About Chinese Beer

About Chinese Beer
While beer dates back more than 7000 years ago in China, it wasn't until the early 19th century that modern beer as we know it - produced with malt - was made in China. Today more beer is produced in China than any other country, which should come as no surprise, given China's size and population.

Today there are more than 200 brewing companies in China, primarily turning out pale lagers. Craft beers are on the rise, with dunkel beers being a recent trend. Brewpubs have opened, but again, most of the beers served there have been traditional lagers.

Top Picks for China

Tsingtao Brewing Co. 18 P Dark Lager
94 points
Walnut color. Aromas of black Russian cocktail and steamed milk with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, long carob, dark chocolate, espresso bean, charcoal, and charred fruit cake finish. A super roasted lager with a rich body; dry and ultra-appealing.
Great Leap Brewing "Honey Ma" Gold Ale
93 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of pepper jelly on rye toast, spice cake, and corn pudding with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length pepper bread toast, mixed peppercorns, and radish finish. A delightfully appetizing and savory ale with delicate peppery spiciness that is meshed perfectly.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. 12 P Dark Lager
90 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of steamed milk, balsamic dressed endive, and malted milk ball with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, bone-dry light body and a polished, appealing, medium-length dark chocolate covered espresso bean, cigar smoke, and leather patina finish. A very dry, chewy, table-friendly dark lager that hits all the notes; very, very drinkable.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Chinese Date Flavored Lager
88 points
Reddish mahogany color. Creamy, confected aromas of sweet almond cake, mocha latte, gingerbread pudding, molasses, sticky toffee pudding, and peanut brittle with a soft, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length charcoal, char grilled veggies, and caramelized acorn squash finish. A pleasant fruity-spicy beer made in a drier, sessionable style.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Sesión Cerveza Negra Dark Lager
85 points
Light dull mahogany color. Sweet aromas of flint, red apple, dried figs and pineapple, curry, and malted milk ball with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, cheery wilted spinach, fresh green beans, and orange sauce finish. An easy-drinking lager with a savory backbone.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Sesión Cerveza Mexican Style Lager
85 points
Yellow straw color. Vegetal aromas of tropical cooler with coconut, asparagus tips, cabbage, rising dough, and tinned navy beans with a round, bright, effervescent, dryish light body and an even, breezy steamed peas and carrots, bechamel, and lemony grits finish. A funky lager with savory appeal.