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Yanjing Beer - Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation

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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 22.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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 tone77
3.38/5  rDev +33.1%

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.

tone77, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
2.73/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

WakeandBake, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of JamesS
3.43/5  rDev +35%

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.

JamesS, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev +35%

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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of likethetaste
1.88/5  rDev -26%

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.

likethetaste, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dstc
3.13/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

dstc, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
2.65/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

PatrickJR, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of BigJTrucker
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

BigJTrucker, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Derek
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

Derek, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

jwc215, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

Drew966, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of iceviper22
3.05/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

iceviper22, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of baos
3.15/5  rDev +24%

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

baos, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Shadman
1.43/5  rDev -43.7%

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.

Shadman, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

hunteraw, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of argock
2.17/5  rDev -14.6%

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

argock, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.73/5  rDev +46.9%

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.

pmcadamis, May 03, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3/5  rDev +18.1%

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!

bluejacket74, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of Scottsan
2.65/5  rDev +4.3%

"The Official State Beer of China" I love that.

The golden color is slightly strange . . . maybe unsettling. Weak head and not much smell.

The taste was a little bitter up front, and finished dry. I'd say it's comparable in many ways to other Asian lagers.

Ultimately, this wasn't overly refreshing or interesting. I saw it at the store and thought I'd give it a whirl. Will likely try something different next time.

Scottsan, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of jspruit
2.73/5  rDev +7.5%

I got this beer from an off-license in Ranelagh for 1 euro for a 330ml bottle. I wasn't expecting too much really, but it was nicer than I had expected really. Pours clean without too much fuss and not too much of a head. Not too much of a smell really, but definitely not ckunky either. Taste was nice and it went down easy. I will definitely drink a couple more of these at this price while looking out for something a bit more tasty here and there.

jspruit, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
2.6/5  rDev +2.4%

330ml green bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottle says 03-2006. I can't tell if that's a freshness date or a bottling date.

Pours a pale straw colour with a 1/4 inch head that disappears quickly. Fairly low carbonation, ends up looking pretty flat. Definitely some corn in the mash there, and some skunkiness from the journey. Smell isn't too sweet though, which is nice. Some earthiness way in the back, but mostly this one just smells "beery".

Taste isn't anything to write home about. Slight acidity on the palate, adjuncts come through a little, mostly it just seems a little cheap tasting. A bit of cloying sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, not much dryness in the finish, and very low carbonation. If this was very very cold it would be a lot less offensive, but as it is it should be paired with a salty asian meal so you don't have to focus on the flavour of the beer.

trevorwideman, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.18/5  rDev +25.2%

Pours pale yellow with decent clarity with a one and a half finger head of dense soap bubbles. Little to no lacing. Nose is uncommonly clean, save mabye a whiff of sulfur. Corn and pale malt sweet upfront, with a curious blend of sulfur and ester, but nothing really offensive it and fades quickly. Aftertaste is dry with weak and indistinct noble hops. Thin body and medium carbonation, the sweetness and off-flavor threaten to be become cloying, but the finish is mild with an easy drinkabilty. A faint buiscuity malt flavor emerges near the end, so the taste is flawed but at least has some depth of character.

PBRstreetgang, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of IronDjinn
2.6/5  rDev +2.4%

Sampled this first at the Calgary Beerfest this year, TRAICH threw down the tickets for it, and then taught the woman working the booth that it was "crisp", as she really had no clue about beer...

Comes in a 330 ml green bottle, with an abv listing of 4.5%. Sold in singles. It pours out a pale clear straw-like hue, a bit washed out, with huge carbonation bubbles lacsadaisially making their way to the surface. The head came and went just like that, a splash of white and that's all you get.

A bit skunky at first when I first pour it in the glass, but that settles down a bit. Crisp grain, somewhat metallic, a hint of sour, with a fair presence of hops as well. But still skunky.

The flavour itself isn't that bad at all, better than what I remembered from the 'fest, and better than what I was expecting this time around given the aroma. Granted it's not that great either, but it's a touch more flavourful and malty than your average N. American macro lager.

Of course the mouthfeel sets it back a bit, watery and over-carbonated to compensate, so it runs its nails down the sides of your mouth and throat on it's way down.

I don't recall the price, but if it's comparable or lower I'd recommend this over a domestic macro, as surprised as even I am to hear myself say that. That said, there's still far better domestic lagers to be had from this side of the pond.

IronDjinn, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
3.28/5  rDev +29.1%

Got this beer as part of a 12 pack "Beers of the World" from World market as a Christmas present from my cousins. Pours the standard clear golden color of most American macro lagers. I suppose its color is a little darker than most American macro lagers. White foam head is initially large but shrinks quite fast. It doesn't toally dissappear though, it just shrinks in size considerably. Eventually it did totally dissappear, but it took awhile. Not much a smell at all to speak of, sort of a skunky, sour aroma with a hint of malt and perhaps some grains. Not a particularly appealing aroma. A sort of bland sweet taste initially hits the palate accompanied by some hints of malt and even a bit of fruit thrown in with a very mild trace of hops. A bit of a watery and crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty drinkable as it goes down quite easily. All in all an ok beer, a little better than many typical American macro lagers, but nothing special. It seems to be missing something. It's as if this beer isn't living up to its full potential. If I never drink it again I won't consider it a loss.


neenerzig, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
2.3/5  rDev -9.4%

This is being introduced to Texas as Yanjing Ale, a necessary piece of misinformation brought on by TABC's inane labelling requirements.

Smells of macro-lager badness with skunk thrown in there. It's been put in a clear bottle, after all... Skunk hits the palate initially then flees, leaving behind light malt. Drinks like carbonated water. After drinking this beer, I found myself asking, "What the hell is this?" This is barely beer as far as I'm concerned.

Courtesy of xeryuspool. But at least he had to drink it too...

VoodooBrew, Apr 30, 2006
Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
62 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.