jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
From a 12 oz. distinctive Tsingtao green bottle with no freshness date served in a standard pint glass. Made a decent appearance, poured a clear pale straw yellow with a nice white bubbly head that reduced to a minimally sticking thin lacing. Had largely a clean aroma, a faint graininess and floral hops. Overall, medium carbonation and a thin medium bodied mouth feel, average drinkability. Clean tasting, a smooth graininess and a light sweetness, just a touch of a sulfur yeastiness, a soft hop bite towards the crisp bready finish and a lingering soft sourness in the aftertaste.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2006 A nice pale colored lager with bright flavors. Goes down smooth and mellow. No skunky flavors at all. This is a perfect example of a great tasting lager that could easily replace the readily available Europen imports that people think they like. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Golden and flat with a fast white head. A light & grassy skunkiness transitions to light, milky nothingness topped with dusty grains. This actually tasted pretty good, with honey-coated malts and a bitterish, herbal finish. Plus, the flavor did not decline as the beer warmed up.
Sammy (12587) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
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Rather watery looking with some initial head. Passable aroma and taste. Crisp and slightly better than expected. Thanks to the broken 6-pak LCBO bin.
daveman15 (2) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2006 does not count
Early taste testing days..Pre-Ron days....Average yellow gold color with some sweetness.
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Tsingtao is a well made, golden lager basically styled after a German helles or pale lager. There is good reason for that. When the Chinese and other Asian countries decided to start breweries, they hired Germans as consultants and brew masters to teach them. With their knowledge and brewing skills, came German beer styles. In fact, there is a very rare dunkel or dark lager version of Tsingtao, that these days has proven to be almost mythical. Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter, swears he has had it in America, in a NYC beer bar years ago. I’ve never seen it, but sure would love to try it some day. You won’t have a problem finding the Tsingtao I am reviewing here today. I dare you to find a Chinese restaurant that does not have it.
Tsingtao pours to a beautiful, bright, pale golden color with a tight white head that fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very balanced with some crisp pilsner malt aromas paired with subtle herbal and grassy hop aromas. The palate is crisp and clean with just the right amount of grainy pale malt flavors, and just a hint of malt sweetness. The body is very round and smooth on this beer, making it very drinkable. Tsingtao finishes with more crisp malt flavor up front, then ends with a slightly herbal hop bitterness.
There is a very nice balance of malt and hop character in this beer, and it is a very food friendly dish. This is the kind of beer you could match with anything from Kung-Pow chicken, sweet and sour pork, to shrimp low mein. It really is a great Chinese beer, and a good beer to have when you go out for Chinese, or to pick up a six pack for Chinese take out.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
Bottled. By itself, its a bit non-descript. With a Chinese meal, the slight sweetness and grassiness worked well as a counterbalance to the food. Serves a purpose. Quevillon (3155) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
J’aime la culture chinoise, insi leur nouriture (la vrai), mais cette bière. Ça goût le totalitarisme, comme leur gouvernement avec un arome de capitalisme. FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2006
Just as i suspected, nothing to white home about. Boring pale lager. Hardly any aroma, not much taste. On a sunny day perhaps, this could do, but ... Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Not to shabby for a Eastern pale lager. Malty with noticeable grass like quality. Drinkable