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Tsingtao Pure Draft - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Tsingtao Pure DraftTsingtao Pure Draft

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BA SCORE
63
poor

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 28.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-10-2006)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy light tan head settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is extremely skunky with some grainy aromas that take a back seat. As the beer warms the skunky aroma dissipates somewhat. Taste is quite watery with some grain and uncooked pasta flavors. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is pretty undrinkable.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

SocalKicks, Nov 11, 2012
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Mora2000
2.38/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
1.9/5  rDev -23.7%
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-

kojevergas, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

LXIXME, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
2.23/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appropriately consumed with Chinese food, on to the beer:

Very pale straw colored beer with a tint of gold. Clear bodied. The small fuzzy head on top fades away quickly. The nose doesn't get much scent...faint spicy hops (more like skunked hops, amirite?), grass, and thin malt. Very light in the mouth, almost like refreshing cold water in feel. Cooked rice and thin grassy malts provide a weak intensity of flavor to the beer, but this beer is very low on firepower anyway. A faint fume of alcohol makes appearances. Finishes clean.

It washed down homemade Chinese food, but that doesn't excuse this beer from being boring. Basically a lighter, cleaner version of Tsingtao. May as well head north to Harbin for Chinese beer.

DoubleJ, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Zorro, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Latarnik
2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
2.78/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev +37.8%
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.

Tone, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
2.63/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Bitterbill, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of tone77
2.78/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

tone77, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

twiggamortis420, Oct 16, 2011
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.

cjgator3, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
1.78/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

lordofthewiens, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
2.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

allengarvin, Aug 29, 2007
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.

Pegasus, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Offa
2.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Fairly drinkable and inoffensive, this is a weaker, thinner, overall inferior cousin to the regular Tsingtao, which is a very good pale lager.

Pale straw yellow, much more pale than the regular Tsingtoa, this has a small, bubbly white head that immediately dissipates to nothing.

It has a very weak grain aroma, hardly discernable at all.

The taste is very light grain and grass with a faintly lingering grain aftertaste but this also disappears after the first couple sips, leaving bheind essentially no aftertaste and only a mineral-water-like quality. It has no bite and sonn becomes increasingly watery and bland, with the flavour almost disappearing. This sets it apart from the regular singtoa, which has a solid character and feel that hold up very well. This is more on par with Coors, inoffensive but exceedingly thin, watery, and almost tasteless.

Offa, Jun 18, 2009
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

RonaldTheriot, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Amalak
2.7/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Amalak, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
2.95/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

HardTarget, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
1.15/5  rDev -53.8%
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!!

DogFood11, May 27, 2007
Photo of randylangford
2/5  rDev -19.7%

randylangford, Apr 09, 2013
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Tsingtao Pure Draft from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.