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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 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 bryehn
2.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -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 JamnesCameron
2.47/5  rDev -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 -12.3%
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 +5.4%
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 +1.9%
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 -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 thekanna
2.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +6.9%
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 -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 Eisen
2.85/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -6.2%
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 -2.7%
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 +33.5%
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 -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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Photo of Tone
3.05/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight hop, slight sulfur, grain, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight sulfur, pale malt, slight yeast, hint of hop, grain, and very slight citrus. Overall, perhaps a little light struck, but not noticeably strong if so, average other than that.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

I guess this is the right place to review this, even though the bottle was different. All the label said was Yanjing beer with no ABV or other information.

Pours a standard macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is corn and garbage. Flavor is more macro corn. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a very good beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Half-litre can - "No. 1 Beer from China", and "Using natural mineral water", it proclaims. 'Enjoyed' at the local Mongolian grill joint.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of foamy, silken soapy white head, which leaves some agreeable layered fuzzy cloud lace around the glass as it rather hastily recedes.

It smells of very tame white adjunct grains - cheap rice, mostly, and some skunky (surprisingly, for some reason) earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sweet grainy rice malt, a bit of stale lemon citrus, and mildly skanky, grassy, weedy hops. The secret police must be working hard to explain this one. Or not.

The carbonation is averagely perky, the body medium-light in weight, rather generically 'smooth', and just somewhat bordering on cloying, given the inherent rice attributes. It finishes clean, in a Yellow River sort of way, and a bit-off dry, owing again to that perception of sticky cooked rice.

Another pretty rough, gritty Chinese lager, which sort of encapsulates everything. Grainy, and skunky in an industrial effluent runoff manner, with a slight oiliness, and hints of rubbing alcohol in place of any basic ABV warmth puts this still mid-table on the small list of beers that I've yet sampled from this particular People's Republic.

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Photo of BlitzShadow
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Clear bottle with silver foil wrapping (red and gold trim) around the cap and neck. Label tells me that it's "The Official State Beer of China". Per the back label, the "FINEST INGREDIENTS" include "BARLEY, GRAIN & HOPS". So does barley count as a grain? ;-b

Appearance: Pours light yellow - very pale and clear. Light head dissipates quickly to very minor lacing.

Smell: Moderate "grainy" scent. I believe I also detect some corn. Nothing impressive, but nothing "off" either.

Taste: The taste is lighter than I expected from the scent. Pilsner malt flavor with almost no hop bitterness. Adjuncts are present and contribute to the light flavor. The taste could easily pass for an American Macro Lager. The finish is very "wet" and clean.

Mouthfeel: Very light and watery. No fizz at all.

Drinkability: Not much in the way of flavor, but I can see this as a refreshing summer beer to drink while grilling with its watery feel and clean finish. (Just keep it out of the sun)

Overall: This is a clean and "watery" beer. I can't see it offending anybody at all, unless of course they are expecting some flavor.

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Photo of vacax
4/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 mL green bottle. China's #1 selling beer, brewed with spring water for a crisp, refreshing taste. I was so taken by this stunning beer that I used it for my New Year's toast for 2010. First beer for a new year. Here's to another year of great craft beer.

Pours a vibrant golden color with a large thick white head. Retention is average and lacing is slightly above average. Very nice bubbles pop up in my glass and quite an attractive ring of fine bubbles present as I drink. This is looking pretty good for an adjunct lager. Aromas of dried apples, pet skunk, coconut. Interesting smell beyond the minutiae of skunks. Tastes intriguing actually, instead of metallic and grainy it is fruity, almost like a white grape juice or cider mixed with a splash of plastic flavor. Far less objectionable than many American adjunct lagers. Light and immensely bubbly and champagne like even.

This is still an adjunct lager, but it takes it in a somewhat new direction that I find quite interesting. I definitely recommend trying this. Of course no BA is going to adore a beer like this, but it is a departuire from the norm. Why not break up a tasting of rare and fine ales with some Yanjing? I can't stress this enough: it is brewed with spring water people.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.29/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very, very clear and light yellow with basically no head or anything. Nose is super light, basically nothing as well.

Taste is like off tasting water. There's not much going on here. Very bland a bit malty and no hops at all. Not a good beer at all, skip it.

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Photo of kegger22
2.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yanjing is a typically clear yellow with minimal head that quickly faded to nothing. It had that sweet, corn aroma and I got no skunk from it. There is one difference from the usual lager taste and that's a buttery flavor I tasted. Feel is light in body and carbonation. Drinkability is good. Nothing special here, decent lager to get credit for a Chinese beer.

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Photo of Brad007
2.9/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright yellow color with hardly any head into my glass. Looks like it should for the style.

Aroma is full of skunked hops, corn and otherwise smells like an adjunct lager should smell. Average.

Taste is is full of sweet, skunky corn that's nearly overwhelming on the palate. Syrupy and unappealing. Tastes like they weren't really trying.

Mouthfeel is light and easy on the palate. Not much there to begin with so therefore, not much to expect.

Nothing special here. It works if you want something refreshing but quite average. Otherwise, it won't be long before the Chinese breweries flood the import market with this stuff.

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Photo of Beejay
2.89/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale gold in color. with a huge amount of head. Not a lot of carbonation in the glass, but it still looks like a fine beer.

S: Some malt, a little sweet, and a little skunk. As I have said before.. DAMN YOU GREEN GLASS!!!

T: Taste follows smell. sweet, a little watery.. not as much skunky flavor as other beers (peroni.. heineken...)

M: Light body, light flavor, maybe a little watery, and lacking in carbonation.

D: Overall something I could see a lot of people putting down on a hot summer day. But for me.. just trying one is enough.

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Yanjing Beer from Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
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