Tsingtao Premium | Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tjd25 on 04-05-2004

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 44
Photo of titvs
2/5  rDev -31%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: low malt aroma with sweet cereal notes. no hop aromas. some DMS is present. APPEARANCE: pale straw color and very clear. thin frothy white head with low retention. TASTE: very low sweet grainy like flavor with no hop flavors and no bitterness. finishes sweet. PALATE: thin and watery body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a very watered down pale lager.

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Photo of Tepsitola
2.8/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I went to china and of course I had to taste the beer! This is the most common beer in china.
I had a journey on rail from bejing to the vietnamease border and this was the only beer I came across. In china beer is called horses piss..now I know why.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.6/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold with an initially puffy white head that quickly recedes into a sticky white mousse.

S: Aromas of lemon and grass are present, but unobtrusive. As the beer warms, hints of honey and biscuits become noticeable. There really isn't an adjunct scent to this beer.

T: Opens crisp and dry with notes of honey, biscuits, crackers, lemon, lime, grass, straw, and minerals. The finish is quick and cleansing with fleeting notes of lemon and honey.

M: Light-bodied, firm, dry, and spritzy. The carbonation is very noticeable, but is neither harsh nor obtrusive. Very drinkable.

O: I think this beer is misclassified. It's really more of a rice lager, and it's a good one at that. On its own, Tsingtao performs fairly well, but really shines when paired with Chinese cuisine, especially fish and poultry dishes. So far, this is one of the best Chinese beers I've tried.

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Photo of dbaker61
2.69/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Almost no head, less than half a finger thick, gone very quick. Light yellow color.

Smell: Fruity, banana ester, with a little yeast. There may be a little hops in there as well.

Taste: Kind of a let-down after the smell. Not much flavor, and not exciting what there is. A better than average mass market lager, nothing objectionable.

Mouthfeel: Slight sweetness in the finish. Lighter than average body, but mouthfeel is not bad.

Drinkability: Not a problem drinking one of these, but not entirely satisfying either. A good example of an adjunct lager, but then why not use all malt? Just an opinion on styles, not knocking this beer (necessarily).

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Photo of david18
2.95/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked up a couple of bottles of this when bringing home chinese food. As much as I can say is that I prefer it over some mexican lagers but was not crazy about it. Very light color, almost no aroma. Good carbonation, refreshing and dry but not so much as I'd have it again.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it at Tony Cheng's in Chinatown, DC. Poured a starw golden colour with no head, no lacing in a collins glass (yes, collins !!). Smell was nice and floral - yes, hops have been used, albeit sparingly. Taste was sweety and malty with a bitter finish. Overall, it left a vanilla essence flavour in your mouth. Thin on the palate, but a decent beer to have with oriental cuisine.

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Photo of therica
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this one at the airport in Chengdu Sichuan China.

A= Very golden in a glass, attractive, with a fair solid-white head.

S= modest at best, typical mild but pleasant hops and sweet malts found in many American lager's.

T= sweeter than I expected; overall it's somewhat like a Miller High Life, except that it has a little more flavor and a little more sweetness. I'd prefer less sweetness, personally.

M= clean, refreshed.

D= very drinkable if you just want a cold beer.

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Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep gold colored liquid. Adequate white head.

Smell: Nice hop presence. Sweet malt and bread.

Taste: Bready with a slight citrus presence. Minor hint of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Waxy finish, good density.

Drinkablity: Good brew, slightly more complex than standard Tsingtao.

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Photo of bmwats
3.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light yellow. Carbonates heavily upon pour into a small head, dissipates quickly, and leaves a few small bubbles atop. No attempt to hang on to the side of the glass, no lacing to speak of.

S: Fresh wheat, hops, and subtle citrus hints.

T: Dull hoppy-ness, strong wheat flavor.

M: Light on the initial drink. Sharp, pointed, tangy aftertaste.

D: Goes down fairly easy. Does have something of a bite that slows down the process a bit, and makes it a little unpleasant to drink quickly or in big gulps. . . not that you'd necessarily want to do that any beer.

It's sharpness and flavor are distinct for a lager. Goes down pretty easy. Overall, a serviceable quaff, and worth the drink for (in my opinion) its distinctiveness.

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Photo of cvstrickland
2.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a brilliantly-clear hay-straw body crowned with four fingers of fine-bubbled white foam that settles to a thick sheet and leaves a little scattered lacing.

Smell is toasted malty, and not too much of it. A hint of cooked veggies. Hmm.

Taste is a little sweet with a little malt and a touch of earthy hops... and a little note of cooked vegetables. Nothing in excess... nothing good, nothing really bad... just a whole lot of nothing.

Thin-bodied and watery, but really great for washing down a juicy grilled bratwurst with yellow mustard, or hell, even Chinese food ;)

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.47/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into a Tom Collins glass (best choice I had on hand). This is a Chinese beer, fresh in Beijing, not an American (or other) import.

A = Light yellow clear liquid, forms a medium white head with medium retention, no lacing.

S = The nose of this beer has some character. I detect a strong yeast scent along with overripe bananas and fresh chopped grains.

T = A light grain taste with mild bitterness and some hay straw notes coming in at mid-palate, a very long, dry finish. Pretty enjoyable for a beer of this style.

M = Light to medium-light body, good mouthcoating, good carbonation feel.

D = A refreshing, light, interesting lager. Worth a drink.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
1.3/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I picked this up from the singles bin at the LCBO in a green bottle, same ABV and bottle cap that had printed on it PRD 230807 33 22:08. Clear, almost see through, apple juice appearance, very thin. No head, feint ring, not much carbonation aside from a few errant bubbles. Strong odour, and not a good one; trace ammonia. Not very nice at all. In the mouth there's a sharp unpleasant taste, metallic, dry mustard comes to mind, astringent. I poured most of this down, sorry to say. I'd try another sometime to see if this was just plain off bottle, but not really soon...

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Photo of jettjon
2.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into the pilsner an attractive pale golden color with numerous bubbles coruscating up. One finger of pale foam head that quickly fails leaving a thin ring and no lacing. Nose is malty and lemon-citrus. Flavor is malt-dominant and semi-dry with vague citrus undertones and a light bitter finish. This is not nearly as bad as I feared. Actually, it’s a decent lager. Mouth is pretty good as well, nicely bubbly, wet and smooth without crossing the line to thin. Drinkability is not half bad.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer; it’s a decent lager. For the price ($7.49 for a sixer) I wouldn’t hunt it down, but I’ll certainly enjoy the other five. Worth a try.

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Photo of Injemanze
2.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My review may seem a bit harsh but this is really the only decent domestic beer I have found in China (with the exception of the Chinese dark beer styles which are only decent in that they are a break from all the other macro-brew light lager swill). Another plus is that it goes great with the cuisine in almost any part of China.

Appearance – pours a decent amberish-yellow (more yellow than amber). A quick pour produce moderate head that disappears quickly.
Smell – grass, water, slighty skunked
Taste – Carbonation, water, very mild bitter hops, water
Drinkability – at about $.50 US for a 600ml keep them coming at pace with the lamb kebobs.

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Photo of whynot44
3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, clear pale gold color with a slight white head that disappears immediately.

Aroma is very mild - hard to detect - but seems to be very light malt, maybe some rice or straw, grass and a trace of hops.

Taste is also very light, mostly grain and slightly sweet, but finishes with a bit of hops bite.

Light, crisp, refreshing and drinkable, if a bit thin and bland, another good hot weather beer and a good accompaniment to Chinese food,

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Photo of Absumaster
3.23/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a Chinese restaurant, but drank it at home to be give it a honest rating.

Smell: slight malt, floral, medium hoppy
Taste: bitter, dry, slight malt backbone, but most of all very dry.
No aftertaste at all.
This should be a very nice beer to accompany a good Chinese diner. Not very special but it serves it’s purpose.

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Photo of tjd25
3.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale watery golden color. Decent head. The smell is grainy.

The taste was nicer than what I expected, and a bit more interesting than the normal tsingtao. Crispy, grainy, with a nice and refreshing lemon aspect. The hoppy finish is light and enjoyable. Leaves a very clean mouthfeel. It's a basic lager, not one of the greatest beers I've had, not very complex, but still very drinkable.

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Tsingtao Premium from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
2.9 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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