Blue Girl

Company info:
Jebsen & Co. Ltd
Hong Kong, CHINA


Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.4 approx (TBC)

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for approx AU$2.20

Label info: ‘Blue Girl Beer was first introduced to Hong Kong and China in 1906. Its famous smooth and refreshing taste originates from age-old German brewing traditions.’

What the label really means:
What a boring bunch of label writers over at ‘Blue Girl’. You guys could have at least prattled on about something meaningless from history.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Remove the blue, replace it with a blood red or a black and this label would be a winner. I love the image of a female standing on wings, floating among the clouds. Her hair and her loosely wrapped dress hang and flutter in the breeze yet she maintains a slight smirk as she peers off into the heavens. Held above her head is a globe reading ‘Excelsior’ – light shoots out in all angles from it’s outer edge. It has an almost art-nouveau feel to the image (I say ‘almost’ because I have no idea if that’s the style I mean). All looks good until you glance back to mouth-wash blue encircling her. Without losing the name of ‘Blue Girl’ surely a darker blue could have been used. Sadly, the label is ruined by blue.
Oh btw, according to the label, this is a ‘Pilsener Lager Bier’.

I give it a label rating of 5.5 out of 10.

AROMA: Very strong hoppy, skunky aroma with a slight musk scent.

Taste: GLASS – Blue Girl does indeed taste like a German pilsener. It has those distinctly hoppy, earthy notes. I can almost taste a Beck’s quality but it doesn’t stretch that far. It’s mellow, citrus infused and also a bit ho-hum. It’s a bit middle of the road. Possibly the best aspect is the surprising fruity all-mouth after taste. If only there was more of this taste throughout the bottle.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Much the same as from the glass. Possibly easier to throw back but certainly no better in taste. NEXT.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Blue Girl could possibly work well with a varied antipasto plate of dips and roasted vegies. I guess I’m thinking something salty – pre-dinner appetisers that lead to something more fulfilling.

Best season to appreciate: Leaning towards being a Summer thirst quencher even though I found this very dry.

All-nighter beer? Blue Girl is relatively easy to drink and would make it a contender for an all-night beer for some. For me it was a bit of a mission to drink.

Other: I struggled to place the origin of this beer. I found it in Hong Kong after being advised it’s what all the ‘working class’ drink. I do my research and find that while it originated in Germany, it was imported to China to cater for German troops. But nowadays it is brewed in South Korea under the instruction of a Hong Kong based brewing company. So is this a German, Chinese, or Korean beer? I’m really not sure.

NEXT WEEK: Innis & Gunn Rum Cask (courtesy of the excellent folk at Dunn Ottar Wine and Spirits)

  1. zi says:

    The only German thing about Blue Girl was that it was once a brand in Germany long time ago. A trading firm bought just the brand name and stick it onto a beer brewed in Korea. Quite a good marketing ploy, have to admit it. Personally, I think it is a truly crappy beer


  2. McLean not MacLean says:

    Blue girl? Excelsior? To a comic book nerd like me, this can mean only one thing: The Invisible Girl from the Fantastic Four! Awesome!


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