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Taiwan Beer - Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation

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BA SCORE
60
poor

95 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.41
pDev: 28.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation visit their website
Taiwan

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-26-2003)
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -58.5%

ygtbsm94, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of elmocoso
1/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I know that a person is not supposed to review from memory, but this will have to be the exception to the rule.

I found this beer at the 99cent store for 3 for 99C. I was excited. It was about 2 years ago.

I threw um in the fridge and invited a chum over to try the Taiwan beer and he was happy to oblige. I got two out of the fridge and cracked um open. Gave one to my buddy and one for myself. He, being more naturally cautious, sniffed at and looked into the bottle suspisciously. I took a chug. Awful. Terrible. It literally tasted of Soy Sauce. No shit. My friend gets a glass and starts pouring as i took another swig, just for good measure. While the beverage was still in my mouth, i looked at my friends poured version, only to see flakes and chunks swerling around in the glass. I almost barfed and quickly spit my swig into the sink. This stuff is Terrible.

el_mocoso

elmocoso, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.08/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours with no head, and a pale yellow, very lightly carbonated body. Looks atrocious.

Nose is heavy with sickly sweet rice-syrup. Also a wet yeast/bread dough smell. No hops, no fragrance. Not very impressive.

Taste is grainy and harsh, lots of sticky rice and DMS. Very short palate that just delivers its sickly sweet blandness, then disappears - wham bam, thankyou tongue!

This is a ridiculously unappealing beer. This exemplifies all the worst element of Asian lagers. Stay well, well, well away.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
1.2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I have to agree with ism, the design on this blue and white can screams communist utilitarianism, hearkening back a good 30-50 years in style as well. The beer itself is a pale hazy straw colour, a flash of fizzy white head that reminds me of pop. The aroma is a bit boozy, thin like the smell of fermented corn or rice. The flavour is pure sweet rice adjunct, absolutely characterless, somewhat like the packaging. The mouthfeel is thin and watery and quite lifeless. No pulse at all to this beer. If you see it on the shelf, no matter how it is priced, just keep walking.

IronDjinn, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of ism
1.23/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The best thing about this beer is the sheer utilitarianism of the can. Blue print in several languages cover every bit of printable area. The logo, simply stating (not even proclaiming) "Taiwan Beer" characterizes the contents. It pours a pale off-yellow with no discernable head. Tastes ricey with a playful effervescence that results in some harshness going down.

Not a bad try, as it seems to be aping the standard American macro, but not distinctive either. In the end, I got more enjoyment out of the can.

I think I should also disclose that I had this on a flight from Taiwan, and poured it into one of those tiny plastic cups they provide in coach/economy class. This may have affected my perception.

ism, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
1.35/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Very light orange in color with little head.

Smell – The odor is very mild here, but I can pick up some rotten mowed grass and Band-Aids.

Taste – Oh, this is horrid. The Band-Aids carry the day at the taste, and there’s some sort of God-awful flavor here that curdles the cheeks. I don’t know what it is. It’s kind of like a very flat, stale, weak soda.

Mouthfeel – The cheap fizzy mouthfeel is thankfully offset by a bit of dryness, but this is no picnic.

Sinkability – This is slightly better than the Caguama Light that I had earlier today, but it’s a close race.

RoyalT, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of TerryW
1.35/5  rDev -44%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Shoulda known better when I saw the can. Rudimentary graphics, sitting rather lifelessly and forlorn amid all the other gold-foiled or colourful bottles and cans on the shelf. So they saved all their effort for the brewing of this beer, right?

Uh-uh. Wasn't even worth the effort of pulling up on the pop tab. Utterly insipid stuff, devoid of character. Not actively undrinkable, but precious little point in lifting the glass to your lips for this one.

Give it a pass and spend an extra buck on something else instead.

TerryW, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of Rickus
1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Rickus, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of AlexFF65
1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

AlexFF65, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Tr0janSlay3r, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of bmacaskill
1.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow! It says "Taiwan Beer" on the can. No brand name. It's just beer. The can's white. The print is blue. Someone has to tell these guys about branding.

And boy, does it taste brand-less. It's clearly Taiwan's answer to Budweiser. Come to think of it, Budweiser may have had a hand in this. Or the people who make Blue Light.

Drinkable? Yes.

Forgettable? Uh huh.

bmacaskill, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of Ellery89
1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

I live in Taiwan and I refuse to drink this beer. Literally tastes like water. The Golden Taiwan Beer is much better; well, it's drinkable, anyway...

Ellery89, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Viceroy
1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Viceroy, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of aragorn76
1.6/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had this in Taiwan. First off the can design, it's about time the company who makes this join the 21st century. The can design is about as uninteresting as the beer. Pours a pale yellow color and a head the goes away quickly, things floating in the beer. The taste, you can tell this is heavily adjuncted with rice. Very ricey with almost no hope bite, an industrial taste comes through. This wasn't a pleasurable beer, if in Taiwan choose an import over this or the localy brewed Tsing Tao, much better.

aragorn76, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of intoxabroad
1.75/5  rDev -27.4%

intoxabroad, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of SoCaliC8
1.75/5  rDev -27.4%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of mrmanning
1.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

LCBO can from 2 years ago. I forgot I had this in my "beer cellar". Let's see how time aged this. Sparkling body with a bleached white head. Grainy tin aroma, corn and minerals too. Sweet malty corn flavour, with some grain. There were chuncks in this? Strange. I hope it doesn't make me ill. Ok.

mrmanning, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Zorro
1.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Giant size brown bottle from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City California.

Pours a fizzy yellow beer, looks like a BMC type beer to me.

Smell is clean with a lot of corn smell. Mild scents of malt and a little bit of acid in the scent. A little grain and biscuit in the scent.

Taste is flat and noticeably oxidized, lot of cardboard flavor. Flavor of corn and that is about it.

Light mouthfeel.

Yes you can drink this but why? At its best this was a Budweiser clone, but shipped across an ocean it is $1.69 a Giant bottle at the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City.

Zorro, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of grandq
1.95/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A gift from a Tennessee friend visiting her family and roots in Taiwan, and for the trip around the world, the taste isn't far removed from the convenience store brands back in the South. The initial Pabst-ness of scent prompts me to drink this grassy macro straight out of the can. Greeted up front by an intense malt sweetness that reveals a whole lot of adjunct behind - if it's rice like I hear, it doesn't taste too far off from the corn in a 40. Doesn't stay long on the tongue - a very thin, fizzy, carbonated mouthfeel that evaporates faster than most IPAs. As a result, it doesn't much slake a thirst. But there's something comforting about the familiarity. It's a small (macro) world after all.

grandq, Jul 21, 2006
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2/5  rDev -17%

bambam2517, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of philmen
2/5  rDev -17%

philmen, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of ATADakaCHAD
2/5  rDev -17%

ATADakaCHAD, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of biokid23
2/5  rDev -17%

biokid23, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of starlight37
2/5  rDev -17%

starlight37, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -17%

kjkinsey, Nov 11, 2012
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Taiwan Beer from Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
60 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.