sulawang (680) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Aroma: light barnyard, honestly smells like a weak fart, seared beef. Visual: pale yellow, lasting small micro creamy head, clusters of fast activity. Taste: sweet, thin barley malt, light bread, only hints of wasabi, but nothing really there. Palate: thin bodied, thin taste, fizzy-burpy CO2, soft bitter hopped finish, bloated belly. Picked up in a Hakone gift shop before the lake cruise on the Mt.Fuji Sunrise day tour.
minihame2 (246) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 29, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy, light yellow pour and thin white head. Strong wasabi aroma, not much else. Taste also has wasabi, slight bitter finish. Generally it’s very weak and feels like watered down. More of a curiosity than anything else.
jinroh (589) - ESTONIA - APR 8, 2014
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
350 ml bottle from Hakone. Pours hazy whitish yellow with a white foam that dissipates in seconds. Aroma is pure wasabi, can’t really smell anything else and that wasabi is not subtle. Yuck. I gather myself and take a sip. Well, it tastes a bit like wasabi, has a wasabi bite and very skunk overall feel. Maybe some malts but a weak body that is completely overshadowed by stale wasabi flavour and raw vegetable taste. One of the worst beers I have ever had, not able to force this down… In general I like when brewers get creative with beers but the end-result should still be drinkable. This one is not. Maybe I would think different if I paired it with some very salty food?