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Laoshan Beer | Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Laoshan BeerLaoshan Beer

Brewed by:
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Globetrotter on 04-30-2005

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 17
Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (tm), in its ever vigilant search for new CANs from around the world, recently came up with a new source in China! It reinforces a point that I had not CANsidered when embarking on this journey - CANned beers are an international phenomenon with other countries getting what they CANsider "imported" CANs from other countries as well as producing their own domestic CANned beers. Coupled with the modern micro-CAN craze in the US & The CANQuest (tm) has the potential to be unending.

From the CAN: "Lao Shan Premium Beer embodies the passion and traditional craftsmanship of Tsingtao Brewery. Lao Shan Premium Beer pours a pleasant and crispy malty flavor."

Once again, I was anxious to CANduct the Crack! & Glug and I was off to a good start when it suddenly began to really foam up on me. I backed off & down to watch as it formed two fingers of fluffy, rocky, fizzy, bone-white head with limited retention, quickly falling to wisps. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to peer into the future. Nose actually had a crisp, not crispy, toasted malt character. Mouthfeel was slightly thin, not exactly watery, but not far from it. The taste was clean, adjunct-free, with a biscuity maltiness and a light grassiness that served as a welcome change from the last couple of beers that I reviewed. It probably did not hurt that tonight is another humid summer evening, but this one really hit the spot. Finish was semi-dry to dry, drier than the previous two, but still not quite enough to be simply dry. The lingering taste was of the toasty, crisp, biscuity malts, which was what they seemed to be trying to achieve. The best of the lot, so far.

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Photo of vincentheo
3.57/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I was in China. This was my favorite beer. The flavor might be a little "light" especially for foreigners. I don't know why I like it, but like it. At least, this is no the most blandest beer in China. Young lady may like this kind of beer:)

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Photo of jh12wq
2.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Laopi is better than drinking the local water on a hot day. The beer really lacks flavor. It's very light and very bland. It's obviously watered down quite a lot. The color is nearly clear. It really doesn't have any hop or malt aroma left in it. It's also has a high level of carbonation.

I buy Laopi because it's a step above the water selection in the local stores. The best thing about this beer is that it is refreshing when served very cold. If you are looking for flavor or something, look elsewhere.

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Photo of dbaker61
1.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: The pale of this yellow is extreme; one of the lightest colored beers I have ever seen. Some soapy foaming upon pouring, but no head retention. After a minute, all you see of carbonation is a few itinerant bubbles. Lacing, what's that?

Smell: Maybe it's my head cold, but I smell absolutely nothing coming off this beer. But as I remember some of the other Tsingtao offerings, I don't think I would pick up much if I had the nose of a bloodhound.

Taste: The little flavor I detect is not good. Stale, slightly metallic, weak malt with just a passing memory of hops.

Mouthfeel: Very light body. This beer reminds me of making love in a canoe. I'll leave the punchline of that joke offline. Carbonation is okay, not heavy. The finish is remarkably like water. Not dry, not crisp, not sweet, just not anything.

Overall: While this beer is quite drinkable, in the same sense that water is quite drinkable, that alone is not enough for me to recommend this beer. To anyone. The ABV is low, so that may appeal to someone out there, but there are so many better choices in the low-alcohol category.

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Photo of Injemanze
1.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As if Tsingtao wasn't mediocre enough, they are now giving their branding privileges to the likes of these.Laoshan is now a common sight in Hangzhou's supermarkets and convenience stores.

Appearance – pale yellow
Smell – grass, water, slighty skunked
Taste – Carbonation, metal, water, grass, water
Drinkability – This stuff is not good

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hand-delivered from Beijing to Moscow (thanks, Egon!), this silver and blue can sports the name in Chinese and English on the label, with a long English description under the name. "Just as mellow as a sincere friendship..." Sure. If there's an ingredients list, it is in Chinese on this domestic product. Canned on 11/24/2004, I opened it on 4/30/05.

Clear, fairly standard gold under a one finger white head that lingers as film just a little bit. The nose is weak, with a bit of barley, some corn and a touch of metallic hops. The mouth is light and pretty prickly. The taste has a metallic edge to it from the start. There's also barley and corn malt, but that is very subdued. Yeah, it's mellow - to the point of being dead. Another standard macro lager.

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Laoshan Beer from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
2.49 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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