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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.83%
Wants: 15
Gots: 51 | 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 ghostmech007


2.95/5  rDev +6.5%

12oz straight from the bottle.

Nice green bottle with a lively carbonation and thin lace.

Smelled of faint grains and floral hops.

Light, tight bodied just like a harsh malt liquor. Very clean taste, not sweet but subtle twangy notes with a good kick of hops. Very crisp.

Very unique. Most imports can't touch it, simply because it's from China and it will mix great on chinese food. I choose Ramen myself.

Not a type I would normally drink.

12-18-2006 05:40:37 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of TechMyst


3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

This offering had no head or lacing. Color was the palest of yellow. Aroma was that of a rice lager. Mouthfeel was light to medium and fizzy. Slightly resinous palate. Crisp, light taste, quite nice for a lager actually. I'd revisit this one; especially if I were out to retire some replicants...

12-05-2006 23:04:39 | More by TechMyst
Photo of boblog


3.43/5  rDev +23.8%

Apperance: Typical Macro gold/straw color. Small head no lacing. Good amount of carbonation.

Smell: Light floral hops.

Taste: Nice sweet malt with floral hops. Has a sweet taste to it.

Mouthfeel: A bit like a malt liqour, medium bodied. Nice sharp carbonation.

Drinkablity: Very easy to drink, good with spicy food. I would recommend it.

11-29-2006 02:06:10 | More by boblog
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Hmmm...my first foray into Chinese beer. Not too bad, but not the best.

Nice golden appearance with lots of champagne like bubbles. Decent head. Smell is actually not bad. Sweet skunky malt smell, with a bit of hops. Not off-putting or foul like some macros.

Really bland taste, however. Adjunct, pale malts. Nothing to get excited about. Overall, quite drinkable, but not anything I'd feel compelled to have again.

11-08-2006 06:04:51 | More by BDTyre
Photo of watermelonman


3.03/5  rDev +9.4%

This poured to a light gold color with a small head that lasted fairly well. There's no lace.

The smell is faint. Some pale malt comes through but not much. There's a little more flavor in the taste, but not by much. What flavor is there is a plain mix of grains and a hint of floral hops. The mouthfeel is fairly sharp, while drinkability is decent.

11-02-2006 03:38:35 | More by watermelonman
Photo of russpowell


3.4/5  rDev +22.7%

Had this with my sushi tonight, was pleasantly suprised

Poured an effervescent golden with a 2 fingers-deep head. Average head retention & a little lacing

S: Slight sweet rice/malt smell

T: Malt sweetness up front, then dryness. Finishes sweet with slight floral hops crispness

MF: Light, medium with vigirous, but not overdone carbonation, skews a little too sweet balance-wise

Drank pretty easy, certainally a cut above BMC & went well with the sushi, the 2, 12 oz bottles went down easy

10-25-2006 03:30:25 | More by russpowell
Photo of Washburne


3.38/5  rDev +22%

A fairly average lager in all respects. Light in colour and lost the head fairly quickly. Not too much to say about the smell. Taste was pleasant enough - slightly bitter at first, but sweet and crisp through the aftertaste. Reasonably light carbonation gives a pleasant tingling wihtout being overpowering. Goes very nicely with Chinese food or heavy curries, but probably not worth drinking by itself unless you really want to try it that way.

10-24-2006 21:40:29 | More by Washburne
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +15.5%

Yellow bubbly pour. Smells of grains and hops. The taste is slightly bitter up front with sweetness to follow that continues into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit on the carbonated side, but mellowed with sweetness. Drinkable, but not a first choice.

10-21-2006 21:52:26 | More by Neehan
Photo of kimcgolf


2.6/5  rDev -6.1%

Hard to come up with much good about this. Basically a typical Asian beer, in the same class with Singha, Kirin, etc. Very light lager with virtually no head or lacing. Strong aroma of grain, and more if this in the taste and finish. Not much to write home about on this one.

10-14-2006 00:40:55 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of cameraman


2.05/5  rDev -26%

A clear golden color, with a small white head that disappates quickly, leaving no evidence that it was even there. No aroma that truely stands out, biscuity and malt aromas, with a slight scent of hops at the end. The taste of biscuit is there and not much else. It is light to medium bodied, coats the palate, but the carbonation is very strong. The Chinese macro lager is not very impressive, just ordinary yellow and fizzy stuff.

10-08-2006 19:56:07 | More by cameraman
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -4.3%

It pours a crystal clear pale lemon yellow. A finger of loose white head dwindles soon to frothy peach fuzz. Epigrams of lacing minimize the inside of the glass.

The aroma is lightly fruity and sweetly malty, very basic and mostly uninspired. There's the merest tinge of vague hops.

Upon tasting, there's a thin, grainy malt sweetness which is flattened by a generic adjunct presence, and with a trace of berry fruitiness. An expectedly indistinct hoppiness dries out all hints of malt, and is sparse in flavor. A softly crisp bitterness lingers briefly. The profile is spotty with little to impress.

Light bodied, it flows away with nary a thought to its spare legacy.

I guess this is what I'd imagine a Sino-macro lager to be. And that's just a reflection, not a recommendation. It has some fair flavor, and I've had it with Chinese food, an actually willing companion, but on its own it's thin and a challenge to latch onto. It's pretty drinakable, but the billions in China are welcome to as much as they want to drink. I like the food, but not so much the beer.

10-06-2006 16:26:45 | More by Foxman
Photo of czechsaaz


2.4/5  rDev -13.4%

Kind of a skunky smell. Not horibly off puting but this bottle is either stale or light struck Otherwise it has a light hop aroma and very little malt. Pretty much your average generic lager smell.

Yellow and clear. Had a head right after pouring but it fades WAY quickly and leaves almost no foam behind. Just a little rim around the edge o my glass. a fair amount of rising bubbles thoug.

There's a nice bite of hop bittering but other than that it's not got a lot of flavor. It isn't until the aftertaste that I get any malt and what's there seems more like adjuncts than barley. Not unpleasant, but kind of devoid of any descernable flavor.

Light bodied with a nice carbonation level. Feels creamy on the palate and so it's a good thirst quencher/refresher.

It's perfectly fine for a basic mass produced lager. If that's your thing and it's on sale, I'd say drink it. But it's not for me.

10-02-2006 01:02:58 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of Injemanze


2.95/5  rDev +6.5%

My review may seem a bit harsh but this is really the only decent domestic beer I have found in China (with the exception of the Chinese dark beer styles which are only decent in that they are a break from all the other macro-brew light lager swill). Another plus is that it goes great with the cuisine in almost any part of China.

Appearance – pours a decent amberish-yellow (more yellow than amber). A quick pour produce moderate head that disappears quickly.
Smell – grass, water, slighty skunked
Taste – Carbonation, water, very mild bitter hops, water
Drinkability – at about $.50 US for a 600ml keep them coming at pace with the lamb kebobs.

10-01-2006 06:18:46 | More by Injemanze
Photo of feloniousmonk


1.65/5  rDev -40.4%

640ml (pint plus 5.6 oz) green bottle. I'm going all the way.

The cap is off and the skunk creeps out. Stale cereal fills the air. I mean pervades the atmosphere, and it really smells like a skunk, no foolin'!

Clear, pale yellowish appearance, no head, very carbonated, but no head.

Aroma is nothing except the ill skunkiness. Cardboard and wet air. Flat nothingness, with the twisted stench of funky skunk.

Taste: Big carbonated bite, smallish hops, then nothing, Blank, bare, lands on the palate with a thud,... it's a dud...

Extraordinary light in body, but not really owning anything resembling flavor. How do they get away with this? Can 1.3 billion Chinamen (sorry, Walter Sobchek) really be wrong?

From their website:
Tsingtao Beer has a pleasant aroma and a well-balanced taste. Its high-malty flavor and well-hopped character make Tsingtao a refreshing complement to any Chinese meal.

pleasant? no. well-balanced? maybe. high-malty? no. well-hopped? slightly. refreshing? in high heat, sure, but with a meal, there are much better pairings. Too bad you won't find them at most Chinese restaurants, but if you're eating at home, don't subject yourself o such a mistake. Find a superior IPA or crisp pilsner, hell, a rich stout would be nice, and much better than Tsingtao.

I hope this isn't the finest beer in China, as the label states. A sample like this poorly serves the reputation of such a majestic nation.

09-17-2006 09:17:13 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Damian


2.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle at Peach Farm, Boston, MA

Poured a pale, straw yellow with absolutely no head.

Aroma was practically nonexistent at first, but as the beer warmed some grassy hops were detectable.

Taste was bland. Little to no distinct flavors were noticeable on the front of the palate (maybe some grain) but florally hops and some fruitiness come through come through on the rear. This beer was definitely sweeter than a typical macro lager. Some skunkiness was present but it was rather subdued. Crisp, hoppy, short-lived finish.

Medium, fizzy body.

Overall, a decent, easy drinking macro that goes well with Chinese and other heavily spiced foods.

09-16-2006 05:03:53 | More by Damian
Photo of cjgator3


2.53/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a pale yellow color that produces a white lacing. Aroma is faint grains and a tad bit of the hops come through as well. Mouthfeel is crisp and light with a heavy dose of carbonation. Not much going on in the taste. Clean, crisp and refreshing yes! But as far as taste goes, it is really bland. The only way I will get this again is if I am in a Chinese restaraunt and it being the only thing offered.

08-25-2006 04:16:26 | More by cjgator3
Photo of stephendr


2.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Light yellow – white head –bubble gum, grass, hay nose- taste yeast, slightly malty- creamy medium body –aftertaste frothy, crisp Light yellow – white head –bubble gum, grass, hay nose- taste yeast, slightly malty- creamy medium body –aftertaste frothy, crisp Light yellow – white head –bubble gum, grass, hay nose- taste yeast, slightly malty- creamy medium body –aftertaste frothy, crisp

08-21-2006 03:21:02 | More by stephendr
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.78/5  rDev +36.5%

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Not much head to speak of, which is disappointing. Clear brone color. No lacing.

Aroma is sweet and grainy. It actually has a nice aroma. Just the slightest bit of that green bottle skunk, but compared to other imports, not very much at all. Rice and malt. Some hops as well.

Taste is above avg in my opinion. Some sweetness but not overly. A nice crisp rice taste and some hops. Very clean and smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. I wonder why I havent had this beer before? This is a pretty good beer to style (I prefer ales). Maybe I will keep this in the fridge for visitors and let them taste a nice, clean lager.

08-19-2006 18:10:00 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of dhilltop2000


3.78/5  rDev +36.5%

Granted, I'm sure I rate this beer on the higher end of the spectrum compared to most, but this is a great "drinkable beer." No, it’s nothing to dissect in detail and analyze life over, but with any Asian dish this one sure satisfies. Not very depthy or complex but a great tasting beer. A nice clean, pine nut, hoppy pilsner taste. Reminds me of a Molsen lager only arriving at a clean bitter hop taste sooner, stronger, and leaving quicker. Tastes much better when cold in a bottle than a somewhat flat, poured, slightly warm beer in a glass. Again, nothing to analyze, just a great drinkable beer.

08-19-2006 02:04:06 | More by dhilltop2000
Photo of eballard


2.17/5  rDev -21.7%

The beer pours a golden cider color with a light carbonation. Very clear with almost no head. Skunky smell with a faint sweet aromatic smell. Very faint grainy sweet taste but lacks much flavor at all. The feel is flat and creamy almost coating your mouth. This is not too bad to drink but I would really want to go out of my way for one. There is almost no flavor and the beer is not exciting at all. Id just as soon order a water.

08-04-2006 05:07:31 | More by eballard
Photo of BeerNutta


1/5  rDev -63.9%


Had this while in China at a restaurant.

A = Poured a pale straw colour. Really pale. Almost looks like tainted water.

S = Faint smell of light grains. Pretty much non existant.

T = Tasted like it looked. Sweetly tainted water with a hint of bitterness. Terrible.

M = Very low carbonation to add to its tainted water look. Bleh.

D = If you can't tell by now, I hated this beer big time. Only thing it has going for it in China is the fact that it is always availiable and damn damn cheap. Avoid it folks.

08-04-2006 03:10:19 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of bashiba


2.3/5  rDev -17%

Poured a really light ultra bubbly yellow with no head. Looked like a fresh glass of yellow soda.

Smell was very light grain.

Taste was a mild semi sweet grainyness with just a touch of grassy hops. For some reason really reminded me of a Hams.

Mouthfeel was light and full of carbonation.

Not terrible, not good, very US Macro like in flavor, but was fine with the spicy Mongolian food I had it with.

08-02-2006 02:59:03 | More by bashiba
Photo of becktone


1.23/5  rDev -55.6%

...And yet another green bottled American Macro Lager from Red China that will be being poured into my glass.

This beer is a pale fizzy yellow beer that pours looking better than most Macro Lagers, I'll give it to them on this one. Hey, there is a head, a very small one, less than an inch but there is a collection of foam on top of the extremely fizzy beer. The beer is very restless, there are many, many carbonation bubbles floating to the surface in this beer. This beer like other macros is highly carbonated. For what it is it seems to be better than most. Granted it doesn't look that good, but fot the style I'll say that it is one of the better looking beers.

Aroma, no hops, or malt presence. There is however a presence of rice or corn, but definitely not the sweet smell of malted barley. Not much more than that.

To the tongue-Pretty much no taste at all. There is an inital swetness that quickly vanishes almost before it can be identified. Pretty much tastes like cold water.

Not only does it taste like water but the mouthfeel is similar to that of tonic water going flat.The feel of this beer on the palate is very bland, It goes down way too easy and is probably one of the worst beers that I've ever had. I will never buy this beer again, and I will encourage others around me not to buy this beer, it is not even worth a penny let alone what Asian restaurants charge for it. This is by far one of the worst macros I have ever had.

07-20-2006 17:29:28 | More by becktone
Photo of vancurly


3.13/5  rDev +13%

Pale gold / yellow. Quickly receding head.
Grainy nose, with some typical lager hop profile notes at the back. Reminds me of some common Euro lagers.
Competent lager flavour, mostly all front & centre. Not much happening behind this, except a light bitterness.
It's innocuous... a good pairing with Yum Cha I found... helped me wash down the chilli sauce... but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it for the sake of it.

07-16-2006 05:54:03 | More by vancurly
Photo of Drew966


2.2/5  rDev -20.6%

Tsingtao pours a light yellow with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. Smell is grassy and grainy, perhaps a bit skunky. Definitely getting both grassy and grainy tastes. This is an average macro style lager. Nothing to particularly recommend it.

07-16-2006 01:34:46 | More by Drew966
Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
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