Shonan Beer Pilsner
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Brewed by Kumazawa Brewing (Shonan Beer)
Style: Pilsener
Chigasaki, Japan


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (2022) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle shared with Kanagawa friends back in 2012. Light malt aromas with some pepper and grassy hops. Crackery malts with some light sweetness that moves towards pepper on the finish. Decent pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4173) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 21, 2014
On tap at Ibaraki Bakuon. A very clear gold with a big soapy head of foam. A very crackery light malt aroma. The taste I’d the same with a green crisp bitter hops. A fairly clean pils.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Herbal hops and soft pils malts coexist peacefully in this healthy Pils.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the pale yellow.
-The hop aroma is beautifully done, if not a tad understated.
-Drinkability is really high.
-Body could have been drier.

On tap at Molto!.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (14943) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2013
Draught at Bungalow, Kyoto. Clear yellow - white head. Cheese aroma. Wheaty. Fruity notes. Citrus. Cactus. Light crispy. Ok bitterness. Boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3451) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 21, 2013
Bottle. Looked as you would expect. Taste is biscuity, lemon, grainy, bit like a shandy which was strangely welcome. Nice bitter finish. Aroma is lemony, hops. Nice and crisp.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Green bottle brought back from a friend’s trip to Japan: Cloudy pale orange color akin to peach juice, but a little darker, with a thin white head. Not much aroma, just a little sweet and malty. The flavor is startling at first sip; crisp florals, herbal, and bready. There is a little sweetness in the background from the malts, but overall a decent and crisp flavor profile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ilkirk (4) - - SEP 8, 2012 does not count
Tap / Pitcher. It seemed to be a light-golden color, mostly clear. We were pouring for ourselves, but it didn’t seem to build much of a head. The taste was light with a light body, at least from my perspective. It was a good beer to wash down the pizza and pasta.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3249) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 17, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 Bottle (gift from Neko-chan). Moderate stinky Saaz hop aroma, w/ a bit a grassy malt, some yeastiness. Very fine carbonation. Slightly cloudy, golden yellow. Malty w/ a bit a hops emerging in mid palate. Medium-heavy body (for a pils). Well-balanced beer, though a bit heavy for the style. Pleasant and very drinkable. Update 12/29/2012 Draught at Yellow Ape Craft: much better than the bottled one 8/3/8/3/16 = 4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2318) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
Draught at Mokichi Trattoria at the Shonan Brewery. Colour is a touch hazy, yellow amber with a medium smooth foam head. Not brown bitter looking at all! Nose is grainy, cereal, like a lager. Taste is bitter, sourish hops, with a light crisp lager like body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (8848) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 13, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2010 Draught at Q-Brick. Deep, dark gold color. Huge noble hop aroma with cereal grains. Rich malt flavor with slight honey and caramel touch, biscuits, grassy hops, excellent bitterness. Low carbonation and smooth body. A lovely pils with great flavor, great hops, great cereals. Excellent. (Bottle from the Brewery (2009) 7/3/7/3/13. Dark golden color, with a touch of amber and a tall, creamy head. Malty aroma, pils-like, really. Buttery, with biscuits. Tangy, slightly fruity flavor, with big biscuity malts and a bit of honey, noticeable aroma and bittering hops. Decent balance, with a rather good, bitter finish. Clean and hoppy.)

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