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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,440 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 17
Gots: 125 | 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 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?

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.64/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours that straw yellow super see through 'color'. Aroma is nothing.

Taste is a little better, a little skunk feel in a good way (prolly just color association, green = I taste skunkiness). No malt roasting and very, very little in the hop department to speak of, but what is there is bolstered by ample carbonation, making it a nice beer with spicy food (I think lighter beers like this make the food spicier, if you want to kick the heat down, throw some oatmeal stout on it).

Not much else to speak of, mouthfeel, same stuff, no nuances, drinkability easy to drink but pricey for what it is.

Photo of beerprovedwright
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Where is the head? I tried, but even with aggressive pouring I came up with nothing. Color is a dark yellow, rating a 3 on the SRM chart. Not much for smell, some rice, corn, malt, and yeast. Taste is clean and well balanced, but not a lot of flavor. Not a lot of excitement in the mouthfeel category, sort of watery and bland. It gets an ok rating on drinkability, as there is not a lot of flavor to offend much food, and it is an import.

Photo of lovetranquillity
2.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fizzy yellow, little bubbly head, no lacing and head retention.

Smells like wheat, rice, and alcohol.

Tastes like a lager, some wheat or malt, tiny tiny bit of bitterness, almost no alcohol in taste.

Fizzy, slippery, somewhat smooth.

Easy to drink because of lack of harshness and low alcohol content. I like this better than other Adjunct lagers but this is very lacking in general.

Tsingtao is good with chinese food or other spicy foods but only enjoyable with food. It is crisp and refreshing and could be a social beer amongst my Chinese friends.

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

Thanks to Nesi Marc for the sixer. This pours pale yellow and clear. Fizzy white head, no lacing. It smells "euro-lagerish" with some hints of cooked vegetables and grains. Flavor is similar, sweet with a light mouthfeel. Finishes a bit sweet as well. The label says brewed with the finest malt although I suspect there's a lot of corn syrup in this one. Still, it you like Beck's this one is usually available to pair with some good Chinese food.

Photo of taigor
2.21/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured clear pale straw color with almost no head and minimal to absent lacing.

S - Not impressive at all. Somewhat of a skunk wheat.

T - Just like smell - disappointing. Light and almost like APA with the absence of hops or any alcohol.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Drinkable but not enjoyable and not recommended to have more than one.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.16/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A green-bottled 640ml/21.6 oz. gift from friends Peter & Catherine; their beer knowledge may be limited but their thoughtfulness knows no bounds. Poured to a pint glass.
Never reviewed a Chinese beer, even one as ubiquitous as this...til now.

A: Crystal clear, a watery-pale straw color. Starts with a reasonably strong white head, but one that fizzles in seconds to a sticky ring of large bubbles and an icy-looking skim. Big carbonation, rising singularly.

S: A funny tinny-metallic/mineral scent, but little else. Sweeter grain as it warms. About as transparent, vacuous as an aroma could be.

T: Hmmm, really not so bad. I've had this beer on a few occasions, typically with sushi or something spicy and Asian; this is probably a first time having it on its own. Sure there's sweet/corny malt, but a nice spicy contrast, enough to tajke a sharp bite out of the honeyed biscuit leanings.

M: Light feel, crisp and clean. Benign coating and smooth finish, about right style-wise. Oh, but the ensuing gassiness!

D: 绝佳伴侣 (forgive me, Chinese speakers, I have no idea how accurate google translator is for the word 'drinkability') is really quite good. A first sniff from the green glass showed a modicum of 'skunk' (good lord, world bottlers, why do you insist?), but this is otherwise a pretty good example of a common adjunct lager. I had no problem slurping this one down ~ 谢谢, my friends!

Photo of MoreThanWine
1.94/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A fairly typical knock-off of cheap American pilsners. The head dissipates almost immediately. You get some skunking (green glass) but I've had worse. You do get some grassiness as well as basic grains in the taste. Not undrinkable but also not special in anyway. And in a blind taste testing I'd have guessed this came from the US, not China.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tsingtao has a medium, white head and a very clear, deep golden appearance. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is stereotypical lager, with that nice beer smell. Taste is a good balance of barley and hops; round and well made. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Tsingtao finishes crisp and refreshing. Overall, I think this is a pretty good beer, and I was glad that the green bottle did not allow light to skunk my sample. I would certainly drink this again.


Photo of Stigs
3.27/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at a local Chinese place - served in a 10oz glass

A - nary any foam after 5 seconds, a short-lived layer of fizzy loose white bubbles. the beer is a little on the dark side of gold for an adjunct lager.

S - grainy, but without the steamed vegetables scent of some of its counterparts...i can actually pick out some field grass and a slight fruityness.

T - pleasant here, dominated by light yet clean grains...some floral grassiness, and apple-like sweetness.

M - light body as expected, but this is really lacking carbonation which is a shame...everything falls apart

D - goes great with slightly spicy asian cuisine, and certainly one of the more enjoyable adjunct lagers.

Photo of Sudsy89
3.2/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a pale straw color, not much of a head at all. Noticeable carbonation and light mouthfeel, typical of a macro lager. Overall appearance is very much like a BMC. Taste was actually better than I expected, I noticed a bit of skunkiness when opening the bottle but I didn't notice any "off" taste, it was actually sweeter than I expected. Would probably be highly drinkable, I just chose this one after a hot day walking about in the city and it was agreeable as a refresher.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured into my pint glass to a fleeting white head that left no traces that it was ever present. This beer is yellow in color. The aroma is sweet and bready. Surprisingly, there is no skunk smell or taste since it does come in a green bottle. The taste is overtly sweet. If it wasn't so sweet it actually would not be a horrible beer. The mouthfeel is thin, as expected. It is probably not a beer I would seek out.

Photo of IronLover
3.51/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright yellow color with good clarity. Started with a thin white head that reducedto a healthy cap. Unlike most lagers of this type though, the foam was creamier and left some respectable lacings. Very light, sweet malty aroma. Good carbonation and a light body feel. Light sweet malty flavor. Nothing spectacular but far better than Bud, Miller, etc. Easy to drink.

Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.