Review by Andy
Tsingtao is only ever brewed in China using Laoshan Mountain spring water and the finest malt and hops.
Tsingtao beer is a truly authentic Chinese beer, only ever brewed in the sea port of Qingdao, in North Eastern China. This guarantees that every bottle contains the same pure ingredients and has the same great taste.
Internationally recognised as the finest beer in China Tsingtao is an incredibly smooth and easy to drink pilsner.
Our master brewers select only the finest malt and hops and blend rice, from the paddy fields of Western China, to mellow the bitter after taste making it one of the most ‘drinkable’ beers around.
I picked up 3 large bottles of Tsingtao in Tesco for £5.25, which at 640ml a bottle is a bit of a bargain, not your 330ml cans that seem common place these days, charging £2 a pop.
This is a proper job, where you get a proper serving. All good so far.
Visually this looks a typical lager, fairly light in colour with a gentle fizz. Initial taste is slightly fizzy but this soon fades away, a very smooth lager.
This is a classic Asian lager, one that is brewed to be enjoyed with spicy food, as it is very easy to drink and therefore you wont get bloated when stuffing your face with a lamb madras, vegetable rice, onion bhajis and 8 poppadoms – christ, I feel peckish now.
As an aside, this is still brewed and bottled in China as it always has been, very rare these days for such a mainstream beer. Not sure what the eco-warriors would make of that, as it will certainly rack up the air miles to get this from China to your fridge, but there is something quite satisfying to me, to know that a Chinese beer is genuinely brewed in China, not Burton-on-Trent.
A nice as lager as you’ll find, hits the spot and comes recommended from me.