Chateau Kamiya Pilsener
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Brewed by Chateau Kamiya (Ushiku Beer)
Style: Pilsener
Ushiku-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   ABV: -
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 22, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Tap at the brewery. Pale blond, slightly cloudy, beige creamy head. Aroma flour, grainy. Taste similar, quite dry and crisp. Biscuit malty with touch of sweetness in there. Not bad for a style I am not wild about. Perfectly nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6102) - 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 citrus, floral, lemon, wheat, light herb. Tastes of lemon, citrus, wheat, floral, grain, malt. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19369) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2003
Hazy light color. Fresh, flowery aroma (lotus, lily), a bit sweet; then a delicate hop. Delicate Witbier (it's a Pilsener brewed with wheat), with a residual sweetness and a good hopping. A nice surprise.
Thanks to Jens (Ungstrup), Jacob (Lövenlund) and all the Danish crew for these rare beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2006
330 mL ‘pull’ cap bottle…straight from Japan via Santa’s (IslandHaole) USPS box, Cheers!: clear shinning straw, with an incessant mass of streaming bubbles throughout the body…feeding a thin bleached white head. Fresh, Sweet-Tart, white grape juice and candy sugar aroma…wow – refreshing, unique…I like it! Sourish flavours tingle the palate…there is an interesting sweetness that mixes with this bitterness…but in the end lingers a freshness. I really dig the way the fresh and sour flavours play. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21675) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Draft at the source. Hazy golden color, huge fluffy white head. Aroma of white pepper and straw. Taste is bitter straw.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2004
The aroma is fresh malty with notes of straws. The color is an unclear light yellow and it has a fine but collapsing head. The flavor is malty sweet with a very dry hoppy end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9404) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2008
Bottle, mail order from the brewery. Deep golden color with a tall, fine head. Clear. Relatively rich, fragrant aroma of malt and hops; fruity, a bit buttery, very good hops. Hop-centered flavor. Malt is no slouch, but the hops are very good and the malt is simple and clean in the background. A bit fruity as well, with just a touch of citrus. Dry finish of malt and hops, not very bitter and very clean, though not “dry” and tasteless. Light, crisp beer with decent flavor and great balance. Very good overall, though not amazingly interesting. Aroma is better than taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonno (2524) - JAPAN - NOV 27, 2011
I found this to be the least engaging of the CK beers. Very malty in a german vein, without a big enough hop dose to balance it. I like my pils big and hop bold or soft and smooth in the czech style. This really needs a bit of tweaking IMHO.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Lightly toasted honeyed sugars dominate this Pilsener’s wooden, spicy hops in this full-bodied example.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty pale blond.
-The nose does not foreshadow any crispness ; and the mouthfeel confirms that impression.
-This is way too shy on the hop front.
-The malt toastiness is harmonious with the wooden hop character.

On tap at the brewery restaurant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Tap at Chateau Kamiya. Clear golden colour with a small white head and some lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Clear weak malt flavour.

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