Tsingtao | Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Euro 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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#46,168
Reviews:
610
Ratings:
1,771
pDev:
23.55%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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Photo of chitoryu12
2.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 5/26/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Touch of fruit/skunk in the aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice pale lager. All around nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and never watery for the ABV. Nothing but clean pils malts and decent earthy hop presence/balance for the style. Not much skunk for the green bottles at all. A nicely enjoyable and well made offering.

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Photo of beersampler6
1.75/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Had high hopes due to its association with Hong Kong - unfortunately, smelled slightly skunky and taste was even more so. Faint notes of corn and rice. Even consuming it nice and cold, straight out of the fridge, didn’t seem to help. Couldn’t finish it.

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Photo of eyeet7
3.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Perfect Post Midterm Drink

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
1.58/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of georgeanthorpe
2.64/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of illpass78
2.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the bottle with some udon and sushi rolls.

Appearance: Big white head and clear straw yellow/gold body. So far so good.

Aroma: Oh my. Big adjunct presence in nose. Smells like cooked corn but I believe this brewer uses rice.

Taste: That adjunct taste is very noticeable on palate. This beer isn't quite cold enough to mask its flaws, but I suspect they'd still be noticeable. Very adjuct lager-like. Kind of analogous to a Rolling Rock or something.

Mouthfeel: Watery.

Overall: Not a disaster, but a pretty bad beer. Would rather go cheaper than this for "bad but tolerable"-type beer.

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
2.54/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jesterr44
2.06/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why did I drink this? Oh yeah, I was out for dim sum & there was nothing else. Macro. But not the worst one. Looks like a beer. Smells like a beer. Tastes like a beer. Mouthfeel is like a beer. Yeah, it's a regular beer & I don't drink those!

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Photo of MickeyHops
2.57/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of sokol_1993
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Some strange adjunct taste in there.

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Photo of ChrisMartinez
2.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of VANCOUVERcanada
2.7/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Standard beer. I may have got a fresh batch here in Hong Kong because I could taste some apple flavor in the beer this time. Not a bad beer but nothing spectacular. Session beer. Good for any occasion. Good when straight out of a cool fridge at about 2-3C. Carbonated, clean, crisp. No bad aftertaste when cold. Will drink it again when in HK. Overall acceptable and decently priced local beer.

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Photo of travelguy
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Profundobaso
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Look - light yellow, fizzy carbonation. no head, no lacing.
Smell - faint smell of grains and light hops. none of that unpleasant smell from other adjunct lagers though, so that's a plus.
Taste - lacks flavor, but clean and crisp.
Feel - light bodied, medium-high carbonation, light ABV.
Overall - I've drank so much of these during my trips in China, so maybe I'm a bit biased. However, I do think it tastes better than many of the adjunct lagers on the market. Would not mind drinking a half dozen of these over the course of a night with late night BBQ or something.

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Photo of dandy14
2.52/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CrosiT90
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Velivolus
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ADKbeerguy
2.43/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
2.59/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.51/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Staple in Asian restaurants, otherwise hard to find. Really, it is not all that better or different than Bud or other AALs offered, so if there is a price difference between "imports" and "domestics" at your favorite Thai joint, choose the bud.

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Photo of brp94
2.02/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jhartley
1.93/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of tykechandler
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Macamah
2.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.76 out of 5 with 1,771 ratings