faroeviking (10286) - - APR 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lata. Nice deep golden colour, amber actually, clear. Malty aroma, caramel, bit fruit. Good mouthfeel. Pleasant malt caramel flavour with bit fruit, pleasant medium hoppiness.
petewhitley (355) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 roasty, cooked vegetables, amber, clear, frothy, light sweetness, light body, thin feel, abrupt. Very good looking for a happoshu. Dark amber, frothy white head. Smells a bit off, but tastes just fine, if the experience is fleeting. Mildly sweet, wonderful mouthfeel. In-and-out on the tongue, but in this category I’m not looking for something that lingers. Honestly this is one the best (possibly *the* best) happshu’s I’ve ever had.
Westkyoto77 (542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 26, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can. Aromas of toffee apple, spice, malt in there too. Crisp enough, with decent bitterness, but still too sweet as well. Good body for its class of faux-beer, but underwhelming nonetheless.
maekchu (2450) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 27, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can from Yamaya. Light sweetish malt, roasted grain, dark fruit, and a soucon of piss. Brownish-amber, thin head, and big carb bubbling up. Roast malt candyish flavor and a off flavor sort of bitterness (not like hops). Not really terrible. Somehow the roastiness covers the normal roughness and crude character of that most happoshu has.
Theis (13983) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at Kimi Ryokan, Ikebukuro. Clear golden/amber - white head. Ok malty, fruity hoppy notes, bread, caramel notes, ok pleasant even "warm"........
biirusaikou (811) - - SEP 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mild malty red fruit aroma. Sweet malt flavor, berries, some hops, bitter/sour finish. Not mindblowing, but at least this happoshu series is quite tasty and hoppy for a change.
yenbeer (79) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 28, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
A very mild attempt at an amber beer, but for all that’s it can be rather easier to drink than some of the more expensive/distinctive brands.
KyotoLefty (6892) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 22, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can. Amber orange, high, very fine head, clear. Caramel malt nose, lightly fruity, with cherry and apple, sugary element. Not a real Vienna nose. Sweet and sugary flavor, no real caramel, but brown sugar, a bit of burnt grain, candied fruit. Not so good. Nicely bitter finish, though. Not very good.