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: 21   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3499) - Copenhagen OE, - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
evergreen0199 (2463) - 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 (3534) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14477) - 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 (8619) - 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 (4930) - Stockholm, 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 (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, 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 (2842) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 25, 2011
What a great beer. Draft on the grounds of the Chateau. Really need to drink this fresh, on site to truly appreciate it I would imagine judging by the average ratings. Soft doughy nose with a sprinkle of cinammon. Good honest though lean body with excellent carbonation. Lots of bready malts and the residual sweetness well blanaced by a soft bitterness. Just brilliantly balanced and drinkable. I could drink this all day and well in to the next day. My first and favourite Kamiya beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7874) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2008
UPDATED: APR 30, 2010 Bottle, mail order from the brewery. Deep gold color with a tall head. Strong malty aroma, rather sweet, rich. Rich malt flavor, on the sweet side yet clean and relatively light. A touch of fruit, but mostly just rich malt. Very lightly hopped. Finish also is predominated by malt, with just enough hop to give it balance. Very clean and light for such a rich malt beer. Not wholly fascinating, but really well done and pleasant.

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