Best Beer in Thailand?

archa-frontIt’s still Beerlao. BUT, recently Jason at “Isaanstyle” blog mentioned that he tried “Archa” and found it lovely.

I wasn’t initially fond of Beer Leo at all – but it grew on me. That’s the first sign that you’re settling for lack of a better option. I don’t like Singha and I don’t like any of the other beers I’ve had here besides San Miguel which has a nice taste…

Since I can’t get Beerlao on tap or in a bottle – damn, or even in a can where I am – I decided to see if Jason knows what he’s talking about. I feared he was just biased because apparently this is Australian beer – and Jason is an Aussie.

With some kind of excitement brewing I bought two cans at 7-11. I hate cans – but that’s all they had. Keep in mind that if you’re taste-testing beer in Thailand – and you come upon some JUNK beer, try it a couple more times from different places, different locales because you might have just sucked down beer that sat in the sun for a long time. No beer tastes great after that. I’ve seen this beer reviewed as “horrible” before. I’d never call it that… anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself.

I noticed it has 5.4% alcohol content – which is a bit less than Leo, so that was a plus. I’m used to drinking beer water in the USA at 2.5-3% alcohol so I don’t tend to like the high-alcohol content beers.

I added ice to my 7-11 Big Gulp plastic cup I have on hand for such occasions and poured one in. Light color. Hmm. As I drank it down I realized… I’ve no complaints. That’s odd.

I poured the next.

Damn, that’s decent beer.

It’s not Beerlao – but I think I’d rate it a touch above San Miguel. I think another taste-test is in order for San Miguel since it’s been 2 years since i had it last. Ok – will let you know.

As it stands Beerlao dark is my favorite beer EVER. That’s followed closely by Beerlao pale – or regular, whatever it’s called. Amazing beers those are – in Lao anyway, and freshly brewed… I’ve had mixed results in bottles in Thailand. If they sat out in 100 degree F weather they’re going to suck.

Archa beer from Australia is now my choice for number one beer I can always find in Thailand.

Anyone else try it?

Thanks Jason for the recommendation…

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16 thoughts on “Best Beer in Thailand?

  • July 21, 2009 at 7:05 am
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    Yeah I gotta say I love Leo. Always drank Singha when I first arrived, but have swapped over these days. I never used to like the cans either, but with the climate, sometimes I actually prefer the small coke sized cans, cos you can really knock them back and get to the thirst! Not tried beerlao yet, not seen it around too much where I am, but after your post I will surely keep an eye! Cheers and all the best. Ben

  • July 21, 2009 at 7:05 am
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    Yeah I gotta say I love Leo. Always drank Singha when I first arrived, but have swapped over these days. I never used to like the cans either, but with the climate, sometimes I actually prefer the small coke sized cans, cos you can really knock them back and get to the thirst! Not tried beerlao yet, not seen it around too much where I am, but after your post I will surely keep an eye! Cheers and all the best. Ben

  • August 1, 2009 at 9:54 am
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    Archa beer is Thai beer, brewed by ThaiBev, the same ones that brew Chang beer. It is the least expensive bear I’ve found in Thailand, not a good sign, and according to Wikipedi it is brewed with some rice which sucks in beer! I tried it tonight and it is ok, but I much prefer Singha and the locally brewed Heineken. I might buy it more though because it is so inexpensive!

  • August 1, 2009 at 9:54 am
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    Archa beer is Thai beer, brewed by ThaiBev, the same ones that brew Chang beer. It is the least expensive bear I’ve found in Thailand, not a good sign, and according to Wikipedi it is brewed with some rice which sucks in beer! I tried it tonight and it is ok, but I much prefer Singha and the locally brewed Heineken. I might buy it more though because it is so inexpensive!

  • August 4, 2009 at 9:08 am
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    I haven’t tried this yet nor have I seen it anywhere. But Im addicted to Leo.. it’s just so nice and got good price :) .. I also love Federbrau.. did I spell it correct?
    But I gotta say, I cant drink Singha, I just hate it’s taste.. bitter!! What’s beer Lao?? where di u get it?

    • November 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm
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      BeerLao is at Chong Mek border – or, any border with Laos. It’s also in some bars in the tourist areas. You can usually find it there. Good luck.

  • August 4, 2009 at 9:08 am
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    I haven’t tried this yet nor have I seen it anywhere. But Im addicted to Leo.. it’s just so nice and got good price :) .. I also love Federbrau.. did I spell it correct?
    But I gotta say, I cant drink Singha, I just hate it’s taste.. bitter!! What’s beer Lao?? where di u get it?

    • November 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm
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      BeerLao is at Chong Mek border – or, any border with Laos. It’s also in some bars in the tourist areas. You can usually find it there. Good luck.

  • November 17, 2009 at 7:34 pm
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    Before I became a monk, I used to drink San Miguel Light, when I lived in Bangkok, then I moved to the country and drank Leo.. which I liked much better than Chang… I tried Archa a couple of time, I thought it was a little better than Leo, although the Thai’s laughed at me drinking it.. ?? I think they thought it was a poor mans beer… lol… and then a friend from Bangkok turned me on to Singha Light.. that’s a beer I liked foremost.. But, now I just get to look at the pictures on the can’s and bottles… :-)

  • November 17, 2009 at 7:34 pm
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    Before I became a monk, I used to drink San Miguel Light, when I lived in Bangkok, then I moved to the country and drank Leo.. which I liked much better than Chang… I tried Archa a couple of time, I thought it was a little better than Leo, although the Thai’s laughed at me drinking it.. ?? I think they thought it was a poor mans beer… lol… and then a friend from Bangkok turned me on to Singha Light.. that’s a beer I liked foremost.. But, now I just get to look at the pictures on the can’s and bottles… :-)

  • February 2, 2010 at 7:46 am
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    CHANG Beer also contains Rice ! , Chang beer is poor shit . . ,
    ARCHA Beer is good ., its soft and easy . ., simular to Heniken . .,

  • February 2, 2010 at 7:46 am
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    CHANG Beer also contains Rice ! , Chang beer is poor shit . . ,
    ARCHA Beer is good ., its soft and easy . ., simular to Heniken . .,

  • October 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm
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    Archa beer is considered loso due to the low cost of the finished product.Many of my expat friends consider it dish=water compared to Leo or Singha,
    tried an experiment using Slurpee cups from the local jet sip et , with a mixture of cups containing all thai beers and unmarked so no-one could distinguish, apart from Heineken, archa rated first ,surprise surprise,although most contend not to like it.

    • October 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm
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      Nice, that’s basically what I did – try to look at it with an open mind when I tried it. You did like a Pepsi-Coke challenge. Funny they liked Archa better.

  • October 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm
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    Archa beer is considered loso due to the low cost of the finished product.Many of my expat friends consider it dish=water compared to Leo or Singha,
    tried an experiment using Slurpee cups from the local jet sip et , with a mixture of cups containing all thai beers and unmarked so no-one could distinguish, apart from Heineken, archa rated first ,surprise surprise,although most contend not to like it.

    • October 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm
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      Nice, that’s basically what I did – try to look at it with an open mind when I tried it. You did like a Pepsi-Coke challenge. Funny they liked Archa better.

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