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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Reviews: 564
Hads: 1,548
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 23.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 211 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 jellikit
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Appearance: yellow. Clear. Virtually no head.
S: skink.
T: light; skunky.
M: high carbonation. Light body. Crisp. Dry.
O: good. Light. Rice beer. Refreshing. Not excellent. But good.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Typical lager appearance. Fairly pale. Some lacing but not a lot

Very faint aroma. Grainy and a little bit grassy.

Flavour is mild. There are appleskin notes and grain tastes here. There's a hint of German pils style hops but it's extrememly faint. There's a bit of a nutty flavour here too. This beer does have some individual characteristics and is enjoyable to drink without having strong flavours.

Overall, a rather mild but refreshing and drinkable lager with no off notes .


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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2/5  rDev -28.3%

Appearance – Very pale with almost no head from the outset. Heavy carbonation

Smell – The smell is similar to any Lager in the same style although there is more evidence of water in this and although I don’t want to be mean I can only describe this as boring.

Taste – grain and water. There is not much in the way of hops flavour here

Mouthfeel – Very thin with a tiny bit of effervescent tingle.

Over all – I hate to be mean and if I compare this to other beers in the same style it is not the worst in the world. If you like a Budweiser then this is a better brew, I think. If you like Ales or Bitters then give this one a wide berth. For what it is trying to be it does the job, I just don’t like what it is trying to be. My final score is based on the fact this beer is doing what it set out to do but what it is trying to be is not interesting or even difficult to do, however there are worse beers in this style.

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Photo of bzeisman
1.22/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

of all the places to find Chinese beer, i didnt think Bavaria would be on the list. picked it up cuz i wanted to try something different. good thing it was cheap. the Chinese do a lot of things very well, beer isnt one of those things. id rate this beer marginally higher than bud light, only for the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Twelve ounce green bottle. Date stamp on neck: 6/8/14. (fresh).

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a quarter-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and yields stringy and spotty lace.

N: Malty and grainy, yeasty, with some grassy hay notes.

T: Clean, slightly tang/twang of stale grain, bland.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Thin finish.

O: Not much here, like an empty shell.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.06/5  rDev -62%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear light golden body, rising bubbles. A white head does a magic trick and disappears. No lacing.

Aroma: Cabbage, skunk, faint grains.

Taste: Even worse than the aroma, cooked veggies and sour apples come out.

Mouthfeel: Unpleasantly sticky.

Overall: Sour and skunky. Nothing resembling beer.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.15/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a light, almost clear, yellow with little to no head. The smell was fermented rice, almost skunky smell. The taste was the same and the skunky aftertaste lasted way too long. The mouthfeel was nice but overall I wasn't a fan. It is too similar to Heineken in all the worst ways.

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Photo of Shpuker
2.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Basically has the flavor and taste of a check Heineken. Can't say if recommend buying it as it isn't an inexpensive beer. Flavor and smell were both on the skunky side. Bottle is nice, again when has the bottle designed similarly to Heineken. Would be interesting to taste it out of a can

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Photo of jonb5
3.04/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, poured into over sized Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Pale, straw colour, clear, lively looking, one finger head which didn’t stick around long.

S: Faint malt and grass.

T: Malt forward, on the sweet size, slightly watery.

M: Crisp and well carbonated.

O: As far as AALs go this is OK. It’s bland but inoffensive, good hot
day beer.

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Photo of Beric
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 15 Jul 2014

Appearance: A thin watery yellow with a minimal white head that quickly collapses into nothing. Strong carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: This one was definitely skunked due to the green bottle, so that was extremely evident in the nose. The beer smelled pretty sweet otherwise.

Taste: At first the skunk was really overpowering, but slowly this began to fade from the beer. What was left was a sweet, relatively flavorless beer that is really not complex at all. Other than the skunk, there were no off flavors, suggesting that this one is likely better when fresh.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light.

Overall: My first beer from China, and one I've wanted to try since beginning to study Chinese last fall. Good for the tick, but not something I have the desire to ever have again. Would try again if this came canned or if I knew it was fresh and not lightstruck.

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Photo of FLima
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can version which was pretty similar to the on-tap I had in the past.
Yellow golden color with a one finger fluffy head with short retention.
Sweet aroma of jasmine, a hint of lemon and sugar. Not the usual adjunct lager scent.
Slightly sour flavor of lemons and green grapes with notes of rice, floral hops, lemongrass and a distant hint of spices. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to watery body and medium carbonation.
Refreshing and crisp Adjunct Lager that doesn’t carry the usual load of off-flavors for the style and with its own character. I prefer much more rice Adjunct Lagers as this one rather than corn ones.
This should match perfectly to spicy Asian food.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.12/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It's always tough to review an AAL, since it's a category fabricated to house certain sub-par beers. To style, this beer isn't all that bad. What kills it is the green bottle and the skunk that follows it. Not quite as bad as Moosehead, but it's up there. The head was quite nice for an AAL; downhill after that. A bit too sweet and grain-husky

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
1.56/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I knew this was going to be a terrible ale. Come on now, its a beer from china, right? Low expectations.. Drank the beer- expectations verified.
Well, we had a beer with a pale watery yellow hue that resembles a low end american lager. It has not much of a smell and believe me the flavor is dead as well. Mouthfeel is terrible.. Feels like I'm drinking cold mineral water over here. Overall I rate it 1.5, halfway between poor and awful because thats what it is. Only ordered it because I was a chinese joint and never tried the darn thing. Adding insult to injury is the fact that I blew three fifty on twelve ounces of it...

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 092414 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of a short-chained thiol – ie skunked
Head average (3 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to a broken 2 mm layer
Lacing good – white complete rings with mostly small bubbles
Body golden yellow, clear
Flavor slightly sour, quickly ending, then nothing; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation mildly lively

Very mediocre lager, watery, flavorless in seconds, typical skunk aroma. However, the appearance is OK – nice body and decent lacing.

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Photo of kennydiep
3.55/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Visual - A pale yellow like color similar to a hay stack that has a crystal clear yellow clarity. has a thick white head that leaves some lacing
Aroma - a grassy aroma with a hint of skunk like light struck and a slight yeast smell with a bit of spice. the green bottle leaves a skunk like odor
Taste - the flavor was a bit watery like a watered down lager and has a sour taste that would be better without.
Mouthfeel - has a very fresh and thin mouthfeel with a light finish. leaves a hint of taste behind and it lightly carbonated.
Overall - this beer is okay because the taste was refreshing to me that i could drink more

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Photo of Batsu
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer for what I prefer.

i like pale ale, non-hoppy beers, and Tsingtao fits the bill for me. The presentation isn't that great, being pale yellow with little head, but I've come to expect that with most of the beers that I prefer.

The smell is very inoffensive, and not over-powering of anything, with a slight yeast and fruit smell.

The taste is very inoffensive, not as fruity as you would expect from the smell. It leaves very little aftertaste and does not overpower your tastebuds. It goes very well with seafood or other light or delicate foods that could have flavors easily overwhelmed. A good choice for a Teppenyaki type restaurant.

The mouthfeel is the one thing I don't like about all "thin" beers, and it is no different with Tsingtao. The same thing that make the beer look pale and taste inoffensive, also make it feel as though you are drinking water. THere is no real substance to the beer. there is no real way around this except to drink a darker brew.

A likley thumbs up if you like pale brews, but not if you enjoy stouts.

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Photo of sprat1960
2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow in color when poured, with no real head. Lots of small carbonation, what I would expect from a lager. Smells alright; sort of yeasty. Not strong smell. Not much flavor; tasted like a watered-down decent lager. The flavor was not offensive at all; it was very drinkable - just not much there. Thin and watery mouthfeel; dry finish. Nothing special. If someone gave me one, I could certainly drink it. It was light; I felt like a could drink several and not get full. I drank it with dinner; it was fine in the sense it did not compete with the food - since there wasn't a strong flavor.

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Photo of Foyle
3.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a thick white head which recedes leaving some lacing. Color is a pale straw. Small amount of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly toasted barley malt, yeast, a bit of grassiness.
Mouthfeel: light, crisp, refreshing, with a dry finish.
Flavor: white bread, sweet malt, grass, slight hops in the finish.

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Photo of catalinacapri
4/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first post here on beer advocate, so I apologize if I screw it up.

I will start by saying that overall, I'm not really a big fan of the "Skunky" smell and flavor that you typically get from beers in green bottles. That said, I'm living in China, so if I wan't a bottled beer, green it usually is!

Anyway, my friend recently posted a story about of her tour of the Tsingtao brewery over on her website (www.tongatime.com), and reading it reminded me of the flat out excellent flavor of this stuff when served on tap when I was in Qingdao. I don't entirely undertand all the details of this, but when you drink it on tap in Qingdao, it seems to come two different ways. The more common is the typical pilsner-lager stuff like you buy in stores, but better than the bottles in my opinion due to the distinctly missing skunk smell. If you buy the stuff in cans, it basically tastes the same to me. Not bad, but really not much going on here. Sort of like a Budweiser, if you ask me. The other way I had it on tap in a few places in Quingdao however, was some sort of unfiltered version, and oh boy, that was a pleasant surprise!!

While I anticipated (gladly) the aforementioned "lack of skunk" what I wasn't expecting was the really really nice floral hoppiness it had. It caught me off guard in such a nice way. Crisp and cold and filled my sinuses with all sorts of nice aroma. Closest thing I could compare it's taste to would probably be a Sam Adams Boston Lager. Appearance-wise, it is an attractive pale golden-yellow, mildly cloudy beer. If feels nice and smooth going down, and I found it quite easy to drink a large quantity rather quickly!

After leaving Qingdao (I live in a different Chinese city), I thought "Hot Damn, I'm gonna find this stuff in a can and be a happy Laowai!!" Sadly, this quest has thus far been unfruitful. I've found numerous different Tsingtao varieties in cans and bottles on the shelves in local stores here, but none of them that I've sampled so far have the awesome hoppiness of that cold draft stuff available near the brewery.

Amongst the ones I've tried have been the standard green label stuff, one in a white/silver can labeled "Pure Draft", a gold colored can (can't remember the name on it at the moment), and also a green bottle one labeled "Augenter" (can't find that one in a can anywhere). So far, no heavenly hoppiness!!!

If anyone knows where to get this unfiltered nectar in a can, please let me know!!! Until then, I'll have to wait until I make it over to Qingdao again and get some on tap!

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Photo of beergoot
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow body with a thick, fluffy white head. Funky, strong wet grass aroma. Thin grain flavor, corn-like notes and finishing with a fair hop bitterness; a bit acrid and metallic. Light, fizzy mouthfeel; crsip and dry finish.

A “classic” blah American adjunct style lager – bland, boring, and plain ol' funky/weird. But, hey, it's wet and sure does look outstanding!

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Photo of reddragon13
4.34/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

delicious, easy-to-drink lager that is not arrogant, pretentious, or hangover-on-the-first-sip inducing. This is China's top beer, and realistically, the only good beer coming out of China today. Multiple flavors = red label, green label, more. Tastes better on draft in mainland - the bottles travel ok to America.

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Photo of curasowa
2.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow color with a thin cap of head that fades quickly with some lacing.

Aroma: Grainy, mild malt sweetness, just a touch metallic

Taste: Thin, fairly crisp, grainy, some mild bitterness, finishes fairly fast and clean with some metallic notes.

The Rest: Meh, what can you say, it's an adjunct lager. Gets you buy in a pinch.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the green bottle into a pint glass. A super pale straw yellow brew, maybe just a hair darker than some American examples of the adjunct lager, with the expected foaming white bubbles filling the glass. Beer remains fizzy and effervescent throughout. Smells grainy and slightly tangy, rank waterlogged barley and no trace of corn sweetness ... Rice is king here, astringent, crisp, and clean other than the aforementioned wet grain notes. Palate benefits from a cold temperature, drink up quick. Some tangy lemon rind and grape flavors, vaporous and fleeting, followed by old grain mill or malt liquor, a little like Singha but no where near as flavorful. Some medicinal aspirin and a sour metallic tang throughout. Plastic flavors emerge as the beer warms. Somewhat skunky, another feature that unfortunately gains salience over time. Stripped down. Far less sweet than most American adjunct beers. Finishes dry and with an unexpected American hop currant twang (but this feature is decidedly subtle). Meets expectations. This beer may very well complement Chinese food but that ain't going to bump up my ratings.

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Photo of papat444
2.69/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12ox bottle, produced (that doesn't scream corporate) 06102013.

Appearance is a light gold, decent head that recedes to a fat ring with little to no lacing. Wet cardboard is the aroma, skunkiness is dialed down. Flavor is mineral and salt a bit, fairly bland but a tinge of flavor is found. Not offensive but not really what i'm shooting for in a beer. Still, for the price, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.01/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 0.5L mug
From: Beer Advocate’s heresy22
Price: N/A
Purchased: Received it on Jan. 1, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Thanks to Chris for the beer.

Poured a golden pale clear color with about one finger of light white head. Lots of bubbles coming up. Minimal lacing on the sides. Minimal retention.

Smelled lots of wheat and barley up front, reminding me slightly of a pilsner. Also got honey, cereal, hay and caramel. Not too bad for an AAJ.

Taste didn’t quite live up to the smell. Got watery honey malts, cereal, corn, grassy notes, hay and some caramel. Very bland.

Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Watery, abrupt finish.

This beer had its moments for sure. I’d say above average for an American Adjunct Lager.

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Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
66 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.