Oakes (12514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 13, 2011
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2011
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle sampled at Slutfest 2.0. Pours pale straw with a small, fizzy white head, small retention with short lacing. Aroma is light straw malt, no hops, dirty lager with notes of skunk, corn, and potato. Flavor is light straw malt, no hops, dirty lager with notes of skunk, corn, and potato. Light body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.
Drake (8536) - 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.
DuffMan (6737) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, given to me by Rockley. Very pale yellow pour, sudsy white head. Low aroma of papery grains. Grainy watery palate with a dry boxboard finish. Oxidized and weak.
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Green bottle, clear thin yellow with tall white foam, skunks and metal, mineral aroma, flavor is hibiscus, watery , thin bland finish
Braudog (5741) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Crystal-clear, pale yellow and flat. No head at all. There’s virtually no aroma, and the beer drinks with a musty, corny malt flavor. Not so good ... (#4772, 8/6/2012)
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Beer Stop (my annual obligatory visit t kick the tires) - 330 ml green bottle. Pours a very light golden with a very tiny white bubbly head. Aroma has some sulfur notes, a hint of spent grain. Flavor is rather bland with some dry grassy notes, a hint of boiled corn, some paper bag notes. Dry and thin mouthfeel. Drinkable.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2011
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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."
ChainGangGuy (4373) - 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.