Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tsingtao Brewery's Lager

Tsingtao is so common it's usually overlooked when I'm at the dangus party store. But I was looking for a comfort beer and Tsingtao is most certainly that; for an import that is. A German/English cooperative started up China's largest brewer in 1903 when the Chinese wanted to get wasted; like, for real. This later got sold to the Japanese and then when they later surrendered to the Allies in one of those World Wars, it was given back to China. Well it was given to a family and after that they had that civil war and because a state-owned joint. They have a few different types of booze there but the lager has an ABV of 4.8% and I picked up this bottle (which is 640mL) for $2.50 which is cheaper than a Las Vegas about $20.

The beer is pretty standard. A nice, mildly hoppy smell, a cool, refreshing, crisp taste. I mean since it's introduction into the United States in 1972, it became China's #1 beer, not to mention their #1 consumer product export in all of China! But that being said, it's everywhere you look and I forget about what a dandy little beer this is. It's not gonna turn any heads or anything but it's so refreshing you can drink this stuff until your legs give out. I was in China pounding these babies with Slimmy and after knocking a few back we were looking at the labels, right? And sure as shit is brown, they sponsor the NBA (or at least they did). And you wondered why Yao Ming's shooting percentage is atrocious! Dudes probably slamming these guy during the game. And I'll tell ya, I'm not above drinking this stuff during a basketball game. It is truly a nice, light beer. And speaking of lights, did you know that 85% on the United States Christmas lights are made in China, whose workers probably drink this beer? True story.

Drinkability: 8/10
Taste: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Curb Appeal: 4/10

Overall: 6.25/10

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