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Tsingtao Pure Draft - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Tsingtao Pure DraftTsingtao Pure Draft

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 80
Avg: 2.48
pDev: 38.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd. visit their website

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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 80
Photo of cjgator3
2.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.62/5  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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of angelmonster
2.84/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of dewalt
3.1/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.85/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of Onslow
1.72/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden yellow ... very fizzy head, almost completely disappears ... smells pretty bad, skunky sweat socks comes to mind .... it is drinkable but i could of gone my whole life without this low end swill, AND it is waaay to expensive! go to hell carlos ruiz!

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
2.68/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.95/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of
3.08/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.16/5  rDev -53.2%
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!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +45.2%
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.

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Photo of Snyder18
2.68/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Injemanze
3.15/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
2.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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