Saigon Export | Saigon Beer Company

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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
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
96
Avg:
2.69
pDev:
20.07%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of Sammy
2.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Another international contribution to the LCBO, i.e. a pale lager. Sudsy head though almost transparent body. Some taste with some leaf bitterness well malted and distinctly metalic. Metalic on tongue. Drinkable with a salty snack or veggies. Not satisfying but not water eiher.

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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 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 kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -4.1%
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 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 Phyl21ca
2.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a bright golden yellow color lager with a big bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of malt is a bit weak with no hops presence easily detectable. Taste is bland but in no way gross. At least it did not skunked while travelling 3000 miles to get to my place.

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Photo of zeff80
2.9/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a crystal clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. No lacing left behind.

S - It smelled of grains and very little else.

T - Grains and some sweet caramel. There was a touch of bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light bodied lager with a smooth finish.

O - This was okay. I was better than most Asian lagers that make it to the states.

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Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My first tick from Vietnam.

Pale yellow with decent clarity. The thin and fizzy head disappeared as quickly as it came.

Tons of green apple on the nose, along with cabbage and buttered Wonder Bread. Smells like a hobo's dinner.

Palate is similar, offensive amounts of green apple met by milder but no less offensive amounts of buttery diacetyl and cabbage-like DMS. Some pale malt and filmy rice sweetness appear in the slick finish. Pretty horrid.

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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 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 wethorseblanket
2.7/5  rDev +0.4%

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 dcmchew
3.12/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smithj4
3.04/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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 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 Mebuzzard
2.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ok, I'm trying to review this based on style, so....

A: Yup, looks like a typical AAL. Pale yellow/straw. Fluffy head that doesn't last much at all. Gotta knock it down a point

S: stale feet and wet straw. Malt is...well, isn't good.

T: About what I expected. The first impression isn't bad, but the aftertaste is socks and wet tarp. Hoping carbonation cleanses this out...

M: nope. pretty flat.

D: nope. Can't finish it. Need some Ruination to exorcise my palate.

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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 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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Saigon Export from Saigon Beer Company
2.69 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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