Taiwan Beer
Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation

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Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
Japanese Rice Lager
Ranked #40
Ranked #29,243
2.52 | pDev: 25.79%
Jul 17, 2023
Feb 26, 2003
Taiwan Beer has incorporated locally produced ponlai rice in its recipe since the 1960s, giving the beer a distinctive flavour.
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Reviewed by nach0king from Texas

2.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
I love pale lagers, even adjunct ones, so I'm not rating low just because of the style. Instead it's because this is flat, soapy, maybe a little lemony, and oddly filling considering just how little it appeals to the palate. Not a great export at all. This is from a six pack of 10.4 oz (330ml?) green bottles with no date - maybe stored badly? Additionally - mine says 5% ABV, not the 4.5% that others report. But it's definitely "Taiwan Beer."
Jul 17, 2023
Rated: 2.54 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

May 24, 2023
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.69/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
never seen this before in the states until today, dubbed "classic" now, its a fine asian brew, fuller bodied and slightly sweeter than most, but also mysteriously and thankfully missing the yucky parts of most of these, no metal, no corn, no adjunct cheapness, and while its not all that good, its also not all that bad, and thats at least as valid in this style range, especially from this part of the world, where our american standards really do not apply in the same way, and i am thankful to be trying this, especially with a heady vegan curry burrito, you never know what you are going to find out there. simple stuff here, international lager type, but slightly big, malt liquor-esque to me, a little adjuncty, but not as offensive as so many, and in this category i think its decent. it cuts spice, its not objectively cheap, and there is great carbonation here. that said, i wouldnt choose this even over a basic available lager type here, molson canadian, labatt blue, heck even high life wins here, but its shooting its shot and i dont hate it, smells and tastes like the can, but whatever, its fun, especially in this food context. always been an international yellow beer nerd, and here is another one, life is good!
Apr 14, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

2.42/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
.5l bottle from Fu Bonn Market. Medium golden, clear, initial foamy head. Heads fades to small cap. Grainy aroma, adjunct grains, cooked vegetables. Taste is sweet and grainy, light vegetal notes. Creamy feel. Drinkable.
Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 3.05 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 04, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 2.75 by thingman from Alabama

Mar 12, 2021
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Reviewed by dannydetox from Ohio

3.01/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Import adjunct lager. The first one went down pleasantly, but i tried pouring the second into a glass; better experience chugging cold out of the can. Pale, pale yellow in color with decent head and lacing for the style. Cereal grain is the first scent I pick up, with hints of old world hops plus something musty in the back. Very thin feel to the 4.5%. Finishes cold and fizzy albeit on the watery side. Grainy notes persist. Better in the can for certain as the less desirable mustiness is less noticeable.
Dec 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Profundobaso from New York

3.13/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Look - golden color, transparent, small head that dissipates, leaving virtually no lacing.
Smell - syrupy sweetness, with some malts and rice fragrance. no skunkiness, and actually quite pleasant overall.
Taste - unfortunately, the taste did not make up for the smell. fairly watery, no hops presence, and light malty flavor. finishes with slight sweetness, a strong indicator of the proportion of rice used in this brew.
Feel - light bodied, high carbonation, on par with most adjuncts at 4.5% ABV.
Overall - an adjunct that is quite pleasant on the smell but standard on the taste. nothing atrocious, but nothing amazing either.
Sep 19, 2020
Rated: 2.94 by Boone757 from Virginia

Apr 30, 2020
Rated: 3.32 by markallmon from Tennessee

Mar 16, 2020
Rated: 2.77 by RobinLee from Wisconsin

Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 3.06 by Beernoobie from California

Sep 11, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by bouncepass from California

Aug 19, 2019
Rated: 2.5 by Oidmoe from Austria

Jul 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Purchased in a NC grocery and poured from a 12oz can.
A- Nice, light-golden pour with a 1 finger head that vanishes. Continually working carbonation.
S- An appealing nose: clean, sweet malts, straw and a little citrus.
T- Nothing special, but certainly not a bad beer. Sweet malts (ponlai rice, I assume, responsible for the sweetness), but pretty clean (not corn syrup and not vegetal like nasty Stateside macros). Some straw and something passing for a very light lemon/citrus finish on the tongue. Straight at you BEER. Crisp and refreshing.
M- Well-carbonated, just short of zippy. Not pasty. Not syrupy. Again the word 'clean'.
O- Again, offering nothing special. But definitely a decent lager for this palate.
Not exactly comfortable looking at down the pipe 3's, but it's an honest and fair evaluation from these beer senses.
Jun 25, 2019
Rated: 2.95 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Jun 07, 2019
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

2.97/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Not THAT bad that you would suppose after sering the ratings. It has a slight sweetness to it that is not annoying so the beer remains drinkable. Though a weak lager, it was okay with Taiwanese food.
May 15, 2019
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Reviewed by CherryStreetReviews from Louisiana

1.08/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1
I poured this straight in like the brewer suggested but it’s very hard to drink. Smells like airplane glue. Taste even worse. Like drinking a bowl of rice. This may be the most popular beer in Taiwan, but what other beer choices do they have? The low scores are very appropriate for this beer. Nothing I would want to drink again.
Feb 12, 2019
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.74/5  rDev +88.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Taiwan Beer Classic has a thick, mousse white head, a golden, clear appearance, with lots of powdery sediment and moderate class lacing. The aroma is of sweet biscuit and straw, and the flavor is similar, with grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Taiwan Beer Classic finishes crisp and refreshing.

Jan 26, 2019
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