fredthecat (278) - CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
looks between yellow and golden with minimal head. smells slightly of noble hops, clean, light malt. taste is a very clean, light maltiness and honey taste but generally balanced towards neutrality/slight bitterness. some herbal, spicy hops. it’s got a nice full body. faultless and a good beer, too bad they charge way too much for it
kidmartinek (2558) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours gold. Foaming with head. Aroma of straw, and bitter malts. Taste has a good bite, sweet grainy flavor and good bitterness. The sweet grassiness and a bit of alcohol are no bueno, nor is the gummy sweet finnish. This beers only saving grace is its bitterness.
Yves (1850) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden coloured beer with small white head and new carbonation. Malty herby aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is malty bitter.
tkrjukoff (3393) - SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can tnx to Jaime. Pours clear pale amber with a nice white head leaving laces. Aroma is malty hoppy grassy a bit citric fruity and soapy. Flavor is acidy fruity a bit sweet bitterish malty. Not my cup of tea.
rlgk (7538) - Skövde, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Canned, thanks to larsniclas. Somewhat pale yellow beer with a small white head. Malty glue aroma, bready, sweetish, some hay. Malty bready flavor, watery, some rather bad strange bitterness. Harsh bitter finish with fruits and bread.
GoufCustom (237) - HONG KONG - APR 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml can; Explosive two-finger head with lasting crumpet-like white foam; Small lacing with notable carbonation. Good aroma of malt, bread and slightly herbal hops; Minimally sweet taste of malt, with bread, citrus and grassy hops; Medium body, oily palate; Taste profile is decent bready malt with very notable citrus and grass throughout, in a orangy background somewhat vaguely resemble a Pale Ale. Interesting! Sweetness is very, very low, a good feature; Hoppiness is pretty strong for a premium lager, very citreous and increasingly bitter through not that astringent, finishing is a bit numbing but not unpleasant. Quite dry after taste, easy to mouth.
Comments: I finally got the chance to try out a brand which is readily available in HK. As a full-malt beer (expensive by Japanese standards), this one is a very solid premium lager - good aroma, no skunky cat-piss malt, very nice head and frothy, expressive hops which contribute a Pale Ale-like palate with mild but penetrating bitterness. A rare feats for Japanese macros, and put many global macros to shame. The slightly expensive import price is justified. Recommended.
DylansDad (204) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smooth and sweet malts, then a touch of bitterness. Clean and crisp while still effervescent but flattens quickly, and there is a jarring taste of alcohol heat at the finish. Drinkable but not something I’d ask for again.
Travlr (8186) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can. Clear golden color, medium white head. Aroma of grassy straw. Taste is bitter and plain.
AndySnow (1267) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Clear yellow colour with a white head. Aroma of malts, hops. Flavour is grain, sweet malt.
Cantabrian (410) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not bad, within the context of Japanese lagers for the masses. No aroma, but nice, crisp and bitter. Justifiably a pilsener, as the label says.