Gold Medal Taiwan Beer | Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation

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Gold Medal Taiwan BeerGold Medal Taiwan Beer

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Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 03-17-2007

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by wl0307:
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2.18/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased at a "bargain grocery shop" in The Moor, Sheffield. Totally surprised to see this beer on the shelves, I was somehow more curious about the source of this beer. For one thing, Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Co. is not owned by any international big boys like InBev., and how this beer manages to appear in a small grocery shop like this is definitely beyond my imagination, and there come loads of it! Since I've only heard of this beer since leaving Taiwan and never tasted it--it's a relatively new product from this company and appeared in market for only less than five years--why not give it a try at just 1.29 quid? 600ml green bottle, BB 31/01/2008, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: coming in a dark straw hue; the beer head is thick and fluffy while the carbonation is fierce and artificial--looking like a mass-produced lager all right.
S: lightly lemony fruitiness comes with starchy and grainy malts with a touch of sugar; a swirl brings out a dryish grainy note of rice, plus an intriguingly stinky edge of hop pellets. Despite the promise of noble hops (as appears on the brewery's website), the hops lag way behind. Overall the presence of rice is much milder than the standard "Taiwan Beer", hence slightly better.
T: as bland as it could get... spritzy upfront, then some thin-bodied malts, lemony flavouring, an acidic-grainy edge of (leftover) steamed round rice, and a misplaced mild dryness of rice that comes almost too early to contribute any positive impression to the overall bland performance.
M&D: the wafer-thin body falls apart on the palate from the very beginning, while the fizziness, being not overly intrusive, fails to bring a refreshing mouthfeel. I expected to taste a much better product than the same brewery's standard "Taiwan Beer", but the thing in my glass is yet another disappointment. Since there're quite a few micro-brews available in Taiwan right now, I suppose this previously state-owned company might as well consider consigning itself to history and selling all its breweries all over Taiwan, so as to do every discerned drinker and micro-brewer a favour.

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Photo of t2grogan
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of mattster
1.63/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I purchased the 22oz bomber at Super L Ranchmarket at the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix. Poured into a Nonic glass.

Pour has a thick bubbly head, about 2" atop a yellow (with amber hints) brew.

Smell is similar to a mass market beer. Very skunky, even after allowing to breath outside of glass.

Taste is very subtle. It actually doesn't have much to it. Very watered down. Not horrible, but no "Distinctive Flavor" as the bottle states. Taste is malty, not much past that. Bubbles sort of attack the tongue with no real purpose. Nothing leaves me wanting more.

The beer wasn't expensive, but really not worth it.

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Photo of valkyre65
2.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of intoxabroad
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of biboergosum
2.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml can, coming in at 5.5% ABV, and the base brew, I'm guessing, for those other fruity beers that I've had from this outfit of late.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of rearing humpback whale profile lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale malt, rice crackers, a hard water stoniness, vague impressions of stale pome fruit, a twinge of phenolic yeast and acetone, and very weak earthy and weedy hop bitters. The taste is more bready, lightly crackery pale malt, rice husks, a steady rocky flintiness, muddled light orchard fruit, mildly funky yeast, a faint cheesiness, and tame weedy, skunky hops.

The carbonation is fairly robust in its far-reaching frothiness, the body a sturdy enough middleweight, and so-so smooth, as a certain clammy pithiness arises right from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the mixed graininess starting to assert itself over the fading off-flavours.

For the given style here, this is all right, but for what I believe the brewery (or their marketing hacks) are going for, i.e. a German-style lager, this falls pretty flat. So, this one is all about expectations - me, I had very little at the outset, and as such was not disappointed, rather merely and barely satisfied.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up at an Asian market in St. Louis along with it's similar sibling, the regular Taiwan beer.

A - Pale yellow with a big fluffy head that leaves some nice dry lace on the glass. Retention is decent, and many rings of lace are left on the glass as I work my way down.

S - Spicy hops, sweet honey malt, and some nice fresh sea salt airy notes. Smells pretty good!

T - Much like the nose, spicy hops on top of honey based malt flavors. This is pretty assertive and tasty for the (usually boring) style. Nice.

M - Light bodied, with some residual sugars and a nice neutral but hoppy finish.

D - Not to shabby! This is a pretty nice beer for a basic Asian lager. I would drink this again...especially as a session brew in an Asian bar or restaurant.

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Photo of hreb
3.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Taiwan Beer (Gold Medal, World Monde selection). Tall 600mL bottle, it looks like. Served in a tall pilsner glass. Beer pours pale yellow in color, not quite clear, with fine bubbles rising towards the surface. Sweet, grapey, adjunct aroma. But flavor is quite crisp, dry, and surprisingly drinkable. Thin body with little grain character. Not a lot of flavor, but I'm more than content to drink this with spicy Asian food -- probably more so than my usual go-to for such purposes, Sapporo.

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Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Momon
1.83/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BigAl18
2.08/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Castolo
2.08/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of uravms
3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of Rickus
1.8/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of CpnYates
1.6/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Yuck... that is pretty much the most responsible thing I said after popping a can of this while working in Taiwan for a month. The regular Taiwan beer is a much better offering than this, but if you do find your self in possesion of a glass of taiwan's distinctive flavor lager beer, drink it as such.

1. Chill till darn near freezing
2. eat spicy chilli's
3. wonder why taiwan beer has not adapted the wide mouth can
4. Poor into mouth while swallowing rapidly, avoiding tounge
5. Grab a diffrent beer

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Photo of LoFiDave
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.48/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with gold tints with a two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is strong skunk covering light sweet malt and grain, typical adjunct. Flavor is also very light, almost watered down sweet grainy malt and mild grassy hops with a hint of citrus. Light bodied, with soda like fizzy carbonation. Like any other light adjunct lager, bland and inoffensive. Except for the thin flavor, a fairly standard example of this ubiquitous style. Initial flavor is ok, but because of the lightness, a bit metallic in the finish, but that is also mild. Meh. The green bottle skunkiness is the only thing that stands out.

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Photo of bwyu
3.75/5  rDev +41.5%

Photo of JohnQVD
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.52/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl can poured into a pokal.

A = Clear straw color forms small white head which disippates relatively quickly, light but steady carbonation.

S = Wet straw, earthy hops, light floral scents, pretty decent for the style.

T = Fresh grains and some spun sugar, light bitterness right at mid-palate, but mostly this is a sweet light foamy beer.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, smooth, full feel.

D = This is actually pretty decent for a sipping beer of this style. That said, it gets just s;lightly cloying by the end so I am not sure I would want too many of them.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz green bomber pours a medium gold color with a decent sized white head that pops and fizzes pretty quickly to nothingness.

Smell is sweet and corny. Eerily similar to the regular Taiwan Beer… not much else to report on the aroma. It is not repulsive, but certainly not pleasant. It is distinctive in its sweetness.

Taste is sweet, light malt and plenty of sweet-ish corn/rice adjunct lightness. It tastes like it has about the same amount of malt as a Japanese Hopponshu. Even though I had the regular Taiwan Beer less than a month ago, this tastes exactly the same. Mouthfeel is decent, but that is probably due to the perception of sugar and high carbonation. Perhaps Taiwan has not heard of hops before…cause this one is in serious need of some leafy greens. It actually reminds me a little bit of the Malta Goya drink they peddle south of the border. This one is only for the curious, tickers and masochists out there in BA land.

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2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of bambam2517
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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