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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,418 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,418
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 KTCamm
2.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into some weird non-beer glass at the Chinese restuarant.

Color is straw yellow with light foam. A little fizzy on pour.

No real distinct smell that I could discern.

Taste is very ordinary - just a plain, nondescript lager. Watery mouthfeel. Its been a while since I've had a Bud or Miller, but this reminded me of those US macros.

Its drinkable - easy to have a few, though its not a beer I'd get excited about.

Photo of wesl56
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i went looking for a beer to pair with some chinese food, actually was not planning to buy an asian beer but decided id try tsingtao since id never had it

a- color is pretty light gold.... reminds me of miller high life

s- the smell was surprising... i wasnt sure what to expect but its almost a sharp citrus limey smell

t- heineken! i didnt read this anywhere else on here, but this beer tastes IDENTICAL to heineken... thats all i could think about while drinking it

m- heineken... medium high carbonation, light but yet flavorful

d- pretty much like a heineken.... sharp first few sips, but mellows out and tastes weak near the end

i would have a hard time differentiating this from a heineken...

it did however go very well with the chinese food, so i may consider it again in that situation

Photo of Onenote81
2.45/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My sister-in-law is Chinese, and when her and my brother came to town, they grabbed some of the beer that they drink over there.

This poured the palest of yellows, with about an inch's worth of head on top. This disappeared completely and left not the slightest of lacing rings. Smelled of rice and corn and some lemon. Smells like a Bud.

This is an extremely watery thin brew. I'm sure this aids the "drinkability" but I don't like this. All I'm tasting is the adjuntness; tastes fake. Some thin vegetable flavors. Very weak beer. Avoid.

Photo of Monkeyknife
2.2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle a clear pale yellow with a thin and fast-fading white head.

Aroma was quite skunky. A combination of sulfur and rotting vegetables. Not too pleasant.

Like the aroma, the taste was fairly skunked. A sweet graininess along with a bit of table salt.

Thin and crisp with a sharp carbonation.

Paired this with a nice meal at a chinese restaurant and found the beer to be a huge distraction. I should have stuck with a glass of water.

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

I've tasted some good Asian beers and some really bad Asian beers. This one is pretty much right in the middle.

Very light in color (which frightened me) with a sweet nose that I enjoyed. The taste as better than I expected and I could find real lager flavor in it not totally hidden by the adjunct.

Carbonation was lower than I expected, which was fine. I would have liked a cleaner finish, but I had no problems cracking open a second bottle.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.83/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz into 19oz pilsner glass

Appearance: Very light straw color with a minimal head and tons of visible carbonation bubbles.

Smell: A sweet floral smell with some adjuncts- rice and corn, I'm thinking.

Taste: Starts pretty sweet, then finishes with some notes of citrus and grains. Slight hop bitterness that finishes things off pretty nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very crisp and refreshing finish. Doesn't feel as carbonated as it looks which is definitely a good thing in this case.

Drinkability: Looks pretty funny, but outside of that there are no complaints. This is probably the best of the Asian beers I have had thus far out of a mixed sixer I made from the restaurant I worked at (I picked out Sapporo, Kirin Ichiban, Kirin Light, Asahi, Budweiser, and this).This would definitely go well with Chinese food or sushi- maybe even your typical American BBQ.

Photo of DmanGTR
2.15/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured transparent straw yellow with a short lived 3/4" head that had very little lace in a nonic

S - grass, light malts, hint of sulfur, cooked vegetables

T - relatively bland, little bit of boiled greens, grassy, sweet malt finish

M - very light, medium carbonation. Watery.

D - decent but I can't see why anyone would want more

Overall - This is a disappointing beer. However popular it may be in China/Hong Kong, it is a weak excuse for a lager. Uncharacteristic, bland, not worth the money. Once in a lifetime but I wouldn't bother. Had this in Hong Kong. Reviewed from notes.

Photo of SickBrew
2.33/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got a case of this on discount from Chester, so I hope it's drinkable.

This beer pours with about one finger of fine white head than dissipates quickly to a slight ring. No real lacing. The beer is crystal clear like most lagers and is a very light yellow. Nose is fair combo of noble hops and something slightly malty/grainy.

Taste falls off from the nose. Flavor is only slightly malty with a bit of sulfur taste back there as well. Hops don't really come through, but an astringent dry aftertaste does. Hey maybe that's lead. Mouthfeel is light and overall this beer a low degree of drinkability. Only 23 more to go.

Photo of steeler
3.9/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this beer on sale from the LCBO. Pours out a light yellow color, with no head or lacing at all. Looks decent for what it is. Smells like all other macros do, but i will give it a 3 for no skunky smells like many imports have. This has a decent taste, goes down like water, with a touch of bitterness, but not much else. For a light lager, it has a lot more taste than most of its more popular counter parts (coors light/bud light etc). Decent. Also has a much better mouthfeel than most other light beers, nice and full with good carbonation. I gave this a perfect score for drinkability, because since it goes down so easily, you could easily drink this all night. Goes well with spicy food. Highly recommended!

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

Appearance: pours a clear golden pale yellow color with a 2" brilliant white head that falls quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: some malt sweetness and grass come through softly.

Taste: mild malt, some grass, lemon zest, and a mild bitterness are all that is detected.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: this is a light beer that actually goes well with spicy food. To drink in alone as a session beer, this gets boring very quickly. This has a touch more flavor than some others in the style.

Photo of Macca
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear pale golden yellow with a half finger of head which disappears completely. The beer looks dead.

The nose is mostly grains as is the palate. Some sweetness is evident.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Clean and crisp with good bitterness.

For me this is a situational beer. Yum cha for Sunday lunch wouldn't be the same without a couple of bottles.

Photo of likethetaste
4.38/5  rDev +58.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this with a variety pack from World Market. I was surprised by this because I did not have high hopes for it having experienced other chinese beers. But i must say this was very good. Poured a nice golden yellow color with really nice bread like smell. This was a very nice and crisp beer that was very refreshing. I would love to get this all the time. Great to eat with asian food!

If you are comparing this like you should to other Macro lagers, this is by far one of the best.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is a classic for Chinese food lover's everywhere!!

It pours out looking thin and light, carboantion is high and looks sharp and crispy. The thin white head sticks around pretty well, not great but not bad either. Medium retention for the style.

The smell is of crispy, semi-sweet malt, rice and dried corn with a green, slightly skunky hop edge way down deep with very mild spineiness.

The flavor is very clean, no real "off" flavor's, just a thin, semi-sweet malt with a decent herbal balance that is a bit watery and thin. goes very well with hefty foods.

The feelis light, active and clean and it stays that way, yay!

do not be affraid!!

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.6/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Looks good pouring with many bubbles in a very clear yellow-piss color. Decent head

S- Reminds me of heineken. Slightly skunky and very grainy

T- Taste is like the smell but sweeter. Tastes a bit like a salty rice cracker

M- Light and slick

D- Good with a refreshing feeling

Photo of TLove
2.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was sadly bland and wannabe grainy in an entirely non-inspiring way. I drank this from a bottle with a few friends for the first time a few days ago at a Korean restaurant and was not at all impressed with the meek color and watered-down taste. Despite its semi yellow color, which looks like it was added, the finish is over-carbonated and particularly did not pair well with the Korean dishes I was eating it with.

Photo of matt7215
2.15/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml green bottle from my dad. produced on 09/08/08, consumed on 16/11/08.

pours pale yellow with some white head that reduces to a ring. soft carbonation.

aroma: sweet grain and rice, cotton candy

flavour: sweet, a touch of grainy malt, almost nothing to this one

mouthfeel: thin and uninprired

drinkability: i wouldnt say know to a free one but not something id ever purchase, not off flavour other then overly sweet

Photo of Rayek
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold with a soapy white head that doesn't stick around. Leaves a bit of lace.

S: Rather clean, with not much going on. What flavors come through are on the sweet side.

T: Well balanced. Sweetness is almost sugary. Bitterness comes on to balance things out, but doesn't provide much in the way of flavor.

M: Medium-light body has a bit too much fizz.

D: I've had this many times with Chinese food. It is a nice compliment to that cuisine. As a stand alone beer; however, it doesn't do much for me.

Photo of jujubeast6000
1.55/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/1/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a body that is a pale golden color, looks like domestic fizzy, with a white head, quickly diminishing. Has a sweet aroma. Has a sweet flavor, and the mouthfeel is very fizzy and lively. Very bland flavor.

Photo of Magpie14
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: golden color like so many other macros

S: grassy hops and diluted grains

T: clean, faint hops, and weak bread-like flavors. Has some bitterness to it

M: a little heavier than traditional macros, medium-light body. Clean finish and average smoothness.

D: this is my first chinese beer and not bad. I would drink this over many domestic macro lagers, but still not a top vote

Photo of Offa
4.18/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a good, tasty lager, clean flavourful and with some character.

Golden, slightly on the darkish side, it has a large white head shrinking slowly to a small, lasting ring and it leaves a hint of lace.

The aroma is overall standard for the type but stronger and more characterful than most. It has malty grain with flowery herbal hops.

The taste is grain with a hint of bread and apple, slightly sweet, with definite herbal hoppy bitterness, plus a fairly long, nice aftertaste. It's very clean and has a rather full, warm body.

This is far more tasty and interesting than Tsingtao Pure Draft, so do not get these confused.

Photo of atliens81
3.75/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a couple others have said, this is by no means the greatest beer in the world. However, it had a couple qualities I really enjoyed. It's an excellent beer to pair with chinese (or any type of food really). Probably a chicken and veggie or lighter meal. Also, It had an extremely light, almost sweet taste to it. Sort of like a snow pea (if you can imagine that taste in a beer). Certainly not a filling beer by any means... so it would be good if you're looking for something you can have a few of in an evening. As for negatives... at first I wasn't to pleased with the smell. It's got a skunky aroma initially. After it breathes for a minute or two, that goes away. Overall, it was a win in my book. It's always at my local Hyvee supermarket, and it's one I'll certainly give another go.

Photo of avalon07
1.98/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. Almost no head and no lacing to speak of.

S: An odd grassy aroma, along with some hops. Also - of course - it was skunky.

T: Had a grassy, mildly hoppy quality, but not much else. Watery, thin, with an agressively foul taste.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Almost a bit over-carbonated for the style.

D: This is simply not a good beer. What taste there is evident is pungent and undrinkable. Pass.

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

Paired with spicy chicken and string beans. Great combination with chinese food. A smooth, light, and crisp beer. Not too much more to say. The texture was almost like water. The carbonation got in the way a little, sort of stung my tongue, but it was still good. On a second occasion I had it when I was dehydrated and in desperate need of a drink and it went down just as well the first time. I would say its not a good sipping beer though, when it got the slightest bit warm it became a little less flavorful.

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.

Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.