downender (7760) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at an oriental restaurant in Bristol. Straw coloured with a slight white head. Grainy, sweet malt aroma. Flavour was a bit corny, with some hay and a few hops in the finish. An inoffensive lager.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A Mes rate: bottle thanks muchly to beermerchants.com
Pale gold with a decent white head. Strangely appealing raspberry jam and cereal aroma. Very seedy. Some honey too. Shit load of cardboard in the mouth with plenty of cereal and honey. Sweet malt finish. Had much worse.
rocbyter (2067) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had at the GWBF. Mild grain aroma. Light yellow color with a small white head. Taste is very light. Develops a mild sour grain taste in the finish. Palate is slightly chewy in the end.
imdownthepub (12813) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled, 330ml, Filtered from Quercus Brewhouse & Bottleshop, Kingsbridge, Devon. Yellow to gold with white head. This beer beat all expectations of it, it’s bright with mineral background, vaguely sweet, smooth and with a dash of lemon character. yes it has a slight cardboardy, tinny note, which drags down a lot of beers like this, but overall it was reasonable, I’d love to try it whilst touring Laos.
ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a smallish, white head.
Smell: Light pale maltiness with a distant, displeasing staleness. Don’t you dare do this to me, Beer Lao.
Taste: Light pale malts and rice with a light cereal sweetness. Slight stale quality throughout. Minor hop character and bitterness. And that’s really about it till the ’’Himilayan spring water’’ watery finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, a tad watery. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A beer to not only unite an entire nation of peoples but also to supremely represent a country that traces its ancient origins all the way back to the Kingdom of Lan Xang -- Land of a Million Elephants. Man, that’s a pretty tall order, but as Laos is a relatively impoverished and oppressed place, I’d say Beer Lao really fits the bill.
GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 Beerlao! This is incredibly underrated. A real pain in the ass to find in the US but it can be done! Found this at Twisted Noodle in Durham, NC. Doesn’t taste quite as good as the 500 mL bottles we had daily while exploring Laos, but this 330 mL export version is close enough. Pours a pale gold with an impressive white head- one of the best I’ve seen with a pale lager. It even laces properly! Aroma is sweet malt, a touch of yeast, rice, and barley. Initial taste is sweet with slight noble hops. Aftertaste is a little metallic. I love Lao PDR so I’m going to give it bonus points just for being Lao. If I could choose any Asian lager, this would be it.
Slipstream (2405) - USA - OCT 20, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Nicely colored label on the bottle. Pale pour with tall white topper. A little nastiness in the aroma. This is a dry, reasonably well-hopped lager - a little stronger than most Asian brews, but nothing fantastic.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Picked up at Maruhn Getränke in Darmstadt. Pours a golden yellow color. Aromas of skunk, straw, grass, and formaldehyde. Flavor was nasty, medicinal, metallic with no body, no hops, just a slight grainy taste.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: crystal clear pale gold, wispy white head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweaty cereal aroma with a touch of sweet unfermented wort,
Flavor: sweet cereal flavor, fruity green apple, light floral hops, clean finish,
Aroma: 3/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 5/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle. Pours clear and straw yellow. Thin white head. Aroma of rice and barley. Noble hop aroma. Tastes of stale grains. Nice European hop flavors, grassy and herbal. Overall, I’m afraid that the 6 months+ it took to travel to the East Coast US has caused a small bit of oxidation. Fun to rate, better that the other Asia disasters I’ve rated.