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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1974   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 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.


1.9
   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.

2.7
   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.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HenrikSoegaard (12937) - 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.

2.8
   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.

3.7
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (2006) - 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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2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammy (10891) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daveman15 (2) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2006 does not count
Early taste testing days..Pre-Ron days....Average yellow gold color with some sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Tsingtao is a well made, golden lager basically styled after a German helles or pale lager. There is good reason for that. When the Chinese and other Asian countries decided to start breweries, they hired Germans as consultants and brew masters to teach them. With their knowledge and brewing skills, came German beer styles. In fact, there is a very rare dunkel or dark lager version of Tsingtao, that these days has proven to be almost mythical. Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter, swears he has had it in America, in a NYC beer bar years ago. I’ve never seen it, but sure would love to try it some day. You won’t have a problem finding the Tsingtao I am reviewing here today. I dare you to find a Chinese restaurant that does not have it. Tsingtao pours to a beautiful, bright, pale golden color with a tight white head that fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very balanced with some crisp pilsner malt aromas paired with subtle herbal and grassy hop aromas. The palate is crisp and clean with just the right amount of grainy pale malt flavors, and just a hint of malt sweetness. The body is very round and smooth on this beer, making it very drinkable. Tsingtao finishes with more crisp malt flavor up front, then ends with a slightly herbal hop bitterness. There is a very nice balance of malt and hop character in this beer, and it is a very food friendly dish. This is the kind of beer you could match with anything from Kung-Pow chicken, sweet and sour pork, to shrimp low mein. It really is a great Chinese beer, and a good beer to have when you go out for Chinese, or to pick up a six pack for Chinese take out.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
Bottled. By itself, its a bit non-descript. With a Chinese meal, the slight sweetness and grassiness worked well as a counterbalance to the food. Serves a purpose.


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