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Brewed by Soni Kohgen Beer
Style: Pilsener
Nara, Japan


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 2.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ritzn (530) - Bavaria, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2016
Clear yellow with no real head. Aroma of wet maybe musty hops and dried leaves. Taste is quite sour with normal harsh hoppy bitterness. Not particularly smooth, but good to drink in quantities. Could be more refreshing though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle at Kaeru. Wheaty aroma, bit of sweetness. Taste is ok, light grassy hops, bit of grain, some sweetness. not so exiting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
maekchu (3513) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 27, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4663) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2013
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....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
worldbeertaste (1796) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2011
Pale golden colour, with a white head. Malt, butter, yeast, flower, light apple smell. thin feel, medium body, soft carbonation, licorice,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KyotoLefty (9404) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2009
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.

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