Osaka_Maachan (14) - JAPAN - AUG 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
rianoux (4) - - AUG 5, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Easy to find in most conbinis and groceries! Amazing to find a Belgian in those situations. Hope it's more than a seasonal.
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
shoulderbroken (2026) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jonno (2335) - JAPAN - JUN 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
GenkiGonzo (274) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can from 711. Spicy citrus aroma with soap. Flavour is quite weak. For the price it’s very good.
biirusaikou (679) - - MAY 28, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
maekchu (2140) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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?)
petewhitley (339) - JAPAN - MAY 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.