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. Alcohol Free Lager
94 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of white corn and hints of herbs with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish thin body and a seamless, brisk lemon-ginger tea and croissant finish. A rock-solid N/A Beer that delivers the crisp clean flavor of your favorite everyday lager.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Non Alcoholic Beer
Tsingtao Brewing Co. English Style IPA
91 points
Gold color. Aromas of mixed fruit compote, banana nut muffin, caramel ginger cookie, and tea leaves with a round, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, agreeable fruit cake with nuts, coconut macaroons, and rosemary finish. Classic English IPA flavor.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best English Style IPA
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Amber Lager
90 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, buttery toasted raisin sage baguette stuffing, fig and date sweet potato muffin, and wet clay with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, long finish with accents of honeyed sunflower toast, dried fruit chutney, and molasses cookie. A delicious, spot-on, autumnal amber lager with great flavor and style.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Amber Lager
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Tsingtao Rose Flavored Wheat Beer
88 points
Minutely hazy peachy copper color. Aromas of raspberry candies, banana soufflé, and hawaiian rolls with a velvety, crisp, petillant, off-dry light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length smooth taffy, spun sugar, crushed coriander, and honey finish. A creamy, fruity Wheat Beer that’s not too sweet yet offers delightful dessert-like flavors.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Flavored Wheat Beer
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Wheat Beer
88 points
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of toasted hawaiian bread, corn flakes, and hint of lemon vinaigrette with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish imparting touches of water chestnut, radish sprouts, and vanilla cream. A refreshing and quenching wheat ale pleaser.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Wheat Ale
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Centennial Journey Marzen-Octoberfest
87 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of mandarin orange, hints of banana custard, and dried figs with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying impressions of spiced caramel and marasca cherry. A rich, dense and flavorful Marzen.
XIshanqingxue Sweet Stout
84 points
Dark walnut color. Fruity aromas of chocolate chip-studded banana bread, bubble gum, candied peach, and cracked pepper with a bright, spritzy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length black toast and greek yogurt finish. A fruity yet heavy stout that offers an interesting mashup of flavors.