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Asahi Honnama

Brewed by Asahi Breweries
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 1.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
"The secret behind the unique qualities of our happo-shu lies in two industry firsts: barley extract and Deep Sea Water. In the past, the biggest problem with brewing happo-shu was the difficulty of bringing a low-malt to healthy fermentation without the high levels of nutrients and minerals needed for yeast. By using two new ingredients, extract of barley and Deep Sea Water, we succeeded in creating a happo-shu without the peculiar smell and uneven taste caused by unhealthy yeast fermentation. In fact, we think Asahi Honnama has the crispest, clearest taste of any happo-shu ever created. At the same time, by fermenting with the rich taste of wheat from barley extract, we have eliminated the watery taste of other happo-shu to create a rich flavor experience."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
sunevdj (3820) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
Can in Aso Backpackers. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Light sweetness with an even lighter dryness. Some light aromas of hay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yenbeer (188) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 9, 2014
A good happoshu low-malt beer, very easy to drink due to the light taste and slick palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5463) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Pale golden coloured body with a touch of a ribbony white head. Aroma of rice and lemons with very little else. Light-bodied; Sharp flavour of rice, light malt, alcohol and a hint of lemons with very little else and no bitterness nor harsh flavours. Aftertaste shows some more of the malt, a hint of the grass and lemons and some very light sweet notes - not much else though. Overall, a surprisingly nice and refreshing beer with not much signs of the alcohol, even given the 5+% abv! I sampled this 50 cL can purchased from CityíSuper in Harbour City, Kowloon, Hong Kong on 03-July-2014 for HK$10,50 sampled in my hotel room here in Wan Chai, Hong Kong on 04-July-2014.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
GoufCustom (1433) - HONG KONG - MAY 28, 2014

500 ml can as ďAsahi Honnama DraftĒ bought at 7-Eleven in Metropolis Plaza, Sheung Shui.

Piss pale golden yellow colour; Half finger head and soapy white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Very small sticky lacing and notable small carbonation; Slightly pungent and very sweet smell of light malt, with rice, corn syrup, light wet cardboard, light bread, very light lemon and smelly grass; Close to light sweet taste of thin malt, with rice, very light wet cardboard, syrupy notes, soda water, light bread, thin lemon, light bitter hops and notable light grass; Light body. watery palate; Mouth feel is watery happoshu with more tastes - tastable light maltyness despite and near-water body and feel, fairly low rice adjuncts and sugar notes. Quite bready and hoppy, which are unusual for a Happoshu. Not bad!... Hoppiness is light lemon and smelly light grass in nose, thin citrus and pretty sharp light grass in taste. Bitterness is fairly light but very notable for a lasting, but very low-fi finish; Fairly dry after taste. Quite crisp and light bitter to mouth.

Comments: Thought this gonna be crap, and it turns out to be a quite decent Happoshu. Itís still watery, but has notably better maltyness, bread and almost tasty hoppiness. The best of all being very few off tastes barring some thin initial cardboards. Not too shabby and quite drinkable, especially in hot Summer right now.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
czlowiekwiadro (606) - POLAND - MAY 27, 2014
lekki kanał i czosnek w zapachu. kolor słomkowy, piana przeciętna. w smaku lekka słodycz, posmak apteki (talk i bandaże) oraz lekka, ale dość nieprzyjemna goryczka.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (14943) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2014
Can at Htel Vintage Shinjuku - from the vending machine on 8th floor, our floor. Clear yellow - white head. Sweetness, corn, light malty, breadish, ok crispy. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
petewhitley (491) - Nagoya, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Silvan7 (1026) - Samarate, ITALY - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle @ hotel. Vista la lista degli ingredienti mi aspettavo una Asahi piý complessa e profumata. NON SA DI NIENTE!!! Ť acqua colorata, solo un sentore di malto in lontananza e una lieve dolcezza. Non mi dilungo oltre. ť acqua.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
maekchu (3249) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2013
Can from convenience store. Gee, someone added this beer but didnít bother to rate it? Maybe they took a sip, and immediately left Japan, vowing never to return. Dunno. Anyway, Iíll give íer a go. The aroma is of piss and paper, with some lemon..... maybe. Medium straw, one-finger head. Sourish, cardboardy initial / some molasses.... and .... oh, WTF, I give up. Thin medium body. I didnít have high expectations for this one, and it certainly didnít disappoint.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GarrettB (1374) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
01/30/2011 As usual, this can was purchased for fulfilling one criteria: itís new, and available at the local grocery store. I hoped to pair this with some kaki no pea and good friends to see me through a fun Friday night. Instead, the Honnama had a deleterious effect. This beer is eminently foul in flavor, tasting like a batch of cleaning solvents, and pouring like any other pale lager. The aroma is too thin to really catch, but the tongue scathingly bad taste of tainted mineral water is just too bad to justify a purchase even for loud, sensory disorienting parties.

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