Tsingtao Pure Draft | Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Tsingtao Pure DraftTsingtao Pure Draft
BA SCORE
2.4%
Liked This Beer
2.45 w/ 83 ratings
Tsingtao Pure DraftTsingtao Pure Draft
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
China
tsingtaobeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,581
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
83
Liked:
2
Avg:
2.45/5
pDev:
28.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
13
Trade:
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of lordofthewiens
1.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you never liked the regular Tsingtao, you'll find this draft version to be more of the same.
Pale yellow color, no head at all.
Skunky aroma, maybe not as much as it's brother.
At least the other Tsingtao, with the skunkiness, had some degree of taste. This pure draft has none.
Avoid this beer.

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Photo of exodus1369
1.03/5  rDev -58%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The worst beer I have ever had. It was very pail yellow. It Smelled so bad, just stank. The taste was so bad I had to spit it out. It had about 0 Head and left a really bad taste in my mouth I was so disappointed. there Dark beer is so good. I have no idea where they went wrong with this. Avoid at all cost

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Photo of SAtaMi
2.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - No head at all. Beer is light yellow in color and very clear.

Smell - A bit on the roadside skunk side. With a back of spring water.

Taste - Better then the smell the skunk is not throughout the beer just in the initial opening. There just isnt enough taste to even comment on.

Mouthfeel - Light, thin, and watery.

Drinkability - If you like half coors light and half water this beer is for you.

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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 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 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 BevMoAndrew
2.18/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a classic pilsner straw yellow in the glass with a white froth that dissipates very quickly. Off putting aromas of skunk (green bottle), grains, subtle bread, & light plastic leads to more pleasant flavors of scrambled egg whites, grains, and, of course, skunk. although there is seems to be more weight on the palate than expected, the beer is refreshingly crisp and dry, but finishes a bit astringent. Overall, this is a beer that would go with pretty much anything because there really isn't anything there. This beer is better than Bud, Coors, Miller, and all of the other domestic lagers, but not by much.

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Photo of thekanna
2.67/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very plae straw yellow with less than a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Active carbonation clings to the side of the glass and rises to the top.

S: Some malty sweetness, backed by the undeniable smell of lemon zest and other faint citrus.

T: Faint malty sweetness, even fainter citrus sourness; mainly watery.

M: Extremely thin and watery with medium carbonation.

D: This is pretty much as close as you can get to beer-flavored seltzer water. Decently drinkable, but I'd like mine with more flavor, please.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
1.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
Pours out to a very clear yellow (likely only beaten by Tsingtao Original). Has a very bubbly white head that disappears nearly instantly without a trace and displays a random carbonation bubble every now and then. Absolutely no lacing.

Smell:
A faint hint of malts and slightly fruity, kind of reminds me of a weak apple juice.

Taste:
Light malty sweetness and a bit of hops musk common to American Adjunct Lagers. Overall incredibly boring. Is this a light beer? I don't read Chinese...

Mouthfeel:
Very, very thin with a mellow fizz. Let's call it crisp, like fresh mountain spring water...

Drinkability:
I could see this being popular with new beer palates (college girls) as there is no robust flavor to speak of. Goes down like water because lets face it, there isn't much difference.

Comment:
Though I just drank "Tsingtao" last night and figured this is the same beer, I thought "They have a different labels, they must be different." I would have to guess this is the "light" variety. Not great and for the money, stick to macro ice beers, same effect but you get to keep more money in your pocket.

I'm trying to be nice to this beer because the style is appropriate and I gave no "1.0's" because they weren't awful, just not present.

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Photo of tone77
2.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Aroma is a bit malty, not very strong. Taste is crisp but basically flavorless. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a below average beer.

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Photo of utah44
2.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

21.6 fluid ounce bottle poured into in a Pilsener glass i bout in Furth, Germany in 1969 while serving in a secret component of the US government (now declassified). This brew was very weak in all parameters. the only distinct item was the smell which resembled pomengranates mixed with Double Bubble chewing gum. That pleasant aroma was not carried over to the taste wich not distinct in anyway. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of biggred1
2.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale clear yellow with a tiny white head that instantly shrinks to a small collar of foam. Not much in the nose, faint roasted grain and that is about it. The flavor is very light and watered down tasting with light toasted graininess and a slight suggestion of hop bitterness, finishes clean. This stuff tastes like a non-alcoholic beer.

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Photo of Offa
2.02/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Fairly drinkable and inoffensive, this is a weaker, thinner, overall inferior cousin to the regular Tsingtao, which is a very good pale lager.

Pale straw yellow, much more pale than the regular Tsingtoa, this has a small, bubbly white head that immediately dissipates to nothing.

It has a very weak grain aroma, hardly discernable at all.

The taste is very light grain and grass with a faintly lingering grain aftertaste but this also disappears after the first couple sips, leaving bheind essentially no aftertaste and only a mineral-water-like quality. It has no bite and sonn becomes increasingly watery and bland, with the flavour almost disappearing. This sets it apart from the regular singtoa, which has a solid character and feel that hold up very well. This is more on par with Coors, inoffensive but exceedingly thin, watery, and almost tasteless.

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Photo of TLove
1.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Crisp and refreshing when consumed with oft-syrupy Chinese food, but other than that, not worth your time. The Chinese domestic Tsingtao is not much better than the Tsingtao "premium" we get here in the states, though the domestic one is a bit less carbonated and fuller.

Light yellow and light-bodied. Smells a bit lager-y, but shows no promise to the taste. Over-carbonated and little to no flavor. On the mouth, finishes a bit more crisp, but a purchase of one is certainly not any more warranted than similar over-carbonated, under-flavored Japanese beers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appropriately consumed with Chinese food, on to the beer:

Very pale straw colored beer with a tint of gold. Clear bodied. The small fuzzy head on top fades away quickly. The nose doesn't get much scent...faint spicy hops (more like skunked hops, amirite?), grass, and thin malt. Very light in the mouth, almost like refreshing cold water in feel. Cooked rice and thin grassy malts provide a weak intensity of flavor to the beer, but this beer is very low on firepower anyway. A faint fume of alcohol makes appearances. Finishes clean.

It washed down homemade Chinese food, but that doesn't excuse this beer from being boring. Basically a lighter, cleaner version of Tsingtao. May as well head north to Harbin for Chinese beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.67/5  rDev +9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle.

The appearance is blah. Light gold. Nothing to it. Head is minimal and gone pretty quick.

Smells like a typical Asian lager. A bit ricey and other faint grains.

Tastes surprisingly okay. Light corn and barley tastes with a twist of lemon to it.

The mouthfeel was refreshing; good carbonation that adds a zip to it.

Overall a pretty good Chinese lager, nice with spicy Szechuan cuisine. Needs to be really cold though.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz green bottle

A- Pours a pale hay colored yellow with a thin fizzy white head.

S- The aroma smells skunked with some grain and not much in terms of hops.

T- The taste is pretty faint and watered down with some grain and just a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Because of the low alcohol the drinkability is good, but with the lack of much flavor at all I don't know how many I would want to drink in one sitting without getting bored with it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a bright pale yellow gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is very light with some notes of grain and a light bitterness.

The taste has some grainy notes and corn with some hop bitterness and a metalic taste. Nothing much going on here and there are a lot of American examples of the style that I'd reach for first. "nuff said from me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear, brass-gold with a ½ finger sudsy white head that quickly collapsed to a clean surface. Visible carbonation was light. overall a nice color but a weak head and lacing holds things back a bit.

S: fresh green corn stalks and dry hay, nothing really impressive here.

T: dried buttered corn and grains with a faint herbal hopping. A light buttery sweetness becomes more dominant midway through the palate before it finishes semi-dry with corn stalks and fresh grass. Faired better then expected but still nothing to be impressed over.

M: a light viscosity to it, oily slick with a soft carbonation that made it appear fuller then it actually was.

D: fair at best, but wont impress. A rather mundane experience.

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Photo of angelmonster
2.84/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into glass. Poured very little head, less than 1/2 inch that disappeared almost instantly and left no lacing.

Smells of grassy malts and slightly skunky. Very light and strangely smelled somewhat like crayons. Taste was very watered down, similar to most american light beers but slightly better. Grassy malts and slight skunkness became more pronounced halfway through glass.

Mouthfeel was extremely carbonated and watered down. Overall drink ability was less than average but the lightness of the beer can be somewhat refreshing on an extremely hot texas day.

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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 pmcadamis
1.85/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This one comes in a pretty cool bottle that almost looks like a small bottle of saki. It pours a pale yellow hue with minimal fizz and no lace. It's a sad looking beer, really.

S - I can't really smell much. Some ricey paper notes and some corn. Yawn.

T - This has much less flavor than regular Tsingtao, which I quite like. This has a mushroomy earthy flavor that is interesting, but not bery appetizing.

M - Light bodied and super-carbonated. Clean finish and no aftertaste.

D - Better than some light lagers, but it's not very good. Pass on this one and drink the regular version.

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Photo of Onslow
1.72/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden yellow ... very fizzy head, almost completely disappears ... smells pretty bad, skunky sweat socks comes to mind .... it is drinkable but i could of gone my whole life without this low end swill, AND it is waaay to expensive! go to hell carlos ruiz!

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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 Amalak
2.68/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: highly unimpressed. Clear, but dull gold. Very few bubbles. NO HEAD WHAT-SO-EVER. Obviously, no lace.

S: Mild, but decent, bitter scent.

T: Interesting. Malty, and has a good flavor.

M: Very plain. Nothing much there.

D: Drinkable, but nothing amazing.

It is not too bad. Easy going, but the flavor goes quickly, thus leaving you with water.

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Tsingtao Pure Draft from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.4% out of 100 with 83 ratings
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