KansaiBeerLvrs (1209) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 88 yen can from Circle K, served in a pilsner glass. It pours a deeper gold than I expected with a thick fizzy fluffy head that leaves a little lacing behind. The nose is vegetal(possibly cabbage?) & some light noble hop spice/bitterness, again not great but not as bad as I thought. So far it is comparable to other budget lagers in terms of look/smell. The body is oily, slick with a thin mouthfeel but a harsh carbonation-gassy. The taste is... fairly tasteless almost no malts, light bitter finish then grass & cardboard in the aftertaste. After a bit I get an ash-like taste... Bought at the shop & drunk soon thereafter cold it is a pretty bland brew, the tastes that come through start off ok but then off-flavors begin to reveal itself... I am reluctant to drink the regular Shine Malt but as I got the can I may as well bite the bullet for the tick. But not today, one of these is enough for now. This beer seems aimed at broke people & cheap students looking to get hammered as while not god awful it doesn’t really have many redeeming features. Better than the regualr Shine Malt... that truly sucked.
petewhitley (307) - JAPAN - NOV 4, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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