KyotoLefty (5572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice light amber color, tall head. Malt centered aroma, slightly dark and chocolatey but just slightly. Malty flavor, somewhat sweet, with chocolate and caramel. Rich, a bit earthy, plus a little bit of wood, maybe the charcoal? Ok, but still not very interesting. Still a bit cheap, somehow.
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bought at 7Eleven on Nathan Rd, Kowloon Hong Kong on 1/15/11, so evidently its not retired, although I did get the last tall boy. In fair credit, the can did say 2010-2011 limited edition. Itís so funny calling a pale lager a winter brew, err, I mean tale. Pours golden with copious amounts of white foam in true pale loser, I mean lager, fashion. The bubbles are large, empty, and pop quickly. The aroma is of dirty grain, grass, dirt, and malt. The flavor is large, bitter sweet, and offensive. It finishes chewy.
I could go for a Tsing Tao.
johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011-2012 edition Smuggled back in my sister in laws suitcase, thanks Terry!
Pours a crystal clear golden color with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly despite the constant stream of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Pretty weak aroma, light grainy malt with a hint of toast and a mild sweetness. Taste is grainy toasty and sweet just like the aroma promised. Finish is fairly dry but leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue. Spirited level of carbonation, light body with a lightly sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Really nothing special or objectionable. Its not bad, in fact I have had macros that are much worse. I could drink this if I had to.
EdKing (1556) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Can of the 2011-2012 version. Did not start new listing as itís the same ABV. Piss weak pale yellow with big white foaming head. Nose is very grainy (husks, barley grain) and a slight lemon aroma. Taste is strange. Sort of sweet perfumey lager. Very weak and light bodied and too carbonated but itís got a touch of spice to it, beyond the grassy dry lager taste. Pretty horrible.
maekchu (1463) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. 2011-2012 version. Hay, some mild pils-like malt. Very pale straw, clear, slow steady carbonation, with a very light frost of head. Flavors of mild malt with just a tinge of hops. Very tiny aftertaste, which melts away as fast as sleet in the spring-time air. Not really bad, but not very interesting. Another J macro seasonal -- without much seasoning. Might be better in summer.
petewhitley (294) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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