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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Photo of Shadman
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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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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Photo of Dogbrick
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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Photo of wordemupg
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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Photo of schlimenhaumer
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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Photo of watermelonman
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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Photo of CrazyMike
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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Photo of likethetaste
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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Photo of popery
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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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
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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Photo of yelterdow
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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Photo of WoodBrew
1.92/5  rDev -26.2%
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 kojevergas
1.92/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2 fl oz/330 ml green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite low.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours no head whatsoever - not even a floater. Colour is an awful clear dark yellow. Translucent. No yeast particles and no bubble show. Very boring.

Sm: Stale malted barley. That's it. A light aroma.

T: Stale malted barley. Very simple, boring, bland, and dull. No layering, complexity, or subtlety. Quite bad.

Mf: Smooth, wet, thin, and flat. Reprehensible.

Dr: Hard to drink on account of its low quality. A boring beer (even within the style). I would never get this again. Nor should you.


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Photo of ngandhi
1.92/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Sweet malt and a good, noble hop prescence makes Yanjing a surprise treat . . . sometimes, but this beer is mired by its inconsistency and, often, the only surprise is that I'm still alive.

The hops are distinct in this beer -- distinct for Pacific rim beers -- more what I'd expect from a German helles than a Chinese pale lager. The adjunct presence in Yanjing is actually taxing, however. It destroys the taste by flattening the malt (which is very much needed to balance the more-flavorful-than-expected hops). It isn't skunky, but it is quite stale, pursing the lips and curling the tongue.

There's no sense of balance to this beer. I couldn't have expected something so confused. Even the cheap American lagers have a modicum of sophistication -- they're crisp, clean, largely inoffensive. Yanjing goes down with a fight, makes me contend with its ideas, wants me to appreciate it. And I've just never liked the taste of sock juice.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Suds
1.94/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear, very pale in color, with a light fizzy head. The head lasts only seconds, and reveals a nearly flat transparent liquid. The smell is cleaner than the beer tastes. Adjuncts...cereal sweetness...some very distant malt. There's no real hop aroma at all, just a residual bitterness. Lingering cereal taste...grass and underdone grain. Very light, watery mouthfeel. Somewhat under-carbonated. It's about what I expected.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.01/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

4 A - large foamy cumulonimbus cloud white head. A few small peninsulas of lacing. Golden apple juice color with small champagne bubbles of carbonation.  

S - faint aluminum and skunk smells but within acceptable levels given the style and origin. Some pale malt and rice smells join the party. 

T - sour and stale.  Kinda like the flavor of a nickel coin or something. Not sure if this was a quality control problem or just bad mimicry. 
Manages a slightly sweet aftertaste. 

M - quite flat considering how nice the head was. 

D - a disappointing beer colored carbonated beverage.  Fine only when free and nothing else is available.  A few sips were enough to accurately review this beer 

Notes: consumed on an airplane. In a plastic cup ( cringe )

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
2.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am running short of new things to try at our local Draught Emporium - The Flying Saucer. So I gave this new one a shot. I was sorely disappointed. Barely any flavor or aroma here. nothing to tickle the palate. This one actually reminds of Budweiser. Only it is not quite that bad. At least it has a little more flavor. Other than that I felt like I had wasted my money. This is the worst Asian beer I have ever had. If you are a die hard beer fan and want to taste as many beers as one can in a lifetime then of course drink it. But otherwise – save your money.

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Photo of tfinn
2.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear 640ml bottle aquired in Hong Kong on a business trip, as pictured in the illustration. expiry date of "12/04/2006" which I assume is MM/DD/YYYY.

straw yellow, light quick dissipating head, low carbonation.

very faint metallic hops scent dissapeared quickly leaving faint malt/adjunct sweetness, like sweet hay. no discernable skunking. assuming a six month shelf life, this is a little over three weeks old.

taste is faint -- mostly (rice) adjunct with just the slightest hint of malt graininess.

sweet, starchy, tongue-coating with not enough hop bitterness to kill the tail. on the unpleasant side of OK.

drinkability is not awful, but this just doesn't have enough hops to balance out the sweetness, which lingers like the coating on ricepaper candy.

I remember liking the "draft" version better.

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
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 Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer after dispensing from the 12 ounce clear bottle sets in the glass the prototypical lager clear gold with a moderate sized bright white head that is frothy in texture and as it evaporates the lace forms a thin slip to cover the glass. Nose is the archetypal sweet malt, fresh and clean with a sweet malt start that has a fair to middling malt presence, the top skinny in feel. Finish is modest in acidity and the hops apropos to the style, dry and lingering aftertaste, drinkable I guess, but not something I would drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of bluHatter
2.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Mine came in a green bottle - not quite as fancy as the one shown in the photo, which is sort of strange... since a green colored bottle usually affects the flavor. I wonder if they changed their bottle design.

It poured slightly cloudy yellow, or a very very light orange color. Nice 2 finger head that slowly fades away, leaving behind a wall of bubbles on the glass. I had expected less, given the low scores here... But we have yet to taste it...

S: This smells a lot like other Chinese beers I've had. Very earthy, grainy, and grassy. Not bad.

T: This is really where this beer fails... There isn't a whole lot of flavor, other than some light malts... with a dry cardboard-like aftertaste. Just not that great.

M: Very light bodied, but fairly creamy. I guess that's due to the good carbonation and slight cloudiness I noted earlier in the appearance.

O: A nearly well executed lager - if only it tasted like something.

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Photo of becktone
2.1/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yanjing - the beer from red china. This beer is better than most macro beers that I have had, however it is nothing to brag about. Macros just don't do it for me. ( yes, I am prejudice against macro beers.)

The beer pours a crystal clear golden color and looks alive with carbonation. there is no head to speak of, just a ring of foam around the top of the glass.

It smells and tastes like one would expect from a macro beer, nothing special about it in particular. However I have to admit that it is better than bud or coors. It goes down really smooth, and is very drinkable because it feels like your drinking ice water. One would think that it would be much more carbonated by the look of it when it is in a glass, but when it's in the mouth you can taste/feel very little carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer, If I'm planning on getting drunk on cheap macro beer I guess I would buy this over bud or coors.

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Photo of evlu1441
2.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Apparently this is the "No.1 Beer from China"

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

Looks like a normal pale lager... Kind of appetizing even. There's barely any aroma to speak of, and unfortunately the same is true for the taste. It starts out nice, but loses its flavour quickly and ends up very reminiscent of water.

This is one of the worst beers I've had in a while. Not impressed at all. I feel bad for the Chinese.

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Photo of TerryW
2.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A deadly boring beer. Clear school bus yellow with a moderate white head that settles to a film and surrenders minor lace.

After that, its' utterly non-descript. The merest suggestion of hops and malt just barely distinguish this from a glass of fizzy water. Nothing off or offensive, just dull, dull, dull. That and its' wet.


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Photo of Burl41
2.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Crystal clear, piss colored.

Smell-Sweet rice, and yeast. I'm sorry not impressed.

Taste- Light, full of rice with a slight barley and possibly a bit of hop extract from a exceedingly bitter/large yield hop variety.

Mouthfeel- light and pathetic, again not impressed

Drinkability- Likely high if you can avoid the taste. If you're looking to get drunk, and live in oppressive communist police state it likely gets the job done.

Basicly a poor rice filled imitation of PBR. Not gonna lie avoid at all costs.

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