Brewed by Taedonggang Beer Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
Pyongyang, North Korea


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 1.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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jtclockwork (17913) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2012
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.

j12601 (13600) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2012
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.

joncheolyeon (3) - - MAR 5, 2011 does not count
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.

jgb9348 (6723) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
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.

Cletus (6351) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2008
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.

sst (1) - , GERMANY - JUL 21, 2008 does not count
Compared to ALL south-korean brands Taedonggang Beer is heaven. Preferably enjoyed in Yanggakdo’s "Tea Room"

Ungstrup (39285) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2008
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.

Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2008
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.

fiulijn (21558) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
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.

Beaver (1903) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2007
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.

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