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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Not Rated.

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566 Reviews

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Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,567
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 39.07%
Wants: 19
Gots: 222 | 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: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by granger10:
Photo of granger10
2.42/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is definitely an asian tasting beer, which isn't really a good thing. Strong rice flavor along with a semi sweet taste, a little like sugar added to a beer after fermentation is complete. The body was nice and full but there wasn't too much in it. The aftertaste was atrocious, like said before: a sweaty sock. This might go well with a rice dish b/c of all the rice in it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.52/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Chuggnutt
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of SkiBum22
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of SuomiHobbit
1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +61.3%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Drunkenass
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of TheAdamConners
1/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Satyr179
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of DWolf
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Todd
3.7/5  rDev +32.6%
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.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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

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Photo of grynder33
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of generallee
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Scribbles
3.6/5  rDev +29%
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.

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Photo of VernonKell
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of petewheeler
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
66 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.