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Federbrau Lager 
Posted: 8 March 2015  Beer Republic 5.5 
Federbrau Lager from Thailand Federbrau is brewed according to the standards of the German Purity Law. Well, so the brewer says.  You could do a lot worse than Federbrau. But you don't have to look too hard anymore to do a lot better.
Avg price/liter: USD 3.47   ABV %: 4.7 Type: lager  Thailand beer 
       


Around 2008, Federbrau (or Feather Brew because its taste is supposed to be as light as a feather) entered production in Thailand and, thereafter, ceased to become less and less popular.  For a brief period of time between 2008-10, my wife and I treated Federbrau as our goto local beer until finding it became too hit or miss.         

Brewed by the same beer conglomerate that makes the Changs, Federbrau was clearly their strategy to dominate the premium beer tier.  It's brewed according to the standards of the German Purity Law.  Well, so the brewer says.  It wouldn't be the first time a label on a local Thai product was completely fabricated.  In Thailand, organic on a label can mean what it does in any Western country.  Or it can mean "license to double the price" without actually providing a genuinelyorganic product.      

Okay, let's just accept that Federbrau is the real deal, a beer brewed with no additives or fillers or additional flavorings.  Just hops, yeast, barley, and water.  That alone doesn't transform the beer into a quality German clone.          

Federbrau is good.  It's not great.  It has a much lighter taste than any of the German beers I've sampled and clocks in with slightly less alcohol than the average Thai beer.         

In Thailand, it used to be the beer you'd reach for when you wanted something slightly better without breaking the bank. With Singha's steady price rise, Federbrau is now almost neck and neck in price per liter with the Singha. Federbrau's problem is that it's not easy to find in every local market shop. 

You could do a lot worse than Federbrau. But you don't have to look too hard anymore to do a lot better.

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