Tsingtao - Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Not Rated.
TsingtaoTsingtao

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
65
poor

1,395 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd. visit their website
China

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)
View: Beers (14) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Tsingtao Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,395 | Reviews: 551 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ManuelHerrera
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A gift from the Orient!

Well, not quite. But it's always worth trying the signature beer of a particular country. Served in a green bomber with a curious NBA logo on it and it's fair share of chinese characters.

Pour quite pale with a frothy white head and Coors-like carbonation. Smells of herb and cabbage, mildly skunky but not surprisingly so with the lager style and likely age of the beer itself.

Flavor is light, just a hint of hop sharpness cut by the carbonation of the beer. When served super cold, it's the simple lager style that can be refreshing it the hot months. Carbonated, cold, and in no way complex, it's great for after a run. Just know that you're not getting a beer that's going to challenge your palate.

Photo of lakersfan16
1.18/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear pale yellow with a very small white head. Aroma is very grainy with a very faint hoppy character. The body is extremely light and hardly any hops or malts are noticeable. Very skunky and watery. To be quite honest, one of the worst beers I’ve ever tried. This was a drain pour after the first couple of sips, I just could not bring myself to suffer any longer.

Photo of xylophonica
2.1/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear vaguely yellow coloured drink - very little definition at all. Minimal head.

S - Burnt rice - actually smells a bit like Japanese rice tea. A touch of wheat and malt.

T - Lightly spicy & wheaty at first. Fairly mild malt hit with some sweeter honey overtones coming through.

M - Carbonation is ok without being notable.

O - Looks awful but it's not quite as bad as it looks... almost but not quite.

For the record I'm used to some fairly piss-poor Australian lagers but this is just so much worse. Just based on the colour alone I didn't want to drink it (yes it looked like urine). The smell was ok but it just let itself down in so many other areas. Easily the worst beer I've ever reviewed.

Photo of doktorhops
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Lager in my quest for supreme Lager happiness... and by chance it is a Chinese Lager, I believe Confucius said something about that. In any case I wanted to go Asian for a change, and considering Australia is next door to Asia I reckon it's about time I visited one of their brews.

Poured from a 640ml "tallie" into a 500ml Stein (using some unbelievable quantum physics!).

A: First thing that struck me was how pale and clear the body is, almost (dare I say it) a urine colour. The plain white head started out fizzy but dropped back to pretty much nothing which would suggest to me that the Chinese don't like good head (no pun intended).

S: Sharp, citric and grassy with a hint of rubber... yes rubber (I kid you not!). It does smell quite fresh but the aroma of rubber is slightly concerning.

T: Sweet! With an ever-present corn flavour that is not bad in this instance (it reminds me of eating juicy sweet corn straight from the can as a kid... yeah I was a weird kid). Apart from the sweet corn taste there is very little to it. The crispy/clean Lager flavour is a standard here.

M: The usual Lager carbonation is present, maybe not quite as big as other Lagers though. Overall texture is mildly creamy.

D: Easy to drink. The sweet corn adds a dimension to this beer that I'm not used to. It's not a bad thing but it did throw me off a little during my first taste. As far as Lagers go it's actually not bad. I can see why it's managed to appeal to the 3 odd billion people in China. The only major point against it for me is the weakness of flavour, yeah it's a Lager but it could still have a stronger balance of flavour without being ruined.

Food match: I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say "Chinese food". Of course that probably means nothing to someone who is actually Chinese - "Chinese food" as seen by Western eyes is a mixed bag of what is a large and diverse cuisine no doubt, but you get what I mean.

Photo of Mdog
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, ok head.

Smell: A little corn, sweet.

Taste: Mild corny sweetness, slick but somewhat substantial body for a macro lager.

Drinkability: Goes well with the Chinese cuisine here in Shanghai.

Beer #3 for reviewing here in China. Tsingtao is everywhere seemingly in China, it's not too bad, not too good, just something to go with the good food you're having.

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

Sitting in the FC lounge in Hong Kong on my way to Singapore and I am trying the Tsingtao beer from a can. The appearance is fine....clear golden color with good carbonation that provides a minimal white head. The smell is dominated by grain. The taste is over powered with grain and comes off the pallete a bit bitter toward the end. The mouthfeel is like rubbing dry wheat on your tongue then washing the dust down with water.

Photo of evlu1441
3.2/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow colour. There's almost no head to speak of.

The smell is kind of skunky, but it also has a nice balanced malty thing going on.

It tastes pretty good. Quite sweet, but slightly roasty. It's a really refreshing drink with really fine carbonation.

I wouldn't hesitate to have another one of these!

Photo of BeerLover99
2.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pale yellow body, trace head, no lacing

S: sweet corn, grain, mild nutty

T: sweet grain, corn, mild dry english bitter-esque finish

M: light body, big carbonation, prickly tongue, dry/crisp

O: Well, I wasn't expecting a wonderful beer
this is just ok. Kind of weak english bitter meets
heineken light. Session beer to be sure.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, GET ONLY IN A PINCH!

Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a pale straw color with lots of visible carbonation and a short lived white head.

S: Lots of corn and rice aromas to it, which isn't really surprising. A light/pale malt aroma and a little bit of flowers and grass. Minimal yeast and bread notes.

T: A light bready flavor with a surprising amount of malt flavor. Light bitterness and grassy notes with just a hint of skunk. Sweet grain, particularly from the adjuncts.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A light and easy to drink beer. Not really my favorite, but it goes well with a Chinese meal.

Photo of CrazyMike
2.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow appearance with head that head that disappears almost immediately. Smell is mainly grain with some sweetness, very light overall.

Taste is sweet with a hint of grass, corn and grain. Picked up some spices, but the taste very light overall. Light bodied with little carbonation. The lack carbonation is the biggest downfall of this beer. Aftertaste is almost nonexistent, maybe some sweetness.

This beer is okay, like any other adjunct lager but more watery. It is easy to drink and could be good when eating spicy foods at Asian restaurants. Still, wouldn't go out of my way to get it at a store again.

Photo of heygeebee
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours well, one finger head that doesnt hang around long.

Aromas of, well, not too much, some sweetness but not a lot else.

Served with Yum Cha, it drinks quite well. Flavours somewhat typical of an adjunct lager but almost some extra sweetness coming thru, almost like a lemonade-shandy taste.

Quite drinkable in this context, but not otherwise

Photo of FickleBeast
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Pours clear yellow/gold with a half finger of foam. Aroma is abhorrent. Cabbage, cooked corn, and skunkiness. First sip is better than it smells, thankfully. Finishes pretty dry with minimal sweetness. Not much flavor whatsoever. Honestly not as bad as I expected.

Photo of jsprain1
2.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A tremendously aggressive pour yields a dark straw, with a one finger head that goes away quickly, leaving no lacing.
S- Smell is somewhat skunked, some musty grain, DMS aromas. Standard for lower end adjunct lagers.
T- The taste does not have nearly as much offensive notes as the aroma. Slightly skunked, but mostly just grainy sweetness.
M- Light body, aggressive carbonation. Somewhat tonic-y.
O- A standard import adjunct. Nothing exciting but it goes down easily enough.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pour a crystal clear brew of light, pale yellow. It does not hold a head, but has an active film of bubbles around the edge of the liquid, and skirting across it. There is no haze or sediment noted. Carbonation appears to be actively medium. As we sniff, the aroma crashes in with heavily adjuncty grain, highlighted by white sugar, raw corn, and something a bit fishy or oceany. There is also the slightest lime aroma. The sip begins with bittering and souring malts. They are drying, and border on floury, but are not as adjuncty as one might expect. The middle moves forward accordingly with more grains, which here have subdued the bitterness a bit. The finish is mildly clean and citrusy. The aftertaste breathes with standard malts, and really nothing else but a lingering bitterness. The body is light and the carbonation is medium. Each sip leans towards puckering the mouth, but eventually leaves it wet, cooled, and surprisingly satiated. The abv is within range and the beer drinks with the ease of any mild beer.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its simplicity, and how light and clean it is. This style can be overly metallic or adjuncty, but here we found the product to finish fairly smoothly, and without too much extraneous junk.

Photo of flyingpig
2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a pretty avg. looking beer what was quite clear and pale. It smelt & tasted exactly as you'd expect from a pale lager with grain & corn dominating both categories and scoring about average in each. It was light on the palate, smooth enough & crisp but there is much better beers out there costing less.

More at:
abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

Photo of Everydayoff
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 640ml bottle into a pint glass with best before end stamped on cap.

A:
Pale golden yellow hue with small and short life white head that left with no lacing after rapidly recede, medium visible carbonation.

S:
The smell is rather faint. That is sweet malted barley with floral hop and grain.

T:
Dominate by grain and sweet malted barley which is also slight bready. Hop bitterness is soft.

M:
The body is light to medium with semi-smooth mouthfeel.

O:
Okay beer but just average and simple maybe next time I'll match this with Chinese's food would be better.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single bottle picked up from the LCBO, a leftover from a nearly empty sixpack. Lovely looking bottle, I have to say.

Poured into a lager glass. Very pale golden, looks a great deal like a dry white wine sitting in the glass. Despite a careful pour there's not much to the head, no lacing either.

Nose is sweet, with notes of apple, corn and floral hops.

Nothing offensive here, just an easy drinking lager. Sweet the whole way through, a little bit of apple and crispness to the finish. Bland, but it's alright.

Thin bodied, crisp carbonation, very refreshing. The water used in the brewing is quite nice.

Not as bad as I will admit I thought this would be. Adjunct, sure, but nothing to really ruin things. Drinks like a soda.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear pale straw body with some visible carbonation and a small flat white head with barely any retention.

Smell - Typical green bottle skunk. Slight citrus notes.

Taste - Cardboard. Bitter, skunky. Very slight astringency in the finish. Alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Sharp bite on the front end.

Overall Drinkability- Started off rough around the corners, but this beer grew on me noticeably by the time I finished.

Photo of ticklechicken
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tsingtao is "the Chinese beer" that I never had a particular reason to try, so I decided to give is a shot. My tsingtao poured from the can with next to no head over a clear golden body . It really looks like a cup of chilled piss. The aroma put off was slightly skanky with a bit of citrus. The taste test revealed initial grainy maltiness that soon gave way a crisper bitterness that has some citrus quality to it. There's some prickliness and a thin watery mouthfeel to it. On overall drinkability, it goes down like a charm but probably because there's not much reason to reflect on this one. The only poor point is probably the smell, while the rest render it merely a decent means by which to get drunk.

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

Don't confuse this slosh with the far superior Thai Euro-Lager Style beer Singha !!!

A= ginger ale with an overactive head when poured, fading quickly just like ginger ale as well.

S= corn and sweet malts, ammonia.

T= typical American Macro taste and carbonation, tolerable if you're stuck in China for a week and this is the only beer served, anywhere. Maybe slightly better than Bud, not as good as Miller MGD if that says anything.

M= corn-sweet residue, slight slight bitterness enough to distinguish it from ginger-ale (although a good dry ginger ale is better!).

D= if this is all you have, you'll drink it and session on it, believe me-- but if you're in most places where choice is available, wave this one on by.

Photo of Arithmeticus
2/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in tall ale glass.

A: 3 finger head, dissipates quickly; no lacing; clear yellow color; little carbonation
S: stinko! exudes macrobrew aroma
T: brass fitings and iron screws dominate, with an aftertaste of aluminum
M: like spiked water

bleh.

Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white fizzy head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a crisp, clean pilsner malt and adjunct scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. They must have used a ton of corn/rice in this beer. The malt aroma is so faint. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, quaffable flavor that goes down easy and finishes so clean; no defects present. There is little malt or hop character either. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate good carbonation. This is a damn drinkable beer. It's light and refreshing with a crisp, clean finish.

Photo of kflorence
3.25/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with slight amber notes. A thin layer of head that dissipates to cream that lays atop the beer. Carbonation levels look low. Looks to be your typical lager!

S: It smells fresh. Lots of barley, grains and malt. Overall sweet, and surprisingly not much skunk.

T: Lots of barley again on the palate. Other mixed grains as well... corn, grass. Some spiciness from the hops around the middle of the swallow and balanced out nicely with sweet malts. Crisp and dry on the finish. Lingering flavor of honey and grains. This is actually a very solid example of the style.

M: Light in body with a good amount of carbonation and some chewiness. Maybe a tad too high on the carbonation, but almost exactly what an American lager should be.

D: This is a very light, refreshing beer that is both simple and solid. I would say this is a good example of the style, but it does not define the style. Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this, but like many beers in this category, it is not groundbreaking or complex.

Photo of chefelf
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tsingtao is nothing to write home about. It is very light and very subtle in taste. It has very light carbonation and very little flavor.

I always imagine, when having a beer from another country, that it's going to be an interesting and unique experience. Instead, the sensation I get from Tsingtao, is that I'm having a beer from a brewery that rhymes with Schmanheuser-Tush.

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

Pours clear very pale yellow color, very fast fading thin white head. Aroma is very faint, sweet malty i´d say. Flavour reminds me of cardboard and some cheap white wine with a slight bitterness in the finish. Odd taste in mouth afterwards.Usually drunk at thai or chinese restaurant.

Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.