Saigon Export | Saigon Beer Company

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2.72/5
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235 Ratings
Saigon ExportSaigon Export
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saigon Beer Company
Viet Nam
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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,669
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
235
pDev:
19.85%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 108
Reviews by rudzud:
Photo of rudzud
1.98/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle of this at Austin Liquors.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a crystal clear golden adjunct larger pour with a fizzy one finger head that fades at the typical quick rate to leave no head at all.

S - Awfully sweet, lots of malt sweetness. Getting some super light grassy hops but thats it. Too sweet smelling.

T - Taste is screwed too. Way too sweet. More sweet malts and I guess sweet apples too like others have said. No hops, no yeast, just sweet. eh.

M - Nice carbonation cant help the thin, watery mouthfeel.

O - Overall, meh. Save your money. Atleast I get to check off another country.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of spinrsx
2.22/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of intoxabroad
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.02/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev +15.8%
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

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Photo of Vashtar
2.18/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.91/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of Everydayoff
2.88/5  rDev +5.9%
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 TheBeeraholic
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of JohnQVD
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.2/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Tweekers237
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev +22.1%
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 IPA35
2.84/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of BJasny
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of avisong
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of EmperorBevis
1.89/5  rDev -30.5%
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

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Photo of ATADakaCHAD
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of stevoj
1.65/5  rDev -39.3%
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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Photo of TGS
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of Soonerick76
3/5  rDev +10.3%

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Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
Beer rating: 2.72 out of 5 with 235 ratings