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Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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1,247 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 15
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001)
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3.05/5  rDev +10.5%

Very pale beer with little head and extremely light grainy flavor. It's biased a bit sweet, so I like it. Quite drinkable and with an appropriately clean finish (no noticeable aftertaste), but for my money I'd prefer to pay less with something like PBR.

06-22-2009 02:50:24 | More by CHL
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3.48/5  rDev +26.1%

Very pale, head dissappears really fast. I don't really like the smell, like of most of the lager beers. Taste is very clean and light. Reminds me a bit of those German Reinheitsgebot-beers. It's refreshing, drinks easily and no bad aftertaste whatsoever, (mostly because the taste dissapears rapidly). It's a simple but honest brew.

06-20-2009 13:25:01 | More by benfons
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3.05/5  rDev +10.5%

It pour extraordinarily clear into a glass. Way too clear. Not much of a head. Some would call it a skunk smell, though those of us who know that is by design will say otherwise. But, the smell is rather too strong. Taste? Really watery. American light beers have more on this beer. Very drinkable with absolutely no aftertaste. I can not describe how much this beer has no aftertaste. Verdict: not worth a buy when you can get better at a cheaper price.

This beer went flat before I was through with it. I am a power drinker and did not sip this beer slowly. Look, I know some comments are inappropriate, but as a well educated business man, I find these comments to not be out-of-line when I say this beer cut corners on its carbonation. It is typical (not a prejudice, but a known fact in the PROFESSIONAL business world and far into the mainstream) that Chinese business are notorious to cut corners. That may work with billion Chinese population, but in America we are subject are own free will and can buy another beer from just about anywhere in the world. I had to knock down my results across the board except smell by -0.5.

06-16-2009 02:25:39 | More by PsychoJedi
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3.3/5  rDev +19.6%

Served in a green bottle at one of our fave Chinese-Japanese restaurants. Pours golden to amber and clear. Aroma is grainy, mostly clean. Taste is sweet, almost doughy - expecting malt or corn and am sensing neither. Unexpected, but certainly not bad. Mouthfeel is medium, heavier than expected. Finish is sweet and this had decent drinkability. It was a little heavier feeling compared to many of its type. It did, however, compliment my sushi rolls quite nicely.

06-14-2009 17:45:35 | More by dude
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3.45/5  rDev +25%

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale yellow color with virtually no head, and a very mild aroma. I didn't expect much of a taste but it was actually pretty crisp and refreshing. A liitle bit of sweetness to it and slight aftertaste. Feels light in the mouth. Goes down smooth and is very drinkable. Overall not a bad beer.

06-11-2009 22:31:15 | More by tone77
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2.78/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a yellow color with a thin white head.

S: Light grainy malt, some skunky aromas.

T: A bit on the sweet side, some adjuncts, a light hop bite.

M: Light bodied, average carbonation.

D: An average light lager. Decent with chinese food which is the only time I've ever had, and ever will have, this beer.

06-04-2009 03:12:34 | More by willjschmidt
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2.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Meh, I don't get it.
Appearance is bland, straw yellow, with almost no head or lacing. Smell is not much, a touch of sweet malt and maybe a bit of hops. Kind of metallicy.
Taste is more of the same but without the metallic taste that I smelt.
Mouthfeell is average for the style, high carbonation, low body.
Drinkability is alright.

05-31-2009 04:30:27 | More by supercolter
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3.08/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance: Pours out a brilliant, light yellow body with a frothed, white head.

Smell: Initial skunk whiff. Let me do the Jumble and I'll be right back. Alright, now that that's blown away, we can get some faint maltiness, cereal sweetness, and a light touch of plain floral hops.

Taste: Faint maltiness with some standard cereal sweetness. Very mild floral hops with just a minimal, though growing amount of bitterness. Finishes dry and clean with a dainty crispness.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just another forgettable, faceless lager from China that makes me really wish I had some Chinese grub to pair with it. Mongolian Chicken, Pork Lo Mein, Moo Goo Gai Pan -- bring it on. Heck, I'll even go for Broccoli Beef!

05-30-2009 18:28:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New York

3.43/5  rDev +24.3%

Clear and golden with a small head and thin lace.

The aroma of corn,fruit and grains.
The taste was of light fruit hints,some light hops and a touch of yeast. It was sweet,but not too sweet.

The feel was light body,smooth carbonation.

Notes: It states that this is China's finest beer. Well.with that said I can add that it was certainly not even close to a bad beer,yet I feel China can still do better. It did go well with my sushi.

05-27-2009 02:44:35 | More by Lexluthor33
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2.98/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: bright with a pale yellow colour. Almost no head as it disappears as the beer is being poured. No lacing.
Aroma: grains, cereals and some sweetness.
Taste: grainy, moderate sweetness and some bitter hops.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average carbonation, low alcoholic strength and medium to light body.
Finish: lingering bitter-sweet aftertaste.

Overall: simple and fresh resulting in a quite acceptable oriental beer. Nothing special but better than an average macro lager.

05-24-2009 11:48:54 | More by AlexLMS
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3/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured with a fluffy white head that showed a bit more retention then I expected. But it did fade to a thin ring at the intersection of the beer and glass. Bright clear gold/straw color. Perfect clarity. A touch of visible carbonation. No lacing.

Slightly sweet, like wet grain... bread dough aroma.

Flavor isn't bad. A touch too sweet for my liking. Doesn't really end crisply. Ends with a continued hint of sweetness. Tastes a bit like the soft inside of cheap white bread.

Light mouth feel and fairly thin body.

Nicely drinkable. Something to have at a Chinese restaurant.... But that's about it.

05-16-2009 18:24:56 | More by Reagan1984
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2.88/5  rDev +4.3%

A - Poured out a clear, very fizzy, pale yellow color with a small, bubbly, white, short-lived head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled grainy and of faint caramel malt. Unimpressive and fairly typical for the style.

T - It tasted of grains, corn (maybe rice) with a very subtle grassy bitterness. Overall, it leans to the sweeter side of the spectrum.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light bodied lager.

D - This is an okay lager. Easy drinking but lacks a lot of punch in the flavor department.

05-12-2009 21:44:32 | More by zeff80
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2.48/5  rDev -10.1%

looks quite lovely when poured - a slightly translucent pale yellow with a fresh white head. The head disappears in seconds though. Not much of anything in the nose, though creditable for its genre - no skunkish odour either. Slightly sweet, watery taste, and no aftertaste at all. Overall, an unremarkable but not foul beer.

05-04-2009 13:58:59 | More by pradipta
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3.48/5  rDev +26.1%

this poured a yellowish color in the glass with about one inch of head. the head settled to an eighth of an inch. smells of grain and malt. taste is good. mild flavor with hints of light hops. some lacing down the glass as well.

this is a pretty good beer that i certainly could have two or three in a row.

suckem up and movem out.


04-16-2009 12:54:04 | More by giblet
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3.33/5  rDev +20.7%

Pale gold in color with large bubbles of prickle that are mildly active. No head. The nose is very some macro brews like Moosehead or perhaps Heineken, but I believe that Moosehead is the match. There are some grain notes, faint hoppiness, and it is surprisingly more appealing than I had expected. My expectations were pretty low. The attack is consistent with the nose. Lots of grain and faint hops that reads as somewhat sour notes. Very light body and mouthfeel. Prickly aftertaste that dries in the mouth. It is amazing how much it resembles "premium" beers from this country but manages to be drinkable.

04-09-2009 14:58:04 | More by Ragingbull
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2.7/5  rDev -2.2%

The highlight of a "fusion" restaraunt (ugh!)

Pours a thin yellow with slight white head, that leaves in a few seconds.

Slight honey in the aroma, but for the most part non-existent.

Slight malt flavor with a little corn and honey, possibly a hint of something bitter, but that might just be my imagination.

Not really offensive in any way, but not particularly good either.

04-04-2009 05:52:44 | More by SShelly
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United Kingdom (Wales)

2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Poured into Pint Glass

Pours a 1 finger fizzy head with little retention, leaving no lacing. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma is skunky, ricey, and grainy. Pretty gross.

Taste is skunky. There is some lime notes with rice and grain. It isn't as bad as the smell.

Mouthfeel is very crisp. The beer is pretty bad so it is hard to keep in your mouth for very long. It smoothes out a lot and then ends with a slight dry skunky aftertaste.

Overall, this is something I would never want to get again. I would rather have an American macro lager over this. Not my style and not something I'd ever recommend.

03-31-2009 18:10:32 | More by mothman
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2.73/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance - Pours a pale, yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.
Smell - Slight malt character and possibly something else, possibly rice. Not much there.
Taste - Some sweet maltiness, but overall bland, not much flavor.
Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel with fairly light carbonation and a crisp, somewhat dry finish.
Drinkability - Very drinkable, though not very desirable.

03-27-2009 22:41:22 | More by Aenema
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North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -16.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a rocky head; the retention was acceptable but there was not much lacing

Smell: Biscuity, with a bit of a floral character

Taste: Starts out bready but then gets surprisingly sweet, as if there was corn sugar in the grist; there is some bitterness underneath but it is overwhelmed by the sweet flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The sweetness makes this a mediocre lager

03-25-2009 23:29:51 | More by brentk56
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2.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Being of Chinese heritage, of course I have to review this beer. When I go to visit my relatives in China, they praise Qingdao like it's the be-all and end-all of heavenly beerdom. Next time I return, I'm bringing a case of Westys.

A: Clear gold with a decently large white head and some lacing.

S: Very faint adjunct grains and bready malts with a subtle, almost undetectable sweetness.

T: Pale, sweet adjunct malts (I detect rice). A strange yeastiness followed on with a weird, artificial bitterness. Very much like Heineken or German lagers, but mostly because the original Tsingtao brewery in Qingdao was founded by Germans, and hence followed the Reinheitsgebot (at least the original recipe, but now it's mostly rice put in the mash).

M: Thin and watery. Not much to boast about.

D: Goes with Chinese food decently, as it can wash down even the spiciest and most flavorful of dishes. However, there's not much of a point to drinking it by itself or buying it for any other occasion.

03-22-2009 05:55:54 | More by thekanna
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +28.6%

First time I had this beer was in Epcot at Walt Disney World - it was the China beer of choice... Not a bad brew - good tasting

A: yellow/golden in color - no head

S: no real distinct aroma - rather plain

T: good taste - a little crisp taste with a hit of dryness, not very hoppy nothing too heavy or surprising but enjoyable

M: not really that carbonated - good mouthfeel

D: can drink multiple cold ones and enjoy them, not really filling

Overall: It is a good beer that you could drink throughout the day - I enjoyed in both bottle form at parties and while walking around Epcot Center

03-20-2009 08:06:23 | More by Kopp
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2.4/5  rDev -13%

This beer is really pronounced "Ching Dow"

it pours up a clear golden color with a decent white head. decent lacing at first. the nose is pale grains, bready, oily textured aroma, subtle sweet malts. I taste the exact same as the nose with subtle sweet malts, bread, pale grains, very buttery texture. light to med bodied, med carbo. a pretty clean lager

03-19-2009 06:29:59 | More by stumac
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Yukon (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Uh, this beer is a staple at most chinese restaurants. Its basically a tribute to American adjunct lagers

So pours a fizzy pale yellow with not much head

Aroma: n/a

Taste: cardboard soaked in water

Um too watery and too carbonated

In short, the meal in the restaurants is always better with a beer than without, but this beer is pretty mediocre

03-19-2009 04:16:22 | More by EatsTacos
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2.78/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured a 24 oz. bottle into a mug.

This beer pours a distinct light yellow golden color similar to other macro european lagers. It provided just a little bit of head, and a decent amount of carbonation.

The smell gave a slight yeast, rice scent. Reminded me of a Heineken.

The taste was light, crisp and fresh. Beyond that it provided very little flavor, reminding me of a most macro European lagers. Nothing inspiring, but nothing bad either. All around average lager.

The mouthfeel was your usual macro lager. Regardless of continent, it has a mix of small bubbles, and extremely watery texture.

Drinkability was fairly average for this beer. I would definitely be able to put down a few of these as they are light, and cleansing on the palate. That being said the basic flavor does not exactly have me wanting one after another.

Final Thoughts - I was curious about Chinese beer. I tried this one, and was wasn't impressed. It is your typical macro European lager style. Nothing terrible by any stretch of the imagination. The price tag hurts this one a bit as it runs $9 for a six. I grabbed the 24 oz. bottle for roughly $3 which gave me the chance to try it without going crazy. My friend has tried it in China and they she says it isn't really any different, bonus points do go to the brewery for giving it to you in a plastic bag of sorts.

03-12-2009 04:42:50 | More by bsend
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2.73/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours pale yellow with a small foamy head that dissipated quickly. Very minimal lace.

Smells of light grain and a hint of hops. Hard to find.

Light sweetness in the malt, some grassy flavors, and a bitter hop bite at the end. Not much intensity in the flavors here either. Would fit perfectly into a blind taste test of green bottle Euro macro.

Medium bodied and decently carbonated - a plus.

Overall, this is palate washer. Nothing I'd ever seek in a six, but at a Chinese restaurant, worth drinking with the cuisine.

02-23-2009 12:54:05 | More by OtherShoe2
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