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.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Augerta Helles Lager
91 points
Yellow color. Aroma of fresh challah with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and an amusing, medium-long hints of fennel and ginger, wheat cracker, and thyme finish. A superb Helles with creamy carbonation, instantly appealing flavors, and a lengthy, buoyant finish; drink this.
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. Wheat Beer
89 points
Brilliant yellow color. Aromas and flavors of whipped creme, alpine herbs, sliced banana, and cream of wheat with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, fruity light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish conveying suggestions of sourdough loaf finish. Fresh, vibrant aromas and pillowy texture; a wheat ale with lots to offer.
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.
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.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Imported Premium Lager
83 points
Pale golden yellow color. Musty aromas of classic green bottled beer notes with a supple, bright, spritzy, dryish light body and a seamless, brisk steamed grain finish. Green bottled beer fans may find a refreshing brew here.