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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
65
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1,268 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.83%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -12.6%

Rather watery looking with some initial head. Passable aroma and taste. Not a great rating, but above average for its style. Canadian yeast and barley you say? Crisp and slightly better than expected. Maybe good Yangtzai water.Thanks to the broken 6-pak LCBO bin.

01-31-2006 01:55:41 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.33/5  rDev +20.2%

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1 inch bubbly head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted grain, corn flakes, and grassy/herbal aromas. Taste is of the toasted grains, corn flakes, and slight honey. This beer has a pretty average mouthfeel with a crisp and bubbly texture. Overall, this is my first beer from China and I think it's pretty good for what it is.

08-06-2011 22:21:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

11-28-2013 04:49:59 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden straw color with a white head and a tiny amount of lacing as it goes down my glass. Nose is lightly skunked hops and a bit of grain. The taste is light grain and straw with some mildly herbal hops. Light body with good carbonation. Not a great beer, but drinks well enough.

10-24-2010 14:56:46 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +8.3%

12-14-2011 16:57:15 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of corn and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is a little stronger than the smell and has light flavors of adjunct malts—corn seems to stand out in particular. There are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t overly flavorful, but it probably be a good accompaniment to Chinese food if you were looking for something other than water to help wash down spicy dishes.

03-24-2012 00:34:47 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.03/5  rDev -26.7%

I've probably had at least a case of Tsingtao in my lifetime, but every bottle has been consumed along with a plate of Chinese food. Let's see how it tastes solo.

Dark straw yellow or light golden amber, take your pick. I do see a smattering of miniscule particulates, but I'm fairly certain they aren't yeast. The soft, fluffy, shockingly bright white head hangs around for a bit thanks to my high-altitude pour. Almost no lace.

The nose is of sour grain, cooked veggies and a mild skunkiness that is due to either the skunkilicious green bottle or, more likely, simple poor quality. The flavor isn't horrible, but it's close. There's a harshness that's a direct result of the serious malt deficiency and the same sour grain nastiness that was present in the nose is present on the palate. The body is overly thin and the mouthfeel is overly carbonated to the point of fizziness.

Tsingtao is a barely drinkable adjunct lager that would leap into the undrinkable category if consumed at greater than 55 degrees. Maybe I was able to consume it with my Chinese food all those years because my love of spicy dishes deadened my taste buds to the beery depredations of this close-to-nasty Far East import. Stay away.

08-21-2004 15:27:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -17%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a rocky head; the retention was acceptable but there was not much lacing

Smell: Biscuity, with a bit of a floral character

Taste: Starts out bready but then gets surprisingly sweet, as if there was corn sugar in the grist; there is some bitterness underneath but it is overwhelmed by the sweet flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The sweetness makes this a mediocre lager

03-25-2009 23:29:51 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -27.8%

11-28-2013 04:50:09 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.18/5  rDev -57.4%

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of weak malt and hops with bad case of skunk in the back. Taste is pretty inoffensive apart from the bad case of skunkyness. You have to wondered why they import all those crappy lager into North Amercia…

07-18-2005 13:19:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

1.95/5  rDev -29.6%

Geez... Horible smelling beer. Obviously suffering from light strikenness. Very skunky, but I kinda expected that from the green bottle and the lacking seriousness of American Macro lagers. The look is an ok straw with fading head retention. Once I got past the aroma the flavor revealed a grainy, oily, vegital flavor similar to rice cakes. A decent amount of dms shines the way into the finish. Not a particularly pleasant experience.

06-16-2006 00:28:13 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev +0.4%

I was shocked when i saw i had not reviewed this one, i have i nearly every time i go out to shogun, serve in a bottle which is poured into a pint glass.

pour is what you would expect with a very pale color that really never picks itself up off the ground. super light in nearly every way, it really just does not have anything at all going for it in the looks dept.

light rice, grasses and a weird herbal aroma come forward but its very light, almost non existent smell, but the flavor comes across decent at aleast. clean, crisp, excellent with a spicy meal the light grass and rice flavors work well and the clean finish is just what you need to appreciate your food a bit more.

overall this is not bad by any means, its not great but it serves its purpose well.

08-26-2010 01:29:38 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.45/5  rDev +24.5%

A: The beer pours a pale straw color with lots of visible carbonation and a short lived white head.

S: Lots of corn and rice aromas to it, which isn't really surprising. A light/pale malt aroma and a little bit of flowers and grass. Minimal yeast and bread notes.

T: A light bready flavor with a surprising amount of malt flavor. Light bitterness and grassy notes with just a hint of skunk. Sweet grain, particularly from the adjuncts.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A light and easy to drink beer. Not really my favorite, but it goes well with a Chinese meal.

06-01-2011 00:25:09 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

12-19-2011 21:14:07 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev +8.3%

03-11-2013 06:52:13 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.1/5  rDev +11.9%

A: thin white head an no lace on a clear straw yellow body.

S: musty and bittering hops and some light grain.

T: sweeter than expected from the aroma. Mosty grain and sweet corn.

M/: light body and moderate carbonation with a quick drop off in feel at the end. Smooth as oppose to crisp which is surprising.

Overall: some surprises with this one. Actually a decent beer for the genre.

05-15-2012 22:37:18 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Appearance: Pours out a brilliant, light yellow body with a frothed, white head.

Smell: Initial skunk whiff. Let me do the Jumble and I'll be right back. Alright, now that that's blown away, we can get some faint maltiness, cereal sweetness, and a light touch of plain floral hops.

Taste: Faint maltiness with some standard cereal sweetness. Very mild floral hops with just a minimal, though growing amount of bitterness. Finishes dry and clean with a dainty crispness.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just another forgettable, faceless lager from China that makes me really wish I had some Chinese grub to pair with it. Mongolian Chicken, Pork Lo Mein, Moo Goo Gai Pan -- bring it on. Heck, I'll even go for Broccoli Beef!

05-30-2009 18:28:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev +8.3%

01-28-2014 04:29:58 | More by jaydoc
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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emerge077

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev +0.4%

12 oz. bottle, dated 10-25-07

Pours a typical pale yellow, with larger bubbles forming in the dense foam. Head retention is ok, body is high clarity. Mild skunky odor.

Bland biscuity sweetness, sort of artificial aged hop as well. Mild astringency, but not especially bitter. Aftertaste is unpleasant, not clean or fresh tasting.

After having one, that was enough. I only had it because I was in a Chinese restaurant. Surely China makes a better beer...

Edit 12/07: After having another meal of Chinese short ribs, a couple of these went along well. It wasn't as skunky, but that biscuity sweetness was there. It reminded me of a Pilsner.

07-04-2007 04:15:40 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev +4%

A - Poured out a clear, very fizzy, pale yellow color with a small, bubbly, white, short-lived head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled grainy and of faint caramel malt. Unimpressive and fairly typical for the style.

T - It tasted of grains, corn (maybe rice) with a very subtle grassy bitterness. Overall, it leans to the sweeter side of the spectrum.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light bodied lager.

D - This is an okay lager. Easy drinking but lacks a lot of punch in the flavor department.

05-12-2009 21:44:32 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -11.6%

330ml bottle. My favorite new Pho place by my office, and I'm feeling like a beer while waiting for my spicy beef noodle soup.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with one finger of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse specks of lace around the glass, as it quickly dissipates.

It smells up front of light-struck, skunky veggies, quite strongly, and then acrid, grainy corn grist sweetness. Bleah. The taste is a sweet rice-pudding graininess, some soft buttery alcohol, sans the heat, grapey sugar, and mildly grassy, somewhat dead weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite sedate, the body in the light to medium weight range, and a bit oily in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the husky cooked rice graininess skewed by a minor resurgence of the skunky hops.

Well, after an abysmal introduction, the flavour settles down to that of a simple sweet adjunct lager, suitable enough for fiery ethnic-adjacent fare, and absolutely nothing more.

08-25-2010 21:55:47 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +33.6%

Clear, tawny yellow in color with a big-bubbled foamy bright-white head that holds well, eventually dropping to a collar but keeping a misty foam across the surface from rising carbonation. Light aroma of grainy malt with some hops way in the background. Medium-light body with a spritzy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a mild bready malt that's well backed by hop bitterness. Very clean, with an interesting character that I can't identify. Finishes crisp with a short-lingering medium-dry maltiness. A very nice beer; free of flaws and with a unique character. Certainly worth trying as it delivers much more than its appearance promises.

09-01-2002 14:19:16 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

3/5  rDev +8.3%

03-07-2012 04:16:34 | More by SocalKicks
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.05/5  rDev -62.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The smell is that typical pungent macro adjunct odor, only to a higher degree. There's very little aroma of malt or hops present that I could detect.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of corn, rice, a little malt and a faint touch of hops. The after-taste is a combination of sweetness, breadiness and a weird, non-hops bitterness.

M: Not very smooth with just a little crispness, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, dry finish.

D: I didn't find it tasty at all and had a hard time finishing it. It's slightly filling for the style. My father-in-law loves this stuff, but I can't understand why.

03-17-2007 02:26:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,268 ratings.