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Otaru Pilsner

Brewed by Otaru Beer Brewery
Style: Pilsener
Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Otaru Pilsner is a deep golden-colored beer which is bottom fermented just like the pilsner beers produced in Pilsen back in the mid 1800's. This was the first beer to be produced which was clear and golden. It was so inspiring to the people of the area and later the world, that the clear glass beer mug came to replace the ceramic mug which was typical throughout the world. The production of Otaru Pilsner very closely matches the production methods used so long ago in Bavaria. The main points being very cold fermentation and lagering over a very long period of time. The long fermentation period at very cold temperatures provides for a very smooth beer with a very compact, dense head of foam. During this time the yeast gradually drops to the bottom of the tank which makes it unnecessary to filter. Otaru Beer's Pilsner, just like the pilsner beers of long ago still contains lots of happy yeast in each and every bottle and keg!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (1301) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle from Tokyu bottle shop in front of Sapporo station. Pours a clear gold with a nice white head. Nose is light floral with some grain ad grassy hops. Taste is more if the same. Great balance. Light pepper on the finish with a bit of stone fruit as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (1494) - - JUN 29, 2015
Draught at Leibspeise. Rich malty body, quite crisp, sharp green hops, dry clean finish. Surprisingly smooth and balanced, could drink liters of it, solid pils!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle from Hoser’s trip. Thin froth and delicate lace on Amber. Grain aroma. Full grain flavour. Nice hopping. Decent for watching sumo or Japanese World Series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
My 368th beer from Michael Jackson’s Good Beer Guide. A good pilsner is a hard thing to do, although the pub had 2 other solid beers on tap, I went back to this 3 times. Herbal, balanced slightly towards hops and crisp, could drink this all day long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wombata (567) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2014
Aroma: Grain, corn, floral Palate: light-bodied Flavor: Like the aroma: grain, corn and floral Comment: Straightforward pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Okay grassy nose, slight corn note. Hazy light straw color. Light sweet malty initial / mild hopping and some grainy touches, too. Okay. Small malt stuff. The hopping doesn’t really add much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 13, 2013
Tap at Beer Horn. Golden colour, crazy horn glass, white bubbly head. Aroma is grainy, floury. Taste is decent, refreshing, good graininess, light creamy sweetness, nice. I was a bit toasted at this stage, but liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 16, 2012
Tap at the horn. This is the kind of beer that a bottle wouldn’t do justice to. Great mouthfeel - soft but brisk bittering. Well nuanced and very drinkable. Top pils.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jonas (6300) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2011
Tap at Leibspeise, Sapporo fall 2009. Golden, creamy layer, low carbonation. Chewy. Light diacetyl. Flour note. Sticky aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 12, 2009
Bottle. Pale golden with a decent head. Good bready and grassy hop aroma. Bready flavours, hints of spices. Quite alright pilsener.

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