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


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RATINGS: 1888   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.03   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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
An ok beer from China. I think this will be my first beer from that part of the world. Similar to Japanese beers I guess. I canít tell the beers apart. Skunky smell, but taste is fine.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
Very pale yellow with big dissapearing offwhite head. Aroma is a bit weak with some sweetness and a bitter hint. Taste is sweet with sweet aftertaste and only a notes of bitterness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Bottle. Pale yellow with hardly any head. This beer has aromas of skunk, tin cans and flowers, and an insipidly bland rice cracker taste. Okay with spicy Chinese food, but thatís about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11590) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
12 oz bottleó1st 6 pack I got was an outdated batch, which I didnít notice till I was having the 1st beer from it and not enjoying it too much. The first one fit a number of descriptions Iíve read on this beer, like-skunky, not much different than the US macros, shipping conditions that the beer was subjected to, etc.. The store was kind enough to do a swap for a different 6 pack with a more recent bottling date. So, thatís the 6 pack I will rate as there was a big difference between the 2. Pours a mild yellow, pale golden color, white head that is quite high, reduced to about 1/2 ď and held for much of that beers existence. Aroma is light and citrusy, lime possibly? Along with a sweetness, possibly corn. Carbonation and taste are good, an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
antibeersnob (29) - Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Surprise, I had it at a chinese all-you-can-eatery. Pours light yellow amber, small head, and a slight aroma. Very light taste, alittle better than Heiney. Youíd think a country that came up with Kung Pao would have a beer with a bit more pow.

   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.

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