Review of Tiger Lager from Asia Pacific Brewery
In the middle of summer, few beer styles can beat the raw refreshing power of a crisp, clean lager. Whether sitting around the campfire, hanging out on the patio, or having finished mowing the lawn, lager is most people’s go-to beer. Given how refreshing lager can be, it’s no wonder the style dominates the world’s markets. Whether European, north American, or craft-brewed there’s not a country on earth that doesn’t offer the golden nectar to refresh the palates of anyone of legal age to enjoy it.
Tiger Lager is produced by Asia Pacific Breweries, established in 1931 as part of a joint venture between Heineken, and Singapore’s Fraser and Neave. The new company, called Malaysian Brewing, began construction of a brewery with Heineken adding its brewing heritage to the distribution skills of Fraser & Neame. When the new company finished building its new brewery in 1932, they introduced Tiger Lager.
Today, Asia Pacific Brewing has 25 breweries in two dozen countries around Asia. Over the years, APB (now solely owned by Heineken) has introduced more than 40 brands including Tiger and Heineken. Since its introduction, Tiger has won many medals for its quality and taste. And since 1981, distribution has spread from Asia through Europe, and into north America making Tiger lager a worldwide brand, and APB’s flagship beer outside of Heineken.
This brings us to the can of Tiger sitting in the fridge right now. Pulling the beer from the fridge and giving it a couple seconds to warm up (not too much), Tiger gets poured into a favorite glass. Tiger is pale straw in color and crystal clear. The head is fluffy, white, and recedes fairly quickly.
Aroma offers sweetness in the front. Rather than the bready sweetness of a European lager, Tiger offers the corn-based sweetness of an American beer. There also seems to be hints of rice in there as well. If nothing else, Tiger’s aroma is crisp and clean. Unfortunately, outside of the faintest wisp of grassy hoppiness, Tiger’s aroma doesn’t have much to offer.
The first sip shows a lager that is smooth, crisp, and clean. Corn and rice do offer some roundness in the center, giving a pleasant sweetness. The rounded center moves into a dry, somewhat astringent finish. As with the aroma, there’s only the faintest hint of hop character, this time showing up in the form of fresh cut grass.
Overall, this beer’s a 5 out of 10. It’s one and only saving grace is that it doesn’t have any flawed or off flavors. It’s inoffensive and will refresh you on a hot summer day, much in the same way a glass of water will. Go find a nice European lager instead. One way in which Tiger can be well used would be as the base of any stew or soup that calls for white wine.