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Sapporo White Belg

Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Tokyo, Japan
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 2.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Inspired by Belgian White Beers, this tasty brew is crafted using coriander seeds, orange peel and fine Belgian malt. Top fermented.

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat malt, unmalted wheat, coriander seeds, orange peel, hops, barley spirit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Osaka_Maachan (14) - JAPAN - AUG 24, 2014
Two big flavours here for me are sweet ORANGE ZEST and JASMINE (as in the tea). This Happosei (between Happoshu and beer) is my best find so far amongst the cheap beers of the local supermarket. The smell is similar to a wit bier without being so. Impressed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rianoux (4) - - AUG 5, 2014 does not count
Easy to find in most conbinis and groceries! Amazing to find a Belgian in those situations. Hope it's more than a seasonal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Can 330ml (Tokyo)
Clear golden color, small steady white head. Aroma has light banana, not much spiceyness. Light-bodied, light palate. Flavor has some banana and then very perfumic soapy notes. Filtered witbier - as bad idea as filtered hefeweizen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken (2026) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 6, 2014
Can. Sweet orange and coriander aroma. Taste is similar, maybe a bit more towards the coriander with the orange at the finish. Probably should have left it in the can as it became a bit lifeless fairly quickly in a glass. Good effort though for a macro. Seem to be getting some more interesting beers from them this year. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2335) - JAPAN - JUN 1, 2014
Yes, the alcohol is a bit to apparent for 5%, but blow me if they didnt give it a good go. Spiced, orange eel and quite fun. Price is balls off great. Could be the summer go to beer at the conbini.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GenkiGonzo (274) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2014
Can from 711. Spicy citrus aroma with soap. Flavour is quite weak. For the price it’s very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
biirusaikou (679) - - MAY 28, 2014
Orange peel aroma, yeast. Mostly orange candy, mild bread, not much else, peppery dry finish. Have rarely seen a white happoshu, quite refreshing and drinkable despite a quite sticky aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
500 ml can thanks to Ingo! On May 18, 2014.
Clear pale straw yellow color, white head. Sweet, herbal, sugary scent. Sweet, citrus, fresh, yeasty taste. Herbal, yeast, sweet aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maekchu (2140) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 17, 2014
Can from convenience store. This is showing up everywhere recently. Perfumey nose, grain, light oranges, spice, and a touch of sewer. Bright clear honey-straw color, tiny slow bubbles rising, and some lace. Thin citrusy initial, oranges, coriander, more sweet fruit, cake-like finish. Thin body. As close to a wit-"flavored" beer as any Japanese major brewery has ever done, perhaps. Wish that they had left out the spirits. Has some decent flavors, but it comes up a bit short (as does the name -- what, we’re they trying to save money on printing costs?)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
petewhitley (339) - JAPAN - MAY 17, 2014
citrus, floral, golden, clear, frothy, light sweetness, lightly sour, light body, light body, sticky, flat. This isn’t a great drink per se, but for a happoshu I really like what they’ve done here. A passable imitation of a witbier, but clearly an imitation. Strongly orange in aroma, which probably accounts for a lot of the appeal with this one. Other Japanese brewers should take note of this and try to expand the happoshu market which is in a rut taste-wise it seems.

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