Kingway 12 | Shenzhen Kingway Brewery

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Shenzhen Kingway Brewery

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 01-23-2007

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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3.42/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm going with this as the beer that I have, as it matches the alcohol content stated here on BA, and on the Kingway website, I can't find any brew that is 4.5 or's their yellow 2011 can anyways...oh, and this one is directly from China too...lots of text that I can't read!

A- Looks like a typical macro lager, as it is very clear, looks to have lots of scrubbing carbonation, and has little to no head...what there was, dissolved very quickly into virtually nothing. The only difference in this one is the color of the brew itself, that being quite urine least it looks like beer! Also, there is really nothing of note as far as lacing is concerned...

S- There is a dominant sweet adjunct....almost candy like. There is apple juice aroma tucked in behind the initial sweetness, with possibly hints of citrus rind...but just very apple like. No hop presence is noticed either.

T- There is actually more real malt going on than I thought there would's quite decent on the palate. Sure, it's not all malt and some corn adjunct is noticeable, but the sweetness is actually rich for the style! There is just a hint of bitterness at the finish, however is it very muted. As mentioned in the smell category, there is some fruitiness, primarily of apple happening too, but it isn't nearly as powerful and it lingers on the palate after the swallow.

M- Definitely on the thin side of the body spectrum, but the carbonation isn't quite as bold as first thought. The flavor comes through very well and there's a general softness of the water being used here...

O- A very decent Chinese lager....quite possibly the best that could be made over there in the category, and I can say this because I've had the opportunity to sample quite a few Chinese made brews, so I have something to compare this to....It has a nice flavor, good mouthfeel, and the alcohol is hidden well! I could see myself really getting into this as a lager of choice if I were over in China for an extended period of time, or if this was available over here in Canada! Good job...cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a great beer compared to many of its Chinese compadres.

Appearance is decent, pale yellow body with aggressive carbonation, more than its lower gravity brothers and sisters. White, bubbly head immediately disappears.

Aroma is mostly sweet corn but unlike many other China beers, this one is entirely free of any chemical smells. There is also a faint, and I mean almost nonexistent aroma of pilsener malt (I know malt in a Chinese beer, how marvel).

Taste: Sweet corn (but not s much as most Chinese beers) and just a hint of german malt and maybe even a little hops).

MF: Crisp, clean, and relatively light. Watery flavor but with nice carbonation.

Easy to drink.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing extra-ordinary here. A light golden brew with, medium carbonation and a thin fizzy head.

Smells crisp, with not a whole lot going on.

Taste is not too overbearing, and reminds me of when Becks had the 64 calorie beer.

Feel is very thin and bubbly, as you'd expect from the appearance.

Not undrinkable, but far from remarkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this at a small bodega in Brooklyn. It poured a clear, straw gold body beneath a frothy head of white. Surprisingly, it had excellent head retention, and actually left rings of bubbly lace about the glass! I was shocked. At the end of the glass the "curtain" of rings all stuck together looked like the lace left by a Guinness stout.

Coming from a green glass bottle I suspected it might be light-struck and "skunked", and it was. Beyond that it was sweetish and floral.

In the mouth it was medium light in body, and fairly smooth due to a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

The flavor was sweetish and floral atop a delicate note of malt. I have no doubt that there's adjunct in this beer, the only question is how much. There's definitely a little bit of cereal/grain flavor going on. Interestingly, even though it had a low bitterness, and a kind of sweet note to it, it still finished fairly dry with just a thin film of malt left behind.

All in all, not bad. It's got much more flavor than most American made lagers, and there's actually some hop character to it. And it's incredibly easy to drink! I'd imagine it'd get boring after more than one, but so do a lot of beers.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear, with a petite light soapy head, and plenty of carbonation. This beer has a sweet taste, that clashes with the yeast malt, and has little aroma. It has no edge, is light bodied, and not filling. It doesn't sit well with food, but is something you could drink over a conversation.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
2.91/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and sunny yellow in color. A decent head and a thin lace.
The aroma of corn,malts and cereal grains.

The taste is sweet,corn and cereal tones with a mild bitter taste and some light hop hints.

The feel is light body,carbonation is medium and a lot of grains in the finish.

Notes: It was a lot better than the bottle looked. Seriously,no imagination when it comes to the bottle design here. I thought that based on the bottle it would be crap,but it was an average beer that fits right in with Heineken and most bmc beers.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of JEdmund
2.76/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from a friend returning from Hong Kong.

Nice clean light orange; modest white head; lots of carbonation bubbles

Skunky like a Mexican lager; definitely smells like most lagers I’ve had

Taste & Mouthfeel
Smooth mouth feel; clean ending with nothing offensive lingering; fairly weak overall, but still very clean

Compared to Bavaria, this is pretty close in a very drinkable Euro lager; compared to Corona, this is much tastier and way less skunky

Compared to U.S. lagers, I like this a lot more than most – it’s light and clean; I’d drink it if it was one of only a few options in Hong Kong

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Photo of milkbaby9
2.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not sure this is under the correct listing, but the 330ml green bottle (best by 20100708, drank 9-18-2010) had a label that said "Kingway Premium Lager Beer". The guy at the store said it was a special order for a customer and there were some extras leftover. Picked it up on a whim to try some Chinee beer...

Poured into Samuel Adams sensory glass, produces 3 finger white head which goes away quick but leaves some sheeting and some streaks as it's drunk down. Sparklingly clear yellow gold color.

Aroma is lemony citrus with hint of grass. Taste is sweet and crisp lemonade and very cloyingly sweet fruit punch tasting light malt flavor. Just the barest hint of bitterness in the middle.

Medium carbonated, watery mouthfeel. Longish cloyingly sweet finish.

Kind of a soda pop beer: sweet and easy to drink, not much bitterness or maltiness but does have a teeny bit of character. Probably wouldn't bother paying money for this again though. The most outstanding feature is probably the foil labels on a nice green bottle.

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Photo of Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +40.3%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of farrago
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highly whipped up head crests at about two plus fingers of pure white foam, looks like the top of a freshly made milkshake, as loose as cotton candy and dissolves about as fast, nothing there a good 30 seconds after the pour, the lacing seems scattershot at best, splotchy. Pale, somewhat washed out yellow color, crystal clear, horde of loosely assembled huge bubbles, nothing like beads. Sort of angular presence in the nose, impelled by green grass, straw, pretzel dough, salt, cornstarch, the grape to yellow apple fruit scents sweet without needing much maltiness, more floral as it warms. Light-bodied, not quite watery but evanescent is one way of putting it. Salt and pepper and quinine make you most aware of its presence, stale pretzels, hay, lemon water, while not bitter you can't really say it's sweet either. Corn syrup. Not a lot of fruit, malt or even hops, it's pretty much a generic beer like what you'd find in the can labeled "Beer" in Repo Man. Works if you are broke and in college.

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Photo of nick76
3.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is sweet and a bit like plastic and paint with malt. ew. The appearance is pale gold with a thin head. The taste is not like the aroma thankfully. It's just sweet and malty with a touch of grassy hops. The palate is thin but right for the style. Overall this is a drinkable beer but nothing to brag about.

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Photo of samparkique4
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of randylangford
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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