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Tsingtao Pure Draft | Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made using an exclusive Chill-Filtered brewing process. A non-pasteurized lager brewed with imported hops, barley, and pure spring water from China's Laoshan Mountains.

Added by Todd on 04-10-2006

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +73.5%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.99/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tsingtao Pure Draft Beer has a thick, spongy, white head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, light, barley malt, and the flavor is of the same, with a perfectly placed hop balance at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Tsingtao Pure Draft Beer finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is excellent, and I love it.


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Photo of eschbach
3.67/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

So I bought a 6 pack of Tsingtao Pure Draft beer at the liquor store. It comes in a 11.2 0z bottle. Americans want 12 oz bottles not 11.2! The bottle is cool looking. It has Chinese characters on it. I have no clue what it means though haha.

I filled my pils glass with the beer and it was nothing special to look at. It's just a light gold color with a minimal head. The smell is interesting. It smells sweet like honey but there is a malty hint to it. The taste is good. It's very sweet as lagers go, and it leaves a bitter hops aftertaste in the mouth. The mouthfeel isn't great. It is creamy at first but it feels like soda water after a few seconds. The beer has great drinkability. It's light body and flavor makes it easy to drink.

I say if you are tired of the same old same old lager try a Tsingtao Pure Draft. It is inexpensive considering it's imported from china, and it's a half decent beer. I thought since it's made in china it could be awful, but it is not. I just hope it does not have lead in it haha.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tsintao Puire Draft pours a crystal clear straw gold body beneath a short-lived head of creamy bright white foam. The head retention is limited, as is the lacing.

From the green bottle it generally exhibits some skunkiness in the nose, but can ocassionally be found unaffected (from a sealed case, for example). Sans the damaging isomerization of the hop oils, the otherwise impeccably clean aroma exhibits some delicate, lightly grainy malt and a welcome waft of delicately floral and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a delicate caress of carbonation on the tongue.

The flavor reveals a supple, slightly sweet, and grainy malt that's off-set by some gently spicy, grassy, and floral hops; and perfectly balanced by a low-key bitterness. It finishes semi-dry with a gently fading note of sweet malt and some mild, lingering, grassy and spicy hops.

Overall, it's a delicate, moderately bitter, very drinkable, and superbly balanced lager has more to do with the Czech tradition than anything German or American.

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Photo of soonerlight
3.5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of Tone
3.42/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of slight hop, pale malt, yeast, grain, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, grain, slight hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, a good example of an adjunct.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.26/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden/copper color with a very thin, fluffy-white head.

Smell - Not too strong of a smell from anything. Malty, maybe a little bit of caramel, and grainy..

Taste - Very malty and sweet, barley, and kind of bitter. It's a pretty watered down beer though.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat of a thick body and very low carbonation.

Overall - I wouldn't say this is a horrible beer like the other reviews suggest.. But it's not exactly that good either.

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Photo of nmoeschler
3.25/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of beijingbrewer
3.25/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of hayesjw
3.25/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of mkfuzzles
3.25/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.17/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with almost noe head.
Smell is malts with a faint note of ginger. Very mild hops aroma.
Taste is lighltly spiced malts, with some more faint ginger. Light, watery hops as well. Slightly malty, but mostly watery finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and watery, with a slightly crisp, yet wet finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Nothing special about this one, yet it's still easy to drink.

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Photo of Injemanze
3.15/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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 dewalt
3.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extremely light, quite crisp, with the usual macro lager flavors of cheap malt and rice. A bit bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Slight flavor of citrus helps balance things out. By no means a good beer, but certainly adequate for washing down Chinese food.

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Photo of
3.08/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

Crystal clear, straw yellow. Medium sized, creamy, white head. Faded fast. No lacing or legs. Very still.

Scent was quite mild. Bread dough and lemon.

Taste hit me first as sweet - corn. Citrus then comes through fairly well. Bit of bread in the middle. Ends up balanced pretty well, but rather mild.

Light in body. Medium carbonation. Not dry, and very smooth.

Overall, better than I expected, but nothing special. The level of hop bitterness was more than I anticipated - bonus! Very easy to drink.

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Photo of The_1084
3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal-clear golden in color, with a moderate white head, which soon collapses to a fine ring around the glass walls. The carbonation rises slowly in small streams.

Aroma: Mild skunk, as expected, due to the green glass bottle, with a modest pale malt aroma, and a mild herbal hop presence.

Taste: Pale malt and mild hops at the open; as the taste advances, the malt presence diminishes and the hops rise to ascendancy. The hops linger on mildly in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasantly soft.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example of the style. That being said, this beer is not much different from a Budweiser. In all, a bit bland.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce green glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of RollTide05
3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of endless1408
3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of jimmah120
3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of SirIPAalot
3/5  rDev +22.4%

3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of V3XX069
3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of HardTarget
2.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: 07/2007 on cap (sampled the same). Green bottle

Aroma: Skunk overtones with a lemon twist.

Appearance: Pale gold glass with a thick white head that drops to a collar and fails to lace.

Flavor: Another Euro Lager. Grainy notes, skunk edge, bittering Saaz like peppery hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium light body

Overall Impression: Clean, easy drinking, solid taste, but nothing to write home about.

Thanks to Pegasus for the karma point.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

062307 on cap. 1 pint 5.6 oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear brilliant gold with lots of fine streaming bubbles up from the bottom, though the head fades very quickly. Nose is very grainy (aroma filled the air soon as I popped the cap) with a light touch of grassy hops. Whatever hops were in the nose, though, disappear in the flavor, which is noticibly sweet. Clean finish. Body is a bit thin, could use a lot more carbonation.

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