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Minoh Yuzu White Ale

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Brewed by Minoh Beer
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Osaka, Japan
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

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common

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This time we mad our white ale with Christmas in mind. Wit beers usually use orange peels, but we have used yuzu grown in Minoh instead. Minoh is famous for yuzu, and in November you can see the yellow fruits hanging all over the trees. Weíve used large amounts of yuzu along with coriander to make a crisp Japanese version of this beer.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wombata (456) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 30, 2014
Aroma: Cedar/white pepper/lemon, wheat, yeast Palate: Light-bodied. Flavor: Lemon, wheat, white pepper. Dry mikan with a white pepper finish Comment: Well-made, easy drinking, yet with complexity. If only all Minohís beers were this good! A real success.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13440) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2014
Draught at Watering Hole, Yoyogi. Cloudy yellow/golden - white head. Nice fresh yuzu aroma and taste. Light zesty bitternes. Lime like notes. Light green. Ok wheaty. Acid notes. Light body. Pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (366) - ESTONIA - APR 3, 2014
Tap @ Watering Hole. Pours pale yellow, hazy as belgian white should be. Aroma has some soft citrus notes and spices. Taste is very smooth, yuzu flavour is much more subtle compared with some other brews I have had. Body is a bit weak but overall, nice and very drinkable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1965) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle from the National Brewery Centre, Burton. Cloudy golden orange beer with large foamy head and some lacing. Aroma of oranges, coriander and some spice. Taste pretty much follows suit, nice mix of orange and coriander along with softer pineapple notes and a little spice. I donít know what Yuzu is but I imagine its in there somewhere. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenkiGonzo (279) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 Draught at Beer Belly. Murky, cloudy body,nice white head. Lots of fruit, wheat and some spice in the aroma. Mostly yuzu fruit flavour, with some banana, cloves and wheat. Very drinkable, good thirst quencher.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Bursting lime-like yuzu fruitiness dominates this lean, juicy offering.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the cloudy yellowish white.
-The yuzu use is nicely aromatic, but there isnít much beer to be tasted underneath.
-Drinkability is sky high, but thatís the case for most fruit juices as well.
-Carbonation was low, made of tiny bubbles.

On tap at Beer Belly Tenma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (3389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
Tap at Watering Hole, Tokyo. Hazy pale yellow colour with a small white head. Sweet fruity yuzu aroma. Fruity yuzu, pineapple flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2086) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 1, 2013
Draft at Craft Beer Base. An excellent beer. It is a nice spicy white with yuzu flavors woven into it. I agree with maekchu, it has definitely gotten better with a nicer balance of flavors. If you have the chance it is worth trying out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2160) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2012
Draught at Yellow Ape Craft. Great estery apple and banana aroma. Cloudy pear juice color. Light fruity initial (pears and peaches); mid gains some tang and sweetness, along with mild wheat notes; goes out very smoothly. Thin-medium body. Yuzu is present but not very strong. Very gentle, lovely stuff. Theyíve gotten better at making this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2062) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 Keg at the Watering Hole. Hazy pale blond colour with small white head. Aroma is wheaty and grainy with a touch of creaminess. Some fruity citrus there too and a bit of delicate spiciness. Maybe white pepper. Taste is nice and wheaty at the start and then the yuzu citrus comes in. Slightly lime-like. Bit of belgian yeastiness too. Slight prickle in the mouth. Very refreshing and crisp. Perfect for the heat. Tried again in the winter, and found it not so exciting this time. Maybe itís a weather thing. Marks will meet half way.


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