fidelis83 (1796) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2011
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a very pale gold with a thin, nearly clear head that has poor retention. Aroma is light, sweet grain, grass and minerals. Flavor is sweet grain, mineral, light toast, light soured rice and a little grass. Palate is light and quite thin with a moderate, but very sharp carbonation. Not a very good beer, perhaps a little more on the crisp mineral water side than most pale lagers, but who cares.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2011
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is disappointing but not off style. It has latex and grass hops with rice and malted barley. The appearance is pale gold with a head that is not impressive. The flavor is like the aroma but much better than expected. The palate is thin but refreshingly so with a slight crisp bite at the end. Overall a beer that is easy to drink, I just don’t like the hops used in it. Otherwise this would be a very decent lager. But certainly it is better than most that I have had from China.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
330ml bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a patently clear, pale gold body with a piddling, short-lived, white head.
Smell: Woefully washed out nose with a thin, uninspiring whiff of malted barley and grist mill dust.
Taste: A relatively weak taste of barley and dried rice bitlets. Mildly sweet, though it persists throughout, as there is not really much hop character to counteract it beyond a very, very vague reminiscence of grassiness. And that’s really about all there is to Yanjing Beer. The lager doesn’t really have a finish, it simply falls apart and drifts away like smoke.
Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: With any luck, the eventual takeover of America by China will go down about as easily as this cheap lager.
Butters (3665) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Wow. thought this would have more rates... Bottle snagged from the WBF richmond. Very pale gold pour with no real head. Corny and vanilla and astringent. Lacking and watery, but actually not that bad for the style. Slick on the tongue with low carbonation. Decent with sushi.
Lowe1983 (1319) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2011
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pours a yellow color with a white head. Light aroma of earthy tones and not much else. Flavor is the same with not much flavor or lingering flavor at all.
bkurtz (716) - PERU - JAN 4, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle- Poured a pale yellow with smallish head and well carbonated. Not much of a beer, light in every aspect with an astringent taste ans a tang on the tongue. Not nice.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at SlutFest 2011 on 04/23/2011. Clear pale yellow body with a small fizzy white head. Grainy corn and honey aroma. Corn and grain flavor. Light body with moderately high carbonation. 3/1/3/1/4 1.2
Bottle from the World Beer Festival - Richmond on 09/05/2010. This might be the extra, will merge later if so. Very clear pale golden body with a medium foamy white head. Light pale malt and faint rice aroma. Sweet pale malt and rice flavor with some honey notes. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 5/2/5/2/10 2.5
beerandIT (298) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2010
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Skunk smell on the nose. Very light color and light body. Lots of carbonation. I guess it is smooth. Not much going on taste wise other then skunkjy malts. Not a very good beer, but not surprising considering where it is from.
Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampled at the World Beer Festival Richmond, 6/12/10. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. Good head retention and lacing. Big skunk in the aroma which also features grass and unripe banana. The taste is green banana, grass and skunk. Medium bodied.