Tsingtao | Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001

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#44,660
Reviews:
621
Ratings:
1,803
pDev:
23.47%
 
 
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4/5  rDev +44.4%

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Photo of Alexc11
2.71/5  rDev -2.2%
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 womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a pale straw color with lots of visible carbonation and a short lived white head.

S: Lots of corn and rice aromas to it, which isn't really surprising. A light/pale malt aroma and a little bit of flowers and grass. Minimal yeast and bread notes.

T: A light bready flavor with a surprising amount of malt flavor. Light bitterness and grassy notes with just a hint of skunk. Sweet grain, particularly from the adjuncts.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A light and easy to drink beer. Not really my favorite, but it goes well with a Chinese meal.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear with a slim head of off white foam that fell fast. No bubbles rise after the initial flourish. head fades to some loose bubbles and a film. Nose is pleasant and surprisingly strong with grainy notes and not much hop. No diacetyl, light dms. A light floral from hop lifts the malt up to your nose in this beer. The drink is malty and has posture. It's breaddy and crisp. The hops are a bit more prominent on the palate then they were on the nose and offer a light herbal. Crisp carbonation and a finish that is clean and bitter from hops so that the malt shows me some bread one more time. I can't say that I taste the usual corn flavors that I do in most adjunct lager. It does finish with a little smooth sweetness and that was a surprise but it does not choke the finish. Light dms in the finish and maybe even just a tad bit of sulfur that starts to peek out on the nose as it warms. I think that off flavors that people are calling skunk is actually this little bit of sulfur. I like it very much.

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Photo of Squire
3.44/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light clear golden color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of clean grain with a touch of floral hops.

Taste reminds me a great deal of Heineken like Euro Lagers which is to say, clean, a bit grainy in a good way, and hoppy enough to notice in a way that's both floral and spicy.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Does anyone drink this outside of a Chinese Restaurant? That's the only place I order Tsingtao and it works in that setting or if you're preparing Chinese stir fry at home for friends.

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Photo of oberon
2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a local Chinese restaurant and I will make sure to never make that mistake again.Pours a straw color with not much head aroma was kinda skunked with some grainy aromas popping thru faintly.Taste is pretty bland some corn flavors with a very light fruitiness but not much here at all a light malty aftertaste but not much here.Seemed a litttle watery not much here a waste eating space.

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3.52/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tastes Shitty, Is No Good, Try AnOther
---Ancient Chinese Proverb

I learned the above phrase from a friend I met in Guilin and had to share with the BA Universe.

Now for a very serious and well thought out review that respects the brewer and the creative muster that went into this fine brew and symbol of Chinese brewing:

Appearance: Moderately light yellow with a thick bubbly foam that immediately drops to nearly nothing, just a thin ring around the glass. Plenty of carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet grains and a faint amount of hops. Usually, in fact almost always skunky, at least a little bit.

Taste: Slightly bready with a bit of malt or perhaps corn/rice sweetness. Some boiled vegetable flavor. The idea that some hops may have been sitting around the brewery at one time and that one or two small husks may have fallen into the batch somewhere along the way.

Mouthfeel: A nice carbonation bite, lingering sweetness with just the faintest sense of hop bitterness. Biting, light, a bit watery, but crisp.

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Photo of Brent_B
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Chuggnutt
2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light, very clear. Straw yellow, pilsner, very white fuzzy head that formed and fell quickly. The phrase "champagne of beers" comes to mind because the appearance is like that.

Smell: First smell is the slightly skunky Euro-Grolsch-lager aroma that's typical of these types of beers stored in green bottles. Then it's light and grainy. Understated and slightly spicy hops.

Taste: Light and crisp; has that slightly skunky macro-pilsner "twang." Some grain—corn. Clean aftertaste. Again, hops are understated and not really a presence, other than in cutting down the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very light, a little effervescent. I wouldn't say watery, but leaning that way. Very clean feeling.

Overall: It's decent, better than the typical American macro. Certainly one I'll order next time I'm out for Chinese; I have a hunch it will complement a spicy dish quite well.

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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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1.75/5  rDev -36.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +62.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.63/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

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1/5  rDev -63.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Todd
3.7/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Green 12oz custom bottle with Chinese letters around the neck. Made with water from the famous pure mountain water of Laoshan.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden yellow with a thin white ringed lace.

Smell: Very delicate aroma of faint grains and hop floral notes.

Taste: Mouthfeel is firm, but light. Body is actually medium, that of a malt liquor. Malt character is non-traditional. What comes across are grain flavours and a unique clean sweetness, not the sweet malty sweetness that one might expect. Sublte sulfur notes (lager yeast by-product) mixed with bready flavours, and a healthy hop bitterness complement the malt character and lend a pleasant crispness to the beer.

Notes: A most unique sweet lager, and it stands apart from most imports as a result. It goes great with Chinese food, but even better with Chinese chocolate treats, waffers and freshly bought Chinese pastries.

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Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.77 out of 5 with 1,803 ratings