Brewed by Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Aromatic Lager - vivid bitterness with savory aroma like white grape or spicy citrus, rounded medium body and clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (427) - ESTONIA - OCT 15, 2013
0,35 l can. Pours nice light amber with a small head. I love the aroma! I guess this is one of the hoppiest aromas I’ve encountered with a lager so far. But well, this one is supposed to be “india pale lager”. Aroma is fresh, some fruits, melon and freshly cut grass. Taste has two layers, from one side it is mellow and soft, just like eating some marshmellows (altbeit not so sweet) – but it has a bitter kick inside that takes over when the aftertaste comes.Aftertaste is long, dry and bitter. Body is satisfying, not too full but not too watery either. I guess Coedo has been able here to do something pretty special – using a very common lager as a base to create something special. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (1942) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle from K&G. Nice malty beer. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and honey. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6704) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2012
Draught at Molto. Pretty medium amber-orange color with lace. Grassy hop nose, light Vienna malt and citrus. Light and clean flavor, crackers, with bread, light caramel and big grassy hop. Very drinkable and nice. A bit of Nelson-esque catpiss too, but just a touch. Much better than the old recipe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
355mL thanks to MrChopin’s little sister. Pours a clear, bright golden. Weak white head. Weak carbonation. Nose is thick orange candies, cheesecloth, some IPA style aromatics, American style citrus hops, fresh dough, bread crust. Taste is quite nice- bitter, grassy, sugar cube, fresh bread, flour, so much snappy pils malt. Long, bitter, dusty finish. Actually very enjoyable, bitter, dry. Impressive. Some rustic grain flavor is quite nice making this pilsener instead of IPA in profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bozo_skeleton (569) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 8, 2014
Enfin une lager qui ne ressemble pas aux autres (je ne doute pas d’en decouvrir d’autres). Robe paille legerement voilée, tres faible carbo, petit collet fuyant, legere dentelle. Aromes herbal, caramel, agrumes et noisette. Tres bel equilibre, final legerement sec et bien amere. corps moyen. Les flaveurs de caramel et de malt torrefies ressortent bien en bouche. Bonne pioche !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19953) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2014
Bottled at Narita Airport. Clear pale bronze colour, small head. Generous grapefruit aroma. Mid sweet with solid body and rounded mouthfeel. Citric hops and bready malt. Long bitter finish. Harmonious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4848) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Very slightly hazy golden coloured body with a lot of bubbles rising from the bottom and a nice two centimetre tall just off-white head. Aroma of bright grapefruity and citrusey hops with a good bright malt nose and a touch of cleanser - very nice and fragrant throughout. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and citrusey hops up front that show very well and leave the palate poised for the smooth malt. Aftertaste clean and slightly sweet, but the malt shines through and especially the bright citrusey hops. Overall, a surprisingly nice beer throughout with a great hop profile for a japanese beer - definitely worth trying if you can find this! I sampled this 333 mL stubby bottle (best by: 15-April-2016) on 04-July-2014 in my hotel room here in Wan Chai, Hong Kong purchased from City’Super! in Harbour City, Kowloon, Hong Kong on 03-July-2014 for HK$29,00.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3353) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 23, 2012
Tangerines on top of oranges and brandy. Dry hoppy and drinkable. Nothing too hardcore, but nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11510) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle from Oto Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours light golden amber with a slight white head. Aroma is light fruit - melon? grape? Med body or nearly. Flavor is grapey with a touch of citrus, plus breadiness. Certainly much tastier than the average sweet Vienna.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Ooh this beer is good. Do I even need to tell you about the hazy golden color or describe the lacy white head that maintains enough presence to satisfy even the most discerning beer lover’s eye? How about the bitter, fruity aroma and taste? I don’t think I do, so if you see this on the tap wall, like at the Roundhouse in Hong Kong for example, just order it. No, I am not a Japanese spy.

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