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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,255 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,255
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 15
Gots: 49 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev +5.1%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 5/23/08. Pours a light straw color with a 1 finger head, poor longevity and poor lace. Slight honey malt aromas with a touch of citrus. This stuff is pretty watery - even as macros go. Some honey and malt tastes with a small bit of bitterness. Its crisp, light and easy drinking but just a bit too watery - even for a macro.

12-27-2007 21:35:59 | More by sabrills70
Photo of Domingo


3.15/5  rDev +14.1%

Had this at my local Chinese restaurant, the Golden Wok. I've had it before, but it's been a long time.
Pours a pretty standard pale yellow color from a green bottle. Forms a white sheen on the top, but it's not too heady. No real lacing for this one. Pretty typical.
At first it smells a little skunky, but it immediately passes. After the first 1/2 second, you'd think it was fresh. Typical macro lager grain smell. Nothing special, but nothing really wrong either.
Tastes pretty sweet. There's a little bit of hops up-front, but not a ton. Reminds me a little bit of a Euro lager just because it does have a little more flavor than most US macros. The sweetness sets it apart, though. I'd compare it to a sweeter Heineken.
Texture is spot on for the style and it's certainly drinkable. The one thing about it is that it really didn't do anything special. After your palate adjusts to the slightly sweeter flavor, it becomes kind of bland. I ended up switching to a pale wheat beer after this one and it was pretty amazing how much more flavor it had compared to this.
Not bad, but nothing I'd seek out. Might be a good quencher. I'd say it's on par with most US macros and some of the lower-end European ones.
Still, if you're seeking a common Asian lager, I'd go with 33, Singha, or even one of the Japanese rice brews.

12-17-2007 15:13:26 | More by Domingo
Photo of Overlord


2.03/5  rDev -26.4%

I had two choices at a restaurant recently: this or Miller Lite. I opted for something new.

Light straw/golden color. Big white head. Taste has a bit more flavor than the typical macro-lager. Maybe even a hint of hops. Also didn't have that horrid "skunk" you often see from these beers.

I wouldn't go out of my way to obtain. Amazingly, not unduly overly carbonated.

12-10-2007 09:21:03 | More by Overlord
Photo of brdc


2/5  rDev -27.5%

Small capped bottle into a flute.

Obviously filtered, light yellow, almost transparent, with a thin, airy head that shows no retention.
Very light on the palate, aroma and taste are the same - you could technically say well balanced, but that is just because there is really no bitterness, or sweet maltiness. There is a faint beer/alcohol note somewhere, and perhaps some rice, but maybe it is me looking for something.

11-24-2007 23:54:48 | More by brdc
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -5.8%

inoffensive looking macro, pale yellow, fizzy head, average to poor head retention and lacing. aroma is quite faint, slightly skunky with a faint floral sweetness. Taste is fairly crisp, sweet with some light cracker-like malt and barely there hop bitterness. Some mineral-like avertaste no doubt caused by water. Hopefully it not's caused by lead. Certainly not over carbonated by any means, quite smooth and of decent body.

Not bad for a macro, but a bit too sweet for me and besides I'm trying to boycott all things from the people's Repub...so I won't be having another anytime soon.

11-22-2007 02:24:32 | More by Shadman
Photo of thierrynantes


3.03/5  rDev +9.8%

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : pils pâle, bien saturée en bulles moyennes, mousse blanche serrée et stable
Smell : arôme frais de houblon
Taste and mouthfeel : saveur de malt, bouche légére et équilibrée, assez douce
Drinkability : bière pils correcte

10-31-2007 22:29:05 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of DoubleJ


2.48/5  rDev -10.1%

At $1.19 for a 12 oz bottle, I went for it. My Kronenbourg glass hasn't had the honor of doing any beers recently, so it gets to hold this mainstream from China. On to the beer:

Light straw color and very clear with lots of carbonation bubbles running around. The flavor in this one is relatively light, so there isn't much to talk about. The only thing I can add is I was not impressed by this brew. But I should note the flavor gets better when it warms up. It probably hits the spot when eating an array of Chinese dishes, but as a session brew, there's better for less money.

10-31-2007 04:16:27 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of JamesS


2.35/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured out an average straw color, very little head and pretty much no lacing. While it doesn't have a bad smell, it borders just this side of skunky. It has a very flat and bland taste, nothing worthy of note and nothing that stuck out. Goes down fine, as it is, but don't expect much.

10-26-2007 00:16:09 | More by JamesS
Photo of goochpunch


1.95/5  rDev -29.3%

Pours out a still straw color with a thin, meager head. Lots of sulfur and DMS in the aroma. Some malt and graininess underneath the defects. Taste is rather grainy with more of the sulfury and vegetal notes coming out. Has a bit of hops towards the end. The finish is kind of harsh, drying, and tannic. Mouthfeel is bubbly, but not too light. Not for me.

10-13-2007 03:39:24 | More by goochpunch
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -20.3%

This one did'nt get reviewed the first time cause of a bad batch,comes in a green bottle and it was completely flat,no fizz no head ,,,nothing.Turned me off.But here i am trying it again,and this time i got a decent batch.Pours a clear light golden yellow with nice size bubbly white head with fair retention and minimal lacing.Nose is skunk upon first whiff which goes away and than it's musty grains and grass with a sulfitio whiff to it.Taste is sulfury,with lite tangy bitterness to it with a faint sweetness comming thru and kinda watery flat finish.Not much there,almost like drinking Coors lite with a little more tang and sulfuric taste.Very lite mouthfeel to this one and watery feel going down.I think i'd rather drink Busch or MGD at a cheaper price.This one didn't do anything for me.

10-07-2007 02:44:15 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of tai4ji2x


2.83/5  rDev +2.5%

frothy head that quickly dissipates and leaves almost no lacing. light, clear golden color.

the aroma is pretty faint, some malt and hops, but not much there. with the green bottle, it's always a toss-up as to whether you get a skunked bottle or not. here in china these things are often left out in the open sun...

taste is like most american macros, but with a slight sweetness - maybe from all the rice adjunct? there is a detectable maltiness, which is nonetheless counteracted by a generic but acceptably unoffensive hop flavor. yet this very sweetness which distinguishes it from other macros is often unnoticeable when paired with a chinese dish that already has some sugariness (as is often the case).

mouthfeel is crisp, maybe some astringency that keeps it from being totally "smooth".

i'm stuck in china for the time being, so stuff like this is pretty much the standard. though i suppose you could do worse.

10-01-2007 17:45:38 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of morimech


2.3/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a pale straw color with little head. After a couple of minutes it looks like a beer that sat out overnight. No lacing at all.

It smells like corn with a slight hop aroma.

It tastes not like much of anything. Very thin, watery, and slightly sweet. It finishes clean with no aftertaste. Not much point in drinking this because if I want an American Macro Lager I could buy something a heck a lot cheaper with more taste.

09-23-2007 23:50:31 | More by morimech
Photo of Scribbles


3.63/5  rDev +31.5%

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.

09-18-2007 03:03:21 | More by Scribbles
Photo of Floydster


2.35/5  rDev -14.9%

24 ounce bottle from Hollymain Liquor in El Segundo

Poured a golden yellow color with a small head that turns into little bubbles shortly after

No real smell and taste is pretty weak too, watered down which makes it fade faster as well

Not too heavy, so could drink a lot of these probably

09-12-2007 17:41:04 | More by Floydster
Photo of Rainintheface


2.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Chinese food for lunch. So when in Rome... ahhh China

A: pale, clear with med. carbonation. small white head quickly diminishes

S: grassy, faint hops. very neutral, not much there

T: kind of sweet, light hop bitterness

M: light-medium body with a nice fizziness to the carbonation

D: goes down just fine

Better than I anticipated. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick up a six. But certainly enjoyable in my setting with szechuan spicy beef and crab rangoon

08-16-2007 17:28:48 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of pmcadamis


2.45/5  rDev -11.2%

Tried this at the Illinois State Fair...also known as the White Trash Bash. I skipped the regular beer tent (BMC only) in favor of the International Village, where a Celtic folk band was playing and several different beers were available. This was the only one that I've never tried before.

A - Golden yellow clear lager with a creamy one finger head with some pretty good retention.

S - Creamed corn adjuncts and some syrupy malt notes. Doesn't smell to bad.

T - Really malty and sweet. Creamed corn and pancake syrup. This is really sweet, but not cloying due to a nice dry hop bitterness. This has all of the American American Macro Lagers beat hands down. Doesn't really taste good, but it ain't bad...at least it has lots of assertive flavors.

M - Almost too thick for a macro lager, but it's interesting and foamy in the mouth. Nice dry finish with more hops than is usual for the style.

D - Pretty damn good! Reminds me of a malt liquor since it's really heavy with creamed corn adjuncts, assertively boozy, and really sweet. I would drink this again in a pinch.

08-13-2007 01:28:12 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -17.4%

I tried this beer on August 8, 2007 at a Korean Grill restaurant (Queen/University location) in Toronto. The beer poured a golden yellow into the glass with no head. There was no aroma to speak of...I even had my partner smell the beer and she couldn't smell anything either. The mouthfeel was thin with mild carbonation. The taste was slightly malty with a dry finish.

08-09-2007 01:49:26 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of WillieMoe


2.23/5  rDev -19.2%

Tsingtao is basically like a Chinese macro, similar to Budweiser, which is no surprise, since Anheuser owns about a quarter of the Chinese Brewery. Tsingtao has very little taste or smell. It's drinkable enough, but not something I would go out of my way to get. It's a very clear pour, with little head or lacing. The taste was nothing special, very watery. I was not impressed, but it's not so horrendous that I wouldn't drink it if it was all that was available.

07-29-2007 14:16:16 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of emerge077


2.78/5  rDev +0.7%

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
Photo of albern


3.1/5  rDev +12.3%

I've had this beer for years whenever I went to any good Chinese restaurant that served Tsingtao. On a recent trip to China, this became my mainstay. As one traveling companion noted, this is the Heineken of China, and I guess that is about as spot on an assessment as any I could come up with. The beer is pretty good but not exceptional. The pour is slightly frothy with not much lacing and a quickly dissipating head. The color is light-ish yellow, reasonably carbonated, but not overly so. This is a light bodied beer that is reasonably well balanced hops vs. malt, but you aren't going to get either in spades so the term "well balanced" needs some qualification here. The taste is a bit straw, a bit grassy, and with just enough hop bite to let you know there is some substance to the beer. There is a bit of a yeast fizziness to this beer as well and that is an added plus. Tsingtao goes down easy, leaves very little after taste, has a tinge of sweetness in the middle, and has a very light mouthtaste that does clean the palate when eating your favorite Chinese food. I believe the Tsingtao in China is fresher and noticably better in China than over here. L'Chaim

07-03-2007 20:53:24 | More by albern
Photo of HoustonTX


3.15/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours like your typical lager. Fizzy and yellow. Smell has some florals in it along with sweet malt, light grassy tones, with a backing of hay and light pomegranate. Taste is crisp and a bit grainy, with a hint of hop flavoring. The flavor is never predominantly much of anything, just a nice crisp clean flavor. Which makes this an easy beer to drink, especially with some nice spicy shrimp or any other hot Chinese cuisine.

07-03-2007 04:15:45 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of Halcyondays


2.68/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz. green bottle

A: Typical pale yellow with pitiful head that dies quickly.

S: Not much there, maybe a hint of a malt and hops.

T: Sweet malts with a touch hops for balance.

M: Thin, with a fair amount of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, washed down my Chinese take-out, but not something I would seek out outside of a Chinese restaurant.

06-30-2007 02:57:19 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

Had this one at a local chinese place in leiu of bud.

A- Light golden with lots of bubbles and head that disappears almost instantly. Looks like a ginger ale.

S- Malty, with a hint of corn... no hops. Have to strain to get anything, the aroma is very faint.

T- Malt and hops are so balanced as to be tasteless. A hint of corn, and the faint hops come out just a bit in in the finish. It's not bad, but very boring.

M- Medium-light body with a smooth feel and medium-high carbonation. Smooth finish, not dry.

D- Not terrible, but not very good, and boring. I may have another in the next chinese place if it's the only alternative to BMC and I'm desperate.

06-29-2007 01:47:09 | More by khiasmus
Photo of billybob


4.1/5  rDev +48.6%

nice clear light golden color with a large white head that held to a quarter inch then to a ring on the glass with some lacing. light aromas of malt and yeast. taste of sweet malt and yeast with a grainy slight hop finish. medium body, crisp, lots of carbonation, slightly different from the run of the mill macro lager pretty enjoyable beer. good for summer fare.

06-16-2007 16:26:22 | More by billybob
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.13/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mix of spicy noble hop, sweet adjunct grain and light malts.

The taste featured a clean and lightly malty body with highlights of sweet corn and hop spice.

The mouthfeel was thin with a bit of a sweet finish.

Overall a pretty good and drinkable lager. Certainly superior to the BMC grouping.

06-15-2007 02:49:17 | More by plaid75
Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
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