Brewed by Tsingtao Brewery
Style: Schwarzbier
Qinqdao, China


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Note: alcohol content may vary slightly for export...known to be 5.7% in Belgium.

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jcwattsrugger (12506) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Tsingtao Dark ~355ml bottle-pours a creamy tan head. Black color. Aroma is chocolate, licorice. Taste is licorice, molasses, chocolate malt, good carbonation. Dark is usually not my taste, for occasional, this is a nice beer. Dated 7/21/01 with expiration 5/16/07.

jgb9348 (6399) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 Second Time Sampled:
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish tan head. Aroma of smoked malt, coffee and caramel. Medium-bodied; Strong smokey flavours with malt and coffee the strongest. Aftertaste is deep and bitter - showing good flavours throughout. Overall, a pretty good beer - definitely one to sample if here in China! I sampled this 355 mL bottle (labeled 6.0% abv) purchased from a small grocery store in Beijing, China last year, drunk during the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics on 08-August-2008. Sampled at a restaurant in a shopping centre with the Four Seasons hotel in Shanghai, PRC on 18-March-2005.

bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
The onlything I found in chinatown that was’t a pale lager, so it points for that. Pours a nice dark brwon with a medium beige head. Aroma of burnt malt. Flavor starts very sweet and finishes bitter and salty, almost llike soy sauce. Its unique for China, but there are much better beers in the world.

Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2005
Dark amber coloured beer with medium head. The aroma is light smokey with hints of tar. The taste is bitter roasted with a hidden vanilla sweetness. Long bitter dry roasted finish. The most interesting and complex Chinese beer I have found so far.

squatter (3) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2005 does not count
According to my database, I tasted 263 Chinese beers in 2001 & 2002 while in China. This was my preferred beer although there appears to be different versions at different Tsingtao breweries around the country.

imdownthepub (15067) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2004
Bottled, pasteurised. Dark brown with pale head. Sweet dark roasted malty beerwith a finishing bitterness. A very interesting beer compared to other Chinese types I have had.

Oakes (18209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 Draught, multiple locations, Qingdao
Very dark brown with a thin light brown head. The aroma is caramelly with a little bit of chocolate syrup. Light caramel notes, a bit thin, almost cracker-like character.

Sampled bottled at Wei’s Pizzeria in Kunming, Yunnan

Dark chestnut colour with a huge, thick, light brown head. The aroma has a light roastiness and appetizing leafy hoppiness. The body is moderately full with rich malty flavours of nuts, dark chocolate, and light coffee. One of the finer schwarzbiers I’ve had. 8-5-8-5-17 = 4.3

wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from in-laws post Thailand/Hong Kong trip. Tasted in a dimple mug. Black colour, light white head almost immediately dissolves. Salty sweet aroma, over burnt caramel scent. Taste is on the bitter side, with a hint of roast malt but finishes very bitter.

IslandHaole (1286) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 A dark brown color with a foamy light brown head. A rich complex malt aroma, I would have never believed I was smelling such a beer made by Tsingtao! Roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate, this is more stoutlike than several stouts I’ve had! A nice mouthfeel, full, rich and creamy. By far the best beer in China and one of the better Asian beers!

omhper (25382) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown, rich head. Sweet woody nose. Grapefruity hops, molasses and dark bitter chocolate. Restrained sweetness and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Lightly roasty. Hoppy bitter finish. I'm stunned. This beer is actually really good.

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