maekchu (1943) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1590) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
czlowiekwiadro (179) - POLAND - JUN 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Westkyoto77 (501) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
melush (498) - SPAIN - MAY 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
GoufCustom (748) - HONG KONG - JUL 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.