ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a tumbler.
Appearance: Straight brown, mostly opaque but some transparency to it. Large sediment chunks floating throughout the body. Forms a small, tan, foamy head with low retention and lacing.
Smell: Slightly sweet notes of iced coffee and toffee, but with a strong generic lager backbone aroma.
Taste: For a lager from a country not associated with quality beer, Beerlao Dark Lager is impressive by just how flavorful it is. The beer is remarkable sweet with flavors of coffee ice cream, toasted malts and a pleasant aftertaste. I’ve never encountered an American dark lager with this much flavor, so to get this kind of palate from Laos is very surprising (and pleasantly so).
The palate here isn’t as thick and sticky as a stout, nor is it as roasted-tasting, as it does have the thinner, lighter taste of a lager. The coffee-like flavor incorporates slight bitterness, but complemented by a very tasty confectionary sweetness of sugar, cream and toffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to the letter - neither thick nor thin. Not fizzy, either. Residual sweet flavors too.
Drinkability: The bottle indicates this beer weighs in at 6.4% ABV, but it definitely do not drink as such. The alcohol probably accounts for the robustness, but has no effect on the drinkability. The medium mouthfeel and low carbonation make for an utterly smooth lager. The sweet, flavorful palate makes it something of a liquid dessert, although I’d imagine it would pair well with authentic Laotian food.
Overall, this is a diamond in the rough and a hidden gems of beer stores everywhere. Give it a try and you’ll be see what I mean.
tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Brown, clear color. Hardly any head. Sweet, molasses and caramel taste. Aroma was slightly corn and molasses.
kajser27 (1748) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 28, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear, dark amber to brown colored, small to medium beige frothy head. Aroma is of some rice and malt, caramel, light metal. Taste is medium sweet malt, caramel, maybe bit toffee, light+ grassy bitterness. Medium bodied, average carbonation, watery.
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle via the wife during her rambling travels. A mix of golden brown malts supports a off white head. Nose is weak and of mostly caramel. body has a longer duration than expected. Dry and biting finish. Main body consists of muddled malts and corn. Dark by Laotian standards I assume. Some fleeting nuttiness.
ordybill (1707) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Savannah. The appearance is your basic traditional Euro Dark Lager. However, the taste was surprisingly good. I thoroughly enjoyed this more than the Beerlao traditional.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled on my trip to Thailand. A really cool beer for the area, where most brews have terrible flavor. Well made and great for the area.
guzzler67 (1693) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear brown appearance; actually, it was exactly the same color as the bottle itself. Muted, sweet, caramel malt aroma that turned vegetal as it warmed. Taste of maple syrup over rice. Light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation. Sticky sweet finish.
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Being a dark lager, I was expecting more roasted malts to come through, but what I tasted and smelled was more on the sour side. Not a very good beer.
danielyabu (1636) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - AUG 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
average frothy offwhite head, creamy after a while. good lacing. mostly diminishing. clear sparkling thin light brown body. aroma: light hoppy, moderate malt, light coffee, apple and honey. if and ff: moderate bitter sweet (hops, malt and honey). palate: medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation and metallic finish. leve aquecimento alcoolico. sabor frutado. dulçor acima da média. 30s
jrodooo5 (1627) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - FEB 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It pours a dark ruby red with a thin white head that leaves some significant lacing. The aroma has some semi-sweet malt flavors. The taste is fairly heavy on the malt but still pretty well balanced. It’s clean, crisp, and certainly drinkable at 6.5%. Not all that bad!