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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by slitherySOB on 01-27-2005

BEER STATS
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Ratings:
199
Avg:
2.69
pDev:
29%
 
 
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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Review: 355ml Bottle of Saigon Export: ABV: 4.9%

There is some rice in this with a dab of malt, or so they say…..

On pour, we get a nice clear light golden colour, looks fantastic, bubbling along with some decent carbonation.
A nice decent frothy white head that sticks around, a small bit of lacing. A good looking beer……………

On the nose I get a lovely beery smell, very piercing aroma of the rice but nice, with traces of lemon. Not a bad aroma…….

On taste, actually not much to taste at all, very very watery

A bit hoppy, with a light bitter aftertaste, but its slight

Very watery, did I say how watery it is!

Cant really taste the alcohol…..but on second thoughts I did find some alcohol and tastes of grain in the second bottle…..

Overall not great, a pretty shit light bodied beer…..and I found it hard to drink it…..its not terrible, just nothing to hold it all together…some flavour or tastes would be nice, instead of water masquerading as a beer………

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is quite sweet, mostly grainy, even a bit boozy. Taste is also malty but not really sweet, mostly grainy and bready with a touch of honey. Body is quite dry, medium carbonation. It's not really bad but it's not something I would try again.

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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 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 Bunman3
2.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks promising but eventually disappoints. It's full of sweet adjunct maltiness and I only order it to accompany my pho. Overall, typical for the style, but that's not necessarily a compliment.

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Photo of aleigator
2.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yields a golden, clear color, with a decent sized, froth head.

Smells of straw with a slightly funky hint to, blending into toffee malts.

Has a lively, bubbly carbonation with a light, refreshing body to it.

Tastes of sugar coated wheat, which reveals more malts after the swallow. Finishes clean, watery with a caramel malt aftertaste.

Typical industrial lager, with no hops to speak of, which could balance the malts, leaving the taste of this pretty uneventful.

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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 BeerWithMike
2.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sampled on 1/8/15. Comes in a heavy brown 12-ounce bottle (355ml) with foil at the top and over the cap. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in m beer cooler and poured in to a vinatge "MILLER HIGH LIFE" thumb-print globlet.

Brew pours a golden-yellow in color with a thinner off-white head. Spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of would be expected of this type of brew, just of sweet corn and malts. Taste is close to the aroma with a hint of some rice and grass also. Slightly off taste, maybe from the water they use. Anyways, drinkable but nothing really special but I can say I had a beer from Viet Nam. Ha! Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation. Heard it called "The Bud of the Orient".

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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 stevoj
1.65/5  rDev -38.7%
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 ordybill
2.84/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC.
Aroma- light aroma of corn and malt
Appearance- The beer pours a clear yellow with a small white head.
Taste- Has a slightly off taste of rice and grass, not horrible
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- An OK beer, that is made for hot weather.

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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 W_Des
2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Perfect for Vietnam. On a hot muggy day which is most days drink this ice cold and pound multiple cans or bottles. You'll want to stay cool and also try to forget how damn hot it is. It's a typical lager similar to Heineken, Tsingtao, TIger etc.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a mug so frosty it's opaque in Hoi An.
1.75/1.5/2.75/2.75/2.5
Limpid yellow with low carbonation and hilariously short lived head. It smells kind of musty and dank.
Either my standards have been shot to hell in SEA (yeah) or these beers are tastier than they have any right to be. Well carbonated, nearly crisp, with a strong malty sweetness that comes across almost fruity. The aftertaste is sharp and not entirely pleasant.
I wouldn't steer you away from this one.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
1.89/5  rDev -29.7%
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 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 metter98
2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell and has stronger flavors of rice adjuncts along with a little sweetness and faint amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad for the style because there are no "off" flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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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 ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.44/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I have consumed this beer in the United States, Morocco, and France, and it is a fairly okay Asian pale lager. It pours urine yellow, with lots of laces, a soapy head, and a good level carbonation. It has a sweet aroma, has taste of rice/malt, and has no edge. It goes down easy, it has a rice after taste, and is not filling, good for meals are hot places.

Morocco May 2013

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tried a bottle at a Vietnamese restaurant in NW Calgary. Makes me a tad depressed to ponder the hows and whys of American adjunct lager becoming the international beer style of choice. In any event, this particular example is a pale lemon yellow, with a more impressive head than average, maybe an inch and a half of white foam that manages to persist longer than three seconds. Smells like husky pale malts, modeling clay, a faint dry grass note. One has to focus rather intently to smell much of anything. I will say that these adjunct lagers do in fact taste different from one another if you pay attention (i.e., if you are willing to do so, which is hit and miss, granted). This is quite a citric example of the style, watery, very astringent, coarse, and metallic, with some sour fruit (green apple?), chalky grape, stewed leaf, and dry grass notes apparent amidst the grain husk backbone. Classic rice lager profile albeit with a vague sweetness can be picked out from the savage carbonation and grainy milieu. Not a terrible accompaniment to spicy lemongrass chilli chicken and a decent lawnmower beer, assuming one doesn't just drink a blonde ale or session IPA or something. If you don't live in Nunavut, you can probably find something better than this style for summertime chugging.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

355ml Bottle from TESCO's: my second beer from these guys and my third beer on my random beer tasting evening on 23 Feb 14.

Poured into a Leffe chalice: looks a pilsner/lager (which it is of course), golden, clear and clean. The white head refused to stay and became a wisp far too quickly.

Almost odourless; some grainy maltiness and metallic notes maybe: gets my usual score of 3 for a non-smelling pils/lager.

Lawnmower beer, no taste or flavour: thirst quenching and refreshing but lacks flavour and character, might be fine in Southeast Asia, but on a cold Sunday evening in Shropshire it didn't reach the heights for me.

Gives me another tick for Vietnam, but that's about it.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.52/5  rDev -6.3%
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 MarkoNm
2.84/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice and refreshing surprise from Asia.
Pours a standard clear. golden color and is topped with an average white and foamy head.
The aroma is the most unpleasant thing about this beer. It's really dusty and just not nice. Too bad.
The taste on the other hand is pleasant - slightly sweet, slightly bitter and some grains.
A decent beer all in all.

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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 Fatehunter
2.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Thin head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is light, metallic with a little grain.
The taste is all just a moderate white sugar sweetness. One sided and not great.
The texture is crisp with some fizziness; moderate carbonation.
One of the worst beers I've had. Not real aroma or taste.

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