JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This one has a lingering maltiness which made it real difficult for me to finish. There are some hops and breadiness here and it isn’t very well blended. I swear I had a great Kirin lager before but this wasn’t it.
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cleam, sweet, banana aroma. (By clean I mean not-adjuncty.) Blonde with minor head, quickly gone leaving the golden nectar to speak for itself. It spoke with a hint of honey, lager bitterness and solid blonde malt. Pleasant buttery finish. (I feel compelled to add that I drank this at cellar temp; I’m sure it’s a great deal blander straight outta the fridge.)
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2005
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pours an unnatural golden color with a fully receding white head. Aroma is corn, rice, DMS, and no barley to speak of. Taste has metallic bitterness and corny stale cardboard ’maltiness’. Mouthfeel is sticky (nasty), light/medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, when compared with Kirin Light, which I just rated, I have to say this is the more disgusting of the two. Being fuller bodied and more sweet just seems to increase my dislike of this beer. No redeeming qualities, at least the Light version was refreshing. I decided this beer wasn’t worth finishing, so this foul liquid found a new home in the sewers. When will the pale lager pain end??
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2005
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is the best japanese beer iv had, and well though that doesnt say much this is a hell of a lot better than the others.Aroma is minimal, less corn than normal, more hops. Taste is littly sweet but a reasonable body for a pale lager, with some malt and hops saying something at least and trying its best to stay away from baked beans and corn.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, a surprise! A Japanese pale lager. What a miracle. Boring though not horrible. Just a normal beer.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - NOV 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Look, this beer is a pale lager, so you have to rate it for the style. We’ve got lots of very crappy pale lagers here in Panama, and this one is MUCH, MUCH better. I didn’t get the corn or rice tastes, I got a nice softly malted barley and very mild hops. Not bad at all for the style.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
(Bottle 33 cl) British version brewed by Charles Wells in Bedford. 5,5% ABV in my version called "Kirin Ichiban Kirin’s Prime Brew". Fully golden with a creamy head. Soft, lightly sweet with both corn and rice added. Not much aroma. Or body. Or flavour. Or bitterness. But yes, it does quench your thirst. 260201
WeldMan (2) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2005 does not count
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
bleh, I should have just bought Budweiser. Very bland, leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Grainy, ricey, some hoppy notes. .
Light gold. Thin white head. Lotsa bubbles. .
very light flavor with very slight bitter start and hints of malt/sweetness in the short finish. .
light body, watery, prickly carbonation. .
Summer beer! Not something that I’d go out of my way for, but for the asian style, pretty typical
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 Well, maybe not the best Japanesse beer, and I think they are the best in Sakes. But although it has a good colour, the taste was not as good as you may think.