Brewed by Tsingtao Brewery
Style: Premium Lager
Qinqdao, China
Serve in Lager glass


on tap

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RATINGS: 1967   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Tsingtao Beer has a pleasant aroma and a well-balanced taste. It has high-malty flavor and well-hopped character. Tsingtao is produced with spring water from Laoshan, a mountain area famous throughout China for the purity of its water. The domestically-grown hops used to brew Tsingtao are of such high quality that they are also exported to European breweries. Tsingtao also uses the finest yeast and barley imported from Australia and Canada in its brewing process.

NOTE: Under this entry, rate ONLY exported Tsingtao that roughly matches the ABV and local Tsingtao that matches it completely. If it differs in any way and doesnít 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2006
bottle. Lager Malt with some floral armoas. Golden in color with a short lived white head. some sweetness with a dry bitter finish. pretty watery. Not very exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frazzy (2) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006 does not count
Bottle from the LCBO. I think itís hilarious that one of the first things the Germans did when the Chinese city of Tsingtao became a German colony (1897, until 1914) was set up this brewery! Thatís not feeding the stereotype at all, now is it? Anyway, for a standard lager, itís not bad at all, especially since Iím not a big fan of lagers. As I poured it, I was amazed by the lack of a head - it completely vanished in less than 10 seconds, leaving me staring at a glass filled with what suspiciously looked like apple juice. Personally I liked the appearance quite a bit - a crystal clear, healthy looking golden colour with almost no bubbles. The smell took me by surprise too, in that there was almost none at all. The taste is fairly subtle as well. Thereís initially a slight harshness due to the carbonation, but that quickly subsides and there are no unpleasant side flavours or gross aftertaste. A decent beer, especially on hot days.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Iíve had this crap a few times in the past but just recently had it while dining out with the family on Chinese. My wife and daughter both remarked how funny the beer looked and my wife said "is it supposed to look that pale?" I confirmed that it was and she said any less yellow and itíd be clear. Ha! A clear beer! While most of us scoff at the idea, the majority of the masses drink crap like this everyday. I found no redeeming qualities to this beer, nor did it make the food better (or vice versa). I sometimes find Mexican beers enhance the flavor of the food, but this did nothing of the like. Not quite water-like consistancy in the mouth, I doubt Iíll be drinking this again ever. Ughh...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle. Pale yellow with the standard fizzy head. Actually was a bit better than expected. Normal lager stuff going on here with a nice little lemon backdrop that helped it along. No need to go back but at least it was not a complete disaster.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onystrom (1333) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2006
Clear golden color with okay head. Rice beer with a sweet note. Slightly watery but a good lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HenrikSoegaard (12851) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle. Standard beer experience, just a little sweeter. Creamy white good mostly deminishing head. A little citrusnote in aro,ma. Short finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
From a 12 oz. distinctive Tsingtao green bottle with no freshness date served in a standard pint glass. Made a decent appearance, poured a clear pale straw yellow with a nice white bubbly head that reduced to a minimally sticking thin lacing. Had largely a clean aroma, a faint graininess and floral hops. Overall, medium carbonation and a thin medium bodied mouth feel, average drinkability. Clean tasting, a smooth graininess and a light sweetness, just a touch of a sulfur yeastiness, a soft hop bite towards the crisp bready finish and a lingering soft sourness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2006 A nice pale colored lager with bright flavors. Goes down smooth and mellow. No skunky flavors at all. This is a perfect example of a great tasting lager that could easily replace the readily available Europen imports that people think they like.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (2005) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Golden and flat with a fast white head. A light & grassy skunkiness transitions to light, milky nothingness topped with dusty grains. This actually tasted pretty good, with honey-coated malts and a bitterish, herbal finish. Plus, the flavor did not decline as the beer warmed up.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammy (10798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
Rather watery looking with some initial head. Passable aroma and taste. Crisp and slightly better than expected. Thanks to the broken 6-pak LCBO bin.

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