Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
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Reviews by Jsteez:
3/5 rDev +8.3%
Been living in old Manchuria for work (Northeast China) for the past month. I have drank this brew in the States and it is widely available here in China. It is not only brewed with an ABV of 4.5-4.8%, there is also a 3.7% Tsingtao, and a 4.3% draft style here in China. You can also get an unfiltered style that is available in the city of Qingdao (birthplace of Tsingtao) and a stout style Tsingtao in a can.
I've had this beer from tall cans, short cans, short bottles, and tall bottles. Poured this into a short stubby Chinese beer glass.
A-Pale, yellow piss/straw color. It poured a soda-pop-Sprite-like head that dissipated quickly into a few bubbles around the edges. No sticky lace left on the glass whatsoever. A lot of carbonation present.
S-Sweet rice, grains, and slight skunk. Pretty much an adjunct. Nothing too thrilling; but hey, it's China. They aren't known for being master brew makers in my opinion. I would've liked to smell more malt or hops, but I just couldn't sense them.
T-Slightly sweet, grainy, a little metallic, it is wet going in and the aftertaste is quite mild. There is a little sweet malt leftover in the aftertaste, which adds some positive quality to this substandard beer. It is refreshing on a warm autumn evening while eating spicy pork noodles.
M-Very light, crisp, and watery. Light bodied. It is a good lager in China.
Overall, it is what's available in China and it is one of their best beers. It is thirst quenching and is excellent for the last days of summer and the transition into fall. Are there better lagers out there...yes. Does this one hit the spot...hmmm...sure.
09-28-2013 03:02:19 | More by Jsteez
More User Reviews:
2.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
02-07-2004 02:56:32 | More by oberon
2.08/5 rDev -24.9%
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.
01-16-2007 21:21:48 | More by DaPeculierDane
2.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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 graincorn. 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.
02-26-2007 01:22:30 | More by Chuggnutt
3.75/5 rDev +35.4%
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.
02-20-2001 22:42:27 | More by Todd
3.3/5 rDev +19.1%
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
01-26-2005 10:04:56 | More by twi1609372
2.8/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
10-15-2003 21:37:48 | More by grynder33
3.28/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
07-18-2008 15:13:03 | More by generallee
3.63/5 rDev +31%
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.
09-18-2007 03:03:21 | More by Scribbles
2.33/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
02-11-2003 16:30:22 | More by Rifrafboy
3.15/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
03-27-2004 21:47:38 | More by merlin48
2.15/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
01-29-2008 04:57:33 | More by BlueHammer
2.93/5 rDev +5.8%
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.)
09-06-2009 15:29:48 | More by Weizenmensch
Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
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