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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2001

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Photo of Greywulfken
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light, crisp, and refreshing. Nah, I'm just kidding. Typical adjunct lager action - low in flavor and aroma, watery feel. Having been on a an AAL drinking spree - sampling different countries - this was very light and low on flavor and aroma. Take a pass.

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Photo of W_Des
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Just your standard lager you find everywhere. Every country has their own lager. Drink it cold as it can be and preferably in hot weather eating some hot food. Once it gets warm it just gets unpleasant.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not bad for a lager that comes in a green bottle - as long as you don't get a skunky one. Works well washing down an array of chinese food. Light in body and with a little grassy note.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD 8/5/15. Clear golden pour. Normal head volume, lacing and slightly below normal retention.

Very light nose, even for a lager, just a hint of yeast and malt.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and just the right amount for a nice prickly finish.

For a lager, the flavor profile is reasonably intense, complexity is lacking but the balance is superb. It begins with a light grainy biscuit that is very subtly sweet. The middle brings an equally subtle mild hop bitterness that is perfectly balanced. Hop flavor is present only as a hint that it's there. The finish is crisp, clean and leaves you with a fading mild bitterness with a grainy character. No skunking was evidenced. Possibly the best starter beer since it never really assaults the taste buds, but exposes all the classic lager elements in muted fashion.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant straw with a quickly dissipating 2” white foam cap.
S: Grainy nose with an earthy background and a slight hint of skunk.
T: Grain with traces of apples and adjuncts. Slightly sweet beginning with a dry finish.
F: Clean, crisp, light bodied, effervescent.
O: A standard Chinese restaurant beer.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.94/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crisp taste, nice and refreshing.
Upon pouring the head doesn't stay to long, carbonation is alright though.
Taste is light and smooth with a fruity and nutty aroma, very special. Perfect with Chinese cuisine.
Goes down nicely with a smooth aftertaste.
Overall a nice Asian beer.

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Photo of dabone
2.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. Golden and clear with very little head. Head is white. Aroma is a little hop and grain. Taste is a slight hop, and I get a lot of alcohol. Taste is sharp. Not a bad texture. Overall not great.

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Photo of ordybill
2.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- large skunky presence.
Appearance- A clear golden yellow color with a small white head
Taste- Has a hoppy flavor but there is that skunky bite to it.
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- it is an average beer that goes well with food.

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Photo of mikemands
3.71/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

for what it is it aint bad, pretty refreshing, not a beer to sit and think about, but can wash down some moo goo gai pan and chicken balls like a champ

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Photo of digitalflood
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear amber color with decent carbonation. Very little head retention and average lacing. Taste is fairly bold on the hop note, but in a skunky way. It goes excellent with spicy Chinese food and is very drinkable. No, it is not the greatest beer ever nor does it have a complex flavor; but for an average beer to enjoy with dinner that is drinkable-- it's a good bet.

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Photo of YumaLaowai
4.58/5  rDev +64.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love This drink. I lived in China and my go to drink was Harbin Snow but being back in the states for about a year now it's hard for me to remember my comparison.
Very hard beer, just how I like it. Doesn't need salt but it definitely gives it that extra kick

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Photo of Grogsky
2.49/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you're looking to add a beer to the list, it's a fine choice. However, I have heard there are many better Chinese beers out there (have not personally had one). Overall, it's refreshing enough, tastes alright (bit watered down), and looks not bad.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a good white head that is gone within a minute. Clear light gold color

S- Lost of rice and yeast

T- Open and rice like.

M- Dry and crisp

O- Pretty good beer. Not something to look for though

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with...... Various sushi rolls


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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.52/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Review: Bottle of Tsingtao Beer: 4.7%ABV

Tsingtao, the German style Chinese lager, with great flavors, a smooth taste and which is always recommended when eating Asian food.

It comes in a lovely looking green bottle with a distinctive logo. I guess its the Chinese writing that attracts, also there looks to be a picture of the brewery overlooking a river, which I’m guessing is meant to signify the water from the Laoshan Mountain

A decent looking beer which has a clear yellow appearance, with a good nice frothy head, that unfortunately doesn’t stick around too long.

Loved the smell. Was pretty strong. Pure acidity, malts, skunk, and of course the rice, all combining to give a very sharp alcohol aroma.

The initial taste was quite strong, a little sour, and thereafter some malts and hay, a bit grainy with the rice making an appearance. A nicely balanced beer, not overbearing, with a lot of subtle flavours. Not much in the aftertaste, but overall this beer was very smooth, and not at all heavy. The crisp and refreshing taste makes this one of the most sessionable lagers you can find in my opinion. I like Tsingtao Beer, its not going to get you wasted, but you can drink a lot of them without having to worry too much about the night, or indeed not expect a bad hangover.

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Photo of captaincoffee
2.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Was expecting this to be very bad. I was pleasantly surprised by the clean (read: lack of bad aftertaste) profile. Not a good beer...basically a typical Asian adjunct beer...but okay if cold. Could be worse...and many are.

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Photo of gtermi
3.37/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golde body with a white head that quickly fades.
Ther smell is skunky and a bit of grain
The taste Is of grain and bit of funk
The the feeling is nice with a bit of carbonation and tingle on the back of the throat

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Photo of elNopalero
2.01/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Piss poor beer in a green bottle. This shouldn't be a surprise.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now. This sure ain’t poetry.
Beer reviews can be like that sometimes.

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Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
4.5/5  rDev +61.3%

I've had this twice. In a Japanese restaurant and at the time, I thought it was pretty skunky but the one I'm drinking now is perfect. A perfect amount of skunk but the beer is very mild. Would defiantly get again if I'm at an oriental restaurant.

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Photo of mr-jj
3/5  rDev +7.5%

This is my choice (and usually only choice) at Chinese restaurants. Its got a strong grain flavor and usually a bit of skunky aroma with some mild hop bitterness. It cleanses the palate nicely and goes well with the cuisine.

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Photo of bnes09
1.23/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Pale and bubbly. No head to speak of. Mild grains and skunk in the nose. Flavor is dominated by skunked rice adjuncts. Light bodied with an odd slick texture. I drank just enough to write this review. The rest went down the drain.

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Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Appearance: yellow. Clear. Virtually no head.
S: skink.
T: light; skunky.
M: high carbonation. Light body. Crisp. Dry.
O: good. Light. Rice beer. Refreshing. Not excellent. But good.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Typical lager appearance. Fairly pale. Some lacing but not a lot

Very faint aroma. Grainy and a little bit grassy.

Flavour is mild. There are appleskin notes and grain tastes here. There's a hint of German pils style hops but it's extrememly faint. There's a bit of a nutty flavour here too. This beer does have some individual characteristics and is enjoyable to drink without having strong flavours.

Overall, a rather mild but refreshing and drinkable lager with no off notes .


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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2/5  rDev -28.3%

Appearance – Very pale with almost no head from the outset. Heavy carbonation

Smell – The smell is similar to any Lager in the same style although there is more evidence of water in this and although I don’t want to be mean I can only describe this as boring.

Taste – grain and water. There is not much in the way of hops flavour here

Mouthfeel – Very thin with a tiny bit of effervescent tingle.

Over all – I hate to be mean and if I compare this to other beers in the same style it is not the worst in the world. If you like a Budweiser then this is a better brew, I think. If you like Ales or Bitters then give this one a wide berth. For what it is trying to be it does the job, I just don’t like what it is trying to be. My final score is based on the fact this beer is doing what it set out to do but what it is trying to be is not interesting or even difficult to do, however there are worse beers in this style.

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Photo of bzeisman
1.22/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

of all the places to find Chinese beer, i didnt think Bavaria would be on the list. picked it up cuz i wanted to try something different. good thing it was cheap. the Chinese do a lot of things very well, beer isnt one of those things. id rate this beer marginally higher than bud light, only for the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Twelve ounce green bottle. Date stamp on neck: 6/8/14. (fresh).

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a quarter-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and yields stringy and spotty lace.

N: Malty and grainy, yeasty, with some grassy hay notes.

T: Clean, slightly tang/twang of stale grain, bland.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Thin finish.

O: Not much here, like an empty shell.

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Tsingtao from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
2.79 out of 5 based on 1,683 ratings.
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