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Brewed by Lao Brewery Co (Carlsberg)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Vientiane, Laos

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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2009
12oz at Wild Ginger in Soho today. Pours cloudy brown with a tan ring. Nose is sweet, malty. Taste is sweet and malty and overall decent. Nice label too.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle. Dark copper pour. Short tan head. Um, this isn’t a schwarzbier. More an American Dark Lager. I’ll switch it afterward. Aroma is sweet malt and caramel. Hints of grain. Taste is caramel, sweet malts, and light cereal grains. Body is light-medium and slightly chewy with moderate carbonation. End is more caramel, sweet malts, and light cereal grains. Not too bad.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Clear brown appearance; actually, it was exactly the same color as the bottle itself. Muted, sweet, caramel malt aroma that turned vegetal as it warmed. Taste of maple syrup over rice. Light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation. Sticky sweet finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HughConway (745) - Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2009
A passable dark lager that pairs well with spicy laotian food. Not much to recommend it outside of Laos, inside of Laos it’s nice to have a dark option.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Beerlao Dark is a very clear brown lager with a fluffy off white head that leaves nice lacing. It has a faint aroma of grain and vegetables, with a hint of sweet and a hint of sour. It has a smooth medium body with a watery finish. It tastes slightly sweet, like dark malt extract, with no roastiness, really. There’s a touch of chocolate and caramel and maybe squash or yams. It’s relatively inoffensive.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nearbeer (3428) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2009
12 oz, mfd . Nov 06, 2008. Clear darkish brown with a two finger head. Aroma of molasses, skunk and toasted nut. Flavor is the same. LIght-medium body is dry and tingly. Probably good beer if your in Laos on vacation.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beyondbagot (4) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2009 does not count
As always tasting beer after a day spent on various long haul busses, tuk tuks and boats it was the best beer I’ve ever had. On reflection it’s passable darkish ale and a wonderful relief from the sea of fizzy lager to the south. Pours like a flat coke, slight biscuit taste, wee bit of hops and sweetness

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
not too much on the dark front. the aroma is mostly weak, taste is a little soapy, with some rice background that is common in Asian made beers. drinkable

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
nick76 (4144) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
The aroma is a bit skunked with a little bit of caramel malt, chocolate, nuts, and a touch of grassy hops. The appearance is cola brown with a small head. The flavor is sweet and bitter but a lot like the aroma and also skunked. The palate is thin. Overall this is not that good and hardly a schwarzbier.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Pours brown cola color and transparent. Better than regular Beer Lao with some caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, and dark/rye bread. Hardly a great schwartzbier, but an excellent alternative to the abundance of light lagers in Asia.


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