Yanjing Beer | Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation

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Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-20-2001

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Photo of smcolw
2.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Yup, here's Beijing's version of Bud, although it isn't AS grainy.

The beer is clear straw color but leaves a small, big-bubbled head

It certainly seems to be devoid of hop, leaving the smell almost nonexistent. The flavor is passable for an Adjunct Lager. Decent body, considering the style but the carbonation is elevated, naturally. A lawn mower beer through and through.

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Photo of fearless2357
1.35/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Let's just say I prefer the crappy alternative Tsingtao. Which means this beer is beyond crappy.

Only drink this in China airport lounges when no other booze is avail.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a small pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fizzy, one finger white head that dissipates to patches and a slender ring around the glass. Aroma of adjunct malt, faint grassy hops and apple; a hint of caramel. Amazingly, no skunkiness despite a green bottle. Flavor is sweet adjunct malt (the mild sweetness suggests rice), apple and pear juice, faint caramel and grassy hops. Medium bodied with a mild creaminess, above average for an adjunct. A more classic American adjunct profile than many other off-shore lagers of this style, with the pleasant mild sweetness and neutral malt. Flavor is steady throughout the taste with little drop off in the finish. The adjuncts are slightly sweeter and the fruit notes slightly more noticeable than a domestic, but overall shows off the bland, but consistent flavor that has made this a world dominating style (at least for a while). This is so similar to a domestic mass market beer it is puzzling why it would be a good candidate for import, but whatever. It gave me another Chinese beer to try, and I'm not expecting to get a craft one from there. Full satisfactory and drinkable for an adjunct lager. Kudos to the shippers and warehouses that kept this green bottled lager in the dark and drinkable.

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Photo of Corson
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JustCamIt
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the beverage of choice when I'm in Beijing. I go for this when the choices are hot tea, hot water, hot soup, room temp fruit nectar or cold Yanjing. As my in-laws tell me by drinking the tap water will risk an illness. During meals, I can easily drink 2 liters without much effect. A six pack at a Beijing Walmart set me back about $2.

Look: yellow with a scant amount of foam
Smell: corn and whiffs of malt
Taste: corn juice with a hint of hops
Feel: watery
Overall: not bad if drinking every other year

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Photo of Walnut
1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A truly crappy beer, even by crappy Chinese beer standards.

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Photo of mynie
3.38/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not gonna pretend to understand a goddamn thing about the Chinese beer market. I guess maybe I can assume that since this is suddenly available stateside, in an area with a non-particularly large Chinese population, that this has recently been acquired by MolsonCoors or Inbev. Or maybe not.

Green bottle. Pours dark for a pilsener and initially very fizzy, but the head dies away quickly and the beer becomes still.

Smells mildly, pleasantly skunked. Like a european import from the late 90s or early 2000s, before freshness became an issue and everything got packed in darker glass. It's a dumbly nostalgic smell, and while I like it I realize it is not objectively all that good.

Tastes... okay. It's aged, but there's more going on here than in the other mass produced east-Asian pils I've had. Mild skunk up front, a thick and lively grainbill in the middle, and a sweet and slightly stale finish of fruit.

Fresh, this would probably be pretty good. Stale, it's still ok.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
2.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ZachT
2.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
2.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of belgianvan
3.19/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Botulizard
2.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Exeter
2.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of 54V4G3
2.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of fortyfield
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.19/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CRObighit2
2.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle of Yanjing Beer in El Monte, California/USA for $2.69 USD.

Look: Yanjing Beer had a bright yellow colour with light foam.
Smell: Yanjing Beer had an aroma of bittersweet malts mixed with chemicals.
Taste: Yanjing Beer had a taste of malts.
Feel: Yanjing Beer had average amounts of carbonation.
Overall: People who enjoy a beer that has average amounts carbonation may enjoy Yanjing Beer.

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Photo of Wontonst
3.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The poured beer doesn't look very good, the head disappears rather quickly, but the aroma and the taste are decent. This one is more hoppy than most Chinese beers, and doesn't taste as watered down or sweet. The feel is a bit over carbonated in my opinon, making the drink feel more like a soda than a beer.

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Photo of drtth
2.92/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out into a Duvel glass a clear bright yellow color with a 1/2" snow white head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam with a patch here and there on the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves some widely scattered speckles and legs of lacing. If there had been some foam around to the end of the beer the score would probably have been higher.

The aroma initially has a slight touch of skunk that quickly disappears and so will not be factored into the rating score because that is a retailer storage issue not a brewing issue. The aroma is quite faint but has hints of malt and what may be hops.

The light, subtle flavors initially tend toward the sweet side but then quickly become dry, as one would expect from the use of rice as an adjunct. There is really no noticable bitterness

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium and the slight prickly feel from carbonation only lasts for about half the beer. The finish is reasonably long, begins in the light malt sweetness and then tapers off into dryness.

Overall this is a drinkable beer for people who are thirsty and don't want much flavor in their beer. Doing several in an evening would not be a problem, but for myself I want something with more flavor than this offers.

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Photo of kite11
2.81/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: It's clear gold, with a head that rapidly disappears, and small bubbles.
S: Slight smells of rice, corn, malt, floral, and some skunk.
T : It's like slightly bitter flavored water. A little rice taste, and a little grass, but that's about it.
M: Feels very watery. Smooth, and easily chug able.
O: It looks pretty, but would rather drink regular water or tea then this. Must find something else.

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Photo of churchschicken
2.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of artemh
2.21/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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