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What's the best beer in southeast Asia?

Posted by exacto on 13/4/2006 at 08:38

Hey gang,

Any suds lovers out there? I'm a big fan myself, and wonder what people think is the best beer between Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. (Somtam, how is the Bintang in Indonesia these days?)

When I first started backpacking around Thailand, you had your choice of Singha. One couldn't easily get a tourist visa to Laos in those days, and Cambodia was still in the middle of a civil war. Then things started looking up when Kloster hit the market in Thailand.

I'm partial to Beer Lao myself. It just tastes good, and the Lao people are so very proud of it. I don't mind a nice draft of Angkor Beer either.

What's your favorite?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/4/2006 at 12:43 admin

Easily Beer Lao! Swap a Bintang for a Beer Lao any day.

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Posted by simeone_8 on 13/4/2006 at 18:40

Chang is very nice in Thailand but be warned - it hits you quicker than you might think. Pretty strong stuff!

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Posted by slowmo on 18/4/2006 at 11:50

G'day all.
Beer lao with out a doubt. Thailand has a good selection of beers now with Singha, Chang, Leo, Cheers, Kloster but I would say Beer Lao no worries. Problem is you've got to go to Laos to get it.

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Posted by tsargood on 18/4/2006 at 17:41

Beer Chang is my favourite, although consuming it quickly can have dire results! Angkor Beer was another I really enjoyed. A few weeks ago I found a bar in Melbourne Australia that sold Beer Chang! Needles to say, I had a very bad Changover the next day..... Tim

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Posted by runaway on 19/4/2006 at 23:33

I am not a beer lover but I'd say "Singha" beer!
(coz I am Thai and It was the first beer I tried..hoho)

Cheers!

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Posted by mangoboy on 21/4/2006 at 21:29

Beer Lao hands down. Any 'quasi-resident' ex-pat in Thailand nipping across the border for a visa run is duty bound to bring some back with them. They can face excummunication if they don't. I'm serious.

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Posted by steviej on 22/4/2006 at 00:11

I seem to remember a beer in Thailand (1990) called Elephant Beer or was this just how my head felt next morning. I don't recall seeing it when I returned there in 1995.

I do remember Kloster and found it better than Singa.

This time next year I'll have tried the Beer Lao so the jury is out till then!!!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 22/4/2006 at 17:07 admin

Going on how I'm feeling at the moment, my fave beer certainly isn't "Bintang"...

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Posted by tsargood on 25/4/2006 at 20:19

You wouldnt beleive it! I also found a place in London that sells Beer Chang! quite expensive though. It is being sold as a boutique beer in a bar here that claims to have every bottled beer in the world! That's a big claim, I will put it to the test over the next few months I am in the UK. I will find out if they have Beer Lao. I have not had one of those since 2004! If they dont have it maybe they can get it for me, otherwise I must wait until December when I next visit SE Asia. hhmmmm Beeeeeerrr......

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Posted by exacto on 27/4/2006 at 06:57

Has anyone seen a beer in Thailand lately called "Amarit"? It used to be a nice alternative to Singha, but seems to have disappeared lately. I'd love to come across one of these again, if only for old times sake.

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Posted by exacto on 27/4/2006 at 06:57

Has anyone seen a beer in Thailand lately called "Amarit"? It used to be a nice alternative to Singha, but seems to have disappeared lately. I'd love to come across one of these again, if only for old times sake.

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Posted by pantsninja on 12/6/2006 at 22:52

From what i hear Myanmar Beer is the bees knees, i'm yet to get there so i haven't tried it. check it out http://www.myanmars.net/mybeer/

Also word on the street Beer Lao is being discretely brought into Thailand and can be bought at some bars in bkk.

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Posted by Tilapia on 13/7/2006 at 06:46

Stevie,

The Elephant beer is Beer Chang. Nasty stuff, but it's cheap and in the middle of a stifling hot afternoon isn't bad on the rocks with a chunk of lime and a few aspirin.

Best beer is probably Beer Lao, though I tend to remember Angkor Beer being quite good, as well. I love Thailand and I love Thai food, but Thai beer just doesn't cut it. Singha, Leo, Kloster, Chang and even Carlsberg will all do your head in. Heinekin isn't too bad, though.

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Posted by Tilapia on 13/7/2006 at 06:48

Oh right! Myanmar beer IS quite good. Not readily available in Thailand, though.

I can get Singha in my local liquor store. Can't be bothered, though.

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Posted by wolfman on 13/7/2006 at 18:21

beer lao-without a doubt! chang is the strongest stuff-for shure, but it´s not a clean one.

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Posted by ReneHanoi on 13/7/2006 at 19:49

Posted from within Vietnam.

Nothing beats a cold Tiger I would say. I know, it's imported out of Singapore but brewn here and available everywhere. Beer lao tastes a bit too german for me, too rich in flavour. Cheers !

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Posted by exacto on 14/7/2006 at 13:56

hey rene,

speaking of which, have you tried Cheers! beer here in Thailand. it has a light flavor, but tastes a bit better than Leo to me anyway. it's cheap too, but isn't available at many places yet.

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Posted by Laura_B on 14/7/2006 at 15:32

I loved beer Lao! But did anyone try beer larue in Vietnam? Lovely stuff.

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Posted by pauljaymes on 24/7/2006 at 16:02

Had no problem getting Beer Lao in Cambodia; both Lao and Angkor are my faves - The 'Changover' makes strong Chang too unpleasant as a regular drink, although it does get marks for being cheap-as.

I'd put Tiger in the top 3 with Lao and Angkor.

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Posted by bluesparkle on 24/7/2006 at 16:19

I prefer Beer Lao clean, fresh and tasty beer.

I live in the Netherlands and i must say i find Beer Lao much better then our own Heineken!

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Posted by exacto on 24/7/2006 at 16:45

we're here in siem reap now and are enjoying a few draft angkor beers. it is absolutely best as a draft beer, plus it is usually cheaper and tastes much better than out of a can or a bottle. we've found one place near our restaurant called 'home cocktail' that has 60 cent happy hours angkor drafts every evening from 5 til 9 pm. i imagine there are similar steals elsewhere all over town.

beer lao is available here too, although typically in a can, and sadly, it just doesn't taste quite as good here as in laos. maybe it is the rough trip to get here that takes a toll, but i think a beer just tastes best when it is enjoyed in the home country. prost!

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Posted by lolozo on 29/4/2010 at 21:03

Tiger beer. Seems to be one of the most common/ popular beers in South East Asia. When in doubt, drink Tiger! Singha beer goes well w/ food, whereas lighter beers, eg. 333 and San Miguel(Vietnam, Philippines repectively)are drinkable in larger quantities. I`d say Angkor beer has the best balance in terms of taste.

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Posted by caseyprich on 29/4/2010 at 21:14

There are a few places in Shanghai where you can get your hands on Beer Lao (Dark!!!) and you can get the big bottles down around Kunming/Yunnan. I know plenty an ex-pat who'll set aside their Tsing Tao just opened to replace it with a Beer Lao -- no matter how long it must have been sitting on the shelf.

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Posted by MADMAC on 30/4/2010 at 00:28

Beers from this region that I am familiar with an like:

Beer Leo
Beer Lao
San Miguel

Beers I don't like much:

Heineken
Singha


Beers I don't like at all:

Federbrau
Beer Chang
Beer Isaan

Everyone has their own tastes of course. And I live in Thailand, so I am sure there are regional beers I haven't has. If I could only pick one it would probably be beer Lao, although I find Leo a close second.

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Posted by JordanRHughes on 30/4/2010 at 01:48

Now there's a question you could love. Thanks

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Posted by somtam2000 on 30/4/2010 at 18:16 admin

Beer Isaan - there is such a thing?

Beerlao for me

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Posted by MADMAC on 30/4/2010 at 20:15

Somtam
Yep, there is such a thing. But it's surprisingly hard to find. Well, maybe not that surprising, like Archa (which I should have mentioned) it totally sucks.

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Posted by Archmichael on 30/4/2010 at 20:21

My vote definitely goes to Beer Lao.

It's available in the US now, but only on the two coasts, not out here in the middle where I live.

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Posted by jacobmartin on 20/7/2011 at 22:39

Go to the beach with a corona beer bucket and have some booze party with Thai females. Enjoy.

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/7/2011 at 23:39

Jacob
I love Corona. And I have to admit there are times when I would prefer a San Mig... Saturday nights I get free Beer Lao, courtesy of one of my dancers (lovely woman). Otherwise I drink Leo most of the time.

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Posted by adclesta on 21/7/2011 at 09:39

im yet to try beer lao, but will be there in a month or so, so i'll try it then. personally i really like chang, dont seem to get massive changovers. its not about Heineken though as a few people mentioned, coming from england thats the worst european beer you can get imo.
oh and i really didnt think much to angkor draft to be honest, tasted a bit watered down for me

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Posted by savorygal on 21/7/2011 at 10:04

best beer= beer lao
worst beer= Bintang. by a mile.

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Posted by goonistik on 21/7/2011 at 12:19

I am not that fond of beer but the one I kinda like is Cerveza Negra of San Miguel. It is a dark beer.

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Posted by MADMAC on 21/7/2011 at 13:41

Bintang - worse than Archa? Wow, it must REALLY suck.

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Posted by Rasheeed on 21/7/2011 at 20:06

Black Panther, baby. Breakfast lunch and dinner.

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Posted by Rasheeed on 21/7/2011 at 20:08

Black Panther, baby. Breakfast lunch and dinner.

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Posted by MADMAC on 22/7/2011 at 11:01

Haram Rasheed. Haram!

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Posted by backpacker21 on 22/7/2011 at 14:35

san miguel beer is the best!

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Posted by caseyprich on 22/7/2011 at 22:23

last time i was in bangkok i had a big bottle of san miguel, i like the weight of those bottles, and it tasted pretty good . . . i still take beer lao first, but i like san miguel.

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Posted by RobRose on 13/8/2011 at 01:30

Beer Lao! Although Myanmar Beer and Angkor Beer are solid too.

Of course you can't beat Sangsom and pineapple juice for pure, Thai deliciousness!

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Posted by think87 on 13/8/2011 at 06:48

I just found out recently that a local supermarket where I live here in the states ( Boston area ) carries six packs of beer Lao small bottles reg. and dark.... for over $12 US. not quite the cheap big bottles in Laos but it was a refreshing way to treat myself. I was kinda shocked they exported them this far.

beer Lao all the way

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Posted by MADMAC on 13/8/2011 at 11:09

Boston kicks ass!

Go Sox!

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Posted by think87 on 13/8/2011 at 11:17

Haha. Beer Lao and a red sox game. Good combo any day.

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Posted by MADMAC on 13/8/2011 at 11:50

Indeed!

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Posted by sayadian on 13/8/2011 at 23:42

In your best W.C.Fields impersonation say.
'The best beer is the one your drinking.'
Agreed?

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Posted by MADMAC on 14/8/2011 at 20:04

I'll buy that hombre!

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Posted by shambles on 22/8/2011 at 05:11

Cerveza Negra Best beer in south east asia

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Posted by chinarocks on 22/8/2011 at 17:02

Beer Lao, closely followed by Angkor.

To get wasted, try a few Changs.

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Posted by monkindy on 22/8/2011 at 17:26

Fresh beer in Hoi An!

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Posted by Rasheeed on 22/8/2011 at 17:30

Whatever beer is in my hand. And that right now is Cheers. From the fridge in my new apartment...

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Posted by sagemode on 3/9/2011 at 18:28

Definitely Tiger for me maybe because I am a Singaporean.

Beer Hoi is also not that bad tried in Hanoi and it cost me USD$0.25 a Glass absolutely brilliant.

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Posted by Bonny_Ricardo on 7/9/2011 at 13:05

Posted from within Vietnam.

Definitely Leo. Hands down the best beer. Singha is piss water, as is Tiger.

When I cut down on the cigarettes, and actually started tasting 333 it was pretty horrific.

If stranded in Vietnam, it's well worth hunting down some Castle. It's a stout, but still, very nice with ice.

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Posted by tttravelhk on 12/9/2011 at 14:09

galseberg

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