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2.69/5
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208 Ratings
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

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Added by slitherySOB on 01-27-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,644
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
208
pDev:
20.45%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
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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 monkist
4/5  rDev +48.7%
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 Hexley
3.9/5  rDev +45%

Photo of wongchungyin
3.8/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Light, zesty and refreshing. the aftertaste is fairly good. But lacked structure.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

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 newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 axxe
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of TGS
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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 Mindsquall
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 delegeferenda
3.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best drunk in Vietnam with a bánh mì Sài Gòn, this is a good solid lager. Pairs perfectly with hot, humid weather.

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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 The_Kriek_Freak
3.36/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

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Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
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