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


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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.

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   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianza_ale (179) - ITALY - MAY 14, 2015
Straight from TOKYO :D 33cl in teku. Pours a medium, creamy and dense, light beige/orange head; nice amber to ruby colour, cloudy. Smells malty, with some sort of great "candied//sweet" ginger notes, but also very floral, nuts and some orange citrus too. That’s quite complex and very parfumed, remebers "Grand Marnier" notes for some aspects. Tastes japanese ginger (like the rose coloured one you eat with tradtional sushi), caramel malts, cane sugar, spices, candied zest; medium to high sweetness, small to medium bitterness. Nice and delicate carbonation, medium bodied, slick and slight sticky. Malty, citrusy, and with that very particular japanese ginger leaves aromas and notes. You can see it as a sort of amber ale + ginger and some spiced notes, doesn’t seem 8%. Smelly, tasty, and quite like anything I’ve ever tasted before

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazy_cat_lady (206) - - APR 30, 2015
Bottle at WVRST. Ginger and malt aromas. Sharp ginger flavour nicely bakanced by malt backbone. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
echudy (45) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2015
Ok smell with a hint of ginger. Wanted it to taste more like ginger beer than it did. More cloudy than I remembered and didn't have as strong of a ginger flavor as I remembered

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
huineman (327) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 25, 2015
Honey amber body, thick tan head. High notes of ginger (but of course), toffee, caramel, honey, chocolate. Sizzling, a little pungent, full-bodied. Long finish with the right bitterness. Different and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (727) - Xiamen, CHINA - APR 22, 2015
330ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours clear golden brown with a thin white head. Aroma of ginger and malt. Taste has a hint of orange. Plenty of body. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frode (370) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 11, 2015
Bottle 33 cl.
Clear amber, off-white head. Light caramel malt, ginger and cinnamon. Sweet and spicy. First thought was that a 33 cl. should be split three ways, not two as we did. But it grows on you, and I ended up wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StueyD (1383) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2015
A copper orange coloured beer with a weak white head. A strong gingery aroma, then a fruity hoppiness comes through that leads into a light malty element. Dry mouthfeel. A zesty ginger led taste, the fruity hoppiness enhances the spiciness. Then a syrupy malt flavour comes through that tempers the zesty spiciness. The finish is ginger led and malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Edmis (6) - LITHUANIA - APR 10, 2015 does not count
Very lively and souersweet beer. Second best of this evening degustation. Just 8% makes you think

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fisler (155) - GERMANY - APR 8, 2015
Lustige Flasche, aber das hat die Brauerei ja fast immer :) Im Glas schonmal eine Schönheit, wunderbar dunkelrot. In der Nase tatsächlich Ingwer und Beeren, hm, fast Hustenbonbon. Setzt sich im Trunk fort, eine gewisse Schärfe, die im Abgang leicht zurückgeht, dann der Ingwer wieder und eine leichte Trockennote. Nicht der Burner, aber durchaus interessant, definitiv außer der Reihe. Würde mir aber schwer tun, das mit Essen zu kombinieren.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2288) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
Bottle from Yamaya, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan. An amber/orange coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Sweet, ginger aroma. Tastes similar, sweet, ginger, some caramel. Quite pleasant.

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