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Brewed by Orion Breweries Limited (Asahi)
Style: Pale Lager
Urasoe-City, Okinawa, Japan

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Brewed with refreshing aroma hops, the naming concept of the Summer-limited "Natsu Ichiban" beer tells the arrival of real Summer in Okinawa, the first region in Japan being so. The can’s cover art features gorgeous fireworks, a Summer tradition which lights up Okinawa’s night sky every year.

Ingredients: water, barley malt, rice, hops.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TBone (12567) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Can (Tokyo). Clear golden-amber color, small steady white head. Aroma has light sweet fruity maltyness. Medium-bodied. Quite good maltyness for a bulk lager, but otherwise can’t agree earlier ratings. Sweetish rice, grain flavor. Not much bitterness. Even some nasty adjunct notes. Meh.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
samparkique4 (40) - - JUL 19, 2014
caramel, hay, nuts, toast, floral, citrus, clove, amber, brown, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, light body, lively

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaKeAFC (550) - ITALY - JUL 17, 2014
35cl can sixpack at Wellcome in Hong Kong. Very nice design, 590 HK$, 5.5%. Dark gold color, clear, big bubbly white head. Nose is somewhat hoppy. Aroma is refreshing, focusing on flowery hops, sort of american hop, floral, honey. Mild malts, rice, soapy overtones. Taste is sweetish with a bitter finish, texture tend to be oily, medium bodied. Actually, nice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2164) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2014
Can from convenience store. Thin powdered sugar nose, with aroma bath salts in the background. Medium straw color. Light sweet malty initial, some true bittering in mid, bready stuff, mild lingering hops in finish. Thin-medium body. Maltier and more full-bodied than their flagship lager. Not so bad.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2092) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 15, 2014
An Orion & Asahi collaboration (not too hard as Orion is owned by Asahi), 5.5% served in a footed pilsner glass. It pours a deep gold with a thick foamy white head that leaves some soapy looking lacing behind. The nose is a bit earthy & malty with some sugary macro-lager sweetness. The taste is a bit rough, sweet, malty herbal green hop finish - it comes across more as hop extract than real hops. I agree regarding pepper and lemon notes. The body is slick but finishes with a watery feeling in your mouth. Not that bad but one was enough for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czlowiekwiadro (223) - POLAND - JUN 5, 2014
przyjemny, dość rześki zapach - słodkie owoce, zioła i lekkie cytrusy. kolor złoty, przejrzysty, piana nawet niezła. w smaku pełne, słodowe z wyczuwalną, wyraźną, ale dość niską goryczką. bardzo lekki posmak kartonu. do tej pory zdecydowanie najlepsze piwo z oriona jakie piłem.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (6504) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 1, 2014
Can. Sweet malty flavor, bread, lemony hops, grass. Decent bitter finish, peppery hops linger on. Darn well hopped for a pale lager. Crisp and drinkable, summery. A bit gassy and the grains are a bit harsh, but otherwise better than expected.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Westkyoto77 (526) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2014
Can. Definitely hoppier and spicier than most macro lagers. Floral hop nose. Medium body, good depth and mouthfeel. Flavours were a little off or mine- spicy, saltiness going up against the bitterness of the hops. Soapy, metallic. Nice design on the can, but I'll be giving this one a wide berth.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
melush (753) - SPAIN - MAY 30, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Lata de 35 cl, adquirida en un Sunkus de Sapporo, Japon. Color dorado. Sabor a malta, arroz, muy suave. Facil de beber.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoufCustom (824) - HONG KONG - JUL 6, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2014

350 ml can bought at Jasons’ Food & Living in Hysan Place, Causeway Bay.

Clear golden amber colour; Thin head and white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Minimal lacing and fizzy carbonation; Smell of malt, rice, corn, syrup, light rubber and faint grass; Light sweet taste of malt, with strong rice, corn, light wet cardboard, light rubber, light citrus and moderate grass; Mid to light body, slighty oily palate; Mouth feel is rice-loaded micro, somewhere between premium lager and pale lager. Body is quite rich and filling - with rice and corn that is – with very low sweetness and very few foul taste. Not bad; Hoppiness is light grassy nose, light citrus in taste, and a good dose of more-than-micro bitterness for a low key and slightly astringent finish; Slightly Dry after taste, very easy to mouth.

Comments: This is labelled as a draft beer, and it tastes more like a premium lager with more malt than usual, but otherwise adjunct-loaded like other Asian macros This is a rare instance where a rice-loaded lager actually taste decent. Not bad to pair with Japanese or Asian meals.


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