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Yanjing Beer - Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 22.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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 Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 01:02:10 | More by Derek
Photo of jwc215


2.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 23:37:08 | More by jwc215
Photo of Drew966


3/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 00:12:04 | More by Drew966
Photo of iceviper22


3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 00:39:03 | More by iceviper22
Photo of baos


3.15/5  rDev +24.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 02:21:21 | More by baos
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

1.43/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 00:02:59 | More by Shadman
Photo of hunteraw


2.58/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: can

08-09-2007 16:12:44 | More by hunteraw
Photo of argock


2.17/5  rDev -14.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 00:34:13 | More by argock
Photo of pmcadamis


3.73/5  rDev +47.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 04:54:01 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of bluejacket74


3/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 01:21:26 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Scottsan


2.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 16:17:14 | More by Scottsan
Photo of jspruit


2.73/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 21:02:28 | More by jspruit
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Manitoba (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 20:56:39 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.18/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 03:17:33 | More by PBRstreetgang
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Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 17:29:17 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of neenerzig


3.28/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 03:13:36 | More by neenerzig
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South Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 20:35:28 | More by VoodooBrew
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3/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 17:14:47 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Sigmund


3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml green bottle with a green label, simply called "Yanjing Beer", in France. ABV was 4.5%. I presume this is the same beer, but there are many Yanjing varieties. Pale golden colour, large fluffy head. Grassy aroma, not unlike Tsingtao and Heineken. Relatively dry pale lager flavour, not offensive.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 16:58:52 | More by Sigmund
Photo of MarcGetty


3.38/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yanjing is pretty good but at the expense of doing anything bold. The flavor is lacking with nothing exciting going on. Bright gold color with very little head and a nice bit of carbonation. Smells like your typical macro American brew but more drinkable then your average American macrobrew.

Worth trying a single, but an investment in a six pack or more is not warranted.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 23:20:19 | More by MarcGetty
Photo of Phatz


2.93/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very average American macro lager. A 3.0 beer is a baseline beer in, (in my mind) it is what brewers should strive for as a minimum. For an American macro I think it (3.0) is above the average largely advertised beers out there (you know what I mean). That considered this beer is slightly above average but slightly below good. I severed this at fridge temperature in a cool pint glass (I recommend drinking this one cold). It pours like every other AM very light and clear watery pale yellow. It has a small white sudsy head that fades immediately and minimal lacing. The smell is nearly undetectable but if you work hard enough at smelling water eventually you'll find something; in this case its sweet grains and if you use your imagination and think really hard you might find a sweet malt character buried in there somewhere. The taste is better than many as it does have a definite sweet malt characteristic. Of course the grains are present as well, but it is overall smooth and sweet. The hops are present in the finish and the aftertaste, but they are very mild. The pleasant aftertaste, refreshing mouthfeel, and lightweight, almost improve the drinkability of this beer, even though the gentle flavor is not very interesting. Overall. I am pleased. If this was commonly (and cheaply) served in my area I would drink it (when I am out of options) over the other big names, but it is certainly far from a superb experience.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 07:26:54 | More by Phatz
Photo of tgbljb


2.55/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a pale yellow with initial head that quickly fell and was unable to be revived. No lacing.Smell is seet, grainy, and not very enjoyable. Taste is so light as to be almost non-existent. Mouthfeel is cold and refreshing. A very easy drinking beer that is non-offensive. Too expensive to use as a spacer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 01:53:27 | More by tgbljb
Photo of becktone


2.1/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yanjing - the beer from red china. This beer is better than most macro beers that I have had, however it is nothing to brag about. Macros just don't do it for me. ( yes, I am prejudice against macro beers.)

The beer pours a crystal clear golden color and looks alive with carbonation. there is no head to speak of, just a ring of foam around the top of the glass.

It smells and tastes like one would expect from a macro beer, nothing special about it in particular. However I have to admit that it is better than bud or coors. It goes down really smooth, and is very drinkable because it feels like your drinking ice water. One would think that it would be much more carbonated by the look of it when it is in a glass, but when it's in the mouth you can taste/feel very little carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer, If I'm planning on getting drunk on cheap macro beer I guess I would buy this over bud or coors.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 20:08:44 | More by becktone
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New York

2.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Looks ok for a macro, though unfortunately you can see what this looks like before you pour cause it's in a clear bottle. Has an ok head while the head exists, which isnt very long.
Scant odor... smells like a cheap beer.
Tastes like a cheap beer, too. The most pleasing aspects are hints of a dry oak, champagne type thing, but mostly it's pretty watery.
The mouthfeel is way watery. Not nearly enough carbonation or hops dryness or bitterness. Flat and a bit icky.
Reasonabley drinkable is you have to drink it.
Official State Beer of China?
I sure hope not.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 06:08:43 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of tfinn


2.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear 640ml bottle aquired in Hong Kong on a business trip, as pictured in the illustration. expiry date of "12/04/2006" which I assume is MM/DD/YYYY.

straw yellow, light quick dissipating head, low carbonation.

very faint metallic hops scent dissapeared quickly leaving faint malt/adjunct sweetness, like sweet hay. no discernable skunking. assuming a six month shelf life, this is a little over three weeks old.

taste is faint -- mostly (rice) adjunct with just the slightest hint of malt graininess.

sweet, starchy, tongue-coating with not enough hop bitterness to kill the tail. on the unpleasant side of OK.

drinkability is not awful, but this just doesn't have enough hops to balance out the sweetness, which lingers like the coating on ricepaper candy.

I remember liking the "draft" version better.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 04:18:25 | More by tfinn
Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
61 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.