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Yanjing Beer | Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation

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Yanjing BeerYanjing Beer

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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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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 137
Reviews by EgadBananas:
Photo of EgadBananas
3.46/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big shout out to my good friend JM03 for the hook up! :)

Pours a clear, fizzy yellow. However, even with a fairly generous pour, a collar of maybe a finger appeared. Twas white as rice, dissipated quickly, and left a couple spots.

Well, the smell is interesting. Really, it's like sniffing a bag of Quaker rice cakes, light salt grazing and all. I presume rice is the adjunct here, which isn't all that bad so far.

Taste is pretty close to the smell. It's kinda like a rice cake in beer form. Finish is a little bitter, sweet and salty.

The feel is slick, light, and crisp.

It's refreshing, and for an adjunct, I've had plenty that were worse than this. There's really nothing offensive or "bad" about this, it's just naturally less than exciting all around.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was on the bargain clearance shelf so I decided to give it a try.

Pours a clear golden color with a white head.

Very good aroma. Lots of grain with a little bit of hops.

Flavor starts fairly sweet but a slight hoppy note is hiding out there. Fairly clean tasting. No off flavors like I expect from a macro-style lager.

Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, a better than average beer of the style. Not bad as a summer quencher. Probably not worth seeking out either but it exceeds most others of this style by managing to be inoffensive.

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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 Phatz
2.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very average American macro lager. A 3.0 beer is a baseline beer in, (in my mind) it is what brewers should strive for as a minimum. For an American macro I think it (3.0) is above the average largely advertised beers out there (you know what I mean). That considered this beer is slightly above average but slightly below good. I severed this at fridge temperature in a cool pint glass (I recommend drinking this one cold). It pours like every other AM very light and clear watery pale yellow. It has a small white sudsy head that fades immediately and minimal lacing. The smell is nearly undetectable but if you work hard enough at smelling water eventually you'll find something; in this case its sweet grains and if you use your imagination and think really hard you might find a sweet malt character buried in there somewhere. The taste is better than many as it does have a definite sweet malt characteristic. Of course the grains are present as well, but it is overall smooth and sweet. The hops are present in the finish and the aftertaste, but they are very mild. The pleasant aftertaste, refreshing mouthfeel, and lightweight, almost improve the drinkability of this beer, even though the gentle flavor is not very interesting. Overall. I am pleased. If this was commonly (and cheaply) served in my area I would drink it (when I am out of options) over the other big names, but it is certainly far from a superb experience.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of jspruit
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer from an off-license in Ranelagh for 1 euro for a 330ml bottle. I wasn't expecting too much really, but it was nicer than I had expected really. Pours clean without too much fuss and not too much of a head. Not too much of a smell really, but definitely not ckunky either. Taste was nice and it went down easy. I will definitely drink a couple more of these at this price while looking out for something a bit more tasty here and there.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.12/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale yellow with decent clarity with a one and a half finger head of dense soap bubbles. Little to no lacing. Nose is uncommonly clean, save mabye a whiff of sulfur. Corn and pale malt sweet upfront, with a curious blend of sulfur and ester, but nothing really offensive it and fades quickly. Aftertaste is dry with weak and indistinct noble hops. Thin body and medium carbonation, the sweetness and off-flavor threaten to be become cloying, but the finish is mild with an easy drinkabilty. A faint buiscuity malt flavor emerges near the end, so the taste is flawed but at least has some depth of character.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving is from a 12 ounce clear bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a gold color with a small white head. The aroma isn't strong, but it smells like sweet malt and grain. But it doesn't smell too bad at all. It tastes a bit sweet, like grain, corn and malt, pretty much just like a typical macro beer. Mouthfeel is light, and a bit watery but also crisp. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink, and overall it's non-offensive. For the style, it isn't bad at all. It certainly isn't a great beer, but it is drinkable. I've had worse!

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Photo of hunteraw
2.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's pretty much impossible to spend any time in Beijing without consuming a lot of this stuff. Appearance is a rather bright yellow, very clear, no head retention to speak of. Slight lacing. Smell is sweet, of grain and a touch of apple cider vinegar. Taste finishes sweet, a little apple flavor. Light. Aftertaste is clean. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation about right for a beer meant to be consumed in quantity. Drinkability is decent, despite its other failings.

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Photo of biegaman
2.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You wouldn't expect the number one selling beer in the world's number one largest market to be anything other than filtered and yellow would you? Of course not. And Yanjing looks like a shinning (literally) example of this type of lager. While head retention is poor, there is a constant barrage of bubbles and its complexion has a brilliant, golden sheen.

I respect Yanjing for being open with us about using more rice than barley malt (though it's not like I wouldn't have figured that out for myself). Any gibberish about 'floral nose' or 'clean maltiness', however, is pure rubbish. The aroma has a musty, adjunct-ridden taint and a more than slight hint of cider vinegar. Not exactly enticing me to take a sip...

For all the guff I give it, Yanjing is not the worst offending industrial adjunct lager. The taste is agreeable, if only for its nearly imperceptible flavour and underlying sweetness. While it is obviously made of extract, there isn't enough adjunct presence to foul the mouthfeel. That, and the right amount of carbonation, ensure I'll make it through the can.

I bet this pairs well with take-out Chinese food, it's the liquid equivalent: a bland, culturally-void product, boosted by cheap production costs and loaded with preservatives and questionable additives that make your body feel absolutely gross after consuming. If you like greasy, unhealthy, semi-artificial, shitty tasting foods I don't think you'll mind this.

Having 85% of the market share in a city the size of Shanghai, it's nearly unfathomable to imagine how many liters of this stuff sells annually. It just goes to prove that beer - like the music most people listen to, the movies most people watch, the opinions that most people have and most anything else that appeals to the masses - is pure shit.

This has been the best selling beer in China for over a decade? No wonder their human rights record is considered so terrible. We've seen a lot of Chinese products recalled in recent years - poisonous pet foods, lead-based toys, anti-freeze toothpaste - and it's only a matter of time before we add corrupt, toxic, adjunct-ridden lager to that list.

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Photo of harpus
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of Hellpop65
1.25/5  rDev -51%

Photo of BlitzShadow
2.58/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Clear bottle with silver foil wrapping (red and gold trim) around the cap and neck. Label tells me that it's "The Official State Beer of China". Per the back label, the "FINEST INGREDIENTS" include "BARLEY, GRAIN & HOPS". So does barley count as a grain? ;-b

Appearance: Pours light yellow - very pale and clear. Light head dissipates quickly to very minor lacing.

Smell: Moderate "grainy" scent. I believe I also detect some corn. Nothing impressive, but nothing "off" either.

Taste: The taste is lighter than I expected from the scent. Pilsner malt flavor with almost no hop bitterness. Adjuncts are present and contribute to the light flavor. The taste could easily pass for an American Macro Lager. The finish is very "wet" and clean.

Mouthfeel: Very light and watery. No fizz at all.

Drinkability: Not much in the way of flavor, but I can see this as a refreshing summer beer to drink while grilling with its watery feel and clean finish. (Just keep it out of the sun)

Overall: This is a clean and "watery" beer. I can't see it offending anybody at all, unless of course they are expecting some flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden with a thin white head that becomes a thin island of a vanishing patch. Typical "macro" look.

The smell is of cooked veggies, some husk and a light grain.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt, some husk. The little touch of non-descript hops fade, leaving this one sweet, but in a watery, subdued way. A slight touch of "wet cardboard" comes through in a watery finish.

Watery, not too fizzy, but rather weak, even for the style. An undesirable aftertaste shows up, but soon fades.

This is water with a hint of grain, overall. A very weak, mildly sweet beer. I can easily think of a better Chinese lager, and better "macros" I would choose over this.

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Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yanjing Beer pours a golden yellow with a thick white head from a clear twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very mild, sweet malt and grain are noticeable. The flavor is very mild, sweet malt and corn are present. There isn't much to this one, it's certainly an acceptable substitute for a typical American macro. Nothing offensive, nothing outstanding, just average.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.23/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer as part of a 12 pack "Beers of the World" from World market as a Christmas present from my cousins. Pours the standard clear golden color of most American macro lagers. I suppose its color is a little darker than most American macro lagers. White foam head is initially large but shrinks quite fast. It doesn't toally dissappear though, it just shrinks in size considerably. Eventually it did totally dissappear, but it took awhile. Not much a smell at all to speak of, sort of a skunky, sour aroma with a hint of malt and perhaps some grains. Not a particularly appealing aroma. A sort of bland sweet taste initially hits the palate accompanied by some hints of malt and even a bit of fruit thrown in with a very mild trace of hops. A bit of a watery and crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty drinkable as it goes down quite easily. All in all an ok beer, a little better than many typical American macro lagers, but nothing special. It seems to be missing something. It's as if this beer isn't living up to its full potential. If I never drink it again I won't consider it a loss.


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Photo of thehyperduck
2.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before April 24 2013.

Pours that familiar pale golden-yellow colour, topped with a surprisingly impressive puffy, sparkling white head. It even leaves behind a network of lacing on the sides as it gradually dissipates over the next few minutes. I must admit that for the style, it does look pretty good. The aroma is another story. It's not particularly strong, but the minimal vegetal, corny aroma still manages to be a bit of a turnoff.

Mild, bland flavour without a lot to talk about. It is basically just irritatingly sweet due to the obvious abundance of adjuncts used, and there is no sign of any hop (or even extract) dryness to balance it. Just bland, grainy, corny, fizzy water with a hint of appleskin. Light-bodied, with good carbonation for the style. The bland flavour and good mouthfeel of this stuff make it reasonably drinkable, but it's definitely a lager I would get sick of quickly. A pint is plenty for me, thanks.

I assume this is made with rice, because it kind of reminds me of a Japanese Rice Lager. Except, of course, with the caveat that it is a very poorly made one. Or perhaps it's just the mutant offspring of JRLs and common adjunct lagers - a truly monstrous creation to release upon the world. What have I done to deserve to fall victim to its wrath? Oh right - I'm the sucker who bought it.

[Updated Jul 26 2015]

Another tall can, this time from TBS. Yanjing is nothing more than a mediocre fizzy yellow beer - and there are already plenty of domestic versions of that, so why bother? I'm bumping the score slightly, because for an adjunct lager, this is merely below average (and not awful, or terrible). This stuff would probably pair fine with takeout or something equally greasy/spicy - but I had a bottle of Tsingtao a few days ago, and while I wouldn't say it was spectacular, it was a better adjunct lager than this. At least Yanjing is cheap, but I really wouldn't expect anything less from a lame Chinese knockoff.

Final Grade: 2.57, a C-.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. green bottle

A very pale yellow-gold color and 1" high fizzy white head that bubbles up quick and dissipates just as fast.

Green-herbal, veggie hop, musty corn yeast, sweet bready malt in very subtle effect.

A crispy, herbal bite with garden veggies musty, yeastie backdrop and a sweet, bready malt finish. all very standard. Nothing offensive or "off" but it's watery in the feel after a short period of time as well.

As basic as it comes!

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear bottle covered in silver foil. I served this in a big ole' tulip glass....why? I don't know.

A - Lemon gold with a short-lived fizzy head that fizzles to a fizzy haze in about two seconds. Some soapy lace sticks to the glass, but only sporadically.

S - Sweet apple cider aroma on top of a basic macro lager scent. I swear to God this smells like cider! Gentle apple and blossom aromas with the faintest touch of vinegar.

T - Surprisingly malty and extremely sweet with a lot of apple notes. Again, some vinegar is coming through too. This is way better than I thought it would be! Makes me think of a big ass 40oz of cheapo malt liquor with a bottle of cider poured into it.

M - Full bodied in the way that malt liquor is full bodied. Very grainy and solid.

D - I like this a lot...this is by far the best macro lager that I've ever had! Just outstanding for the style.

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Photo of Shadman
1.48/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

an american macro lager from China...should be a movie title. Let's hope the water it's made from is still safe to drink.

Average macro amber color with a very fizzy head that left as soon as one's breath on a smoggy Beijing afternoon. No lacing to speak of.

Combo aroma of skunk, metallic mineral/well water, and sweetness that may or may not be malt/hops.

Watery, swwet and the mineral water dominates everything except the excessive sweetness.

very thin and very weak mouth feel. almost no carbonation to speak of here.

Thankfully I bought a single because I may have been stuck with 5 or more of these. Put Yanjing down with Chinese toy imports as a bad investment.

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Photo of metter98
2.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of corn adjuncts along with notes of rice and slight hints of sweetness, bitterness, and skunk, the latter of which might be a result of the green bottle.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This could be considered a lawnmower beer as it goes down easily and there's nothing really offensive about the taste, except that there aren't any interesting flavors.

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale clear yellow with a two finger frothy cap. Nose consists of sulfuric lager yeast, boiled vegetables, bread and rice. No hop presence. Palate is simple but not overly clean; rice, white bread, boiled veggies, slickness in the finish. Thin and watery with no finish. Fairly bad.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of dstc
3.13/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a nice foamy white head. Thin lacing.

Sweet and spicy aroma.

Sweet malts in the taste with a distinct flavor that I can't figure out. There may be some apple there but what is that taste?

Thin to medium mouthfeel and well carbonated.

Very easy to drink, light and sweet.

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Photo of Tone
3.05/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight hop, slight sulfur, grain, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight sulfur, pale malt, slight yeast, hint of hop, grain, and very slight citrus. Overall, perhaps a little light struck, but not noticeably strong if so, average other than that.

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Photo of argock
2.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a clear 12oz bottle with Lowenbrau foil into a pint glass

A: Pale golden color with thin wispy white head and minimal lacing

S: Smells grainy and a little on this side of skunked

T: Corn, wheat, and soft bitter hops finish like most other macro lagers

M: Oily and severely undercarbonated -- reminded me of marsala texture

D: Not good because of the terrible feel

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Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
Beer rating: 2.55 out of 5 with 246 ratings