Sammy (11164) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
daveman15 (2) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2006 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Early taste testing days..Pre-Ron days....Average yellow gold color with some sweetness.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
0.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
J’aime la culture chinoise, insi leur nouriture (la vrai), mais cette bière. Ça goût le totalitarisme, comme leur gouvernement avec un arome de capitalisme.
FrankJohansen (3617) - Sabro, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2006
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Just as i suspected, nothing to white home about. Boring pale lager. Hardly any aroma, not much taste. On a sunny day perhaps, this could do, but ...
Palidor19 (3163) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2006
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not to shabby for a Eastern pale lager. Malty with noticeable grass like quality. Drinkable
fordest (2435) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz. bottle. Not very exciting. pale yellow, little head. Not much aroma or flavor, just some beer flavored sweetness. Blah!
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2006
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cheap yellow gold color with a white head and little to no lacing. Cereal grains in aroma and taste. Slight grassy hops. Weak palate. Not offensive...just a mild summery brew.
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very full flavored lager, was expecting a lighter style beer but was pleasently suprised with this beer. Goes great with asian spicy food.