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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 16
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
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Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001

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Photo of kdawg105
3.82/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice import lager. It has very light straw colored look that is quite carbonated. The smell is of grain and of sweet notes. The taste is good it does taste of grain but does finish with some nice hop notes. Mouth feel is about medium not to light not to heavy and it has a nice drinkability. I would defintely drink this beer while eating some general tso's chicken!!

Photo of MOB210SA
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bone white 1 finger fizzly head that showed better retention than other average AAL's. Nice even layer of head that eventually faded to the usual thin film. Average yellow in color.

Average corny adjunct nose. Nothing special.

Light corny adjuncts, are all that is the taste, but this is more enjoyable than all the major beers over here.

Light but not so bubbly mouthfeel, slightly flat almost. Not the smoothest out there. Was alright with my Chinease meal.

Photo of beertunes
2.54/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, watery yellow with over an inch of bright white head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was, somewhat surprisingly, mostly a pleasant grain-grass scent, with no noticeable skunking. The dominant flavor, unfortunately, was skunkiness. Another victim of the green bottle blues.

Body was typical for this style, but due to the skunk factor drinkability was far less than it should have been. Overall, an OK beer, no need to seek it out, but if you see it, why not give it a shot?

Photo of confer
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Included in a beers of the world gift box, so not sure of the age.
It pours a very pale yellow with no head at all
Sweet lager smell, all malt, but on the light side.
Tastes like water with lemon or maybe seltzer water. Not much flavor at all.
Very unimpressive, bland beer. Easy to drink but the only time I could see myself having another would be for cooling off on a scorching hot day.

Photo of jgasparine
2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a thick inch of stark white foam, which quickly evaporated to a collar, leaving some faint tracing of lacing in its wake. The body was a clear pale yellow, with some faint traces of coarse carbonation working their way up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Smells strongly of low-alpha hops with an underlying pale malt (and rice/corn?) base. Very clean nose.

T- Crackerlike malt meets some corn/ricefeed and some sweet honeylike notes. The hops are mild at best- barely present. Vitrually no finish... just a faint chalky taste at the end. BUT, as the beer warmed, a substantial punch of diacetyl began to emerge right at the end.

M- Thin like water, but with a moderately soft carbonation to it... perhaps mineral water would be a good analogy.

D- Weak flavor and underwhelming body to not bode-well for overall drinkability. Could work fine as a lawnmower beer though...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. 080409. Hopefully the "born on" date.

A - Completely clear and pale straw...yellow I guess it would be called. Mildly carbonated, the head is totally white with a makeup of loose bubbles. Poor retention and no lacing.

S - The aroma is a balancing act between a Euro Lager aroma and lots of rice with pale malts and dry straw. A light sweetness is present too.

T - Tsingtao is a lightly flavored beer. Rice and pale malts with a dry straw hint, it doesn't have a whole lot going on here.

M - Light-bodied and very carbonated on the tongue, it's crisp with a bite to the finish and a little bit of dryness to it.

D - I wouldn't turn it down. And with Asian being my favorite cuisine, after Kirin Ichiban or Sapporo, it's a great compliment to a meal of spicy Chinese.

Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow in color and audibly fizzy. A small white head comes and goes quickly, leaving next to nothing on the surface of the beer except the numerous bubbles finishing their race to the top.

S: Rice, biscuit, grain with some pilsner-type hops.

T & M: Rice and corn. A smooth creaminess, both in mouthfeel and flavor, with a subtle sweetness. Light and highly carbonated. Some faint hops and a mild wood or bread-like aftertaste.

D: On its own, this is not an overly impressive beer. However, it is quite a functional beer and is a great compliment to the wide array of flavors present in a Chinese meal. The lightness and high carbonation are able to cut through spice, grease, and salt, giving this beer a great cleansing quality.

Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

640ml bottle poured into pint glass dec28 2009

A not quite straw yellow with a cola like fast falling head that left no lace. worth mentioning is how the bubbles clung to the side of the glass from top to bottem, a strange characteristic

S a little grassy with some sweet grains

T as it smells nothing offensive and nothing special

M thin and well carbonated on par for the style

D about as average as it gets, perhaps a safe one for Chinese traveling

reminds me of Heineken just a bit, I won't be drinking this anytime soon not because it's a bad beer, only because there's better beers for the same price

Photo of Mistofminn
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enough of this Eastern European bullshit! I want more diversity in my beer tastings! Bring in the big guns (and by big guns I mean beer from the highest populated country in the world).

Pours a bright yellow with a lively carbonation and white head, which is gone rather quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is graingy with a hint of malts and underlying sweetness.

The taste is very sweet, with a sweet malty and nutty like taste that I'm picking up as it warms (it's only warming because I couldn't bring myself to drink this fast enough).

Mouthfeel is light with a very high carbonation, which is a downside for me, as it takes away from the already flavorless nature of the beer. Drinkability is...meh.

Overall, for the largest country in the world, population wise, you think they could come up with better beer.

Photo of ludachris
2.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear apple juice gold with a 1 finger quickly dissipating white head that leaves zero lace. A fair amount of carbonation is visible.

Huge grassy hop nose with hints of biscuit and not much else. Reminded me a bit of Heineken.

The grassy hop profile seems a bit more subdued in the taste and is paired with some biscuit and a light vegetable presence.

The typical mouthfeel for this style of beer: light, watery, and not much balance. The only thing that this beer is good for is its drinkability; very refreshing.

Overall, a less than decent brew, but stays on par with the other adjuncts out there. It seems like it's only good for washing down hot foods or a refreshing lawn-mower beer. Don't think I'll be buying this one again.

Photo of Minkybut
3.01/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice blond straw color. The beer poured a nice white head that was pretty. The smell was skunky and not good at all. The taste was not skunky but was green and sweet tasting. The beer had decent lacing. I will not buy this beer again.

Photo of cnozzy
2.31/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale golden color like other adjunct lagers, with a decent white head. Little lacing.

Smell: Just a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste: Mild malt and rice sweetness, but lack of bitterness. Sweet aftertaste is not my favorite.

Mouthfeel/Drink: Average level. Light bodied, watery mouthfeel. Smooth to drink due to the soft cabonation.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.44/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at a Chinese restaurant. Golden color, no surprise there. It didn't have much smell in the glass at all. The flavor was surprisingly better than average with a fruitiness that I was not expecting from a macro Chinese lager. Great beer to pair with hot and sour soup.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.22/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a bright straw gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is grainy and has some malty sweetness. It's in a green bottle, of course, but there's no sign of any skunking at all. It actually smells pretty good for the style.

The taste has some grainiess to it along with a mild malt sweetness and a kind of bitterness/lemon zestiness about mid palate. It finishes slightly sweet. Not bad at all.

The mouthfeel is on the high side of light with medium carbonation.

Drinkability? It sure is an easy quaffer and the taste is respectable. A good example of the style.

Photo of raclark
3.72/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I didn't expect much from this beer when I decided to try it. At first glance it seems like just a Heineken lookalike (similar style labels, same green bottle with the stubby neck), but it's surprisingly better than I had anticipated.

It has a deep golden yellow color and pours a decent head that recedes to a thin ring of lace.

There is a pleasant grassy aroma with some hints of grain and rice in the mix. Also a bit of "skunk" but not overpowering.

Clean taste, nice hoppiness and a good amount of bitterness. Very refreshing with a nice finish.

A pretty good middle of the road beer and better than most of its American counterparts. Decent in the drinkability department.

Photo of Jimbo87
3.98/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks as it should.

Smells skunky, smells an import adjunct lager.

Tastes good. It definitely tastes like an adjunct lager. But like an imported one. At least I associate this smell with imported adjunct lager. I want to know what it is. I've heard stuff about light destroying oils and such, changing the chemistry of the beer. I don't know. But I don't mind this taste at all.

feels like it should.

went through it very quickly. much better than the red oval. If this stuff were as cheap as it should be, I'd drink it. As it is, I'll unfortunately probably never drink it again. nice brew

Photo of jrallen34
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a light clear straw with a thin white head.

The aroma is just hops and skunk and the same is said for the taste.

The feel is a little less watery than I thought but its drinkability is held back by a bitter skunked finsih.

Photo of kegger22
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear blonde with a moderate head that faded to nothing. The aroma was straight out of a skunk's arse, but after I became desensitized, just a sweet grain aroma. The taste was sweet, malty grain with no bite (hop or carbonation). The feel was light bodied with almost no carbonation. Drinkability was good. Nothing outstanding here, your basic lager, very sessionable.

Photo of TheTrevor
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a darker yellow with a single-finger fizzy head. The smell is good old capitalist cooked corn, just like we've got over here. The taste follows suit, starting off with some corn that gives way to a fairly clean finish. As with every beer in this style, the highlight is drinkability. It wouldn't hurt someone to have one every so often, but it hardly seems worth importing mediocrity of this level when we already have supermarkets full of the stuff.

Photo of CRichardsMN
1.65/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out to nearly the clearest yellow I've ever seen, even including light beers, with a thin wispy white head which disappears as quickly as is foamed up. It may be darker after I've finished with it...

I may detect the faintest of malts and if I strain myself, there may be hops in there. Nothing wrong, just really weak.

More flavor than I would have guessed by the look and smell. Of all flavors present, I would have to say slightly sweet malt with a tad of bitterness. I don't happen to like the hints of mustiness and is that cardboard or feet?

Fairly lively carbonation considering the lack of head. Body is very, very thin but may be expected from the style.

Expect to find these as the Chinese replacement for any other AAJ on tap so I guess it is the logical alternative to light beers. Again nothing terrible to watch out for but by no means a beer that I'd proudly serve.

First impression of this beer came from my father-in-law who somehow clung to this brew's name. Taking his typical style preference into account (stouts) I figured this may be ok for an AAJ. Either I was completely overhyped or a whole lot of people (1.3 billion) just don't have any other options...

Photo of nighthawk
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL green glass bottle (boo hiss) with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a fizzy, powdery white head that rises to two generous fingers, then settles down and disappears.

Some corn and cooked veggie aroma, with a generic sugary sweetness and mild grain.

Taste is fairly mellow, the cooked veggie and corn taste that seems predominant in AALs is fairly mild and gently sweetened by a honey and biscuit malt taste. Hops seem hard to detect but seem to be in the grassy to floral taste zone. Finishes clean and decently crisp, on the dry side.

Light and refreshing in the mouth, the carbonation livens things up a bit.

Overall you can do worse in the category than this beer. It's light and refreshing, inoffensive and the flavour is mild enough that you can pretty much ignore it. I won't be searching it out, but maybe next time I'm eating Chinese I'll see if they have this available.

Photo of BBri
2.18/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I didn't care for this beer. Color was darker than it's American counterparts, small head that didn't laste. It's very carbonated. Smell is a bit skunky and the taste is bitter, without a good finish or flavor to even it out. I don't see this as a good choice for any occasion and I will avoid it in the futre.

Photo of jeranbrews
2.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - A clear brass color. A drop of green banana color. Head less than one finger but evaporates too quickly. Steady champagne-like bubbles that continue until the last mouthful.

Smell - Mild starchy smell of, at best pale malt but probably corn or rice starch. And a crisp smell of a hop I can't yet name. Also, the CO2 smell of the bubbles (like carbonated water). The "skunky" linseed smell of pilsners. No detectable yeast smells.

Taste - Initial taste of sourness and some tangy hop. This overpowers a mild sweet malt / corn sugar taste. Herb taste like lemon grass. Aftertaste of lime and lawn grass.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant bubbly effervescence. Bubbles roll around the mouth through a viscous bitter coating.

Drinkability - Drinkable in modest amounts. A good second or third string beer. Would compliment savory foods like fajitas or sirloin. Out of pilsners I rate it well.

Photo of JeremyBrews
1.75/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Fizzy like cola - fine bubbles, thin "head" dissipates completely in 10 seconds. The color is the same as what I see when I head to the little boys room after drinking too many Tsingtaos.

S: A skunks spray, mixed with citrus notes and cornstarch.

S: Begins dull, like carbonated water. Develops to a sweet, cornstarchy emptiness, leaving a slight sour aftertaste.

M: The viscosity of water. Extremely thin.

D: In all, a surprisingly easy to drink beer, considering all the low marks. This is probably due to its resemblance to carbonated water.

Photo of TheHammer
1.88/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one from the LCBO bargain/mixed bin, thought I'd give another Asian beer a shot.

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that did not lace or retain, the body itself is a sickly looking yellow that is comparable to light beer. The carbonation looks somewhat decent but it is marred by dusty looking particles in the beer itself.

Smell: Very skunked and does not clear, however the only things I'm catching in the background is sulfur with rice and corn. All in all, not very pleasant or appealing.

Taste: Starts with the barest notes of sweet rice, that then shift to an awful sulfuric bitterness that the barest notes of earthy hops tries desperately in vain to mask. It wouldn't be so bad, but it's seems that the carbonation wants to punctuate at that exact moment as well.

Mouthfeel: Well the sulfuric aftertaste it does leave vanishes almost immediately, and leaves the mouth clean, which is good thankfully. However the terrible transitioning, complete lack of head and the carbonation at the wrong time is dragging it down.

Drinkability: Well it is refreshing and it is light on the stomach and doesn't cause gas issues, but the other awful aspects of this beer conspire against it to drag this catagory down.

Final Thoughts: Well, let me start by saying that there are worse beers out there, but this stuff makes other adjunct lagers look good. This isn't just a case of a beer being bad as a result of getting skunked as the only qualities behind the skunking are either boring or out of place. Maybe it would be good with Chinese food, but that's a stretch. You'll want to avoid this offering.

Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.