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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,287
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 60 | 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:
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Photo of choyhosoi
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass. The can was from China couldnt carry glass because of the airplane rules.

Appearance- Pour was very familiar to a budweiser. The head left as if it owed somebody money.The color was golden yellow.

smell- not too much here just a light hoppy smell

taste-suprisingly better than I thought it would be. A nice crisp taste that had no bitterness at all.

mouthfeel/drinkability-My brother-in law brought this for me fron China and if I ever go there I will drink this and the other brands. I have tried this over here and it didnt taste like this. This is a crisp beer you should try. Enjoy

choyhosoi, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
2/5  rDev -27.5%

Pours a clear yellow color, little head and no retention.

Smell is a bit floral, bit "skunky" but in the intentional way, nothing else noteworthy.

Taste is light and crisp, but has a horrible aftertaste not so dissimilar from a typical macro lager, bit more "skunk" though.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of BlueHammer
2.15/5  rDev -22.1%

This beer poured a nearly clear pale gold into the glass with a thick head that dissappeared almost instantaneously. It left NO lacing. It smells strongly of white bread, and is equally tasteless. It is bubbly and carbonated when you first sip, giving it a light-bodied feel, and fairly dull-tasting as it reaches the back of your mouth. It leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste. There is nothing particularly noteworthy about this beer. It is comparable to a Bud or Coors.

BlueHammer, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of csmiley
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%

A - Clear and very pale yellow. Got one and a half inches of head. Retention was poor. Lacing was poor.

S - Sweet malt and bread are in the front. I think I picked up some hops in the distant background.

T - Tasted clean and crisp. Follows the smell closely. Sweet malt and bread dominate. Just a lttle bitterness at the end.

M - Medium bodied given the style. Finish is dry. Carbonation was good.

D - This one is flavorful for the style. Goes down easy. Overall comes across as average though.

csmiley, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%

A - A light yellow color, with a faint head, that quickly is gone and done for.

S- Easy and a bit floral.

T- Fairly malty, tad sweet, a pleasant taste overall.

M - Smooth and crisp.

D- This beer goes very well with Asian cuisine. Whether it be General Tso`s chicken or sushi, Tsingtao is always an excellent complement to your plate, but outside of those avenues, I do not drink it.

mltobin, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of daledeee
2.65/5  rDev -4%

Bought this at my local Chinese restaurant just to say I drank it. I should have known better. I was scared the minute I saw a light green bottle. This usually means skunk. It did taste fresh. But taste is minimal. Difficult to get a head during the pour and goes away about as fast as you pour the beer. Clear pale yellow. Taste was kind of malty, not much to say. Really boring. Ranks up there with our macros but less flavor.

daledeee, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
2.65/5  rDev -4%

Pale yellow with a pale white head that retains better than an American beer of this type.

Aroma is mild and corny sweet. There's a hint of honey and mild hops.

Flavor is also very mild, some honey and bread notes with a mildly hopped finish.

Light bodied and quite smooth. Goes down easy and actually didn't taste too bad with some spicey homemade eggrolls. Certainly tastes better than Bud ot the likes.

AlexJ, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of sabrills70
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.

sabrills70, Dec 27, 2007
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.

Domingo, Dec 17, 2007
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.

Overlord, Dec 10, 2007
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.

brdc, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Shadman
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.

Shadman, Nov 22, 2007
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

thierrynantes, Oct 31, 2007
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.

DoubleJ, Oct 31, 2007
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.

JamesS, Oct 26, 2007
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.

goochpunch, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of GrimmReaper
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.

GrimmReaper, Oct 07, 2007
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.

tai4ji2x, Oct 01, 2007
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.

morimech, Sep 23, 2007
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.

Scribbles, Sep 18, 2007
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

Floydster, Sep 12, 2007
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

Rainintheface, Aug 16, 2007
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.

pmcadamis, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
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.

cyrenaica, Aug 09, 2007
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.

WillieMoe, Jul 29, 2007
Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,287 ratings.