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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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 131
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1/5  rDev -61.5%

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1/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of Walnut
1/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

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1.25/5  rDev -51.9%

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1.25/5  rDev -51.9%

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1.25/5  rDev -51.9%

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1.25/5  rDev -51.9%

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1.48/5  rDev -43.1%
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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1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of cyrenaica
1.53/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

330ml bottle
4.5% ABV
I tried this beer on October 3, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent gold, with almost a thin white head. The aroma was all grainy malt with a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was very grassy...all malt, very little hops. I tried a mouthfeel of this during the Olympics and was quite surprised at how bad it was. Having a full bottle reminds me that there's nothing here to threaten the craft beer industry.

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1.68/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a bottle of this at 9 Dragons in "China" at Epcot. While it was nice that you could find something other than Tsingtao, this was no better. Pours a sickly yellow with a thin white head. Aroma was not skunked which is a plus, but didn't exactly have any pleasant aromas either. Thin bodied and lightly hopped. Apparently Chinese rice tastes about the same in beer as American rice.

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1.73/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into pint glass oct31 2010

A pale straw yellow with zero bubbles but a few random chunks floating around, cola like finger of head fizzes out in seconds and leaves no lace

S adjuncts and some skunk

T see above with some sour lemon

M thin and flat and the flavors linger but in this case that's a bad thing

D I finished it but only because I'm very thirsty

perhaps as a safe substitute for drinking water if traveling in China but other then that I doubt I'll drink this again

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1.75/5  rDev -32.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. green bottle into a nonic pint glass at low altitude. Expectations are low.

A: Pours a very light yellow color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small cap. No lacing here.

S: As unremarkable as any other adjunct. Grainy and lacking in character overall. Not appealing, but it's not offensive.

T: Very light and watery. Adjunct grains without a whole lot else. Completely uninspired, but not offensive.

M: Very light and watery with a little bit of carbonation.

D: This goes down like water similar to many American "light" beers. Not anything I would choose when I'm looking to drink a beer, but it's somewhat refreshing as a result of its watery qualities.

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1.75/5  rDev -32.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -32.7%

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1.8/5  rDev -30.8%
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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1.84/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow appearance with bubbly head the disappears quickly. Smell has some floral hops and adjuncts. Kind of skunked.

Taste is almost non existent, after trying hard picked up some grass, grain and citrus. Taste is skunked. Very light bodied with flat carbonation. Aftertaste, I guess malt? Once again, very hard to pick up.

This beer is borderline water. Then again when I think about China, beer is the last thing that comes to mind, so it's no surprise this didn't turn out. Wouldn't recommend, there are better Asian Lager's out there.

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1.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this beer in a variety pack from the World Market. Ok, this beer poured a very light yellow with a lot of carbonation. It had a very skunky taste. There was really not anything to like about this beer. There was something just off about this beer and I would not ever drink it again.

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1.88/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Closer to water and cheaper-tasting than many American macros. I'm not entirely sure that this is the right entry. The bottle only says Yanjing Beer without any other identifying information. The appearance is drab and lifeless. It's a light yellow fizzy beer with a rapidly dissipating white head. The aroma is corny and sweet, perhaps a bit skunky. The flavor is similar. It's watery and lacks much flavor besides a sweet, flat malt character. There's a very light hop bitterness in the finish, but it really doesn't add much. In my opinion, this beer is on par with a mediocre American light macro. There's not much else to say about it.

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1.9/5  rDev -26.9%
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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1.9/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Jocelyn from Eurobrew for the sample. Served at fridge temperature in a traditional pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a pale to medium gold with a nice two finger head, lots of effervescence coming from the bottom. The crown is snow white, no doubt it's quite an appetizing looking beer.

Smell- The nose is bright with German hops, then a cereal-like and sweet adjunct nose completely takes over. there's more to it than that, though... more like spent, wet grains that have been standing for awhile and left to decay. It gets much worse as the beer comes to temperature.

Taste- A cloying sweetness becomes evident almost immediately, and whatever hops there are (which hit the nose first upon pouring this) have been forgotten... it's only the adjuncts and cheap ingredients that are left for the palate to withstand.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Weak, flabby, and flimsy in the mouth... the carbonation goes from subtle to watery in seconds. Paired with sushi or spicy Thai cuisine, I could see this beer being suggested ice cold straight from the bottle... but it was a disappointing experience trying to find anything remarkable.

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Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
2.6 out of 5 based on 236 ratings.
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