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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Photo of thehyperduck
2.57/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before April 24 2013.

Pours that familiar pale golden-yellow colour, topped with a surprisingly impressive puffy, sparkling white head. It even leaves behind a network of lacing on the sides as it gradually dissipates over the next few minutes. I must admit that for the style, it does look pretty good. The aroma is another story. It's not particularly strong, but the minimal vegetal, corny aroma still manages to be a bit of a turnoff.

Mild, bland flavour without a lot to talk about. It is basically just irritatingly sweet due to the obvious abundance of adjuncts used, and there is no sign of any hop (or even extract) dryness to balance it. Just bland, grainy, corny, fizzy water with a hint of appleskin. Light-bodied, with good carbonation for the style. The bland flavour and good mouthfeel of this stuff make it reasonably drinkable, but it's definitely a lager I would get sick of quickly. A pint is plenty for me, thanks.

I assume this is made with rice, because it kind of reminds me of a Japanese Rice Lager. Except, of course, with the caveat that it is a very poorly made one. Or perhaps it's just the mutant offspring of JRLs and common adjunct lagers - a truly monstrous creation to release upon the world. What have I done to deserve to fall victim to its wrath? Oh right - I'm the sucker who bought it.

[Updated Jul 26 2015]

Another tall can, this time from TBS. Yanjing is nothing more than a mediocre fizzy yellow beer - and there are already plenty of domestic versions of that, so why bother? I'm bumping the score slightly, because for an adjunct lager, this is merely below average (and not awful, or terrible). This stuff would probably pair fine with takeout or something equally greasy/spicy - but I had a bottle of Tsingtao a few days ago, and while I wouldn't say it was spectacular, it was a better adjunct lager than this. At least Yanjing is cheap, but I really wouldn't expect anything less from a lame Chinese knockoff.

Final Grade: 2.57, a C-.

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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 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 flyingpig
2.47/5  rDev -5%
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 -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 Giggy
2.65/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 soju6
2.48/5  rDev -4.6%
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 DoubleJ
2.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +3.1%
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 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 WastingFreetime
2.99/5  rDev +15%
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 +31.5%
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 +15.4%
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 +4.6%
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 -1.9%
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 -1.9%
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 +25%
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 -6.2%
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 -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 biegaman
2.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -13.8%
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 +33.1%
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 -12.3%
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 -9.6%
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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Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
2.6 out of 5 based on 234 ratings.
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