Yesterday, I visited a new wine & beer shop in town, East Wake Wines & Craft Brew. While their focus is wine, they also have a small, but interesting, selection of beers.
Normally, I'd have skipped past the Beerlao, but it was one brews being sampled by the shop. It's tough to make a judgment based on just one sip, especially since I like to try at least two bottles before making a decision. Figuring it warranted a full review, I purchased a couple bottles. (That's the neat thing about East Wake... they have six packs and singles, so you can buy just a few if you want to sample.)
This lager is produced by the Lao Brewery Company, a joint venture that is half-owned by the government of Laos and half by Carlsberg. LBC claims to have 99% market share in Laos.
Beerlao is crystal clear and yellow-gold in color. It has a thick, pillowy white head that leaves significant lacing. Very bubbly.
There's a faint, spicy-pungent, floral aroma. Think marigolds.
Taste & Feel
Definitely a lot of rice in this recipe. It has crisp and light body, but doesn't have a lot of flavor. I'd put it on par with any of the mass-produced American lagers.
Leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste.
If you've never had beer from Laos, it's worth trying, just to say you've had beer from Laos. Other than that, I'm not very excited about this one. Like I said, it's on par with the major American-style lagers, so if you're looking for something bold or different, this isn't it.
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