DrnkMcDermott (2879) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 22 oz. can. Um, so this is “dry?” Really? There's a nice smell when you first flip the can tab, but it doesn't carry over into the taste. Less malt taste to come through, which makes me think of adjuncts. Sure enough, the taste is gone as soon as I swallow. I suppose it would go good with food, but so would an instant iced tea. “Draft” should imply that it’s filtered instead of pasteurized, but I get none of that here. Just barley water.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
this style has a bunch of winners in it i can see. This one is no different. pretty useles..
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
from a can, unfortunately. that aside, i loved the aroma upon opening, malty fruity & citrusy with a light hops nose. it's too bad that the aroma is really the best part of this beer. it's very delicate with a few subtleties in the finish, but overall too light and bland to be a favorite. it's just a good japanese version of a American Standard, really.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours yellow with a moderate white head that lingered well (I just have to say that beers that are this particular color of yellow scare me a little bit). Aroma is malty, slightly soapy and has a mild hoppiness as well. Flavor is pretty good, malts with bitter hops coming on next and a lingering astringent finish. Palate is light and nicely carbonated. A decent lager and well suited for accompanying flavorful food.
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
had this from a can. for some reason, maybe because it's foreign, i thought it would be spectacular. it wasn't. this is not even as good as a killians. more like a friggin' michelob. entirely unimpressive
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Darft beer, but from a bottle....premium, even! This is less grainy than the "reserve", but lighter in body and confidence. Chug it with a burger, but don't expect a whole lot of flavor. Just slightly less adjuncty than it's American brothers.
TheBeerGod (5489) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2003 Had this tonight with dinner - sushi and sashimi at Matsu Sushi bar in VA Beach. Sure it pours yellow with a bland nose and a small white head, but this went exquisitely well with the food. Nearly tasteless body - malt with a slight metallic hint. Basically no aftertaste to speak of either. One of those things that seems to depend on something else. I'm not going to rate it high on that fact, because good beer should taste good anytime. However, this was decent enough to not get too poor a rating.
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2003
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Got this from the can and it poured with a massive airy head, which quickly went away. The beer is light orange with a sweet malty aroma. The beer was flat on the tongue and the flavor was equally unexciting. Just another so-so beer, I'd say.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a light amber/golden color with some carbonation and a light malt smell. Taste is lightly malted and finishes a bit light. Overall it was your standard beer, better than the macros, but nothing special.
weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Advertising says "Best Selling Japanese Beer" but that really means nothing to me, as Budweiser could be marketed as the same overseas. It's light, crisp, and easily forgettable.