Brewed by Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co.
Style: Pale Lager
Beijing, China


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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.94   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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China’s #1 selling beer, brewed with spring water for a crisp, refreshing taste. Editor’s note: It is not known what the specs of exported Yanjing are, but in the Chinese market the main Yanjing Beer is 10P and 3.6%.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle. Well chilled as suggested by brewery. Aroma, skunk. After sitting for a few minutes, skunk. Pale yellow orange colour with a fast dissipating white head. Lots of tiny bubbles. Sweet flavour with a little hop bite. Medium hop finish. If they do put maize in this, I can’t taste it. Would be better from a tin, and on a hot day.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Onslow (1257) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Pour from a 600 ml bottle. Crystal clear medium yellow brew with frothy white head. Aomra of skunk, toast, mineral water. Taste is light sweet malts at the start with a bit of bitter in the finish - just a dash of grass and some astringency. Palate is good - not watery or fizzy. For what it is and priced as it is this is OK, but nothing memorable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Big bottles. Pale yellow-gold. Fizzy. Best drunk out of the bottle so you do not have to look at it or smell it much. Drank fresh from the big bottles, probably one of the better swills in Beijing and has a great price point--3 RMB (USD 50 cents) for a 650 ml bottle. So that’s pretty much 25 cents a beer. Could be one of the world’s cheapest. You know, I drank a lot of it and it’s not that bad when it’s fresh and cold, which it often is both from the small Beijing hutong vendors. Doesn’t have the types of off-flavors that make some Chinese swills unbearable. My go-to for "yi ping pijao, bing-de."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle. Gold bodied with a fizzy white head. Skunky and grassy hops with cereal and sweet malt in the nose. Taste is sweet malt, corny notes, light cereal grains, and faint grassy hops. Body is light-medium and has a fizzy, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more sweet malt, corn syrup, cereal grains and grassy hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
magsinva (963) - Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle - Pours a clear old gold with little white head. Aroma is skunked, corn, skunked, grain, and skunked. Taste is like biteing a metal spoon full of water. Palate is watery and disappears on the finish. Overall, this is not the worst drainpour I have had, but it is by no means a good beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
DiarmaidBHK (3695) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle bought at Liquor express. pours the color of urine. Smells like skunked beer with a hint of corn.Tastes slightly metallic when it doesn’t taste like water. finish? More like abandonment. This is Coors Light bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle. Poured pale with a fizzy, quick white head. Skunk aroma with vegetable, grain, caramel. The flavor found grain and vegetable. Light and crisp.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle claims to be #1 selling beer in China. It’s just a tasteless, watery, cheap lager. Not terribly offensive. but not good either.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
solidfunk (5182) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Tastes like emptiness. Is that a buddhist concept? If so, the beer could be seriously anti-establishment in China. Unfortunately to me, it tastes like crap. Maybe I lack culture... Got in a white can in 7-11 in Taiwan

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Oakes (13454) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 13, 2011
The main Yanjing you buy in the 600ml bottle for 3 kuai everywhere in Beijing is a pale, sour beer. It is light bodied, with a little bit of grainy taste. It drinks quickly and you can drink a fair bit of it relatively painlessly.

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