Saigon Export
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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #322
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
67
Ranked #50,773
Avg:
2.77 | pDev: 20.22%
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
260
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Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  37
SCORE
67
Poor
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Reviews by GimmeAles:
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GimmeAles from Washington

2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light, clear golden-straw color, and developes a decent, glutenous 1.5-finger head which receeds to a skim. Sparse lace left down the glass.

Aroma is weak, but of toatsed grain and a lageresque skunkiness. Flavour is of the same: toasted grains, suggestion of apricot and faint butter in the back.

Ligh carbornation punctuates a thin, crisp finish with a hint of hop-bitterness - actually not so bad for a macro-style Lager. Higher alcholol content (My can says %5.3) is pretty transparent. Nothing impressive, but not neccessarily off-putting either especially considering the rice content. Could easily drink a gallon without knowing it

Sep 17, 2006
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

2.58/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. I remember searching over half the city for this a few years back, as part of my contribution to a Vietnamese-themed dinner party. Now, its gold-foil encased neck lends a bit of bling to the SAigon BEer COmpany, apparently.

This beer pours a clear medium golden apple juice yellow colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and duly soapy off-white head, which leaves some random patchy branched lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of sweet, overripe corn mash, bready rice pudding, cooked veggies, and dead leafy, weedy hops. The taste is a pretty simple reiteration of the aroma - gritty corn husk and glutinous white rice, some acrid stale vegetal essence, and stale leafy, scorched earth grassy hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side, but settles to an agreeable enough frothiness soon enough, the body a kind of surprising medium weight for the style, and plain in its work-a-day smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the cheap maltiness holding true, with some grassy, weedy hops lingering weakly alongside.

Another United Colors of Benetton world lager that is so-so on its own, but which I would imagine goes much better with some of its associated Diaspora's culinary offerings, such as fried noodles or oh-so-spicy pho, as has been my experience with most of these Asian lagers.

Oct 02, 2009
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kjkinsey from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Apr 23, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

2.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

355ml Bottle

Appearance – Crystal clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, honey, pears/apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with a honey sweetness and some cooked corn. There is also a bit of a skunky and metallic taste to it.

Overall – A below average adjunct lager. The taste was bad - even for an adjunct. I wouldn't buy this beer again.

Jun 13, 2011
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intoxabroad from Taiwan

2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Oct 08, 2012
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schlimenhaumer from New York

2.02/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up because I figured it would be one of my few opportunities to try a Vietnamese beer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a clear yellow color, perhaps slightly darker than most adjuncts, with a pitiful fizzy white head (you can literally hear it fizzing like a soda) that fades before I can even take my first sip. Needless to say it didn't leave any lacing.

S: A weak smell overall, not much if anything in the way of hops or malts. Maybe some adjunct grain (probably rice).

T: Although this one doesn't develop much flavor by any measure, it has more malt character than I expected, which starts to come through on the finish.

M: Light-bodied and fizzy. Definitely a lot of room for improvement here, but I suppose this is what you'd aim for when brewing a beer like this.

D: As one would expect, this is really no different from any other adjunct lager in the world.

Nov 05, 2011
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

C+ (3.15) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Jul 18, 2016
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Dec 28, 2019
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Vashtar from Texas

2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rice rice rice! This tastes like a beer that was derived from rice, but shouldn't have been.
The appearance is clear, saturated and beautiful. That's where the fun stops.
The smell isn't plesant. It doesn't smell dangerous, just unappetizing.
It tastes like rice. It tastes like they cooked it in some kind of container that they shouldn't have. It doesn't work.
The mouthfeel is too thin.

Oct 14, 2011
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jazzyjeff13 from England

2.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. ABV is stated as 4.9%. Picked up a little while back from a supermarket. I don't really have high expectations for this but I've never had a Vietnamese beer before.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with some floating sediment and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy, brilliant-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma of light, stale grain, corn, stewed vegetables and faint leaves. Most unimpressive.

Tastes of weak, watery malt with some nasty off-notes. Hints of grain, corn, overcooked veg, tart apples, faint stewed leaves and cardboard. More that a touch of harsh solvent in the background. Highly attenuated, with little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with a thin, watery body and an unpleasant sensation on the palate. Quite astringent, followed by an aftertaste of cardboard, stewed leaves and vague hints of petrochemicals.

Yuck - worst beer I've tried in a while. Looks OKish, but that's the high point of the experience. The aroma is bland and tinged with off-notes, while the flavour is a full-on blend of adjuncts and solvent. Poor body and texture. Deeply unappetising; I don't know if this suffers from low quality ingredients or bad brewing technique but the result is woeful. I suffer so you don't have to - pass this one over.

Jan 14, 2014
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flyingpig from Scotland

2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow to amber colour with a thumb sized, bubbly white head on top that has okay retention and shows plenty of bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

Mild touches of grain with a bit too much skunk following this, there is some cheap adjuncts probably some rice and corn and not a whole lot else. There is some very light grassy hops as well and some background sweetness.

Some sweetness and some corn, grain and not as much skunk as the nose suggested. Again there is a lot of adjuncts present but the taste is pretty basic.

Light to medium in body with mild carbonation and a sweet, smooth taste with a slight amount of grain towards the end of the drink.

It was pretty basic as you would expect and perhaps back of my review is based on nostalgic reasons by it is still a decent enough beer and definitely on of the better Vietnamese beers.

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Aug 17, 2012
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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

May 06, 2014
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Everydayoff from Thailand

2.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Feb 11, 2018
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TheBeeraholic from Canada (ON)

2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Jun 15, 2013
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JohnQVD from New York

2/5  rDev -27.8%

Feb 17, 2013
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Loveyourbeer from Virginia

2.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Aug 30, 2015
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Tweekers237 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

Jun 20, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.32/5  rDev +19.9%
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...

Jun 12, 2016
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Killgora

3.72/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Honestly one of the best beers from Asian I've had. Very easy drinking, and simple tasting. If you are looking for a flavorful or enriching beer this will not make the cut, but if you are in an Asian food mart or liquor store that carries it I say give it a taste especially if you like rice beers from Asia. I would say it is better than Asahi personally. I would defiantly buy again. Plus it's got a pretty cool cap.

Jun 07, 2021
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always get excited when my local, in-person trader, @tone77 stops by! Not only does he drop off a load of new CANs, but he also somehow manages to find obscure imports, in both Bottles & CANs. It takes me a while to get pics taken, resized & approved since so many of them have very few, if any reviews & no approved pic. 8=O This was one of his Bottles.

From the Bottle: "Bier * Biere * Birra * Beer* Bia".

I Pop!ped the cap & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. This responded by forming just better than a finger of fizzy, foamy, rocky, bone-white had with modest retention, slowly falling away to wisps. Color was a Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sweet, but not necessarily from corn as an adjunct. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium, solid for a Lager. The taste was sweet, but I just was not getting corn. I don't know what they used as extenders/ adjuncts, but I would swear that corn was not among them. Still, it was a bit too sweet for my taste. There was a profound lack of bitterness, despite them listing: "Ingredients: water, barley malt, cereal, hops". Hmm. Rice, perhaps? That's a fairly neutral extender. I was baffled, but not off-put as I often am by others in this deeply-flawed style. Finish was semi-sweet, but I just could not identify the adjunct(s). An interesting novelty & if it is CANned, I will happily return to it for a re-review. YMMV.

Apr 24, 2020
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IPA35 from Netherlands

2.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A slightly darker than normal golden colour with a quickly dissappearing white head.

It has quite a strong hoppy smell (green apples), together with the typical grain/rice scent. Some sweetness in there.

The taste is a bit bitter and sweet (indeed the apple, as noted by others) and after a few seconds it turn into a bit of a metallic flavour. Kind of wierd, it is not bad but the second half of the taste is not too great. Still it has more flavour than your average American Adjunct Lager.

Not too bad, and from an interesting country but nothing special.

EDIT:
As it warms up the apple flavour starts to take over, too much.

Jul 13, 2011
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BJasny from Texas

3/5  rDev +8.3%

Jan 21, 2013
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avisong from Virginia

2/5  rDev -27.8%

Apr 25, 2012
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EmperorBevis from England

1.89/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bottled and purchased from supermarket
a bad bud clone
apparently accross the border North Korea's technical backwardsness
makes for great beer production

Mar 12, 2015
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ATADakaCHAD from California

2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Dec 21, 2011
Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 260 ratings