Monday, August 17, 2009

Tsingtao Lager, Tsingtao Brewery, Qingdao, China

There is an old Hemingway saying "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." I should have kept that in mind a few nights ago, as I opened the menu at dinner I boldly proclaimed that if they had Tsingtao, I was ordering it. Now I thought this was a safe bet because Tsingtao is from China and I was in a Vietnamese restaurant, but lo and behold apparently the Vietnamese love them some Tsingtao.
I was surprised by the Tsingtao, it was actually very flavorful for a mass produced lager. It's almost like they didn't use the malt and barley for 1,000 production runs and only used it for 200, or perhaps I just got a lucky bottle and the malt and barley was fresh. Essentially, it is similar to every lager you've had in the states except it had some flavor, kind of like in a Coors Extra Gold kind of way. So the Tsingtao was decent, but nothing special. If I had a choice between Miller Light and this? I'd probably order the Miller Lite, because in this Economy you should "Buy American", although Miller Lite is now owned by South African Brewers so.....I guess when between the two, just order what feels right. The Tsingtao has a 4.8% ABV and gets a pretty solid 2.0 rating.

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