Tsingtao | Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
1,774 Ratings

Brewed by:
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,774 |  Reviews: 612
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.17/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear straw golden fizzy hue with a bubbly short lived white head, absolutely no lacing to note here. Aroma: Some rice is definitely evident a spritzy sweetness without any real character to it. Taste: It does do well with spicier Chinese dishes but I would still rather have something else of better quality myself this is a beer produced toward the masses and meant to be light refreshing almost without taste. Some adjunct ridden sweet tones with a quite simplistic hop character just a touch there. Mouthfeel: Thin just like carbonated water no difference to me. Drinkability: A beer meant to be consumed in number not enjoyed for each beer's flavor but the mass produced Chinese beer that sells the most.

 729 characters

Photo of AtLagerHeads
1.53/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Mid-yellow, vanishing white head, and no lace. The smell was strictly skunky and of rotten veggies. The taste was horrid, being very metallic and of a flat-natured lager mix. The feel is watery and acidic. Ugh. Why would anybody import this? Oh, yeh, for BAs to review.

 269 characters

Photo of vitesse
1.86/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

served in 12 oz. green bottle.

way too many "off" flavors for me. i generally like pale lagers, but not this one. seems to have a funny, peanut-like aftertaste. it's pale, very carbonated (think chinese rendition of heineken), but i just don't like this one. very few redeeming qualities. even most chinese restaurants have SOMETHING better.

 344 characters

Photo of Beastdog75
2.46/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tsingtao has to be the most well known beer coming from the People's Republic of China (and it is the only Chinese beer that I've seen around Central NJ). Tsingtao is an ok beer that somewhat reminds me of Heineken, and is perhaps a little less harsh and skunky.

Tsingtao pours a light yellow straw color with a decent foamy head that lasts for around a minute and a half. The smell is of skunk, but there are some detectable grain smells underneath that. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. The taste is of some light, crisp malt and grains with some of the "Euro" style skunk carrying over, but it doesn't ruin the beer. The beer is somewhat bitter, with a little bit of a lemon-like quality to the hop presence. The aftertaste taste is pretty clean with just some light grain flavors and some dryness, and this beer finishes off with only a little alcoholic warmth.

If this were not skunked, it would have its place amongst the more drinkable "fizzy yellow beers." Still, this is crisp and somewhat refreshing, and although this is going to sound cliched and predictable, I would recommend it with Chinese food or other Asian cuisine (it seems like its made for that type of food).

 1,187 characters

Photo of clvand0
1.83/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a light golden color with a small head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly skunky and unintersting. The flavor is somewhat skunky - reminescent of Heineken but slightly better. It's a little sweet and fairly crisp, but still not very enjoyable.

 274 characters

Photo of BrewAskew
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer. Not spectacular by any stretch but it will do just fine. Pours to a dense white head that falls to fine ring and clumps of white bubbles. Aroma is of hops and sweet malt (adjuncts, too?) finishes dry and clean. It tates like it would be a good choice with Asian cuisine. Better than Sapporo or Asahi.

 316 characters

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

I had the choice of this, Heini, or corona, all for the same price at a chinese restaurant. I thought i should go with the chinese brew. I wasn't expecting much from this beer, and i didn't get much from this beer. Lager is hardly my favorite style of beer, but i found this offering to be fairly inoffensive. The light golden appearance and the fluffy white head were unimpressive. The taste was a little grainy and yet sweet with pretty good carbonation. No flavors bothered me, there was just nothing there to impress me. Basically this is a pretty inoffensive/good enough beer. I don't think i would ever go out of my way to find it. But I won't mind getting it at a chinese restaurant over the more common alternatives.

 724 characters

Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 640ml bottle with no freshness date. Although I usually order this when eating at a Chinese restaurant, that's usually the only time I buy it. This was an exception, and without the ethnic meal partnered up with it it seems pretty mediocre. Pours out a very light clear straw colour, with a big bubbly head which dissipates after a few minutes leaving no sign of lacing. Nose is a bit skunky at first, then sweet with mellow hops. Taste is a sweet biscuity malt and light floral hops. Sweet yet crisp. Nothing exceptional, but goes down smooth enough if you're going to be drinking more than one (or two or three) in a sitting. Best with hot weather and Chinese food.

 673 characters

Photo of tavernjef
3.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a pale to clear yellow with a small white head, some very small tight lacing. Smell is faintly sweet and some grain as in bread thats soft in the back. Taste is clean and sweet with a grainy backing thats lightly bread-like and finishes with a small bitter hop bit that drys slightly. Feel is light, crisp, and clean with a sweetning thats light and finishes slightly dry and bitter from hop. This was very refreshing to have with my mildly spicey thai food. Would settle for this over many other Asian imports.

 520 characters

Photo of Running4beer
1.99/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out gold/straw in color with a medium white head. Smell was awful skunk and corn what a combonation(no pun intended). Taste was just about the same, it's a chinese version of bud. The mouthfeel was crisp with carbonation not bad the only good thing it had going. It's a good thing I had some food to cover up the flavor of this beer. Will only drink this again when at a chinese restaurant or if forced to drink it.

 422 characters

Photo of Bruiser81
1.68/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew was a very light clear golden color with an impressive head that lasted for about five seconds. A small ring was left around the edges but that too was gone half way through the beer. This beer had a grainy smell with hints of corn and not much else. The taste was very light, I really couldn't find anything specific, very bland. It was kind of like drinking carbonated water. The aftertaste was terrible, very skunky and just weird. The mouthfeel was extremely thin, this just wasn't an easy beer to drink. I would not drink this beer again.

 553 characters

Photo of PhantomVodoo
2.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, quite pale golden yellow color with a decent white head.
Smells somewhat lightstruck. Grainy malt and pilsener type hop aroma.

Taste is off. Chemical type taste is present. Otherwise, a decent beer with a sweet malt profile. Decent hop crispness. Flavors are mild and this allows any off flavors to easily take the forefront, which has certainly happened with this bottle.

Average mouthfeel.
Drinkability would be good if not for the off flavor and aroma.
Overall, a decent beer, but with some off flavors and aromas that just don't seem right. Why use green bottles?

 585 characters

Photo of LiquidBreadMan
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've bought only one six-pack of Tsingtao, in an effort to duplicate the ambiance of a Chinese restaurant. Truth is, the beer seems to "taste" much better with a plateful of MSG-laden General Tso's Chicken -- at the restaurant.

This beer pours a paler gold with not much head to speak of, and short-lived at that. The aroma is skunk and grain as is the taste. This beer is extremely low on carbonation and goes down easy, with an aftertaste very similar to malt liquor. In fact, Tsingtao is much like malt liquor across the board.

Still, I continue to order it occasionally at Chinese restaurants and will probably continue to do so.

 639 characters

Photo of ThePostmaster
2.37/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The Budwieser of China. This is a macro all the way. Very faint hops and little maltiness. Dry in character. A little skunky. Grain aftertaste. Quite bitter. If I try this again I want it ice cold. I recommend this if you want to see what the Chinese drink.

 257 characters

Photo of Reidrover
3.24/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in a 22 oz green bottle,
Poured very nicelly into the glass quite an impressive head for a lager beer..went down a bit but still nice. Good golden colour.
Smells pretty good too some malt light hops.
Taste however is pretty average..its not bad but its hardly good.
Feels light in the mouth and its drinkable..I bought this to go along with the Szechuan chicken i prepared at home..it does a good job with this spicy dish

 437 characters

Photo of mickeymac
3.3/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's pale yellow with a foamy, white head. The smell is par for the course lager. Coming in green bottles, it frequently has just a hint of skunkiness. The taste is not bad, but just a bit on the grainy side. It does pair well with spicy Mongolian barbecue, or at least better than the big ones.

 295 characters

Photo of JISurfer
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is probably my fav Chinese brew. My grandfather got me hooked on it after he brought it home from a chinese restruant. They wanted $18 for a sixer of it!!!!! Instead, I just went down to the local grocery store and got it for $8. Anyways, it's a nice pale yellow color with a short lived white foamy head. You can definately taste the rice in the brew. It does have a small hint of skunk, but it's really not that bad. It's very smooth and goes down very easily, even quenches your thirst. I guess the only bad thing about it, is that the money goes to the commy government of China. Oh well, it's still a darn good brew.

 626 characters

Photo of budgood1
3.57/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this chinese lager pours out a clear golden color, with a thin head and leaves the slightest of lace. aroma of pleasant floral hops, followed by a hint of green bottle skunk, mixed with a grainy goodness. although from china, the taste follows the usual euro lager flavors; providing a slight twist by being a little more grainy and alcoholic in nature, while still seeming light on the palate. overall it seems pretty clean and quite refreshing. i'm guessing that this would be a proper beer to wash down some hot and spicy chinese food, and it would take more than a few to quell the fire, as i like my chinese spicy! would be good with mexican and other tex-mex dishes too.

 676 characters

Photo of Naerhu
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ingredients malts, hops
A grainy malt aroma, nothing special. Dry grainy palate with deeper flavor than ordinary Macro brews. Highly carbonation but lacking head. No bitterness or floral aroma. Would be a better beer if it came in a darker bottle and had more hops. Decent beer, but no need to go out of your way to try it.

 324 characters

Photo of jdhilt
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours without much head and the carbonation is low. Pale colored, this is really a lawn mower beer and not something you want after shovelling snow again. Slightly sweet but with a faint skunky nose. The drinkability is high because it is a smooth brew.

 253 characters

Photo of BitteBier
3.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lemony gold in appearance with some active carbonation but virtually no head aside from delicate lacing along the sides. Smell is reasonably strong with grain and floral notes coming through. Taste is somewhat flat, however, with dry grain flavors ruling the day. Mouthfeel is rather firm and a bit too persistent for my taste. Still, this is a drinkable beer that would be a fine choice at your favorite Chinese restaurant.

 424 characters

Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
2.16/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tried this beer in a Chinese restaurant. I wanted to try a Chinese beer and it was the only one on their menu. It pours a golden colour topped by an average white head that disappears quite easily and leaves no lace as you drink the beer. Aroma consists of malt. Taste is quite average with nothing special to offer. It's an average to poor lager.

 347 characters

Photo of Morris729
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden color with a foamy white head with large bubbles that quickly dissipates. Aroma of malt and grains with some floral hop notes. Flavor is a bit unusual. A sweet maltiness is present but it is blended with a bready, grain-like taste, and something else I can’t quite identify. Finish is clean and crisp. A good partner with spicy Chinese takeout.

 371 characters

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

Just an average pilsner knockoff. No great malt taste here, and just the faint presence of hops. Goes good with Chinese or Thai food, mainly because it sets the moodOther than that, just a novelty.

 197 characters

Photo of Winter
2.41/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured golden in color with a white foamy head and a lot of carbonation present. Aroma was pungent with a feint hop scent. Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated. Taste is rather bland, with a stale dry finish and hop bitterness. I wouldn't mind trying this beer again with food, but by itself it is rather boring.

 309 characters

Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.76 out of 5 with 1,774 ratings