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Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
Japanese Rice Lager
Ranked #30
Ranked #30,645
2.53 | pDev: 25.69%
Aug 12, 2022
Feb 26, 2003
Taiwan BeerTaiwan Beer
Notes: Taiwan Beer has incorporated locally produced ponlai rice in its recipe since the 1960s, giving the beer a distinctive flavour.
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Ratings by strengthdoc:
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Reviewed by strengthdoc from Connecticut

3.26/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4
I think I have a different perspective on this beer. I tried it on tap during a dinner at a hotel in Taipei when I was in Taiwan lecturing at the National College of Physical Education a couple of years ago. My rating may have been influenced by the atmosphere and my first real family style "Chinese" meal, which was unbelievable. I found the beer to be very pale yellow in color and have little to offer in the aroma, but it was tasty. There was a marked lager maltiness and it went very well with the somewhat spicy food I was eating. I don't know about the export version, but if you are in Taiwan I would encourage you to give it a try. I would encourage you to be aware that the servers never allow your glass to empty. I didn't realize how much I had until I stood up after the meal.
Jun 21, 2009
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from an undated 12oz can into a pils glass

On the pour a 2 finger head that pokes out of the top of the glass forms then slowly recedes to a rocky slightly fizzy head then to just a covering over thentop after 10 or so minutes. Body is a light golden straw with a very light chill haze.

Aroma is incredibly light and very clean. Based off the aroma alone and the inclusion of rice as the only adjunct I disagree with the current AAL classification and believe this is much closer to a Japanese Rice Lager. Light hops are present and a very light but clean lager yeast note. Malts are quite light and what is there is rice crackery.

Taste is very similar to the smell again very light, but insanely clean and detectably hoppy. Everything about this is light but the hops are floral and fruity woth almost zero bitterness and the yeast notes are light dry and again vaguely fruity. The finish is where the malt comes in and it is very light and crackery with rice lightness present, but the rice itself doesn't contribute much to the flavor. Once the beer warms a bit there is a bit of a dirty lager finish but it takes a while for it to set in and doesn't cover the good parts of this beer.

Feel is light and very dry with a decent carbonation bite. Very refreshing and drinkable but the mouthfeel is incredibly dry. Not the softest beer in the mouth, a bit of a fizzy feeling. Finish Is medium long but clean.

Overall this is an impressive Asian beer. More than just another boring pale lager, it has some defining features, and a nice floral hoppy note. Very dry and surprisingly good. I only got it because I kept seeing it at total beverage and the can looked nice but this is actually impressive and memorable.
Aug 12, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.69/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -4.3%
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%
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 +23.7%
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 +18.6%
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 +17.4%
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 -57.3%
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 +87.4%
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
Rated: 3 by paulish from New York

Nov 08, 2018
Rated: 3 by ylc0006 from Taiwan

Nov 05, 2018
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Rated by sokol_1993 from California

2.93/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Got a 660ml bottle from local SF supermarket.

Not bad for a macro brew. Really sweet, but aftertaste is terrible.
Oct 11, 2018
Rated: 2.6 by BubbleBobble from New York

May 29, 2018
Rated: 2.75 by Marvicsin from California

Feb 02, 2018
Rated: 2.77 by spyx1007 from Indiana

Nov 05, 2017
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.61/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Decanted from a 10.14 oz (300 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information, but serial no. 2715 B1.
A: Pours a clear straw to golden color, with a half inch head, little retention and no lacing.
S: Aroma of bread crust and pepper.
T: Tastes malty vis a vis bread as well. Really resembles a Dortmunder. Very little, but peppery bitterness.
M: Light bodied, low carbonation, crisp finish.
O: Taiwan was a pretty solid adjunct lager. Like most internationals and adjuncts, it get very low scores on this Website. This bottle was not skunked; do not rate it, if it is. Different from what we are used to in the States, but drinkable and enjoyable.
Oct 29, 2017
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

2.83/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
From a 1 pint 4 oz bottle. Pours a straw color with a lacing of white bubbles. Slightly sweet skunky smell. Light, crisp, carbonated feel. Not much flavor, maybe very light pilsener with a touch of grass. Overall, it's clean, crisp, and inoffensive. Not bad, but not very distinctive either.
Jul 20, 2017
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Reviewed by gandres from Philippines

2.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
From 1 pint, 4.2 ounce bottle to glass
deep amber hue, medium foam, clear
Smell: not a lot of aroma
better tasting than the gold, low bitterness
carbonation comes out
good beer: not to repeat, look for
drank: January 24, 2017 10:03 PM
Jan 25, 2017
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle in trade from Solidfunk, thanks for the country! Slightly hazy light golden color with a thin wisp of a white head. Light skunk, pilsner and a touch of floral earth and faint metal. Better than I expected really.
Jan 10, 2017
Rated: 3.03 by addiwilliams from Virginia

Nov 24, 2016
Rated: 1.65 by Paoloboston from Massachusetts

Sep 03, 2016
Rated: 3 by paulb19801 from New York

Jun 20, 2016
Rated: 1.77 by 54V4G3 from Belgium

May 25, 2016
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Reviewed by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

2.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
355ml can poured into pint glass 17/2/16

A clear straw yellow with some giant bubbles feeding a very short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S rice cakes, wet paper, soggy hay, has a macro thing going for it that's fairly typical but not overly offensive

T more of the same really, some green apple added top the mix

M thin and watery, bubbles fluff it up and it flattens out instantly, strange wet paper with apple sauce finish

O reminds me of the big American macros, cheap malt pumps out what you paid for, not awful but nothing good either

like so many before it this is a one and done, a country tic and not a whole lot more
Feb 18, 2016
Rated: 2.63 by MFMB from Idaho

Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 2.5 by SocalKicks from California

Nov 12, 2015
Rated: 1.78 by kerry4porters from Arizona

Oct 13, 2015
Rated: 2.19 by Wontonst from California

Sep 04, 2015
Rated: 2.74 by BlueSpader from Washington

Aug 28, 2015
Taiwan Beer from Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 151 ratings