Brewed by Lao Brewery Co (Carlsberg)
Style: Pale Lager
Vientiane, Laos


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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.12   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed in Laos with hand picked indigenous rice varieties, spring water originating from the foothills of the Himalayas, Hallertau hops, German yeast and French malted barley.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2006
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2006
(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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006

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 you’ve 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 don’t have food poisoning, and after the second pitcher, you don’t care.

On the other hand, when you get it at the 99c store in LA, and realize that it’s no better than any other watery, light, boring beer, you’re jerked back into cruel reality.

I think it suffers a little in the can, or maybe that’s just my memories interfering with the real taste of the stuff.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jimhilt (2397) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2006
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%.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 2, 2006
Abit bready, sweet, but better than many pale lagers I’ve 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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Golden straw colour with miimal head. Aroma was grassy with a touch of malt. Tastes thin and somewhat vegetal. Thin and a touch of bitterness at the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vanvenlo (1206) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2006
5 Apr 2006 - Light sweet hop aroma. Clear amber colour, good head but doesn’t retain and a low suds lacing. Slightly sweet, good light hopiness, some maltiness with a hint of light toffee flavour. This beer is better than most asian beers, especially after drinking Carlsberg & Sinha through Thailand. I agree with Lunkie that this beer tastes a lot better when your holidaying in Laos.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2006
Not too bad for a pale lager really, but certainly not one I’d go back for. Lots of bready malt, some bitterness that wasn’t too metallic, and a fairly nice refreshing palate that’s light on the fizz so you can slam it down fast.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
decaturstevo (4979) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2006
A nice golden color and that is where the nice ends. Lagers are one of my least favorite beers. This one smelled like a lager only it had an off paper kind of smell and taste. It was very weak palate I could only detect the slightest malt flavor .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Poured a clear yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma was very sweet, malty grainy. The flavor was pretty sweet and grainy as well. Light body and a light bitterness on the finish.

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