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Harbin Lager - Harbin Brewery Group

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155 Ratings

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harbin Brewery Group

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 Injemanze
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
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

Injemanze, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
2.42/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Reidrover, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

kimcgolf, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of goschool
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
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...

goschool, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
2.28/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

atigerlife, Mar 20, 2006
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Harbin Lager from Harbin Brewery Group
67 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.