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Phuket Island Lager | Thai Amarit Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Phuket Island LagerPhuket Island Lager

Brewed by:
Thai Amarit Brewery Co., Ltd.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 75
Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 2/22/2015. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, rice, white bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Solid aromas with well balanced pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of cracker, rice, white bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, rice, bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness after the finish; and very clean lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid pale lager style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Golden-clear with a sweet-bland nose. Nice head. The beer itself is perhaps my favorite I've had in Thailand-- soft, malty, but pleasant and genuinely MALTy instead of just grain sugar. Very few off flavors. Instead it's just a bittersweet wags that sits quite heavy on tongue. Would drink again.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is grassy, grains, a touch of skunk. Taste is crisp, grains, some malts, flavorful and highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a great beer on a hot day, or sitting in my hot room in central FL.

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Photo of FLima
1.31/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Light golden color with a thin thick head with medium retention.
Traditional aroma of mass adjunct lagers with notes of adjuncts, lemons and mild bread.
Flavor with predominant notes of sulfur, minerals, booze, lemon, sour rice, cooked tea leaves, some flower and grass. Bad notes linger in the aftertaste.
Watery body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 5% is felt given its low body.
I cannot say this is a pleasant beer, not even on a Thai island. Bad aroma and awful taste. Stay away.

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Photo of Foyle
3.94/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy white head that recedes rapidly with little or no lacing. Color is a clear light golden with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: smell is exactly like a Euro lager. Dominate grassy and pungent hops with some bread dough and yeast.

Mouthfeel: very light and crisp with a dry finish.

Flavor: pleasant bready malt and grassy hops, a slight citrus rind in the finish.

Overall: a well made and enjoyable lager.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2014. Picked up a little while back from a bargain store - bit of a random find. The label claims that Thai jasmine rice is included in the grist.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A clear golden-yellow colour with low carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating. Aroma of cooked grain, faint malt and a whisper of stewed leaves. Vaguely sweet and exceptionally bland.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a harsh, metallic finish. Notes of weak malt, faint cooked grain and acrid stewed leaves. A twinge of unpleasant solvent in the background, followed by a harsh, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with prickly carbonation and little body to speak of. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh leaves and a nasty metallic twang. Not good.

Blech! Nasty stuff. Looks uninspiring, while the aroma is weak and the flavour is horrid. Body like fizzy water. Simply vile; even a nice pilsner glass couldn't do anything for it. Give this one a miss.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I had this at a local Thai restaurant in Champaign, Illinois and it was an okay beer at best. The beer pours pale golden, with a rapidly dissipating head, and high carbonation. It tastes bitter, with hints of salts, fruits, citric, and rice. It is light, does not leave much of an aftertaste, and is not filling.

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Photo of Tone
2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight hop, hint of rice, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight hop, rice/corn, and a hint of metallic. Overall, average-at-best in every category. This beer was exactly what I expected it would be.

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Photo of soju6
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a small head that quickly fades to bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of grain and hint of sweetness. Pretty bland.

T: Taste is a mild sweetness with some grain. Nominal bitterness and a clean finish. Pretty bland.

F: Light body, crisp, smooth and somewhat refreshing.

O: Very bland Euro lager. Goes best in tropical climate.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – very light golden color, clear, with slow but steady carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – much like a pilsener. Very dry and like cereal grains.

Taste – much like the smell, it tastes like a typical pilsner, albeit a tad sweeter. The cereal grain smell seems to come from the Thai jasmine rice, which may or may not influence the sweetness…not sure.

Mouthfeel – pretty well on the watery side, as one would expect.

Overall – not a bad brew, but not intriguing or thought-provoking at all.

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

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

Pale straw color with rather small white head, it falls quickly and leaves thin film covering with decent lacing, high fizzy carbonation.

The smell is grain, cereal, grassy hop, sweet bready malt and subtle acidic hint.

Mostly leaning toward grain and somewhat grassy that yield a bit astringent and acidic note, end with malt sweetness and hop bitterness mingle trying to cut a sharpness of grain.

The body is light, smooth, dry and clean, crisp yet refreshing.

Nothing new here as it tends to be light and clean just staying on high drinkable side.

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

I'll admit it. I bought this because of the name. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Brilliant brass with great clarity and minimal carbonation. A small and soapy white head quickly falls to a broken film. Leaves no lace.

S: There's not much going on here. A corn syrup sweetness is the only distinct aroma I could pick out.

T: Very clean. A light sweet maltiness is followed by a balancing bitterness that has zero flavor. Finishes very clean.

M: The light body has tingling carbonation that aids aids balance, but feels too prickly on the tongue.

D: It's light. It's devoid of interesting flavors. But it also has no off flavors. It's certainly easy to down.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This "Island beer" as the bottle says, feels like it is definitely watered down and the closest comparison I have would be to say this is Thai's attempt to clone Budweiser. It is not completely horrible, bu is one of those beers you try just once. It is a very light shade of yellow, the head is too much, the aroma is extrememly skunky and it tastes very bland an non-descript. Great to try just once, so buy just one bottle before you spend on a whole 6 pack.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.61/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with some bubbles rising and no lace to speak of. The bubbles are a little large for a beer this light...normally they are a little more creamy.

Aroma: There is a good bit of skunkiness in the aroma of this beer as I am sure is from the green bottle. I get the hops...in the skunk, but the malt is really reserved.

Taste: There is a little bit of maltiness to this beer and comes out as a mild honey-malt. Other than that, it has a bit of a medicinal quality to it to go with the skunk. There is a little bit of body to this beer, so it isn't super dry in the finish and lets a little bit of malt make it through.

Opinion: Obviously from my comments, this beer is a little rough. I assume that it is as much from the exposure to UV as anything. There is a little bit of specialty malt in here that says that maybe this is a tolerable beer when it is fresh.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.17/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A friend brought back one of these from Thailand... looks like a typical pale lager. It's in a green long-neck 330ml bottle. Pours a straw-yellow color with a fizzy yellow head. Good retention and lacing for a lager, at least.

The aroma is biscuity and slightly herbal. I can't pick up which (if any) adjuncts were used in this one. Again, for the style it's pretty good.

The taste is again, good for the style... clean, crisp and no bad flavors. Just grassy cold beer. It's nothing that's mind-blowing at all, but for a quick refreshment, I think this is a decent beer.

I could certainly see myself drinking these like crazy if I ever made it to the beaches of Phuket Island!

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

Pours a clear, straw-yellow color. Good head develops, nice and white. Lace is decent, retention is OK.
Smell is nicely balanced providing hops, malt, vanilla and a light citrus note.
Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt with a slight vanilla note.
Slightly watery finish and lightish effervescence detract somewhat from the overall enjoyment though I would drink it again. Quite good in toto.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased this beer so that I could try a beer from Thailand. I came into it not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised.

Pours a clear yellow and looks about like a BMC beer. There is no head. The aroma is also similar to a BMC with some corn and yeast. No hops are present in the aroma and not much in the flavor. The flavor is corn with a little bit of grass. Basically your basic, macro flavor. Very light mouthfeel. Not a great beer, but better than I was expecting.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It was ok I guess. I had it at a thai restaurant and it does go well with thai food.

Appearance- light yellow, thin head, translucent, nice lacing

Smell- light aroma, couldn't really make it out

Taste- mil;d lager flavor

Mouthfeel- light body

Drinkability- ok with thai food but wouldn't drink it regularly

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.97/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale straw colour with a medium white head, thins out to a ring around the top, not helped at all by weak but steady carbonation. No lacing. Looks very dull.

Thin smell, virtually no malt. A lot of grassy hops but mostly just a soda water aroma. Smells acidic, basically like carbonated water. Unimpressed.

The taste is revolting. It has the palate of a backwards pilsener. Starts off, well, watery, while the mid-palate has bitter notes with a slight POW hoppy character, and then a thoroughly nasty lingering sweetness on the back. The flavours might be okay if the hops were at the back to truncate the sticky malt, but it's topsy turvy and as a result leaves me syrupy and sweet. Mouthfeel gets sticky at the back as well, but is not too watery, quite appropriate for the lager style.

Not very pleasant and not drinkable. A failure.

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Photo of Drew966
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Phuket Island Lager pours a golden yellow with a white head from a green 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy. The flavor is sweet and grainy, it has some cereal like flavors. Better than I expected, but I wasn't expecting much. A drinkable lager.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad one finger head that slowly recedes to a thick fam, then to a ring o' foam. Great bubbling in this very clear, pale yellow lager. Very grassy hops and just a bit of soap in the nose. The taste is even soapier, and just as grassy. The grass and dry pilsner malt is ok, but the astringent soap is a bit much. Even with the soapy flavor of this beer, there is a very refreshing drinkable quality to this Thai beer.

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Photo of Offa
1.73/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is a somewhat off-tasting lager with aun unpleasant sharpness.

Pale gold, it has a decent white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a very thin ring. It leaves no real lace.

The aroma is very faint apple cider with white wine.

The taste is light, with barely discernable grain, very bland like bland apple cider but with a faint unpleasant, off-putting sharpness. It's also watery with little feel. The taste is oddly alcoholic for what it is, a negative since it lacks corresponding body or warmth. The unplesantness, though, it fairly light and while it means I shall avoid this, it somehow does not entirely bring down the drinkability.

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Photo of orangemoustache
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This green bottle pours a fairly bright gold with a fluffy white head that lasts all of five seconds before leaving no lacing. The nose is malty and sweet with some light hop presence. Taste is generic and skunky,not overly skunky to a fault,but none of the other flavors balance it out. A little grainy malt and mild sourness try to contend with the funk,but,to no avail. The body seems overly light and thin,the carbonation is semi-soft yet assertive and is probably this brews best attribute(besides the name). This Lager is a one and done for me,Phuket!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single at Trader Joe's. Like others I was attracted to the label and yet had zero expectations for the beer. Memories of 'The Beach' and the Phi-Phi islands wafted through my brain. And, as luck would have it, the single didn't scan so I got the beer for free. Thank You random Trader Joe's checker!

Pours a typical macro lager in both color and head/retention. Smell tends more towards lightly malted rice/barley and with a light noble hop presence. Tastes decent and offers up a medium body with well balanced carbonation. Finishes rather smoothly. While I certainly wouldn't say that this beer is 'flawless' I would say that it has no obvious flaws(in the macro. department) and has well exceeded my albeit limited expectations.

I will surely buy a full six in the future to bring to a group event and see what others think...

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

I purchased a bottle on a whim based solely on the name of the product. Poured a thin looking very pale yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell is grainy with some other unidentifiable scents.

Taste is pretty mild, no distinguishing tastes, pretty much like an American macro lager.

Mouth feel is thin. Very little substance.

Easy to drink due to the blandness, but why would you really want to. If it's hot and you're looking for a quick buzz it's not a bad drink. But only if it's on sale.

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