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Yanjing Beer - Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation

Yanjing BeerYanjing Beer

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 22.05%

Brewed by:
Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 11-20-2001)
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Photo of Brenden


2.69/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 16:47:22 | More by Brenden
Photo of samparkique4

United Kingdom (England)

2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

sweet pineapple risotto pineapply summer dry-quencher yet grainy on palate nose pineapple west-china highland felt it gives me
western china felt and it reminds me of
shanghai noodle soup and wonton spicy pot
smell hintly stinky yet palate is sweet pineapple sour and sweet
sour hot soup - savory

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 18:26:38 | More by samparkique4
Photo of largadeer


2.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 05:36:21 | More by largadeer
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.55/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yanjing Beer has a thick, white head and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with some thin lacing left behind. The aroma is sugary sweet and grainy. Tastse is of the same, with a bit of paper and some light bittering thrown in. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Yanjing Beer finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and easy going. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I am so glad I was able to try it.


Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 20:07:08 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Picked this up at a local thai place with some spicy pad thai.

A: poured from the 330 ml green bottle into a pint glass. the beer is light orange with a one finger head that doesn't last very long. Lots of carbonation.

S: somewhat malty but also an off cooked smell underneath. Other than that pretty faint.

T: malt and some thin hop flavor that is more vegetal. Somewhat watery. Not great. Adjuncty and really obvious.

Overall: typical asian pale lager. Nothing out of the ordinary or unexpected here.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:25:49 | More by BucBasil
Photo of scot_chale


2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - very pretty beer. crystal clear with excited carbon dioxide. 1 finger of white pillowy foam that almost completely disappears after a minute.

S - exactly what I expect from Chinese beer. Skunky hops all the way.

T- not as hoppy as it smells. light and lackluster, but a thirst quencher for sure.

M- sharp. the high level of carbonation almost stings your tongue. swishing it around gives a creamy effect, but very bubbly. any more CO2 and it'd be champagne.

O- Not bad. It's what I expect in a green Chinese bottle of beer. I'd drink it if someone else bought it. Wouldn't be bad while mowing the lawn in the summer. I'd rather have a Schell's Pils for this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 23:54:47 | More by scot_chale
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.68/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt and grain. Taste is much the same with a mild grassy flavor on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that smells better than it tastes but that isn't saying much.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:57:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.08/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: heavy 330mL green bottle, reasonable Asian label.

Appearance: light yellow in colour, very clear and crisp looking. Decent fluffy head that settles to a film.

Aroma: typically Asian beer style, with some light grains and rice aroma.

Taste: grains and rice with some light citric hops. Fairly simple.

Aftertaste: follows the same flavours. Doesn't linger long, but it's a sessional, so that's fine by me.

Mouthfeel: great for the style - light body and higher carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: another example of a simple, cheap Asian grain and rice hybrid lager. Not brilliant, but a good quaffer for those hot days when you just need something refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 08:09:15 | More by SmashPants
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Alberta (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yanjing pours a pale straw with a thin head. The aroma is mildly grainy with a hint of malt. The flavor is better than expected, there is a light sweet malty flavor with less graininess. No real hops or bitterness. Overall not a terrible light lager but nothing to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 06:57:36 | More by ericj551
Photo of bluHatter


2.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Mine came in a green bottle - not quite as fancy as the one shown in the photo, which is sort of strange... since a green colored bottle usually affects the flavor. I wonder if they changed their bottle design.

It poured slightly cloudy yellow, or a very very light orange color. Nice 2 finger head that slowly fades away, leaving behind a wall of bubbles on the glass. I had expected less, given the low scores here... But we have yet to taste it...

S: This smells a lot like other Chinese beers I've had. Very earthy, grainy, and grassy. Not bad.

T: This is really where this beer fails... There isn't a whole lot of flavor, other than some light malts... with a dry cardboard-like aftertaste. Just not that great.

M: Very light bodied, but fairly creamy. I guess that's due to the good carbonation and slight cloudiness I noted earlier in the appearance.

O: A nearly well executed lager - if only it tasted like something.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:03:14 | More by bluHatter
Photo of kojevergas


1.93/5  rDev -24%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2 fl oz/330 ml green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite low.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours no head whatsoever - not even a floater. Colour is an awful clear dark yellow. Translucent. No yeast particles and no bubble show. Very boring.

Sm: Stale malted barley. That's it. A light aroma.

T: Stale malted barley. Very simple, boring, bland, and dull. No layering, complexity, or subtlety. Quite bad.

Mf: Smooth, wet, thin, and flat. Reprehensible.

Dr: Hard to drink on account of its low quality. A boring beer (even within the style). I would never get this again. Nor should you.


Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 05:17:33 | More by kojevergas
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite a pale straw looking beer with a thin, bubbly looking white head that fades to a tiny lacing around the glass after about twenty seconds.

Straight away the smell of this beer reminded me of Becks but a little sweeter towards the end, there is a clean and crisp aroma with a tinny bit of skunk in there and some grain too. Very much a pale lager with a touch of lager hops and corn with some rice as well.

Quite a crisp and very sweet tasting pale lager with a lot of corn and more grain than I would have liked from it. It is light tasting and full of various adjuncts. It is perhaps a little watery right at the end too.

A thin and light bodied lager with not much in the way of substance and slightly too watery for my liking. It does get it right with regards to carbonation though and is easy enough to drink as opposed to being overly gassy as I was fearing.

This wasn't nearly as bad as I had feared. It is drinkable and has a nice crisp sweetness about it and would be an excellent thirst quencher in a warmer climate.

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Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 12:54:04 | More by flyingpig
Photo of Suds


1.93/5  rDev -24%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear, very pale in color, with a light fizzy head. The head lasts only seconds, and reveals a nearly flat transparent liquid. The smell is cleaner than the beer tastes. Adjuncts...cereal sweetness...some very distant malt. There's no real hop aroma at all, just a residual bitterness. Lingering cereal taste...grass and underdone grain. Very light, watery mouthfeel. Somewhat under-carbonated. It's about what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 21:21:37 | More by Suds
Photo of Giggy


2.63/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a beers of the world variety pack. I would not have picked it on my own. A green bottle, 330 ml. I guess it is considered a "green" beer.

A: Clear & golden. A nice white head formed but disappeared quickly.

S: Sustantial aroma. Floral and grainy

T: Slight amount of malt and hops. Very crisp and light. There is a little something different in the taste that I'm not used to... Could be the rice.

M: Mild, smooth, goes down easy.

O: Comparable to domestic light brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 21:04:39 | More by Giggy
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New York

1.78/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. green bottle into a nonic pint glass at low altitude. Expectations are low.

A: Pours a very light yellow color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small cap. No lacing here.

S: As unremarkable as any other adjunct. Grainy and lacking in character overall. Not appealing, but it's not offensive.

T: Very light and watery. Adjunct grains without a whole lot else. Completely uninspired, but not offensive.

M: Very light and watery with a little bit of carbonation.

D: This goes down like water similar to many American "light" beers. Not anything I would choose when I'm looking to drink a beer, but it's somewhat refreshing as a result of its watery qualities.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 18:31:31 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of soju6


2.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a small head and no real lacing.

S: Aroma is of grain, fruity sweetness and just a bit musty.

T: Flavor is of grain with some fruity sweetness. Not much bitterness and a sticky finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth but nothing else. Pretty bland.

O: Not a beer I would seek out. It does go well with Chinese dishes and not much else.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 23:07:31 | More by soju6
Photo of DoubleJ


2.63/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

330 ml green bottle. On to the beer:

Pours out pale and arrives in the glass a clear pale yellow with a very short fuzzy head. Eh, it's beer. The aroma brings a little hope, and I use that term lightly. Assorted cereals and a touch of the hops (with stink, damn green bottle). It seems more European than American so far.

A bitter spicy bite from the hops hit first. Light waves of malt ride around. Sulfur echoes in and out. The light body and good crispness contrast the flavor pretty well. Spicy hoppiness in the aftertaste, but otherwise clean.

Not a completely hopeless beer, though only slightly more memorable than Tsingtao. Come to think of it, I can't even remember what Tsingtao tasted like.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 05:23:25 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The second beer on world beer Sunday this time from China. This one claims to be the number one selling beer in China so it must be good.
Pours a pale golden straw color with a decent white head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smell is sweet honey like malts, slightly grainy, a bit or earth, a hint of bread, slight skunk. Taste is sweet grainy honey like malt up front, stays quite sweet through out, minimal hop flavor. Medium to thin body, moderate level of carbonation, sweet candy like mouth coating mouthfeel. Number one huh? I'd take Budweiser over this in a heartbeat. Hell I'd take Tsingtao over this too. This is overly sweet with almost no redeeming qualities. One and done.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 00:22:58 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of WastingFreetime


2.93/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Transcribed from my notebook.

Looks pale piss yellow and has no head at all. Corn and light pale malt with some nicely floral scent for a lager, I'm pleasantly surprised by the heft of the nose on this particular adjunct lager. However, the flavor doesn't back up the floral notes that the aroma promised, and I'm thrust back into the world of a standard, watery, adjunct lager. At least it is better than a BMC, if only just.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 01:11:21 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of notchucknorris


3.43/5  rDev +35%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale-ish golden color with barely any head. What head there is goes away pretty quickly.

S: Red delicious apples, lemon, grain and a little pale malt.

T: Pale malts, lemon, golden delicious apples, grain and some bread. Overall, one of the more drinkable adjuncts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 04:53:15 | More by notchucknorris
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3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:14:32 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of PokerGod


2.75/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance- Light and Golden, bright and transparent. Good 2 fingers of head, which dissipates very slowly. Very light lacing left on the glass.

Smell- smells like a typical AAL. Corn and bready.

Taste- Tastes a bit like an AAL too, but not unpleasant. Just not very flavorful. Slightly watery, but refreshing nonetheless.

Overall- A good thirst-quenching beer. Light and refreshing. But lacking in taste, with a slightly corn-based aftertaste makes this beer average at best.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:15:29 | More by PokerGod
Photo of gtgood


2.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a whole lot to say about this one. It is what it is -- not good by any stretch of the imagination, but it has its place. Appearance is as one would expect -- pale and yellow. Not much smell to speak of. Taste is alright -- watery, with hints of those basic flavors I normally associate with beer, as well as something sweet. Again, not much to speak of. Overall, it's a thin, watery brew -- but it's also refreshing and drinkable, which is more than I can say for other beers I've had in the same style (specifically, Bud Light and Corona Extra, which required a lot of effort to finish). Yanjing isn't good, but it isn't horrible either.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 07:54:30 | More by gtgood
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New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:01:27 | More by beerthulhu
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New Hampshire

2.45/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 20:26:51 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
62 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.