jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
From a 330 ml. brown bottle with a packaging date on the front label.
Poured a clear lager golden with a small foamy head that quickly settled into a thin lacing.
Aromas of lemon grass and sweet grain malts, pretty simple.
Good carbonation with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of pint glass, and a crisp, smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
For me, a bit strange tasting, sweet grainy malts with a slight metallic edge, a lemon grassiness hoppiness that mingles with a sugary maltiness, and a lemon and grainy metallic finish with the metallic flavor lingering a tad too long.
Iíve read about this lager and now I have try it, o.k. drinkability, I will try again with southeast asian food sometime, but this will not be a regular purchase for me.
rw4244 (132) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 66cl. This beer poured a pale gold, with a pure white head which didnít really linger. It had a standard aroma of rice and hops, particularly rice, though this only revealed itself when warmer. The taste was very clean - rice and hops, really quite malty, something which remained in the aftertaste accompanying a slight bitterness. The palate wasnít as watery as most Asian lagers. This beer is highly prized in Asia, and its hype far exceeds its quality, perhaps because its the only beer you can get easily in Laos. It does go down extremely well on a hot day though and there is nothing offensive in there...
bhensonb (11251) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Brown bottle. Mfg Date June 30 05. Very light aroma of malt, corn and yeast. Very pale golden color with creamy white head. Thereís definitely lacing. A bit sweet, very carbonated, pretty thin. Iíd put it in a class with Budweiser or Central American light lagers.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The bottle I bought of this was on the discount shelf at the local LQ store. Mfg date was Dec of 03!!!! 3 years aged didnt make this beer any better...or worse though. If i was ever in Laos, I would drink it again, otherwise no. Nothing special to speak of, tastes like every other beer ever made, so ill pass since it runs about 3 bucks a bottle.
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
330ml bottle stamped Mfg Date Aug. 08, 05. Poured a medium golden color with a larged sized white head. Aromas of grain, light grass and sweet malts. Tastes of grain with a honey sweetness. Body was thin and watery.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2006
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
i a fond memory of this beer. not because its good because its not. but i drank about 3 of these sitting watching a serious down pour in cambodia, while having a great conversation with some south african lads while we flipped through illegally burned cds. crisp flavors of thin malt character, slight metallic bitter aftertaste.
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours a pale pilsener golden with a small, creamy, white head. Lightly sweet aroma of brewing cereal. Medium body with a slight skunkiness that fortunately is overpowered by sweetish malt and brewing cereal. No bitterness. 170706
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
The "Lao Effect" is a funny one. After ten days in the jungle coming down from the Chinese border, a fresh pitcher of Bia Lao in Luang Praban is the most heavenly elixer youíve ever tasted. Crystal clear, cold, refreshing and takes the edge off the humid tropical heat. For a minute it almost fools you into thinking that you really donít have food poisoning, and after the second pitcher, you donít care.
On the other hand, when you get it at the 99c store in LA, and realize that itís no better than any other watery, light, boring beer, youíre jerked back into cruel reality.
I think it suffers a little in the can, or maybe thatís just my memories interfering with the real taste of the stuff.
jimhilt (2413) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2006
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Very light carbonation and light bodied. Skunky nose. Starts almost sweet, corny just as bad as Macau beer, hops at the finish. Far eastern countries have trouble making good beer. Bought this only to add a new country to my collection. $1.50 for a 330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or. Bottle has the ABV at 4.9%.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 2, 2006
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Abit bready, sweet, but better than many pale lagers Iíve had, drinkable. Got it at the .99cent store for 2/.99! then they realized it was beer, and pulled it! lol. ok drink on a hot day