Brewed by Hokusetsu Shuzo Co.
Style: Pale Lager
Sado-shi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan


on tap


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 2.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Bottled exclusively for Nobu Restaurant.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Labeled as an "ale" for Texas...awesome... Pours with a golden body and a fading white head. Aroma of sourness, lemon, acid, tires, and something else that I cannot read from my notes, but I donít think it was "great!". Taste is grass, and bitter with orange peel. Fizzy and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
bottle, clear yellow color with tight foam, grainy sour lemon and wheat flavors, finish is lacking

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (3681) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2009
Enjoyed two of these at Nobu London for GBP6 each. A glowing amber body with rocky head. Buttery and malty nose. Taste also of malts. Very smooth and creamy. Finish very subtle. Wonderful alongside the best sushi Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2008
From a bottle poured a golden color with a good amount of head. Nice light malty flavor with no real finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Pours gold with a moderate white head. Aroma is pretty faint, but absent of skunk with some sourdough bread, corn kernals, and breadcrust. Tastes pretty flavorful with a good toast flavor and earthy grassy pilsner malt. Finishes grassy and subtly bitter with a drying effect that’s pretty welcome after the bread flavors. Medium-light bodied and certainly packing more flavor than any industro-lager out there. Pretty good but overpriced as hell!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2008
12oz bottle @ Nobu San Diego, great food, beer not so good. Poured gold with a 2 finger bright white head. Nose was dead. Taste was eh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2007
11-18-07 bottle. Skunky musty metallic smell with a taste that is just about the same. Clear yellow urine colored. I would rather drink a Bud Light - sue me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Deep copper coloured body with a dense tannish coloured head. Aroma of rice, roasted malt, nuts and some toffee and light caramalised sugars. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour up front with some figs and nuts following soon behind. Aftertaste shows a light sweetness, a very faint hop flavour and very little else. Overall, not a horrible beer by any means, but nothing entirely special. Better than most japanese beers, but not a bad choice at the restaurant. I sampled this 500 mL bottle purchased from Nobu (downtown) in New York, New York on 09-December-2007, for $12.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Pours a medium attractive gold. Small white head. Smell is pleasant sweet honey like malt. Taste is similar honey like sweetness, followed by a finish of noticeable tart hop bitterness. A bit sweet at times, but for a pale lager, this isnít too bad. Not as good as it warms up, but if had cold this is pretty decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2006
i saw this on the menu at nobu last week. however it is called nobu special reserve STOUT. which was even more interesting because this isnt what any of us would consider a stout. first off the color is a light amber golden color, definately not the dark color you would associate with a stout. little to no nose of metallic rustiness. mouth was dominant in crisp malt character and more sweetness that pushes rice characters. i guess this is the only place in the world you can get this brew....but its not a stout by american standards...maybe the japanese think it is??

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