Yanjing Beer - Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 21.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 11-20-2001

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Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear bottle covered in silver foil. I served this in a big ole' tulip glass....why? I don't know.

A - Lemon gold with a short-lived fizzy head that fizzles to a fizzy haze in about two seconds. Some soapy lace sticks to the glass, but only sporadically.

S - Sweet apple cider aroma on top of a basic macro lager scent. I swear to God this smells like cider! Gentle apple and blossom aromas with the faintest touch of vinegar.

T - Surprisingly malty and extremely sweet with a lot of apple notes. Again, some vinegar is coming through too. This is way better than I thought it would be! Makes me think of a big ass 40oz of cheapo malt liquor with a bottle of cider poured into it.

M - Full bodied in the way that malt liquor is full bodied. Very grainy and solid.

D - I like this a lot...this is by far the best macro lager that I've ever had! Just outstanding for the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jmbranum
3.4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was on the bargain clearance shelf so I decided to give it a try.

Pours a clear golden color with a white head.

Very good aroma. Lots of grain with a little bit of hops.

Flavor starts fairly sweet but a slight hoppy note is hiding out there. Fairly clean tasting. No off flavors like I expect from a macro-style lager.

Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, a better than average beer of the style. Not bad as a summer quencher. Probably not worth seeking out either but it exceeds most others of this style by managing to be inoffensive.

Photo of BlitzShadow
2.58/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Clear bottle with silver foil wrapping (red and gold trim) around the cap and neck. Label tells me that it's "The Official State Beer of China". Per the back label, the "FINEST INGREDIENTS" include "BARLEY, GRAIN & HOPS". So does barley count as a grain? ;-b

Appearance: Pours light yellow - very pale and clear. Light head dissipates quickly to very minor lacing.

Smell: Moderate "grainy" scent. I believe I also detect some corn. Nothing impressive, but nothing "off" either.

Taste: The taste is lighter than I expected from the scent. Pilsner malt flavor with almost no hop bitterness. Adjuncts are present and contribute to the light flavor. The taste could easily pass for an American Macro Lager. The finish is very "wet" and clean.

Mouthfeel: Very light and watery. No fizz at all.

Drinkability: Not much in the way of flavor, but I can see this as a refreshing summer beer to drink while grilling with its watery feel and clean finish. (Just keep it out of the sun)

Overall: This is a clean and "watery" beer. I can't see it offending anybody at all, unless of course they are expecting some flavor.

Photo of Mora2000
2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

I guess this is the right place to review this, even though the bottle was different. All the label said was Yanjing beer with no ABV or other information.

Pours a standard macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is corn and garbage. Flavor is more macro corn. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a very good beer.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Part of my Beers of the World 12-pack. Egads.

The label states that this is the official state beer of China. Rather like claiming that herpes is the offical state social disease of China.

Someone previously stated this beer looks like ginger ale, and that's dead on. Fizzy with no head. Skunky aromas. Flavor is bad. Adjunct-laden corn filler with nothing redeeming about it. Bad finish, with an aftertaste that really taints the palate. Not drinkable.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.29/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very, very clear and light yellow with basically no head or anything. Nose is super light, basically nothing as well.

Taste is like off tasting water. There's not much going on here. Very bland a bit malty and no hops at all. Not a good beer at all, skip it.

Photo of chinchill
2.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml green bottle served in pint glass. No date on bottle.

A - golden straw with substantial white head. Very clear. Head is rather short lived. Low carbonation.

S - slight hoppy lager; slightly skunky.

T - mild mass-produced lager with too much cereal- and off-flavors. Minimal or no skunkiness in taste.

M - watery; more so than any beer I've tried with the possible exception of 1 or more light beers.

Better than water? ... Debatable.

Photo of Brenden
2.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's a fizzy pale yellow beer, the Chinese version of any lame macro we have here in the U.S. or anywhere else. Barely any head forms, a sparse foam, with very little but at least noticeable spotting deposited in like manner.
It doesn't smell as bad as one might expect. There are actual detectable hops, maybe grass but essentially floral, with a certain tartness common, a lemony twang, and a bit of malts in a somewhat dry form.
The taste comes off a bit cloying, though, and very grainy. Fortunately, the tartness and crackery dry malts serve to ease that a little. It's a bit vegetal. Floral hops still come through, just barely, though an almost skunky sulfuric note adds its own little assault.
The feel is a little grainy and not particularly clean, though it does have a certain smoothness to it and is refreshingly crisp.

Photo of watermelonman
1.8/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This stuff poured clear with no head what so ever. There's a bit of rice in both the smell and the taste. It goes down easy and takes care of thirst, but that's where my compliments stop. There's too much rice and off grain flavors in there.

The label says that this is the official state beer of China. I think it should stay there.

Photo of biboergosum
2.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Half-litre can - "No. 1 Beer from China", and "Using natural mineral water", it proclaims. 'Enjoyed' at the local Mongolian grill joint.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of foamy, silken soapy white head, which leaves some agreeable layered fuzzy cloud lace around the glass as it rather hastily recedes.

It smells of very tame white adjunct grains - cheap rice, mostly, and some skunky (surprisingly, for some reason) earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sweet grainy rice malt, a bit of stale lemon citrus, and mildly skanky, grassy, weedy hops. The secret police must be working hard to explain this one. Or not.

The carbonation is averagely perky, the body medium-light in weight, rather generically 'smooth', and just somewhat bordering on cloying, given the inherent rice attributes. It finishes clean, in a Yellow River sort of way, and a bit-off dry, owing again to that perception of sticky cooked rice.

Another pretty rough, gritty Chinese lager, which sort of encapsulates everything. Grainy, and skunky in an industrial effluent runoff manner, with a slight oiliness, and hints of rubbing alcohol in place of any basic ABV warmth puts this still mid-table on the small list of beers that I've yet sampled from this particular People's Republic.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. green bottle

A very pale yellow-gold color and 1" high fizzy white head that bubbles up quick and dissipates just as fast.

Green-herbal, veggie hop, musty corn yeast, sweet bready malt in very subtle effect.

A crispy, herbal bite with garden veggies musty, yeastie backdrop and a sweet, bready malt finish. all very standard. Nothing offensive or "off" but it's watery in the feel after a short period of time as well.

As basic as it comes!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear bottle (but not skunked? Maybe they're using pre-isomerized hops like Miller). Clear golden body. Short head of bright white drops readily. Minor lacing. Sweet malt greets you in the nose along with some subtle yeasty fruitiness (apples, pear). Body is medium/light and it's crisp in the mouth. The flavor offers malt with obvious adjunct and a herbal (generic) hop background. There's just barely enough bitterness to balance it. It finishes with the malt lingering stickly as the hops fade and it becomes slightly acidic. Very basic and similar to American versions. Well done technically, but not particularly well-balanced.

Photo of WoodBrew
1.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The YanJing Beer is typical chinese knock-off of an american adjunct beer. Pours clear yellow with big carbonation that continues to fuel a dissapating head. The smell once you get past the skunk is grain and malt. The taste is bad with grain, malt, and slight hop. Mouthfeel is typical of most adjuct beers...carbonation light body. Overall it is a crappy beer....but still drinkable.

Photo of HalfFull
2.72/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 600ml. green bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light straw with a thin and fleeting whitish head.

Nose is grainy and a bit reaching. Not a lot going on beyond some lightly sweet barley notes. Touch of noble hops reveal themselves along with some adjuncts as the carbonation settles out, eventually yielding enough of a hop presence to keep things flowing.

Flavor is middle of the road, neither endearing nor deterring, just kind of there. Lightly sweet and viscous in a creamy sense, but reaching and a bit of a burden. Decent carbonation level helps things along a bit.

Feel is a bit watery and the finish is short.

Photo of DaveBar
2.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.20 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that stays over 1min. Light gold like a Bud

S- Not much at all. Just like a Bud

T- Pretty pedestrian. Not a lick of hops. Has a decent malt backbone. A bit better than Bud

M- Fairly good. Has a nice little creamy level to it that is refreshing

O- Pretty good but only a touch better than a Bud.

Food Pairing

This beer is worth a bit more on the foodie scale..... This beer went well with..... BBQ hot dogs. Good quality hot dogs BBQ'd until the ends split then on a bun plain and juicy


Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear into a weizen glass.Has a golden color with 1/2 inch head. Mild, malty aroma. Taste is crisp and refreshing but not very flavorfull. Light but pleasent in the mouth. Very drinkable, especially in warm weather. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served slightly chilled in a chalice from a green bottle.

A: Bright corn colored pour with a brilliant clarity. The head, though short lived was of generous size at first, but failed to hold with a good deal of bubbly activity on the surface that dissipated it to polished surface right before the eyes. The head was a dull white coloring and failed to lace and cling to the glass for window dressing.

S: green corn stalks, fairly clean, no off flavors but not a lot more going on.

T: The flavor was sweet corn balanced by a soft green hopping. Again fairly clean not at all offensive as one would expect from a Chinese made American macro. Wont knock your socks off or challenge your taste buds, but per style have to say fairs better then most of the American made macros ive experienced and tolerable when sampled through the eyes per style.

M: Pretty good fullness per style, not at all weak and watery like so many others. Soft to non-existent carbonation, not at all fizzy like expected. Slippery and smooth, easy on the swallow leaving a bit of greenery hops behind.

D/O: Mindless lawnmower beer but again on par with expectations and fairs a cleaner palate then most American made macros. I can drink a few of these without being offended or without bearing a grimace. A little sweet but worthy of style.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving is from a 12 ounce clear bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a gold color with a small white head. The aroma isn't strong, but it smells like sweet malt and grain. But it doesn't smell too bad at all. It tastes a bit sweet, like grain, corn and malt, pretty much just like a typical macro beer. Mouthfeel is light, and a bit watery but also crisp. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink, and overall it's non-offensive. For the style, it isn't bad at all. It certainly isn't a great beer, but it is drinkable. I've had worse!

Photo of Beejay
2.89/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale gold in color. with a huge amount of head. Not a lot of carbonation in the glass, but it still looks like a fine beer.

S: Some malt, a little sweet, and a little skunk. As I have said before.. DAMN YOU GREEN GLASS!!!

T: Taste follows smell. sweet, a little watery.. not as much skunky flavor as other beers (peroni.. heineken...)

M: Light body, light flavor, maybe a little watery, and lacking in carbonation.

D: Overall something I could see a lot of people putting down on a hot summer day. But for me.. just trying one is enough.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.46/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big shout out to my good friend JM03 for the hook up! :)

Pours a clear, fizzy yellow. However, even with a fairly generous pour, a collar of maybe a finger appeared. Twas white as rice, dissipated quickly, and left a couple spots.

Well, the smell is interesting. Really, it's like sniffing a bag of Quaker rice cakes, light salt grazing and all. I presume rice is the adjunct here, which isn't all that bad so far.

Taste is pretty close to the smell. It's kinda like a rice cake in beer form. Finish is a little bitter, sweet and salty.

The feel is slick, light, and crisp.

It's refreshing, and for an adjunct, I've had plenty that were worse than this. There's really nothing offensive or "bad" about this, it's just naturally less than exciting all around.

Photo of thekanna
2.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at 品香盛缘 (Pin Xiang Cheng Yuan) restaurant in 安贞 (Anzhen) district of Beijing, China.

A: Very light straw color, about 1/2 finger of frothy head.

S: Light, sweet malts, stronger taste than the "Style Draft" version of Yanjing. Slight yeast flavors.

T: Extremely light. Slightly undercarbonated with a little medicinal hop bite. Overall not much taste.

D: Crisp and a nice respite from flavorful Chinese food, but that's about all it has to offer.

Photo of dbaker61
2.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very light yellow color. Poured with a one finger head that died in less than half a minute. no lacing as there was nothing left to stick to the glass.

Smell: Light, sweet bubblegum. That's all, folks.

Taste: Slightly metallic, very slightly sweet. No bitterness. Are there any hops at all in there?

Mouthfeel: Watery, with bubbles. But even the bubbles flee the scene quickly. Dry finish, little aftertaste.

Drinkability: If you like water, you'll like this one.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Cost Plus.

Appearance- pale yellow color, thin foamy head

Smell- corn, bread

Taste- very faint flavor, corn

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- It was ok. Probably would't drink it again but still better than Bud or Coors.

Photo of evlu1441
2.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Apparently this is the "No.1 Beer from China"

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

Looks like a normal pale lager... Kind of appetizing even. There's barely any aroma to speak of, and unfortunately the same is true for the taste. It starts out nice, but loses its flavour quickly and ends up very reminiscent of water.

This is one of the worst beers I've had in a while. Not impressed at all. I feel bad for the Chinese.

Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale clear yellow with a two finger frothy cap. Nose consists of sulfuric lager yeast, boiled vegetables, bread and rice. No hop presence. Palate is simple but not overly clean; rice, white bread, boiled veggies, slickness in the finish. Thin and watery with no finish. Fairly bad.

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Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
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