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Chateau Kamiya Helles

Chateau Kamiya Helles
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Brewed by Chateau Kamiya (Ushiku Beer)
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Ushiku-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Lager glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - SEP 29, 2015
Sampled at Keyaki. Sweet cereals with a wheaty edge, citrusy hops, fairly clean finish. Refreshing stuff but pretty boring overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (2538) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 23, 2015
Fall keyaki 2015. Clear golden color with a small white head. Sweetish malt on the nose with some peach and grass. Medium carbonation with a clean, dry finish. Pretty average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2015
On tap at Chateau Kamiya, Ibaraki, Japan. A hazy golden coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Malty, lemon aroma. Tastes malty, lemon, quite dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6091) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3-4 ounces as part of the beer sampler at Chateau Kamiya’s La Terrace restaurant. Clear straw yellow with off-white head. Aromas of light caramel, malt, floral, subtle wheat. Tastes of citrus, caramel, wheat, malt. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3962) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
On tap at the brew pub. Pours a clearish golden with a white head. Dry and sweet with aromas of malts. Medium bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Dry finish with hints of grass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Draught - Pitcher at Brewpub - RBJG#2. Clear golden - white head. read, light malty, citrus, crispy, hay, grainy, light flowery, clean... high drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This sweetish Helles’s loose bubbling and sticky honeyed cereals move into a bready second half where citrusy hop subtleties attempt to add character.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy honey gold.
-Hops also contribute geraniol here and there.
-The flavor profile is forgettable and does not display any of the finesse usually associated with top notch examples of the style.
-We were told this was a batch hopped with Cascade instead of the usual noble hop of choice. But there seemed to be other issues at hand in this batch ; was this even lagered the usual 4-5 weeks they had told us about in the brewery tour ?

On tap at the brewery restaurant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (6764) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Tap at Chateau Kamiya. Hazy golden colour with a small white head that leaves some lacing. Malty lemon aroma. Flavour is hops, wheat, malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21633) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Draft at the source. Hazy golden color, thick white head. Aroma of lemon peel, subtle white pepper. Taste is bitter peppery lemon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 22, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Tap at the brewery. Pale blond, very clear, big white head. Aroma grassy hops, some wheaty maltiness. Smells very fresh, maybe even a touch fruity. Taste is crisp and dry. Nice amount of wheat, satisfying bitter finish. Nice bit of hops. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. Nice. Liked it more than I expected!

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