taste that is absent in most American macros. For the style, it's not bad at all.

 669 characters

Photo of Floydster
3.68/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Purchased a six pack of this at BevMo in Redlands for $8.99

Pour a pale yellow color with a whiter tint and a small 1/2 inch foamy head that dissipated quickly

Smell was nice with some fruity accents, mostly citrus and a lot of honey

Taste was real nice and crisp, surprisingly fruity, but balanced well with the hops, not too many malts

Drank all six like a lush in one night, could have drank even more, super light and goes down very smooth and easy

 456 characters

Photo of bennetj17
3.68/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsener glass, temperature was nearly ice cold. Clear gold appearance, with an abundance of white foam. Leaves behind a subtle lace actually. Aroma is solid with a bready maltiness and hint of lemony zest. Not much hoppiness.

The flavor is actually quite nice and refreshing. Lightly dry and bready malt taste, a slight hint of fruitiness, very clean overall. I am impressed by the taste, but after about halfway through the glass it starts to lose its enjoyment some. Perhaps that's because the warming of the beer does not help a light lager such as this. Or maybe it's due to the fact that the carbonation, which starts of strong and tingly, begins to fade quickly.

All in all, I think this Tiger Beer would probably be one of the most likely adjunct lagers I would be willing to pick up. If it's fresh, served cold in a Pilsener glass, and drank quickly, it can be a pretty decent lager...

 911 characters

Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint. In Singapore - it has to be fresh right?

A - Pours a deep golden color, light highlights. Head formation is strong, pearly white in color. Lots of bubbling, sticking to the glass.

S - Light pilsner malts and a hair of noble hops. Smooth and sweet. Not much for adjuncts sneaking through. Very simple.

T - Starts off lightly smooth, sweet, lightly malty, hair amount of grainy notes. Mid-stream brings in many more pilsner notes, more grainy with a near balancing bitterness. Finishes clean with a little bit of corn like graininess.

M - Strong carbonation, light mouthfeel. Strong carbonation gives way to some clingy aftertastes.

O/D - Easy drinking, simple high volume lager. The flavors are strong enough to indicate that the palette of the average Singaporean can enjoy good beer.

Well worth the try - a solid macro lager. Very refreshing on a hot day in Singapore.

 895 characters

Photo of ZAP
3.64/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow...couldn't miss the review right before this...straight 5's eh??? Some real passion for this beer...

Here are my thoughts....this is nowhere close to a perfect (5) beer, but it is probably the best of the 3 road warrior brought me from his trip to never-never land or wherever the hell he was...

This is light gold in color but pours a near perfect 1/4 inch head on top..carbonation is a little bit high but not real charged up...the nose is very interesting for a lager...smells almost like chow mein or sweet and sour pork....some husky notes as well..and then some late vinegar like yeast smell..

The mouthfeel is pretty good...body is about perfect..firm and medium to almost heavy bodied for a lager....a bit of a spciy alcohol bite on the long finish..

Drinkability scores well....a bit thicker than some lagers..more of a canadien style...

And a very nice taste...a real mellow malt sweetness balanced by some dry hops and a zesty alcohol spiced finish...

Compared to say Heineken this is better..It's not a spectaculr beer but for its style it is very good and worth trying if you see it..

 1,119 characters

Photo of sfprint
3.62/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from first week of Dec 2010

A: Fluffy microhead on top with slightly larger bubbles underneath. Transparent dull gold with no visible interior carbonation.

S: Weak, mild but pleasant malt.

T: Very mild, light and slightly sour.

M: Soft smooth, extremely soft carbonation.

D: Very good, mild with a light-medium body. Easy to drink. Ironic how the best AAL's I've had have been produced outside the US.

 412 characters

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a sixer of this for nostalgiac purposes as it was quite common during my trip to vietnam with 10 veterans in 2005.

Pours a pure ass piss yellow with a minimal white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Nose is ricey corny typical adjunct lager.

Taste follows with a tiny bit more sweetness than usual, almost like a tortilla chip grain profile with absolutely minimal hops. Pretty much like bud, or miller, or any of the big boys but with a touch dirtier malt profile.

mouthfeel is exactly what you expect.

Drinkability is solid, and was much more solid in Vietnam. hahaha. I drank so much tiger, bia hanoi, carlsberg, and of course bia hoi, i barely remember it. hahaha.

Overall, a macro lager. Plain and simple, but it did help to add a little more vividness to some memories, so well worth the $10 for the sixer (even though its 1/5 that price in nam) haha.

 872 characters

Photo of Morris729
3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a fluffy white head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is sweet malt and bitter grain husks. Light to medium in body and quite crisp. Taste is sweet malt with some grassy notes followed by some spicy alcohol. This is a good quencher and would make a great “lawn mowing beer.” One of the best Asian brews I’ve tried. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

 386 characters

Photo of Chaz
3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden-straw in color, leaving a dense two-fingered white head. Minimal lacing. Nose is dominated by pale malt, along with a light note of honey and a somewhat fruity quality. Minimal hop profile. Soft and slightly brisk on the palate, the sweeter malt notes get to work quickly, but are mitigated by the carbonation, a dry biscuity malt highlight in the middle, and just a kiss of nicely bitter hop at the end. The bitterness hangs on for a while before yielding to those fruity and honey notes - I swear I'm catching honeydew melon and mango (!), not what I'm expecting from a tropical Asian lager, but I appreciate it just the same. Drinks more convincingly on a hot day, out of a bottle -the first time I tried it I figured it was modeled after a Munich helles- but it tastes just fine served in a 330mL pilsener glass or pint glass, too. Altogether a drinkable pale lager of the 'american macro' variety, and at least as interesting as Tsing Tao when on offer at the local Chinese restaurants.
[Served in a shaker pint.]

 1,034 characters

Photo of wages
3.58/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bass pub glass

Appearance - 4/5 - pours with a frothy two finger head that dissipates in a couple minutes leaving bits of Belgian lace. The color us a very light yellow and very very transparent. Fair number if tiny bubbles constantly streaming through the middle.

smell - 3.5/5 - very dough like

Taste - 3.5/5 - tastes like a typical lager: bread/dough, light floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - good carbonation level if not a bit on the high side. Leaves a fairly pleasant aftertaste but is refreshing.

Overall - 3.5/5 - not a bad lager, but nothing that really grabs my attention either.

 615 characters

Photo of allengarvin
3.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a conical pilsner glass, this beer is bright straw-gold color with a small head. Fairly pleasant malt character, not as grainy as most of the familiar examples. There's some bread-crust notes that are quite nice. Flavor is not quite as nice, though there are still some hints of melanoidins. Bitterness is low with hop taste barely detectable. Finish is clean. Body is a bit watery for a lager.

A touch above the average generic lager.

 451 characters

Photo of SargeC
3.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold color with a decent white head.

Smell: Very clean, some grass aromas.

Taste: Deep rice flavor with an herbal finish. Light citrus flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel: Nice body. Sticky, rice beer quality.

Drinkability: Tasty brew. Nice light balance, very refreshing.

 288 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Tiger Beer from Asia Pacific Breweries Limited
2.75 out of 5 based on 1,020 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.