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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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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of crisis44
1.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of tyleeis
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

Photo of bluHatter
2.08/5  rDev -18.4%
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 kojevergas
1.92/5  rDev -24.7%
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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2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of flyingpig
2.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite a pale straw looking beer with a thin, bubbly looking white head that fades to a tiny lacing around the glass after about twenty seconds.

Straight away the smell of this beer reminded me of Becks but a little sweeter towards the end, there is a clean and crisp aroma with a tinny bit of skunk in there and some grain too. Very much a pale lager with a touch of lager hops and corn with some rice as well.

Quite a crisp and very sweet tasting pale lager with a lot of corn and more grain than I would have liked from it. It is light tasting and full of various adjuncts. It is perhaps a little watery right at the end too.

A thin and light bodied lager with not much in the way of substance and slightly too watery for my liking. It does get it right with regards to carbonation though and is easy enough to drink as opposed to being overly gassy as I was fearing.

This wasn't nearly as bad as I had feared. It is drinkable and has a nice crisp sweetness about it and would be an excellent thirst quencher in a warmer climate.

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Photo of Suds
1.94/5  rDev -23.9%
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 Giggy
2.65/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a beers of the world variety pack. I would not have picked it on my own. A green bottle, 330 ml. I guess it is considered a "green" beer.

A: Clear & golden. A nice white head formed but disappeared quickly.

S: Sustantial aroma. Floral and grainy

T: Slight amount of malt and hops. Very crisp and light. There is a little something different in the taste that I'm not used to... Could be the rice.

M: Mild, smooth, goes down easy.

O: Comparable to domestic light brews.

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Photo of Goldfishman
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
1.75/5  rDev -31.4%
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 DrNo
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of tbeq00
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of soju6
2.48/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a small head and no real lacing.

S: Aroma is of grain, fruity sweetness and just a bit musty.

T: Flavor is of grain with some fruity sweetness. Not much bitterness and a sticky finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth but nothing else. Pretty bland.

O: Not a beer I would seek out. It does go well with Chinese dishes and not much else.

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Photo of ahugenerd
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

330 ml green bottle. On to the beer:

Pours out pale and arrives in the glass a clear pale yellow with a very short fuzzy head. Eh, it's beer. The aroma brings a little hope, and I use that term lightly. Assorted cereals and a touch of the hops (with stink, damn green bottle). It seems more European than American so far.

A bitter spicy bite from the hops hit first. Light waves of malt ride around. Sulfur echoes in and out. The light body and good crispness contrast the flavor pretty well. Spicy hoppiness in the aftertaste, but otherwise clean.

Not a completely hopeless beer, though only slightly more memorable than Tsingtao. Come to think of it, I can't even remember what Tsingtao tasted like.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The second beer on world beer Sunday this time from China. This one claims to be the number one selling beer in China so it must be good.
Pours a pale golden straw color with a decent white head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smell is sweet honey like malts, slightly grainy, a bit or earth, a hint of bread, slight skunk. Taste is sweet grainy honey like malt up front, stays quite sweet through out, minimal hop flavor. Medium to thin body, moderate level of carbonation, sweet candy like mouth coating mouthfeel. Number one huh? I'd take Budweiser over this in a heartbeat. Hell I'd take Tsingtao over this too. This is overly sweet with almost no redeeming qualities. One and done.

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Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev +17.6%

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 WastingFreetime
2.99/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Transcribed from my notebook.

Looks pale piss yellow and has no head at all. Corn and light pale malt with some nicely floral scent for a lager, I'm pleasantly surprised by the heft of the nose on this particular adjunct lager. However, the flavor doesn't back up the floral notes that the aroma promised, and I'm thrust back into the world of a standard, watery, adjunct lager. At least it is better than a BMC, if only just.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.42/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale-ish golden color with barely any head. What head there is goes away pretty quickly.

S: Red delicious apples, lemon, grain and a little pale malt.

T: Pale malts, lemon, golden delicious apples, grain and some bread. Overall, one of the more drinkable adjuncts I've had.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Cost Plus.

Appearance- pale yellow color, thin foamy head

Smell- corn, bread

Taste- very faint flavor, corn

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- It was ok. Probably would't drink it again but still better than Bud or Coors.

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Photo of PokerGod
2.72/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance- Light and Golden, bright and transparent. Good 2 fingers of head, which dissipates very slowly. Very light lacing left on the glass.

Smell- smells like a typical AAL. Corn and bready.

Taste- Tastes a bit like an AAL too, but not unpleasant. Just not very flavorful. Slightly watery, but refreshing nonetheless.

Overall- A good thirst-quenching beer. Light and refreshing. But lacking in taste, with a slightly corn-based aftertaste makes this beer average at best.

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

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with malts and a bit of an apple sweetness. I can also taste corn and the alcohol - which isn't a good thing. It finishes with a malty/grainy aftertaste with a bit of a spiciness.

Overall – I probably shouldn't be able to taste the alcohol on a 5% beer, so that was a red flag right there. There is nothing special about this beer that would make me want to buy it again.

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Photo of gtgood
2.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a whole lot to say about this one. It is what it is -- not good by any stretch of the imagination, but it has its place. Appearance is as one would expect -- pale and yellow. Not much smell to speak of. Taste is alright -- watery, with hints of those basic flavors I normally associate with beer, as well as something sweet. Again, not much to speak of. Overall, it's a thin, watery brew -- but it's also refreshing and drinkable, which is more than I can say for other beers I've had in the same style (specifically, Bud Light and Corona Extra, which required a lot of effort to finish). Yanjing isn't good, but it isn't horrible either.

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Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
Beer rating: 2.55 out of 5 with 238 ratings
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