Tsingtao Pure Draft - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 78
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.99/5  rDev +59.6%
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 (420 characters)

Photo of eschbach
3.67/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

So I bought a 6 pack of Tsingtao Pure Draft beer at the liquor store. It comes in a 11.2 0z bottle. Americans want 12 oz bottles not 11.2! The bottle is cool looking. It has Chinese characters on it. I have no clue what it means though haha.

I filled my pils glass with the beer and it was nothing special to look at. It's just a light gold color with a minimal head. The smell is interesting. It smells sweet like honey but there is a malty hint to it. The taste is good. It's very sweet as lagers go, and it leaves a bitter hops aftertaste in the mouth. The mouthfeel isn't great. It is creamy at first but it feels like soda water after a few seconds. The beer has great drinkability. It's light body and flavor makes it easy to drink.

I say if you are tired of the same old same old lager try a Tsingtao Pure Draft. It is inexpensive considering it's imported from china, and it's a half decent beer. I thought since it's made in china it could be awful, but it is not. I just hope it does not have lead in it haha. (1,021 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +44%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.42/5  rDev +36.8%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.26/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden/copper color with a very thin, fluffy-white head.

Smell - Not too strong of a smell from anything. Malty, maybe a little bit of caramel, and grainy..

Taste - Very malty and sweet, barley, and kind of bitter. It's a pretty watered down beer though.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat of a thick body and very low carbonation.

Overall - I wouldn't say this is a horrible beer like the other reviews suggest.. But it's not exactly that good either. (470 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.17/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with almost noe head.
Smell is malts with a faint note of ginger. Very mild hops aroma.
Taste is lighltly spiced malts, with some more faint ginger. Light, watery hops as well. Slightly malty, but mostly watery finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and watery, with a slightly crisp, yet wet finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Nothing special about this one, yet it's still easy to drink. (396 characters)

Photo of Injemanze
3.15/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My review may seem a bit harsh but this is really the only decent domestic beer I have found in China (with the exception of the Chinese dark beer styles which are only decent in that they are a break from all the other macro-brew light lager swill). Another plus is that it goes great with the cuisine in almost any part of China.

Appearance – pours a decent amberish-yellow (more yellow than amber). A quick pour produce moderate head that disappears quickly.
Smell – grass, water, slighty skunked
Taste – Carbonation, water, very mild bitter hops, water
Drinkability – at about $.50 US for a 600ml keep them coming at pace with the lamb kebobs. (658 characters)

Photo of dewalt
3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extremely light, quite crisp, with the usual macro lager flavors of cheap malt and rice. A bit bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Slight flavor of citrus helps balance things out. By no means a good beer, but certainly adequate for washing down Chinese food. (256 characters)

Photo of
3.08/5  rDev +23.2%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +20%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
2.95/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: 07/2007 on cap (sampled the same). Green bottle

Aroma: Skunk overtones with a lemon twist.

Appearance: Pale gold glass with a thick white head that drops to a collar and fails to lace.

Flavor: Another Euro Lager. Grainy notes, skunk edge, bittering Saaz like peppery hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium light body

Overall Impression: Clean, easy drinking, solid taste, but nothing to write home about.

Thanks to Pegasus for the karma point. (478 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
2.85/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

062307 on cap. 1 pint 5.6 oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear brilliant gold with lots of fine streaming bubbles up from the bottom, though the head fades very quickly. Nose is very grainy (aroma filled the air soon as I popped the cap) with a light touch of grassy hops. Whatever hops were in the nose, though, disappear in the flavor, which is noticibly sweet. Clean finish. Body is a bit thin, could use a lot more carbonation. (427 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
2.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into glass. Poured very little head, less than 1/2 inch that disappeared almost instantly and left no lacing.

Smells of grassy malts and slightly skunky. Very light and strangely smelled somewhat like crayons. Taste was very watered down, similar to most american light beers but slightly better. Grassy malts and slight skunkness became more pronounced halfway through glass.

Mouthfeel was extremely carbonated and watered down. Overall drink ability was less than average but the lightness of the beer can be somewhat refreshing on an extremely hot texas day. (586 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.8/5  rDev +12%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.8/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,191 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.75/5  rDev +10%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of Snyder18
2.68/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of Amalak
2.68/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of thekanna
2.67/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
2.67/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle.

The appearance is blah. Light gold. Nothing to it. Head is minimal and gone pretty quick.

Smells like a typical Asian lager. A bit ricey and other faint grains.

Tastes surprisingly okay. Light corn and barley tastes with a twist of lemon to it.

The mouthfeel was refreshing; good carbonation that adds a zip to it.

Overall a pretty good Chinese lager, nice with spicy Szechuan cuisine. Needs to be really cold though. (439 characters)

Photo of biggred1
2.62/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a bright pale yellow gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is very light with some notes of grain and a light bitterness.

The taste has some grainy notes and corn with some hop bitterness and a metalic taste. Nothing much going on here and there are a lot of American examples of the style that I'd reach for first. "nuff said from me. (355 characters)

Photo of samparkique4
2.56/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

+0.15
Keg skunking adjuncting lager
Mexican lager
Draft fresh yet lite and skunky on palate
this beer is liter and taste different from its white canned 5.0%
lite and bitter on taste palate
litely chew on it can taste its malty bitter hop then barley
hop is presence
alright
malty then hops
nice and crisp and rich carbonation
litely sweet
dry is lite and hint
Dingdingding
hop is presence
2.65/5.00 (402 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.3/5  rDev -8%
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. (521 characters)

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Tsingtao Pure Draft from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
64 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.