Saigon Export
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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #304
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2.75 | pDev: 20.36%
Saigon Beer Company
Viet Nam
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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.69/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste: yeast bread crisp finish, thin mouthfeel, gassy aftertaste. Fermented grain nose. bright brassy gold hue, crystal hue, tall soapy head, not much lace. light body. A little watery for my taste.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.99/5  rDev +81.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome Beer!
Anytime I get the opportunity to try a Beer from around the globe, I get excited. Globe trotting Brews are one of the many ways to experience life in another country. Beer is important around the world. It brings us all together at one table, and through food and drink we become much closer. Lets begin with the look. Poured into a tulip glass reveals a bright clear Gold. Nice bubbles and minimum cap. Lacing is good. Swirl test, I get a tad bit of head but nothing much. Moving on to smell. In the nose, I get the typical European Lager smell. More yeasty and Malty than what you expect from a German Pilsner. Soft on the nose. Like many High quality beers, I find that the aroma is not pungent. Now Lets talk about the taste. At first sip, I am in love! On the top Sweet and creamy with a marriage of Rice and Barley Malt. The adjunct plays nicely in this brew. The middle is yeasty and euro malt goodness. Good bit of Body that takes you to the finish. The end is a hint of hops, not spicy like a pilsner. Just a slight clean up. Flavor is simular to many great euro lagers, but has its own character sweetness. Now for Feel. I love the Body this beer has. Its Creamy and silky. Nice bite from the carbonation. this is a satisfying Beer! Overall, Fine take on a Euro Lager and in my opinion, better than Stella Artois.

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Photo of FLima
2.79/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Golden color with a thick thin head.
Aroma with mild notes of adjuncts sweetness.
Flavor with notes of malt sweetness, mild spicy hops, lime drops and ginger. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness
Light body with good carbonation.
Very refreshing Adjunct Lager, with enough spicy and floral hops to balance it.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.61/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Pours a clear light gold color with a full 2-3 finger white tight head that demonstrates some decent retention as well as some decent side glass lace. Good looking appearance.
AROMA: Grass, corn husk and some sweet malts.
TASTE: Again, get some sweet malts and sweetgrass grains. Much better than expected. A smooth,refreshing tasty lager.
I can not recall if I had one of these in my Viet Nam tour in 68-69. This was better than any part of my tour!

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

Pours a clear yellow color. smell is corn and rice with lemon citrus and malt. Taste follows nose a grain and malt finish. crisp with carbonation as it should be . Drinkable for the style refreshing with a meal.

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Photo of Nass
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice classy looking label but there is no bottled on date to speak of. There is plenty of streaming bubbles floating up to the glass. The taste is sort of sweet but nothing offputting like corn syrup, it's clean & refreshing. The taste is cracker, some grains, some malts, some clean well water. Well i'm glad to say that I was able to try a beer that was made in Vietnam. Cheers! B-

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Photo of mintzmeet
2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice malty sweetness. Not bad at all! Corn syrup? Hope not. Somewhat sweet, but there's also a nice licorice type bite to it. Unsurprisingly good combined with a meal with fish sauce. Golden body. Smell is mild. Grainy.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into tall glass in Saigon. L. Clear, golden body with an inch or more frothy white head. Head dissipates gradually to lacing. S. Not a lot, light, sweet grain. T. Similar, mild, grain taste, a hint of sweetness and a dry finish, slightly astringent from the high carbonation. F. Light, a little fizzy. O. A noticeable step up from Saigon Special, with more taste and a livelier mouth feel. You know what to expect from these Vietnamese lagers and that's not a bad thing, light and easily drinkable. Even in Saigon winter (32 degrees celcius and high humidity) that's what you want.

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Photo of elnachooo
1.63/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Cerveza de cuerpo ligero y una carbonatación media. Del aroma se siente afrutado y a la vez algo azucarado. En boca es acuosa, con algún dejo frutal en su recorrido. Floja.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some grains. Taste is of malts, some grains, light sweetness, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer that exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.37/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy, lightly biscuit malt, grassy hops and light apple. Flavor is grainy malt, grassy hops, a little lemon and apple. Light graininess and grassiness in the finish. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A straightforward adjunct lager with the typical malt and light hopping. Perhaps a little more graininess and less sweetness than a domestic one, which makes it a little coarser, but also a bit more interesting. Finish is a little sharp, which is not expected from this style, which usually finishes . A satisfactory Asian adjunct lager that is forgettable.

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Photo of Aptosblue
2.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Run of the mill. You've likely had a light beer exactly like this one unless you were born yesterday. Can't see myself buying this one on purpose unless a place has a limited selection.

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

Yeah... this is the Bud of Vietnam. Which is fine, you know? When I go to the Bunny Ranch in Nevada, I know I’m not going to get the best; so when I pop open a Vietnamese lager, one kind of has to take on the same mentality. Light, minimal hop, grainy... it’s not metalic though.


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

Had a bottle in Dalat, Vietnam.

Clear gold in color with white foam on top.

The aroma and taste of grainy malt and grass with a little yeasty sourness.

Clean and crisp Lager to go for spicy food pairing.

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Photo of monkist
4/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is already quite well known that the American Adjunct Lager is immensely popular in Asia, to such an extent that you will find this as a staple beer in most of the Asian countries, some are better, some are pess impressive.
Now this Saigon Export is actually quite nicely brewed, knows all an American Adjunct should - smooth, refreshing and tasty. No bad aftertaste, no strong corn flavor, almost no bitterness, acceptable amount of carbonation.
I enjoy drinking this far away from Asia or its origin, the US - the beer is consumable enough to stand firm on its own, regardless of its simplicity, cheapness and lack of fame.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.56/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Review: 355ml Bottle of Saigon Export: ABV: 4.9%

There is some rice in this with a dab of malt, or so they say…..

On pour, we get a nice clear light golden colour, looks fantastic, bubbling along with some decent carbonation.
A nice decent frothy white head that sticks around, a small bit of lacing. A good looking beer……………

On the nose I get a lovely beery smell, very piercing aroma of the rice but nice, with traces of lemon. Not a bad aroma…….

On taste, actually not much to taste at all, very very watery

A bit hoppy, with a light bitter aftertaste, but its slight

Very watery, did I say how watery it is!

Cant really taste the alcohol…..but on second thoughts I did find some alcohol and tastes of grain in the second bottle…..

Overall not great, a pretty shit light bodied beer…..and I found it hard to drink it…..its not terrible, just nothing to hold it all together…some flavour or tastes would be nice, instead of water masquerading as a beer………

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

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is quite sweet, mostly grainy, even a bit boozy. Taste is also malty but not really sweet, mostly grainy and bready with a touch of honey. Body is quite dry, medium carbonation. It's not really bad but it's not something I would try again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown glass bottle with red & white label and pry-off crown cap purchased @ Bia Hoi 102 in Ho Chi Minh City for 13000 VND.

4.90% ABV.

Crisp and clean, with a malty taste. Pale malts, some grassiness, some graininess. Plenty of body here; this a surprisingly well-rounded lager. Refreshing.

I find no off-flavours or adjuncts. Frankly, it's surprisingly well balanced and I find myself really enjoying it. Just a solid pleasant drinkable brew that would serve well as a table beer. Depth of flavour is surprisingly good for a lager, and if adjunct was indeed used, they covered it up well.

Unlike many, I don't find it too sweet by any stretch. Yeah, it's simple and one-dimensional, but if we're giving credit where it's due, this is a rather competent brew within its style and may be at the top of my list in terms of preferred Vietnamese lagers from the bigger companies here.

I'm surprised it took me 4 days to come across in Saigon (and almost a month in Vietnam), but I'll keep an eye out for this on future trips to the country. It's not Pasteur Street, but it's probably the best of the cheap Vietnamese brews.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

not rating this against all beers, i dont think that would be fair, but against other asia pacific lagers, i think it deserves a little more recognition. ice cold, i think its superior to many of its peers. clear and bubbly, even foamy with the head, and fine retention on it. the nose and taste are fresh to me, none of the stale or oxidized or skunked thing we so often get with these. its a little corny, sweet there in the middle, but its dried out nicely in the finish, seemingly a little more patiently lagered than others. for me though, there really isnt much taste from the lager yeast, and so the beer seems oddly under flavored, even for the style. it is certainly drinkable, as its super light there in the taste, well dry in the end, supremely well carbonated, and really refreshing when its freezing cold. i think its a great companion to spicy fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, anything with basil or lemongrass, all of the pan asian cuisine i think really works here. not necessarily the most distinct beer in the world, but i think its better than its marked here, especially against its peers...

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Photo of Bunman3
2.77/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks promising but eventually disappoints. It's full of sweet adjunct maltiness and I only order it to accompany my pho. Overall, typical for the style, but that's not necessarily a compliment.

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Photo of aleigator
2.53/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yields a golden, clear color, with a decent sized, froth head.

Smells of straw with a slightly funky hint to, blending into toffee malts.

Has a lively, bubbly carbonation with a light, refreshing body to it.

Tastes of sugar coated wheat, which reveals more malts after the swallow. Finishes clean, watery with a caramel malt aftertaste.

Typical industrial lager, with no hops to speak of, which could balance the malts, leaving the taste of this pretty uneventful.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orangey, yellow almost like strong pee. Lots of large bubbles initially clinging on the inside of the glass, topped with 2 fingers of off white head.

Apple cider, fruity, apple juice. A hint of malt, and some hay like hops.

Malty with hints of apple candy, a touch of hay. Apples again.

Slightly oily body, a little fine, crisp carbonation.

Got in Chiang Mai, drank April 20th, 2016. I like it. Better than the other I had by them.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sampled on 1/8/15. Comes in a heavy brown 12-ounce bottle (355ml) with foil at the top and over the cap. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in m beer cooler and poured in to a vinatge "MILLER HIGH LIFE" thumb-print globlet.

Brew pours a golden-yellow in color with a thinner off-white head. Spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of would be expected of this type of brew, just of sweet corn and malts. Taste is close to the aroma with a hint of some rice and grass also. Slightly off taste, maybe from the water they use. Anyways, drinkable but nothing really special but I can say I had a beer from Viet Nam. Ha! Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation. Heard it called "The Bud of the Orient".

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.68/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice head. Lager style beer with a rich mouthfeel and a strong vanilla flavour. Quite enjoyable if not a little clingy to the palate. Tastes stronger in alcohol than it is.

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Photo of stevoj
1.65/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I’ll put his one in the category of "beer flavored water", No aroma, no taste, but amazingly mouthfeel feels about right. There isn’t much else to suggest this is actually beer, except for maybe the alcohol content.

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Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 249 ratings