maekchu (1457) - Hirakata, - NOV 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from local Yamaya. Mild fruit aroma, apples, pears, and some sugar. Hazy golden straw color, thin head. Very light fruitiness with some yeast notes, a bit of sour lemon, and a mildly bitter finish. Thin-medium body. Okay. I’m not very familiar with the style, so I can’t judge its fidelity to that. Certainly drinkable, but not really so interesting.
KansaiBeerLvrs (875) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
399 yen from Suvaco. 5% nice clear gold color, thin effervescent white head. Classic kolsch look. Sweet bready malt aroma, minor grain notes and a hint of hops. Nice full bodied mouthfeel, a bit earthy flavor, slightly rough but a crisp light bitter finish. A pretty good kolsch which is perfect for this summer heat. Give it a shot this summer folks.
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - OCT 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Stile a me sconosciuto ma si lascia bere molto bene!
laiti (4539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, kyoto. Production date 15.07.11
Aroma has slightly sweet, a bit cornish malt. Flavour is also malty, grainy and sweet, but slightly stale and harsh. Has also some sake elements like footsweat and rice. Drinkable.
Tim Webb (214) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draught at the brewpub. Same beer now appears with a half-English label to celebrtae a new Japanese TV drama. Said to be 100% malt with eveything sourced via Asahi. Lacks the delicate excellence of a proper Kolsch but not a complere duffer.
Theis (12127) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in train going from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima.
Clear golden – white head. White bread, fruity, hay, light sweetness, honey sweetness, light cardboard, light hoppy, grass, orange, light citric, light tart.
omhper (18318) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at the brewpub. Clearpale golden, small head. Lightly fruity/grassy up front. Sweetish wth rounded edges . Mostly neutral, just lightly fruity and salty. Low-medium bitterness. Inoffensive and drinkable.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Fruity, with rather rich malt and a decent hop bitterness. Finish is dry, body and flavor rather light. Easy-drinking and enjoyable but not really exciting.
Capa (1935) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 9, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden color with a mid size white head. Aroma is strong of sweet grains and some light herbs. Very sweet flavor. Grainy, light hops, and some earth herbs. Pretty thin. Finish reminds me of corn flakes. Not bad, but not worth a second go.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
A faultless Kölsch with a creamy mouthfeel, timid cereal flavors and crispy herbal hop bitterness will undoubtedly make a quenching pint, but this one recalls macro professionalism (and economy) from sip to sip.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the deep blond.
-Light fruitiness recalls honeyed apples.
-Carbonation is lively and lifts the subtle flavor profile.
On tap at the brewery restaurant.