Taiwan Beer - Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
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2.38/5 rDev -0.8%
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of musty corn in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness. It’s not skunky, just musty.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good amount of flavors compared to others in the style, except that the taste isn’t that good.
08-06-2012 01:34:11 | More by metter98
United Kingdom (England)
2.05/5 rDev -14.6%
Green bottle, 600ml, claiming to be a Gold Medal Beer, whoever voted for this beer was got at!
Paler than a pale thing, on international pale day, this lager looked like Euro fizz, but even paler, light, no very light, almost a see through watery, urine after a heavy day of drinking Bitburger (you must be pissed if you think I've done that).
Taste-less, aroma-less, mouthfeel-less, drinkable-less etc, etc.
If I am stuck in an Island with a dead bloke and a crate of this beer, I would drink rain water before I would open a bottle of Taiwan Beer.
01-14-2007 23:23:50 | More by BlackHaddock
3.63/5 rDev +51.3%
Can acquired from a friend's collection in Ghent, Belgium. Poured into a Malheur goblet. Reviewed from notes.
A: Half finger of poor retention. Very thin and devoid of cream. Clear yellow colour.
Sm: Buttery and hoppy. Treated butterscotch mixed with barley. A very light strength scent.
T: Cream on the finish is lovely. Very well built. Balanced nice body featuring a surprising amount of hops. Very good. Nowhere near what I expected from the comparatively poor appearance. Notes are indistinct, but form a more complex beer in a sort of "whole is more than the sum of its parts" approach. A different approach to brewing, and one I think may be lost on other reviewers.
Mf: Buttery, smooth, and wet - but not too much.
Dr: I'd have another. This is the best Asian beer I've ever had. I assume it's affordable in Taiwan.
06-02-2011 03:53:00 | More by kojevergas
1.08/5 rDev -55%
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
3.08/5 rDev +28.3%
Found this at Euro Market and for $1.69 and couldn't pass up the label. It's almost entirely clean, but there's a very mild sour tang. Otherwise there's a sweet, pale barley kick with light berry fruit and a crisp, dry finish. The beer as the body of your regular premium beer, though the carbonation is a touch lighter. It's not bad by any stretch, just a plain, good for the style, adjust lager like Stroh's or Narragansett.
03-03-2012 03:49:23 | More by tempest
United Kingdom (England)
2.03/5 rDev -15.4%
Got a chance to taste it again as two cans of this beer were brought by my friend from Taiwan as gifts. If only those new micro-breweries in Taiwan would bottle their beers soon, for the time being the Taiwanese people still couldn't escape the overwhelming influence of this sheer "national brand". 24/01/2006 produced, 24/07/2006 expired. Served lightly chilled in a slim lager glass.
A: pale straw colour, very fierce carbonation like a soda, with huge bubbles ejecting from the bottome like a hot spring~~ the loose beer head dissipates quite fast.
S: ashy, faintly lemony and a touch of star-fruit juice from hops(?), on top of mild corn-ish or rice note of grains. Overall very timid and unremarkable, but there's nothing horrible about it either.
T: sharply gassy on the palate, followed by a very intriguing dryish sweet grainness of pong-lai rice, which unfortunately tastes much better in the bowl than in this beer...; giving way to an almost chemical-paint and plastic taste (no, I haven't tasted real plastic!)... no suggestion of hops, with only a dryish and faintly bitter finish.
M: very gassy and watery texture, this beer is in the league of Michelob which once famously/unashamedly quaranteed "no aftertaste" what-so-ever... But different from the canned version I last had some 10 years ago, at least this one doesn't have undesired residual sugary flavour nor metallic taste.
D: to my best recollection, Taiwan Beer in the past had more malty entry, but the one I've just tried surprisingly is even lighter on malts; instead I could sense much more rice in it?! From this observation, I dare presume that Taiwan's joining WTO has turned out a strong boost for the micro-brewing scene in Taiwan after all and simultaneously a blow to the TTL which had dominated Taiwan's beer industry way too long. And now the TTL preserves this beer purely for the brand's sake, while further watering down the ingredients simply to cut the cost for what's worth in their declining share of the market? If that's true, I'd say it's a good start to gradually phase out this bland national brand and open the door for much more varieties of brews (by the TTL and micro-breweries alike) to enrich Taiwan's beer scene.
03-30-2006 02:04:25 | More by wl0307
2.48/5 rDev +3.3%
A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing is observed.
S: Moderate aromas of corn, musty corn, and steamed corn husks with light amounts of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by the flavors of corn, mustiness, and corn husk. There is really no detectable hops and very light hints of bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: While this beer is not one of my favorites (or even one that I'm likely to get again), it is a lot more flavorful than a lot of others in the style. Pretty easy to drink and could be sessionable but not one I personally want to have more than once.
08-05-2012 18:36:20 | More by dbrauneis
1.9/5 rDev -20.8%
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
2.08/5 rDev -13.3%
Douglas88 sent this up in trade.. shared with the normal folks...
12oz can .... Pale yellow... short lasting white head... no lacing.
Nose is pale grains and nothing else.
Flavor is standard "Bud very light" .... probably lesser Bud... but we are getting down to a scale where "Bad=Bad".
Drink this before you drink the water... I guess.
Nothing good to say, but really, what should you expect?
This review will probably be much better than the BA average, but I have to say.... for what I was ready for, this was better.
Thanks Doug for a new country. :-)
03-25-2012 07:43:58 | More by JohnGalt1
3.45/5 rDev +43.8%
Still on vacation and tryting my only non Japanese beer here in Tokyo. Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the skunky side, imagine that, damn green bottles. Taste is crisp, grains, some malts, very refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good example of this style.
06-20-2013 05:41:11 | More by tone77
2.8/5 rDev +16.7%
Pretty sure this is my first Taiwanese beer, and what a treat it is, lol. 22 oz bomber pours a crystal clear gold color with a decent cap of white head. Fades fast initially, but leaves a nice sheen and at least a bit of lacing.
Nose is corn-a-licious. Wow, is there any malted barley in here? The can I saw in the store said so, it must be true :) No hops and there is a pretty substantial sweetness. Does not smell nearly as offensive as a Budweiser for what thats worth. The back label of my bottle claims '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'...thats awfully nice of the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation, dont you think?
The taste is more offensive than the nose, unfortunately. The sweetness is out of control and seriously needs some hops for at least a semblance of balance. It is adjunct laden, and nearly corn syrup-esque. Not good, but it does taste decently fresh and I will be able to finish my 22 oz sample. I cant wait to try the Gold Medal Taiwan beer I bought to go along with this treasure. For an AAL it is not entirely foul.
05-26-2012 17:44:46 | More by twiggamortis420
1.35/5 rDev -43.8%
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
1.2/5 rDev -50%
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
3.13/5 rDev +30.4%
I found this 1 pint 4.2oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for $3.49. This will be my first beer from Taiwan. No freshness date, but I want to note that the label design on the bottle version looks nothing like the design on the can.
The beer pours a clear pale gold color and makes a 1½-finger dish soap looking white head that fades in less than a minute back to a thin white rim. Very little lacing on this one.
The beer has a mild lager smell - nothing offensive, but nothing interesting either. Faint sweet malt and even fainter hop presense, but at least there is some.
Not bad, not great. On par with the majority of the big popular macro brews. Mild malt sweetness balanced with a touch of bitterness from the hops.
Light body with crisp carbonation.
I'd drink it again if offered, but I see no reason to go out and buy it at US prices, but I could see drinking it if I visited or lived in Taiwan.
02-16-2012 07:39:45 | More by matjack85
2.4/5 rDev 0%
My co-worker from Taiwan visited and brought a couple of 500 ml cans back.
Beer poured a straw color with very little head on the pour. Nose is light, hints of hops and not much else. Taste is light on the malts and hops, not overly impressive. Mouthfeel is light although the carbonation does make it refreshing. Overall drinkability is below average although it is quenching a thirst built up after hanging out with the grandson this weekend! This is very much like most other international lagers I have had in the past.
03-02-2008 23:05:49 | More by arizcards
Taiwan Beer from Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
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