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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 17
Gots: 140 | FT: 0
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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 JohnnyBarman
2.82/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single bottle picked up from the LCBO, a leftover from a nearly empty sixpack. Lovely looking bottle, I have to say.

Poured into a lager glass. Very pale golden, looks a great deal like a dry white wine sitting in the glass. Despite a careful pour there's not much to the head, no lacing either.

Nose is sweet, with notes of apple, corn and floral hops.

Nothing offensive here, just an easy drinking lager. Sweet the whole way through, a little bit of apple and crispness to the finish. Bland, but it's alright.

Thin bodied, crisp carbonation, very refreshing. The water used in the brewing is quite nice.

Not as bad as I will admit I thought this would be. Adjunct, sure, but nothing to really ruin things. Drinks like a soda.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear pale straw body with some visible carbonation and a small flat white head with barely any retention.

Smell - Typical green bottle skunk. Slight citrus notes.

Taste - Cardboard. Bitter, skunky. Very slight astringency in the finish. Alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Sharp bite on the front end.

Overall Drinkability- Started off rough around the corners, but this beer grew on me noticeably by the time I finished.

Photo of ticklechicken
3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tsingtao is "the Chinese beer" that I never had a particular reason to try, so I decided to give is a shot. My tsingtao poured from the can with next to no head over a clear golden body . It really looks like a cup of chilled piss. The aroma put off was slightly skanky with a bit of citrus. The taste test revealed initial grainy maltiness that soon gave way a crisper bitterness that has some citrus quality to it. There's some prickliness and a thin watery mouthfeel to it. On overall drinkability, it goes down like a charm but probably because there's not much reason to reflect on this one. The only poor point is probably the smell, while the rest render it merely a decent means by which to get drunk.

Photo of therica
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't confuse this slosh with the far superior Thai Euro-Lager Style beer Singha !!!

A= ginger ale with an overactive head when poured, fading quickly just like ginger ale as well.

S= corn and sweet malts, ammonia.

T= typical American Macro taste and carbonation, tolerable if you're stuck in China for a week and this is the only beer served, anywhere. Maybe slightly better than Bud, not as good as Miller MGD if that says anything.

M= corn-sweet residue, slight slight bitterness enough to distinguish it from ginger-ale (although a good dry ginger ale is better!).

D= if this is all you have, you'll drink it and session on it, believe me-- but if you're in most places where choice is available, wave this one on by.

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.06/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in tall ale glass.

A: 3 finger head, dissipates quickly; no lacing; clear yellow color; little carbonation
S: stinko! exudes macrobrew aroma
T: brass fitings and iron screws dominate, with an aftertaste of aluminum
M: like spiked water


Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white fizzy head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a crisp, clean pilsner malt and adjunct scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. They must have used a ton of corn/rice in this beer. The malt aroma is so faint. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, quaffable flavor that goes down easy and finishes so clean; no defects present. There is little malt or hop character either. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate good carbonation. This is a damn drinkable beer. It's light and refreshing with a crisp, clean finish.

Photo of kflorence
3.27/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with slight amber notes. A thin layer of head that dissipates to cream that lays atop the beer. Carbonation levels look low. Looks to be your typical lager!

S: It smells fresh. Lots of barley, grains and malt. Overall sweet, and surprisingly not much skunk.

T: Lots of barley again on the palate. Other mixed grains as well... corn, grass. Some spiciness from the hops around the middle of the swallow and balanced out nicely with sweet malts. Crisp and dry on the finish. Lingering flavor of honey and grains. This is actually a very solid example of the style.

M: Light in body with a good amount of carbonation and some chewiness. Maybe a tad too high on the carbonation, but almost exactly what an American lager should be.

D: This is a very light, refreshing beer that is both simple and solid. I would say this is a good example of the style, but it does not define the style. Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this, but like many beers in this category, it is not groundbreaking or complex.

Photo of chefelf
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tsingtao is nothing to write home about. It is very light and very subtle in taste. It has very light carbonation and very little flavor.

I always imagine, when having a beer from another country, that it's going to be an interesting and unique experience. Instead, the sensation I get from Tsingtao, is that I'm having a beer from a brewery that rhymes with Schmanheuser-Tush.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear very pale yellow color, very fast fading thin white head. Aroma is very faint, sweet malty i´d say. Flavour reminds me of cardboard and some cheap white wine with a slight bitterness in the finish. Odd taste in mouth afterwards.Usually drunk at thai or chinese restaurant.

Photo of richkrull
3.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at Chin's on State Street in Madison.

I drank it straight from the bottle as I devoured my sesame chicken. Not a ton of flavor to this beer. Kind of sweet, very light and carbonated.

It's a decent beer to try once in awhile. I don't think I've ever seen it in the store, but it's readily available at Chinese restaurants in the area.

Photo of kwjd
2.65/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this at the LCBO in Ontario and just grabbed one bottle of a broken six pack. This is my first beer from China. Pours the lightest yellow colour I've seen with a beer, very close to clear. White head dissipates pretty quickly with some spots of lacing. Smells of grainy malt and not much else. The slightest hint of bitterness in the flavour, but it is close to carbonated water pretty much. Nothing wrong with this other the lack of flavour.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.72/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I purchased a 22 ounce bomber of this at the local Hibachi style restaraunt. The beer pours a clean yellow-gold color, with no head. It has a typical lager smell, although a bit on the sour side. The beer is crisp and light in mouth, with sour undertones. Weak barley notes to the flavor. The beer has a clean, crisp finish, with no discernable aftertaste. Decent beer to go along with the meal because you didn't have to worry about it interfering with any of the food flavors; there is not much going on in that bottle.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tsingtao | 330 ml. | 4.8% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
Style: American Adjunct Lager
Glass: Stange

Crisp and malty, it cuts into spicy food well. While it's not the kind of beer I'd savor alone, it's a performer in the right context.

Pale golden yellow with a wispy white top.

Delicate grain aroma with some pleasant floral undertones.

Taste and mouthfeel:
Light grains and a floral, malty sweetness.

Photo of tozz8
2.77/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed late New Year's Eve/Early New Year's day. Transcribed exactly as written on my bar reciept from earlier that night.

A--remarkably clear with a sight yellow hugh. fizzy white fizzy head with mostly little bubbles.

S--bready, yeasty, crappy i dont like it

T--sour. bland. Watery. Clean finish. makes me want mongolian chicke

M--watery with little fizzy bubbles

D--as drinkable as water

Photo of champ103
2.77/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was at a Chinese restaurant, and this was the only thing available.

A: Pours a transparent light yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace to speak of.
S: An odd mix of grainy malt, grass, and some kind of grape aroma.
T: Watery and thin hops. Grainy malt, and s substantial sweetness. Some odd grape flavor again. Like watered down grape juice lingers.
M/D: A very light body that is overly carbonated. Really week and thin. Easy enough to drink if I wanted to, but I rarely if ever will grab one.

Like I said, kind of an odd thin grape juice flavor. Other than that, just inoffensive, bland, and oh hum.

Photo of Shrews629
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very clear pale yellow color with a super white, soapy head. Lots of bubbles. Head retention wasn't too bad and it left a decent amount of lacing. Once the head was gone it left a fine little ring around the top. Not too bad looking really.

Smell - A mild, somewhat grassy hop aroma. Some floral notes and I am getting hints of an almond note. Not bad at all.

Taste - This beer had a nice bit of sweetness to the flavor. It was pleasant enough. Some of the "grassy" hop flavor makes an entrance, but it was subdued. A type of citrus in there also. Maybe green grapes? Puzzling.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel that was very smooth and easy going. Very crisp and only a slight bit watery. Some flavoring was left on the palate, but not an over abundance.

Drinkability - This beer is easily drinkable. Would be great during the Summer. Very thirst quenching and refreshing. Lacks a bit in flavor, but a beer for socializing without complexity. A beer one wouldn't have to ponder or try to analyze too much.

Photo of mralphabet
2.72/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Straw yellow with about 1/2 a fingers worth of head that dissipates very quickly with no lacing at all.

S: Skunk right up front, there is a little rice scent and a touch of citrus hops... Smells kind of like a skunked lager.

T: Slightly skunky with a citrus mid palette ending kind of flat with a touch of bitterness.

M: Light and crisp with pretty flat carbonation, yet is refreshing.

D: My first China beer... not the best beer ever, pretty average overall. Nothing to run out and look for.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.14/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Beer poured a clear, pale gold color with a sparse white head that fizzled right out.

S: Toasted light grain and some herbal and spicy hops to balance.

T: Semi sweet toasted malt with some bread notes and a hint of adjunct grains. Some herbal and spicy hops round out this flavor profile. Not much in the way of faults though.

M: Thin light body with light prickly carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and slightly watery this beer did not stand out but it paired well with my Chinese food.

Photo of StoutyMcStouters
3.86/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty beer for a good price, very light, goes well with comfort foods, really nice if you want to change it up a bit, best served cool in a pint glass.

It has an extremely light floral aroma and a sweet flowery, fruit cocktail kinda taste to it. This beer is very easy to drink and has a high amount of carbonation which works to its advantage. Its smooth on the tongue but nothing amazing.

The beer really lacks in the looks department, this is probably the lightest colored beer I have ever seen. It keeps no head, and has no lacing. Not very appealing to the eyes, but please dont judge this book by its cover!

This beer is quickly becoming one of my everyday beers, since I have started drinking it, many of my pals have started to like it also, replacing some of their everyday beers too! My co-worker and I joked about it being the only thing of quality coming from China.

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

Tsingtao has an extremely pale colour that appears almost as if it's been bleached when held into the light; I can't figure there's too many pegs on the colour wheel between this and white. That being said, it suits it just fine; a teeny peppering of bubbles is made fully visible and its clarity remains perfectly intact. A little more head and it'd be good to go.

How has Tsingtao spent so many months in a green bottle in direct exposure to heat and light and not be skunked? Ancient Chinese secret, eh? I expected much worse opening this beer - the smell of skunk at worst, the smell of corn syrup at best. Luckily there's little of any smell at all. I can stick my nose in the glass without any cringing what so ever!

The beer was definitely brewed in China, but going according to its flavour it really could have come from anywhere. This watery, bland, insipid taste - or, more precisely, the total lack there of taste - is not at all endemic of China, but can be found in the industrially produced national brand lagers of virtually every country in the world.

The only way of telling these lagers apart is often the measure of their repulsiveness. The worst examples - those racked with cheap, cloying adjuncts and chemicals - are off-putting and disagreeable. The better ones, of which Tsingtao can claim to be, are merely acceptable and commonplace on account of being so neutral and emasculated.

There's an old Chinese adage that says "Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible". This is a culture that eats anything and everything - soups made of snakeheads and bird's nests, silkworms, seahorses and scorpions (with their stingers intact), every kind of insect and entrails - literally, anything and everything...

Including Tsingtao. I'd be more curious to try any of the (frankly, stomach-wrenching, Fear Factor-esque) delicacies above than sit through another bottle of this insipid, conventional, mass-produced swill. Not that it's so bad, but at least the other items would offer flavour, excitement, novelty and an authentic reflection of Chinese gastronomy.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.03/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a thin straw yellow color with a thick white head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of grain and maybe some rice and a little hops hiding somewhere in there. Tastes of grain and a little corn. Some bitterness probably from some hop extract. Mouthfeel is thin and nasty feeling. Drinkability is decent.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at a local Chinese restaurant.
appearance: Drab, diluted yellow with next to no head on when the waiter.
smell: Barely there, but a subdued citrus note.
taste: Not bad actually. Again, subdued...but that's a little generous. Bland and watered down but not bad.
drinkability: Drank it all but didn't order another!

Photo of LuthersMug
2.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very pale yellow. 1/2 head that dissipates fairly quick. Faint lacing that disappears.

S - Grainy with a little bit of sweetness

T - On the weaker side, a bit watery and a little bit sweet. Slightest bit of malts. No real notice of hops.

M - Carbonation was nice and crisp.

D - Okay.

Photo of gopens44
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Just a plain old yellow beer with no discernible head to speak of.

S - First whiff (and second, third, so on) was filled with what I can only explain as vinegar.

T - Luckily, the smell didn't represent the taste at all. It was actually pretty sweet and malty. Not too bad, as I was expecting something far worse.

M - Thin and highly carbonated.

D - If you happen across a Chinese restaurant, or wake up in Shanghai for whatever reason, you could probably do FAR worse than this. Overall, I am sure it would pair well with Thai or a spicy Chinese dish like General Tso's chicken or a kung pao dish. Why not drink this at a Chinese restaurant instead of a BMC?

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Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
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