Zhujiang Golden Lager | Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Zhujiang Golden LagerZhujiang Golden Lager

Brewed by:
Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery Co. Ltd.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 11-22-2005

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by JOaikido:
Photo of JOaikido
1.75/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

330 ml green bottle. Best before 06-04-2008 (a little past date, but no oof tastes or looks (notmuch of any kind of taste)

A- Clear pale yellow. Small white head of largish bubbles that don<t last. Soft drink effervescence.

S- Euro macro lager type smell. Faint malt and grain. Touch of lemony, herbal hops.

T- Very bland and watery. Touch of lemon (like water with a drop of lemon juice. Mini flash of bitterness. Slightly metallic finish.

MF- Fizzy water. Slightly off finish.

D- Thirst quenching, which is the only good thing I have to say about it. Blandest beer I<ve had with the possible exception of Coor<s Light.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.08/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 330ml bottle with a BB date of July 2010 - so it's a little out of date! The bottle is the same as the one pictured, which states that the beer is called Zhujiang Gold Lager. Interestingly, there is also a small emblem on the rear label that resembles the SS insignia (and says China Top Brand underneath it).

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with light carbonation. Very weak foamy head that subsides within seconds. There is very little aroma; a slightly sweet maltiness with undertones of solvent.

As with the smell, the taste is also exceptionally weak. A light maltiness with a slightly sweet flavour. No bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is watery and insubstantial. Virtually no aftertaste.

Poor excuse for a beer. I'm aware that being out of date prabably contributes to the lack of flavour, but I doubt it would be a much better fresh. Only the declaration of 'beer' on the label gives it's identity away - this could easily be water with a malty taste. Avoid.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Once again, I find myself in an ethnic restaurant, and insist on ordering a beer that comes from the culinary region in question. A questionable practice, but there have been some decent surprises along the way...

This beer pours a clear, very pale yellow colour, with a minimum of thin soapy white head, which actually leaves a ring around the collar, um, I mean glass. The aroma, as perceived over the sizzling Asian grills not 10 paces from me, is, sadly, sickly sweet rice and corn, and overcooked veggies. The taste, believe or not, actually has room to dip. It starts with the expected sweet white grain, and then, BAM! - nail polish remover. Yup, alcoholic, sweet, acrid, and medicinal, all rolled into that telltale scent so reminiscent of growing up with two sisters. Ok, so, the carbonation is average, the body is cloying, yet thin, and it finishes off-dry, with some acrid, vegetal, grainy sweetness protracting the torture of my tastebuds.

This sure as hell didn't add to, or complement the stir-fried goodness of the meal. Maybe I should stop trying to make my beer choices based solely on geography...

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Found in Moscow’s largest discount grocer, the 33cl bottle is brown, with a gold, white, blue and red label with English and Chinese lettering and a small symbol of a sun rising above waves. Ingredients include rice. Best before 2/21/06, I opened it on 10/9/05.

Pours a deep clear gold under an initial two finger white head with a bit of body but no staying power. Gone before you know it, with no traces of lace. The nose is malty, but has an odd juniper or currant like snap to it. The mouth is very well carbonated and slightly sticky. The taste is pretty macro, of grain mainly, with a hint of sweet and sour fruit. Not much in the way of hops, there really isn’t much aftertaste at all. I expected horrible, and got better than that. Still not good, though.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.37/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Zhu Jiang Beer / Pearl River, 5.3% alc./vol.
Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery Co. Ltd.
Represented by Omega Trading Group Ltd.
I found it a Quebec SAQ branch in Quebec City.
It is the same bottle and front label, but the neck label and cap has "Pearl River" instead of "Golden".

It seems to be an euro lager, but nothing on the bottle refers to a specific style. It doesn't have much color (pale straw) and it have a fast-dissappearing white head. It smells ok, but it is a very simple hops scent. It is fizzy and watery with a generic bitterness. Overall, it is ok for a Asian beer and that product can battle against US macros or cheap Euros, but not at its current price. It was high since it is considered an import beer by the liquor control board (the distributor), but I can have equal or better quality for half its price at the convenience store.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
2.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out into a extremely pale yellow, with about a finger of head which eventually dissipates with no lace. The scent is somewhere between grassy and grainy. Taste is very fizzy, no strong taste of anything, somewhat watery. Not a detestable beer, but I can't really find anything redeemable overall.

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Photo of steeler
2.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this is one of the 3 Chinese beers I've had the chance of trying. Anyway, pours out a really light yellow color, no head what so ever. Just looks bland, and uninviting. The smell is just as bad, a tad skunky, with mild hop and malt aroma. It tastes like your run of the mill euro lager, it is very boring. Mouth feel surprisingly is nice and full and smooth. Well for drinkability, gets a slighty higher mark, just for the fact that is so easy to drink, you can rip through a cold 6 pack like water. For the price of this one, i dont know if I'd buy it again, but I wouldnt refuse one either. On the fence.

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Photo of wl0307
2.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found at a local off-license in East End London. The bottle has a slightly different name: "Zhujiang Gold Lager". Ingredients: Water, Hops, Fine Malt, Rice, Yeast. BB 22/10/2006, served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: pale straw hue, fast-disappearing beer head, moderate streams of medium-bubbly fizziness sustain... good clarity.
S: rice plays a big part in the smell, mixed with very mild notes of grassy hints of hops and corn-ish malts, but not as sweet and sticky as many other premium lagers at this strength.
T: lightly lemony and semi-sweetish lager malts, blended with an assertive amount of sour-sweet aftertaste of rice and starches, and, where are the hops? Very thin, watery finish with a slightly sour edge of semi-fermented rice, yet, fortunately, it's not sticky on the mouthfeel in the end...
M&D: quite spritzy but not OTT, feather-light bodied and watery on the overall palate--not uncommon to a mass-produced lager. Quite bland and not much is there to savour no matter how hard I've tried. All in all, not the worst I've tried, but this IS a bad beer, not worth the label "Gold" at all, but still outperforms American Budweiser...

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Photo of randylangford
2/5  rDev -13%

Zhujiang Golden Lager from Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.3 out of 5 with 9 ratings