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Susukino Pilsener

Brewed by Susukino Ji-Beer
Style: Pilsener
Sapporo, Japan


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
GoufCustom (968) - HONG KONG - AUG 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2014

350 ml can as "Susukino Beer" bought at CitySuper in New Town Plaza, Shatin during the Hokkaido Food Fair Promotion.

Translucent dull golden colour; Razor thin head and residual white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Almost no lacing with some notable carbonation; Sweet smell of malt, with corn, grains, syrup and light grass; Light sweet taste of thinned malt, with grains, soda water, light bread, notes of grapefruit, lemon and light grass; Light body, watery palate; Mouth feel is a very watered down, bare-bone pils, pretty much like a macro pale, with customary corn and grain taste overwhelmed any residual malt. Duh! Hoppiness has some grapefruit but only appears as spikes and has no impact on overall poor taste. Low grass and barely tastable bitterness, poor grapefruit finish; Slightly dry after taste, very easy to mouth.

Comments: This beer is a disaster - no head, overtly thinned, strong corn taste, and near zero bitterness - It reminds me of the pitiful Hong Kong Beer, and it reduced to a glass of turbid malt water is an ugly sight and not that tolerable for taste. Reading from previous reviews, it appears that Susukinoís glory days as a micro is long gone. Drain pours!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2719) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 15, 2013
This brewery is not closed, they shut-down their restaurant and stopped making anything but a standard lager which is sold in cans around Sapporo. It is aimed at tourists I guess with the can covered in photos of Sapporo. It poured a clear straw color with minimal head. Iíd heard it sucked but it was quite drinkable. Sweet & easy to drink when straight from the fridge but it didnít have a whole lot of flavor. When it warmed up some grassy notes came through. Itís an ok lager which is not what I want from a craft beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Can with the cute farm label. Warm peachy gold with slight haze and stable head. Sweet sprouted grain aroma. Soft palate. Sweet entry with peppery hop in the finish is quite nice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (13155) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
Hazy straw, malt-accented aroma with paint or glue phenols. Bland, although is does have some fresh grains. Fairly soft body, but this boring stuff isnít my can of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7122) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Draught at the brewery, 2007. Decent malt and hop aromas, nice rounded, slightly buttery flavor in the Czech mold. Decent hopping and good flavor generally, a bit fruity. Nice beer, well balanced, though I was not as impressed this time as the first time I had it in the bottle!

Can, 2012. Very sweet malts, too much diactyl, much less hop aroma and bitterness. Going downhill, it would seem, unless I just got a bad one... 6/3/6/3/13= 3.1

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 22, 2008
Found a can of this in a department storeís Sapporo spotlight bin. Poured a clear frothy golden colour. Taste was nice and malty with a nice distinct bite. The finish was somewhat abrupt, but the astyle is well represented here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3396) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2008
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 12 oz can from hogfodder, who brought this one back from Japan, and shared it with after4ever and myself. Pour is clear golden with a smallish white head. Aroma of sweet rice and some maltiness. Taste is pretty flat and watery. Some of the hop floral comes through in the taste. Not bad just dull. Though its likely not in the cards, would love to try this on draft. Thanks for sharing, Rick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3835) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2008
On draft at the brewery restaurant. Deep golden color, frothy white head with toasty malts and a touch of grain. Slightly flowery bitterness, but definetely more on the german than Czech style as hops are definetely toned down. Very clean. Moderately bitter finish. Best of thier beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Draft: Martin speaks gospel on this one. In the can, itís the typical, albeit surprisingly chewy and biscuity, pilsner malty lager. Plenty of hop bitterness and a full malt body. A dry finish and a tinny tail.
On tap, this one is full and pleasing, some peanut and ramen notes, a clean nori and hop finish. Excellent balance and rewarding for the journey. If the beer isnít worth while, the amazing food and sake and english menu should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This straightforward, chewy Pilsener demonstrates the relaxing power of bready pils malt. Honey drips onto the hay and cereals and supporting wooden, grassy hops provide just enough spice for you to crave more. Not nearly as good from the can, but massively satisfying on tap.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam laces atop the clear blond.
-The body is just superb from the tap, round, chewy, delicious, perfectly carbonated.
-Dry cereals and crisp hops finish out each gorgeous sip.
-A citrusy character renders more complexity.
-The canned version was not as full, carbonation bubblier, and just not as well expressed.

On tap at the brewery restaurant, and from a can.

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