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Saigon Export | Saigon Beer Company

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Saigon ExportSaigon Export

Brewed by:
Saigon Beer Company
Viet Nam

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by slitherySOB on 01-27-2005

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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of chrishiker1409
2.81/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 leitmotif
2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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 YvesB
2.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mishi_d
1.26/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of BlackVeg
3.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Antyk
2.89/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of DanielCole
2.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BucBasil
2.98/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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.


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Photo of WynnO
1.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well. It's better than "33". Still though adjunct anything is wholly lacking and should be avoided if possible.

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Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
3.08/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 ckollias
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Squire123
2.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 54V4G3
2.41/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Jsteez
2.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of biernack
2.21/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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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