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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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566 Reviews

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Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,570
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 39.07%
Wants: 19
Gots: 224 | 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

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Photo of Sammy
2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.39/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

one of my least favorite of the Asian beers, it has a good mouthfeel, is well carbonated and drinkably light, but that's about it. it has a really strong adjunct metallic flavor, and the finish is mineral heavy and always a tad skunky no matter where it comes from. im not sure if there is rice or corn in this, but it tastes starchy, sweet for the wrong reasons, and it is unsettling in the stomach after a few of them. it always seems to be available at the Asian eateries, but I much prefer Sapporo or asahi or even tiger or kirin to this. it is bright enough to cleanse the palate, but it almost has a chemical preservative sort of finish to it that just really turns me off. maybe at the source this beer would be something to try again, but for now its one I stay away form when there are other options in front of me.

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Photo of brentk56
2.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.94/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.18/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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…

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Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Twelve ounce green bottle. Date stamp on neck: 6/8/14. (fresh).

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a quarter-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and yields stringy and spotty lace.

N: Malty and grainy, yeasty, with some grassy hay notes.

T: Clean, slightly tang/twang of stale grain, bland.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Thin finish.

O: Not much here, like an empty shell.

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Photo of zeff80
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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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 mikesgroove
2.73/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of jlindros
2.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear watery slight tan color, light Sudsy head.

Nose very light, little toasty pilsner malt, grassy notes,

Taste is light but not bad, light pilsner malt, light soft lager feel, crisp, hint grassy hop barely, mild warm lager taste not skunky our minerals just a touch of phenols I think. Finish hints at skunky like lager, semi crisp dry finish.

Mouth is light, light carb, a bit of soft lager.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.05/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +32.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: bottle in a gift set

Yeah, it's from China. But it's not much different from any other adjunct lager. Pours a pale, watery, golden-straw color with a puff of white head that fizzles down to nearly nothing. Aroma of weak grains and a passing touch of hops, with the classic green bottle skunk. Taste of watered-down grains and corn, funk and skunk, harsh and metallic. Light and watery mouthfeel, and definitely to be avoided at all costs.

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this with my sushi tonight, was pleasantly suprised

Poured an effervescent golden with a 2 fingers-deep head. Average head retention & a little lacing

S: Slight sweet rice/malt smell

T: Malt sweetness up front, then dryness. Finishes sweet with slight floral hops crispness

MF: Light, medium with vigirous, but not overdone carbonation, skews a little too sweet balance-wise

Drank pretty easy, certainally a cut above BMC & went well with the sushi, the 2, 12 oz bottles went down easy

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.17/5  rDev -22.2%
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.
66 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.