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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,330 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,330
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 72 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001)
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Photo of brentk56
2.3/5  rDev -16.7%
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

brentk56, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of thekanna
2.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Being of Chinese heritage, of course I have to review this beer. When I go to visit my relatives in China, they praise Qingdao like it's the be-all and end-all of heavenly beerdom. Next time I return, I'm bringing a case of Westys.

A: Clear gold with a decently large white head and some lacing.

S: Very faint adjunct grains and bready malts with a subtle, almost undetectable sweetness.

T: Pale, sweet adjunct malts (I detect rice). A strange yeastiness followed on with a weird, artificial bitterness. Very much like Heineken or German lagers, but mostly because the original Tsingtao brewery in Qingdao was founded by Germans, and hence followed the Reinheitsgebot (at least the original recipe, but now it's mostly rice put in the mash).

M: Thin and watery. Not much to boast about.

D: Goes with Chinese food decently, as it can wash down even the spiciest and most flavorful of dishes. However, there's not much of a point to drinking it by itself or buying it for any other occasion.

thekanna, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Kopp
3.55/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time I had this beer was in Epcot at Walt Disney World - it was the China beer of choice... Not a bad brew - good tasting

A: yellow/golden in color - no head

S: no real distinct aroma - rather plain

T: good taste - a little crisp taste with a hit of dryness, not very hoppy nothing too heavy or surprising but enjoyable

M: not really that carbonated - good mouthfeel

D: can drink multiple cold ones and enjoy them, not really filling

Overall: It is a good beer that you could drink throughout the day - I enjoyed in both bottle form at parties and while walking around Epcot Center

Kopp, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of stumac
2.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is really pronounced "Ching Dow"

it pours up a clear golden color with a decent white head. decent lacing at first. the nose is pale grains, bready, oily textured aroma, subtle sweet malts. I taste the exact same as the nose with subtle sweet malts, bread, pale grains, very buttery texture. light to med bodied, med carbo. a pretty clean lager

stumac, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Uh, this beer is a staple at most chinese restaurants. Its basically a tribute to American adjunct lagers

So pours a fizzy pale yellow with not much head

Aroma: n/a

Taste: cardboard soaked in water

Um too watery and too carbonated

In short, the meal in the restaurants is always better with a beer than without, but this beer is pretty mediocre

EatsTacos, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of bsend
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 24 oz. bottle into a mug.

This beer pours a distinct light yellow golden color similar to other macro european lagers. It provided just a little bit of head, and a decent amount of carbonation.

The smell gave a slight yeast, rice scent. Reminded me of a Heineken.

The taste was light, crisp and fresh. Beyond that it provided very little flavor, reminding me of a most macro European lagers. Nothing inspiring, but nothing bad either. All around average lager.

The mouthfeel was your usual macro lager. Regardless of continent, it has a mix of small bubbles, and extremely watery texture.

Drinkability was fairly average for this beer. I would definitely be able to put down a few of these as they are light, and cleansing on the palate. That being said the basic flavor does not exactly have me wanting one after another.

Final Thoughts - I was curious about Chinese beer. I tried this one, and was wasn't impressed. It is your typical macro European lager style. Nothing terrible by any stretch of the imagination. The price tag hurts this one a bit as it runs $9 for a six. I grabbed the 24 oz. bottle for roughly $3 which gave me the chance to try it without going crazy. My friend has tried it in China and they she says it isn't really any different, bonus points do go to the brewery for giving it to you in a plastic bag of sorts.

bsend, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with a small foamy head that dissipated quickly. Very minimal lace.

Smells of light grain and a hint of hops. Hard to find.

Light sweetness in the malt, some grassy flavors, and a bitter hop bite at the end. Not much intensity in the flavors here either. Would fit perfectly into a blind taste test of green bottle Euro macro.

Medium bodied and decently carbonated - a plus.

Overall, this is palate washer. Nothing I'd ever seek in a six, but at a Chinese restaurant, worth drinking with the cuisine.

OtherShoe2, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
3.38/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.0
Poured a small white head that quickly disappeared leaving no head at all. Colour is pale straw, large bubbles rising.

Smell - 3.0
Aroma is faint but reveals no off odours. Sweet and malty, hops subdued but there for balance.

Taste - 3.5
Wow, I am really surprised by how pleasant this is! Tastes like a good example of a euro pale lager, I'm not sure if it is all-malt, but it sure tastes like it. Sweetish but crisp, biscuity malt, a little toffee, grassy hops, moderately bitter, finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Quite full bodied for a pale lager, moderately weighted, low to moderatel carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.0
What an easy drinker, especially in hot weather.

Appearance aside, I am seriously impressed by this Chinese lager. I expected it to be bad, which it was far from.

LittleCreature, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Made in China, so you know this must be good...

Pours a pale straw yellow with a very thin head, a little carbonation.

Not much of a smell, typical macro grainy lager, a bit of sweetness maybe.

Tastes grainy,bready, it has a nice crisp refreshing finish though.
Not terrible, but I would never buy this again!

GodOfBeer, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= an almost clear color but its yellow deep in there bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass with a small half finger head that falls very very very quickly leaving just a small cover. A lot lighter than most lagers
S= Like skunk and corn
T= Definitely skunked just like a Heineken. But there is more flavor in it than i expected. There's actually some malty sweetness and a slight hop bit. Better than average for a American adjunct lager
M= light and fizzy what would you expect
D= Very high. Not bad for an adjunct lager. Not bad at all. i would say its better than most other offerings. Still not really a reason to drink this unless your Chinese. There are better offerings of the same style for less money

jjanega08, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of stockingcpl
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This brew is classified and a standard American Adjunct Beer, and thas is exactly how is should be classified. It pours just like any of the hundreds of US domestic macrobrewery beers. No additional description is needed.

Smell: This brew has a smell similar to a Euro Lager or maybe even a Canadian mass market beer. Not Budweiser...closer to Heineken or Moosehead. Nothing spectacular.

Taste: Once again, this tastes more like a cheap Euro Lager rather than an American Mass market beer. If you like macrobrewed Euro Lagers, this will appeal to you. Nothing special here. I would put this somewhere in the middle of the pack as far as taste character.

Mouthfeel: Again nothing special here. Very bland....very average.

Drinkability: This is again a mass market beer. Drinkability is fairly high, yet the taste is rather forgetable.


stockingcpl, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
2.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into some weird non-beer glass at the Chinese restuarant.

Color is straw yellow with light foam. A little fizzy on pour.

No real distinct smell that I could discern.

Taste is very ordinary - just a plain, nondescript lager. Watery mouthfeel. Its been a while since I've had a Bud or Miller, but this reminded me of those US macros.

Its drinkable - easy to have a few, though its not a beer I'd get excited about.

KTCamm, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of wesl56
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i went looking for a beer to pair with some chinese food, actually was not planning to buy an asian beer but decided id try tsingtao since id never had it

a- color is pretty light gold.... reminds me of miller high life

s- the smell was surprising... i wasnt sure what to expect but its almost a sharp citrus limey smell

t- heineken! i didnt read this anywhere else on here, but this beer tastes IDENTICAL to heineken... thats all i could think about while drinking it

m- heineken... medium high carbonation, light but yet flavorful

d- pretty much like a heineken.... sharp first few sips, but mellows out and tastes weak near the end

i would have a hard time differentiating this from a heineken...

it did however go very well with the chinese food, so i may consider it again in that situation

wesl56, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
2.45/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My sister-in-law is Chinese, and when her and my brother came to town, they grabbed some of the beer that they drink over there.

This poured the palest of yellows, with about an inch's worth of head on top. This disappeared completely and left not the slightest of lacing rings. Smelled of rice and corn and some lemon. Smells like a Bud.

This is an extremely watery thin brew. I'm sure this aids the "drinkability" but I don't like this. All I'm tasting is the adjuntness; tastes fake. Some thin vegetable flavors. Very weak beer. Avoid.

Onenote81, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
2.2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle a clear pale yellow with a thin and fast-fading white head.

Aroma was quite skunky. A combination of sulfur and rotting vegetables. Not too pleasant.

Like the aroma, the taste was fairly skunked. A sweet graininess along with a bit of table salt.

Thin and crisp with a sharp carbonation.

Paired this with a nice meal at a chinese restaurant and found the beer to be a huge distraction. I should have stuck with a glass of water.

Monkeyknife, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of nightcrawler
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've tasted some good Asian beers and some really bad Asian beers. This one is pretty much right in the middle.

Very light in color (which frightened me) with a sweet nose that I enjoyed. The taste as better than I expected and I could find real lager flavor in it not totally hidden by the adjunct.

Carbonation was lower than I expected, which was fine. I would have liked a cleaner finish, but I had no problems cracking open a second bottle.

nightcrawler, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.83/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz into 19oz pilsner glass

Appearance: Very light straw color with a minimal head and tons of visible carbonation bubbles.

Smell: A sweet floral smell with some adjuncts- rice and corn, I'm thinking.

Taste: Starts pretty sweet, then finishes with some notes of citrus and grains. Slight hop bitterness that finishes things off pretty nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very crisp and refreshing finish. Doesn't feel as carbonated as it looks which is definitely a good thing in this case.

Drinkability: Looks pretty funny, but outside of that there are no complaints. This is probably the best of the Asian beers I have had thus far out of a mixed sixer I made from the restaurant I worked at (I picked out Sapporo, Kirin Ichiban, Kirin Light, Asahi, Budweiser, and this).This would definitely go well with Chinese food or sushi- maybe even your typical American BBQ.

Mosstrooper, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
2.15/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured transparent straw yellow with a short lived 3/4" head that had very little lace in a nonic

S - grass, light malts, hint of sulfur, cooked vegetables

T - relatively bland, little bit of boiled greens, grassy, sweet malt finish

M - very light, medium carbonation. Watery.

D - decent but I can't see why anyone would want more

Overall - This is a disappointing beer. However popular it may be in China/Hong Kong, it is a weak excuse for a lager. Uncharacteristic, bland, not worth the money. Once in a lifetime but I wouldn't bother. Had this in Hong Kong. Reviewed from notes.

DmanGTR, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of SickBrew
2.33/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got a case of this on discount from Chester, so I hope it's drinkable.

This beer pours with about one finger of fine white head than dissipates quickly to a slight ring. No real lacing. The beer is crystal clear like most lagers and is a very light yellow. Nose is fair combo of noble hops and something slightly malty/grainy.

Taste falls off from the nose. Flavor is only slightly malty with a bit of sulfur taste back there as well. Hops don't really come through, but an astringent dry aftertaste does. Hey maybe that's lead. Mouthfeel is light and overall this beer a low degree of drinkability. Only 23 more to go.

SickBrew, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of steeler
3.9/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this beer on sale from the LCBO. Pours out a light yellow color, with no head or lacing at all. Looks decent for what it is. Smells like all other macros do, but i will give it a 3 for no skunky smells like many imports have. This has a decent taste, goes down like water, with a touch of bitterness, but not much else. For a light lager, it has a lot more taste than most of its more popular counter parts (coors light/bud light etc). Decent. Also has a much better mouthfeel than most other light beers, nice and full with good carbonation. I gave this a perfect score for drinkability, because since it goes down so easily, you could easily drink this all night. Goes well with spicy food. Highly recommended!

steeler, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear golden pale yellow color with a 2" brilliant white head that falls quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: some malt sweetness and grass come through softly.

Taste: mild malt, some grass, lemon zest, and a mild bitterness are all that is detected.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: this is a light beer that actually goes well with spicy food. To drink in alone as a session beer, this gets boring very quickly. This has a touch more flavor than some others in the style.

Gavage, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Macca
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear pale golden yellow with a half finger of head which disappears completely. The beer looks dead.

The nose is mostly grains as is the palate. Some sweetness is evident.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Clean and crisp with good bitterness.

For me this is a situational beer. Yum cha for Sunday lunch wouldn't be the same without a couple of bottles.

Macca, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of likethetaste
4.38/5  rDev +58.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this with a variety pack from World Market. I was surprised by this because I did not have high hopes for it having experienced other chinese beers. But i must say this was very good. Poured a nice golden yellow color with really nice bread like smell. This was a very nice and crisp beer that was very refreshing. I would love to get this all the time. Great to eat with asian food!

If you are comparing this like you should to other Macro lagers, this is by far one of the best.

likethetaste, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is a classic for Chinese food lover's everywhere!!

It pours out looking thin and light, carboantion is high and looks sharp and crispy. The thin white head sticks around pretty well, not great but not bad either. Medium retention for the style.

The smell is of crispy, semi-sweet malt, rice and dried corn with a green, slightly skunky hop edge way down deep with very mild spineiness.

The flavor is very clean, no real "off" flavor's, just a thin, semi-sweet malt with a decent herbal balance that is a bit watery and thin. goes very well with hefty foods.

The feelis light, active and clean and it stays that way, yay!

do not be affraid!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.6/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Looks good pouring with many bubbles in a very clear yellow-piss color. Decent head

S- Reminds me of heineken. Slightly skunky and very grainy

T- Taste is like the smell but sweeter. Tastes a bit like a salty rice cracker

M- Light and slick

D- Good with a refreshing feeling

EnojysAnyBeer, Nov 26, 2008
Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.