Gold Medal Taiwan Beer - Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
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Reviews by wl0307:
United Kingdom (England)
2.15/5 rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Purchased at a "bargain grocery shop" in The Moor, Sheffield. Totally surprised to see this beer on the shelves, I was somehow more curious about the source of this beer. For one thing, Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Co. is not owned by any international big boys like InBev., and how this beer manages to appear in a small grocery shop like this is definitely beyond my imagination, and there come loads of it! Since I've only heard of this beer since leaving Taiwan and never tasted it--it's a relatively new product from this company and appeared in market for only less than five years--why not give it a try at just 1.29 quid? 600ml green bottle, BB 31/01/2008, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: coming in a dark straw hue; the beer head is thick and fluffy while the carbonation is fierce and artificial--looking like a mass-produced lager all right.
S: lightly lemony fruitiness comes with starchy and grainy malts with a touch of sugar; a swirl brings out a dryish grainy note of rice, plus an intriguingly stinky edge of hop pellets. Despite the promise of noble hops (as appears on the brewery's website), the hops lag way behind. Overall the presence of rice is much milder than the standard "Taiwan Beer", hence slightly better.
T: as bland as it could get... spritzy upfront, then some thin-bodied malts, lemony flavouring, an acidic-grainy edge of (leftover) steamed round rice, and a misplaced mild dryness of rice that comes almost too early to contribute any positive impression to the overall bland performance.
M&D: the wafer-thin body falls apart on the palate from the very beginning, while the fizziness, being not overly intrusive, fails to bring a refreshing mouthfeel. I expected to taste a much better product than the same brewery's standard "Taiwan Beer", but the thing in my glass is yet another disappointment. Since there're quite a few micro-brews available in Taiwan right now, I suppose this previously state-owned company might as well consider consigning itself to history and selling all its breweries all over Taiwan, so as to do every discerned drinker and micro-brewer a favour.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2007 19:46:47 | More by wl0307
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2.81/5 rDev +7.3%
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).
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2014 07:45:22 | More by dcmchew
2.26/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
10-18-2013 02:09:29 | More by Citadel82
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2013 11:56:02 | More by Big_Eatums
United Kingdom (Scotland)
1.3/5 rDev -50.4%
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.
Serving type: can
08-26-2013 22:09:34 | More by flyingpig
2.3/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2012 01:22:07 | More by GallowsThief
Gold Medal Taiwan Beer from Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
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