Evil has many faces, and in this case, it has the stony visage of Jayavaraman VII doing his Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara impression. Jayavaraman VII was known for his patronage of epic Angkorian architecture rather than his ability to transmute barley into alcoholic goodness and despite his complete lack of brewing skills, the beer with his statue on it pays him nothing but disrespect.
Cambrew says: “This exotic beer is brewed in Sihanoukville, Cambodia employing the best traditional processes. Bayon Beer embodies the full quality of a Asian beer with an alcohol content of between 5.0% to 5.2%. Bayon beer is essentially catered to Asian drinkers with a smooth and hoppy aroma to give a pleasant after taste. Bayon Beer is refreshing and thirst quenching.”
I say: There’s rice malt in this beer and a whole lot of it, which is probably why Cambrew use the term “Asian” twice in their vignette. If you’re looking for a Khmerised version of a bad American beer, then this Bud is for you. Dry flavor, with an empty basement, mildew aroma. Thin enough for brushing your teeth in. No head, pale urine color.
Availability:All Cambodia, can only.
If this beer was a Cambodian landmark appropriate to the beer’s stature, it would be: a looted grave in Oddar Meanchey