Hakone Pilsener
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Brewed by Hakone Biru Gura
Style: Pilsener
Hakone, Japan


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
Alu - plastic bottle 330ml.
Clear light yellow color with a small to average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, toasted, fruity, light hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20100110]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (37028) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2010
33 cL plastic bottle, courtesy of Theis. Pours cloudy yellow with a small to no head. Aroma is mild fruity. Smooth fruity, light estery and light spiced flavoured. Bitter and light citric note. Bitter and dry finish with a mild fruity note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (31474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2010
Bottled. A slightly hazy golden beer with a thin white head. The aroma has notes of malt, straw, and a bit of perfume. The flavor is sweet with notes of straw, malt, and a bit of citrus, leading to a lightly bitter finish. Thanks Theis for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2010
Plastic bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of Theis. Pours yellow with some tiny floating impurities. Malty, fruity and a little yeasty. Medium body, lightly fruity, yeasty and phenollic with a heavy carbonation. Bitter and astringent finish. 100110

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8141) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 Draught at the brewery shop. Biscuity malt, nice hop flavor and bitterness. Good. Very fresh and tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Clear golden, small white head. Predominantly malty nose. Flavours display corn notes and are quite sweet. Good body, though. A boring lager that does the brewery no good in my eyes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2007
Grassy, malty, with a slightly dry grainy finish. Nothing outstanding, but ok for the style. At Yokohama GJBF 2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3565) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 27, 2013
On tap at the brewery’s cafe in Kazamatsuri. Part of the 800 yen tasting set. 5.5% A clear straw gold with a foamy white head, the nose reminds me a bit of that maltiness of a Bud but cleaner with a bit of a floral hoppiness to it. The taste is quite full bodied for a pils, malty with a crisp dry hop finish. That earthy malt flavor isn’t my bag but it’s quickly replaced with a clean bitterness & a sweet aftertaste. Tasty.

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