GarrettB (1039) - 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.
QuinnN (3) - - SEP 18, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
What can i say she was beer that keeps on giving. Starts off with a beatiful citrus aroma then finishes just as sweet with a state that leaves you wanting more.
Osprey87 (1707) - WALES - SEP 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at London Fields. Cloudy pale yellow, still, small white head. Aroma is light with some card, lemon and coriander. Body is medium to light. Taste is light perfume, papery, musty, abrupt finish.
Holmen2 (906) - NORWAY - SEP 7, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cloudy golden. Diminishing white head. Citrus in aroma. Subdued spices and citrus in slightly unfresh taste and aftertaste. High drinkability, but not much taste.
Theydon_Bois (8692) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at BD Sheps Bush, 27/08/14.
Hazed pale yellow blonde with a moderate white cap that retains.
Nose is clove, spice, grain, papery notes, light citrics, herbal notes.
Taste comprises yeast estersm vanilla, lemon rind, grassy, light florals, hint of spice.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying close.
Ngejo (251) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - AUG 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Hazy, golden, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.
maley1 (781) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy light yellow pour with small white head. Aroma of wheat, yeast, oranges, coriander and citrus. Taste of wheat, yeast, slightly fruity, coriander, orange peel and lemon citrus. Light bodied, medium carbonation, reftreshing and crisp.
suurjuust (1053) - ESTONIA - AUG 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unclear yellow, medium white head, filmy retention. Nose is coriander, citrus notes, wheat. Flavor is wheat, coriander, oranges, ginger notes. Mild flowery hops in the finish. Quite dry, but a bit thin.
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of Toni - hazy pale blond beer with no foam; aroma of jasmine, nutmeg and rose; medium-bodied, tart and quite highly carbonated; pretty dry, long lively gently spicy and fruity/flowery finish - very interesting
hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Light gold color, clear. Medium carbonation and low head. Aroma of white peach, coriander, parsley, hint of sage and hay. Simple flavor of cereal, green apple, peach and peppery hops. Easy drinking but comes without balance. Watery mouthfeel.
Renobob (637) - Besançon, FRANCE - AUG 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Au nez, arômes d’agrumes et de banane. En bouche, bière peu corpulente et arômes qui passent un peu trop vite, pas de longueur. Pas désagréable.