DuffMan (9498) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear golden, average white head. Aroma of pale cereal malts with a low skunky hop note. Flavour is clean pale malts with some nice grassy hop flavour and low bitterness in the finish. Finish is quite dry. I had this with blue cod fried with garlic, ginger, hot chili, and lemon and it was a very nice pairing. The mood and the food brought out the best in what is an average lager.
mkel07 (5098) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2009
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
330ml bottle. Snow white foam cap taht collapses quickly. Plae and clear with good carbonation and a basic hop aroma. Overall rather bland and uninspiring with a medium level of bitterness. All in all nothing to get excited about.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2008
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Gold pour,medium head,back to some lace cover.Aroma grassy,salt air,metallic odour.Flavour malt,metallic,straight from the start,why Lion Nathan,first you copy a beer then as usual it,s metallic,pathetic.
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2007
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
An Aussie rip-off of a Japanese mainstream lager. It’s like cloning Heineken - why would you bother!?!
Oh, that’s right, some breweries do!!!
Looks good, all artificial. A lot of pent up, quick to release CO2 causes and eruption of P.G.A. and polysaccharide enhanced soapiness to lift up and enormous rocky cloud of foam that holds to drab a thick mucky white layer down the glass. Other than that it is your smart and safe pale gold in body - nothing more. A short whiff need not another. Vegetal, and sloppy grass clippings, some canned kelp in brine, all the good things....
Soapy, low carbonation palate, very light, watery in flavour. Frothy, bitter at first though this wanes. Chemical, mildly herbal, grassy backdrop. As it warms, sweet castor sugar notes tickle the front of the tongue, yet from the first sip to the last a linger of boiled cabbage gives that all too familiar ’ugh, ho hum’ disappointment of mass produced high gravity, quick turn-over brews, that have sadly become all too familiar with this out of touch conglomerate. The original Ichiban is much better, and that is sad. (33cL, 5.0% ABV, 23/06/08, The Beer Store Morley)
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle 330ml. Pretty boring. Aromas of straw and a hint of citrus. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and short-lived. Thin and watery in the palate. Pale yellow, with a head that doesn’t last.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
There’s something disturbing about how light in colour this beer is and yet is still 5% abv. The white head disappeared instantly and there were scents of light maltiness and frehly cut hay, also just a hint of skunk. Low marks for aroma as what is there isn’t up to scratch.
As far as taste goes, there is a sweet maltiness initially and then it’s gone. While it doesn’t taste bad, there’s nothing to suggest that it deserves any better mark than it is given.
I think this is very much a time and place beer. Probably fitting in Japan or to match Japanese food. On it’s own on a wintery Sunday afternoon in Christchurch, NZ where the only similarity to Japan are the earthquakes? Not a winner I’m afraid. I might try again at the height of summer.
Stew41 (1909) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 12, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
No better or worse than any other local pale lager, albeit I think this is brewed under licence? Dry structure, not too fizzy, some sweetness late (of the corn kind) and inoffensive. Certainly a better option than VB and the like.
Kita (1870) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAR 3, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, 0.33l. Clear pale golden color with medium frothy white head and sparkling appearance. Aroma of grainy malt, grassy hops and vegetables. Taste is moderate sweet malty with grassy sourness and light bitter finish. Liht body, dry texture and average carbonation in palate. Story about the first press seems to be first class scam...
StevieT (1532) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bottle. Not anywhere near as bad as I’d expected, just a solid beer made to be drunk cold.
Pyobon (1269) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(On tap @ Ocean Room. Note that this seems (also) to be sold in Australia as Kirin Megumi - see the Kirin Australia website www.kirinbeer.com.au which refers to it as both First Pressed and Megumi). Clear pale straw with good white head. Subtle aroma that is sweet and malty. Lively carbonation gives good mouthfeel. Flavour is basic sweet light malt with some bitterness in finish. Overall, this beer is fine. No way is it a great beer, but for its style it is good and, as when I sampled it, with a Japanese meal it works well.