Tiger Beer | Asia Pacific Breweries Limited

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Tiger BeerTiger Beer

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Asia Pacific Breweries Limited

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

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Reviews: 387 | Ratings: 1,018
Photo of Sammy
1.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A mediocre lager brought in by LCBO. Watery, no taste and some floral smell. Sweet malt and corn sweetness. Dry very bitter and metallic aftertaste. Pale yellow. Carbonation. A lot of soapy foam that gives some creamyness to water. Herbal and clean and plain.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin head on a Clear deep golden body. Aroma is light with breads, light floral, grains and sweet corn. Flavor is also fairly bready, sweet corn, Pale malts and almost no hop character. Medium body and moderate carbonation. As far as American adjunct lagers go this one has decent flavor without off putting flavors. Not bad for what it is.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear darker yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very mild and is of malt, grain, and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity and slightly metallic flavor on the finish. There is a mild herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but it's drinkable and even has a slightly hoppy edge in the flavor unlike other Asian beers of the same style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

its another average asian yellow beer, but i have a special place in my heart for tiger beer, and not just because of my travels around the south pacific, but because i think it plays an important role in the beer world. its bright carbonation and lack of metallic flavors makes it a nice compliment to the spicy cuisine of its homeland. it cuts it well through heat and seafood flavors, and finishes super clean. i love it with good malaysian food because it cleans up each bite so i can taste it anew. better than many of its peers, its mouthfeel makes it work. pale malt flavors, a little watered down, but this is hard to beat after some time in the jungle for refreshment, and its also hard to beat with authentic thai or indonesian food too. its clean and drinkable, without the strange extract sweetness of others. it also, for whatever reason, doesn't give me the same hangover that most other asian beer does, i don't know why, but it just seems milder on the comedown for me. nothing special obviously, below average of course in terms of all craft beer, but in its context its a little better than most.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.88/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this one up pretty much to just finish filling a 6 pack up. Mostly this beer is like many other lagers. I'm sure it's got hops, barley and malts in it but to what extreme are they putting in? Anyway the beer is pee yellow with very little head. The aroma is mostly malt no hop aroma unfortunately. This beer is rather bland, with something as wild as a tiger on the label should this brew be a little more aggressive?

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Photo of metter98
2.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half-finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate sweet aromas of corn in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste has sweet flavors of corn; hints of rice and other grains are noticeable towards the finish. No hops are present in the taste.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light flavors in this beer would probably make it a nice accompaniment to spicy Asian food.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It seems that the distributor(s) in the Central Kentucky area are pushing this beer quite hard. I finally ordered one under the pressure. Gladly, it didn't seem to be a mistake. I thought the beer was as clean tasting as it looked. The brightly colored straw brew with a bleached head retention prevailed with a solid pilsner malt sweetness and low levels of vegial / grain flavors. Spiced with hip bittering a light grassy flavors. Mostly clean in the feel with a mild grain lingering. Overall, decent but my money will be better served on other good Germal Lagers.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. I do always seem to get this when at Thai or Malay restaurants, so now it's time to give this a proper shake at the Metro in DT Edmonton, after another splendid Iron Maiden concert. My hearing may be a bit fuzzy, but my tastebuds should still be in working order.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, rather finely foamy off-white head, which disappears fairly quickly, leaving a bit of webbed rainforest lace around the glass.

It smells of a gritty, somewhat crackery, semi-sweet corn and rice graininess, and a slightly perfumed skunky, grassy hoppiness. The taste is a sort of bready, grainy pale malt, blended with more rice and corn pithiness, and some hard to mistake acrid, perfume-heavy floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, with a certain frothy fluffiness, the body medium-light in weight, just above average for the style, and not really all that smooth. It finishes still unpleasantly floral, and just a bit skunky.

While this seems to fulfill the trope of working well with various spicy Southeast Asian cuisines, on its own, it's pretty below average, even for this generally less than impressive style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with a large pure white foamy head with some good retention but no lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt with some minimal adjunct showing. Taste is also dominated by a bland medium sweet malt taste with no easily discernable adjunct. Not the most complex beer out there but definitely not the worst pale lager out there.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.7/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle into a real pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Pours a urine-yellow with a thin quickly reducing head. Head goes from five finger to two finger to one finger in 40 seconds.

S: One barely detectable note of malted barlet. A bit foul.

T: One note of malted barley. Mundane finish. Not well built for a lager (or any other beer, for that matter).

MF: Fairly smooth, but watery. Head lacks any cream.

D: Decent for this price level compared to Budweiser and other American macrolagers, but I wouldn't get it again.


2nd impression from a can purchased at a Tops supermarket in Chiang Rai, Thailand.


3rd impression sometime in May 2016 in Bulgaria:


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Photo of zeff80
2.03/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted a little bittersweet. The predominant flavor was just corn.

M - It was pretty crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a below average beer. It is fairly bland and doesn't bring much in terms of flavor.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tiger pours a crystal-clear straw-gold body beneath a bright white head that holds very well but leaves no lace. The nose is basic, but there are some floral, grassy, and spicy hops present. It's crisp in the mouth with a standard carbonation and light-medium body. The flavor delivers a well-balanced combination of sweetish adjunct-laden malt, a solid bitterness, and spicy hops that linger shortly in the dry aftertaste. A basic, but nicely hopped golden lager.

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Photo of chinchill
2.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500 ml and 330 ml cans (with revision from May 2015 can).
Fizzy yellow-gold beer with a large sudsy head.
Medium body seems heavy for style despite high carbonation. Earthy hops.
Adjunct grain? ... grainy (and not just regular malts) flavor. Similar to Heineken Light?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.87/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjuncts, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of adjuncts and grain. Then some light malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect from this kind of beer, but there's not a lot of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style for whatever that's worth, there are a lot of other beers in the style I would rather drink if my choices were that limited.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. single - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: While it's not exactly a tiger's roar, there is at least a lively hiss of carbonation upon opening. Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Delicate, light pale malts with a soft touch of maize and some very mild floral touches.

Taste: Light pale malts dashed with a hearty handful of dried yellow corn and a medium sweetness. Faintly floral hops and mild bitterness leave you with, well, a slightly sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but not quite as thin as some of its lagered compatriots. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh, come on, it's not so bad. Really! Though it leaves me wishing I had some tasty Asian grub to wash it down with.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. This beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thick and wide ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is all sweet corn malts and is pretty intense.

T: This beer has flavors of sweet corn malts upfront and some rice malts in the finish. Not quite a bold a flavor as the aroma but one of the better tasting beers in this style from Asia. Absolutely no hops.

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

O: I actually enjoyed this beer more than I was expecting and I could see how it would pair well with the local cuisine in Singapore. Very easy to drink and refreshing which is what makes it sessionable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale maize with quite a few flecks and flakes that almost certainly aren't yeast or hops. Given the style, the head isn't bad. It's off-white, soft and decently creamy, with enough substance and enough tackiness to last for more than a few minutes and to leave an acceptable amount of lace.

The nose is, again, not bad for the style. Keep in mind that my expectations are on the low end and are easily exceeded. The dominant aspect of the aroma is an artificial (though not unpleasant) sweet perfuminess. Perhaps it should be classified as an off-aroma, but I usually reserve that for aromas that are unappealing.

S'okay. The flavor is nothing to write home about, but I still can't manage to work up any beer geek distain over what I'm tasting. It's a little sweeter than many of its style mates and has at least as much hop content as the style average. It's pretty generic and uninteresting, but that seems to be the goal of most brewers who foist this stuff off on us.

Any attempts to find hidden depth or complexity are wasted. TB is simple, straightforward beer that is, nevertheless, better than Budweiser, as one example among many that could be given. I can't help but compare the macro lagers of other countries to the macro lagers of the Big 3. Embarrassingly (though I shouldn't be), amazingly (though it shouldn't be), the actually American American macro lagers are usually left sucking fumes.

On the positive side, the beer doesn't deteriorate with warming. I'm down to the final few ounces and have noticed no drop-off in... ahem... quality. The mouthfeel is much closer to medium than to light, a characteristic that it maintains throughout the entire bottle.

I love the bottlecap that I managed to remove without so much as a scratch or dent. It's the same tiger under a palm tree that is seen on the main label and the neck label. That's pretty much it for the high points. Having said that, one could do much worse. The fact that I could down 3-4 cold bottles of Tiger Beer with a minimal amount of complaining should count for something.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

saw it at whole foods the other day and grabbed it on a flyer. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

decent pour with an above average amber color that had a small head of white and a crystal clear body. very nicely done i have to admit. aroma is light rice and corn, touches of grain and a wet cardboard that throws the whole things off. clean, easy flavor, but again lacking in the depth dept for sure.light grains, touches of bready mixes and that was about it. went down smooth and easy without too much of a fight.

overall for the style it was not terrible, but compared to my normal fair, i will pass.

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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

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Photo of Jason
2.79/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

A- Good frothing white head dissipates into a thin lace that sticks a bit. Bright bubbly gold clarity shines in the light.

S- The usual aroma of an adjunct lager, no definitive malt in the nose just husk and cooked cereal.

T- Thin maltiness holds together for a modest generic lackluster hop bite. Clean and mostly dry.

M- Super crisp and pretty damn smooth.

A half decent lager, an easy pick when you want a weak flavored beer to wash down extra spicy Pan-Asian cuisine.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Nothin' better than drinking an Asian AAL while watching some low-grade chop socky. "Shaolin Ex-Monk" to be exact. The clear, very pale straw is just as bland and unexciting as the dubbed dialogue I'm being forced to listen to. If only this brew had such an awesome fake moustache as this guy here... Ah, without visuals that didn't work as well as I'd hoped, but trust me, it's a cool fake moustache. And those sound effects: every movement of an arm or leg produces a beast of a whoosh, just as unsatisfying as the weak, ricy, corny, almost metallically sour nose on this thing. Along side the usual corn syrup, toasted rice, and baked wheat tastes is a hint of vague, blunt bitterness with a tiny bit of tinny edge. Wow, do these attempts at physical comedy suck, and in the best way! Now, as lame as the taste is (as is this movie), at least it's nice and light, both in body and in carbonation, and goes down easily, allowing it to be done with quickly. If only this movie would move along so easily...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa! Talk about a throwback for The CANQuest (TM)! This was the beer that my last skipper, in Diego Garcia, personally oversaw the import of, being that it was his fave. I used to be a big fan of El Tigre back inna day, but as an AAL, I have a bad feeling that this is going to be more of the same. CAN't be virgins all of our lives, CAN we?

I went with an aggro pour just to see what would happen. I got a finger-and-a-half of rocky, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a straw yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of silage. Hmm. What once was new is old again. Mouthfeel was thin and filled with corn. Finish was semi-sweet, very corn-like and as boring as the Old Lady in the Missionary position. Man, it made me long for Twister yum yum, you know - lift your left leg to blue ...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brad and I are having fun acquiring and drinking beers from around the globe lately. Fun little project going on here. So here goes my first beer from Singapore.

The beer is clear and light golden with an inch or more of pure white head. Mild effervescence. The aroma offers lager yeast, adjunct character, cereal grains, mild sweetness. The flavor pretty much follows suit.

Adjunct lagers are certainly not the most complex or refined beers around, but for the style, this one is alright. Clean and refreshing. Delicate sweetness with a bit of a fruit candy finish. I wish the finish was drier.

Overall, this was inoffensive, though uneventful as well.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.4/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Golden and fizzy that's about it, thin short lived head just poor looking brew. Aroma: Wretchedness as my lovely girlfriend, Carrie put it so eloquently. Smells worse than Old E' grainy malt liquor like approach no hopes bland, blah. Taste: Tolerable only because of it's lack of flavor, there is also a distinct offness ridden with rice as it's evil adjunct of choice. Mouthfeel: Thin bodied watery who cares about carbonation. Drinkability: Wow, I can't believe they export this shit who else in the world would send this shitty beer, I'll tell you the same one that beats their citizens with rods.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A – Light, clear gold. Low halo of white head that leaves a trace amount of lacing.

S – Mildly soapy aroma. Lemon.

T – Sweet, light honey. Soft malt note. Orange water. There’s not a ton going on, and what’s there isn’t very strong. The net effect is a light, sweet, and mildly citrus flavor profile.

M – Sweet finish. Light body with sub-par carbonation. The carbonation is probably my bigger gripe of the two. A bit more bubble and this could have been a fairly refreshing beer.

O – Off-aroma, but ok taste. Body could use a little work.

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