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Harbin Lager - Harbin Brewery Group

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BA SCORE
68
poor

158 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 19.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harbin Brewery Group
China

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atigerlife on 03-20-2006)
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Anyone who has ever worked with, and received those small gifts/presents from, Japanese companies will nod doubt see a similarity between those and the decorative packaging of this China brew. For a start the bottle itself is sleeved in a tight fitting paper sleeve, this is secured with a gold colored thread which is tied off. The 600ml green glass bottle is sealed with a dark green crown cap and metallic foil on the neck. The main label is also dark green and has a pale yellow oval with lots of metallic gold designs and text. Listed as “China’s Treasured Lager Harbin Lager” with some Chinese text filling in the main band across the label.

Appearance: For all the fancy-schmancy packaging the beer in the glass looks very ordinary, as I expected. A pale straw body pours out with a massive frothy white head which adds some neat looking lacing. This is your typical looking lager affair, but the longevity of the head and the average carbonation at least lend it a decent overall look.

Nose: Nothing much in the nasal arena. Some light grain malts and a very feint bitterness, but the strength is so low that it is hard to determine exactly what makes up the nose here. Despite its weak strength, the nose is nothing out of line, and it does seem clean at least.

Taste: Middling lager style flavors. Again this is just as low in the tastes as it is in the nose. Gentle sweetness in the finish, light grain and some citric sharpness in the finish all do enough to remind you that this is not water, but it never seems to stamp authority in any flavor area. As with the nose it is clean and unfettered, but rather boring.

Mouthfeel: Clean lines and decent carbonation are a plus but that is it. Nothing here really adds to the body and the clean lines are reflected in the thin feel. Very wanting in the Mouthfeel for sure.

Drinkability: I’m sure this is fine very clean thirst quenching brew on a hot day, but the day has been cool here in Long Beach and this just doesn’t do anything at all for me. Forgetful.

Overall: This was a cheap pick-up during a recent trip down to HiTimes in Costa Mesa. A brew from China, all delivered is some fancy looking packaging. Something different, but nothing exciting.

Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a Thai joint before dinner;

Pours golden, efferervescent and with a 1" white head. Minimal lacing & no head retention

S: Sweet perfumy nose & a hint of honey. Finishes dry with hints of

T: Sweet up front. then a little maltyness & a hint of rice dryness. Finishes dry with a little sweetness & fruittyness

MF: Light bodied & softly carbonated, skews a little thin

Drinks okay, nothing special, but better than BMC

Photo of geexploitation
2.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow apple juice color with a virtually no head. Corny smell hits first off, then slightly sweet malts and an ever so slight dustiness that I'm assuming is some hops. On the palate, bland and a bit sweet, with little in the way of hop bitterness (on a bit comes in at the end). The end finishes with sweet dried corn. Thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, not an appetizing beer, and not even really drinkable given that sickly corn smell/flavor.

Photo of Injemanze
2.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ranked right below Tsingtao and probably the second best of the light Chinese lagers (not saying much)

Appearance – pours a decent amberish-yellow. A quick pour produce moderate head that disappears quickly.

Smell – water, malt, and something else I cannot quite hit

Taste – Very mild bitter hops, sickly sweet with hints of grass and malt

Drinkability – Okay, but as it is twice the price of a Tsingtao where I live, I can't find a reason to order a second bottle

Photo of Reidrover
2.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Actually very nice presentation ( if a little odd with it being wrapped in some fancy clean room hair net thing with a gold bow), and the bottle/label is very cool. 600ml Dark green bottle. Reasonably nice looking lager, deeper yellow than usual with a nice sized bubbly pure white head. Aroma ..ohhhh well, I will leave it at the "hairnet" did not stop this beer from getting skunked bad, only other aroma i pick up is a graininess .\taste while nothing special is better than the aroma, just plain lager here, some fruitiness and a touch of grassy hop. Rather watery palate. After all the money and thought they put into the packaging, i would have liked at least some effort put into the beer. Not horrible but far from good.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you took the label off this and served it, I would swear it is Tsingtao. Apparently, this light colored, light bodied lager, with little taste or aroma, is a Chinese staple. Not much more to say about this, other than that if I have it again, I’ll make sure I do so with Chinese food instead of a stand alone. Obviously, A-B is trying to tap into the enormous Chinese populace with this purchase.

Photo of goschool
2.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I just occurred to me that Habrin, and apparently A-B, might not have been trying to lure stupid macro drinkers to buy a tissue paper wrapped bottle of China's treasured lager, new to the United States. Maybe they were being sneakier and trying to get stupid craft beer drinkers like myself to become so intrigued with the absurdity of it all that we purchase their product.

The pour is gold with a large fluffy head. The aroma and taste have mild saaz-y hops and practically nothing else. There no offensive adjuncts. I don't see how this light, flavorless brew can reflex the tradition and culture of China's most northern province of Heilongjang. I'm not an expert on the culture of Heilongjang, but still...

Photo of atigerlife
2.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 600ml bottle. The bottle is attractive and it comes wrapped in a decorative sleeve with chinese characters and tied with a golden cord [sleeve not shown in the photo I took]. Nice packaging. This beer only became available in the US last month [February 2006] in Hawaii & LA. It is imported by Anheauser-Busch.

Poured a large fluffy white head. Sparse carbonation can be seen rising. A rather light golden color. So far, the packaging and the look are quite nice. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there....

The smell was faint hops. Not a lot going on. The taste was very light hops. Very mild. Really, not a lot of flavor. Very non-descript.

The mouthfeel was very light. No cleansing. Was somewhat "slippery" feeling. Not good. Overall, this beer looks nice in the bottle and in the glass, but there is not much going on after that. Nothing offensive, but no character.

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Harbin Lager from Harbin Brewery Group
68 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.