Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Ibaraki, Japan


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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A dose of fresh ginger roots added to the brewkettle creates an intriguing mix of ginger, malt-sweetness , and citruslike aromas and flavors Hoppy dryness is very subdued with ginger-sweet-spicey notes dominating throughout to the very finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djensen47 (11) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
Full review with photos and links to other reviews: http://beer47.com/2009/04/kiuchi-hitachi review: Appearance. This beer has a foamy but not frothy yellow-white head and does not leave much foam on the glass. This beer is hazy, which might be expected of an herb/spice beer, and has an amber or dark honey color. ----- Smell. Real Ginger Brew has a ginger aroma like that of ginger ale or ginger beer, which is a sweet smooth ginger smell. The bouquet is spicy with a bit of cloves and is enhanced by the ginger while accompanied by a light fruitiness. ----- Taste. The most pronounced taste of this beer is sweet malty ginger. Backing the ginger beer flavor is a sweet maltiness that is complemented with a touch of smooth hop bitterness. As you drink more of this brew the spiciness of the ginger builds but not so much that is it overpowering. ----- Mouthfee Real Ginger Brew is well carbonated, which adds to the comparison to ginger ale, and is a medium-light bodied beer. Drinkability. This beer is strong in alcohol content and strong in ginger flavor. On one hand it is crisp and refreshing like a ginger ale but also like a ginger ale I rarely want more than one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Had on tap at the Gingerman in Norwalk. It is certainly a ginger beer and I once again give Hitachino props for spreading out. It pours a cloudy amber with a nice head. It smells malty with some citrus, certainly ginger notes and a bit of hops. The taste pretty much follows the aroma with the ginger dominating a hint of hops. A nice unique brew but not really my style of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Pours a hazy golden hue with a big bubbled. slight off-white head. Aromas of ginger, skunk, hoppy bitterness, and plastic. Mouth feel is medium bodied with flavors of ginger, lemon/lime 7 up, a nice bitterness with a dry finish. Would go well with sushi.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle from case and keg in Boca. Pours a hazyamber color with a light whitish head. Aroma is full of fresh ginger and pale malts. Flavor hits with too much ginger. As the beer warms the ginger subsides a bit and you can get some fruity malts and hops. Overall an interesting beer...but not one I would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
decaturstevo’s Febmergency Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me. Solid brown-orange with a thin white head. Big ginger aroma and that Hitachino cedar. Taste is ginger, citrus, oranges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
osu97gp (666) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Pours a cloudy amber with a thin white head. Aroma is of ginger and malts. Flavor is all ginger with some other spices. Drinkable in small doses.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is pretty strong of ginger and some sweet malts. Flavor is of ginger, with a hint of some hop flavor. Finishes slightly bitter with plenty of ginger as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5304) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Brown pour with a hint of orange. Off white head and lace. Large ginger aroma dominates. Semi sweet malt, ginger, and a hint of bitter. Aggressive carbonation. An overall drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3690) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2009
(bottle - 330 ml) Cloudy orange pour with a puffy white head. Aroma is light with a very strong hint of ginger and some light malts and sugar. Flavor is a ton of ginger at the start that mixes with some other random spices, I think I detected cloves, malts, and some light hops at the end. Finishes spicy with a lot of ginger lingering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3193) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Thanks to Lithy for sharing this one at decaturstevo’s Februmergency Tasting. Pours a hazy dark orange/amber with an off-white head. Tobacco & leather aroma. I didn’t smell or taste any ginger, but it was getting late in the tasting.

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