Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001)
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Photo of dbek
3.78/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Ok, this is not the best beer in the world. But it has quite a few pros: This beer is intended to be consumed with food. If you want to have chinese food with a light drink then this one is just what you are looking for! It goes perfectly! It's a typical lager: Crystal-clear blonde, discreet taste and weak aroma. I usually don't drink lager beers but this one I can have by the barrels while there's food on the table. I wouldn't drink it alone though. This beer is what you want to drink when you don't want to drink!

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eating Kung Pao I had to have a liquid supplement so I ordered one of these. Out of a bottle the glass was delivered to my table a pale gold color with a fluffy white head. The head retained itself pretty well but there was little lacing to speak of. The aroma was of a typical macro-lager, lager malt and corn mash with some skunked quality. The flavors were a little better, light dry grains, malt and corn with some huskiness, then a bit of citrus rind but the finish was metallic. Reminded me of bad iced tea. The mouthfeel however was light and crisp and it did help to wash down the food. However, with that said I could only imagine ordering it at a Asian restaurant when I had no other alternatives.

Photo of tbeck
2.33/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up from a local grocery store.

Pours a pale golden yellow that is clear. Has a decent white head that dissipated quickly and left not collaring or laciness. Very skunky aroma, bringing the glass to the nose gave subtle hints of cereal grains. Taste was all skunk and cereal grains, moderate aftertaste. Light and thin on the tongue, with a lot of carbonation. For being a skunky beer it was not terrible, went down like water. Not recommended.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.38/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at the Golden Palace in Watertown, Conn.

A: Poured a very pale yellow with a soft fizz of carbonation which left a fine, powdery ring of lace.

S: Smells of crisp, grainy malts and a faint, floral hop bitterness.

T: Taste is a quick, clean snap of grainy malts with a touch of boiled rice flavor and a slightly bitter, herbal hop finish, leaving a rather dry and non-residual aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, surprisingly, with a clean taste and smooth finish.

D: There's a slight soapiness present here, though it could have been the glass served for the pour. At any rate, it's clean, crisp and didn't get in the way of the flavors of my simmered pork, chicken and shrimp dish. I probably wouldn't drink it on it's own, but it went well here.

I could see this being strictly an accompanying drink for Chinese food or other Asian cuisine. Outside of that, I couldn't give it high marks in any category.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a light pale gold with a billowy snow white head that was moderately lasting, and perhaps the highlight of this beer. No visible carbonation or lacing was observed.

S: a light skunkiness with some fresh cabbage and needless to say was not in a good way.

T: The initial flavor had a light malt sweetness to it, with sugar coated cereal grains. Light fresh oranges and citrus make an appearance as well a light metallic nature. Finished with some fresh cabbage notes and sourness with a light moderate fade.

M: light, watery, wishy-washy and really didn't not have a lot to offer.

D: A big pass here, finish-able, but not by much with a less then enjoyable fun factor going down.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought over some Tsingtao, imported from China. A clear yellow color with a wispy head. Light in the aroma but some lager malt does register in the nose. Fairly crisp, clean and light on the palate. The beer presents mainly grainy and bready flavors and finishes with a light snap of bitterness. This beer isn't too shabby considering the cringes the style "American Macro Lager" invokes in some folks. Keep an open mind and enjoy "China's Number One Beer."

Photo of changeup45
2.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Was the only option I had at a Chinese restaurant once and it actually wasn't too bad. Maybe because I thought I'd hate it or the Chinese food masked the flavor. Hay, sweet malt taste, slight trace of bitterness. I'd get it again in the same situation but I won't go looking for it. I have heard of it being skunky, which mine wasn't.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
1.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

S- I'm skipping to smell because as soon as I opened the cap the smell of skunk ass farted from underneath the cap. Making me ponder if I'm truly going to drink this again. Oh why is this a 22oz bomber.

A- Poured crystal yellow clear, and the head is a soapy foam that is gone in seconds.

T- There is a tin/metal taste to this beer. The skunk butt is not so much there in the taste at first, but it is there in the finish.

M- Feels like a macro lager.

D- I will be using this beer to hydrate from other beers.

Photo of morebeergood
1.9/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The wife and I were at an Asian place having dinner on Saturday and the Olympics were on. To salute the Games, I ordered a Tsingtao. What a mistake. Poured into a beer glass. Bright yellow body, fizzy yellow color, and a white head that took a heavy pour to form. Smelled like all macros do. Tasted like old apple juice, or maybe stale iced tea. Gross. One of the worst beers I have ever had. Stay away.

Photo of elniko
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Urine tinge amber, very little head that dissipated. Typical macro lager uninspiring coloring.

S: Slightly skunky, a little hint of grass and malt tones. Solid smelling brew.

T & M: As far as macro lagers go, I enjoyed this beer. Very crisp and nice mouthfeel. No astringency or skunkiness in taste.

D: Definitely drinkable, a little too expensive to buy all the time but one of the better Oriental lagers that I've had.

Photo of 1099
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this with some spicy Chinese food at a local sit down Chinese eatery. I wanted a miller lite or something more familiar, but the waiter brought this, so of course I had to indulge (not to mention I had to because I found a red pepper in my Mongolian Beef!)

A: Bottle poured into a fluted glass. It poured a nice clear yellowish gold, and had a small 1 finger head that quickly dissipated into nothing. No lacing could be detected.

S: Smelled kind of bitter to me. Maybe it was just my nose being on fire that skewed that

T: Very malty up front, kind of bitter on the tongue, and very dry. I could barely detect alcohol, and once I swallowed it finished clean, leaving me wanting more

M: Thin, as is usual for this style. Not bad, just not a real mouthfull

D: Just above average. I tried this right afterwards as well, and noticed it didnt seem as drinkable as it did while I was eating spicy Chinese food.

This one is a good choice for spicy foods of all kinds, not just Chinese. If you must go eat Chinese, you really cant go wrong drinking this. It did help to put the fire out nicely!

Photo of kemoarps
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While lager's are not my first choice to drink, I take reviewing them as an objective task, comparing to other lagers, not to my personalized preferences in general. In general Tsingtao is a decent beer, everything else aside, and one worth at minimum trying. I received it as a part of a 'beers of the world collection' (while I was in the Netherlands, nonetheless), and had never tried it before so I thought I'd give it a try. ok, enough of my aimless wandering on to the part you guys actually give a ____ about:

appearance: it was a little light looking, though of a good straw colour, actually kind of reminds me of apple cider, in terms of appearance. good level of carbonation, though not much of a head when poured into a glass.

smell: decent smell, slightly sweet, but not overly so.

taste: an enjoyable light flavour, not succumbing to the somewhat stale overtones of other macrobrew lagers, the carbonation accents some of the subtle flavours hidden under the initial hint of sweetness. I keep mentioning the sweet overtones of this beer, but rest assured, I would not classify it as 'sweet' in and of itself, it's just a little touch more so than other lagers I have tasted. there's a very faint touch of fruit behind some of the other flavours, however exactly what those other falvours are I cannot quite place, a shortcoming for which I apologize. There is a faint coddee-esque hint, which surprises me as that is typically more characteristic of darker beers I have sampled, as is the subtle hint of cream.

mouthfeel: this is an area where this beer stands out, as the glass I am drinking has a very pleasant feel in the mouth (that sounds dirty somehow...). the carbonation level is just about where I like it, not overpoweing, but present, as the tiny bubbles dance lightly on the tongue luring out the flavours hidden behind one another, and the aforementioned mild creamy sense makes it easy to hold and swallow. It doesn't carry with it much of the unpleasant stale feeling I get from many macro lagers, and is light, and somewhat fresh feeling.

drinkability: it is light, and crisp, yet at the same time soft, and pleasant on the palate. the carbonation is not overdone, and does not dissuade from further enjoyment, yet is persistant enough that a glass can take a while to finish, and yet still feel as freshly poured by the last sip as it did initially.

overall, a fairly enjoyable imported lager. I would recommend it to someone looking for what it is, however if this is not your fancy, it's not so great as to be worth gong way out of your way just to get one.

Photo of toolbrew
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a small white head that fell quickly. Large carbonation bubbles and virtually no lacing.

Wet grass smell. Grainy too.

Initially you get that grassy taste, but then it turns sweet with a dry finish.

Notice the carbonation on the roof of my mouth but otherwise it goes down smoothly.

A good beer for a hot day. My first beer from China.

Photo of atis
3.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I opened the bottle the first thing I immediately noticed was fresh and grassy aroma. The beer forms good head which dissipates quickly.

Taste is quite neutral, slightly malty and also maybe a bit too watery. Carbonation moderate. It goes down very quickly and is quite refreshing. I liked it.

Photo of Voonder
3.43/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from .33l bottle into a pint glass

Very light pale yellow in color. Head is thin and white. Disappeared pretty quickly.
Doesn't have very strong smell. Light malty aroma.
Crispy taste with a little bitternes. Average lager taste.
Nice light beer, may be a little bit too carbonated. pretty drinkable though, must be good on a hot day.

Would have it again even though it's definately not my favorite lager.

Photo of generallee
3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a very pale straw color that is very clear with lots of visible carbonation. The head is thin, white in color and fades out quickly leaving no lace behind.

Smell: Its aroma has big floral nose with light grainy malts along with a light skunky smell.

Taste/Mouth feel: Despite the skunk in the aroma the flavor is very clean with mild floral and delicate grainy sweetness followed by a mild bitterness in the finish. It has an easy drinking light body with just enough fizzy carbonation to give it some life.

Notes: Overall it's a very easy drinking lager with a modest light flavor. Average.

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

It pours out a rather typical straw yellow, not impressive, but the white head is thick and fluffy and hangs around for a bit. Aroma is crisp and malty, typical for a lager. Flavor is malty with a surprising hint of fruit, making it better than most macro-brew lagers. Texture is smooth and pleasant. Not outstanding, but OK, good as a companion to a meal.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.58/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have never run into an Asian beer I don't like. Tsing Tao reminds me of a weaker version of Peroni, this beer I believe is best enjoyed in the afternoon, while being lazy or just finishing a big project, and want to cool off. Not bad and I always enjoy this one.

Photo of dsa7783
3.75/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased for $1.99 from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Always seen this beer around but never had the opportunity to actually try it...
Supposedly one of the most popular beers in the most populous nation in the world...
Pours a clear, lucid, light, golden-hue with ample carbonation, no head, and no lacing at all...
Corny, grainy aroma balanced with a touch of malts and hops...
Crisp, clean, refreshing taste... Definitley a light, sessionable beer, ideal for a hot, Summer day...
Flavor wasn't very pronounced, however, for the style, this was an easily drinkable, enjoyable beer...
Not bad...

Photo of dewalt
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The best selling Chinese beer in the U.S is the brew most likely to be found in your local Chinese restaurant -- and it should stay there.

It's ostensibly a pilsner-style beer, very light and crisp, with flavors of malt and rice. But there's not a lot going on flavor-wise. Typical macro lager; not worth it for its own merits, but about right if you just need to wash down some inexpensive spicy food.

Photo of dyingwrist
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass. Pale muted gold color. An aggressive pour left it with an inch of head. Quickly dissipated to almost nothing and there was no lacing. On the nose the smallest hint of malts. Simple taste of just "beer". Uninteresting, but drinkable. Lightly carbonated and very light on the palate. Overall, pretty easy to drink. Definitely the most common beer in Chinese restaurants and I don't mind ordering one.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.93/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this beer after someone else in the party got one and I was amazed with the level of aroma for a chinese macro.

It looked like your typical macro,with a better head and look of carbonation.

The smell had a lot of barley aroma along with some good hop smell. It later turned out that the hop taste was mild although present. The barley was a surprisingly good taste.

Carbonation was great and if I was going to drink an "American Macro Lager" this one would be near the top of the list.

Good beer where you least expect it!

Photo of Exner83
3.98/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I'm surprised. I really like this beer.

Pretty delicate to the nose - light and lovely. The taste is where it's at... like a spiffy malt liquor. It really is an addictive balance of dextrin sweetness and subtle, floral hops. Finishes semi-dry. Crispy clean, so just keep swiggin'!

The carbonation holds up, and--my, my!--it even tastes great warm! How many macros hang in there at room temperature? Very drinkable.

If I drank this with some mushi pork, I'd be a happy man. Repeat buy!

Photo of deanhead
3.15/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored without a head.
Spicy, slightly floral aroma
Taste is unremarkable, grainy and cereal-like, some floral essence.
Thin and very light bodied, but crisp and very clean.
This is a highly drinkable beer , but not memorable in the least.

It certainly is spot on for the style. Great beer to enjoy with Chinese food or sushi. Doesn't fill you up.

Photo of TwinSox33
3.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I must say, I wasn't expecting much when I ordered this one at a restaurant in Boston's ChinaTown..But..It's surprisingly good! Who would have thought the Chinese brewed good beer..go figure. It makes more sense now, upon learning that Tsingtao was a German possession in the 1900's. The beer itself is refreshing and bizarrely light-tasting for a regular beer, but in an inoffensive sort of way. It's a bit cloying, has some malt sweetness, and faint hops. Decent brew all around. (AB owns 20-ish% of the company)

Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.