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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,218 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 14
Gots: 42 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rather watery looking with some initial head. Passable aroma and taste. Not a great rating, but above average for its style. Canadian yeast and barley you say? Crisp and slightly better than expected. Maybe good Yangtzai water.Thanks to the broken 6-pak LCBO bin.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 01:55:41 | More by Sammy
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

2.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Full, vivacious white head with good retention rises above a straw-colored body with light mustard yellow to golden tones.

Smell: Iron-like metallic aroma, fruity malts with a fairly pronounced honey edge, and a whisper of skunk, a mile or two away. This isn't really bad, just very, very weak.

Taste: Mighty sweet, like honey. A touch of lemon hop and green tea-like bitterness on the side of the tongue. Lacking in flavor, but what little flavor it does have is fairly tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and frothy. I know "cold" is not a good descriptor of mouthfeel, but that's what comes to mind.

Drinkability: Goes down easy!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 18:44:57 | More by soulgrowl
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2.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow color, some carbonation, small to no head, some lacing afterwards which does not hang around long. The smell is kinda sweet and skunky. The taste is a little malty and watery. Light body at best. Drinkable, but not by much. I would not recommend this at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 16:54:28 | More by Wasatch
Photo of PBRstreetgang


2.45/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours pale straw, with pristine clarity. One finger head fizzles out quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is overpoweringly light-struck, and blocks out any other odors. Sweet pale malt, corn, and rice flavor, soon overwhelmed by skunk aftertaste. Typical light body and high carbonation, mouthfeel slightly acidic. Finishes fairly clean considering the spoilage from long exposure to light. The bottle version is seriously flawed by the time it reaches my local beer store, but I'd love to try some on tap to get an untainted sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 04:24:29 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of Kulrak


1.78/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a light straw color with white thin head that dissipates quickly leaving nothing, no layer, nothing. Also nothing in the way of smell, except a lot of skunkiness. Some bitterness, but no maltiness or anything in the flavor. There is a weird flavor on the back end, not sure what it is, but it isn't good. There's a lot of carbonation burn, and real thin mouthfeel. This isn't very drinkable, but not the worst I've had. It's pretty far down on the list though.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 18:27:28 | More by Kulrak
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2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a clear straw color; head is average and recedes quickly. Little to no lacing on the glass. The smell was OK -- slightly sweet. There's a good amount of carbonation and a slightly fruity taste to the beer. This beer goes well with chinese food, obviously. It's not extraordinary, but is good for one or two with dinner. Aside from that, I wouldn't really go out of my way to have one.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 00:42:03 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of KarlHungus


2.65/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a clear pale straw color. The head is two-finger in height, white, and recedes quickly. The aroma screamed of skunk when the bottle was first opened, but the skunky aroma vanished once the beer was poured. The aroma from the glass is midly sweet, and by mild I mean as mild as it can be. The taste is milder than the aroma, if that is even possible. The mouthfeel is to style; light bodied with a lot of carbonation but not too much. Overall, this isn't the worst macro lager I have ever had, and it isn't horrible. However, I have had better macro lagers, and know they can have more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 22:48:37 | More by KarlHungus
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Manitoba (Canada)

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

355ml Bottle poured into a pilsner glass. I've been reviewing an awful lot of lagers lately, I got so many as Christmas gifts, I might as well.

Nice medium-gold colour, not much head, but the carbonation is pretty, and this beer dosen't look flat at all. It seems to have travelled well in that green bottle, because I'm not getting the bad skunkiness that most Euro Lagers have been giving me. Smell is pleasantly malty, a bit sweet, but just a hint of cooked veggies to make you realize that yes, this is a macro lager. Taste is sweet and bready, mildly alcoholic, very lightly hopped. A bit watery in the mouth, but the carbonation helps you forget to a certain extent. This would be a decent light-tasting lager to put back a few of while downing Asian food, especially the spicy variety.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 21:12:44 | More by trevorwideman
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2.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: very pale straw, Not much head to speak of

Smell: Some malt and hop characteristics but again not overly strong

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and sweet. Not much hops at all a really fake sweet taste not overly pleasant.

Drinkability/Overall: Easy enough to drink but I wouldn’t pay for one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 08:46:18 | More by Finite
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Quebec (Canada)

1.33/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've told my mum not to bring me any beers, because she always picks the worst. Then this week she brought me 3 bottles of beers, thinking she was making a great gift, one of them was Tsingtao, "well thanx ma!"

When I openned the bottle, I've looked around looking to find a skunk, because the skunky smell was quite present, actually the skunk was probably one foot away from me. Then I realized, it was the beer, skunkyness with bread and cereal smells.

her look is quite shy, pale, yellownish, actually it reminds me of an albino, that beer has no life, either it died out from Shangai FOB to Montreal, because the head never appeared and I see some bubbles once in a while.

Taste is a tiny bit floral, cerealic with a shy, but very shy hoppy finish.

can I say my mom forced me to drink it? Ok I took it as a duty to review it, not the worst I had but in my top 10 of the worst unfotunately.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 02:50:32 | More by 3Vandoo
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

1.27/5  rDev -54%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

355ml green bottle poured in a dimpled mug.

Clear, pale gold in colour. Head is foamy, white and 1/4 inch at the pour, but quickly disappears. Basically no head at all after a couple minutes. Lots of carbonation streams.

Aroma is a little muddled. Grassy, skunky, grainy. No one stands out, just all three mingling together. A little sweetness in the background.

Taste is terrible. Dominated by a formaldehyde (or other chemical) flavour there are hints of grassy hops, skunk hops and floral hops. Acidic bite in the finish. Reminds me of walking into the bathroom in my parents house in the 80's after my sister was in there doing her hair... the taste that hits you when you walk into a cloud of hairspray. I don't think any beer should ever taste like hairspray.

Overly carbonated with a harsh, caustic mouthfeel. Light bodied like water with hairspray.

Worst tasting beer I've had in some time. I was mildly optimistic after the pour. Looks nice in my mug, but holy dinah, does it taste terrible. Drain pour. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 02:36:18 | More by Noxious26
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank at a Chinese restaurant. Was a little worried about the green bottle. Overall, a decent beer. Was pleasantly surprised. Poured a clear yellow with a thin film of head. Scent is light. Some light grains, grassy and floral hops... No skunk. I guess the bottles were stored properly. Tastes plain, but good. Sort of like a bland, decent, thirst quenching homebrew. Light, sweet crispness followed by a small amount of floral bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit dry. Overall, a drinkable session lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 20:09:23 | More by slitherySOB
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4.08/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tsingtao beer pours a bright clear golden amber from a dark green glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to over two fingers before settling down to a full ring of foam with small islands. Streamers of carbonation are welling up from the bottom of my 16oz beer glass for a picture perfect pour.

Nose is of grain and just a touch of husk with some yeasty sulfur. Palate is a crisp, refreshing and distinctly German lager, with toasted barley malts that are well bittered and done to perfection.

Tsingtao can take its place among the worlds best German beers in this class. Tsingtao beer is a great German beer that just happens to have been brewed in China

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 02:20:47 | More by BeerBob
Photo of Vancer


3.53/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad brew, paired with Sweet/Sour chicken at the Thai house. Clear bright yellow with a minimal white head, some small laces. Small malt aroma with a sweetish taste, some malts in the background.

Lite and fairly tasty, this makes for a decent drinker – had several with dinner, and they all tasted the same.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 14:31:01 | More by Vancer
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1.93/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this one the other night in Chinatown - the only other beers available were American Macros.

This may as well have been an American Macro. Poured from the bottle a yellow straw color, tight white head that quickly disappeared. Smells faintly of malt and hops. Light mouthfeel and taste, tastes sugary.

I would imagine this would be a good beer to have if having some spicy Chinese dishes, when you would down several during a meal - it is not at all heavy or filling. Any other time, however, I would stay clear of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 00:12:41 | More by jmc44
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1.88/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very pale fizzy body. Not much head. Quite inauspicious, and not very appealing looking.

Smell: Funky vegetable smell starts this off. Also grainy, like off yeast. A little sweet, but unpleasantly so. Not a nice smell at all.

Taste: This doesn't quite seem to know what it is. It's got sweetness, a little sharp bitterness, and a strong wet yeast flavour at the end, but it's so confused. In actual fact it ends up being quite unpleasant for all that. After a while it tastes like drinking dishwater.
This gets worse the more you drink it. I thought it was going to be better than this, although I don't know why. Very poor.

Overall, a non-descript beer. It's verging on being offensive and undrinkable, but it's not quite that far gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 06:37:00 | More by lacqueredmouse
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1.78/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have lived in Hong Kong three years and whilst visiting an outlaying island with no airconed buildings on a weekend and having a fresh fish (usually a catch from 1000 miles away Philippines ... but so be it) prepared for lunch, enjoyed my bottle (or two) of chilled Tsingtao.
I had a bottle here in Berne yesterday when visiting a Chinese style foodcourt and almost had a shock .... the distinctive taste, this smoky bitterness, of Tsingtao was there however very diluted and watery. My suspicion is, Tsingtao is using a 'milder' (or in other words watery) style for export. Sad .... the original Tsingtao would earn a 3 ...

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 20:35:50 | More by Daredevil
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North Carolina

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

This looks like a new look for Tsingtao, with a bit more green in the label and the name raised above the glass of the bottle in both English and Chinese characters, or maybe its just the version that's imported to Korea.
This is another beer I enjoy based more on fond memories and positive vibes than taste per se. The color is a weak yellowish gold and the respectable head lasts only a minute. The odor is likewise pretty bland and boring.
The taste is mild but not rank rice like some Asian beers but more of a malty character. Fairly smooth mouthfeel but nothing special.
Definitely drinkable if you're in the right mood or having Chinese or spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 15:45:38 | More by daliandragon
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1.93/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Single bottle purchase just to try some Chinese beer. I knew this one was going to suck before going in.

Appearance = weak straw colored, pale, clear, no head, barely any lacing. Not impressed.

Smell = Skunk like scent similar to a Heineken. Some honey like malt sweetness is present, bumping it up a bit. Otherwise bland and boring.

Taste = Watery grain and malt with a pathetic hops presence. This is very unimpressive beer. There's a bit of sweetness that comes through but it doesn't compliment anything well and only makes the taste worse. Yuck.

Overall = I did not enjoy anything about the beer. In fact, I'm dumping 3/4 of the bottle down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 04:07:46 | More by LPorter33
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3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My Tsingtao came in a 12 oz. green bottle with no freshness date that I could find at least, and I poured it into a standard pint glass.

It poured a straw color with a head that didn't stick around all that long and left no lacing. The beer smelled sweet and had a taste on the sweet side as well. I got a lot of grain flavors and a surprising, although neither overpowering or negative, sweet character from the light mouthfeel beer. It went down really well with the chinese food I had ordered at the restaurant and something that I could imagine being pretty refreshing on a hot day. All and all, this isn't a bad beer at all. I am pretty surprised with the level my level of enjoyment with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 21:51:48 | More by edmundfitzoil
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3.23/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The staple beer of the chinese/thai restaurant, Tsingtao is actually a pretty decent brew, and when I'm in Chinatown I always make sure to pick one up. The appearance overall is pretty average. It pours a clear light gold with a small white head that falls pretty quickly. Moderately aromatic, with detectable hops, and if your bottle isn't fresh there can definitely be some skunk.

The taste seems to compliment chinese food well, and goes down pretty cleanly with a bit of sweetness to it.. and ends with a slightly bitter aftertaste. It's not an amazing beer, but it is a very ok beer, especially for the fun of drinking a chinese beer in a chinese restaurant. As a side note, I've heard that this is easily the worst of the Tsingtao products, and that the ones they keep in China are vastly superior. Not sure if it's true, but makes me wanna try one all the same.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 02:49:10 | More by EMV
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Quebec (Canada)

1.18/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of weak malt and hops with bad case of skunk in the back. Taste is pretty inoffensive apart from the bad case of skunkyness. You have to wondered why they import all those crappy lager into North Amercia…

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 13:19:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.88/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This and Sapporo are my favorite Asian imports. Appearance is a clear light gold, minimum foam and short lived lace. The aroma contains some grain and floral hops. Initial taste is mild:
Composed of sweet grassy notes, some malt, a hint of skunky sulphur, bitter hops and bread. Medium body, light carbonation – seems to be designed to compliment Chinese Food, and I usually order one when at a Chinese Restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 17:45:02 | More by palliko
Photo of BamaScholar


3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served at a Thai restaurant with panang curry. I had really asked for Singha, but my pronounciation is none too accurate, so the server brought this and it was worth a try.

Poured a very light topaz with a fizzy head that dissipated quickly. Smell and taste were average for a macro but what I did enjoy was the crisp carbonation...it complemented the light dishes and Tom Ka soup nicely.

One was enough...it was on to a tawny port with dessert anyway :)

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 22:17:44 | More by BamaScholar
Photo of SetarconeX


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

Not a great lager, by any standards. It does however have an odd taste all its own. Almost indescribably weird semi-sweet malts, and some rather lackluster hops. Fairly nice, sweet scent though. More flavorful than many macros, but not really in any good way. I don't think I'll be coming back to this one anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 09:58:43 | More by SetarconeX
Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
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