Brewed by Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 1.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.94   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Kirin’s brewing technology elaborates the "Nodogoshi".

Ingredients: water, soy protein, sugar, hops, yeast.

pappaushi's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
pappaushi (13) - - JAN 28, 2013
I call this "Old Dependable". This low malt beer has a big fan club. It ’s wet and very drinkable and very affordable. Alcohol level is always spot on. While this beer is not so exciting, it is in fact a great casual, hiking or activity beer all year round. Very smooth and pleasing could use some hops intensity but nothing to complain about. This beer will never let you down really, Kirin would be crazy to change it.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
yenbeer (93) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2015
Cheapest tasting of the cheap. If you really must drink a daisan fake-beer, try any other brand.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Osaka_Maachan (15) - JAPAN - AUG 22, 2014
Pours with a decent bleach white soapy head that sticks around. Pale gold colour. Grassy citrus smell, plus metallic scent. WET beer, tastes like mineral water, citrus, grass, and iron (i.e. blood). As plain as you like. Easy on the palate. Increases in sourness as temperature increases. Nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2014
From a can poured a golden color with a fair amount of head. Grassy malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
TBone (13360) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2014
Can (Osaka)
Golden color, small steady white head, some lace. Plastic, grainy aroma. Light-bodied. Mineral watery flavor, a bit citric and grainy. Not very good but in the category with normal industrial lagers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
czlowiekwiadro (301) - POLAND - MAY 13, 2014
w zapachu igristoj pomieszany z lekkim skunksem. kolor jasnego złota z kiepską pianą. w smaku padaka, woda z cukrem i kukurydzianym posmakiem, do tego karton i kwaśne uczucie na języku

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
biirusaikou (900) - - MAY 9, 2014
Sugar, green vegetable smell. Feels like a sweet grain chu-hi with a touch of toothpaste. Pretty dirty soda aftertaste, avoid!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ration (1997) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2014
040114. Can at Slowlife Niseko. Pours light golden with almost no head. Aroma soy. Strange almost radler like taste. Awful.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
petewhitley (363) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
HULK777 (445) - - OCT 17, 2013
Soy bean beer. Soapy aroma with strange caramel taste. Soap bubble aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
GoufCustom (949) - HONG KONG - OCT 10, 2013

350 ml can bought at YATA in Grand Centry Place, Mong Kok.

Piss pale golden yellow colour; Razor thin head and soapy white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Minimal lacing and slight carbonation; Pungent non-sweet smell of simulated light malt (this is made with soy protein!), with corn, light yeast, light butter, light rubber and faint grass; Minimal sweet taste of simulated thin malt, with soda water, faint wet cardboard, faint solvent, non-sweet lucozade, notes of lemon and bitterness; Light body, watery palate; Taste profile is light sim-malt in a soda water background, with faint wet cardboard and hint of solvent hovering in between. Not that horrible, but un-beer enough you know this is a happoshu. Ha! Hoppiness is faint grass nose, notes of lemon taste barely detectable bitterness. Plain watery finish; Wet after taste, very easy but awkward to mouth.

Comments: Soya beer, huh? Gotta try it. Turns out it’s quite surprising that the soy protein simulates malt taste quite well, albeit in the thin and hollow happoshu fashion. If this was brewed as a proper beer, it may bring out a pretty close full malty taste, who knows? In this case it’s just a sub-par happoshu, still better than other “barley spirits” despite the inoffensive off tastes. Glad I’ve tried it and moved on with no sentiment.

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