Taiwan Beer - Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
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1/5 rDev -58.2%
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.
02-26-2003 20:02:45 | More by elmocoso
1.08/5 rDev -54.8%
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.
04-19-2008 01:14:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
1.2/5 rDev -49.8%
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.
04-04-2004 16:37:54 | More by IronDjinn
1.23/5 rDev -48.5%
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.
03-23-2004 07:16:22 | More by ism
1.35/5 rDev -43.5%
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 theres some sort of God-awful flavor here that curdles the cheeks. I dont know what it is. Its 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 its a close race.
03-03-2004 03:01:37 | More by RoyalT
1.35/5 rDev -43.5%
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.
01-20-2004 19:27:14 | More by TerryW
1.5/5 rDev -37.2%
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.
Forgettable? Uh huh.
09-13-2003 23:48:29 | More by bmacaskill
United Kingdom (England)
1.6/5 rDev -33.1%
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.
09-07-2006 15:40:49 | More by aragorn76
1.85/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
11-03-2009 16:11:21 | More by mrmanning
1.9/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
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.
11-06-2005 22:36:44 | More by Zorro
1.95/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
07-21-2006 03:09:51 | More by grandq
Taiwan Beer from Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
60 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.