Tsingtao Beer
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #205
ABV:
4%
Score:
65
Ranked #49,867
Avg:
2.78 | pDev: 23.38%
Reviews:
644
Ratings:
1,871
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Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
 
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
65
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chuckghutch from Oklahoma

2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I found this at the local liquor store, it was the last 6 pack. The guy I know working behind the counter said he had never tried it but many buy it. I think there are other beers that taste just as good for less money. I am glad I tried it but wont ever but it again. Well on to the next beer.

Dec 11, 2020
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willcull78 from Ohio

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

Overall, it was not a bad beer but just an average beer. Certainly better than some but not most. It was a nice clear golden-wheat. Looked like your average lager. It had a scent of hops but certainly not overbearing. A sweet taste. It would certainly be a nice beer to have after cutting the grass. Might buy a few more, along with some others, for a taste test. Certainly worth having a few to say you at least tried a few.

Jun 11, 2020
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Josh414 from South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer is fantastic. I'm no beer genius I just know this damn refreshing and easy drinking. Feels like a complex high end Miller Lite.

I get all in my feelings when I see really well made popular beers get shit on in here. A 65? You snobs better check yourself.

May 20, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

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

I’m not hurtin’ and I’m not hatin. Straight up like my grandmama did my laundry, I have no issues with it. But I ain’t exactly gonna scream it from da rooftops, ya feel me? Like, here Raul is drinkin’ dis Chinese Lager and he’s feelin’ well and good like Jia Zhangke directing “Platform.”

Peace!

Apr 12, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Normal pour into pint glass. Transparent and straw colored sporting an extremely quickly dissipating 1/2" head. No lacing, upper moderate to high levels of carbonation.

S - Barley, hops, and yeast all come through front and center.

T - Barley, hops, and yeast are the biggest flavors here along with some bread and straw. For a typical macro lager, this one really does have character and pairs exceptionally well with sushi, dumplings, and miso soup.

M - Tsingtao finishes sharp and clean. It has some bite but is still easy drinking. This could easily be a session beer, especially over a nice long meal.

D - A lot of people might not "get" this beer and quickly brush it off as a typical macro. In my humble opinion, that would be a mistake. The only downside to this beer is that it does not sell as often as typical macros and, due to this, is sometimes skunked. In fact, it is nearly impossible to deduce the best by date for this manufacturer, as there is none present on the packaging or bottles themselves. All that I located was a manufacturing date printed on one bottle out of six. Regardless, this beer is meant to be served with food and, though it may sound cliche, it pairs amazingly with sushi. In fact, this is one of my go to beers anytime I have Chinese, Korean, or Japanese food. Try it!

Feb 04, 2020
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

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.

Jan 07, 2020
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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.

Nov 27, 2019
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Burgz from Canada (AB)

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.

Nov 20, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

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.

Oct 15, 2019
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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.

Oct 14, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

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.

Aug 23, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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)

Aug 20, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

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)

Aug 11, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

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.

Jul 15, 2019
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

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.

May 15, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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

Apr 22, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

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.

Mar 02, 2019
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SSS from Canada (QC)

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

Feb 15, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

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.

Nov 11, 2018
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elnachooo from Spain

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.

Nov 02, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

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.

Oct 17, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

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.

Oct 16, 2018
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Moir1994CT from Connecticut

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.

Oct 10, 2018
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

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.

Sep 09, 2018
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colinlikesbeer from Illinois

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.

Jul 10, 2018
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