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Kizakura / Kyoto Bakushu Kura no Kaori

Brewed by Kizakura Sake Brewing Co. Ltd.
Style: Pale Lager
Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 2.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.45   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Kyotos first local beer in 1995. It has a good aroma, and is crisp and rich. We have used our own Fushimi water, and Seishu sake yeast for a slight sake-like aroma in this mellow, pale-gold beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (13359) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle (from Kyoto, sampled in Nagoya)
Hazy yellow color, medium-sized white head. Sweetish fruity and a bit grainy aroma. Light-bodied. Malty, rice-like grainy flavors. Spicey hoppyness. Clean, somewhat watery although has nice malt flavor with some hoppyness. Aftertaste has light citrus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westkyoto77 (542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2014
Draught at the brewpub, Fushimi. Murky dark gold with short-lived white head. Yeasty, musty nose. Light body, fairly high carbonation. Muted flavours of stone fruit, light malt. Ok, but didn't deliver the richness the name hints at.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2671) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle, it poured a slightly opaque straw color with almost no head. My first impression from the aroma was a kind of sake sweetness which when I saw it listed on Untappd as a Japanese rice lager kind of made sense. The commercial description on ratebeer backs this up so it is definitely noticeable. At first I was kind of disappointed as I felt it had more of a sake than beer profile which wasn’t at all what I was expecting (the bottle was a gift and I started drinking it without knowing anything about the beer). At that point I’d have rated it as a 1 out of 5 but as I accepted it for what it is a beer with a kind of fruity sake taste it grew on me and boosted my rating to 3/5. It is interesting and something definitely made in Japan, worth a try. It is definitely not a bland lager. Looking at the ratings here I’d drink it bottled or on tap in Japan, I had no idea this was sold in cans. Maybe that is just for export...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maekchu (2505) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle from local Yamaya. Yeasty, fruity aroma, with light lemon and apples. Light pale straw color, 2-3cm head. Very thin distressed winey initial; mid palaate brings some bitterness; final flattens out quickly. Thin body. Interesting aroma... but the first sip disappoints and it gets no better.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - OCT 26, 2012
Non male ma sendra una brutta copia di una qualsiasi birra acida.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tim Webb (257) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2010
On draught at the brewpub. Well yes. I have no idea what a sake yeast is supposed to do to a mainly barley beer but this might be it. I think that odd set of backtastes in an otherwise pleasant enough thinnish blonde ale is likely to be what happens when you use a specialist yeast to make omething in which it does not specialise.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
larsniclas (5852) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Canned. Thx deft. Hazy pale golden. Brief white head. Sweetish with boiled vegetables. Some sour vegetales in the flavour.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. Golden color, small head. Malty, somewhat fruity aroma. Bad vegtable flavor, some corn and a rather weak finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2010
Can. Tasting at Ekstedt´s place. Thanks deft. Golden colour with a white head. Sweetish and faintly malty, apples, sourness. Light bitterness. Dry finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
ekstedt (5708) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2010
Can (33 cl), thanks deft. Shady golden, rich white head. Grainy malty with red berries. Dry with low bitterness. A bit sourish.

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