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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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561 Reviews

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Reviews: 561
Hads: 1,536
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 22.42%
Wants: 17
Gots: 197 | 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 Clanceykid
3.22/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was morbidly curious as to what a Chinese beer would actually taste like. Was surprised in a decent way. Not exactly a stellar beer but fit the Chinese food we were eating well. Was a more refreshing light kind of beer than anything else. I would recommend if you're not looking for anything fancy and want to try something new. (330 characters)

Photo of mikethebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Despite the atrocious smell of this through it's actually quite delightful. It is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had and leaves a good aftertaste. It has great flavor and is always enjoyable. Hands down my favorite chinese beer, and also one of my select choice beers personally as well. I would always recommend tsingtao. (330 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this on and off, mainly at Chinese and Japanese restaurants for over 25 years. I remember when this brew packed a punch and was damn tasty pre-adjunct privatization in 1993. Let's face it, when you go to an Asian restaurant, the choices for beer snobs is extremely limited and I would always get Sake. Last nite I decide to get a Tsingtao.

Pours a clear straw yellow with two inch large bubble head that calms down in timely fashion.

Aromas was very pilsenery with light sweet aromas, keeping in mind all the other wonderful food smells in this restaurant. No skunk here and I've never had a skunky Tsingtao.

Definite rice adjunct sweetness giving this the feel of a malt liquor.

Mouthfeel was medium with lower carbonation. Find it also to be filling.

On its own I could not session this-at all! This is, for me, is a beer food. The sweetness and lower carbonation pair well with wasabi, soy, ginger, sushi, sweet and sours, etc.. I would definitely get again at Asian restaurants. (997 characters)

Photo of rashley
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was served in a bottle and I decanted to a glass.

In the glass this beer was very light straw colored. No haze, very clear. Small head with a small amount of lacing. Head disappeared very quickly. Noted carbonation rising in the glass.

The smell is the first thing that hit me. This beer smelled very skunky. Maybe it was just the restaurant and their lack of knowledge of keeping beer out of the light, when bottled in clear or green glass. I wasn't able to pick up any other undertones due to the skunk smell.

Taste followed suite with the smell. It was hard to put aside the skunky taste and search for deeper flavors.

Felt a little watery, but overall mouthfeel was not that bad.

Overall I give this beer a low score, however I will try it again from another establishment and see if it was just that particular bottle that did indeed get skunked. (865 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Apple juice color. Almost no head. Fades quickly. Decent lacing. Slow rising carbonation. Not really a discernible smell. Taste is better than the appearance and smell would suggest. Starts very carbonated. Finishes very smooth with a great malty taste. Leaves a pleasurable aftertaste. Overall, not bad. It was my first ever Chinese beer and I enjoyed it. (356 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a straw yellow color with a one finger pure white head. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is of a grassy and lightly sweetened aroma. Along with this is a lighter skunky smell likely due to the non-light defensive green bottle.

Taste – The taste begins rather sweet and smooth with a caramel, rice, and a bit of sugariness. As the taste advances, a light hint of a grassy hop flavor works its way onto the tongue as well as a little bit of a candied sweet taste. The combination of flavors combined in the end to leave a rather lingering sweet rice flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the lighter side in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Not bad more the rice and sweet flavors of the brew as it makes for a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – Ah… easy drinking and moderately refreshing, but nothing really good in this one. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.54/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A: Color is very pale, more like dishwater than a beer. A tall white head sinks instantly leaving no lacings.

S: The first thing that comes to mind is a cannister of sweet corn. Then there is some unclean malty notes as well as citric, floraly hoppy notes. But actually it smells like dirt!?

T: Very mild taste, but there is adjunct malt - rice rather than corn. Some mild bitterhops.

M: Aftertaste lingers for quite some time, nice and bitter. Body is light and carbonation is strong.

O: A pretty poor beer in all aspects, besides the aftertaste - better than most Euro Pale Lagers. (588 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.22/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very pale straw color with a small head that fades quickly to no lacing.

S: Aroma is a bit musty with a bit of citrus, malt sweetness and grainy.

A: Taste is quite blandwith some malt sweetness and bit of citrus. No real bitterness with a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, but no real flavor.

O: Beer is quite bland but non-offensive. Goes best with spicy foods. (382 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.39/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

one of my least favorite of the Asian beers, it has a good mouthfeel, is well carbonated and drinkably light, but that's about it. it has a really strong adjunct metallic flavor, and the finish is mineral heavy and always a tad skunky no matter where it comes from. im not sure if there is rice or corn in this, but it tastes starchy, sweet for the wrong reasons, and it is unsettling in the stomach after a few of them. it always seems to be available at the Asian eateries, but I much prefer Sapporo or asahi or even tiger or kirin to this. it is bright enough to cleanse the palate, but it almost has a chemical preservative sort of finish to it that just really turns me off. maybe at the source this beer would be something to try again, but for now its one I stay away form when there are other options in front of me. (824 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
2.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

12 oz green bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear light straw yellow color. Fairly retentive white head, somewhat soapy looking. Fast rising carb bubbles. No lace.

Aroma is maybe a touch skunky at first. Minerals are prevalent and it almost smells like glass if that makes sense.

Watered down weak flavors. Mineral water, light semi sweet hay like grain.

Very watery and light, almost like drinking carbonated water with a slit grain sweetness and mineral lager yeastiness.

Wouldn't this be a Chinese adjunct lager? Whatever. Nothing different here. (569 characters)

Photo of VaRy
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint mug. Clear pale straw color, ample and quickly dissipating white head, no lacing. Nose is quite sour. Tastes of lime, with a faint hint of bitterness in the background, but neither malt nor hop notes are recognizeable. Actually, quite reminiscent of Radler, a mixture of light lager and Sprite and a popular summer refreshment in Germany. Thin, highly carbonated. (393 characters)

Photo of abijen
2.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A poor pilsener in my opinion. Very thin and watery. A soft carbonation and very abrupt finish.
The color is pale, golden wit a minimal white head. I tasted a little bit sweetness.

What I did like was the aroma of this beer. It smells like hay and there were some herbs and grass smells. (288 characters)

Photo of smokinyodas
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can be found at almost any good Asian restaurant. Out pours a nice pale golden color with a small white head, lively carbonation but it fades away fast. Faint aroma of malt, sweet corn, light grains and no bitterness. The combination of a thin body, low carbonation and sweet taste works well with oriental foods. Overall it's not bad, maybe a little watery, but works great as a thirst-quencher. (396 characters)

Photo of dougbassett
3.14/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One of the "1001 Beers You Should Try Before You Die" -- #15 of the ones I've reviewed here.

If I have a "guilty pleasure" in beer it's probably Tsing Tao. I can't justify my fondness for it -- it's in no way a good beer -- but I like it every now and then, and in certain venues I think it's a go-to.

Pours out a light golden yellow, with a dissapointing head that gives up the ghost the moment you remember to notice it. (Like a lot of cheaper beers, pouring it out does it no favors.) The nose is that classic mass Eurolager nose that anyone who's drunk a Becks or St Pauli Girl in their life will immediately recognize -- this time it reminds me a bit of Moosehead (another guilty pleasure of mine, actually) in that at times it's a pleasant nose of sweet malt, at times it's pretty skunky.

Very watery body, almost no hop flavors -- just a general sweetness and a kind of soothing bath of malt. Almost no finish.

Good in the summer, and the best accompaniment I know of to Chinese food, particularly very spicy Chinese food. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Fusion7777
2.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Reminiscent of a Chinese Heineken, except with an odd medicinal aftertaste that became increasingly difficult to drink as it warmed. Decent to drink with Chinese food, but not worth the price of admission at import premiums. I also laughed when I encountered the U.S. packaging touting Tsingtao as "the number 1 selling Chinese beer in the USA" (344 characters)

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.22/5  rDev +50.2%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
2.18/5  rDev -22.4%
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 (311 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
1.74/5  rDev -38.1%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of Maltmaiden
1.96/5  rDev -30.2%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of beeroclock
2.67/5  rDev -5%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.1/5  rDev -25.3%
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 (261 characters)

Photo of rarbring
2.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
1.5/5  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 (252 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of Brabander
2.81/5  rDev 0%
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. (438 characters)

Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
66 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.