Gold Medal Taiwan Beer - Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation

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Gold Medal Taiwan BeerGold Medal Taiwan Beer

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 25.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-17-2007

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Reviews by Citadel82:
Photo of Citadel82
2.27/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This is the beer they serve in the lobby bar at the Grand Hyatt here in Taipei. When in Rome... I have the good fortune to be Traveling quite a bit for work. Finding a decent beer can be quite a challenge. In Asia I tend to lean toward Gin based cocktails unless. They have something unusual or that I have never tried. Well I am in Taipei so I needed to try a Local beer. This is more of a premium beer than the other products from this brewer. Still grainy and doughy but less so than the regular brand... A touch darker in shade and a little stickier head but otherwise unremarkable. I give this one lower marks as they charge more for it and it really does not deserve the upcharge.

Pours pale yellow with a coarse, short-lived white head that left some decent lacing. Aroma has hints of wet green leaves, and doughy rice notes. Taste is slightly funky with a challenging aftertaste that is not at all pleasant. Very much a typical adjunct lager it pairs well with local dumplings which are salty and chewy but is nothing remarkable on its own. If there are other options pursue them... Or have a gin and tonic or a scotch which are both readily available.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mattster
1.63/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I purchased the 22oz bomber at Super L Ranchmarket at the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix. Poured into a Nonic glass.

Pour has a thick bubbly head, about 2" atop a yellow (with amber hints) brew.

Smell is similar to a mass market beer. Very skunky, even after allowing to breath outside of glass.

Taste is very subtle. It actually doesn't have much to it. Very watered down. Not horrible, but no "Distinctive Flavor" as the bottle states. Taste is malty, not much past that. Bubbles sort of attack the tongue with no real purpose. Nothing leaves me wanting more.

The beer wasn't expensive, but really not worth it.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up at an Asian market in St. Louis along with it's similar sibling, the regular Taiwan beer.

A - Pale yellow with a big fluffy head that leaves some nice dry lace on the glass. Retention is decent, and many rings of lace are left on the glass as I work my way down.

S - Spicy hops, sweet honey malt, and some nice fresh sea salt airy notes. Smells pretty good!

T - Much like the nose, spicy hops on top of honey based malt flavors. This is pretty assertive and tasty for the (usually boring) style. Nice.

M - Light bodied, with some residual sugars and a nice neutral but hoppy finish.

D - Not to shabby! This is a pretty nice beer for a basic Asian lager. I would drink this again...especially as a session brew in an Asian bar or restaurant.

Photo of CpnYates
1.6/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Yuck... that is pretty much the most responsible thing I said after popping a can of this while working in Taiwan for a month. The regular Taiwan beer is a much better offering than this, but if you do find your self in possesion of a glass of taiwan's distinctive flavor lager beer, drink it as such.

1. Chill till darn near freezing
2. eat spicy chilli's
3. wonder why taiwan beer has not adapted the wide mouth can
4. Poor into mouth while swallowing rapidly, avoiding tounge
5. Grab a diffrent beer

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with gold tints with a two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is strong skunk covering light sweet malt and grain, typical adjunct. Flavor is also very light, almost watered down sweet grainy malt and mild grassy hops with a hint of citrus. Light bodied, with soda like fizzy carbonation. Like any other light adjunct lager, bland and inoffensive. Except for the thin flavor, a fairly standard example of this ubiquitous style. Initial flavor is ok, but because of the lightness, a bit metallic in the finish, but that is also mild. Meh. The green bottle skunkiness is the only thing that stands out.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.52/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl can poured into a pokal.

A = Clear straw color forms small white head which disippates relatively quickly, light but steady carbonation.

S = Wet straw, earthy hops, light floral scents, pretty decent for the style.

T = Fresh grains and some spun sugar, light bitterness right at mid-palate, but mostly this is a sweet light foamy beer.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, smooth, full feel.

D = This is actually pretty decent for a sipping beer of this style. That said, it gets just s;lightly cloying by the end so I am not sure I would want too many of them.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz green bomber pours a medium gold color with a decent sized white head that pops and fizzes pretty quickly to nothingness.

Smell is sweet and corny. Eerily similar to the regular Taiwan Beer… not much else to report on the aroma. It is not repulsive, but certainly not pleasant. It is distinctive in its sweetness.

Taste is sweet, light malt and plenty of sweet-ish corn/rice adjunct lightness. It tastes like it has about the same amount of malt as a Japanese Hopponshu. Even though I had the regular Taiwan Beer less than a month ago, this tastes exactly the same. Mouthfeel is decent, but that is probably due to the perception of sugar and high carbonation. Perhaps Taiwan has not heard of hops before…cause this one is in serious need of some leafy greens. It actually reminds me a little bit of the Malta Goya drink they peddle south of the border. This one is only for the curious, tickers and masochists out there in BA land.

Photo of HeyItsChili
2.37/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another beer consumed during my time in the East. ranked this the tastiest cheap beer in Shanghai, and while that's sorta like being the tallest midget in the circus, I still figured I'd give it a shot. Yeah, not awesome.

A - Poured piss yellow with a tiny head.

S - Smells light sugary and weak.

T - Light beer sort of corny watery flavor but with an odd medicinal tinge.

M - Nothing noteworthy.

Photo of Kakaraht
2.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours very pale and crisp, with finger of white head that has decent lacing

S: This is definitely a rice beer, with a faint hop aroma.

T: Not bad, kinda taste like Tusker with a creamy buttery type of flavor. Sweet on the taste buds as well

M: Medium mouth feel with good carbonation

D: Better than I expected but still a mediocre drink. Be OK on a hot day though.

Photo of furballkazoo
5/5  rDev +90.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Much of the same characteristics as a traditional German lager balanced by a slight sweetness that adds to the flavor rather than taking away from it as one might think.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.27/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - lemon yellow low white head

S - adjunt rice malts and a bit of sour gym sock

T - sweet candy flavors. Sweet green rice. Not unpleasant. Finish is golden honey

M - corn syrup and water

D - much better than expected. If in Taiwan this is a good choice

Photo of laituegonflable
2.78/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a fizzy gold lager. Pale golden colour with lots of carbonation feeding a snowy head that sinks quite predictably. Pretty blah, but also pretty expected for the style.

Smells bland - grainy with a slight hint of grassy hops. Has that mild lemon character that is more a nod to detergent than any natural citric aroma. Gentle phenol lingering at the back. Standard for style, but you know, meh.

Taste is largely grainy, with a lot of sticky rice and bread yeast on there and then late-mid gets a touch of that artifical citric flavour. Not a lot, no real twang and then an odd muddy flavour towards the back. It's slightly stale and kind of like the taste of inhaling a helium balloon. Not stale enough to think it's just stale, I think it's just a problem with the beer. Isn't outwardly bad, but it's very unexciting and has some unpleasant characters.

Lots of carbonation sizzle, never gets harsh though, just tickles the soft palate. I guess there's enough malt here to cushion. Stylistically appropriate, and it's not unpleasant at all.

Yeah, it's bland. There are some unpleasant flavours but they're not strong enough to ruin its bland drinkability and ability to go with dumplings.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.71/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice solid golden color with white wispy foam. The aroma initially exudes a skunky not, but that settles into a sweet graininess. Similar notes are evident in the flavor. The beer is smooth with just a bit a bitterness to dash it all away. Better than many of the brews from this part of the world.

Photo of Gobzilla
2.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden yellow with a finger of head that left lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: I get rice notes right off the bat with aromas of various grains that also had a mild malt presence and wheat notes; very plain nose.

T: I definitely get corn notes on the taste which also had various grains, very little malt,wheat, and very slight citrus flavors.

M: light body with a good amount of carbonation that had a grainy malty and crisp refreshing finish.

D: very drinkable brew that was also very light in aroma and taste but makes for a great beer for a hot day in the summer poolside.

Photo of Ellery89
3/5  rDev +14.5%

Drinkable but nothing special.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.11/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although my bottle's label bears little resemblance to the one shown, I have to believe the block type that reads 'TAIWAN BEER' over a miniscule 'Gold Medal' and the curious sub-tag 'World Monde Selection - Bruxelles' (uh, translation...World World Selection?). I tended to doubt the award's legitimacy, but found a 'Monde Selection' via google (a division of the 'International Institute for Quality Selection'. Seriously?) 1 pint, 4.2 oz., poured to a pint glass.

Thanks to my friend, Peter, for thinking of me and my beer passion when shopping at the Fubonn Asian Market. A thoughtful 'studio warming' present on Saturday night...

Back label text, word for word: "With a profound and remarkable history since 1919, Taiwan Beer has successfully won many gold medals from international award for its world class quality. Taiwan Beer is characterized with a full-body, traditional, rich, and smooth taste. It is our mission to bring one of the best and distinctive-flavored lager beers to people throughout the world who enjoy this universal brew." Smile.

A: Golden, pure golden and the definition of 'clear'. Steady carbonation - not a ton of it, but enough life to look typical for the style. After a climb to about a finger deep, a fuzzy white head dwindles to a small creamier cap. It eventually breaks down, lingering in a ring and spritz of lace.

S: Really not much aroma, a little honey/sweet corn. That's about it.

T: Sweet and malty. Adjunct corn/rice sweetness, barely enough grassy hops for balance. Sure, it's sugary, but the flavor is pretty strong (well, better than your 'average' beer of this style) and adds a decent amount of spice to the 'corn pop'-piness.

M: Smooth and sorta creamy, far from the 'full-body' the adspeak proclaims, just a light-medium body and slicker feel. A little malty stickiness left dries on my lips.

D: Not the type of beer to go wild over, but if I'm honestly grading to style...well, this ain't too bad. Gold medal? Maybe there wasn't much competition... For a while this was pleasant to sip on, though the big bottle grew tedious toward the end. 4.5% strength makes it an easier drinker.

Thanks again, Pete...

Photo of Big_Eatums
3.11/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nothing exciting to say about this beer. It was, unfortunately one of the few beers that were available in country. It tasted much like a Carlsburg IMO. It's a light pilsner with nothing exciting to note about it. The color was spot on for a light lager, but other than that...that's all it really had going for it.

Photo of avwrite
1.25/5  rDev -52.3%

Bottom barrel. Not sure why I drank this. It's more watered down that a Bud in terms of flavor and looks like it has the consistency of water. Very bubbly, very stingy, even as a novelty, just go with any other lager instead.

Photo of flyingpig
1.35/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

500ml Can bought in Singapore (SGD$5.90):
Yellow, straw colour with a tiny head that is bubbly and disappears fast.

Sweet with a slightly citrus aroma, some lager malts and a hint of bread. There is an unusual lager aroma plus some water at the end.

Citrus with an almost lemonade like taste, if one that is a little watered down and comes with a touch of skunk on top. The beer is quite bland after that with some bitterness but not much, some corn and bread with various other adjuncts. Terrible.

Incredibly flat with pretty much no carbonation at all and only minor hints of bitterness to distract from an overwhelmingly watery taste.

Pathetic excuse for a beer and a disappointing introduction a Taiwanese beer with a terrible taste and a shocking mouthfeel, this one is close to being the worst beer I have ever tried. How this is a gold medal winner I'll never understand.

Photo of DT7
2.14/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-A very nice golden yellow with a white head that goes away quickly

S-Smells or hops and citrus, with a little bit of rice

T-Very watery,Rice, it almost taste like very cheap champagne, a bitter sour finish

M-Smooth and crisp, decent carbonated

D-This beer isn't very flavorful at all, its very similar to say a coors light but with less flavor

This beer is refreshing and its best drank really cold, because well when its cold you can't really taste anything. Its easy to slam this is a beer to get smashed on not to enjoy

Photo of DioS
3.3/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crisp, refreshing beer that is above average for the style. Pale gold color with a quickly disappearing head. The beer has a prickly bitter and mildly grainy smell somewhat like other beers of this style from Asia. I typically associate this smell with dryness. The taste is actually not too bitter, very thirst-quenching and straightforward. Light bodied but not without substance. While not a terribly interesting beer, it also succeeds in *not* offending the senses, which is commonplace in this style. Quite nice when drunk cold with Asian food.

Photo of arizcards
2.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received a couple of 500ml cans from a co-worker who visited Taiwan back in September.

Beer poured a straw color with a white head that is sustained by a generous amount of carbonation. Nose is lightly perfumed by a floral hop. Malts are slight in the background. Taste is typical internaltional lager, very light on the malting and hopping which lends a rather bland taste with non distinctive characteristics. Mouthfeel is quite thin although the generous carbonation makes it a bit refreshing. Drinkabilty is so-so, not bad if you just cut the lawn but nothing memorable at all.

Photo of afksports
2.21/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to my friend Katrin for bringing this brew back from her recent trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan. I feel like a Gold Medal.

The initial pour out of the can has some nice head, about a finger thick, and the appearance is a bubbly straw color with visible carbonation. By the end of the glass almost all the bubbles are gone, and no lacing remains above the clear and watery body. It smells of corn, if anything. Taste has a fruity front, which is interesting. Beyond that, there's whatever adjunct they use, and your typical Miller Lite / Bud Light unenjoyable drink. The fruitiness adds a character to it. A certain sweetness I don't always get with the domestic ones. It feels about average for a light lager in the palate, and is as drinkable as any other beer you'd play flip cup with.

It's just not that good. But I still feel special.

Photo of GallowsThief
2.31/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 22 oz green bottle into a regular old pint glass. Shout out to my buddy Ken for bringing it back for me from Taiwan.

A – Poured out a pale straw yellow. Half a finger of crisp, bubbly white head that faded away quickly.

S - First smell has a bit of a funk to it. Moves over to a light grainy smell with just a hint of sweetness.

T – Much more sweet on the palate then the aroma suggests. Pretty strong sugar taste. Its not unpleasant it just masks every other flavor. Touch of grain peaks through with a hint of malt.

M – Light bodied, crisp on the palate. Good solid carbonation.

O – Drink it while its ice cold because it faded quickly. Its not terrible but not overly impressive either. I can imagine a cold on of these on the hot street of Tawain would be damn refreshing however there are many many more choices to grab here in the states. I would still grab this over a Bud.

Photo of dcmchew
2.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

0.33l bottle, 5% alc.
Pale golden, thin foamy head for a short while, lots of fizzy strings.
Sweet adjuncty malt smell, grains, little touch of citrus.
Taste follows, with sweet syrupy corn, some rice dryness. Bit of spiciness, some lemon zest and a touch of hops in the finish, with a mild decent non-metallic bitterness.
Sweetness doesn't cloy heavily, but the aftertaste is still malty. Light body, medium carbonation.
Had worse Asian lagers before, this was kinda ok, it had a bit stronger flavors than the usual, probably because of the extra abv (5 instead of around 3.5).

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Gold Medal Taiwan Beer from Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
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