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Asahi Honnama

Brewed by Asahi Breweries
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 1.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.85   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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"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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (12741) - 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 (309) - 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 (552) - 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 (1756) - 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 (912) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Huhzubendah (2256) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
This experience was made possible by EinWeizenbitte. Can shared by drabmuh. A huge thank you to both Todd and Matt. Served alongside Kirin Tanrei A: The beer is transparent and light yellow in color. The head is light, white, fluffy and stands in at about a half inch tall. As it fades, it manages to leave some faint traces of lacing on the pint glass. S: Grains, corn, sweetness. This aroma was slightly better than the Kirin Tanrei, as it lacked the off-putting, plastic, metallic aroma I disdained. T: The taste is of grains and corn with a cheap, macro lager flavor. Overall, a bit better than the Kirin Tanei, but still basically a cheap, macro lager flavor that lacked any depth or complexity. M: The beer is thin in body, with adequate carbonation. The aftertaste fades quickly, which happens to be a good thing, for the most part. D: This was my second happoshu. Again, I was thrilled at the opportunity to indulge in this very elusive beer style. While it was very cool from an experience standpoint, the beer itself wasnít that enjoyable. Serving type: can Reviewed on: 12-03-2010

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Can thanks to EinWeizenbitte. Shared by drabmuh. Served in a Four Peaks Kiltlifter pint glass. My second Happoshu! Pours a straw color with a slight white head. There is a tiny bit of lacing that clings to the side of the glass as it goes down. The nose is some slight grain, husk, and a bit of rice. The taste is loads of rice along with some cooked vegetables. The mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation. This is pretty gross and near undrinkable. I might say that this style may be worse than American Light Lager if the two Iíve had are at all representative of the style. Serving type: can Reviewed on: 11-30-2010

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Thanks to Alex via someone for this style tick. Alex keeps feeding the beast...A sexy can served in my Darkness glass...Pours a super clear medium gold with about three fingers of head. The head just looks weak, watery and whispy but it actually hangs for a bit and has surprisingly full lacing...A medium skunk aroma, rice, alcohol. At first its pretty offensive but settles down...The taste is light, a little grain, almost no flavor. Like drinking a glass of water that had a drop of beer dumped in as flavoring. It doesnít taste bad or offend me like a bad macro...The feel is really bad, worse than water...Easy to drink, like a glass of water. But if I wanted something that light Iíd just drink a glass of water...

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Can thanks to EinWeizenBitte. Pours a clear fizzy yellow color with a decently lasting white head. The aroma is really grainy, lots of adjunk. Really ricey, not appealing. The flavor is not great, with sweet pale malt, slight unpleasant hop bitterness, and ricey adjunk. Not good. Thin and light on the mouthfeel with high carbonation. Maybe a bit cleaner than your average BMC. Not a big fan of this happoshu really, but I appreciate the tick.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JaKeAFC (451) - ITALY - NOV 4, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 350ml can from vending machine at Tokyo, 250Y. Somewhat better of his little sister "aqua blue", this is not beer exactly, this is happoshu. i think malt content is 50%, while blue version is 25%. Looks more yellow, nicer head and more balanced taste but still extremely watery.

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