Saigon Export
Saigon Beer Company

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From:
Saigon Beer Company
 
Vietnam
Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #159
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
66
Ranked #30,400
Avg:
2.78 | pDev: 20.5%
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
149
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 10, 2022
Added:
Jan 27, 2005
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  37
SCORE
66
Poor
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Ratings by GimmeAles:
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Reviewed by GimmeAles from Washington

2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.09/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a puffy head of white foam. The head fades rather fast, leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a grainy smell mixed with some caramel and a bit of hay. Along with these aromas comes notes of rice and harvest fruits. Overall, it is pretty light.
Taste – The taste starts out with a grainy and slightly bready taste mixed with a light caramel malt backbone flavor. Along with these flavors comes a bit of a paper and a light grassy hay and yeast taste. A touch of peach and a bit of toffee come toward the end, leaving one with a still rather crisp, and relatively mild taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body is thin and light with a carbonation level that is average and middle of the road. For the style and the flavors, the feel is good and makes for a very easy sipper.
Overall – Ah an OK lager, but nothing too special. Worth a try. Bonus: Its my first brew from Vietnam.
Nov 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.84/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
March 2006: 330 ml bottle, in France. ABV is 4.9%. Golden colour, low head. Moderate corn and rice aroma, not unpleasant. Flavour has some alcoholic notes despite the moderate ABV, acceptable hops. Better than I feared.
Nov 01, 2022
 
Rated: 2.91 by zotzot from Vermont

Oct 15, 2022
 
Rated: 2.54 by MrJones07 from Spain

Sep 28, 2022
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

2.92/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a crystal-clear body and a finger of frothy eggshell foam with pretty decent retention. Not bad!

Smell: malt is rather sweet and there's just a hint of the plasticy aroma I associate with certain adjuncts, but it's mostly pretty inoffensive.

Taste: similarly sweet malt but with some of that plasticy adjuncty thing I don't love; it also has a bit of a watery flavor going on. I mean, it's low flavor content is a saving grace if anything. There's a bit of bitterness, though, which isn't too bad.

Mouthfeel: light body but with a good carbonation and a surprisingly good creaminess.

Overall: inoffensive, but I'm unlikely to seek this out.
Aug 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.3 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Jun 24, 2022
 
Rated: 2.96 by kirkgarner

Jun 02, 2022
 
Rated: 2.8 by misteil from Ireland

May 01, 2022
 
Rated: 2.93 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 8/27/19, so over 2 years old. Ouch.

Looks okay. Clear golden yellow body with slow streams of carbonation. Small white head shrinks to a thin ring and faint covering, no lacing.

Not much on the nose, good or bad.

On tasting, it's clean and goes down easy. Slightly sweet, but no real taste to it.

Mouth below medium, finish clean, a little sweet and drying.

Overall, doesn't taste bad at all, and it's not watery. Just doesn't taste like much of anything.
Oct 30, 2021
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +72.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bia Saigon Export has a thick, white head and a clear, bubbly gold appearance, with lots of roiling white chunks, throughout. Some lacing is evident. The aroma is of biscuit. The flavor is similar, with sweetness and noticeable grassy hop bitterness. Bia Saigon Export has a medium body and a crisp finish.

RJT
Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by BergBeer from Hawaii

3.77/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 16oz bottle into a shaker pint

Look: Crystal clear pale gold with a thick white head

Smell: Bright and crackers. Clean with a touch of hops.

Taste: Bigger bodied then I expected. But still light and refreshing. The bread note is amped up here form most Asian lagers. The hops are bitter but smooth. There is quite a lot of complexity here.

Feel: Medium bodied. Clean. Refreshing. Quenching. Mild bitterness. No alcohol. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Worth a shot if you see it.
Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Killgora

3.72/5  rDev +33.8%
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
 
Rated: 2.81 by JTuomi from Finland

Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
It is ok, very much in line with the style. Had tons of similar beers in college before getting into micro brews. Been too long, can't really compare with any of them but seems very similar. Good with a meal, flavors won't be competing with food. Interesting that I could find a beer from Vietnam.
Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Danzifer from Ohio

2.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Beer from Vietnam. Pours straw yellow, a bit of floaty sediment, zero head. Smells okay. Tastes is a bit lackluster. Obviously simple ingredients, barley, malt, hops. (Hopefully piss isn't an ingredient) I've had worse but if you had nothing else I guess this still counts as beer.
Nov 05, 2020
 
Rated: 2.75 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Aug 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.73 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

Jul 26, 2020
 
Rated: 2.71 by Daniel473 from Netherlands

Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.15 by smi69 from New York

Apr 19, 2020
 
Rated: 2.6 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2020
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.69/5  rDev -3.2%
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.
Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.99/5  rDev +79.5%
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.
Dec 15, 2019
 
Rated: 2.86 by Zylod from West Virginia

Dec 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.25 by Dino1018 from New York

Nov 09, 2019
 
Rated: 2.75 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Nov 04, 2019
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Rated by badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Hot day, cold Saigon! Nice brew. It isnt fancy and has virtually no hops but it is good.
Oct 07, 2019
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
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.
Oct 02, 2019
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.61/5  rDev +29.9%
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!
Sep 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.51 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Jul 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by PositivePest from New York

Jun 29, 2019
 
Rated: 2.5 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.27 by Eman17 from Illinois

May 26, 2019
 
Rated: 2.25 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

May 12, 2019
 
Rated: 2.78 by SaveWaterDrinkBeers from Maine

Apr 22, 2019
 
Rated: 2.87 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Apr 17, 2019
 
Rated: 2.43 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 23, 2019
Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 271 ratings