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Tsingtao Pure Draft - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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62
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 28.51%
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:
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 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 CRichardsMN
1.7/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
Pours out to a very clear yellow (likely only beaten by Tsingtao Original). Has a very bubbly white head that disappears nearly instantly without a trace and displays a random carbonation bubble every now and then. Absolutely no lacing.

Smell:
A faint hint of malts and slightly fruity, kind of reminds me of a weak apple juice.

Taste:
Light malty sweetness and a bit of hops musk common to American Adjunct Lagers. Overall incredibly boring. Is this a light beer? I don't read Chinese...

Mouthfeel:
Very, very thin with a mellow fizz. Let's call it crisp, like fresh mountain spring water...

Drinkability:
I could see this being popular with new beer palates (college girls) as there is no robust flavor to speak of. Goes down like water because lets face it, there isn't much difference.

Comment:
Though I just drank "Tsingtao" last night and figured this is the same beer, I thought "They have a different labels, they must be different." I would have to guess this is the "light" variety. Not great and for the money, stick to macro ice beers, same effect but you get to keep more money in your pocket.

I'm trying to be nice to this beer because the style is appropriate and I gave no "1.0's" because they weren't awful, just not present.

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 utah44
2.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

21.6 fluid ounce bottle poured into in a Pilsener glass i bout in Furth, Germany in 1969 while serving in a secret component of the US government (now declassified). This brew was very weak in all parameters. the only distinct item was the smell which resembled pomengranates mixed with Double Bubble chewing gum. That pleasant aroma was not carried over to the taste wich not distinct in anyway. Not very drinkable.

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 Offa
2.02/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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 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.

Photo of Cylinsier
2.67/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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 Bitterbill
2.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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 angelmonster
2.84/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of dewalt
3.1/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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 Onslow
1.72/5  rDev -30.9%
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!

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 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 allengarvin
2.85/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 Injemanze
3.15/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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