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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.


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Ratings: 1096
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 23.47%

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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001)
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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


4.2/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold into a room temperature glass at a Chinese buffet restaurant.

Appearance: Golden color, crystal clear, with fluffy white head that dissipates quickly without any lacing.

Nose: Refreshingly hoppy with grassy barley hint.

Taste: Crisp, the slightest maltiness, sweet.

Feel: Light body, solid bittering, clean aftertaste.

Overall: My favorite pilsner. Distinctly crisp, clean, fresh and hoppy, with none of the soapy flavor or yeasty smell of macro lagers. It's a great lunch-time beer. It beats anything else in the category than I can think of, and the bad reviews of this enjoyable beer simply don't make any sense.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 04:43:51 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of MDDMD


2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A-golden yellow color with a small white head and no significant lacing

S-light malt and grassy aromas with a slight funk

T-very mild malt flavor with slight metallic taste and slight bitter finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-not terribly appealing, little flavor

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:42:28 | More by MDDMD
Photo of NuclearDolphin


1.73/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Crystal Clear Yellow Color with some mild carbonation. No head to speak of save for a filmy white cover.

Smell - As I was opening the bottle, I got a very strong and offensive skunky scent even as I was a couple feet from the bottle. Upon closer inspection, I'm getting Cereal Grains, Pils-Grassiness & Skunkiness, Corn & some malts.

Taste - The flavor is...not really there. Aside from some Pilsner & Barley notes, there really isn't any flavor and it has a VERY dry finish. The smell would indicate otherwise, but don't let that fool you.

Mouthfeel - Body is light but it has some weight. Carbonation is also quite strong but tapers off after a while. Still not what I would call refreshing or crisp

Overall - The smell is very skunky and prevalent while the flavor is almost non-existent. Although I'm not sure if I would want to taste the beer if it were made earlier just based on the smell I was getting.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 05:00:06 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of Maltmaiden


1.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Straw yellow (but not a completely pale one). lots of carbonation. zero head.

S: Skunk and funk is so overpowering that I can't make much out :/

T: Sweet corn. Some funk. Bit of bitter hops. Apple?

M: Thin but not as thin as bud light.

O: A chugging beer. Will not have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 12:55:44 | More by Maltmaiden
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

2.65/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Classy bottle with Chinese writing, almost Christmas-y with the colors... why not.

A- poured a golden yellow with very little head with lots of bubbles

S- floral yet metallic

T- I can pick up some faint floral hints, but smooth, though a bit of a watered down taste

M- lots of carbonation, easy to drink. I live in a hot climate, but it's not as warm as usual at the moment. I could see this going down easily on a hot day with some shrimp off the grill.

This isn't the best tasting drink, but it is very light. It would be easy to kill a bunch of these to get drunk, if that's how you roll. Not terrible, but just below average.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 14:34:05 | More by beeroclock
Photo of Fatehunter


2.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light lacing on a pale yellow colored body.
Faint metallic smell. Nothing else.
Taste has a nice bitterness, mild sweetness in the middle. Descent for an adjunct lager, but still not great.
Normal light body. Light carbonation.
Nothing interesting or good here

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 05:05:15 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of rarbring


2.4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear pale straw colored beer. A low white head with no lacing and no curtains.

Smelling weakly, somw bread, lemon, and boiled vegetables.

Tasting white bread, a little lemon, some chemical bitternessl.

Low carbonation, a soft and watery texture. A small body with a small dry finish.

Very unoffensive, very noninteresting. But not really bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 20:02:57 | More by rarbring
Photo of M_C_Hampton


1.48/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, straw colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: grass, mineral water

T: mineral water, slightly sweet, corn

M: thin

O: not very good, refreshing at least

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 00:42:11 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a bright, golden yellow with a white, 2 finger head. Average retention. Resulting lace is spotty, mostly clinging to the sides.

Smell - Aroma is a bit skunky at first, but then clears up to sweet grain malts, and a light grass hop.

Taste - Follows the nose; notes of grain, sweetness, counterbalanced by a bit of grass bitterness. Nothing off-putting about the flavor, but nothing special, either.

Mouthfeel - Body is a touch heavier than one might expect from a beer of this style; closer to medium. A bit of stickiness, with a moderate bite from the carbonation.

Overall - An old Chinese restaurant standby, pairs well with most offerings, but goes especially well with spicy dishes like General's Chicken or Kung Pao Shrimp.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 04:18:55 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Brabander


2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this beer a few weeks ago. This is the Chinese Heineken i guess. Drank it on a warm evening with my buddy Andy.

Poured in my Struise Brouwers galss this beer looks quit OK when you only look at the head, big white and fluffy. The fluid looks very watery like the beer has no body.

Light smell of citrus. Taste is flat with no carbonation feelable in the mouth. As a beer for a warm day this beers does it's job, no more and no less.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 09:02:31 | More by Brabander
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New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green bottle at the Chinese restaurant tonight.
Pours a pale straw color with a decent sized white head that dissipates slowly. Smells of grain and a hint of earth and little else. The flavor is light grain with some earth and a slight mineral metallic flavor. Light body with a spirited level of carbonation and a thin watery mouthfeel. Even for a light lager this leaves much to be desired. Light body with minimal flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:39:15 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of jadpsu


3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Green 12oz custom bottle with Chinese letters around the neck. Made with water from the famous pure mountain water of Laoshan. Wherever that is

Appearance: Pale, clear light goldow with a thin white ringed lace with average retention.

Smell: get mostly grains and hoppy floral notes.

Taste: MouthfeeL and body are moderate and light. Grainy corn husk and some malty sweetness are noted. Slight skunkingess is helped by bready flavours, and a tingh of hop bitterness Finishes with some pleasant crispness.

Had this in NYC Chinatown and was a nice complement to the meal

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 04:41:12 | More by jadpsu
Photo of thecheapies


3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11/29/12.

Yellow straw color with a quick to fizzle head. Big bubbles slowly jump to the surface in the glass. 2.0

Sweet vegetal aroma, grassy hop bitterness, and perhaps rice malts. 3.5

Semi-sweet malts with herbal/vegetal muted hops. Tinny finish. Touch of corn and artificial white grape Gummi-Saver. 3.0

Very light and quenching with a soda-like carbonation. 2.5

Surprisingly pleasant lager. Washes down my hoedubbap and kimchi rather well. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 00:03:37 | More by thecheapies
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 640ml green glass bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. ABV is stated as 4.7%. The label mentions the use of rice in the brewing process.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale straw colour with medium carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating. Aroma of light malt with mild stewed hops and a faint hint of overcooked veg. Pretty clean.

Tastes of light malt with a mild finish. Faint notes of stewed hops and overdone veg. A subtle dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and tingly, but watery. Not much aftertaste - perhaps a hint of stewed hops.

A passable lager, but nothing special. Perhaps it stands out well in China. At least the taste is clean, if uninspiring. OK if there's nothing else going, but no need to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 21:51:51 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - gold with a thin lacing of soft, loose head that has no retention

S - very skunky, musty, grainy

T - grassy, light grains, faint earthiness

M - smooth, well carbonated, light to medium bodied

This started as just another import; skunky and unpleasant. The flavor, however, is much different. The flavor has a light malt character and a moderate, grassy hop character. The drinkability is great. Crisp, clean, refreshing. This is definitely one of the better adjunct lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 01:42:51 | More by tdm168
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Transparent yellow in body with white bubbly head that fades fast. Aroma of most adjunct lagers: light grain and hops. Tastes of light grains, hop bitterness, a bit grassy and some sweetness. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Such an easy drinker that doesn't gross me out.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 21:31:47 | More by JRed
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3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin white head an no lace on a clear straw yellow body.

S: musty and bittering hops and some light grain.

T: sweeter than expected from the aroma. Mosty grain and sweet corn.

M/: light body and moderate carbonation with a quick drop off in feel at the end. Smooth as oppose to crisp which is surprising.

Overall: some surprises with this one. Actually a decent beer for the genre.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 22:37:18 | More by kylehay2004
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

1.93/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

appearance: Crystal clear gold look, with a little white head
smell: Mild sweet aroma. This beer just don't have enough aromas.
Taste: Like smell, this beer don't have strong taste. Just mild wheat taste and very weak sense of alcohol.
Overall: Regardless of that mild smell and taste, this beer perfectly goes with light chinese meal. I've drank it in chinese restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 14:19:32 | More by darioklc
Photo of Douberd


2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got a 6-pack of those at Lidl in the Netherlands, 99 cents per bottle.
Bottle of 330 ml.
Pale golden yellow colour, with half finger of a head. A very small amount of bubbles in the glass. Head disappeared fast, leaving no lacing on the glass.
Aroma is of malts, just any other european pilsener.
Taste is only slighty bitter. It says it contains rice but I don't taste anything different.
A bit thin on the body and average carbonation.

Just another average beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 12:21:51 | More by Douberd
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of corn and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is a little stronger than the smell and has light flavors of adjunct malts—corn seems to stand out in particular. There are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t overly flavorful, but it probably be a good accompaniment to Chinese food if you were looking for something other than water to help wash down spicy dishes.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 00:34:47 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a very thin layer over the entire surface of the beer and a thicker + wide ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Slight hints of skunkiness in the aroma likely due to being in a green glass bottle. The aroma is sweet with hints of grainy malts but very faint overall.

T: The flavor of this beer is also pretty light, not as strong as others in the style. I get quite a bit of grainy malts with some light sweetness and just the lightest hint of some hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not bad, I kind of equate this beer to the Heineken of China... especially because of the slightly skunky smell due to the green bottle. This beer is light and easy enough to drink but not anything special. I will likely has this again but not because I have a really high opinion of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 00:27:04 | More by dbrauneis
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Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: It has a pale straw yellow color to it. It has a white head that dies down fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of a skunkiness, corn and grassy hops.

Taste: It has a light grainy/bready malt character, with some corn and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a thin watery balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 18:31:35 | More by SebD
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Rhode Island

2.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Note: At a (rather unusual) blind tasting, I claimed that this was one of the worst things I've ever tasted. As a result, I got a bottle to bring home.

Consumed 3/16/12

Appearance: Very pale, golden yellow color - wispy, small white head, disappears quickly but actually leaves some lacing

Smell: Basically the definition of skunk - I guess this may be intentional, hence the green bottle - underneath the light-struck aroma, there isn't much else - faint grains, faint biscuits, but the most prevalent aroma is dextrose - seriously, like a bag of dextrose

Taste: Thankfully, better than the aroma - lots of dextrose, lightly bready, with some slight grain notes, corn, rice - despite the skunky aroma, there really aren't a lot of off-flavors - but there aren't really any flavors, period - mostly just tastes like sugar water

Mouthfeel: Actually pretty good, considering - light, but nicely carbonated and smooth

Overall: Not the worst thing I've ever had, but not good

Despite the smell, this isn't really that offensive. It's too sweet, and utterly lacks taste. It has the body of an American adjunct lager with about as much (or less flavor) as a light lager. I don't know when I would ever drink this again, but I must once again note that this isn't awful. Just bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 05:27:46 | More by angrybabboon
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2.4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium yellow with a small fizzy head that fades away to nothing.

Smells like a bottled skunk. Once that fades there is strong metallic corn. A bit sweet.

Taste is grainy corn and a bit of metal. Very light hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty watery.

Overall a pretty poor beer. I have had worse, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:38:19 | More by rangerred
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2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a two-finger white head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Skunky. Slightly corny, metallic., watery

Taste: Not skunky like the smell, moderate corn presence, slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, heavier than most AALs, but still light bodied. High carbonation, crisp.

Overall: A beer that I won't be purchasing again, but it's not atrocious.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 21:04:43 | More by CowsCanBark
Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.