88. Beerlao

Posted: February 10, 2011 in International beer, Lager
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Company info:
Lao Brewery Co.


Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $TBC AU

Label info: ‘Brewed from the finest quality ingredients by Lao Brewery Co. LTD’

What the label really means: They just couldn’t be stuffed coming up with a label description could they?

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I don’t know about this. There is nothing on this label that excites me. There’s gold, there’s green, there’s yellow, and there’s the head of a tiger. It’s a mass produced beer with a mass produced label and it’s nothing special. In fact I almost walked straight past this beer.

I give it a label rating of 5 out of 10.

AROMA: I have to admit, I bought Beerlao expecting yet another Asian lager. I pictured Tsing Tao. But, as soon as Beerlao hit my nostrils I knew I was in for a treat. It smells delicious. There is a very Hoegaarden-esque smell to it and I am loving it.

Taste: GLASS – As the aroma suggested it would be, I am pleasantly surprised to taste a kind of Hoegaarden tasting lager. It’s a mostly wheat flavoured brew and perhaps a little less intense than Hoegers. But the more I drink this sucker the more I am falling in love with it. It’s very tasty, very refreshing, and very surprising. This is really hitting the spot!

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE –
Unfortunately drinking Beerlao from the bottle means you miss that all-mouth taste a little. It’s still enjoyable but not quite at its potential.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Spicy Indian or spicy Mexican flavours would suit this as I believe Beerlao would act as a nice spice diffuser.

Best season to appreciate: I could sit back and enjoy many of these on a warm Summer’s afternoon. Definitely a Summer brew.

All-nighter beer? Definitely! I am returning to the shop of purchase to check the price of a case.

NEXT WEEK: I’ll be a couple of days late next week but stay tuned for the intriguing Fursty Ferret.

  1. Michael Stryne - Rebel Brewing says:

    Excellent review. I’ll email you regarding a project Im planning/


  2. Glad you liked Beer Lao, it’s defiantly one of the best things about the country.It is defiantly a summer drink, as in Lao It’s very hot and muggy, making beer lao perfectly suited to the climate really well.


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