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Saigon ExportSaigon Export
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saigon Beer Company
Viet Nam
333beer.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by slitherySOB on 01-27-2005

BEER STATS
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94
Ratings:
196
Avg:
2.69
pDev:
29%
 
 
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 196
Photo of thommo_nk
4.46/5  rDev +65.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the sweet maltiness off this beer, super refreshing pairing to spicy Asian cuisine. This beer really suits my palate and comes across extremely well.

One of my favourite beers, my score will reflect this.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale straw color with a stark white, fluffy head of three fingers. Head is very slow to drop. Lots of meringue lacing left behind.

Aromas of grain, earthy hops, and sweet malt.

First sip is grainy, malty, sweet, green apples, with a balancing hop bitterness. Finish is long and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery. Appropriate carbonation, no carbonic bite. Very smooth character.

Very drinkable. Nothing aggressive, nothing offensive, nothing really memorable. Light, refreshing beer, good session beer. Nothing to distinguish it from other similar beers.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +39.4%
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 riversider76
3.75/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden. Fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Lots of bubbles. Smell is sweet and floral. Different, but nice. Body is light, and carbonated. Taste is smooth and sweet from start to finish. I would recommend trying this beer if you get a chance.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.68/5  rDev +36.8%
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 nasty15108
3.65/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. The taste was light, crisp and refreshing. Nothing new or exciting, just a solid thirst quencher. I wasn't expecting much but I have to admit that I was slightly surprised.
Paired extremely well with a Bahn Mi Thit sandwich at Co Ba in Chelsea. Slightly malty and went down well.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.57/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear macro yellow color with a white head. The aroma is unmistakably full of adjuncts. I get a lot of corn with some earthy and grassy hops. The flavor is grassy hops with a lot of corn and wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. As bad as the adjuncts sound, I actually didn't mind the beer and finished my 12 ounce bottle pretty quickly. It is certainly not a great or even an above average beer, but if you have to have an adjunct lager, this one is not bad.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a light white head, solid look.

S: Corn, Euro lager malt smell.

T: Nice light malt flavour, with some noble hopping. Nice taste, nothing too substantial, but a lot better than most in this category.

M: Clean and crisp. Smooth, light-bodied.

D: One of the better adjunct lagers I've had; no off-flavours, a pleasant experience.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.46/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Vietnamese beer, Interesting. Ingredients include: Rice, Malt, Hops, Water. So I'm expecting a rice lager here.

This poured a standard lager yellow with a boring effervescent head that quickly dissipates. Smell is a little sour, but not wretched. Surprising this stuff tastes pretty good, a slight sweetness makes it's way from start to finish with little to no aftertaste. The rice is very prevalent here which would make this an excellent accompaniment with Asian food. That and the clean body and refreshing nature of this beer.

This is really not bad at all, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.44/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My review is based on the AAL style guidelines.

A: Bright, clear golden yellow color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head with poor retention to a thin skim. Decanted continually. Just a little lacing at the start.

S: Sweet corn and wet crackers. Faint hay and grass noble hop aromas.

T: Slightly sweet, very subdued malt character. Mellow noble hops for an even bitter. A slight oxidation in the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Good balance (slight of-flavor not withstanding).

D: Solid for the style. Need to try another as maybe I had a bad seal or it was old.

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Photo of aasher
3.42/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a watery and very, very clear and light bright gold in color with a one finger bright white head. It smells very fresh. You get a lot of crisp dortmunder qualities, light pale malts, light sweetness, and a light hop bitterness. This has got to be the freshest beer I've encountered from Asia so far, Sapporo excluded. The taste too is very sharp and crisp, very fresh. You get the light pale malt sweetness with a light bitter hop finish. It's very light and very drinkable. This one is built for warm weather. Overall this is one of the better export lagers I've tried and pretty similar to Ba Me 33. I don't see this as an AAL.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.36/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like your average lager beer. Pale gold, white head pretty small bubbles with a lot of carbonation.

S: Skunky funk up front, grass and grains.

T: Better than it smells. Pretty light as expected, but very clean with malt and rice. One of the better Asian lagers I've tried. Very light in flavor. Slight skunk at the end too.

M: Nicely carbonated and light bodied.

O: Pretty good Vietnam. Pretty good. If I am ever in the mood for a summer beer, I might look for this again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev +23.4%
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 MisterDeeds
3.27/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from abottle into a pilsner glass.

Light golden straw color, with almost no head, and LOTS of bubbles.

I was expected that same old skunky smell that you get from all of the lesser-known imports, but this one smells surprising clean. Almost floral.

Taste is what it is. An imported beer from Vietnam, so I guess it's not supposed to blow my mind, but it is far better than most other odd imports I have had. This could be attributed to the brown bottle, rather than the prefered green glass of most others.

You could do much worse than an enjoying an ice cold Saigon with a bowl of noodles.

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Photo of fizzy
3.23/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got done downing a couple of these at a Pho resturant here in Saigon, Vietnam. With the Pho the beer was just fine, but I refuse to let them pour my beer into a glass with a big ice cube. The beer was cold at the table in the bottle, but the "real" reason for diluting a 1/2 decent beer with ice is beyond me, they say it's to cool it down. When in Saigon (HCMC) drink the local and watch the motor bikes and cycles churn past on the street. Things could be worse!!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.23/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is good for another 6 months so it should be fairly fresh.

Light spicy hop aroma with a touch of malt and butterscotch underneath. Shorty, dense, bright-white head fades slowly into that watery yellow beer below. A few streams of carbonation make their way up the center of the glass. Lightly sweet flavor. It tastes like a mix of Pils malt and tea with some herbal hops thrown in at the end. The finish is almost crisp, and barely bitter. The body is moderately light with a hint of fine carbonation that keeps it from being too watery. There is something a bit off in the aroma, but otherwise it's not bad. I'd say it's an average Pils, or an above average Macro Lager.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random legs of lace form down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of some skunk notes, grains, and some grass aromas. Taste is of sweet grains, grassiness, and a slight citrus zest on the finish. There is a slight astringent bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer is a bit too carbonated with a crisp and fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager but my first beer from Vietnam which I wasn't even aware had any breweries. I am glad I picked up one of these to try.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, had it with my lunch at a local pho place. It's a macro lager made with, according to the label: hops, malt, rice, and water. That being said, it doesn't resemble Bud as much as it does a Japanese macro lager like Asahi Super Dry, but less hoppy on the finish. Fairly weak from all points of view (aroma, taste, alcohol), it is inoffensive and quite drinkable. You could down a couple of these with some spicy Vietnamese dishes as if it were water. Sins are primarily of omission rather than comission, which is a good thing in this category and price point.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.15/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Saigon Export
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "EXP-120216"
$1.99 @ Cost Plus World Market, Arlington, VA

4.9% abv, made with rice as an adjunct. Basic foreign "Euro" lager with an interesting grassy hop component and a light touch of semi-tart apple-like fruitiness.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev +17.1%
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 Zorro
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow beer with basically no head formation.

Smell is biscuit malt and grassy hop and that is about it. Not a lot of smell here.

Starts out a little malty with a light lemony hop flavor. Light flavored but clean with no off flavors. After about the middle of the glass it starts tasting like it smells. Very much drier than any of the other Asian Lagers like Singha.

Mouthfeel is light.

A good choice for beer when you want something drier than most Asian Lagers.

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Photo of biegaman
3.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saigon Export has a bright, brilliantly clear, twenty-four carat complexion. Given its pin-prick carbonation, little bubbles that flutter like tiny snowflakes, this offering is a marketer's wet dream, the perfect poster boy for commercial beer. The head that puffed up from the pour soon fizzled out, becoming finally nothing more than a plume of smoke.

The macro lager chain is typically a conveyor belt of adjunct and foulness. This one, however, actually has a considerably clean maltiness, only marginally tainted by cheap industrial fillers, one that, while not terribly exciting, is certainly agreeable. There's a bit of cracker, a bit of bready grain, and, most importantly, nothing remotely off-putting.

That being said, there is definitely some adjunct in the taste - a dry and starchy rice-like flavour, rather than that of sweet, cloying corn - but it's a mere flash in the pan. At least at first, we'll have to see once the chill wears off. (Note: it holds it together alright.) A cereal-y, bready graininess lingers briefly in the finish, but it's more than welcomed to.

Beers with lots of flavour are more refreshing than those without it. I've never understood those who say the opposite. When it comes to pale lagers, especially ones on the watery side like this one, what makes them refreshing isn't the quantity of flavour, it's the degree of cleanness. Clean grain is always flavourful and refreshing; adjuncts rarely, if ever.

Saigon Export is a clean, agreeable lager. Most non-European or non-North American brewers make pathetic mock ups of a great tradition when they try their hands at pale lagers, but this Vietnamese brand is guilty of nothing except extinguishing my thirst. I wasn't sure if I'd finish the whole bottle, but now having done so, I almost wish I had another.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of very active visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall very fizzy white head that reduces rather slowly to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with some rice adjuncts along with a very light hint of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of grainy malts with some rice adjuncts which results in a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by some hints of citrus/lemon rind and light grassy hops which impart almost no bitterness to the beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Overall this beer is fairly average with a hint more sweetness than other AAL beers. This is probably a better beer than I expected considering the style and I could see how this would pair nicely with Vietnamese food. Easy to drink and I could have a couple of these.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Bubbly, pale-golden clarity shines in the light. Green apple skin and dried grass hit the nose hard. Delicate crispness balances on top of the light body. Green apple splashes down and leaves quick, dried, husked malt; a hop bitterness with muted flavor is all that really comes to the top. Dry with a nearly clean finish and more dried grass, which is at this point a little astringent, seems to not want to leave ... not too much of a bother.

On its own, this beer will become tiresome; better off just pairing it with a piping hot bowl of canh Chau (Vietnamese sour soup) to counter the astringent finish of the beer.

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Photo of DerekP
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into 20 oz mug.

From Vietnam comes Saigon Export. Rice is a utilized adjunct, creating a yellow, piss-like color. This beer smells and tastes like Heineken, but an obvious difference lies between the IBU's, with Heineken having a lot more.

Saigon Export goes down friendly, but the beer is very bland, even more so than Heineken. I'm guessing it is the Miller Lite of Vietnam. The gold foil presentation that surrounds the neck and bottle cap is definitely out of place. The head and lacing of this beer is just like any light beer from the U.S. Yuppies could drink this and feel trendy.

I don't like this beer, but I don't hate it. On a positive note, it shares qualities of a typical European beer. There is a hop characteristic in the taste that I'm familiar with. In that respect, it reminds me of Pilsner Urquell, Stella Artois, even Carlsberg or Grolsch, but every one of the beers I just mentioned are superior to Saigon Export. Still, it has a good carbonation level, a nice feel, and a light body that, surprisingly, doesn't disappoint me. And for a beer that lacks a lot of flavor, it doesn't really taste watered down.

In retrospect, I can't complain. I bought an imported Export from Saigon that traveled a hell of a long way, and for one single it only cost me around a $1.93. Not bad for an Import.

This review was originally posted @ http://thelightonbeer.blogspot.com

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