Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
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Reviews by dougbassett:
3.15/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
One of the "1001 Beers You Should Try Before You Die" -- #15 of the ones I've reviewed here.
If I have a "guilty pleasure" in beer it's probably Tsing Tao. I can't justify my fondness for it -- it's in no way a good beer -- but I like it every now and then, and in certain venues I think it's a go-to.
Pours out a light golden yellow, with a dissapointing head that gives up the ghost the moment you remember to notice it. (Like a lot of cheaper beers, pouring it out does it no favors.) The nose is that classic mass Eurolager nose that anyone who's drunk a Becks or St Pauli Girl in their life will immediately recognize -- this time it reminds me a bit of Moosehead (another guilty pleasure of mine, actually) in that at times it's a pleasant nose of sweet malt, at times it's pretty skunky.
Very watery body, almost no hop flavors -- just a general sweetness and a kind of soothing bath of malt. Almost no finish.
Good in the summer, and the best accompaniment I know of to Chinese food, particularly very spicy Chinese food.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2013 02:18:56 | More by dougbassett
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2.59/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Poured from the green bottle into a pint glass. A super pale straw yellow brew, maybe just a hair darker than some American examples of the adjunct lager, with the expected foaming white bubbles filling the glass. Beer remains fizzy and effervescent throughout. Smells grainy and slightly tangy, rank waterlogged barley and no trace of corn sweetness ... Rice is king here, astringent, crisp, and clean other than the aforementioned wet grain notes. Palate benefits from a cold temperature, drink up quick. Some tangy lemon rind and grape flavors, vaporous and fleeting, followed by old grain mill or malt liquor, a little like Singha but no where near as flavorful. Some medicinal aspirin and a sour metallic tang throughout. Plastic flavors emerge as the beer warms. Somewhat skunky, another feature that unfortunately gains salience over time. Stripped down. Far less sweet than most American adjunct beers. Finishes dry and with an unexpected American hop currant twang (but this feature is decidedly subtle). Meets expectations. This beer may very well complement Chinese food but that ain't going to bump up my ratings.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 22:49:15 | More by CalgaryFMC
Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.