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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,419
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 17
Gots: 109 | 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 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.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Typical macro territory here. Pours a translucent, golden color. What little head there is dissipates immediately leaving no lacing.

Smell: Corny with a touch of grainy sweetness.

Taste: Not as bad as I was expecting. Actually has some noticeable hoppiness. Besides that, just grainy, corny sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Not the worst adjunct lager out there. Goes great with Chinese food and is pretty refreshing. Don't look for much in the way of taste however.

Photo of zoso493
3.57/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw color with a very small head that subsides quickly. Not much to look at really.

Smell: Sweet malts, grass, and a tinge of grainy hops.

Taste: Has kind of a citrusy sweetness to it that finishes with a nice, clean hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin but leaves nice and dry.

Drinkability: Pretty high in this beer. I could drink a sixer of this.

This is maybe my favorite adjunct lager. I know the style is much maligned on this website, but I had to pick this one up for a review. It's a clean, easy going, sessionable beer that I think is definitely worth a try.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.59/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw topped with a foamy white short lived head.

S: Soft sweet malt and possibly hint of rice hulls?

T: A distinct light tasting brew that finishes clean but leaves a tasty lingering graininess on the back of the palate.

M: Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation to start, but seemed to drop off quicker than most.

Drinkability: Good, light, easy drinking lager with a unique taste that makes me, well, think of Chinese food. My 640ml bottle disappeared relatively quickly.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.71/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in the recently opened Chinese tea house in Brussels. The beer looks like any pilsner, clear golden-yellow with a nice head, which disappears in a lacing relatively soon.

Smell: Not too special, just grass, grain and floral hops.

Taste: This is a special lager beer. Grainy, light bitter hops, but with some very nice balanced soft sweetness, completely different from all other lager beer I had until now. This sweetness resembles a bit banana taste with some citrus fruits. Maybe it is from the rice, which is added to the brewing process (as it reads on the bottle).

Mouthfeel: Normal carbonation and normal bodied for the style. Very drinkable

Overall: A surprisingly unique beer for the style. Will drink this again for sure

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color that is crystal clear with a very small head.

Smell: Slightly malty aroma, but it smells as if it's been cut with something (rice, perhaps).

Taste: Slightly sweet flavor that finishes very smooth. Not much hop presence that I could notice.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watered-down feeling.

Drinkability: It's not bad, but it's not very good. There are better lagers out there to drink.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330mL green bottle purchased in Japan, no freshness date, but I know the store and they'd have a reasonably high turnover considering it's one of the only imports.

Appearance is pretty standard - pale yellow lager with low head retention, only a small amount of fuzz around the edge clinging to the glass. Some moderately fine bubbles appearing from the unscored pint glass. Looks a little unimpressive from the colour and the head retention.

Smell is surprisingly clean - no adjuncts are immediately apparent (although I'm sure they're there to some extent). Grassy German hops, quite a likeable aroma, not too complex but not entirely insipid, definitely a thirst-quencher but slightly better than your average Asian macro.

Some skunkiness appears on the back of the tongue - I'm inclined to think this is some kind of adjunct rather than hops gone bad, although it could be a combination of the two. Rather simplistic character all up, the trace amount of hops visible in the nose are only faintly remembered on the palate. Not good, not bad, just average.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but this is run-of-the-mill. Drinkability is high if served ice-cold and you're not fussy, but as I reach the bottom of the glass I'm getting tired of the skunkiness and looking forward to my next beer, a nice Export Stout.

Overall: Better than most Asian macros, better than every other Chinese beer I've had, potable but not worth paying top dollar for in a Chinese restaurant unless you're trying to prove how cosmopolitan you are! (In which case you should be drinking rice spirit anyway.)

Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is cooked vegetables.Taste is fresh with hints of barley and malts.Overall very refreshing and smooth.Drinking this ice cold on a hot summer day would be a perfect match.Overall a good beer and something I would purchase again!

Photo of craftaholic
2.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Translucent golden color with a minimal head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Has a thick aroma of complex scents that range from burnt barley to rice and malt.

Taste: Very light bodied beer which has an initial taste of corn and rice; quite weak for flavor almost watered a bit, but the carbonation gives it a kick

Mouthfeel: Has a light fluffy mouth feel but the flavors are left behind long after drinking.

Drinkability: Easy down but not entirely enjoyable in terms of complexity, would be good to pair with cuisine but not in its own right.

Photo of malmquna
2.39/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours fizzy, then the bubbly head completely disappears. Completely. Color is crystal clear yellow.

Smells like rice. Not altogether disagreable. Tastes light and rice-y as well, very little bitterness...from hops or otherwise. Maybe a hint of formaldehyde in the finish. That surely distracts from the overall mouthfeel.

This is not all that bad of a beer, but should be relegated to washing down Chinese food.

Photo of Cylinsier
2.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with small white head. Gone quick.

Smells like sweet malts and barley. The sweetness is ricey.

Tastes like sweet malts and barley with no hints of hops.

Thin and bubbly, but not quite water thin.

Easy to throwback. Goes great with Chinese or Mongolian food. Probably not something you'd drink just for the sake of drinking though.

Photo of FloppyDog
2.67/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. It pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a two-finger white head.

The aroma is of floral hops and cooked corn.

The flavor is more of the cooked corn with a slight maltiness. This is a very light bodied beer with a significant carbonation bite.

Overall, something you can pound on a hot summer day, but not what I would choose for its flavor and complexity.

Photo of bgreg3
3.47/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O boy I got this because I think it's the beer clint eastwood was drinking in gran torino at the asian peoples house.

App.- Very golden semi light gold I like all the carbonation bubbles building up on the glass, thats why I gave it a good lookin app.

Smell-Rice, Malt, a little bit of alc , a slight skunky smell.

Taste-exactly the same as the smell except , the aftertaste reminds me very much of a euro style lager with it's own twist , not bad , not at all.

MF- extemely light mouthfeel , it seems lighter than light lagers, but then again its ice cold , wow refreshing!

Drink- God damn drinkable , wow , I could drink this soo easily , is this what they call beer in China, it's not bad , better than the american adjunct.


Photo of basi76
2.65/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color, with no lacing, very little foam head, that quickly dissapear, smells like rice and corn, low alcohol volume, very crisp, does well chilled with asian spicy food, had it for the first time at a thai restaurant and loved it with the food.

Photo of goblue3509
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellowish color with a very slight head to it. When drinking there is very little lacing. The smell is of a small amount of barley. The taste is very light and crisp. The taste is pretty weak and watery...it taste like barley a little bit. The mouthfeel is average it isn't very harsh and is crisp and dry. Overall there isn't much to the beer, but it is very drinkable because it isn't overwhelming.

Photo of NODAK
3.38/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The smell, at first, was really quite skunky. After that died down, the beer had some cereal grain and small hop qualities to it. Pretty standard stuff for a pale lager.

Taste isn't half bad at all. If nothing else, it's a refreshing beer. Body is pretty non-descript to be honest, but there does appear to be some corn adjunct qualities to it with a bit of grain sweetness to it. Pretty thin, though. However, I was kind of surprised that the hops appeared here on the finish with a decent enough bitter snap to wrap up the swallow. There's some graininess after the swallow as well. Not a lot, but it's there.

Very refreshing, actually. It's hard to imagine anybody not wanting one of these on a hot day outside...or, like me right now, inside on a Friday night.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.02/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this while I was waiting for my takeout tonight.

Pours a pale, fizzy yellow color with very little head. No lacing at all. Did I order a Bud?

Smell is slightly grassy, bit of rice. Taste is a little sweet, earthy, slightly metallic. Watery mouthfeel. Could very easily drink more than one of these.

Decent beer. Wouldn't buy a six pack of it though. Good while waiting on my food though.

Photo of dacrza1
2.15/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first "illegal" I had at an actual restaurant at Ocean City more than a decade ago...this one is going to be more professionally sampled...straw colored, almost "light" in its presentation--an effervescence helps offset thinness and the runny, weak head... yeasty bread dominates with the ping of Saaz hops as its butter--almost hints that something is amiss... presents a bland blanket of smoothness akin to water to the mouth, with little early or late that suggests this is a beer... such a light body leads to an almost phantom taste, a pilsneresque presence minus the snap of Eastern European brew... without really finding blemish, Tsing Tao finishes crisp but not sharp; one senses rice or corn int he tank here, but no skunk infiltrates... stays balanced throughout the 22 oz. bottle, never bitter or malty despite its aroma...

Photo of CHL
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very pale beer with little head and extremely light grainy flavor. It's biased a bit sweet, so I like it. Quite drinkable and with an appropriately clean finish (no noticeable aftertaste), but for my money I'd prefer to pay less with something like PBR.

Photo of benfons
3.38/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale, head dissappears really fast. I don't really like the smell, like of most of the lager beers. Taste is very clean and light. Reminds me a bit of those German Reinheitsgebot-beers. It's refreshing, drinks easily and no bad aftertaste whatsoever, (mostly because the taste dissapears rapidly). It's a simple but honest brew.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pour extraordinarily clear into a glass. Way too clear. Not much of a head. Some would call it a skunk smell, though those of us who know that is by design will say otherwise. But, the smell is rather too strong. Taste? Really watery. American light beers have more on this beer. Very drinkable with absolutely no aftertaste. I can not describe how much this beer has no aftertaste. Verdict: not worth a buy when you can get better at a cheaper price.

This beer went flat before I was through with it. I am a power drinker and did not sip this beer slowly. Look, I know some comments are inappropriate, but as a well educated business man, I find these comments to not be out-of-line when I say this beer cut corners on its carbonation. It is typical (not a prejudice, but a known fact in the PROFESSIONAL business world and far into the mainstream) that Chinese business are notorious to cut corners. That may work with billion Chinese population, but in America we are subject are own free will and can buy another beer from just about anywhere in the world. I had to knock down my results across the board except smell by -0.5.

Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,419 ratings.