maekchu (1457) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Lucky Supermarket in Hirakata. Aroma has some variant of Czech hops and a bit of sewer (intentionally?) Light straw color. Slightly rough grassiness / deep bittering, grass, and some light fruit / finishes with more harsh grain and then a final sweet note. Thin body. All the pils characteristics seem overdone. Bad ingredients or a bad recipe? Never been much impressed by the beers from this brewery.
jinroh (71) - ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
0,33 l bottle from Seijo Ishii at Nagoya station. Pours with a small white head, color is golden. Aroma is malty, some dry cardboard. Taste is quite usual pilsener taste - hop bitterness mixed with some bread. Aftertaste is interesting, it turns somewhat sweet and I can feel... glucose candy? Overall not too bad of a pilsener, representing perhaps a good average. Would I buy it again? At this price probably not.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Medium gold. Faint aroma of malty grains, grass. Simple. Light, clean malt flavor, nice bitterness. Simple though clean and hoppy in the North German style. Could this be the same as the Kinshachi Blue\? It has the same bitterness, though seems a bit less interesting. It is a bit better then the premium major beers, but costs more than 2 times as much and isn’t worth it.
TimE (2789) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium golden color. Nice frothy white head. Nice Saaz hop aroma. Well balanced mouth, snappy hops, slightly astringent at first, but hops really shine in the mouth. Moderately aggressive bitter finish. Slightly creamy mouth feel. Probably Kinshachi’s best beer.