Brewed by Harbin Beer Company (AB InBev)
Style: Pale Lager
Harbin, China


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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.02   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Ingredients: Two-row malt, European and Chinese “Qindao Dahua” hops, rice, and German yeast.
Harbin Beer, the earliest Chinese beer, brewed in 1900 in the origin of the beer industry in China. With hundred years of infusion of China’s traditional culture Harbin Beer brings a pure good taste. Inspired by the Tradition and Culture of China’s Most Northern Province of Hellongjiang.

NOTE: Under this entry, rate ONLY exported Harbin that roughly matches the ABV and local Harbin that matches it completely. If it differs in any way and doesn’t match the other entries under the brewer, please send in a bug report with the alcohol percentage, degrees plato (important!), the GTIN and preferably a link to a picture of both the front and the back label so that we can set up an entry.

floydian1's rating

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
floydian1 (898) - FNQ, Australia, - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle at a hawker stall in Hong Kong. A pretty piss poor pale lager that is even worse than Corona in the tasteless stakes.with faint sweetcorn flavours /aromas and a neglible hop presence. Weak watery texture.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
maneliquor (2995) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2014
Extremely poor beer. Kind of taste like a shitty lager and tea infused with it. Very odd one. Don’t like it at all

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Oginme (42) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle: pours a light yellowish straw color with quickly diminishing white head. Aroma is almost non-existent, maybe a slight malty sweetness. Taste is very light, slightly grainy, and sweet. There really is no hop presence detectable, as it finishes with a light sugary flavor on the tongue. Carbonation is relatively high, body is very light. Really gives the meaning in the phrase "Beer is really just slightly contaminated water."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Raistlin (109) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
ours yellow with a thin white head that’s gone in seconds. Nose is a sticky kind of sweet graininess. Taste is not particularly pleasant; slightly medicinal and bland. Thin, watery, average carbonation. Not much. Perhaps better than Miller Lite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GIJOE (574) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Pours yellow with a thin white head that's gone in seconds. Nose is a sticky kind of sweet graininess. Taste is not particularly pleasant; slightly medicinal and bland. Thin, watery, average carbonation. Not much. Perhaps better than Miller Lite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Spab (2243) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cantabrian (775) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 12, 2013
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Brodies_Best (233) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2013
500 ml bottle pours light golden with zero head and light carbonation. Not much aroma or taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
thb (671) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
pintbypint (2541) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
GoufCustom (747) - HONG KONG - JUN 2, 2013

(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.

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