Pearl River Lager Beer | Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery Co. Ltd.

Pearl River Lager BeerPearl River Lager Beer
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Pearl River Lager BeerPearl River Lager Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery Co. Ltd.
China

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 01-17-2007

BEER STATS
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#43,158
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
32
Liked:
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Avg:
2.41/5
pDev:
18.67%
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of JEdmund
3.21/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Clear, straw yellow; nice, substantial and quick-to-rise white head; head subsides quickly, leaving no lacing

Aroma
Familiar, skunky lager aroma, similar to Heinekin or Corona; nothing too appetizing

Taste & Mouth Feel
Very light, crisp, and clean; surprisingly good! No nasty aftertaste – very clean-cut; light mouth feel, good, high level of carbonation; pleasant bready/malty/yeasty taste

Comparisons
It’s very similar and on par with the other H.K. beer I tried, Kingway; they’re both very refreshing and clean; aroma’s not great, but the flavor makes up

Overall
Great for a hot afternoon; one of the better “cheap” lagers I’ve had; I’m doubly impressed with Hong Kong’s offerings as I liked the other one quite a bit for the style

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Photo of beerbum05
3.01/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearnce: Highly carbonated, lots of bubbles, medium sized head, gold colour

Smell: Light hop smell

Taste: Feels fizzy in the mouth, average lager taste, no individual characteristics

Overall: Not a bad lager beer, would've preffered it without so much carbonation.

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Photo of Nolin
3/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather unremarkable Chinese beer. When poured a very light pale gold coloured beer; a small white head. Good carbonation. A strong aroma of rice is present, but on tasting this is a weak bland beer, water like is one of the first things that come to mind. At the same time, it didn't put me off (like other Chinese beer).

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Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Touch of grain, some bit of skunk, definitely more "beery" than the weaker Pearl River beers, with some extra bitterness that's not entirely metallic. Quaffable, cheap.

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Photo of randylangford
3/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of zephyrsky
2.83/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of patre_tim
2.75/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
2.75/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
2.67/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tone77
2.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of green apples, grains, not a good sign. Taste is green apples, some grains, a bit of vinegar, kind of bland. Feels light in the mouth and overall is not terrible, but not to my liking.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.58/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass jan25 2011

A clear pale yellow with plenty of bubbles but no head or lace

S skunky rice cakes and some sweet grains and faint grassy hops

T not far from the smell but with a little lemon

M thin but well carbonated pretty much no aftertaste

D nothing awful but nothing worth trying, pretty basic brew

I won't be picking it up again but I didn't dump it down the sink either

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As with most things made in China, this is a very bland and ordinary beer. It is flat and watery and there is way too much carbonation for my liking. The beer pours a very watery yellowish color, with an excess amount of head. The beer barely has a taste. It tastes more like a light beer out of a can. This is a very bad beer.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SmashPants
2.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Format: a 330mL dark green bottle with a pretty ordinary macro label. Looks... suspicious.

Appearance: pours out a fairly thin-looking light yellow with okay carbonation. A fizzing white head drops from a finger almost immediately. Doesn't look great.

Aroma: there is a touch of cereal grain there, but much more adjuncts - particularly rice. Smells cheap if not offensive.

Taste: I don't mind some Asian adjunct beers - some actually make the rice taste quite nice. This is not one of those beers. An awkward fug from the rice, and only cheap and light cereals to back it up.

Aftertaste: more rice awkwardness on the finish. Not a great beer.

Mouth feel: light in body to the point of being somewhat watery, with a moderate to higher carbonation.

Overall: a fairly cheap lager at AU$38 a case, but there are better quality beers even at this level. I'd rather spend a few bucks more and get some VB.

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Photo of LazyL
2.43/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When in Rome, or in this case a Chinese restaurant.
Looked OK to start but the white fizzy head disapated almost instantly, leaving a dark straw coloured beverage. Probably should have left it in the bottle than poured into the 1984 Calgary Olympic tulip glass.
Smells like a lager but with perhaps a bit more of some honey and grassy notes.
The taste was somewhat sweet and had very little else to offer.
The mouthfeel was flat and has a semi dry short finish. Had this not been cold and with a meal I most likely would not have finished it. The glass may have helped class this beer up a notch.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a direct import from China, and my can is greater than or equal to 4.3% alc/vol. Ingredients: Water, High Quality Malt, High Quality Rice, Hops...

A- Comes in a cool can that has the pull off tab and members of the Chinese National Basketball team, with Yao Ming as the focal point. The brew itself is urine yellow in color, with very minimal head...what there is quickly vanishes into nothingness. This is very highly carbonated and resembles pop..providing a carbonated ring around the glass at the top of the brew. There is also no lacing to speak of but instead an oily looking film covering my glass. Not very impressive to look at!

S- Typical Chinese lager aromas, being very similar to BMC type beer. Sweet malt/rice adjuncts dominate...it smells very similar to a piece of fermented rice cake dessert that I tried recently...not super appealing to be honest. I don't smell any of the hops that are said to be used in this either.

T- Well it tastes better than it smells, but not by much...it follows fairly close to the aroma. Again, there is sweet malt and/or rice, which actually keeps it clean tasting. The flavors are light overall and have a typically synthetic character about them. There is little to no hop presence either.

M- Thin and watery, which isn't unexpected...afterall, this is brewed for the Asian population and I think for the climate it's intended for, it works. It's very carbonated and scrubs the palate accordingly.

O- It's a very forgettable Chinese lager, and it's not one of the better ones. However, I would drink this again if necessary, as it's not offensive or anything, and makes a nice hot weather adult beverage if you just want something simple....I wouldn't purchase it though if I have a choice...

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Photo of Shadman
2.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale lager yellow with a large bone white head that receeded to a thin cap & ring. All in all an average looking lager.

Very faint graininess and not much else comes to my nose here. Certainly lacking any spicy/floral hop that one would associate with a Euro Lager.

Watery is the first thing that comes to mind here. Some faint grainy-sweet malt and a touch of hop bitterness. Some mineral water taste from the 'Pearl River' perhaps is also present. Finishes quite dry, almost turning citric acid like minutes after tasting.

There are better Asian beers out there my friends.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.32/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold colour, head is white and bubbly, disappears very quickly. Stream of big carbonation bubbles don't revive it. Not very interesting.

Smells carbolic and...meh. Sweet grain with rice and a sour acidic 'beer' aroma. Maybe hints of bittering hops, mildly metallic. Inoffensive but very generic.

Taste is sweet upfront with weak rice notes and hints of corn syrup. Develops mild cereal grain note with pearl barley on mid-palate. Bit residually sweet on the back, with nowhere near enough bitterness, just sweet and grainy, and overall very bland.

Fizzy feel but gently so, it needs fizz to cut through the sweetness but not enough, not a great job.

Meh.

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Photo of kentawan
2.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank it directly from an ice cold can (that's how you drink macro lager). 4.3% ABV.

Typical adjunct with very minor skunky taste. Poor malt presence, plenty of rice though.

Good to go with Chinese food. Especially crayfish stirfried with szechuan peppercorn.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Julian4077
2.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of crnipeter
2.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours crystal-clear golden body without visible effervescence topped by half an
inch thin non-lasting white head.

Sweetish malt aroma with noticeable yeast character reminiscent of green apples.

Medium-light bodied, crispy and dry on the palate, slightly malty with green apple like fruitiness and slight carbonic acid bite. Bland with no hop flavor/aroma to speak of. (330 ml without BB indication, into tulip.)

Chinese should stick to what they make best - food - and leave brewing to others.

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Photo of djrn2
2.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.17/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330 ml green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disneyland thimble glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are rather low.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of no real cream, white colour, okay thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear dark yellow. No visible yeast particles. No bubble show.

Sm: Cream and barley. A mild strength aroma. Not particularly appealing, but not repugnant.

T: Cream over a clean barley body. Very simple, boring, and bland. There's very little to say about it. Not layered, complex, or subtle. Very dull.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body generally. Weak. Too thin. Carbonation is adequate but not ideal.

Dr: Drinkable in that its ABV is average and no flavours are particularly bad. But it's so damned boring. I won't get this again, nor would I recommend it - even for the price.

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