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Nikko Beer

Formerly brewed at Nikko Brewing
Style: Pale Lager
Nikko, Japan


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 2.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Premium Japanese beer brewed at our microbrewery in the Nikko National Park from crystal clear pure water since 1999.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
willisread (1304) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2015
Backlog from 2008. Drank a bottle from the bottle while walking around Nikko. Grass and corn on the nose. Sweet corn-like flavor with some light bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PotjeBier (2170) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2013
Backlog. Bottled in 2008, with dinner in Nikko. Clear blonde color. Aroma’s of sweet malts, sweet grain. Flavor is fairly neutral. Light bodied. Very clean, but somewhat bland.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernest (6908) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle (rated in Apr 2008). Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain, husks), trace hops (herbs), with a note of DMS. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, husky, unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westman (1) - SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2010 does not count
Short head, normal color with a golden touch. I find both the aroma and taste to be of perfect average level. They said its a pilsner, even though it doesnt say anywhere on the pack. It really doesnt taste like any other pilsners Ive had though. Anyway, its slightly better than most mass-produced beers in that it has a certain refreshing, citrus-like flavor, but still does not make above average. Stila good drink that I would choose above most other beers on the supermarket shelves in Japan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (8141) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2010
Bottle, 6 months past its "drink by" date. Big, meaty malt character. Low hops, but rich grainy malt and honey that seem to have been accentuated by time passing. Almost no hops, but I see here that it probably had few to begin with. Just a touch of grassy citrus in there somewhere. Tasty enough.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TBone (14787) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2009
Bottled (BB 07/2009). Golden color, small white head. Skunky hops, light citrusy perfume and apple in the nose. Sweetish corn malts, same perfumic citrus than in the nose and Saaz(?) hops in the flavor. Fresh bottle would probably be quite ok pale lager, this a bit old one was slightly "too exotic".

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2009
Bottled (thanks omhper!). Golden colour, mediumsized white head which vanishes quite quickly. Aroma is grainy, a bit grassy and strange skunky notes. Also some ricelike sweetness. Flavour is quite much the same.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Toasted malts all the way once again for this Nikko lager, but unlike their Amber, this one is subdued and storyless, trying too much to emulate the green-bottled macros.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam straddles the straw blond transparency.
-The soft carbonation and decent maltiness create a sufficiently pleasant mouthfeel.
-The total lack of hoppiness is disappointing.
-This is still clean and well-brewed, just not for the pleasure-seeking crowd.

Bottle; thx Tim!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2007
Golden color. Big frothy white head. Cornmeal, toasted malts, sour nose. Mainstream corn beer with little body. No thanks again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
z4ch4ry (1) - Nikko, JAPAN - JUN 2, 2007 does not count
I rated this beer in comparison to other Japanese beers (thats all I’ve had for the past while). It had a very wide range of flavors, while still maintaining the simple, crispness that most beers of Japan have. It was also fairly hoppy, which was quite a surprise.

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