Friday, August 22, 2008

Danish and Dutch Beers in Singapore

From left: Red 8.6 by Bavaria, Bear Beer, and Royal Dutch Post Horn Premium Lager

For some reason that I can't figure out, low-end beer that one buys at convenience stores in Singapore is often from Denmark or Holland. I picked up a few of them the other day just out of curiosity, and tonight I tried them out.

The first one, Red 8.6 by Bavaria, was so nasty that I practically spat it out. It was one of those high alcohol content beers, and tasted as if it were rotting. The second one, Bear Beer, was also a "strong beer" but fortunately didn't taste as bad as the first. That didn't mean that it was good though. Finally, the last one, Royal Dutch Post Horn, was a bit more tolerable. But that was of course relative to the other two, and was not really anything that I would opt for again.

Yes, the first two were pretty much like malt liquor back in the US. Are these even popular in their home countries? Heck, are they popular here in Singapore? And sorry for all of the packaged goods lately; frankly I haven't seen too much lately that has been inspiring.

5 comments:

Raymond said...

Beer?! Isn't getting your drunk on, in Singapore, terribly expensive? Furthermore, if you drink and smoke, don't you need to be rich? :)

Anna said...

I can tell you, as a Dane, that Bear Beer is NOT popular. Not among young people anyway. I have never seen anyone drink it or even buy it. Those who have do not like it. So there ya go.

Lex Von said...

As a Dutchman I never seen those products here. But I do know the Bavaria brewery and have to admit it's not exactly our finest...

Røde Erik said...

Bear Brew or Bjørnebryg is mostly enjoyed by alcoholics sitting on the public bench near the local supermarket. I have never seen anyone else drinking Bjørnebryg in Denmark. It's up to you if this serves as a recommandation or a warning.

uselessneeds said...

8.6 is the kind of beer drunk by homeless in the street or by kids at festivals.

Well i have to say i kind of like the regular one the red one is disgusting.