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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#46,765
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614
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1,780
pDev:
23.47%
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Ratings: 1,780 |  Reviews: 614
Photo of Sammy
2.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rather watery looking with some initial head. Passable aroma and taste. Not a great rating, but above average for its style. Canadian yeast and barley you say? Crisp and slightly better than expected. Maybe good Yangtzai water.Thanks to the broken 6-pak LCBO bin.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin white head an no lace on a clear straw yellow body.

S: musty and bittering hops and some light grain.

T: sweeter than expected from the aroma. Mosty grain and sweet corn.

M/: light body and moderate carbonation with a quick drop off in feel at the end. Smooth as oppose to crisp which is surprising.

Overall: some surprises with this one. Actually a decent beer for the genre.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev +8.3%

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2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1 inch bubbly head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted grain, corn flakes, and grassy/herbal aromas. Taste is of the toasted grains, corn flakes, and slight honey. This beer has a pretty average mouthfeel with a crisp and bubbly texture. Overall, this is my first beer from China and I think it's pretty good for what it is.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

one of my least favorite of the Asian beers, it has a good mouthfeel, is well carbonated and drinkably light, but that's about it. it has a really strong adjunct metallic flavor, and the finish is mineral heavy and always a tad skunky no matter where it comes from. im not sure if there is rice or corn in this, but it tastes starchy, sweet for the wrong reasons, and it is unsettling in the stomach after a few of them. it always seems to be available at the Asian eateries, but I much prefer Sapporo or asahi or even tiger or kirin to this. it is bright enough to cleanse the palate, but it almost has a chemical preservative sort of finish to it that just really turns me off. maybe at the source this beer would be something to try again, but for now its one I stay away form when there are other options in front of me.

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Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev +8.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of corn and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is a little stronger than the smell and has light flavors of adjunct malts—corn seems to stand out in particular. There are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t overly flavorful, but it probably be a good accompaniment to Chinese food if you were looking for something other than water to help wash down spicy dishes.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. My favorite new Pho place by my office, and I'm feeling like a beer while waiting for my spicy beef noodle soup.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with one finger of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse specks of lace around the glass, as it quickly dissipates.

It smells up front of light-struck, skunky veggies, quite strongly, and then acrid, grainy corn grist sweetness. Bleah. The taste is a sweet rice-pudding graininess, some soft buttery alcohol, sans the heat, grapey sugar, and mildly grassy, somewhat dead weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite sedate, the body in the light to medium weight range, and a bit oily in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the husky cooked rice graininess skewed by a minor resurgence of the skunky hops.

Well, after an abysmal introduction, the flavour settles down to that of a simple sweet adjunct lager, suitable enough for fiery ethnic-adjacent fare, and absolutely nothing more.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.94/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Geez... Horible smelling beer. Obviously suffering from light strikenness. Very skunky, but I kinda expected that from the green bottle and the lacking seriousness of American Macro lagers. The look is an ok straw with fading head retention. Once I got past the aroma the flavor revealed a grainy, oily, vegital flavor similar to rice cakes. A decent amount of dms shines the way into the finish. Not a particularly pleasant experience.

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Photo of emerge077
2.76/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, dated 10-25-07

Pours a typical pale yellow, with larger bubbles forming in the dense foam. Head retention is ok, body is high clarity. Mild skunky odor.

Bland biscuity sweetness, sort of artificial aged hop as well. Mild astringency, but not especially bitter. Aftertaste is unpleasant, not clean or fresh tasting.

After having one, that was enough. I only had it because I was in a Chinese restaurant. Surely China makes a better beer...

Edit 12/07: After having another meal of Chinese short ribs, a couple of these went along well. It wasn't as skunky, but that biscuity sweetness was there. It reminded me of a Pilsner.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +32.9%
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 zeff80
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, very fizzy, pale yellow color with a small, bubbly, white, short-lived head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled grainy and of faint caramel malt. Unimpressive and fairly typical for the style.

T - It tasted of grains, corn (maybe rice) with a very subtle grassy bitterness. Overall, it leans to the sweeter side of the spectrum.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light bodied lager.

D - This is an okay lager. Easy drinking but lacks a lot of punch in the flavor department.

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Photo of brentk56
2.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a rocky head; the retention was acceptable but there was not much lacing

Smell: Biscuity, with a bit of a floral character

Taste: Starts out bready but then gets surprisingly sweet, as if there was corn sugar in the grist; there is some bitterness underneath but it is overwhelmed by the sweet flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The sweetness makes this a mediocre lager

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.18/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of weak malt and hops with bad case of skunk in the back. Taste is pretty inoffensive apart from the bad case of skunkyness. You have to wondered why they import all those crappy lager into North Amercia…

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a very thin layer over the entire surface of the beer and a thicker + wide ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Slight hints of skunkiness in the aroma likely due to being in a green glass bottle. The aroma is sweet with hints of grainy malts but very faint overall.

T: The flavor of this beer is also pretty light, not as strong as others in the style. I get quite a bit of grainy malts with some light sweetness and just the lightest hint of some hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not bad, I kind of equate this beer to the Heineken of China... especially because of the slightly skunky smell due to the green bottle. This beer is light and easy enough to drink but not anything special. I will likely has this again but not because I have a really high opinion of it.

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Photo of mothman
2.21/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into Pint Glass

Pours a 1 finger fizzy head with little retention, leaving no lacing. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma is skunky, ricey, and grainy. Pretty gross.

Taste is skunky. There is some lime notes with rice and grain. It isn't as bad as the smell.

Mouthfeel is very crisp. The beer is pretty bad so it is hard to keep in your mouth for very long. It smoothes out a lot and then ends with a slight dry skunky aftertaste.

Overall, this is something I would never want to get again. I would rather have an American macro lager over this. Not my style and not something I'd ever recommend.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, tawny yellow in color with a big-bubbled foamy bright-white head that holds well, eventually dropping to a collar but keeping a misty foam across the surface from rising carbonation. Light aroma of grainy malt with some hops way in the background. Medium-light body with a spritzy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a mild bready malt that's well backed by hop bitterness. Very clean, with an interesting character that I can't identify. Finishes crisp with a short-lingering medium-dry maltiness. A very nice beer; free of flaws and with a unique character. Certainly worth trying as it delivers much more than its appearance promises.

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Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.77 out of 5 with 1,780 ratings