946: Singha

Name: Singha
Brewery: Boon Rawd Brewery
Country of Origin: Thailand
City & State: -NA-
Style: Euro Pale Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5%
First Brewed: 1933

Tasting Notes
Color is runny honey. The nose offers sweet graininess, citrus lemony hop, and a hint of herbal spice. Mouthfeel provides biscuity malt balanced with floral hop bitterness.

Ricky’s Thoughts
What is it with all these sushi beers! I call it a sushi beer because I feel like I should be eating sushi while enjoying the brew. Regardless, I know I have had this beer before. I just find it funny that in the tasting notes they call it “runny honey”. Just sounds funny. Okay, I’ll stop.

This beer smells wonderful. It has a lager base to it, which I assume is the malt base this beer has. It has a somewhat carbonated nose too… which is hard to explain until you smell it. Just give it a whiff and you will see. I bet this beer has a large mouthfeel… let’s see.

On a side note, I can’t get over the logo… it’s very clean, and fitting for the country this brew is produced… it is only made in Thailand. Makes you appreciate the beer that much more.

The beer is NOT what I expected on the palate. It’s big alright, and has an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. It almost explodes on the tongue as you swallow. It crawls down the back of your throat and just stays there… it’s hard to explain but this is not our typical lager. I would think this beer tastes better cold, too.

The beer has an almost sweet aftertaste. I wouldn’t call it honey… but something that an hour after a spoonful of honey would produce. It lingers on the tip of your tongue all the way to the back of your throat. I wonder what this beer would taste like on tap. It’s good… I am very impressed and for a beer that I went in thinking would be weak, and somewhat pale (hence the “Euro pale lager” style) this beer fits in.

I like it. I would TOTALLY try this beer again. Actually, I might go order another one. Bottoms up people!

Rating: 5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
We are back at the Beer Sellar in Indy for our Monday night edition of 1001 Bottles.  Tonight we try a Thai beer called Singha.  It looks pretty much like a typical lager, yellow in the glass with not much head.  My nose is kind of stopped up, so I honestly can’t really smell it much at all.  What I can smell doesn’t really smell all that out of the ordinary.  Better than a typical domestic lager, but not a whole lot of smell to it really.

Let’s take the first sip.  I just drank a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (great beer!), so I need to get that taste off of my palette first.  The Singha has a light, slightly carbonated taste to it.  It’s not too light, though, and flavorful – not too bad.  It doesn’t have a LOT of flavor to it, but enough.  It’s a simple, enjoyable beer.  This is something I’d drink outside on a summer night.  Not one of my favorites, but this is a good enough beer.  I can enjoy it and would potentially buy it again.

Rating: 3/5

945 bottles of beer on the wall…

Jake is here! That is three weeks in a row. I am so glad that he has been a part of this blog. I told him when he came to the first 1001 Bottles tasting that if he was here… he had to write! But his reviews are so good, I hope he always comes to these. He is also reading the blog and continues to be a support channel for all of us. He’s a good dude, and one that I hope comes to these for many weeks, months… heck, years to come. Bottoms up Jake! Tell us what you think of the beer…

Jake’s Thoughts
What up 1001 Bottlers! I came prepared this time.

So tonight is Singha, which is out of Thailand. Already this beer holds a special place in my heart since my best friend and his wife are missionaries in Singapore, and when I went to visit them this past April for my last spring break we traveled to Thailand for a few days. I didn’t have Singha there (the only Thai beer we had was Chang, which, I must admit, is quite tasty), but those memories will stay with me my whole life. So anyway – yay for Thai beer tonight!

Appearance: A pale golden color, perfectly clear, with not a whole lot of head. Looks like a typical lager.

Smell: This actually reminds me a lot of Chang. Actually, Ricky just informed me that this was compared to Chang in The Tome (as I’m calling it now – the 1001 Beers book), so that’s fun. It has a very sweet, somewhat fruity aroma with a nice clean, grassy, somewhat spicy hop character. Quite nice.

Taste: Bottoms up! This actually reminds me a lot of European lagers. It has a rather pronounced malt base that is sweet and somewhat fruity, with a very clean, hoppy bite. It finishes quite long and spicily (made-up word) sweet. This is a well-constructed beer for sure.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very smooth. Singha is very refreshing with enough flavor to keep me coming back for more.

Overall, this is an impressive straightforward lager from Thailand. I would absolutely pick this out of a lineup of most lagers (which isn’t my favorite style by far), and would be stellar on a hot, humid summer afternoon on the beach.

Rating: 4/5

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