Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - OCT 16, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden lager. Aroma is slightly hoppier than your normal Japanese Pale Lager. Sweet malts also show through. Flavor is light sweet malts, some hops, maybe a hint of fruits. Finish has a nice hop bite. Watery, but nice body. Pretty suprised with this beer. The finish really sets it off. I wish it wasnít a seasonal.
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 3, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Full name: "Akiaji Specially Limited Autumn Brew". Can. Dark yellow colour. Aroma of sweet malts some hops. The flavour is malty, bit fruity and with a sweet cramelish finish. I was surprised how good this actually tasted after buying it from a Lawson some night in Hiroshima. Not bad at all.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Now that Iím living in Japan it looks like Iíll be rating a hell of a lot of pale lagers. Not really my favorite style, but here goes... Poured a reasonably attractive clear golden color, rapidly dissipating head. Aroma of malt, corn, rice... a tiny bit of hops. Flavors were pretty predictable for the style: malt, hops, corn, rice, a general sweetness. The hops were more prominent at the finish, which was probably this beerís only redeeming quality. Very watery. I probably wonít drink this one again.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAR 12, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Missed rating this during the Autumn and thought Iíd have to wait another 7-8 months to get this one. But I managed to find a bottle in a small local store. :-) A medium to deep Gold with a white head. Some hops but mostly corn flakes in the nose.
A slightly sweet brew with strong corn flavor and light floral hops. Leaves a bit of a sticky feel. Goes rather good with the thick soups "Nabe" popular in this part of Japan.
milarepa (1) - KIRYU, GUNMA, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really love this stuff...I look forward to it every autumn, and try to buy a few cases...In the "off" season I stick with Kirin CLASSIC lager (not the new watery american-ish stuff), but I would gladly drink Kirin's autumn brew all year. Like many libations, I find that they taste better in their country of origin than smuggled out of it...drink it cold and stick with the bottles. ENJOY!
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ditto. Decent but certainly nothing to write home about. I would have almost called this a Marzen but Iím not sure so Iíll leave it. Nice golden coulr with decent head. Slight malty sweetness, and hop hop bite. ok.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - SEP 28, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent Macrobrew but nothing special. Lightly hopped.