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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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this Singaporean Beer at Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago and at Feldman's Market in McAllen, Texas. I must say this is a good beer from Asia, it has a simple but complex taste, goes down great, and does not leave you to bloated. It pours clear, with a light golden color, with white laces running up to the average head, which dissapates quicky. The body is solid, with decent carbonation, and has decent malt aroma. There is a slight metalic edge, but is overshadowed by a malty aftertaste.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

500 ml can from LCBO. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear pale golden color. 1.5 fingers of white head and some bubbles. Nothing spectacular but decent looking enough.

Smell - Slightly metallic with some grainy aromas and not much else.

Taste - Mild sweet grain taste and not much else. Drying sensation on the tongue after every sip.

Mouthfeel. Light body and medium carbonation. Rather thin feeling with a dry finish, but is surprisingly refreshing.

Overall - Ok, not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination, and not even a very good beer, but for what it is, it isn't terrible. Of course there are other options at cheaper price points that are better too.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.46/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on or freshness date present. My second of these odd Asian lagers, this one from Singapore, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are average based on the style.

Poured into a Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A - Pours the typical lager gold - maybe just a shade darker than some of the others with two fingers of foamy white head with less than impressive staying power. Hardly any lacing to speak of. Typical appearance.

S - Smell is of grain / corn, huskiness, and a sort of pilsner / adjunct maltiness. Not a whole lot to be said. I guess it sort of reminds me of a Miller Lite, albeit maybe a touch more husky.

T - Taste follows the nose - husky / earthy / grainy, sharply metallic, some might say slightly nutty and/or grapey.

M - Feel is crisp, mostly clean, with a bit of stickiness / graininess lingering on the palate. Sharp metallic bite on the end. Dry, grainy finish. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall, typical imported lager fare. Easy to drink, mildly inoffensive, low on flavor - I could definitely see it pairing well with some spicy Asian dish though. In that sense, I would have it again. I just tried Singha the other day also (a lager from Thailand) which I think I prefer just a bit more. This one is more metallic.

Tiger ---2.5/5

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
1.96/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured golden clear body. No head whatsoever.
This beer was poured into a glass, but still smells somewhat metallic.
I wish I drank this beer straight out of the fridge, it was out of the fridge for about an hour before I had the chance to drink it.
Actually tastes slightly better than the smell. Mostly of light flavored malts, and what I imagine is just corn. And still a slight metallic taste
Mouthfeel is fine, again if it was colder it would have helped.
Overall, a beer I only got because it was a $2 16oz at the food spot I was at and I really wanted a beer.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.7/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another day, another lager.
Pours a clear golden color. The head is average, white with medium retention.
There is the familiar malty aroma with grains.
As well as the sweet taste at the beginning, followed by grainy body, coming together with nice bittery finish.
Drinkable, light with enough bittereness to freshen you up. Thumbs up.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.05/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bottle at Blue Moon Chinese Restaurant in Norton, MA.

Wanted to try this simply because I hadn't had it yet. I basically knew it was going to be bad.

It's a light, pissy yellow, with a small, weak fizzy head and no lacing.

Smells metallic, with some light grain aromas behind it.

The taste is the same. Skunky and metallic are two flavors that should never be in beer. Just bad news all around. Slightly sweet.

Light bodied, not that drinkable, especially as it warms.

This is a sorry excuse for the beer, no getting around it.

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Photo of FLima
2.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Golden color with a two finger head that swiftly disappears completely.
Initial aroma of apple juice, notes of sweet bready malt and floral hops. Just a hint of corn. To my surprise, it's actually pleasant.
Nice flavor for the style, you can still feel its sweet malt and herbal hops. A hint of spice and orange citrusy. Mildly dry and medium bitter aftertaste.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
On the top range of adjunct lagers, very refreshing and not immediate or screaming off-flavors. Good beer to drink at a tropical beach or with spicy food.

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Photo of Brenden
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The head is pure white, actually reasonably-sized. Retention is actually pretty decent, and some light spotting is left behind. The beer itself is bright, clear gold; it's a little darker than the straw yellow typical of beer's like this.
The smell is a little husky, kind of fruity/sweet, with a note of herb and something sort of perfumey that could maybe even be hops, though very light.
There's a sticky, artificial, fruity sort of sweetness to this beer with light grains against a little husk and dry bread. It's fairly clean.
Carbonation is pretty high, and it's really crisp. It's light and thin, obviously, though not overly watery considering. It's not too sticky on the tongue considering the sweetness in the flavor. It's also got some smoothness to it.

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Photo of migwell
2.03/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I ran into Tiger in various places as I bicycled around Southern Asia, and generally avoided it. It's really quite noticeably an adjunct beer, and god knows what goes in it. Of course, you expect that most Asian beers have a lot of rice in the mix, as that is what's cheap and available. But Budweiser also has rice, and maintains its inoffensive flavorlessness.

Tiger, on the other hand, tastes like something has gone terribly wrong in the adjunct department, kind of like too much corn really spoils a lot of American adjuncts. Mostly saw this in Malaysia, but also in Indonesia and elsewhere. Avoid it!

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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 Damian
1.92/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Drank from an 11.2fl.oz. (330ml) bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden yellow. A two-plus finger tall, dense, creamy, bright white crown topped the liquid. Drippy blocks of lacing trickled down the glass.

Crisp, dry, powdery, lager yeast notes dominated the aroma. Inoffensive but totally devoid of character. Strong adjunct notes were apparent as the beer warmed. Hints of earthy hops as well.

The flavor profile was decent at the start. Husky grains and raw malts were noticeable on the front end. Strong adjunct notes. Lots of lemony tartness in the center. A touch of skunk also came through. The finish was terribly dry and bitter. It reminded of an intense double IPA, minus any actual flavor.

The mouthfeel was very light and spritzy. Slightly frothy. A bit too airy, even for the style.

Just when I thought I had tried the worst adjunct lager on the face of the earth, something else comes along to up the ante. Like a number of other imported beers of this style, this one contained some horrible hop extracts that made the finish offensively bitter and dry. This was a definite drain pour.

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Photo of fallenshadow
3.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Light pale golden colour and usually with an almost non-existent head.

S - Corn and sweet grainy aroma.

T - Better than a lot of other lagers. Sweet, clear, refreshing with a hint of floral notes. Although perhaps a bit too simplistic and boring in another way. For the most part its just inoffensive but not trying too hard in the flavour department either.

M - Very watery and little carbonation. It goes down easy.

O - Slightly better than average but still rather mediocre. Not one to get if you have plans to enjoy a beer at home but a better drink to get on a night out instead of the common lagers.

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Photo of beijingbrewer
2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had in Beijing.
330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
Born on date: 9/11/12.
ABV: 4.5%
Ingredients list water, barley, corn, hops.

A- Not much to look at. Pale yellow with moderate carbonation.

S- Corn. Wet wood.

T- More corn. Surprisingly, an enjoyable bit of spice hits the tongue. A little woodiness and finishes bitter.

M- Good body, for what it is. Not as thin as most Asian adjunct lagers.

A little more flavor than some adjunct lagers, but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of BeerBateo
2.41/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Tiger Beer is perfect for serving after hours in a Chinese food restaurant because it resembles apple juice. A minute and a half after pouring, it has no head, no lace and not a bubble in sight. An extra large apple juice container of TB in a cooler of ice at the beach would keep you feeling refreshed. Don't forget the sippy cups and small children to make it more convincing, but keep a close eye on the little ones as they may try to drink out of your sippy cup (which is actually their sippy cup). If you like, cut off the tips of the nipples on plastic baby bottles so its easy to squeeze out & suck back.

The aroma reminds me of corn bread as well as an Avon perfume i had when i was a girl. The taste is bitter sweet, but not in that order. My mouth feels mad and wants it mixed with ginger ale to give some fizzyness & flavor.

I love the Detroit Tigers, still like Tiger Woods, swear by Tiger Brand underwear, used to love Tiger Beat Magazine and Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, but can't say i'm too fond of Tiger Beer. Lets call this one "A. J. 5%"

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Photo of hackmann
2.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: bright clear yellow lager body with a nice white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. A good looking lager.

Aroma: typical lager, crisp, clean, white bread,

Flavors: typical lager, maybe a light German lager; this one has a clean buttered white bread taste; other than that – non-descript mild hop and malts;

Mouthfeel: decent carbonation, crisp, clean, refreshing, no flavors stand out, no aftertaste – your typical Bud or Miller drinker would be thinking they are drinking the best beer in the World.

To the Point: I do like this lager; it is like I said ‘crisp, clean, and refreshing’; a very good beer for playing yard games or other summer activities; Detroit Tiger Fans should give this a try

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Photo of cambabeer
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is not terrible. It's deep gold with a small head but a nice lace on the glass. The smell is malty and sweet, clean and crisp, with noticeable alcohol... just not that outstanding. Taste is not that strong. What's there is ok, some malt bitterness toward the end with a sweeter herbal taste at first. Way too carbonated, so much that it takes away from the taste. That's the biggest flaw I see. This beer is ok, worth drinking if it's in front of you.

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Photo of soju6
3.05/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a light golden color with a decnet head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus, malt sweetness and a bit of grain.

T: Taste a bit of citrus with a malt sweetness and trace of grain in the background. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: This is a good beer for the tropical climate and goes very well with the many asian cusines available in Singapore.

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Photo of Olek4374
1.38/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Single can bought on a whim at my beer store looking for some more exotic tastes. I'll say, the smell when I opened it informed me right away that I wasn't going to have a good time here.

It pours a not-so-pale yellow colour into my gleaming big rock mug with just shy of two fingers' worth of head on top which dissipates a little more slowly than your typical big brew. Back to the smell; the smell reminds me of any number of value beers I've had over the years with a few defining characteristics:

1) overly sweet smell
2) extreme presence of adjuncts
3) sour as fuck. like, really sour.

I can't say I was expecting much from a macro Asian lager, but I haven't even tasted it. The taste, on first sip, made me just exclaim loudly "holy fuck there is so much rice". To be honest, I totally understand why Asian macros use rice extensively - rice is very plentiful and inexpensive - perfect for making beer with. The problem with this is that many brewers use far too much, and it makes the beer taste weird as anything; it is a taste that I find difficult to swallow. It's very sour to the point that I don't want to take another sip. i'll give it this though - it's got one of the cleanest aftertastes of any bad adjunct lager I've ever had.

This is my first drain pour after 30-some reviews. It's just... it's just not good.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.53/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale straw color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. sweet grainy nose, flavor is sweet corn and light hops. Good lawnmower beer, not much else. 12oz bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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Photo of dougbassett
2.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #21 of the ones I've reviewed here.

They list the style up top here as American Adjunct Lager, but I don't agree with that -- this tastes to me like a muddled version of the mass Eurolager -- it has more in common with Beck's than it does Budweiser. And that makes perfect sense, because it was the Europeans who spread beer to their former colonies and other related countries. If you sample beer from India, Singapore, Vietnam and China (to name four countries off the top of my head) you'll notice that they taste more or less the same, sort of vaguely German. In fact they taste like versions of Beck's.

I'm not saying all beer from these countries is like that, or even that beer in this style is automatically bad -- in another review I mentioned that I'm fond of Tsing Tao from time to time. But I do think it's the general rule. I think another reason for it (besides shared history) is that a lot of these countries tend to be quite warm, and so beer needed to be brewed for it's thirst-quenching possibliities.

Tiger is the big beer from Singapore. It tastes mostly like Beck's -- if you imagine a heavier, somewhat breadier/yeastier, somewhat sweeter Beck's you'll get Tiger. It's not my favorite beer of it's type and I doubt it's worth actively searching out, but it's okay and probably suits the local cuisine fine. Mildly recommended for those purposes.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.84/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Split a big bottle of this with my girlfriend at a restaurant in Hanoi for about 80 cents. From notes.

A - Poured bright and gold with a finger frothy white head. Good carbonation. Rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Corny with a distinct champagne note. Sweet grain too.

T - Corn, mild sweet grain, sweet honey, and some dry grain.

M - Decent carbonation, light to medium body, and a clean finish.

O/D - Decent lager that was clean but lacking goodness. Avoids common faults of the style. Went well with pizza, but nothing I would look into too much.

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Photo of Flounder57
2.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced quickly to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweetness, grainy, bready. Not much else going on here.

Taste: Pretty basic and simple.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and super easy to drink.

Overall: Not much going on here. Beer was gone in a few sips.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one of these with dinner the other night at Bamboo restaurant in Rockford, Illinois.

Appearance: Slight orange tint with this lager. Very thin head and some minimal carbonation throughout. Enjoyed out of a regular pint glass.

Smell: A very light floral aroma. Some pleasant orange peel is the biggest player in this brew. Certainly not a powerful aroma, had to dig a little bit for it but overall very pleasant.

Taste: The light floral presence in the aroma is matched well in the taste. Orange, very subtle bitter hops, with a smooth body. A little light on the body but overall smooth. Very easy drinking, not a bad brew at all.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat lacking, not the same followup that is felt in taste and palette. The hops/light citrus fad much to quickly.

Overall: Not bad, glad I went to a unique place for dinner with the girl and followed it up with a unique beer choice. No socks will be blown off but this went very well with my dinner. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
2.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer already has a special meaning for me. The name… it's all in the name. I am Tiger Woods's biggest fan, and a beer called Tiger has to be good! Actually, based no reviews of this beer, it isn't good. But they use rice, so I have some high hopes going in. I did watch a Greg's beer review, and he didn't care for it. Let's see if our palates match. Regardless of the quality here, there is a lot of history behind this beer and this brewing company. So even if the beer sucks, I am glad that it was on the list and I am glad that we were able to review it. Bottoms up!

In the Glass: This looks like any other domestic beer in the glass. It pours like water, and while it produces a decent white head, it just sits there and looks like a Coors Light. I keep going back to the rice they use in the brewing process. I hope that mellows out the flavor and this produces a decent experience. The bros on BeerAdvocate didn't like it… so I hope I can at least stomach half a bottle.

Nose: This smells a lot better than a domestic. It has a nice, subtly sweet aroma to it. I am not going to write home about the aroma, but it is better than I expected. This beer is very popular in Singapore. Either there is something hidden in that glass, or people in Singapore don't understand craft beer. Let's see what this tastes like.

Flavor: It is better than I expected, but not much. It has hints of sweetness (coming from the rice) toward the back of the palate, but it is VERY easy drinking and goes down smooth. Considering the expectations and the experience I have had thus far, the flavor and aftertaste are decent, but this is a basic, boring adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel isn't horrible. It has some bubbles toward the front of the palate, and as you swallow the mouthfeel turns big, thick, and heavy. As you swallow, it goes down smooth but the thickness that you experience toward the back of your palate sticks around for a little bit.

Aftertaste: As the beer lingers on your tongue, the aftertaste is somewhat sweet and dry. I like a good dry finish, especially when drinking beer with food. I would want to pair this with Chinese food, or something spicy like Thai or Indian food. The next time I eat out, I might grab a bottle of this. If available, that is.

I am not blown away by Tiger Beer, but I am not as upset as I expected to be when we started reviewing this lager. It's clean, simple, and boring… but it's not terrible. I wouldn't seek this out again unless food was involved.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Never thought I would buy a sixer of Tiger Beer, but I was convinced by the offer of a free Tiger pilsner glass. Poured at low altitude in NY into said glass. Expectations are low given the style...

A: Pours the same clear yellow color you would find in any macro lager. However, the stark white head is relatively creamy and sticks around for quite a while. Lacing is decent.

S: Predominantly rice; fairly sweet. While faint, there's also a bit more hop character than average for the style.

T: In line with the smell, this is one of the sweeter American adjuncts. Rice flavors come through quite strongly on this one, with a meager amount of hop flavor. The finish is clean, and I think my biggest complaint is that alcohol notes come through on the finish -- unacceptable for a beer of this ABV. Overall, it's unoffensive.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with a watery feel and plenty of carbonation. Consistent with the style.

O: Nothing to write home about, but definitely in the top decile for the style in my opinion. The rice character makes it interesting and I would sooner drink this than any of its American-made peers given the choice.

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Tiger Beer from Asia Pacific Breweries Limited
2.75 out of 5 based on 1,020 ratings.
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