KansaiBeerLvrs (1978) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 8, 2014
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Can for about a buck at Kaldi Coffee. Served in a footed pilsner. Clear light gold with a soapy white looking head. Slightly rough grainy aroma but it does have some redeeming biscuity notes & no excessive sweetness. After being out for a bit I get sweat socks in the nose. The body is light with too much sharp light carbonation giving it a shaken up soda mouthfeel. The taste is bad, green, cardboard, grapes, sharp bitter finish & a lingering sugary aftertaste. Fail. Way over carbonated, the best thing about it is the can & it’s appearance. It looks the part of a lager but delivers something for alcoholics with no sense of taste.
ShivanDragon (1537) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
blikje, gelig, graan, zoetig, licht gemout, matig bitter, metalig, niet echt lekker
Muggus69 (1181) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Another one of these el cheapo lagers popping up in bottleshops down here.
Kinda what you expect from a Euro lager - lowly bittered, some skunky cereally malts, good whack of diacetyl, fizzy carbonation, poor head retention. No more description is really necessary.
GoufCustom (806) - HONG KONG - JUL 8, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
330 ml can labelled “Holland Import Premium Beer” bought at CR Vanguard Supermarket in North Point.
Piss-like golden yellow colour; Razor-thin head and residual white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Near zero lacing and notable carbonation; Sweet smell of malt, strong corn and rice, syrup, wet cardboard and light grass; Taste of light malt, with sweet corn, strong rice, light wet cardboard, liquorices and straw. Light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is typical macro - thin malt loaded with corn and rice, fading sweetness and light wet cardboard; No real hoppiness, all from extract, with faint grass nose, strong liquorice, fake citrus, and unusually strong bitterness and astringency for finish. Too artificial to be impressive though; Slightly dry after taste, quite bitter to mouth.
Comments: One good thing about this cheapo macro is that it’s upfront and honest, listing maltose and hop extract as ingredients, and true enough it tastes like a rice and corn-loaded Chinese macro plus Flensburger-like fake bitterness. Other than that, it’s better than most Asian macros and even Budweiser. Don’t mean to be a compliment, though.