Tsingtao Beer
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Tsingtao BeerTsingtao Beer
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Style:
American Light Lager
Ranked #199
ABV:
4%
Score:
65
Ranked #48,288
Avg:
2.78 | pDev: 23.38%
Reviews:
639
Ratings:
1,848
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Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
 
China
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Year-round
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SCORE
65
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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.16/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: One finger white head, yellow clear body.

Smell: See below.

Taste : Mild malts, mild hops, mild minerals.

Feel : Very crisp and clean, light body and high carbonation. Dry finish.

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Photo of Yeezy
3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't an american styled beer. Similar, but not.

Tsingtao is a German styled blonde lager / pilsner (which is Czech) made in china by an English and German joint venture and it is exactly as it is meant to be.

Very good beer for a hot day, light, crisp and suitably zesty.

None of this "pour in more hops" wank thats been going on for a few years.

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Photo of Burgz
2.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Straight outta da bottle at a Chinese buffet. If you like skunky lagers this is for you! Not bad honestly, didn’t get a real good sense of the smell as it was straight from the bottle but the taste had hints of citrus with very strong skunk which I actually like as it it is I’m a fan of the skunky lager. Probably won’t run out and buy a six pack but next time I’m at a Chinese restaurant will likely order again.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From notes 1/5/12: Pours a clear pale yellow producing a small, rapidly dissipating, white head. Aroma is made up of clean grains and mild earthy and lemon hops. Taste is clean, crisp, cereal grains, pale malt and lemon/grassy hops.

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Photo of Nofoba
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

It pours a dark golden body with a thick white head.

It has a really faint aroma of pale malts.

The taste is mild; pale malts with light sweetness and very little carbonation. No much of an aftertaste.

Really watery to be honest.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle with Chinese food...

This must be what a typical mass produced Chinese lager tastes like. Not offensive but nothing really to set it apart to make me want to get another. A nice novelty if you're looking for an authentic environment at a Chinese restaurant, but that's about it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz green bottle; code 030520; purchased single off shelf... poured into simple mug)

L: good bit of foam on pour, laced and clung as it receded; the liquid is a brilliantly-polished clear, pale yellow-gold color... head crumbles, breaks apart; thin collar

S: damn, slight skunk... bit of a toasted corn bread note, perhaps even a faint whiff of marshmallow(??)... very little potency overall... the skunk does trail off, while a mild animal cracker note builds

T: was not expecting that flavor... relatively richly-malty base, huh; vaguely doughy... maybe a subtle, grassy bitterness emerges a few sips in, but not much... the malt (sweetness) and bitterness are both rather low, and seemingly in balance; relatively dry, mute aftertaste, though the bitterness creeps up as it goes

F: delicate, silky bounce to its body; stealth carbonation... perhaps the most 'full'-bodied light lager I've ever tried

O: I must say, for a 'light lager', this was quite enjoyable... this may be only my second (at most third) time having this; first time by itself w/o food... seems like it would stand out of the way of most foods, but its dull sizzle may not lift much fat... I'll have to do some pairings, hmm (1438)

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Photo of defunksta
3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clean, clear yellow color with a very faint white head. SRM of 5.5. (3.25)

Aroma: Aromas of corn husk, skunk, and lemon. In that order. Mostly corn and cooked vegetable malt aromas. Pale malts. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose. Corn with a hint of lemon. Less skunk on flavor. No hop bitterness. Finishes a little sweet. (3.50)

Feel: Lighter-bodied, crisp, and clean. Almost no carbonation and a little flat. No detectable alcohol (3.25)

Overall: A pretty standard pale European lager. It is probably light-struck in the green bottle. No idea the date on this one. It's not too skunky at least. It's light, clean, and has good malt flavors. I'll have to compare it to the Tiger... (Final Rating: 3.40)

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
2.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A flavorless beer that has the distinct odor of skunk. At the very least the scent does not inform the flavor, but saying that this beer is hollow is an understatement. It might go okay with some chinese food, but that is about it.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, pours as a clear straw color with a frothy quickly dispersing white head. The aroma is faint, but some corn and grain scents. Wow, it tastes like an adjunct beer (i.e., heavy on corn, rice & metallic flavors), not timidly, but by boldly owning its mediocrity. But what the heck... it's cold and carbonated.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had it last year at a Chinese along with dinner. Pretty much a Chinese Budweiser. It did go well with the food, which was excellent. Nothing remarkable about the beer, ok but just below average. I have a feeling that the food helped the beers rating

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I ordered it together with a meal in an Asian restaurant in London's Chinatown last night. The bottle was put on the table. I asked for a glass, they brought a glass coffee mug. Underwhelming.

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Photo of SSS
1.97/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A-Golden yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly
S- no real Roman to speaker if I had to search it would be a very faint herbal aroma
M-Medium to low and carbonation and low and mouth feel
T-Very low sweetness with the dry watery flavour
O- not a great yellow beer

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white cap that drops away immediately leaving no lacing. Aroma is faint grains and noble hops. Flavor follows the nose, a bit sweet. Feel is light and crisp. Overall only drinkable.

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Photo of elnachooo
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cerveza con una pequeña cabeza que se evapora en pocos segundos. Tiene un cuerpo ligero, es de baja carbonatación y de un color amarillo pálido. En su aroma se percibe la malta y un poco de lúpulo. En boca es malteada, ligera. Una de muchas.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear yellow with a frothy white head, aroma of harsh malt and corn syrup. Taste is slightly malty with a harsh nose note. Almost no palate with a lacking back bone.

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Photo of drmeto
2.8/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L:
-pours a very light straw golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-light to medium carbonation visible
S:
-lemon,grassy,spicy,light skunk,perfume
T:
-Follows the nose
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
-slight alcohol noticeable
O:
Very much a light Lager like it's become tradition in Asia.
The stuff you chase your asian food down with or you drink cool or ice cold on a ridiculously hot day while vacationing in Asia.
I can't say it's terrible though (aside from bottling it in green bottles,making it susceptible to skunking), just really boring.

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Photo of Moir1994CT
3.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I dont get the bad reviews of this. Maybe because of bias against the chinese perhaps. It smells very much like heineken tastes a bit like it too. Not as strong of a flavor mind you but similar. Would i try it again, sure if it was on sale or if i got a bunch of singles. Its not repulsive in any way if you enjoy or can take the very bitter "beery" smell and somewhat the same for the taste. its not like a micro brew ipa thats for sure.

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Photo of Alexc11
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Doesn’t seem to meet some of the requirements of a EPL as defined here. Aromas were difficult to pull out. Along the lines of corn and malt. Pours pale straw color with thin lace. No hoppiness, no distinct flavor that stands out, no bitttetness and little carbonation. Almost tasted like water. Mineral water has more fizz. Not horrible despite my review. Just meh.

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Photo of colinlikesbeer
5/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily my favorite beer. Not for any logical reasons. Taste wise it is better than most of the American and European macro beers. Admittedly not as complex as some higher rated brews but for 4.5rmb a 500ml at Family Mart it's pretty damn good. Get it locally.

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Photo of Parmesan
2.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a light clear straw yellow with a small fizzy white head.

S: Grain and sweet apple, some honey.

T: Corn and grain, a slight skunky hop, a slight apple sweetness.

F: Light body, smooth carbonation

O: It smells better than it tastes

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Photo of Marius682
3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well first thoughts, a chinese beer I saw a few times in asian restaurants. Well my mate bought me one, out of a can it tasted probably better than most beers do, they normally taste metallic. I was particularly liked the aroma and aftertaste, it tasted clear. Had a bit of a fruity taste initially as well bit sweet bit still bitter and fizzy. I read it had a ricey aftertone, didn't taste that so much; but then all and all a good beer for my first asian one.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours yellow and crystal-clear with a finger of white foam that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is yeast spice and pilsner malts and carries a heavy dank quality. Flavor profile is similar, hitting pilsner and biscuit malts with spicy yeast for contrast. It has a heavy dank quality as well. Mouth feel is slightly fizzy, but otherwise crisp and refreshing with a thin consistency. Overall, a plain lager that drinks crisp and refreshing.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of Nass
3.09/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A little skunky, light, some barley notes on the backend. Definitely, not as impressive as what Japan has done with some of their rice lagers but I still recommend that you try this beer out.Cheers! B-

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Photo of chitoryu12
2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Normal lager. Straw yellow, thick white head with good retention.

Smell: A bad yeast smell, like it's gone bad.

Taste: Virtually nothing. You could mistake this for carbonated water if not for a little yeast and bread on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not as carbonated as it should be. Almost flat.

Overall: Not great by a long shot. Only for the desperate at an Asian bar.

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Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 1848 ratings