Tonkun (1209) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Light golden pour with white head. Light sweet aroma with clean light body with crisp and clean finish. Light carbonation. Bread, caramel, sweet spice.
shoulderbroken (2828) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Kaeru. Wheaty aroma, bit of sweetness. Taste is ok, light grassy hops, bit of grain, some sweetness. not so exiting.
maekchu (2764) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 27, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draught at Craft Beer Live 2014. Mild grassy nose, hay and raked-up pile of leaves. Very light straw, 1-cm. creamy white head, good lace. Terrible chemical artificial malt initial, upper-palate cloying sweetness, rude rotten fruit, almost no bittering. Like strange candy water.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3329) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Part of the 1212 yen trail set for new customers direct from the brewery via their Rakuten page. I’m happy they switched labels the bottles look much better than the photo online. They need to update their webpage. After having their kolsch I was curious to try their lager side by side to compare. Colorwise they’re virtually identical with the pilsner being maybe a smidge darker but that could just be the lighting. The aroma is strange for a lager, a kind of fruity candy caramel-buttery? The taste is fruity at first then it mellows into more of a typical lager with light malts, and bitter grass in the dry finish. The kolsch is my favorite of the two, judging by that kind of indeterminate fruitiness I’m hard pressed believing it is a lager yeast as it should be for a pilsner. I can see what KyotoLefty meant about bananas... not at all to style.
Theis (14477) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Yuzan Guesthouse, Nara - shared with Mette. Clear yellow - white head. Bread, white bread, light sourish, light buttery, messy, light citrus, milk, sour milk aroma, herbal hoppy notes, not clean and perfect - ok try....
worldbeertaste (1746) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale golden colour, with a white head. Malt, butter, yeast, flower, light apple smell. thin feel, medium body, soft carbonation, licorice,
KyotoLefty (7855) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from the brewery.
Clear bight golden color with a medium head. Fragrant, buttery, yeasty aroma, quite sweet and a bit fruity. Bananas. Fruity, full round flavor, lots of yeast and butter. Rich malt. Relatively sweet, though hops are evident and become more so towards the finish. Slightly similar flavor profile to the Koelsch, though hoppier and a bit cleaner. Basically in the Bohemian style, I suppose. Full flavor, medium body, with just stronger than medium bitterness. Finish lightly bitter, fragrant, mellow. As with the koelsch, I’m not sure if this is really how the style should taste, but I like it quite a bit.