Taedonggang Beer Brewery Reviews




Moravius
2.1
Taedonggang 5
Vom Faß auf dem Taedonggang Beer Festival. - Reines Reisbier. - Ziemlich dünn und ohne Malzkörper; kein Genuß. - Verzichtbar. (Verkostung: 19.8.2016.)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Moravius
3.2
Taedonggang 6
Vom Faß auf dem Pyongyang Taedonggang Beer Festival. - Kastanienbraun, dunkler Schaum. - Kräftig dunkelmalzig und karamelmalzbitter mit Bitterschokolade und kräftiger Hopfenherbe, aufgelockert durch angenehme fruchtige Säure. Voller malziger Körper. Im Abgang schwach brackige Fehlaromen, die aber den guten Gesamteindruck nur wenig beeinträchtigen. - Kernig malzbitteres, bitterschokoladiges Dunkles mit Ecken und Kanten, ein wenig ruppig aber sehr intensiv und mit Tiefgang. Sehr trinkenswert!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Moravius
2.4
Taedonggang 7
Vom Faß auf dem Pyongyang Taedong Beer Festival. - Dunkelbraunrot, klar. - Mild dunkelmalzig mit leichten Röstnoten. Mild fruchtig-erfrischend. Im Abgang schwach seifig. - Mildes, rundes Schwarzbier; ohne kernige Schwarzbieraromen aber sehr süffig.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Moravius
3.3
Taedonggang 1
Vom Faß auf dem Pyongyang Taedonggang Beer Festival. - Goldgelb, klar. - In der Nase scharf blumig-krautiger Hopfen der nordkoreanischen Art (eigener Hopfenanbau in der Provinz Ryanggang). - Im Antrunk kernige gerstige Härte, vor der der leicht unkrautartige nordkoreanische Hopfen überdeutlich aber nicht unangenehm zur Geltung kommt. Deutlich kräftiger gehopft als Taedonggang Nr. 2, mit schwacher Zitrusfrucht. Durchschnittliche Rezens, leicht kremiges Mundgefühl. Sehr bitterer Abgang und Nachtrunk. - Frisch vom Faß ein Hochgenuß; erinnert entfernt an ein fränkisches Kellerbier. Weitaus besser als das (mit 30 % Reis gebraute) Taedonggang Nr. 2.
Friday, August 19, 2016

kevnic2008
1.7
Taedonggang 2 Black Label
Many thanks for this beer to Beerhunter111. Pours a pale golden color. Aroma is weak and seems a little sweet with little malt baking or hops.
Friday, August 05, 2016

Erzengel
1.9
Taedonggang 2 Black Label
Many thanks to Beerhunter111 for sharing! Country #159! Grainy metallic nose. The beer itself starts malty-metallic. Easy to drink, not too deep and a bit stale metallic. Hints of grain, smooth, malty with a grainy malty aftertaste with minimal bitterness. Not too bad.
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Beerhunter111
2
Taedonggang 2 Black Label
Green big bottle. Pours clear pale golden colour with a mid-sized most good lasting white head. Aroma of grainy pale malt, cereals, mild metallic hops. Taste of grainy pale malt, cereals, very mild hops, watery, very easy to drink!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Moravius
2.1
Taedonggang 2 Black Label
Bottle (대동강맥주 2, 620 ml) from Potonggang Department Store, Pyongyang. - The name "black label“ is a bit misleading - the label is actually the same as the Taedonggang "green label“’s, the only difference being the small circle with the „2“ which has a black background, not a green one as it is the case with the other beer. - Deep golden, nearly amber, good head. Aroma of caramel, biscuits and some rough hops which remind me of some cheap German supermarket Pilsener. Taste is a bit empty, with pronounced residual sweetness and blunt hops with notes of wet leaves. Medium carbonation, slightly salty mouthfeel. Rather sweet aftertaste with rough bitterness but without nice hop aromas.
Monday, September 21, 2015

Moravius
2.2
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
Flasche (대동강맥주 2, 640 ml) aus dem Pyongyang Shop, Pyongyang. - Tiefes Goldgelb, klar, standfeste üppige Schaumkrone. - In der Nase spüre ich - zum ersten Mal bei einem nordkoreanischen Bier - tatsächlich nicht zu wenig Hopfen, wenn auch von der billigsten Bitterhopfen-Sorte, schroff und stumpf. - Antrunk etwas dünn und gut hopfenherb aber ohne feinere Aromen, nur Laub und Unkraut. Nur schwach getreidig, etwas leerer Körper (vielleicht vom Reis: der Reisanteil beträgt laut Etikett 30 %). Durchschnittlich rezent, schlank; schwach salziger Eindruck. Im Abgang nicht zu knappe aber rauhe, stumpfe Hopfenbittere und schwach metallische Fehlaromen. - Um Klassen besser als die älteren nordkoreanischen Bieren (Ryongsong, Ponghak), aber im internationalen Vergleich nur untere Mittelklasse. Durchaus trinkbar.
Friday, September 04, 2015

PMgep
1.2
Taedonggang 2 Black Label
Gift from CC, thank you! Great to try north Korea, but to be honest, this taste like most other south east Asian beer. Corns, no hops and bland.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Manslow
1.2
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
Kolor jasnosłomkowy, piany brak.Aromat słodko kwaskowy. Smak nieznany, może siano. Cienias wśród piw, czy to jest piwo?
Monday, April 20, 2015

MrBlueSky93
2.9
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
Bottles from many places across the DPRK whilst on my tour of the country. Pours golden with good 2 finger head. Aroma of biscuit and some honey. Initial biscuity malt on the taste then some light grainy notes, sweetness comes through the most though, a nice and sweet aftertaste.
Saturday, February 14, 2015

MrBlueSky93
2.6
Taedonggang 2 Black Label
Bottles from most places across the DPRK. Probably the most common beer I saw whilst touring around there. Golden in colour, decent 2 fingered head. Corny aroma with malts and some grass. Corny start, then some light malts and a crisp, grassy finish, some honey sweetness in there too. Nice!
Saturday, February 14, 2015

braatnes
2
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
Had the pleasure of drinkings this when a neighbor smuggled this home from North Korea. Pretty standard simple lager, but the use of corn is notable. Its pretty sweet.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

cagou007
2.2
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
Pours a yellow color with a thin white head. Aromas are malty, grassy and kind of sweety. Short aftertaste. A boring industrial lager who would deserve an overall 5/20 if not coming from North Korea !!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

gyllenbock
2
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
Bottle. (huge thanks to Björn who bought this one in North Korea) Clear golden with a medium white head. Fairly sweet with malt, some notes of cardboard and pepper. Light body with a short aftertaste. Boring but drinkable.
Monday, July 22, 2013

SirLimpsalot
1.9
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
@basunen: tack till Gyllenbock. Ölet har en tydlig malig ton. Svag smak av svartpeppar annars ganska blekt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

JohnRMurdoch
3
Taedonggang 2 Black Label
640ml bottle in North Korea. The commonest North Korean Beer. Golden amber, reasonable head. Corn malt aroma & flavour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Decent lager.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

JohnRMurdoch
3.9
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
640ml bottle in North Korea. Rich golden amber, good head. Biscuit grain aroma. Biscuit grain malt flavour. Smooth with sweet aftertaste. Good well balanced beer. Best mass produced beer in North Korea. Rating applies to the first bottle I tried. Subsequent bottles not so good.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

DuffLover
1.8
Taedonggang 11P
I have been avoiding beer on this trip to Asia (since so much of it is so poor) but couldn’t pass up the chance to pay $10 for a bottle of North Korean beer. A fairly standard pale lager. Drinkable but only memorable because of its rarity.
Friday, March 29, 2013

rosenbergh
1.3
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
640 ml bottle. 11128:2009. Courtesy of mjs. Big thank you!
Clear pale golden colour with small white head. Rice, malt, some sweetness, glue and starch in aroma. Flavour is quite bad to be honest. There’s rice, mild bitterness, rubber and starch. This is the first and best North Korean beer I’ve had and I believe it’s also the last one. Not a pleasant one.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

mjs
1.3
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
(Bottle, 0.64 l, 20121208) Thanks Petri for bringing me this bottle. The beer poured golden and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had rubber, rice, starch and sweetness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were rice, sweetness, malts and low bitterness. Aftertaste didn’t last long and was sweet. A bad example of beer.
Saturday, December 08, 2012

varanid99
2.5
Taedonggang 11P
Rating is probably biased by the fact that I was drinking it in a revolving restaurant in Pyongyang, so it is probably not as good as the numbers suggest. Yellow pour, fairly creamy head which dissipated quickly. A little corn and grass on the nose. Quite dry, similar to South Korean/Japanese lagers. Not at all awful - quite pleasantly surprised.
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cole
2
Taedonggang 11P
PoUrs yellow with a thin head. Mild skunky hop aroma. Flavor is nice a little thin with mild hops. Not bad at all. Tastes like most Asian lagers, but it is put together very well. Thank you Patrick & Carly & the all the other people along the way who handled this beer to get it to me. Thanks again.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Savvy1982
2.4
Taedonggang 11P
Bottle, thanks to Cole. I can genuinely say that this is a country I would never have a rating from. Very classy green bottle, with no English on the label whatsoever. Pours clear pale yellow into my Minneapolis Town Hall glass; thick and foamy white head, poor lacing. Nose is skunky hops, fresh creamed corn, a bit of metal. Flavours of clean earth, creamed corn, really no major faults here... No DMS, no diacetyl, honestly quite pretty- a total surprise!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

strap
1.2
Taedonggang 11P
A dry lager similar to south Korean crap lagers. Nothing remarkable here except for the novelty
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

jtclockwork
2.3
Taedonggang Beer
Bottle shared at my house. Pours pale yellow. Dear leader says the nose/taste is barley, corn chips and grain. Clean finish. Medium body. Much better than expected. I’m not sure if that’s a compliment to North Korean brewers or proof at just how bad most macro swill is.
Monday, April 02, 2012

j12601
2.6
Taedonggang Beer
Bottle at a tasting at James’ place courtesy of James and his giant cellar. Pours a lightly hazed gold with a medium to large white head. Looks like a perfectly serviceable beer, would be nice looking as a saison. Smells like old grain and minerals, and very faintly of old corn chips, with the faintest hint of smoke. All hail the 령도자가 갖추어야 할 풍모를 완벽하게 지닌 친애하는 지도자 because this is actually drinkable. Nothing I’d want to put on tap in my house, but quite honestly if there was a keg of this in my neighbors backyard on a hot summer day, I would certainly not turn it down, and more than likely would spend a happy afternoon around the pool with an ever refilling pint glass. Long grainy finish. Toast and grain. Easy drinking.
Saturday, March 31, 2012

GodOfThunder
2.6
Taedonggang 11P
Comrade SHIG, I salute you. Following the passing of Kim Jong-Il, Solan and I raised our glasses in honor of our departed red bretheren. A full-frontal assault on the olfactory sense, from the most loyal of communist skunks, left me praising Chairman Mao. The flavor is packed with the finest rice from rural Pyongyang, and the sweat from fairly compensated laborers. Joseph Stalin, himself, would be proud to quaff this brew with his comrads.
Monday, January 02, 2012

SoLan
2.2
Taedonggang 11P
Courtesy Shig. Lightstruck pale lager. Dry finish. Balanced body. Middle of the road, as expected. Cool as hell to try a commie beer though. Thanks Shig!
Monday, January 02, 2012

jcwattsrugger
3
Taedonggang 11P
500ml bottle-@Tampa weekly shared by SHIG-pours a white head with yellow/gold color. Aroma is lemon/grass, euroskunk (lager), hay/light malt. Taste is lemon/grass hops, hay/light malt. Wow, from North Korea a quite drinkable beer.
Saturday, December 03, 2011

burg326
2.6
Taedonggang 11P
Bottle shared from SHIG, came in a green bottle, that poured a hazy light yellow color, with a straw, hoppy aroma. Flavor was the same as the aroma. SHIG warned us about it the whole night, but it wasn’t the worst beer that I had, nor the worst of the night....
Thursday, December 01, 2011

SHIG
2.5
Taedonggang 11P
Bottle: Picked this up at the DMZ. Straight from the first pop I thought this could be interesting. The flood of skunk cock filled the room. Poured a clear golden color with huge white foam head, that seemed to not stop. The aroma seemed of stale sour grain. The flavor and taste however was not bad as it had metallic grain and fresh grass, a little watery. Not bad for as little as there is from North Korea.
Sunday, July 10, 2011

joncheolyeon
3.5
Taedonggang Beer
After years stuck with South Korean formaldehyde-tasting beers, Daedonggang is a refreshing treat. Though obviously not the greatest beer in the world, it does have a refreshing natural taste. Sometimes you get a bottle that tastes a little different; I remember my first samples of it having a definitive lawn-clippings flavour. After a couple years of the Lee Myungbag administration, it is available in the South again in a limited capacity. I recommend following it immediately with a Cass, or "going downstream" as I call it.
Saturday, March 05, 2011

joncheolyeon
2.6
Taedonggang 15P
Judging by the label, this appears to be Pyongyang Beer, not Daedonggang. I’m curious the justification for calling it Daedonggang 15p. I tried it in North Korea, and it was alright, nowhere near the best I had, but head-over-heels better than any major South Korean beer.
Saturday, March 05, 2011

thebeertourist
2.5
Taedonggang 11P
500 ml bottle bought in a DMZ gift shop. Pale golden with a small head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Flavours are moderately bitter. Not the worst pale lager in the market.
Monday, April 05, 2010

WISEGUY572
2.5
Taedonggang 15P
Pretty average stuff, which was an amazing surprise. Lacked the off taste of a beer made mostly from rice, and even had the start of a head. Hazy, which was a surprise for any lager, but it actually left the start of lacing, which was a delight in an Asian lager. Noes of malt and hops in the nose. Taste of malt, floral hops, even some hop bitterness. No depth of course, but the lack of seriously off flavors was something to celebrate.
Saturday, September 05, 2009

jgb9348
1.4
Taedonggang Beer
Clear golden coloured body with a light white head. Aroma of oddness - old malt, stale corn, metal and tin - nothing pleasant at all. Light-bodied; Strong pungent metal and tin flavours with some stale malt and very light hops and sugars. Aftertaste is strong and unpleasant - too much funky malt. Overall, a pretty bad beer, but I was pretty much expecting this! Obviously, I sampled this one just because it was the only beer on the menu from North Korea - just to have sampled a beer from here! I sampled this odd (large) sized bottle purchased at a bar in the Itaewon area of Seoul, South Korea in July 2006.
Friday, March 20, 2009

Jeppe
2.2
Taedonggang 11P
640ml bottle at 4,5% with a different label. Hazy (!) straw colored with a small white head. Nice rather hoppy pilsner aroma, mild and fresh. Mild and a bit buttery in the flavor with some hops in the background. Not bad at all and definately one of the better international lagers I have tasted. Nice to see an unfiltered one :)
Friday, December 26, 2008

Cletus
3.1
Taedonggang Beer
Pours straw color with a thin white head. Smells peppery and tea like with some sweet malty hints. Tastes sweet with some stray grassy hoppy hints. Decent.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008

sst
5
Taedonggang Beer
Compared to ALL south-korean brands Taedonggang Beer is heaven. Preferably enjoyed in Yanggakdo’s "Tea Room"
Monday, July 21, 2008

Ungstrup
2
Taedonggang Beer
Bottled. A golden beer with a OK light orangey head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of metal, and so is the flavor, though added a light note of caramel. Thanks ompher for sharing.
Sunday, May 11, 2008

Miksu
0.8
Taedonggang Beer
0.64 l bottle (Taedonggang 12), thanks Sami! Pale golden color with almost no head. Sweetish, sugary and lemony aroma with notes of fruity esters and alcohol. Grainy vegetal flavor with hints of lemon, herbal hops and glue. Low bitterness. Not much positive to say.
Friday, January 25, 2008

fiulijn
1.4
Taedonggang Beer
Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival 2007 afterfestival at Per’s
Blond color. The aroma, light, has light veggies too. The rest is useless, not even bitter.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Beaver
1.2
Taedonggang Beer
My Dad picked this up for me in South Korea. 500 ml green bottle, with a date (?) of 20061110. Pours a clear golden-orange (darker than expected) with a thin white head that quickly goes to a very small collar.

The aroma is sweet corn malts with a little metallic skunkiness.

The flavor is sweet corn malts with very little bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium and very watery (yet oily and chalky) with low carbonation.

Overall, a typical pale lager - a little on the sweet side with a weird texture.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

TBone
1.4
Taedonggang Beer
Bottled
Golden color, small white head. Grassy hoppy nose. Sweet corn/rice grain flavor. Quite "normal" low quality lager from poor country.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

oh6gdx
1.5
Taedonggang Beer
Bottled (thanks omhper!). Pale golden colour with small white head. Aroma & flavour is maize, butter and some hayish notes. Also a bit of malt. Not very exciting, but also this was a nice country to rate .)
Saturday, September 29, 2007

Marsiblursi
1.5
Taedonggang Beer
(Bottle, thanks omhper) Pours pale golden with a white head. Corn and butter in aroma but also a hint of hay and malt. Malty and grainy flavour with a light grassy bitterness. Buttery and watery mouthfeel. Light body.
Thursday, September 27, 2007

omhper
1.9
Taedonggang Beer
Bottled, thanks Bov! Pale golden, rich head. Appley aroma. Sweet and buttery, medium bodied with soft mouthfeel. Finishes with low bitterness. A malt sweet standard lager with little to separate it from lagers elsewhere. At least it has more substance than it’s counterparts in South Korea.
Saturday, September 22, 2007

JoeMcPhee
2.1
Taedonggang Beer
Thanks to my wife who dragged this back from the DMZ for me. Pale golden beer with a thick white head. Pale malt aroma, lightly worty with a touch of grassiness as well. Sweetish, but fairly fresh with a low bitterness and little in the way of hop flavour. A decent, if pedestrian, pale lager.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007