Theis (14611) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at "Hakone Brewpub" - in a plastic cup (ølbutikken style). Clear golden - white head. Sweetness, white bread, white sugar, grainy, hay, candy, fruity, a bit too sweet, but ok - clean.
KyotoLefty (7996) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 Draught at the brewery shop. Biscuity malt, nice hop flavor and bitterness. Good. Very fresh and tasty.
TimE (4257) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Grassy, malty, with a slightly dry grainy finish. Nothing outstanding, but ok for the style. At Yokohama GJBF 2007.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This effervescent Pilsener’s welcoming balance of crisp pils malt cereal flavors and herbal hops support make for a quite effective quencher.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A beautiful head of foam crowns the clear light golden.
-The flavor profile is minutious, yet won’t get noticed if not scrutinized.
-Citrusy leanings increase drinkability.
-The finale is pleasant, herbal hops and hay fading out slowly.
-All Hakone beers were quite similar that day in effervescence, balance, and flavor intensity.
On tap at the market across the street from the brewery.
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 5, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. We drove south from Tokyo for a few hours to see some sights and stopped here for lunch and beer. Some of the seasonal beers looked impressive but were not available yet. This beer was yellow with some rising bubbles and foamy white head with some lemon in the aroma and a smooth medium body.