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 gtgood
2.55/5  rDev -0.4%
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served slightly chilled in a chalice from a green bottle.

A: Bright corn colored pour with a brilliant clarity. The head, though short lived was of generous size at first, but failed to hold with a good deal of bubbly activity on the surface that dissipated it to polished surface right before the eyes. The head was a dull white coloring and failed to lace and cling to the glass for window dressing.

S: green corn stalks, fairly clean, no off flavors but not a lot more going on.

T: The flavor was sweet corn balanced by a soft green hopping. Again fairly clean not at all offensive as one would expect from a Chinese made American macro. Wont knock your socks off or challenge your taste buds, but per style have to say fairs better then most of the American made macros ive experienced and tolerable when sampled through the eyes per style.

M: Pretty good fullness per style, not at all weak and watery like so many others. Soft to non-existent carbonation, not at all fizzy like expected. Slippery and smooth, easy on the swallow leaving a bit of greenery hops behind.

D/O: Mindless lawnmower beer but again on par with expectations and fairs a cleaner palate then most American made macros. I can drink a few of these without being offended or without bearing a grimace. A little sweet but worthy of style.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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 evlu1441
2.11/5  rDev -17.6%
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 biegaman
2.71/5  rDev +5.9%
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 GRPunk
2.24/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Green bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A vigorous pour left a 1-finger, white head that quickly drops to a light film and eventually nothing at all. Clean, straw-gold body with moderate carbonation.

S- Cooked veggies. Doughy background. Light, spicy hops. At points it actually shows some promise.

T- Overpowering cooked veggies. Faint, spicy hops. Overly sweet. Not good.

M- Clean, but kind of bland and flat. Most positive I can say is it's not dry, I suppose.

D- Not good. I got it in a pre-made mixed pack. There are decent (even great) Asian beers out there. This isn't one. It's a wonder some beers make the export market.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.46/5  rDev +35.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a patently clear, pale gold body with a piddling, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Woefully washed out nose with a thin, uninspiring whiff of malted barley and grist mill dust.

Taste: A relatively weak taste of barley and dried rice bitlets. Mildly sweet, though it persists throughout, as there is not really much hop character to counteract it beyond a very, very vague reminiscence of grassiness. And that's really about all there is to Yanjing Beer. The lager doesn't really have a finish, it simply falls apart and drifts away like smoke.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: With any luck, the eventual takeover of America by China will go down about as easily as this cheap lager.

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Photo of dbaker61
2.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very light yellow color. Poured with a one finger head that died in less than half a minute. no lacing as there was nothing left to stick to the glass.

Smell: Light, sweet bubblegum. That's all, folks.

Taste: Slightly metallic, very slightly sweet. No bitterness. Are there any hops at all in there?

Mouthfeel: Watery, with bubbles. But even the bubbles flee the scene quickly. Dry finish, little aftertaste.

Drinkability: If you like water, you'll like this one.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.01/5  rDev -21.5%
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 bryehn
2.76/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Found some cans of this "No.1 Beer From China" hiding in a back corner of my local beer store. Had to try it and after having some decent Asian beers in the past, I'm a bit let down by this one.

Pours a washed-out and pale golden colour. The head was pretty frothy and a decent height, but completely disappeared without a trace after about a minute.

This beer has a very flowery, almost perfume-like aroma to it. I'm also getting a sweet grain, likely the rice they use in the brewing process. Starts to smell more "dirty" as it warms.

The taste is fairly dry and crisp, but it has the faintest of a malt sweetness. Very bland, thankfully not too gross, though the aftertaste is a bit sticky as the beer warms.

I get a decent carbonation feeling here, but the beer has practically no body and drinks like water.

It took at least 80 minutes to get through my 500 mL can, which certainly didn't do this beer any favours, but its odd-tasting mix of grains flowers and sugar is growing on me and I'll give it another shot.

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Photo of CrazyMike
1.84/5  rDev -28.1%
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 JamnesCameron
2.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale golden hue with a white fluffy head of about two fingers with a vigorous pour. Head subsides after a few minutes to a thin layer of foam, and lots of lacing.

Aromas of skunked beer (green glass bottle), earthy hops, and sweet, grainy malt.

First sip is of skunk ass, sweet malt, a little grainy, and a slight bitterness. Very crisp. Emphasis is on the malt. Finish is thin and vanishes at light speed.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, not much there.

Very drinkable, because it's like drinking water. Not much flavor. Closest thing to compare it to is watered down Corona. Nothing offensive, nothing aggressive, nothing really memorable. You could down a sixer and not remember drinking any beer.

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Photo of chinchill
2.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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 woodychandler
2.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah, "The Official State Beer of China" according to the label.

I was looking at a finger of fluffy, bone-white head that was falling about as fast as I could pour, eventually reducing itself to mere wisps. It also released a smell of cereal adjuncts into the air and I immediately knew what I was facing. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Taking a deep breath of it, I was unamused to smell grape bubble gum, a trademark of the very worst of the style. A drain pour may be on the menu with this one. Mouthfeel was rather effervescent and the flavor was much better than the nose had led me to expect, but it was still a simple lager sweetness overlain with adjuncts that have no place in beer. It was pretty pedestrian, especially for a beer that has achieved statehood. Finish was slightly sweet, not bad, but not worth revisiting. I am going to stick to my CANs after I get my bottle numbers up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.65/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very clean and floral Lager with the typical emptiness in body and mid-palate flavors. But it's got to be a great beer, its China's best selling beer according to the label.

Fizzy, yellow, and lacking any head character, the beer certainly looks the bill of an adjunct riddled Lager.

Floral with hop notes of honey suckle, the beer's scent carries a clean line through mild esters of lemon acidity and green apples.

Grainy-sweet with low-lying sulfur, fruity esters, light vegital/grassy taste, and cracker-like malts. Simple but clean taste throughout.

Light creaminess early fades into a smooth transition to a dry/crisp finish with mild astringency late.

The beer hits all of the moderate chords that's expected from the style while exhibiting low off-flavors and clean brewing techniques. Still, the beer offers not standout characteristics worth getting excited about.

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Photo of wordemupg
1.73/5  rDev -32.4%
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 thekanna
2.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at 品香盛缘 (Pin Xiang Cheng Yuan) restaurant in 安贞 (Anzhen) district of Beijing, China.

A: Very light straw color, about 1/2 finger of frothy head.

S: Light, sweet malts, stronger taste than the "Style Draft" version of Yanjing. Slight yeast flavors.

T: Extremely light. Slightly undercarbonated with a little medicinal hop bite. Overall not much taste.

D: Crisp and a nice respite from flavorful Chinese food, but that's about all it has to offer.

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Photo of DaveHS
2.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A-Straw yellow with about a centimeter of thin head. No lacing.

S-Adjuncts. Corn and rice. A weak grainy aroma.

T-A pretty straightforward mass produced lager, reminiscent of the export lagers that come out of Eastern Europe. Moderately sweet up front, a somewhat pleasant graininess mid-palate, and more of the same malt sweetness on the back palate. Unremarkable.

M-Light and refreshing.

D-Not at all bad. This isn't anything special, but it's a lot better than I expected. If I were in Beijing I don't think I'd have a problem drinking this regularly. But since I'm in California, I won't be drinking it again.

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.53/5  rDev -40.2%
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 Eisen
2.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this from China.

This beer is like drinking a light soda. Wonderfully refreshing but tastes like badly made rice-water. It is corn and rice up the Yangzi, literally. I now understand why they don't exsport this but the do Tsingdao; this tast like moonshiner's piss while Tsingtao tastes like "beer." all in all this beer is great after walking around Beijing and its 102 degrees F. and 95% humidity. Other than that I would stay away, although it is about 40 cents a bomber, and that in itself might make it worth it; although Orval is only $3 a bottle, and that is bar prices.

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Photo of Graham5161986
2.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it was my go-to during my stay in Beijing and, hey, it did it's job. Now that I'm back home, I thought I'd take the time to review it.

Appearance is a pale-ish, clear yellow colour with a 2 finger, soapy white head that dissipates into almost nothing and leaves nothing in terms of lace.

Smell is of light grassy hops and grain with a good amount of minerality to it and a bit of cooked vegetable and, dare I say it, canned roast beef ?!?!?!?(don't ask me why - it's just the first thing that pops into my mind). Weird to say the least.

The taste, thankfully, is somewhat better than the smell. It features notes of grass, grain and biscuit flavours with a decent amount of caramel an, again, a touch of minerals. The finish is actually decently pleasant with a nice balance between the sweetness of the malts and the light bitterness from the hops. Not too bad, just a bit subdued.

Mouthfeel is typical macro -light, watery and crisp with a crisp, clean finish.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable lager. Aside from the nose, there's nothing too offensive about this beer at all. It certainly goes down easy - I could see myself having a few of these with some Chinese take-out quite easily (as the food would likely overpower the nose of this beer). Not very impressive but not overly disappointing either. It is what it is.

I'll say this though - it did taste better closer to the source (the price was better too!).

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Photo of eschbach
2.53/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: It comes in this weird green tall bottle. It's 1pint & 4.3 ounces. It looks more like a wine bottle hahaha. It has a cool label with all these chinese characters on it.

Appearance: It's a medium golden color. And it has a thick frothy head that lingers around a little bit.

Smell: It smells bitter, and a little spicy.

Taste: It tastes really funky. It's very bitter at first and it has good hops flavoring. Then it tastes like spices and maybe ginger or something like that. It's not a good aftertaste.

Drink: It feels smooth on the palate. It goes down smoothly too. The weird ginger aftertaste makes it a little tough to drink.

Notes: It's a very strange tasting brew. I'm not buying this beer again. Maybe in china ginger flavor in your beer is a good thing, but I'm not a fan of it!

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.47/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a patchy white head.
Smell is slightly spiced malts. Faint hint of ginger, and some buttery notes.
Taste is bready malts with a cinnamon-butter aspect. More faint ginger.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a faint bite from the carbonation. Slightly sticky on the finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Decent beer overall.

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Photo of Burl41
2.12/5  rDev -17.2%
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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Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
Beer rating: 2.56 out of 5 with 239 ratings
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