GarrettB (1236) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
May 19th, 2011 - Somewhere in the hordes of Japanese pale lagers and happoshu beers are agents and moles - spies, hidden amongst the flock of consistently weak brews. These are Japan’s craft brewers, practicing excellence and fine form against the bashing tides of a consumer demand pushed by sheer momentum. One of these furtive rebels is Hitachino, and this review is about their White Ale. Dressed in the pale garb of the style and with a nice cloudiness, you can immediately tell this is different from crystal clear lagers poured at every izakaya in the country. A stronger sign of its rebellious nature is found in the aroma - signals of flavor, scents of butter and wheat, deep and rich and flavorful, enough to entice the palate for a sip. Here I catch a lot of carbonation at first, but also ample butter notes and deep, bready wheatiness, lasting until the very end of the aftertaste. Here the bread flavor expires, exhausted, collapses and then a strange and curious squeeze of diluted lemon juice punctuates the flavor. It’s a clear and definitive conclusion, and feels strangely deliberate. Whatever the intention in manufacture, this is, by itself, a great light beer. But as a resident in and amongst Japan’s beer market saturated with flavorless suds, it’s less of a spy and more of a superhero.
alex_leit (654) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Hazy straw-colored ale with average foam. Aroma: milk, wheat, citrus, fruit and yeast. Taste: slightly sour, coriander, peel and other perfumery.
Mr_Pink_152 (2013) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Waitrose. Hazy yellow gold colour. Aroma is Cetus, spice and ginger. Taste is citrusy too.
Marko (4328) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of and shared with ogivlado who got it at Pivoteka Zagreb. Chalky murky dark yellow with a tiny white head. Sweetish aroma, slightly tangy, citric, lactic. Nice, mild, fruity soft lactic yeasty (in a good way) aroma, light herbal sourish aroma, creamy notes, big coriander, creamy. Nice light, refreshing, tasty.
SperkeleForce (779) - FINLAND - AUG 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 33 CL. Pours pale hazy yellow with big frothy white head. Notes. Of spices, orange, lemon. Easy drinkable. Not bad.
RexTalionis (3106) - FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy golden in color with a whitish head. Spicyness, some wheat and floral notes in aroma. Taste has some wheat and floral notes as well. Bit spicy in finish. Thin though and seems like all the flavours are very weak.
chrisko82 (283) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Piwo słomkowe, opalizujące. Piana średniopęcherzykowa. Średniotrwała. Nie lepi szkła. W aromacie kolendra, cytrusy, skórka pomarańczową. W smaku podobnie. Z ostawym posmakiem. Wysycenie niskie. Rześkie.
gopherfan99 (961) - CROATIA - JUL 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; pours a cloudy straw color with a white head; aroma is citrus, wheat, and a hint of spice; taste is wheat and citrus; finishes light bitter and dry with some spice notes; pretty good
apickles (265) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy lemon colour, small white head. Ginger, citrussy, wheaty and lemony flaviours.
King_Alex_II (671) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-yellow color with fast decaying foam. Light yeasty smell. The taste is partially fresh and a little spicy, but also yeasty and with hints of cookie. Present bitterness and a lively carbonation. Smooth and calm aftertaste with still some cookie flavor.
Nonshaugen (75) - Fetsund, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Didn’t quite know what to expect from a beer mixed with orange juice. Not much aroma, but tasting it was a pleasant surprise. Very interesting mix of orange juice / zest and spices, well carbonated and refreshingly fruity, almost citrusy dry mouthfeel. You can easily have more than one of these at hot summer days. Recommended.