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Yanjing Beer - Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 22.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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 kingcrowing
2.33/5  rDev -8.6%
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 kegger22
2.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yanjing is a typically clear yellow with minimal head that quickly faded to nothing. It had that sweet, corn aroma and I got no skunk from it. There is one difference from the usual lager taste and that's a buttery flavor I tasted. Feel is light in body and carbonation. Drinkability is good. Nothing special here, decent lager to get credit for a Chinese beer.

Photo of Brad007
2.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright yellow color with hardly any head into my glass. Looks like it should for the style.

Aroma is full of skunked hops, corn and otherwise smells like an adjunct lager should smell. Average.

Taste is is full of sweet, skunky corn that's nearly overwhelming on the palate. Syrupy and unappealing. Tastes like they weren't really trying.

Mouthfeel is light and easy on the palate. Not much there to begin with so therefore, not much to expect.

Nothing special here. It works if you want something refreshing but quite average. Otherwise, it won't be long before the Chinese breweries flood the import market with this stuff.

Photo of Beejay
2.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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 HalfFull
2.7/5  rDev +5.9%
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 popery
1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Closer to water and cheaper-tasting than many American macros. I'm not entirely sure that this is the right entry. The bottle only says Yanjing Beer without any other identifying information. The appearance is drab and lifeless. It's a light yellow fizzy beer with a rapidly dissipating white head. The aroma is corny and sweet, perhaps a bit skunky. The flavor is similar. It's watery and lacks much flavor besides a sweet, flat malt character. There's a very light hop bitterness in the finish, but it really doesn't add much. In my opinion, this beer is on par with a mediocre American light macro. There's not much else to say about it.

Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing; decent head retention. The aroma is decent. It has a clean pilsner malt scent with little hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pilsner and adjunct flavor that goes down real easy and finishes dry and clean. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great session lager. It's simple and well brewed. Nice job.

Photo of yelterdow
1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Jocelyn from Eurobrew for the sample. Served at fridge temperature in a traditional pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a pale to medium gold with a nice two finger head, lots of effervescence coming from the bottom. The crown is snow white, no doubt it's quite an appetizing looking beer.

Smell- The nose is bright with German hops, then a cereal-like and sweet adjunct nose completely takes over. there's more to it than that, though... more like spent, wet grains that have been standing for awhile and left to decay. It gets much worse as the beer comes to temperature.

Taste- A cloying sweetness becomes evident almost immediately, and whatever hops there are (which hit the nose first upon pouring this) have been forgotten... it's only the adjuncts and cheap ingredients that are left for the palate to withstand.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Weak, flabby, and flimsy in the mouth... the carbonation goes from subtle to watery in seconds. Paired with sushi or spicy Thai cuisine, I could see this beer being suggested ice cold straight from the bottle... but it was a disappointing experience trying to find anything remarkable.

Photo of Zorro
2.78/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Upgraded Bottle look. 600 ML Green Glass and green and white label with red letters. Offbeat bottle size.

Clear yellow colored beer with a very slight white head. Looks like China stole the plans to Budweiser.

Smells quite dry with a slight soda cracker malt scent. Small hop scent mostly grass and lemon, though it is faint.

Starts out dry with a mostly cracker flavor and lemony hop flavor. Tastes like a generic American Mass Market Lager, again, stole the plans for Bud Light.

Light mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer, as in seltzer water drinkable. Pretty much Bud Light made in China in a pretty bottle.

Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev +32.5%
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 WakeandBake
2.73/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pale golden straw color body with a thin white head, light carbonation. Aroma is sweet , with a bit of hops coming through, a slight hint of skunk. Flavor is sweeter than expected and slightly metallic, a bit of floral hops , pretty bland really.Thin body with a rather flat mouthfeel for the style. Drinkable but nothing I will be buying again.

Photo of JamesS
3.43/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a decent yellow fizzy color with some good initial head (fine for an adjunct lager). Crisp clean scent, hints of rice in the sweetness. Clean taste, mostly malt, bit of sweet rice, no hop characteristics; at least there was no nasty skunkiness to it. Goes down very smoothly. Not bad over all for the style of beer.

Had at Bent Willeys, Morgantown.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yanjing beer, The Official State Beer of China.
No discernable freshness date.

A. Clear 12 oz bottle with foil top into a Miller Lite pint glass. Soapy bone white head with good retention.

S. Semi pleasant nose of bready malt, yeast notes and a nice sweet small grain rice aroma.

T. Crisp malt coupled with light husk notes and some clean fusel alcohal in there as well. Definate grain/rice touch to add some additional flavor. Hops are missing except maybe a slight bitter/tea like moment.

m. Very light and crisp with ample carbonation.

D. An easy drinking macro from the Republic of China that actually outdoes other major breweries American Adjunct Lagers. Not something I would really seek out, unless looking for a light beer to pair with seafood. This is excellent for that.

Photo of likethetaste
1.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this beer in a variety pack from the World Market. Ok, this beer poured a very light yellow with a lot of carbonation. It had a very skunky taste. There was really not anything to like about this beer. There was something just off about this beer and I would not ever drink it again.

Photo of dstc
3.13/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a nice foamy white head. Thin lacing.

Sweet and spicy aroma.

Sweet malts in the taste with a distinct flavor that I can't figure out. There may be some apple there but what is that taste?

Thin to medium mouthfeel and well carbonated.

Very easy to drink, light and sweet.

Photo of PatrickJR
2.65/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Bright, pale, completely clear yellow. Two fingers of white head rise and have some moderate retention considering style. A small amount of lacing is also visible.

S - There's an expected graininess, but behind that a scent I'm very unfamiliar with. Not sure how to describe it other than a cross between dirty water and animal stock. Very strange.

T - Very much in line with the nose. Flavorless grain provides most of the "taste" followed by the strange "dirty water" thing from the aroma. Old, dried, cheesey/mustard-like hop flavor wraps things up with a small, minerally bitterness and slight sweetness.

M - Though not on the crispness level of others of the style, I found the mouthfeel a little more unique than usual and more or less suited to the near-flavorless. Carbonation is moderate and the body is light but sturdy.

D - The bizarre flavors in this beer are a little off-putting...the best I can chalk it up to is old hops. Whatever the flavor, it's not terribly pleasant and not something you're going to want a lot of. Not the most horrible beer around though.

Photo of BigJTrucker
2.58/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very VERY light yellow, thin white head that settles very quickly. Lots of champagne like bubbles. Aroma has notes of corn, and wet grain. Flavor is of rice with a light malt presence. Mouthfeel is very thin and moist, a bit of effervescence on the back end. Other than some strange aromas, and fairly standard flavor profile, this is an easily forgettable brew.

Photo of Derek
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear yellow with a white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Catty, perfume, floral, grass.

T: Taste is better than expected. Some floral, grassy & spicy hops flavour but the bitterness is barely perceptible. Thankfully there's not much sweetness. Hints of DMS.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Drinkable.

Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden with a thin white head that becomes a thin island of a vanishing patch. Typical "macro" look.

The smell is of cooked veggies, some husk and a light grain.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt, some husk. The little touch of non-descript hops fade, leaving this one sweet, but in a watery, subdued way. A slight touch of "wet cardboard" comes through in a watery finish.

Watery, not too fizzy, but rather weak, even for the style. An undesirable aftertaste shows up, but soon fades.

This is water with a hint of grain, overall. A very weak, mildly sweet beer. I can easily think of a better Chinese lager, and better "macros" I would choose over this.

Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yanjing Beer pours a golden yellow with a thick white head from a clear twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very mild, sweet malt and grain are noticeable. The flavor is very mild, sweet malt and corn are present. There isn't much to this one, it's certainly an acceptable substitute for a typical American macro. Nothing offensive, nothing outstanding, just average.

Photo of iceviper22
3.05/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather dark yellow with a very small fizzy white head that disappears quickly. Tons of carbonation bubbles all over the glass.

Smells similar to a typical American macro. Very little maltyness with a slight hint of bitter hoppy aromas. Nothing real exciting here.

The taste, or lack there of, was a surprise. From the smell I expected something that tasted similar to Bud or Miller. Instead, I only taste a very small amount of hops and apples for some reason.

Mouthfeel is very thin with lots and lots of carbonation, not too bad though.

Overall drinkability is okay. Just not much taste to make me want to drink another one.

Photo of baos
3.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my favorite Trappist glass

A: Golden yellow with a tiny head on the pour that vanishes pretty quickly.

S: Fresh grains tiny bit o' malt and maybe the tiniest hint of a hop in there.

T: Not really sweet like I though it would be. Actually is pretty nicely balanced. Fresh grains tiny bit o' malt and maybe the tiniest hint of a hop in there. Has a dry finish. This beer tastes a lot better than I thought it would. MMM commie beer!

M: Lots of carbonation there that almost takes the watery feel away. Its not so bad.

D: I think I could muster 5 or six of these over a 4 course Chinese meal. Or even a Thai meal thats Thai hot. This beer goes well with spicy food. Having pizza right now drowned in Sriracha sauce. MMMM

Photo of Shadman
1.43/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

an american macro lager from China...should be a movie title. Let's hope the water it's made from is still safe to drink.

Average macro amber color with a very fizzy head that left as soon as one's breath on a smoggy Beijing afternoon. No lacing to speak of.

Combo aroma of skunk, metallic mineral/well water, and sweetness that may or may not be malt/hops.

Watery, swwet and the mineral water dominates everything except the excessive sweetness.

very thin and very weak mouth feel. almost no carbonation to speak of here.

Thankfully I bought a single because I may have been stuck with 5 or more of these. Put Yanjing down with Chinese toy imports as a bad investment.

Photo of hunteraw
2.58/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's pretty much impossible to spend any time in Beijing without consuming a lot of this stuff. Appearance is a rather bright yellow, very clear, no head retention to speak of. Slight lacing. Smell is sweet, of grain and a touch of apple cider vinegar. Taste finishes sweet, a little apple flavor. Light. Aftertaste is clean. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation about right for a beer meant to be consumed in quantity. Drinkability is decent, despite its other failings.

Photo of argock
2.17/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a clear 12oz bottle with Lowenbrau foil into a pint glass

A: Pale golden color with thin wispy white head and minimal lacing

S: Smells grainy and a little on this side of skunked

T: Corn, wheat, and soft bitter hops finish like most other macro lagers

M: Oily and severely undercarbonated -- reminded me of marsala texture

D: Not good because of the terrible feel

Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
62 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.