Hong Kong Beer Co. Hong Kong Beer (-2013)

Formerly brewed at Hong Kong Beer Co.
Style: Premium Lager
Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Serve in Lager glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Hong Kong Beer, the Brewery’s flagship label is Hong Kong’s only handcrafted beer brewed to a traditional German lager recipe. The use of a single type barley brewing malt, Hallertau hops and Weihenstephan yeast forms the basis of this elegant beer, providing it with a light fruity aroma and a notably soft palate. A long gentle lagering maturation period completes the beer with a smooth body and a refreshing finish. Hong Kong Beer it is a thirst quenching beer ideal for hot summer days and is a perfect compliment to all Chinese food.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours yellow and fizzy with a white head, No lacing. Malts in the aroma. Light body. Carbonated mouthfeel. Flavor is light hops and some spices,

Cantabrian (1169) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle, from a fancy supermarket in a fancy shopping mall in HK island. Not easy to find this beer. Usually most stores will have a vast assortment of chinese crappy lagers. This one tastes a bit like an ale, malty, with a honeyish tinge and some spice, mainly cloves and ground coriander. Interesting beer. Rating would be better if it wasn’t for the atrocious nose of eructation and flatulence. Now, having said that, it is still worthwhile as compared to the Chinese options.

thorongil2 (3565) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
(bottle) clear amber with small off white head; faint aromas of soy sauce, fruit; generally simple flavour with long, medium bitter and mineral finish; not great but better than most asian beers

sterk (8) - MALAYSIA - SEP 4, 2013 does not count
It’s a refreshing beer from Hong Kong and a nice touch to bottle it. A good drink and far superior to the Tsing Tao / San Miguel macro rubbish, but not as nice as the AB

JaKeAFC (1307) - ITALY - AUG 12, 2013
35 cl bottle, 4.7% thanks to a friend who brough me from HK. Pours amber color, clear, average offwhite head, looks like a Vienna. On the nose sems malty. Aroma is softly malty, slightly roasted, a bit of caramel and a metallic\copper hue, mineral notes. Hop is not shining thru, but there’s some. There’s something else i can’t define what it is, somewhat citrusy and spied, but very faint and difficult to get. Taste is softly bitter, palate is watery and finish is dry. Has a tough life compared to the EU standard, but i guess on the asian maket this has some interesting features.

kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Clear dark caramel color. White ring head. Light malt aroma. Cool and clean. Taste is fruity and has a strong bite. Light body. Nice amout of flavor and body for such a light beer. I like that style.

GoufCustom (2253) - HONG KONG - JAN 18, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013

330ml bottle bought from CitySuper in Habour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. Copper colour; No head, foam or lacing - absolutely zero! No carbonation either! This really took me by surprise. Medium to light body; Light smell of malt, some bread and sweetness; Taste is very weird - a mix of light malt, some unpleasant chemical used in oral medication, and a hint of fruitiness - not revolting but it doesn’t makes me feel comfortable. Only slight trace of bitterness, close to none most of the time. Slight dry after taste.

Comments: I thought I bought it as a gesture to support Hong Kong’s micro scene, instead, this is a bottle of liquid called ‘beer’ with no obvious characteristics of a half-decent macro lager, and its taste so weird I thought this is straight out from a hospital pharmacy. Tasted just half of it at the rest is drain pours. Prime candidate for RB’s “Worst Beer of the World”. Avoid.

Bif (2390) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle- Pours a dark copper color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma of some citrus and malt sweetness. Taste of malt sweetness with a bit of fruit mixed in. Nice bitterness and a clean finish. Light body, crisp, quite smooth and refreshing. Not a bad beer. Good for a couple.

northropfrye (3731) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
The better of the two HK beers I tried. There’s a prominent hop element here. Quite nice. Almost a pilsener.

DeanF (2647) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
Tried at a super upscale drinkery on the top of one of those Hong Kong Towers, poured quite chilled. Nice aroma of fruitiness on the nose, and malty sweetness. Charming orange-bright brown body with no head, even when poured by an expert waitress - thusly it should be poured headless, one would assume. Taste is a pleasant mix of sweet malts with some fruity touches. Okay mouthfeel. This is a decent beer, worth seeking out if you’re in the city.

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