Tsingtao Pure Draft - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Tsingtao Pure DraftTsingtao Pure Draft

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BA SCORE
62
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 28.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd. visit their website
China

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-10-2006

Made using an exclusive Chill-Filtered brewing process. A non-pasteurized lager brewed with imported hops, barley, and pure spring water from China's Laoshan Mountains.
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by exodus1369:
Photo of exodus1369
1.03/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The worst beer I have ever had. It was very pail yellow. It Smelled so bad, just stank. The taste was so bad I had to spit it out. It had about 0 Head and left a really bad taste in my mouth I was so disappointed. there Dark beer is so good. I have no idea where they went wrong with this. Avoid at all cost

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
1.8/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you never liked the regular Tsingtao, you'll find this draft version to be more of the same.
Pale yellow color, no head at all.
Skunky aroma, maybe not as much as it's brother.
At least the other Tsingtao, with the skunkiness, had some degree of taste. This pure draft has none.
Avoid this beer.

Photo of Mora2000
2.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a light clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is exactly what I expected from an imported beer in a green bottle: skunked grain and nothing else. I am holding it against the brewer in my rating since it was their choice to use a green bottle. The flavor has some light skunk notes as well as some grass and grain. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Snyder18
2.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Head retention next to non existent. One and three quarters inch rocky white head falls to one eighth of an inch in just two minutes and entirely disappears by the third minute with absolutely no lace.

Yellow straw color with almost no bubbles.

Aroma somewhat lightstruck. However, in the background a pleasant smell of apples or pears is present as well.

Up front taste of sweet pear fades to a medium dry finish with floral notes that stick around for awhile. Not much lightstruck flavor given the aromas that present themselves in the beginning.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.85/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This one comes in a pretty cool bottle that almost looks like a small bottle of saki. It pours a pale yellow hue with minimal fizz and no lace. It's a sad looking beer, really.

S - I can't really smell much. Some ricey paper notes and some corn. Yawn.

T - This has much less flavor than regular Tsingtao, which I quite like. This has a mushroomy earthy flavor that is interesting, but not bery appetizing.

M - Light bodied and super-carbonated. Clean finish and no aftertaste.

D - Better than some light lagers, but it's not very good. Pass on this one and drink the regular version.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tsintao Puire Draft pours a crystal clear straw gold body beneath a short-lived head of creamy bright white foam. The head retention is limited, as is the lacing.

From the green bottle it generally exhibits some skunkiness in the nose, but can ocassionally be found unaffected (from a sealed case, for example). Sans the damaging isomerization of the hop oils, the otherwise impeccably clean aroma exhibits some delicate, lightly grainy malt and a welcome waft of delicately floral and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a delicate caress of carbonation on the tongue.

The flavor reveals a supple, slightly sweet, and grainy malt that's off-set by some gently spicy, grassy, and floral hops; and perfectly balanced by a low-key bitterness. It finishes semi-dry with a gently fading note of sweet malt and some mild, lingering, grassy and spicy hops.

Overall, it's a delicate, moderately bitter, very drinkable, and superbly balanced lager has more to do with the Czech tradition than anything German or American.

Photo of cjgator3
2.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz green bottle

A- Pours a pale hay colored yellow with a thin fizzy white head.

S- The aroma smells skunked with some grain and not much in terms of hops.

T- The taste is pretty faint and watered down with some grain and just a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Because of the low alcohol the drinkability is good, but with the lack of much flavor at all I don't know how many I would want to drink in one sitting without getting bored with it.

Photo of tone77
2.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Aroma is a bit malty, not very strong. Taste is crisp but basically flavorless. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a below average beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear, brass-gold with a ½ finger sudsy white head that quickly collapsed to a clean surface. Visible carbonation was light. overall a nice color but a weak head and lacing holds things back a bit.

S: fresh green corn stalks and dry hay, nothing really impressive here.

T: dried buttered corn and grains with a faint herbal hopping. A light buttery sweetness becomes more dominant midway through the palate before it finishes semi-dry with corn stalks and fresh grass. Faired better then expected but still nothing to be impressed over.

M: a light viscosity to it, oily slick with a soft carbonation that made it appear fuller then it actually was.

D: fair at best, but wont impress. A rather mundane experience.

Photo of TLove
1.87/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Crisp and refreshing when consumed with oft-syrupy Chinese food, but other than that, not worth your time. The Chinese domestic Tsingtao is not much better than the Tsingtao "premium" we get here in the states, though the domestic one is a bit less carbonated and fuller.

Light yellow and light-bodied. Smells a bit lager-y, but shows no promise to the taste. Over-carbonated and little to no flavor. On the mouth, finishes a bit more crisp, but a purchase of one is certainly not any more warranted than similar over-carbonated, under-flavored Japanese beers.

Photo of thekanna
2.67/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very plae straw yellow with less than a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Active carbonation clings to the side of the glass and rises to the top.

S: Some malty sweetness, backed by the undeniable smell of lemon zest and other faint citrus.

T: Faint malty sweetness, even fainter citrus sourness; mainly watery.

M: Extremely thin and watery with medium carbonation.

D: This is pretty much as close as you can get to beer-flavored seltzer water. Decently drinkable, but I'd like mine with more flavor, please.

Photo of Amalak
2.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: highly unimpressed. Clear, but dull gold. Very few bubbles. NO HEAD WHAT-SO-EVER. Obviously, no lace.

S: Mild, but decent, bitter scent.

T: Interesting. Malty, and has a good flavor.

M: Very plain. Nothing much there.

D: Drinkable, but nothing amazing.

It is not too bad. Easy going, but the flavor goes quickly, thus leaving you with water.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.99/5  rDev +60.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tsingtao Pure Draft Beer has a thick, spongy, white head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, light, barley malt, and the flavor is of the same, with a perfectly placed hop balance at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Tsingtao Pure Draft Beer finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is excellent, and I love it.

RJT

Photo of JesseMurdock
1.06/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is one of the worst beers I've ever had. Pours a light yellow--looks like a bright bud light cut with a little water. Thin bubbly head that immediately disappears. No lacing or retention. Smells like metal, artificial lemons, and straw. Tastes the same way. overcarbonated. This is very much in the style of an american adjunct but even worse than the usual examples.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.16/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from a local asian market, havent seen this one before. Pours an extremely light yellow color with a blink-and-miss white head.

Nose is very skunky, even moreso than a heineken! Light and sweet corn aroma pretty much sums this one up...not good.

Taste is...well, not much really. This tastes like it has as much, if not more, adjunct lightness as a hopponshu. How light is the grain? So light the hops are actually noticeable...mostly skunky of course. Id be surprised if the ABV was above 4%. Yuk, this beer blows. Much rather have the regular Tsingtao than this, not to mention almost any other asian lager available.

Photo of biggred1
2.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale clear yellow with a tiny white head that instantly shrinks to a small collar of foam. Not much in the nose, faint roasted grain and that is about it. The flavor is very light and watered down tasting with light toasted graininess and a slight suggestion of hop bitterness, finishes clean. This stuff tastes like a non-alcoholic beer.

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal-clear golden in color, with a moderate white head, which soon collapses to a fine ring around the glass walls. The carbonation rises slowly in small streams.

Aroma: Mild skunk, as expected, due to the green glass bottle, with a modest pale malt aroma, and a mild herbal hop presence.

Taste: Pale malt and mild hops at the open; as the taste advances, the malt presence diminishes and the hops rise to ascendancy. The hops linger on mildly in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasantly soft.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example of the style. That being said, this beer is not much different from a Budweiser. In all, a bit bland.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce green glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of Zorro
2.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24-oz clear green glass bottle.

Pours a clear yellow to light golden colored lager with a momentary white head. Medium high carbonation level.

Smell is sweet and distinctly grassy. Some mild spiciness in the scent. Compared to the regular Tsingtao this smells much more like a European Lager.

Taste is semi-sweet and more grassy and bitter than the regular version. MUCH dryer in flavor than the regular Tsingtao that seems to be the house beer in most every Chinese restaurant in the USA. Dryer and lighter in flavor I can detect the taste of ethanol in this because there is less taste to cover it up. Flavor almost disappears and then hits you at the end with a spicy and grassy flavor. Distinctly different from the regular version this is NOT the same beer in a different bottle. But this seems to lack in flavor compared to the regular version. Tastes like a dumbed down beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not as good as the regular version in my opinion. The regular version is a unique beer flavor that I call Asian Lager. This tastes like an attempt to tame the flavors down to Budweiser blandness. Inferior taste to the three major Asian lagers, Tsingtao, Singha and San Miguel.

Photo of Tone
3.42/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of slight hop, pale malt, yeast, grain, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, grain, slight hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, a good example of an adjunct.

Photo of NeutroMan
2.09/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a perfectly crystal clear yet extremely pale straw color. Modest white head forms then quickly fades away to a thin film. A small amount of bubbles leisurely rise up from the bottom - not the amount of carbonation I was expecting.

Nose has that oh-so-familiar green-bottle Euro-lager skunk. Cooked veggies, DMS, adjuncts. Not much in the way of hops or a more mature malt character. Taste follows the nose, though it is rather bland (which I think in this case is desirable - as the aroma made me wince in anticipation). Light-bodied and watery, this is one forgettable brew.

Photo of SAtaMi
2.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - No head at all. Beer is light yellow in color and very clear.

Smell - A bit on the roadside skunk side. With a back of spring water.

Taste - Better then the smell the skunk is not throughout the beer just in the initial opening. There just isnt enough taste to even comment on.

Mouthfeel - Light, thin, and watery.

Drinkability - If you like half coors light and half water this beer is for you.

Photo of kojevergas
1.88/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1 pint 5.6 fl oz green glass bottle (please...) with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite low.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a thin pathetic floater without any cream whatsoever and laughably bad retention (especially for the mere 4.80% ABV). Colour is a clear dark yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Stale malt and water. Maybe a vague slight hint of lemon? A light strength aroma.

T: Watery stale malted barley. A hint of lemon. Too malty. Not layered, complex, or subtle. Not pleasant or refreshing. Boring, bland, and dull.

Mf: Slightly sharp and overcarbonated. Smooth and wet otherwise. Too thick for the lack of flavours. Doesn't suit the flavour profile really at all.

Dr: Difficult to drink because it's so crap. I wouldn't even entertain the possibility of having this again. Don't try it; it's pretty bad. Not even beer pong worthy. Watery garbage.

D-

Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a classic pilsner straw yellow in the glass with a white froth that dissipates very quickly. Off putting aromas of skunk (green bottle), grains, subtle bread, & light plastic leads to more pleasant flavors of scrambled egg whites, grains, and, of course, skunk. although there is seems to be more weight on the palate than expected, the beer is refreshingly crisp and dry, but finishes a bit astringent. Overall, this is a beer that would go with pretty much anything because there really isn't anything there. This beer is better than Bud, Coors, Miller, and all of the other domestic lagers, but not by much.

Photo of DogFood11
1.16/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

11.2oz green bottle. Whispy white head leaves behind some sliding sting lace. Shiney golden body with ample carbonation.

I went into this with some optimism but it prooved to be foolish as this is another run of the mill macro lager. This is actually on the strong side of flavor but not in a good way. Huge amounts of raw corn husk and unrefined grain. Light in body and crisp but not very clean at all.

Notes: I would prefer a clean and rather tasteless budweiser to this corny version of the style. 5 more to go!!

Photo of
3.08/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

Crystal clear, straw yellow. Medium sized, creamy, white head. Faded fast. No lacing or legs. Very still.

Scent was quite mild. Bread dough and lemon.

Taste hit me first as sweet - corn. Citrus then comes through fairly well. Bit of bread in the middle. Ends up balanced pretty well, but rather mild.

Light in body. Medium carbonation. Not dry, and very smooth.

Overall, better than I expected, but nothing special. The level of hop bitterness was more than I anticipated - bonus! Very easy to drink.

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Tsingtao Pure Draft from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.