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


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RATINGS: 440   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2006
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rw4244 (132) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2006
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...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bhensonb (11251) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2006
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.

   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 (25085) - 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 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jimhilt (2413) - 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 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

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