shoulderbroken (1986) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home bought at Morioka Shinkansen station I believe. Copper coloured with golden bubbly head. Aroma is lots of caramel, hint of dijon mustard (!! maybe I have lost it) rich maltiness and orchard fruity. Taste is less exciting, very malty, light caramel but somehow salty too. Nice enough. I quite like it, and will drink it again, but couldn’t have more than one in a row. Light bitterness at the finish.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1843) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Bakujun in Kyoto. This beer poured a very clear reddish brown color. The flavor was well balanced with lots of maltiness followed by a mild hoppy aftertaste. It was very smooth & easy to drink, I think it would make a good session beer. Looking at their other reviews I guess they got rid of the cloudiness!
jonno (2287) - JAPAN - JAN 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Looks the biz. Dark amber hue. Soft caramel, cookies and noble hops - very faint though. In the mouth very middle of the road, more malty than bitter a bit thin and not terrible interesting.
jonas (5614) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy amber good lace.
Mellow, well balanced flavours akin to a pale ale, definitely not a alt.
Ok session beer.
omhper (19307) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Cloudy reddish brown, small head. Buttery earthy nose. Sweet and fruity with medium body. Notes of bubblegum and ash. Long salty bitterness.
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 version. Draught at Beer Cafe Barley. Cloudy, muddy, brown color. Very unattractive. Aroma of caramel, earth, and some fruit with a bit of hops. Caramel, gumball flavor, with decent hopping. A bit earthy and fruity. Nice balance, and reasonably complex. Very drinkable, with a decent hoppy finish. Relatively genuine. Maybe the best Japanese alt yet.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Baeren’s Altbier uses its bready maltiness and supporting wooden hop bitterness to achieve balance and entertaining drinkability, but fails to develop either (or their union) into anything more than a decent quencher.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the dark copper.
-Apple-like fruitiness swims within.
-Carbonation is slow and careful, letting the malts and hops express themselves fully (which they don’t take advantage of).
-This is a simple recipe from Baeren which is not their most successful, imho.
Bottle; thx Tim!
TimE (3120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep mahogany color. Black tea, noble hops and caramel strike me in the nose. This theme continues with an added dose of cookies, in the moderately thin and bitter mouth. On the way to being great, but still needs work.