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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9033) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2363) - - JUL 21, 2013
Large creamy head, golden amber body. Little bready nose. Caramel candy flavor, then light mix of sweetness/spicyness. Quite pleasant little pils for the summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2447) - JAPAN - MAY 12, 2012
Well made pils. Reasonably bitter - but not too grassy. An emphasis on full bodied drinkability. Decent carbonation with a nice, medium contential hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (3535) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 21, 2013
Tap at the fish market. Golden clear, white bubbly head. Aroma is slightly creamy, grainy, slight malt sweetness. Taste is floury, slight fruity sweetness, touch of caramel. Slight bitterness. Ok. Not exciting, but nothing wrong with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4348) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2357) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 On tap at Hakone Brewery cafe/shop. Clear amber lager with a thin white head. Nose is barley grain malt, cereal, touch of lactic in their too. Taste is dry grassy, straw. Good flavoursome pilsener. Took a can/bottle from the brewery and it had a very distinctive saison farmyard yeast aroma and taste. This yeast seems to become too distinctive and strong when canned.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9191) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2655) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 5, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (39962) - 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 (33993) - 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.

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