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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,362 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 79 | 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 86sportster883
3.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw topped with a foamy white short lived head.

S: Soft sweet malt and possibly hint of rice hulls?

T: A distinct light tasting brew that finishes clean but leaves a tasty lingering graininess on the back of the palate.

M: Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation to start, but seemed to drop off quicker than most.

Drinkability: Good, light, easy drinking lager with a unique taste that makes me, well, think of Chinese food. My 640ml bottle disappeared relatively quickly.

86sportster883, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
3.78/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in the recently opened Chinese tea house in Brussels. The beer looks like any pilsner, clear golden-yellow with a nice head, which disappears in a lacing relatively soon.

Smell: Not too special, just grass, grain and floral hops.

Taste: This is a special lager beer. Grainy, light bitter hops, but with some very nice balanced soft sweetness, completely different from all other lager beer I had until now. This sweetness resembles a bit banana taste with some citrus fruits. Maybe it is from the rice, which is added to the brewing process (as it reads on the bottle).

Mouthfeel: Normal carbonation and normal bodied for the style. Very drinkable

Overall: A surprisingly unique beer for the style. Will drink this again for sure

rvdoorn, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color that is crystal clear with a very small head.

Smell: Slightly malty aroma, but it smells as if it's been cut with something (rice, perhaps).

Taste: Slightly sweet flavor that finishes very smooth. Not much hop presence that I could notice.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watered-down feeling.

Drinkability: It's not bad, but it's not very good. There are better lagers out there to drink.

civilizedpsycho, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330mL green bottle purchased in Japan, no freshness date, but I know the store and they'd have a reasonably high turnover considering it's one of the only imports.

Appearance is pretty standard - pale yellow lager with low head retention, only a small amount of fuzz around the edge clinging to the glass. Some moderately fine bubbles appearing from the unscored pint glass. Looks a little unimpressive from the colour and the head retention.

Smell is surprisingly clean - no adjuncts are immediately apparent (although I'm sure they're there to some extent). Grassy German hops, quite a likeable aroma, not too complex but not entirely insipid, definitely a thirst-quencher but slightly better than your average Asian macro.

Some skunkiness appears on the back of the tongue - I'm inclined to think this is some kind of adjunct rather than hops gone bad, although it could be a combination of the two. Rather simplistic character all up, the trace amount of hops visible in the nose are only faintly remembered on the palate. Not good, not bad, just average.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but this is run-of-the-mill. Drinkability is high if served ice-cold and you're not fussy, but as I reach the bottom of the glass I'm getting tired of the skunkiness and looking forward to my next beer, a nice Export Stout.

Overall: Better than most Asian macros, better than every other Chinese beer I've had, potable but not worth paying top dollar for in a Chinese restaurant unless you're trying to prove how cosmopolitan you are! (In which case you should be drinking rice spirit anyway.)

Weizenmensch, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of matty
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is cooked vegetables.Taste is fresh with hints of barley and malts.Overall very refreshing and smooth.Drinking this ice cold on a hot summer day would be a perfect match.Overall a good beer and something I would purchase again!

matty, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Translucent golden color with a minimal head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Has a thick aroma of complex scents that range from burnt barley to rice and malt.

Taste: Very light bodied beer which has an initial taste of corn and rice; quite weak for flavor almost watered a bit, but the carbonation gives it a kick

Mouthfeel: Has a light fluffy mouth feel but the flavors are left behind long after drinking.

Drinkability: Easy down but not entirely enjoyable in terms of complexity, would be good to pair with cuisine but not in its own right.

craftaholic, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of malmquna
2.33/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours fizzy, then the bubbly head completely disappears. Completely. Color is crystal clear yellow.

Smells like rice. Not altogether disagreable. Tastes light and rice-y as well, very little bitterness...from hops or otherwise. Maybe a hint of formaldehyde in the finish. That surely distracts from the overall mouthfeel.

This is not all that bad of a beer, but should be relegated to washing down Chinese food.

malmquna, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with small white head. Gone quick.

Smells like sweet malts and barley. The sweetness is ricey.

Tastes like sweet malts and barley with no hints of hops.

Thin and bubbly, but not quite water thin.

Easy to throwback. Goes great with Chinese or Mongolian food. Probably not something you'd drink just for the sake of drinking though.

Cylinsier, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of FloppyDog
2.65/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. It pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a two-finger white head.

The aroma is of floral hops and cooked corn.

The flavor is more of the cooked corn with a slight maltiness. This is a very light bodied beer with a significant carbonation bite.

Overall, something you can pound on a hot summer day, but not what I would choose for its flavor and complexity.

FloppyDog, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of bgreg3
3.53/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O boy I got this because I think it's the beer clint eastwood was drinking in gran torino at the asian peoples house.

App.- Very golden semi light gold I like all the carbonation bubbles building up on the glass, thats why I gave it a good lookin app.

Smell-Rice, Malt, a little bit of alc , a slight skunky smell.

Taste-exactly the same as the smell except , the aftertaste reminds me very much of a euro style lager with it's own twist , not bad , not at all.

MF- extemely light mouthfeel , it seems lighter than light lagers, but then again its ice cold , wow refreshing!

Drink- God damn drinkable , wow , I could drink this soo easily , is this what they call beer in China, it's not bad , better than the american adjunct.


bgreg3, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of basi76
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color, with no lacing, very little foam head, that quickly dissapear, smells like rice and corn, low alcohol volume, very crisp, does well chilled with asian spicy food, had it for the first time at a thai restaurant and loved it with the food.

basi76, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellowish color with a very slight head to it. When drinking there is very little lacing. The smell is of a small amount of barley. The taste is very light and crisp. The taste is pretty weak and watery...it taste like barley a little bit. The mouthfeel is average it isn't very harsh and is crisp and dry. Overall there isn't much to the beer, but it is very drinkable because it isn't overwhelming.

goblue3509, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of NODAK
3.43/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The smell, at first, was really quite skunky. After that died down, the beer had some cereal grain and small hop qualities to it. Pretty standard stuff for a pale lager.

Taste isn't half bad at all. If nothing else, it's a refreshing beer. Body is pretty non-descript to be honest, but there does appear to be some corn adjunct qualities to it with a bit of grain sweetness to it. Pretty thin, though. However, I was kind of surprised that the hops appeared here on the finish with a decent enough bitter snap to wrap up the swallow. There's some graininess after the swallow as well. Not a lot, but it's there.

Very refreshing, actually. It's hard to imagine anybody not wanting one of these on a hot day outside...or, like me right now, inside on a Friday night.

NODAK, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this while I was waiting for my takeout tonight.

Pours a pale, fizzy yellow color with very little head. No lacing at all. Did I order a Bud?

Smell is slightly grassy, bit of rice. Taste is a little sweet, earthy, slightly metallic. Watery mouthfeel. Could very easily drink more than one of these.

Decent beer. Wouldn't buy a six pack of it though. Good while waiting on my food though.

jdubjacket, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
2.15/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first "illegal" I had at an actual restaurant at Ocean City more than a decade ago...this one is going to be more professionally sampled...straw colored, almost "light" in its presentation--an effervescence helps offset thinness and the runny, weak head... yeasty bread dominates with the ping of Saaz hops as its butter--almost hints that something is amiss... presents a bland blanket of smoothness akin to water to the mouth, with little early or late that suggests this is a beer... such a light body leads to an almost phantom taste, a pilsneresque presence minus the snap of Eastern European brew... without really finding blemish, Tsing Tao finishes crisp but not sharp; one senses rice or corn int he tank here, but no skunk infiltrates... stays balanced throughout the 22 oz. bottle, never bitter or malty despite its aroma...

dacrza1, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of CHL
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very pale beer with little head and extremely light grainy flavor. It's biased a bit sweet, so I like it. Quite drinkable and with an appropriately clean finish (no noticeable aftertaste), but for my money I'd prefer to pay less with something like PBR.

CHL, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of benfons
3.48/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale, head dissappears really fast. I don't really like the smell, like of most of the lager beers. Taste is very clean and light. Reminds me a bit of those German Reinheitsgebot-beers. It's refreshing, drinks easily and no bad aftertaste whatsoever, (mostly because the taste dissapears rapidly). It's a simple but honest brew.

benfons, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of PsychoJedi
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pour extraordinarily clear into a glass. Way too clear. Not much of a head. Some would call it a skunk smell, though those of us who know that is by design will say otherwise. But, the smell is rather too strong. Taste? Really watery. American light beers have more on this beer. Very drinkable with absolutely no aftertaste. I can not describe how much this beer has no aftertaste. Verdict: not worth a buy when you can get better at a cheaper price.

This beer went flat before I was through with it. I am a power drinker and did not sip this beer slowly. Look, I know some comments are inappropriate, but as a well educated business man, I find these comments to not be out-of-line when I say this beer cut corners on its carbonation. It is typical (not a prejudice, but a known fact in the PROFESSIONAL business world and far into the mainstream) that Chinese business are notorious to cut corners. That may work with billion Chinese population, but in America we are subject are own free will and can buy another beer from just about anywhere in the world. I had to knock down my results across the board except smell by -0.5.

PsychoJedi, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of dude
3.3/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a green bottle at one of our fave Chinese-Japanese restaurants. Pours golden to amber and clear. Aroma is grainy, mostly clean. Taste is sweet, almost doughy - expecting malt or corn and am sensing neither. Unexpected, but certainly not bad. Mouthfeel is medium, heavier than expected. Finish is sweet and this had decent drinkability. It was a little heavier feeling compared to many of its type. It did, however, compliment my sushi rolls quite nicely.

dude, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale yellow color with virtually no head, and a very mild aroma. I didn't expect much of a taste but it was actually pretty crisp and refreshing. A liitle bit of sweetness to it and slight aftertaste. Feels light in the mouth. Goes down smooth and is very drinkable. Overall not a bad beer.

tone77, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a yellow color with a thin white head.

S: Light grainy malt, some skunky aromas.

T: A bit on the sweet side, some adjuncts, a light hop bite.

M: Light bodied, average carbonation.

D: An average light lager. Decent with chinese food which is the only time I've ever had, and ever will have, this beer.

willjschmidt, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of supercolter
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh, I don't get it.
Appearance is bland, straw yellow, with almost no head or lacing. Smell is not much, a touch of sweet malt and maybe a bit of hops. Kind of metallicy.
Taste is more of the same but without the metallic taste that I smelt.
Mouthfeell is average for the style, high carbonation, low body.
Drinkability is alright.

supercolter, May 31, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

ChainGangGuy, May 30, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.43/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and golden with a small head and thin lace.

The aroma of corn,fruit and grains.
The taste was of light fruit hints,some light hops and a touch of yeast. It was sweet,but not too sweet.

The feel was light body,smooth carbonation.

Notes: It states that this is China's finest beer. Well.with that said I can add that it was certainly not even close to a bad beer,yet I feel China can still do better. It did go well with my sushi.

Lexluthor33, May 27, 2009
Photo of AlexLMS
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright with a pale yellow colour. Almost no head as it disappears as the beer is being poured. No lacing.
Aroma: grains, cereals and some sweetness.
Taste: grainy, moderate sweetness and some bitter hops.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average carbonation, low alcoholic strength and medium to light body.
Finish: lingering bitter-sweet aftertaste.

Overall: simple and fresh resulting in a quite acceptable oriental beer. Nothing special but better than an average macro lager.

AlexLMS, May 24, 2009
Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.