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Tsingtao | Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct 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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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Winter
2.41/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of TAMU99
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden color with small foam that disipates quickly. Average pilsner. Nutty smell and flavor with a slightly bitter initial taste. It's good to add to Chinese food...go figure.

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Photo of proc
2.38/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very average pils. Mimics the American Standard in everyway. It is a refreshing, but lacks any substantive hop or malt presence. Could be drank in quantity on a hot day. The green bottle lent to the light struck aroma.

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Photo of bditty187
3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light, clear, and yellow; white, tight bubbles, head reached a finger's worth. No lace, good retention. Very faint aroma with a blend of floral, grains, and something sweet (sugar and/or malt I presume). Easy on the palate, unique, very light, the sweetness of this beer was enjoyable. Light bodied, kind of bready mouthfeel. This is a good beer for people who are afraid of stouts, don't like hops, and are unaware wheat beers are suppose to be cloudy.

Green bottle... you have been warned.

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Photo of Jordan
2.7/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sharp and peppery up front, then dissipating into a smoother sugar coated malty finish. Very similar to mainstream Amerikan brews, only maybe a hint of added flair. Not worth the added tax in my opinion. If someone offeres me one of these in a kind gesture, I doubt I would object, but I would never spend my money on this again.

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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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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my mainstay at any Asia (Chinese) restaurant in the Boston area, I know it is quite fresh and clean the palate well with some grain and crisp carbonation. It holds onto a slim sweetness as well.

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Photo of ADR
2.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very pale and clear color, decent head but with large and even bubbles. I couldn't smell a thing in this brew, maybe a trace of skunk. Body is very light, malt is OK in flavor -- not great but in the category of a fresh loaf of white bread with sugar on top. Watery finish, not crisp. To me, there's not a lot of hop, what's crisp to others is dying flavor at the finish to me...why spoil Chinese food with this, when a great IPA can clean the palatte?

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

Pale gold, crystal clear with a flood of CO2 surging its way to the surface. Good head for the style. Doesn't last long, but CO2 continually keeps a layer of lace on the brew. Very little smell or taste. This however, means there's nothing offensive, but nothing special either. The taste it does have is a bit sweet and malty. Not really an enjoyable beer, but a good palate cleanser whilst enjoying a Chinese buffet for dinner!

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Photo of jackndan
2.65/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

TsingTao: From China. Pours clear, with a slightly dark yellow color, no head to speak of. Malty/sweet aroma. Some skunk. The taste is sweet malt, with toffee flavors as the beer warms up. Dry finish, with a hint of sweetness. Very light body, but with a whiff of skunk that really takes this beer down a notch.

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Photo of stoutman
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw color. Medium light body. Mild bitterness. Mild malt. Mild hops. Dry. Reminscent of fruits. Pleasantly and clean with a refreshing carbonated note and lingering bitterness. Better than Bud, but definitely a beer for light weights.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.38/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This should be called "China-ken". Very
similar flavor to Heineken, but more skunky. Slightly nutty and hoppy but you will never know because the skunk-ass green bottles will kill it for you 75% of the time.

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Photo of marc77
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The sparkling, clear straw hued brew is covered by a large bubbled head that exhibits better retention than typical American megaswill. Light grainy notes and a touch of a spicy Saaz hop nose along w/ generic sweetness. Hop bitterness is above the norm for the insipid style while the mild bready grain notes are fairly pleasant. Corn flavors are thankfully absent, but the body is typically light due to the apparent large percentage of rice in the grist. Tsingtao finishes crisp, clean and cleansing. Yeah it's bland, but I'll take this over a Bud anyday.

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Photo of ORM1
2.97/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The can I drank yesterday was brought from Paris. I never saw Tsing Tao in a can so the attention was paid :) Usually TT was being drunk in Chinese restaurants from a bottle.
French canned variant had 4,5% abv.
Appearance seemed to be perfect: golden yellow colour with good thick snow white head.
Smell: rice and floral.
Taste: Body is medium to light. Boiled rice and green grass flavours dominate, sugar sweet and strong wheat flour aftertaste..
I an not impressed at all. Just something exotic.
It always goes well with Chinese and other Oriental food, but I can not imagine myself drinking it somewhere in a bar:)

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Photo of BillyBrew
2.21/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A sickly looking pale yellow colour with a foamy, white head that morphs into a mildly lacey ring. The smell is a turn off, musty, raw, wet-grains perhaps, but noticable almost two-feet away. Little taste with weak malts and non-existant hops. The feel is airy, but a light shade of medium bodied. Drinks better than I thought, compared to other far-east beers anyhow. Probably best with a meal, Chinese, eh? I drink in the name of beer.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unfortunately I went to a Chinese restuarant with my girl today and I decided try this beer. The only Chinese beer on the menu. The color is a murky creek water color...not to impressive...
The smell was not much better, at least it wasn't bad though, sort of smelled like nothing...if that is possible?
The taste is just unimpressive...spitzy type of seltzer water taste...I could not even finish this darn brew...enough said...just plain awful...
Note: Some reviews say this goes well with spicey Chinese...IMO, I don't think so I had the real spicy sesame chicken, and it still tasted gross...

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Photo of rastaman
1.1/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

i agree with michael kennedy, extremely dirty unclean flavour and a dirty sock sweetness, quite horrible, i wouldn't even drink it when eating Chinese food, repulsive.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean and crisp appearance. Light to medium head. A little floral and hoppy smelling. Taste is clean, with nice hops to malt ratio. Almost a little sweet. Kinda fizzy.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale golden color, quite clear with a smallish head that rapidly disappears, minor lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Hops and grain are prominent in the aroma, the hops being dominant.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt flavor overlaid with hops, bread and grain; finish is mildly bitter.

Mouth feel: Smooth and resonably full with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite refreshing and easy to drink, a warm weather beer.

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Photo of packetknife
2.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No head to speak of. Overly carbonated. Smelled like armpit. Tasted mediocre at best, slightly sweet and hoppy. A bit soapy.

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Photo of cokes
3.36/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice alternative to the big American lagers. Refreshing, light and quite easy to drink. Pairs exceptionally well with spicy Chinese dishes.
Pours a nice golden hue, with pilsner -like head. Not much for smell (faintest traces of skunk)
There is a slight hops presence, with a somewhat odd, yet quite pleasant sweetness. But not beer to really think about and dissect.
I would not buy this beer to bring home and enjoy on it's own, but I have no regrets about drinking it paired with the appropriate cuisine.

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Photo of John
3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent light lager. Slightly sweet with a faint hop character. Went well with Thai Penang Curry.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.84/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think you guys are being to hard on this beer. If it smells funky, you got a bad bottle. Get it from a store that knows how to treat a beer. Yes this is very light but as a light lager style beer it is good. When it is fresh it has a wonderful floral aroma that works perfectly with the slight malty sweetness. Is it the best beer I ever had? NO, but it has light charater that I will definately drink again.

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Photo of Brent
1/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I dunno - are we drinking the same beer? I thought this might pass for lightly beer-flavored soda water.

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Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.77 out of 5 with 1,751 ratings
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