syjung91 (3) - seoul, - JUL 11, 2012
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
I drank Harbin while I had lamb steak for dinner and I did not like this. I guess Harbin would get along with some Chinese food, but the beer itself is not very tasty. I felt like it contained some impurities which shadow the pure beer’s flavor.
Spab (2095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
500 ml can from The Beer Store. Pours a clear pale golden colour with near instantly disappearing white head. Aroma is sweet grains with light adjunct. Flavour likewise. Thin-medium body. Weak but there are worse pale lagers out there.
Cantabrian (744) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 12, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Miami Heat / NBA. I cannot relate this to Harbin, but that’s what was on the can, from a HK grocery store. Not surprisingly, a sweet, flavourless uneventful pale lager, with only a flourish bite to mention. From the description above, than I’d say it was Russian, before becoming Chinese.
Brodies_Best (223) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2013
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
500 ml bottle pours light golden with zero head and light carbonation. Not much aroma or taste.
thb (655) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Fizzy golden yellow, foam not worth mentioning. I’m always alarmed at how bright some pale lagers can be. Anyway, taste is corn syrup, barley. Not much finish. Sweetish. Crisp, clean etc. Not offensive.
pintbypint (2358) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
500ml can with a pull tab. 4.3% abv. Pale yellow, almost no head. Weak nose, some sweet grain. Taste has grain and straw. Drying and plain finish. Light body, fizzy. Bland brew, industrial swill.
GoufCustom (565) - HONG KONG - JUN 2, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
(Part 2 of a 2-part “Macro Abyss Night” mini series, 1-Jun-2013)
600 ml clear bottle as “Harbin Bing Chun (Ice Pure)” at abv 5%. Having this with a group of friends during a raucous dinner / gathering at a famous Tai Pai Dong-style restaurant somewhere in North Point.
Pours an ugly urine amber yellow color onto Harbin-logo rice bowl; Razor-thin head and residual white foam which last for about 20 seconds;
Zero lacing and near zero carbonation; Low sweet smell of faint malt, rice and apple; Very light sweet taste of malt notes, sweet apple, and faint rice; Light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is beer-water at its finest, pretty much devoid of any taste except some apple sweetness and slight hint of rice. No other foul taste is detected; Hoppiness is zero on all fronts. No finish. Wet after taste, extremely easy to mouth.
Comments: I thought this one would be really bad, considering the clear bottle and my previous bad experience with restaurant-bound Chinese macros like Tsingtao 10°. It turned out just fine, because it’s a beer-water with no skunk, almost no smell and taste, just a horrid bowl of urine-like liquid with some sweetish apple nose and barely some taste. My friends, freed from an all-afternoon mock exam, were so receptive of this and we ended up having 10 bottles without any signs of getting knocked. That’s Harbin flagship beer for you, folks. One of our friends brought along a bottle of Chocolat Rouge Sweet Red wine, with a nice sweet milk chocolate taste and palate reminiscent of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, was the focus of the night. Go figure.
Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2013
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Usual pale ale/ lager colour and flavour. Nothing new or exciting. Seemed well made. Was not off putting and did its job with some spicy dumplings.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Gul i färgen, vitt skum. Doftar och smakar malt, gräs, hö, ris, papper. En ok öl för att vara Kina.
Lagerboy (1031) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
500 ml can, Harbin 1900 Treasure, ’The Oldest Beer Brewed in China’ 4.3%
Clear bright yellow, feeble foamy white head vanishes instantly. Slightly skunky corny grainy sweet Asian lager malt taste. Lively carbonation, light bodied, low hopped. Okay for what it is... Chinese industrial swill. LF (Lagerboy Friendly)
Inferno2010 (7) - CHINA - NOV 23, 2012 does not count
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very little to notice about this beer besides it’s sparkling clear. Tastes thin and watery with a cereal taste. Found everywhere in the country especially at Hot Pot restaurants.