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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001)
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Photo of emerge077
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%

12 oz. bottle, dated 10-25-07

Pours a typical pale yellow, with larger bubbles forming in the dense foam. Head retention is ok, body is high clarity. Mild skunky odor.

Bland biscuity sweetness, sort of artificial aged hop as well. Mild astringency, but not especially bitter. Aftertaste is unpleasant, not clean or fresh tasting.

After having one, that was enough. I only had it because I was in a Chinese restaurant. Surely China makes a better beer...

Edit 12/07: After having another meal of Chinese short ribs, a couple of these went along well. It wasn't as skunky, but that biscuity sweetness was there. It reminded me of a Pilsner.

emerge077, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of albern
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%

I've had this beer for years whenever I went to any good Chinese restaurant that served Tsingtao. On a recent trip to China, this became my mainstay. As one traveling companion noted, this is the Heineken of China, and I guess that is about as spot on an assessment as any I could come up with. The beer is pretty good but not exceptional. The pour is slightly frothy with not much lacing and a quickly dissipating head. The color is light-ish yellow, reasonably carbonated, but not overly so. This is a light bodied beer that is reasonably well balanced hops vs. malt, but you aren't going to get either in spades so the term "well balanced" needs some qualification here. The taste is a bit straw, a bit grassy, and with just enough hop bite to let you know there is some substance to the beer. There is a bit of a yeast fizziness to this beer as well and that is an added plus. Tsingtao goes down easy, leaves very little after taste, has a tinge of sweetness in the middle, and has a very light mouthtaste that does clean the palate when eating your favorite Chinese food. I believe the Tsingtao in China is fresher and noticably better in China than over here. L'Chaim

albern, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of HoustonTX
3.15/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours like your typical lager. Fizzy and yellow. Smell has some florals in it along with sweet malt, light grassy tones, with a backing of hay and light pomegranate. Taste is crisp and a bit grainy, with a hint of hop flavoring. The flavor is never predominantly much of anything, just a nice crisp clean flavor. Which makes this an easy beer to drink, especially with some nice spicy shrimp or any other hot Chinese cuisine.

HoustonTX, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz. green bottle

A: Typical pale yellow with pitiful head that dies quickly.

S: Not much there, maybe a hint of a malt and hops.

T: Sweet malts with a touch hops for balance.

M: Thin, with a fair amount of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, washed down my Chinese take-out, but not something I would seek out outside of a Chinese restaurant.

Halcyondays, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

Had this one at a local chinese place in leiu of bud.

A- Light golden with lots of bubbles and head that disappears almost instantly. Looks like a ginger ale.

S- Malty, with a hint of corn... no hops. Have to strain to get anything, the aroma is very faint.

T- Malt and hops are so balanced as to be tasteless. A hint of corn, and the faint hops come out just a bit in in the finish. It's not bad, but very boring.

M- Medium-light body with a smooth feel and medium-high carbonation. Smooth finish, not dry.

D- Not terrible, but not very good, and boring. I may have another in the next chinese place if it's the only alternative to BMC and I'm desperate.

khiasmus, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.1/5  rDev +48.6%

nice clear light golden color with a large white head that held to a quarter inch then to a ring on the glass with some lacing. light aromas of malt and yeast. taste of sweet malt and yeast with a grainy slight hop finish. medium body, crisp, lots of carbonation, slightly different from the run of the mill macro lager pretty enjoyable beer. good for summer fare.

billybob, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mix of spicy noble hop, sweet adjunct grain and light malts.

The taste featured a clean and lightly malty body with highlights of sweet corn and hop spice.

The mouthfeel was thin with a bit of a sweet finish.

Overall a pretty good and drinkable lager. Certainly superior to the BMC grouping.

plaid75, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of sleazo
2.45/5  rDev -11.2%

Tsingtao bott;e at Chanoodle

A-typical light lager in appearence.

S-this smells like beer smelled to me as a child. Skunk. I have never had a bottle of this not skunked.

T-more skunk but not as bad as the smell. Very light flavour and actually kind of crisp.

M-light and watery. Stinging carbonation.

D-despite the skunk aroma this goes well with some salt and pepper squid and red vinegar. The carbonation cuts through everything. Still this in no way a good beer

sleazo, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of kenito799
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear golden color, no head.

Grainy aroma, not much to speak of.

Fairly refreshing on the palate, good for thirst quenching. Just a touch of bitterness, but an underlying slight skunk despite the freshness of the bottle that makes this a with-spicy-food-only kind of beer. Not as crisp and dry as one would like. There are certainly better options in this category.

kenito799, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of xzqrut
1.63/5  rDev -40.9%

Beer poured out fine for a macro lager, mild carbonation, mild head, a deeper golden color than many lagers. Smell as others have said, bad. After I poured the beer I could smell it from about two feet away, and it didn't smell good. After a few drinks, I could not even smell the beer with my nose in the glass. Taste was flat, and a bit skunky for me. Mouthfeel very light, very flat, seemingly no carbonation. All in all, a pretty bad experience. Almost as if the beer was on its last breath, and just flat out died 2 seconds after entering the glass.

xzqrut, May 28, 2007
Photo of afinepilsner
2.1/5  rDev -23.9%

12oz green bottle

Tsingtao was a clear pale golden color with a small bubbly white head. The head quickly dissapated to a thin ring with very little lace. The smell was light grain and a hint of skunk. The taste was light, grainy, and somewhat harsh. The finish was dry. It was light bodied with plenty of carbonantion. Drinkability was below average due to the taste. Save your money and your tastebuds and skip this one.

afinepilsner, May 18, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.15/5  rDev -22.1%

A- typical golden body with no head macro appearance. The golden is a nice color.

S- this is the worst smell I have ever experienced in my life for a beer. skunky and revolting. I still ventured to take a sip.

T- not nearly as bad as it smells. pretty boring with somewhat of a bitter hop bite.

D- easy to drink but the smell makes you not want to drink it.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of fido
2.7/5  rDev -2.2%

Tsingtao beer is now available in my country.

It pours a nice clear golden color, no head and no lace; Smell is a little bit skunky but some corn aroma; Taste is Ok, nothing special; Mouthfeel is very light, Good carbonation; Very refreshing and very drinkable.


fido, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.05/5  rDev -62%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The smell is that typical pungent macro adjunct odor, only to a higher degree. There's very little aroma of malt or hops present that I could detect.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of corn, rice, a little malt and a faint touch of hops. The after-taste is a combination of sweetness, breadiness and a weird, non-hops bitterness.

M: Not very smooth with just a little crispness, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, dry finish.

D: I didn't find it tasty at all and had a hard time finishing it. It's slightly filling for the style. My father-in-law loves this stuff, but I can't understand why.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Chuggnutt
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance: Very light, very clear. Straw yellow, pilsner, very white fuzzy head that formed and fell quickly. The phrase "champagne of beers" comes to mind because the appearance is like that.

Smell: First smell is the slightly skunky Euro-Grolsch-lager aroma that's typical of these types of beers stored in green bottles. Then it's light and grainy. Understated and slightly spicy hops.

Taste: Light and crisp; has that slightly skunky macro-pilsner "twang." Some grain—corn. Clean aftertaste. Again, hops are understated and not really a presence, other than in cutting down the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very light, a little effervescent. I wouldn't say watery, but leaning that way. Very clean feeling.

Overall: It's decent, better than the typical American macro. Certainly one I'll order next time I'm out for Chinese; I have a hunch it will complement a spicy dish quite well.

Chuggnutt, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of adowney523
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured into a pint glass. Lots of carbonation, yellow-golden color with a think white head.

Smell is faintly of alcohol and husky grain.

Taste is very sweet throughout. There is little to no hop bitterness apparent. Floral flavors also make their way through.

Quite drinkable and easy to put down.

An above-average macro lager.

adowney523, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

This beer looks like a slightly brown pale gold with just a dusting of head. Actually, I’ll raise my appearance score due to the raised Chinese pictographs on the side of the bottle.

Smells like a skunky lager from a green bottle. (Ed examines the green bottle) Weird. There’s a white pasty flour and a sweet honey bread dough here with a sour snap of lemon to round it off.

The flavor is surprisingly sweet with a strong focus on a wheat bread dough and creamed corn that is backed up by a Coors like sweet creamy lemon. The fruitiness of this beer is again amplified by the sweetness bringing out a lot of lemon and a bit of pear. My tongue is left with a numbing tingle in the finish.

This one’s slightly heavy for the style with a dense, glassy feel to it. The light and sparse carbonation is really weighted down by the viscosity.

Not too bad. It’s al little heavy and sweet, but I can see this one being a life saver paired with some flaming Sichuan.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
3/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Light golden colour with rapidly disappearing head.

S - Very little due to beer being very cold from fridge.

T - Pretty standard for a lager, light hops with a little malt in this one. Nondescript.

M - Lively carbonation.

D - Very average for the style, inoffensive and very refreshing especially with a hottish chinese dish. Would not touch it outside of a chinese eatery.

Stephen63, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%

Appearance: Pale yellow, like easter egg yellow that's diluted. Lackluster head disappeared. Now there's a thin, thin, thin ring of white.

Smell: On first approach, an apple like sweetness, almost nothing else, no hops, no metallic.

Taste: Ok, this has to be the closest thing to virtually tasteless. Ultra faint sweetness, no bitterness, bottled water, minerals?

Mouthfeel: Even bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability: What can I say, it's refreshing. Tasteless. Maybe I'll give this another go when I'm having some Chinese. I'll chug the rest.

guitarmage, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a very clear golden color. Very light carbonation seen rising. Very small head taht dissipates quickly. Not much to look at.

Aroma is of light hops, grainy and an unusual smell of wet rags.

Taste is sweet malts, mild hops and lager yeast. Nothing to exciting, but harmless.

Mouthfeel is light but nicely cleansing. Defnitely this beers best quality.

Overall, decent if you drink it very cold. Typical for the style. Decent session beer [if your only other choice was a Bud].

atigerlife, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.08/5  rDev -24.6%

Tastes Shitty, Is No Good, Try AnOther
---Ancient Chinese Proverb

I learned the above phrase from a friend I met in Guilin and had to share with the BA Universe.

Now for a very serious and well thought out review that respects the brewer and the creative muster that went into this fine brew and symbol of Chinese brewing:

Appearance: Moderately light yellow with a thick bubbly foam that immediately drops to nearly nothing, just a thin ring around the glass. Plenty of carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet grains and a faint amount of hops. Usually, in fact almost always skunky, at least a little bit.

Taste: Slightly bready with a bit of malt or perhaps corn/rice sweetness. Some boiled vegetable flavor. The idea that some hops may have been sitting around the brewery at one time and that one or two small husks may have fallen into the batch somewhere along the way.

Mouthfeel: A nice carbonation bite, lingering sweetness with just the faintest sense of hop bitterness. Biting, light, a bit watery, but crisp.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
3.38/5  rDev +22.5%

This pours a light transparent straw hue with a white head and little retention at all. The aroma is rather standard for American macro lagers. with a bit of hops and mail to it. The taste is a bit malty with some bitter hops. It's a subtle yet pleasant taste. It's has a nice balanced feel, a bit more to it that usual and it drinks well with Chinese food. Nice carbonation and it's rather drinkable, balancing out chilies and spices in a good Chinese meal.

zuggy9, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.4/5  rDev -13%

330ml Green bottle, 4.5% according to the label, poured into a 'Straffe Hendrik' bowl glass.

No head apart from a very thin wispy collar around the glass, very light golden yellow, with bubbles rising towards the headless top.

No aroma and no taste, rice maybe, my tastebuds had a laugh with me, I thought it was sweet at first, then a heavy dryness appeared and is all I can comment on, it does stay dry in the mouth, but it is not a beer I could recommend, even with a curry.

BlackHaddock, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of theopholis
3.15/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured into a pint glass/

Apperance- Very light straw color. Very clear. Decent, white tight head that disappears fairly quickly, leaving no lacing at all. Tight CO2 bubbles.

Aroma- Typical for a American lager. Light floral hops with a hint of malt. Not much overall tho.

Taste- Just a bit of malt, with a hint of both floral and bittering hops. Very nicely balanced. Hint of something else in there. Can't figure out exactly what it is.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. A bit thicker and more body than most American lagers. Good balance of carbonation to. Just a bit of an bite. Not as dry as some lagers. Very nice.

Drinkablity- Nice, easy drinking beer. Good on warm days and with any kind of Oriental food.

theopholis, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of ghostmech007
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

ghostmech007, Dec 18, 2006
Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,287 ratings.