Taedonggang Beer Brewery Reviews




Moravius
1.6
Taedonggang 4
Von den derzeit 7 Taedonggang-Bieren ist nur die Nummer 2 regelmäßig in der Flasche erhältlich, die anderen 6 kommen gelegentlich in einer der Pjöngjanger Kneipen, die von der Brauerei mit Fässern (Kegs) beliefert werden, zum Ausschank. Ich hatte das Glück, von Freunden zwei Flaschen mit den Nummern 3 und 4 zu bekommen. - Flasche (대동강맥주4, 4,5 %, 640 cl). - Hellgelb, blank, schöne Schaumkrone. - In der Nase eher schroffer, billig wirkender Hopfen: schwache Zitronenschale mit leicht kalkig-ranziger Note, milder als bei der Nr. 4. - Im Antrunk süßlich-dünn, limonadenartig (Zitronenlimo). Die plastikartig-chemische Note wird zum Ende hin immer strenger und geht in milde aber unangenehm schwefelige Herbe über. Dünnes Mundgefühl, sehr trocken. Unangenehm schwefeliger Nachgeschmack, der an Scheuerpulver erinnert (Formaldehyd?) - Nicht ganz so schroff wie die Nummer 4, aber ebenso defizitär im Geschmack.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Moravius
1.5
Taedonggang 3
Von den derzeit 7 Taedonggang-Bieren ist nur die Nummer 2 regelmäßig in der Flasche erhältlich, die anderen 6 kommen gelegentlich in einer der Kneipen, die von der Brauerei mit Fässern beliefert werden, zum Ausschank. Ich hatte das Glück, über Freunden zwei Flaschen mit den Nummern 3 und 4 zu bekommen. - Flasche (대동강맥주3, 6 %, 640 cl). - Hellgelb, blank, üppige Schaumkrone. - In der Nase herber aber recht schroffer, billig wirkender Hopfen, schwache Zitronenschale mit leicht kalkig-ranziger Note. - Im Antrunk süßlich-dünnes helles Malz, recht plastikartig-chemisch, mit milder aber unangenehm schwefeliger krautiger Herbe. Dünnes Mundgefühl. Im Abgang sehr trocken und unangenehm streng, Anklänge an Scheuerpulver. Fieser Nachgeschmack (Formaldehyd?). Trotz kräftiger Herbe kein Genuß. Am 50prozentigen Reisanteil allein kann das nicht liegen, hier muß auch ziemlich mieser Hopfen verbraut worden sein.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Koelschtrinker
2.8
Taedonggang 7
Leicht wässriger, wenig süß röstiger Antrunk. Geringe Karbonisierung, zunehmend würzig, auch wenn der wässrige Hintergrund erhalten bleibt. Süffig, leider kaum Nachgeschmack, noch wenig herb-röstig. 8/9/9/7//8
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Koelschtrinker
2.1
Taedonggang 2 Black Label
Heller, leicht süßlich pappiger Antrunk. Etwas Kleber, was sowohl im Geruch als auch im Geschmack durchkommt. Leicht herb, kaum Nachgeschmack. Okay. 7/7/6/7//6
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Koelschtrinker
2.8
Taedonggang 1
Wässriger, leicht herber Antrunk. Angenehme konstante Getreidigkeit, süffig. Unspannend, austauschbar. Okay. 11/8/8/7//8
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Koelschtrinker
2.1
Taedonggang 3
Geringe Karbonisierung, süßlich herb, mild getreidig. Süffig, wenig aussagekräftig. Trinkbar. 10/7/7/6//7
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Koelschtrinker
2.3
Taedonggang 5
Heller, wässrig süßlicher Antrunk. Minimal metallern, sehr süffig. Kaum bitter, kurzer Nachhall. 8/7/8/7//7
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Koelschtrinker
2.2
Taedonggang 4
Hell herber, eher wässriger Antrunk. Geringe aber konstante Süße. Erhöhte Karbonisierung, spät minimal bitter. Okay. 8/8/7/7//7
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Koelschtrinker
3.1
Taedonggang 6
Weicher dunkler Antrunk mit geringer Herbe. Minimal schokoladig, sehr süffig. Keine Bitterkeit. Kurzer Nachhall, der von der Malzigkeit dominiert wird. 11/10/9/10//9
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Koelschtrinker
1.9
Taedonggang 2 Yellow Label
Wässriger, wenig getreidiger Antrunk. Minimal herb, laff, keine Würzigkeit, etwas Getreidigkeit. 10/6/6/6//6
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

mtitov
2.7
Taedonggang 1
Очень удивился что в Северной Корее может быть вкусное пиво! Друг привез пару бутылок
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

BeerandBlues2
1.4
Taedonggang 2 Black Label
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours clear gold with a small, frothy white head, short retention and no lacing. Aroma is sweet grainy Pils malt and corn adjuncts. Flavor is bland corny and grainy Pils malt, faint earthy hops and a dry finish. Light body and carbonation.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pyobon
3
Taedonggang 11P
(Bottle) Pours clear golden with good white head. Aroma is part malty, part grainy, with a slight metallic edge. Light body, with good carbonation. Pleasantly malty, with some candy hints and the very slightest bitterness in finish. It’s better than the leading beers of many of the neighbouring countries, and quaffable, but it’s not great.
Sunday, January 1, 2017

Travlr
1.5
Taedonggang 2 Black Label
Bottle courtesy of Erzengel, many thanks! Clear golden color. Papery wet cardboard aroma. Taste is lemon and subtle black pepper. Inoffensive.
Saturday, December 24, 2016

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

Mariusz
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 5, 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 4, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 2012

strap
1.2
Taedonggang 11P
A dry lager similar to south Korean crap lagers. Nothing remarkable here except for the novelty
Tuesday, July 3, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 2012

jcwattsrugger
3
Taedonggang 11P
500ml [email protected] 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 3, 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 1, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 2010