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


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 1.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.99   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Kirinís 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 ís 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
czlowiekwiadro (181) - 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 (519) - - 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 (1922) - 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 (323) - 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 (328) - - 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 (750) - 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 itís 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 itís just a sub-par happoshu, still better than other ďbarley spiritsĒ despite the inoffensive off tastes. Glad Iíve tried it and moved on with no sentiment.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
maekchu (1943) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 26, 2013
Can from supermarket. Soured, rotting cabbage, bologna, and who nose? Electric yellow, with the bad happoshu combo of fat and tiny bubbles rising. Harsh, sour, acidic initial (not in a good way) / goes into neutral, thankfully / final has a little tinge of bitterness. Thin-medium body. Drinking this, one fears for oneís digestive track -- feels strange going down the throat and in the stomach, like swallowing too much kimchi at one time. Bad, bad, stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndySnow (2820) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2013
Can from Lawson. Pale yellow colour with a rather large white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, herbal. Flavour is the same as the aroma, fruity, malty with some herbal tones to it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
GarrettB (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
December 21st, 2010 - Happoshu is as Happoshu does. Before writing this review I believed Happoshu was NOT considered a beer, but a weird derivation, like that cousin in the family tree that everyone politely ignores except on holidays. But apparently it is classified as a vegetable beer, acknowledging the soybeans that go into making this beer into a not-beer. Or a sort-of-beer. Whatever it is, itís not palatable. Lightly sweet, with a sweet pea or bean aftertaste, it is not going to catch the attention of your average inveterate craft beer hobbyistís tongue. What it will do is keep you company when youíre downing edamame and talking smack about the latest AKB48 scandal, or shaking your fist at the cover stories on the 朝日新聞. It is incredibly cheap, and makes a good beverage selection on those late night runs for frozen gyoza, something sweet, and something sudsy. But thatís as good as it gets with the Nodogoshi. On the plus side, the advertisements on the train for this beer, featuring huge, terrifying, masculine grins on both men and women, often helped me start the day on a light-hearted foot.

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