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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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-20-2001

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Reviews by Phatz:
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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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 R_Kole
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Mora2000
2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

I guess this is the right place to review this, even though the bottle was different. All the label said was Yanjing beer with no ABV or other information.

Pours a standard macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is corn and garbage. Flavor is more macro corn. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a very good beer.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Part of my Beers of the World 12-pack. Egads.

The label states that this is the official state beer of China. Rather like claiming that herpes is the offical state social disease of China.

Someone previously stated this beer looks like ginger ale, and that's dead on. Fizzy with no head. Skunky aromas. Flavor is bad. Adjunct-laden corn filler with nothing redeeming about it. Bad finish, with an aftertaste that really taints the palate. Not drinkable.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.29/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very, very clear and light yellow with basically no head or anything. Nose is super light, basically nothing as well.

Taste is like off tasting water. There's not much going on here. Very bland a bit malty and no hops at all. Not a good beer at all, skip it.

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Photo of ahugenerd
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of tyleeis
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

Photo of chinchill
2.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml green bottle served in pint glass. No date on bottle.

A - golden straw with substantial white head. Very clear. Head is rather short lived. Low carbonation.

S - slight hoppy lager; slightly skunky.

T - mild mass-produced lager with too much cereal- and off-flavors. Minimal or no skunkiness in taste.

M - watery; more so than any beer I've tried with the possible exception of 1 or more light beers.

Better than water? ... Debatable.

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Photo of Brenden
2.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's a fizzy pale yellow beer, the Chinese version of any lame macro we have here in the U.S. or anywhere else. Barely any head forms, a sparse foam, with very little but at least noticeable spotting deposited in like manner.
It doesn't smell as bad as one might expect. There are actual detectable hops, maybe grass but essentially floral, with a certain tartness common, a lemony twang, and a bit of malts in a somewhat dry form.
The taste comes off a bit cloying, though, and very grainy. Fortunately, the tartness and crackery dry malts serve to ease that a little. It's a bit vegetal. Floral hops still come through, just barely, though an almost skunky sulfuric note adds its own little assault.
The feel is a little grainy and not particularly clean, though it does have a certain smoothness to it and is refreshingly crisp.

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Photo of watermelonman
1.8/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This stuff poured clear with no head what so ever. There's a bit of rice in both the smell and the taste. It goes down easy and takes care of thirst, but that's where my compliments stop. There's too much rice and off grain flavors in there.

The label says that this is the official state beer of China. I think it should stay there.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Half-litre can - "No. 1 Beer from China", and "Using natural mineral water", it proclaims. 'Enjoyed' at the local Mongolian grill joint.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of foamy, silken soapy white head, which leaves some agreeable layered fuzzy cloud lace around the glass as it rather hastily recedes.

It smells of very tame white adjunct grains - cheap rice, mostly, and some skunky (surprisingly, for some reason) earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sweet grainy rice malt, a bit of stale lemon citrus, and mildly skanky, grassy, weedy hops. The secret police must be working hard to explain this one. Or not.

The carbonation is averagely perky, the body medium-light in weight, rather generically 'smooth', and just somewhat bordering on cloying, given the inherent rice attributes. It finishes clean, in a Yellow River sort of way, and a bit-off dry, owing again to that perception of sticky cooked rice.

Another pretty rough, gritty Chinese lager, which sort of encapsulates everything. Grainy, and skunky in an industrial effluent runoff manner, with a slight oiliness, and hints of rubbing alcohol in place of any basic ABV warmth puts this still mid-table on the small list of beers that I've yet sampled from this particular People's Republic.

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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 dertyd
3/5  rDev +17.6%

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

Clear bottle (but not skunked? Maybe they're using pre-isomerized hops like Miller). Clear golden body. Short head of bright white drops readily. Minor lacing. Sweet malt greets you in the nose along with some subtle yeasty fruitiness (apples, pear). Body is medium/light and it's crisp in the mouth. The flavor offers malt with obvious adjunct and a herbal (generic) hop background. There's just barely enough bitterness to balance it. It finishes with the malt lingering stickly as the hops fade and it becomes slightly acidic. Very basic and similar to American versions. Well done technically, but not particularly well-balanced.

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Photo of WoodBrew
1.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The YanJing Beer is typical chinese knock-off of an american adjunct beer. Pours clear yellow with big carbonation that continues to fuel a dissapating head. The smell once you get past the skunk is grain and malt. The taste is bad with grain, malt, and slight hop. Mouthfeel is typical of most adjuct beers...carbonation light body. Overall it is a crappy beer....but still drinkable.

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Photo of Bierleichen
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of cliff1066
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of HalfFull
2.72/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 600ml. green bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light straw with a thin and fleeting whitish head.

Nose is grainy and a bit reaching. Not a lot going on beyond some lightly sweet barley notes. Touch of noble hops reveal themselves along with some adjuncts as the carbonation settles out, eventually yielding enough of a hop presence to keep things flowing.

Flavor is middle of the road, neither endearing nor deterring, just kind of there. Lightly sweet and viscous in a creamy sense, but reaching and a bit of a burden. Decent carbonation level helps things along a bit.

Feel is a bit watery and the finish is short.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev +17.6%

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 DaveBar
2.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.20 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that stays over 1min. Light gold like a Bud

S- Not much at all. Just like a Bud

T- Pretty pedestrian. Not a lick of hops. Has a decent malt backbone. A bit better than Bud

M- Fairly good. Has a nice little creamy level to it that is refreshing

O- Pretty good but only a touch better than a Bud.

Food Pairing

This beer is worth a bit more on the foodie scale..... This beer went well with..... BBQ hot dogs. Good quality hot dogs BBQ'd until the ends split then on a bun plain and juicy


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Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
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