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Hong Kong Beer | The Hong Kong S.A.R. Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
The Hong Kong S.A.R. Brewing Co.
Hong Kong

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hong Kong Beer, the Brewery’s flagship label is Hong Kong’s only handcrafted beer brewed to a traditional German lager recipe. The use of a single type barley brewing malt, Hallertau hops and Weihenstephan yeast forms the basis of this elegant beer, providing it with a light fruity aroma and a notably soft palate. A long gentle lagering maturation period completes the beer with a smooth body and a refreshing finish. Hong Kong Beer it is a thirst quenching beer ideal for hot summer days and is a perfect compliment to all Chinese food.

Added by DaPeculierDane on 03-28-2007

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by laituegonflable:
Photo of laituegonflable
3.46/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure why this is retired; it seems to be being churned out as regular as ever. Had on tap at the Hong Kong Brewhouse in Lan Kwai Fong.

Pours a boring golden amber colour, with white head that is quite dense. Sinks to a thin film before too long. Leaves thin trail of lace. Pretty dull and empty looking.

Smells grainy, with lightly caramelised barley note. Slight carbonic aroma is unfortunate and mild herbal hop note is welcome. Smells pretty standard, but kind of refreshing. I'm surprisingly enticed.

Taste is fairly standard. Grainy upfront with notes of barley, lightly toasted and caramelised. Some light esters. Maybe some
Phenols on the midway point. It might just be the carbonic flavour, but it's mild and drinkable as it progresses. Finishes with a hint of cedar wood and pepper but very very mild, it's all dumbed down and lagery. Pleasant overall though, and crisp, although at times a bit too muted.

Bit of body to it, slight fizz on the back. Woud like it thinner actually to go down more easily.

This is what Asian lagers should be. Light, crisp but doesn't have too much sweet adjuncty note or over-carbonation problem. A bit bland, but very clean and drinkable.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Me: What kind of beer is that “Hong Kong Beer”

Some Samoan: It’s a dark, draft beer.

Me: Are you sure you speak English?

Pours into a pint glass a medium yellow with less then average carbonation and a thin white head.

Aroma of pale malt, candied yeast, caramel, and grassy hops.

Taste: Big surprise. It tastes just like the fricking Too Soo and Aldrich Bay. The powdery, sweet yeast dominates. I think the yeast this brewery uses is infected or something. This just isn’t right. Following that are sweet fruits and caramel with a light grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied. Flatish. Powdery and sweet. Slightly unbalanced in that direction just like the Too Soo and Aldrich Bay.

Drinkability: Boring and bland.

Some Samoan: Would you like to try our other Hong Kong Beer?

Me: Hell no, I mean, um no thank you. Let me see you bottle list please.

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Photo of patre_tim
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of soju6
2.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark copper color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of some citrus and malt sweetness.

T: Taste of malt sweetness with a bit of fruit mixed in. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp, quite smooth and refreshing.

O: Not a bad beer. Good for a couple.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.47/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: fairly pleasing copper/amber color but completely non-existent head

s: very fruity for a euro lager; a little on the syrupy sweet side. actually pretty enticing. it all goes downhill from here

t: malty sweet; a little grainy; definitely taste hints of corn; finishes with an almost indetectible hop bitter taste

m: too syrupy and cloying; light carbonation

d: cloying mouthfeel and unmemorable taste cut down on drinkability.

ultimately, i'll drink it to support the only local brewery in hong kong but it is definitely nothing special.

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Photo of TwiggyCZ
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hunteraw
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at City Super in Shatian. After my first negative experience with HKSAR Brewing, my expectations are limited - especially since this is by all indications a boring lager. Just about on the mark. Pours yellow, with a thin head. Light aroma, brown bottle so no skunk. Doesn't have the ridiculous extracty aroma of the first HKSAR beer I had, but not exactly exploding with malt or hops either. Flavor along the same lines. Mouthfeel and drinkability about average for the style. Gives me hope that there's still room in the HK market for craft beer. From reading the other review, seems like the bottled version might be a little better!

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Photo of randylangford
1.75/5  rDev -36.6%

Hong Kong Beer from The Hong Kong S.A.R. Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.76 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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