Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 16
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
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Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001

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Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
2.1/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light lacing on a pale yellow colored body.
Faint metallic smell. Nothing else.
Taste has a nice bitterness, mild sweetness in the middle. Descent for an adjunct lager, but still not great.
Normal light body. Light carbonation.
Nothing interesting or good here

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a local Chinese restaurant and I will make sure to never make that mistake again.Pours a straw color with not much head aroma was kinda skunked with some grainy aromas popping thru faintly.Taste is pretty bland some corn flavors with a very light fruitiness but not much here at all a light malty aftertaste but not much here.Seemed a litttle watery not much here a waste eating space.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.08/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tastes Shitty, Is No Good, Try AnOther
---Ancient Chinese Proverb

I learned the above phrase from a friend I met in Guilin and had to share with the BA Universe.

Now for a very serious and well thought out review that respects the brewer and the creative muster that went into this fine brew and symbol of Chinese brewing:

Appearance: Moderately light yellow with a thick bubbly foam that immediately drops to nearly nothing, just a thin ring around the glass. Plenty of carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet grains and a faint amount of hops. Usually, in fact almost always skunky, at least a little bit.

Taste: Slightly bready with a bit of malt or perhaps corn/rice sweetness. Some boiled vegetable flavor. The idea that some hops may have been sitting around the brewery at one time and that one or two small husks may have fallen into the batch somewhere along the way.

Mouthfeel: A nice carbonation bite, lingering sweetness with just the faintest sense of hop bitterness. Biting, light, a bit watery, but crisp.

Photo of Chuggnutt
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light, very clear. Straw yellow, pilsner, very white fuzzy head that formed and fell quickly. The phrase "champagne of beers" comes to mind because the appearance is like that.

Smell: First smell is the slightly skunky Euro-Grolsch-lager aroma that's typical of these types of beers stored in green bottles. Then it's light and grainy. Understated and slightly spicy hops.

Taste: Light and crisp; has that slightly skunky macro-pilsner "twang." Some grain—corn. Clean aftertaste. Again, hops are understated and not really a presence, other than in cutting down the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very light, a little effervescent. I wouldn't say watery, but leaning that way. Very clean feeling.

Overall: It's decent, better than the typical American macro. Certainly one I'll order next time I'm out for Chinese; I have a hunch it will complement a spicy dish quite well.

Photo of Todd
3.7/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Green 12oz custom bottle with Chinese letters around the neck. Made with water from the famous pure mountain water of Laoshan.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden yellow with a thin white ringed lace.

Smell: Very delicate aroma of faint grains and hop floral notes.

Taste: Mouthfeel is firm, but light. Body is actually medium, that of a malt liquor. Malt character is non-traditional. What comes across are grain flavours and a unique clean sweetness, not the sweet malty sweetness that one might expect. Sublte sulfur notes (lager yeast by-product) mixed with bready flavours, and a healthy hop bitterness complement the malt character and lend a pleasant crispness to the beer.

Notes: A most unique sweet lager, and it stands apart from most imports as a result. It goes great with Chinese food, but even better with Chinese chocolate treats, waffers and freshly bought Chinese pastries.

Photo of twi1609372
3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What to say about this beer? it is unusual by domestic stand points or even most international. while i isnt horrable it does leave a bit to be desired. Moderate flovor, not weak, not potent. About this biterness of a back, but with not as clean a flavor. All in all not a horrable beer, but one i cant see drinking every day

Photo of grynder33
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light color full but quick disappearing head, full but not distinctive aroma, highly bubbly absolutely no sftertastehas texture and mouthfeel of a light beer. Very simple totally loses flavor with food, almost like seltzer water. It does however clean your mouth so you can enjoe your Chinese food.A gulping beer strictly for quenching thirst.

Photo of generallee
3.2/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a very pale straw color that is very clear with lots of visible carbonation. The head is thin, white in color and fades out quickly leaving no lace behind.

Smell: Its aroma has big floral nose with light grainy malts along with a light skunky smell.

Taste/Mouth feel: Despite the skunk in the aroma the flavor is very clean with mild floral and delicate grainy sweetness followed by a mild bitterness in the finish. It has an easy drinking light body with just enough fizzy carbonation to give it some life.

Notes: Overall it's a very easy drinking lager with a modest light flavor. Average.

Photo of Scribbles
3.6/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got some Tsingtao after hearing about it from a friend, I was actually surprised to find it in my local supermarket. I didn't have very high expectations for this beer but it did much better than I expected

A - A yellow and very clear lager. Looks fine, very light coloured.

S - Not a very strong smelling beer, but there is a somewhat sweet smell which overall isn't too bad.

T - Very sweet for a beer, almost like a beer flavoured soda pop. Very light flavour, not a strong flvaoured beer by any means but sill enjoyable.

M - Very light, even after the bubbles subside there is just enough carbonation to add just a little extra crispness to it.

D - Very easy to drink, it would be very easy to drink lots of these on a hot summer day. Also good when you want to have a beer with your meal that won't overpower what your eating and leaves your mouth refreshed, to eat more food or just as easily take another drink.

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my mainstay at any Asia (Chinese) restaurant in the Boston area, I know it is quite fresh and clean the palate well with some grain and crisp carbonation. It holds onto a slim sweetness as well.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.37/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The Budwieser of China. This is a macro all the way. Very faint hops and little maltiness. Dry in character. A little skunky. Grain aftertaste. Quite bitter. If I try this again I want it ice cold. I recommend this if you want to see what the Chinese drink.

Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, straw yellow with a small, white head. No lacing.
Aroma features pale malt, some faint floral hops, and a mild note of skunky mildewed hay.
Mouthfeel is actively carbonated, with a slight, white pepper bite on the tongue.
Taste is unremarkable. Floral, hops notes are very faint, and there is a hint of skunky, mildewed hay. Finishes slightly bitter, but clean, overall.
Not an outstanding import, but I enjoy this with spicy Asian food.

Photo of BlueHammer
2.17/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a nearly clear pale gold into the glass with a thick head that dissappeared almost instantaneously. It left NO lacing. It smells strongly of white bread, and is equally tasteless. It is bubbly and carbonated when you first sip, giving it a light-bodied feel, and fairly dull-tasting as it reaches the back of your mouth. It leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste. There is nothing particularly noteworthy about this beer. It is comparable to a Bud or Coors.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330mL green bottle purchased in Japan, no freshness date, but I know the store and they'd have a reasonably high turnover considering it's one of the only imports.

Appearance is pretty standard - pale yellow lager with low head retention, only a small amount of fuzz around the edge clinging to the glass. Some moderately fine bubbles appearing from the unscored pint glass. Looks a little unimpressive from the colour and the head retention.

Smell is surprisingly clean - no adjuncts are immediately apparent (although I'm sure they're there to some extent). Grassy German hops, quite a likeable aroma, not too complex but not entirely insipid, definitely a thirst-quencher but slightly better than your average Asian macro.

Some skunkiness appears on the back of the tongue - I'm inclined to think this is some kind of adjunct rather than hops gone bad, although it could be a combination of the two. Rather simplistic character all up, the trace amount of hops visible in the nose are only faintly remembered on the palate. Not good, not bad, just average.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but this is run-of-the-mill. Drinkability is high if served ice-cold and you're not fussy, but as I reach the bottom of the glass I'm getting tired of the skunkiness and looking forward to my next beer, a nice Export Stout.

Overall: Better than most Asian macros, better than every other Chinese beer I've had, potable but not worth paying top dollar for in a Chinese restaurant unless you're trying to prove how cosmopolitan you are! (In which case you should be drinking rice spirit anyway.)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.82/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single bottle picked up from the LCBO, a leftover from a nearly empty sixpack. Lovely looking bottle, I have to say.

Poured into a lager glass. Very pale golden, looks a great deal like a dry white wine sitting in the glass. Despite a careful pour there's not much to the head, no lacing either.

Nose is sweet, with notes of apple, corn and floral hops.

Nothing offensive here, just an easy drinking lager. Sweet the whole way through, a little bit of apple and crispness to the finish. Bland, but it's alright.

Thin bodied, crisp carbonation, very refreshing. The water used in the brewing is quite nice.

Not as bad as I will admit I thought this would be. Adjunct, sure, but nothing to really ruin things. Drinks like a soda.

Photo of mattster
3.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle (ex 052208-13:17 - wow, specific), poured into pilsner.

Pours a light head that quickly dissipates atop a darker yellow brew with medium bubbles rising through out.

Smell is skunky at first, but becomes more grain like after a few out of green bottle. Taste is pleasant - a lot better than I had expected - light malts and grain, not to bitter but a bit sweet. Body is very light and bubbles are present but not obnoxious. Finish is decent with little aftertaste.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pour extraordinarily clear into a glass. Way too clear. Not much of a head. Some would call it a skunk smell, though those of us who know that is by design will say otherwise. But, the smell is rather too strong. Taste? Really watery. American light beers have more on this beer. Very drinkable with absolutely no aftertaste. I can not describe how much this beer has no aftertaste. Verdict: not worth a buy when you can get better at a cheaper price.

This beer went flat before I was through with it. I am a power drinker and did not sip this beer slowly. Look, I know some comments are inappropriate, but as a well educated business man, I find these comments to not be out-of-line when I say this beer cut corners on its carbonation. It is typical (not a prejudice, but a known fact in the PROFESSIONAL business world and far into the mainstream) that Chinese business are notorious to cut corners. That may work with billion Chinese population, but in America we are subject are own free will and can buy another beer from just about anywhere in the world. I had to knock down my results across the board except smell by -0.5.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweeter smelling grassy notes, rice/corn and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of hops, mild rice.

Overall: One of the better Chinese beers I've had.

Photo of bsp77
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Light, clear golden-yellow with a minuscule head.

Smell: Sweet grains, hay & straw, and very light apple. Slightly skunky from the green bottle.

Taste: Too sweet grainy malts with light straw and very faint metallic hops on the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body. Should have a drier finish.

Drinkability: Meh. Kind of reminds me of Heineken, but maybe a little sweeter. Fortunately, it doesn't get really bad as it warms, as Heineken does.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant straw with a quickly dissipating 2” white foam cap.
S: Grainy nose with an earthy background and a slight hint of skunk.
T: Grain with traces of apples and adjuncts. Slightly sweet beginning with a dry finish.
F: Clean, crisp, light bodied, effervescent.
O: A standard Chinese restaurant beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.02/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

12 oz green bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear light straw yellow color. Fairly retentive white head, somewhat soapy looking. Fast rising carb bubbles. No lace.

Aroma is maybe a touch skunky at first. Minerals are prevalent and it almost smells like glass if that makes sense.

Watered down weak flavors. Mineral water, light semi sweet hay like grain.

Very watery and light, almost like drinking carbonated water with a slit grain sweetness and mineral lager yeastiness.

Wouldn't this be a Chinese adjunct lager? Whatever. Nothing different here.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 640ml green glass bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. ABV is stated as 4.7%. The label mentions the use of rice in the brewing process.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale straw colour with medium carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating. Aroma of light malt with mild stewed hops and a faint hint of overcooked veg. Pretty clean.

Tastes of light malt with a mild finish. Faint notes of stewed hops and overdone veg. A subtle dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and tingly, but watery. Not much aftertaste - perhaps a hint of stewed hops.

A passable lager, but nothing special. Perhaps it stands out well in China. At least the taste is clean, if uninspiring. OK if there's nothing else going, but no need to seek it out.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.64/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours that straw yellow super see through 'color'. Aroma is nothing.

Taste is a little better, a little skunk feel in a good way (prolly just color association, green = I taste skunkiness). No malt roasting and very, very little in the hop department to speak of, but what is there is bolstered by ample carbonation, making it a nice beer with spicy food (I think lighter beers like this make the food spicier, if you want to kick the heat down, throw some oatmeal stout on it).

Not much else to speak of, mouthfeel, same stuff, no nuances, drinkability easy to drink but pricey for what it is.

Photo of ADR
2.13/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very pale and clear color, decent head but with large and even bubbles. I couldn't smell a thing in this brew, maybe a trace of skunk. Body is very light, malt is OK in flavor -- not great but in the category of a fresh loaf of white bread with sugar on top. Watery finish, not crisp. To me, there's not a lot of hop, what's crisp to others is dying flavor at the finish to me...why spoil Chinese food with this, when a great IPA can clean the palatte?

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.17/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear straw golden fizzy hue with a bubbly short lived white head, absolutely no lacing to note here. Aroma: Some rice is definitely evident a spritzy sweetness without any real character to it. Taste: It does do well with spicier Chinese dishes but I would still rather have something else of better quality myself this is a beer produced toward the masses and meant to be light refreshing almost without taste. Some adjunct ridden sweet tones with a quite simplistic hop character just a touch there. Mouthfeel: Thin just like carbonated water no difference to me. Drinkability: A beer meant to be consumed in number not enjoyed for each beer's flavor but the mass produced Chinese beer that sells the most.

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Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.