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

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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.57   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cantabrian (926) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 10, 2012
Much better than the local Indochinese lagers, this is still a poor beer. Too watery, with hardly any aroma. The "black beer" taste is over diluted.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GIJOE (920) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Picked it up in a grocery store in Bangkok. Pours brown with a foamy white head that stays; copious lacing. Smells like standard lager. Taste is a touch carmel-like. Fairly thin, decent carbonation. Okay beer. I wouldn’t turn one down on a hot day.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrBeerFanatic (901) - Friona, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Pours a dark amber almost like whiskey with a pillowed head. Aromas of grain, grass, slightly musty, and hay. Flavors of light caramel/toffee, grass, and grain. No alcohol noticed. Lightly sweet. Lightly malty with a lighter hop note. Pretty sub par.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
A watery malted beer. Kind of reminds me of negra modelo or something. Aroma nearly nonexistent, flavor not too much better

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 2/1/2009. Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass. Beerlao Dark pours a caramel coffee color, although visibly transparent; this gives it a dark but watery appearance. It leaves a 2 cm grayish head, which fades and leaves tiny lacing around the glass. Caramel and maple malt, along with light, earthy hops and some rice. Definitely taste some caramel and molasses in the malt. The rice distracts from the otherwise pleasant flavor, and in my opinion, results in a more watered down taste. The hops have much less control over the end of the sip in the dark Laobeer compared to the regular. Just a slight hop bitterness to finish out the sip, with no bitter aftertaste. Somewhat smooth, but a little bit watery for a dark lager. Like the Laobeer regular, it is somewhat heavy on the carbonation. Especially for Southeast Asia, this is one of the more drinkable options. Being a dark beer, which in itself distinguishes it from other options, it displays a few dunkel characteristics as well, making it a good change of pace from the Singha variety beers.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerFunGuy (837) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
This good looking dark brown beer is kinda sweet. It is one of the most unique lagers I've tasted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HughConway (829) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle - Had at Thai restaurant. Basically what you might expect from a dark lager brewed in Laos and served at a Thai restaurant. Thin, mild body, and good with spicy thai food.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Moravius (802) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 17, 2015
Flasche (33 cl) vom Asia-Mekong-Supermarkt, Berlin. - Rotbraun, klar; wenig Schaum. - Nase schwach dunkelmalzig, matt karamelsüß, leicht muffig. - Antrunk mild dunkelmalzig mit mildem Kaffee und leicht gemüseartiger Herbe. Milde Karamelsüße, zart säuerlich abgeschmeckt. Durchschnittlich rezent, schlank. Mäßig hopfenbitterer, leicht erdiger Abgang. - Für ein „Reisbier“ gar nicht schlecht. An die Gemüsenoten gewöhnt man sich, danach ist es angenehm und sogar süffig. In deutschen Supermärkten stehen viele dunkle Biere, die deutlich schlechter schmecken.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GuideDogSaint (771) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAY 19, 2015
330ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. After having this many times in Laos I’m finally rating it in China. Not as dark as I remember, pours mid brown with a white head.Aroma of malt with dry biscuit and caramel. Sweet finish.


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