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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1883   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.04   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Pours light yellow with a pretty large white head that settles to about 1/4 inch and laces the glass on the way down. The aroma is kind of skunky. Maybe a little malt and corn in there but the aroma is really not that strong on this one. Tastes of sweet corn and maybe some rice come through in this one. It has a somewhat sweet aftertaste that lingers some. On the palate it is very carbonated yet somewhat watery and thin. Reminded me very much of the standard American brews like budweiser. Nothing worth picking up again by any means.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bbrock81 (312) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Aroma is mostly skunk, with some light malt and a fresh grassy kind of smell (not all that unpleasant). The appearance is a bright, clear pale yellow. Flavor is, like the aroma, mostly skunky, with some hints of malt and what seem to be good hops buried in there. The palate was thin and watery, with high carbonation. Overall this was a disappointment. Definitely not worth the price, and not nearly as premium as itís marketed as. The elements for a crisp, refreshing brew are there, theyíre just buried under the skunkiness and diluted in a thin, watery beer. What a shame.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2005
Pours a lasting white head over a pale straw beer. Aroma of hay and malt. Crisp and light. A bit of hop character (Saaz?) that gives it a snap. I think it is way better than US macros. I think itís skunkiness varies with itís handling and age. Iíve had some really fine ones and others that are really bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wrecktem (37) - USA - APR 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 One of my SAT analogy questions went like this: Miller Lite is to Yanjing as Budweiser is to ______. The correct answer was Tsingtao. As Chinese beers go, this one is not bad. It wonít stand to match any quality Western beer, but as the Chinese say, "ru xiang sui su" - do as the locals do, and in China, the locals really do enjoy this beer and regard it as Chinaís best. Itís even said that if you drink enough of this beer, youíll be able to speak Chinese. Try it and see.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2005
Standard Chinese restaurant brew. Pale yellow; thin, weak head, faint skunky aroma, pretty much sume it up. A bit more muscle compared to the average American standard, but I would agree as previously mentioned, very "Heineken like." Iíll take it over a Bud or Miller, but just barely.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2005
Drinkable is such a good word to describe this lager. Nothing amazing, but definatly drinkable. Thats not saying very much though... because technically gasoline is drinkable. Asian Delight? I think not!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2005
Drinkable Chinese lager, better than some Asian contemporaries but not particularly satisfying. Straw colour, short vanishing head. Bit more aromatic hops than is typical for the region. Quenching palate. This at least has some bitterness. (Bottle)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2005
I always thought this was the Chineese equivilant of Miller/Bud, but I have a few friends that said it was really good. I ordered one at a Thai restaurant, and I knew almost instantly that my inclinations were correct. Skunky, watery, and blah. Iím not a fan these kind of lagers, and this beer reinforces that.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
can8ianben (1402) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2005
Characteristics that you donít want in a beer are present -- tin flavour, skunky, loads of corn flavour, high carbonation... premium lager?? Oops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 Watered down lager. This must be the Budweiser of China. Even in America this stuff isnít very expensive. Donít bother. There are beers that taste the same (watery) and cost less...

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