Beer Review: Singha Lager Beer

NEXT up in my round-up of Asian beers is Singha Lager Beer.

Singha Lager Beer bottle

This large 630 millilitre bottle is from Tesco. I’ve not seen it sold in cans or smaller bottles, only ever in this gigantic quantity. Let’s hope that it’s a good beer then.

The bottle top has Singha’s dragon logo and the name of the brewer. Which, if I’m reading it correctly, is Boon Rawd Brewery Co. Ltd.

Singha Lager Beer bottle top

The neck of the label isn’t surrounded by a normal label. But rather that crinkly foil that sometimes gets used to add that ‘premium’ feel.

Singha Lager Beer neck foil

This neck foil keeps the attractive white and gold colour scheme. It has an impressive, if unintelligible symbol, and the words “Thai Beer”. That nails the origin then. This beer is from Thailand.

The main front label keep the same colour scheme. But it’s dominated by an enormous gold dragon.

Singha Lager Beer front label

Just under the Singha name are the words “Premium” and “Import”. Both of which are good, but “Import” is what stands out. That’s because both Asahi Super Dry and Cobra Extra Smooth weren’t. They were brewed here, not in Asia. And that’s something that makes Singha a little more special.

Under the huge gold dragon and pictures of hops, Singha describe that as a “Lager Beer”. And that this has been the “Original Thai Beer Since 1933″. Good stuff. An Asian beer with heritage behind it. The first so for on this round-up, in fact.

Underneath that, in rather smaller text is the name of the brewer; “Singha Corporation Co., Ltd.”. And the place of origin, which is apparently “Bangkok, Thailand”.

The back label is quite a lot smaller. And much more crowded than the front.

Singha Lager Beer back label

The ingredients are listed as “Water, Malt and Hops”. The amount of beer is listed in more ways than I’ve ever seen it listed before. It’s given as 63.0 cl, 630 ml, 0.630 l and 21.3 fl. oz. Has anyone here ever measured their drinks by fluid ounces? If that’s your thing, then you’ve got it listed on this bottle.

This bottle was imported by Entbe Ltd of Slough, England. If you want to write them a letter or give them a phone call, all of that information is on here. There’s also an email address listed, which is info@singhabeer.co.uk. I’ve not tried it, so if you do try emailing them, let me know in the comments section if you get a response from them.

The website address of www.singhabeer.com is printed on there. But if you’re British, you’d probably want to go to www.singhabeer.co.uk instead.

The brewing and bottling of this beer in Thailand is confirmed yet again on the back. And, hidden away for some reason is the alcoholic volume. Which at a respectable 5%, could be more prominent. Why not print it on the front label like everyone else?

When it came to pouring, I took a chance on my big, continental glass. And guess what? All 630 millilitres of it went in perfectly. None left over and no spillage.

Singha Lager Beer poured into a glass

The head looked promising at first. But sadly, it died down to become just a cluster of tiny bubbles on the surface.

The colour of the stuff looks about right for a lager. It looks fizzy, too. Hopefully it won’t be too gassy.

The smell is roughly what you’d expect from a lager. Nothing out of the ordinary. Just the usual blend of malted barley and hops. All of which are hardly noticeable.

A couple of gulps in, and everything seems normal. In fact, there’s not much that makes this lager stand out at all. It has a faint bitterness and sour aftertaste from the hops. And not an awful lot more, in terms of flavour.

What else can I say about this lager? Well, it is refreshing. It’s a hot day here in London, and I’m glad to have a cool bottle of Singha Lager Beer to hand. Were I to visit Thailand, I’d happily buy a few bottles of this brew.

It’s not as gassy as I feared it might be. And for a lager, it does have a “premium” quality feel to it.

It’s also very easy to drink. With no flavours to offend the taste buds, it’s almost like drinking water. And therein lies my complaint. Although it’s a complaint that I level at all lagers. I like character, body and flavour, but that’s not what a lager is all about.

Singha Lager Beer is exactly that, a lager beer. It’s easy to drink, refreshing and fairly strong at 5%. Compared to other lagers, it’s not bad. But seeing this on the shelf next to bottles of beer and ale that are packed with flavour, this one couldn’t possibly get picked.

This is one of those straightforward, quality lagers that would go very well with a spicy meal. Or a trip to Thailand. On it’s own, it’s not as interesting as what else is on the crowded shop shelves. But in the right place, at the right time, it’s ideal.

Rating: 3.7

Have you tried Singha Lager Beer? What did you think of it?
Got any corrections, thoughts, ideas or suggestions? Then leave a comment!

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10 Responses to “Beer Review: Singha Lager Beer”

  1. DD Says:

    It is sold in 0,33 cans too.

    • William Says:

      What have you done?? My first experince with SINGHA BEER was in 1972,on a trip to THAILAND. I finally found it here in U.S and after few years of having a great beer you water it down and raised the price! It was 6% alcohol content and the price went from 8.99 a sixpack now it’s 11.99 a sixpack. Bring back BOON RAWD BREWERY….

  2. William Says:

    Hi

    That is a ‘singha’… and not a dragon! It is a type of mythological lion. Singha means lion! ‘Singapore’ (for example) means ‘lions town’. The singha also features alot in old Indian/Vedic culture.
    I would advise buying a lovely large bottle of the golden stuff from Tesco, cracking it open, and going on a ‘singha’ hunt on the net.. you might be intrigued. (or you might end up spilling beer on the keyboard and cursing the singha for his antipathy towards articial intelligence) Either way, good luck, and happy drinking/hunting/ignoring the William. ;-)

  3. William Says:

    Boon RAWD! Boon Rawd! Bring Back BOON RAWD! 6% to 5% and now $12.00 a sixpack!!!! BS

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  5. Drink.Eat.Play Says:

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  6. CARMEL GATT Says:

    DO YOU SELL TO MALTA

  7. CARMEL GATT Says:

    Iwish to start this beer to malta

  8. Stu Foye Says:

    Pleasant refreshing beer!

  9. Rod Says:

    Its not the Beer it used to be, Boon Rawd Brewing was better and more flavour , bring back old recipe or sales will slide. Its lost its lovely after taste and refreshing bite.

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