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Snow Beer | China Resources Breweries Limited

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Snow BeerSnow Beer

Brewed by:
China Resources Breweries Limited

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by donnebaby on 04-12-2005

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2/5  rDev -13.4%

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Photo of pieman25
2.45/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So, I've been teaching English in northern China for the past few days, and found this beer in a local shop. 5 Yuan, about $1 CAD. It wasn't all that great, and most Chinese beer is not quite as strong as the stuff in Canada or the U.S., I think it's because they make it to go with their meals, which tend to be longer. This stuff is about %2.5 ABV and 9 degrees plato (says so on the 500ml can).

look: Perfectly fine, nice golden yellow with a head that fades quickly, for Chinese beer it seems to be the norm.

Smell - a bit of grains, light and grassy, not much to say here either.

Taste - bland, like your average light beer.

Feel - like most Chinese lagers, rather light, smooth and fizzy.

Overall - compared to some other beers in China, this stuff is actually a pass, though to be honest most standard Chinese beer would be a pass for anybody into craft, it tends to be very light and sessionable, at least based on a few days experience.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Consumed in mass in Emei, Lishan, and Chengdu, Sichuan province.

22oz bomber

Light golden body with minimal carbonation and almost no head what-so-ever.

Aroma smells faintly of steamed broccoli and cauliflower. Hints of plastic like chemicals.

Tastes as bland as beer can taste. Water with a little grass in it.

Feels flat, plasticy, with almost no bite and hints of rice sugar sweetness.

Representative of Chinese brewing. This is apparently the 5th most popular domestic brew.

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Photo of OompaMentor
2.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This was my 5th beer while travelling in China on business in April 2015. This beer was rated at China's #1 consumed beer so it was a must try. My research before leaving the states indicated this was an Anheuser-Busch InBev product brewed by China Resources. This beer had an 4.7ABV according to my language assistant; this is different from the information indicated below (4.3) by BA and one reviewer indicated a 2.5ABV as shown on a can. I poured from a clear, 330ml bottle into a glass.

A - pale straw yellow with minimal carbonation although it produced a reasonable white head
S - light citrus with the slightest hint of grains
T - light, bland with no hint of grains; again, a rather bland beer
F - light, watery - nothing to speak of

As mentioned, the beers here are light, session style brews. If you have high expectations of finding something akin to the brews in the States, you will be wanting! Good for washing down the food.

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2.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of MaxWildwood
3.25/5  rDev +40.7%

Photo of Chirpie
1.92/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Been visiting the wife's relatives in China for the past few weeks and while it's not difficult to hunt down decent wine, good beer is harder to come by.

It's been a non-stop parade of this stuff and Tsingtao. (With Budweiser, and Suntory being the other two you can find anywhere.)

Light as snow is about the right call. This is up there with Coors with being water in a can. You can session it into infinitely and nothing's going to happen, and for that it works. It's good for a giant food party that goes on for hours on end.

But taste, smell, mouthfeel? It's absurdly light. At least it doesn't have any skunky characteristics. (Which is good, since you'll often get served this straight up room temperature, and that'd only magnify that.)

I can't really complain, as it's incredibly cheap, so it's a case of you get what you pay for at least.

It'll do in a pinch, but I'm not gonna miss it when I'm back in the states.

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Photo of Momon
1.63/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
2.25/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Fusion7777
2.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of TLove
2.4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Far exceeds Tsingtao or any other domestic beer I had in China. Consequently impressive on the drinkability side, but still lacks color, flavor, and any real taste.

Little lacing, smells not dissimilar to IceHouse (if such a smell can really be conjured), color is very watery and light yellow. Sits better in the mouth, with decent carbonation and a smooth finish for a light beer.

Inadept, but about as good as it gets for Chinese domestics.

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Photo of thekanna
2.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at 老街一号 (Lao Jie Yi Hao) restaurant in 黄山市 (Huangshan City), China.

A: Very clear light yellow with active carbonation and about 1 finger of fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Not much detectable, a bit of yeast maybe.

T/M: Crisp and light, adjunct malt and yeast flavor fade away very quickly revealing a slight sweetness and wateriness.

D: Refreshing and drinkable, but about it.

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Photo of Hoepat
2.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of oline73
1.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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1.86/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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2.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of daliandragon
1.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased this one from a tiny imported food shop down near Gunpo station south of Seoul proper. Comes in a mighty 630ml green bottle with attractive label and foil trim. The label has "SNOW" written vertically on the side, some Chinese characters and 11 with the little degree symbol. Some tiny writing on the side (In English) lauds beer's ingredients, process, and taste. The back label is mostly in Chinese but does list an address, phone #, and abv (4.0%).
It's always nice to try something different and holding this huge honking bottle is an ego boost as well. Pours a pale yellowish gold with minimal head. The smell is acidic with what definitely seems to be rice the prime agent involved.
A watery, unimpressive taste with too much carbonation and a metallic aftertaste. Does have some light and refreshing qualities, would probably be best in the summer heat.
Certainly a mass produced and faceless brew, but maybe ok for the beach or a barbecue

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3.25/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +29.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -2.6%

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1/5  rDev -56.7%

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1.96/5  rDev -15.2%

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2/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BucBasil
2.6/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The bottle says "Relax and enjoy this fine tasting beer." I'm doing so in my Shanghai apartment on an overcast day.

Poured from the 620mL bottle into a standard glass.

A: The beer is very light straw color with a fizzy head that doesn't stick around very long.

S: Slightly vegetal with some crackery malt. I can already tell the Euro pale influence here. ive the people what they want.

T: Yep there it is. Nothing special. Light fizzy lemony character with a bit of background malt. Some veggie notes in there. An overall watery character.

There are some beers you buy because they taste great and others you buy because they are cheap. Snow fills the latter category quite nicely in China. For 3.80 RMB, roughly 50 cents, you can have a regular old Euro pale. It is what it is, and really for what it is, not terrible. Like the bottle says: Relax, it's fine.

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3/5  rDev +29.9%

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