GarrettB (1461) - 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 Japanís 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. Itís 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 Japanís beer market saturated with flavorless suds, itís less of a spy and more of a superhero.
bbertels (340) - NORWAY - SEP 30, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Den Gode Nabo, Trondheim. Ligth yellow, slightly hazy, some coriander and soft wheat. Medium to light taste and the coriander is more prominent but not very full. Nice and drinkable but not outstanding.
Franzen (500) - SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Banana oaty aroma with hints of citrus. Light refreshing taste somewhat sweet.
kustie (884) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow color with quite small head. Aroma has coriander, malt and some citrus. Taste is malty with fruity and a bit bitter and quite dry aftertaste. Flavors of wheat malt, coriander, citrus, orange juice. Very refreshing and almost perfect for a hot summer day.
Paladares (189) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Botella. Espuma muy efimera aunque abundante en inicio. Color pomelo muy pŠlido y opaco. Aroma ligero a naranja y especias. Refrescante. Ciertamente se aprecia el zumo de naranja que dice en sus ingredientes. Tiene un toque final de ligero amargor. En conjunto no estŠ mal. Distinta.
mateuszk (2085) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 30, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Cloudy pale yellow with big white head. Aroma of citrus, wheat, oranges and some coriander. In taste lightly sweet with citrus and spices. Light body, bit watery with high carbonation. Quite refreshing.
Beardbeerman (339) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy straw coloured robe, topped a coarse fizzy white head showing average retention and very little lacing. Very vivid carbonation. The nose is orange juice and fresh dough. Slight nutmeg in the back. Taste is light orange with bread dough. Semi-sweet with a certain sourness. Very body and very dry finish. Somewhat leafy towards the end. Cheers!
Ritzn (459) - Bavaria, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy yellow with little white head. Aroma is lots of herbs, coriander, some orange peel. Taste is some hoppy bitterness with lots of dry herbs and only a little sourness. Finish is rather long, like after a herbs candy. Rather bubbly mouthfeel. Very intersting.
msbernac (1917) - Krakow, POLAND - AUG 15, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance-pale, hazy, white foam,
Taste-medium sweetness, lightly sour,
Palate-light body, thin feel, average carbonation, abrupt finish
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2016 Can from Mick. Thanks!A: Hazy gold with a firm white head. Light lacing.N: Peppercorn, straw, biscuit, esters, coriander, lime and green apple. Pear. Minerality and sulfur. Banana and clove.T: Spicy and sweet. Lightly bitter.M: Light body, crisp carbonation, no alcohol.O: Very good. Refreshing and crisp with some tasty wit flavors.
markoijelena (2396) - Belgrade, SERBIA - AUG 12, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.33l at the Beer Tree Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 20.06.2016. Taste with Ogi. Pour it hazy yellow color with small white head. Aroma of wheat, coriander, clove. Taste nice balanced wheat, orange peel, coriander, some clove at the end, Belgian character present. Nice!