Hakusan Waku Waku Beer Reviews




Iznogud
3.2
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
Canned, 350 ml from supermarket. Pours cloudy yellow with small white head. Moderate hoppiness, citrus, malty, caramel, sweetish with bitter finish. Light to medium bodied. Decent.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Iznogud
1.9
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Koshihikari Ale
Canned, 350 ml from supermarket. Pours cloudy yellow with white head. Light hoppiness, malty, some fruity notes, grainy. Light bodied. Quite bland and boring.
Monday, August 15, 2016

maekchu
2.6
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
Can from Shijonawate AEON Mall liquor shop. Light crude caramel nose, hoeny, and yeast. Hazy dark orange/amber, filmy head, clumpy lace. Thin malty initial, caramel, butter, mild hopping, anf flavors fades quickly in finish. Thin-medium body. Seems like extract stuff.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

melush
2.7
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Koshihikari Ale
Can 35cl / Lata 35cl. @ Albis Toyama, Toyama, Japon. A: Golden / Dorado. T/S: Cereal, sweet, slightly fruity / Cereal, dulce, ligeramente afrutado.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

melush
2.7
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
Can 35cl / Lata 35cl. @ Albis Toyama, Toyama, Japon. A: Hazy golden / Dorado turbio. T/S: Malt, sweet, slightly citrusy / Malta, dulce, ligeramente citrico.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

melush
3.1
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Dark Ale
Can 35cl / Lata 35cl. @ Albis Toyama, Toyama, Japon. A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro. T/S: Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet / Malta tostada, chocolate, dulce.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

aronvarga
2.2
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
Neutral aroma, pale yellow colour, no head, light body, soft carbonation, creamy slight sweet taste, moderate but harsh bitter palate.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

KyotoLefty
3.5
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Dark Ale
Can. Nice choclate nose, cocoa, brown sugar, roasted wood. Black with a tall, bubbly tan head. Niely roasted, chocoalty. Coffee, pretty big flavor. Ligth body, but not thin. roasty finish. Good dry stout, the best beer I have had from them by far.
Friday, January 15, 2016

KyotoLefty
2.8
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Koshihikari Ale
Can. Gift from a student. Sweet and worty nose, rice, grains, under-attenuated malts. Cloudy deep gold with a high, bubbly head. Sweet, somewhat lager-like, grainy, ricy, biscuits and bread. Not much hop at all. Full, heavy body, silky and smooth. Rather boring rice beer, but not at all off like their beers used to be.
Friday, January 15, 2016

yenbeer
3.3
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
Tastes nice and is quite drinkable. However, the flavor should be so much fuller, and accompanied by a stronger palate which is sorely missing.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

yenbeer
2.8
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Dark Ale
A little bland on the nose and flavor. The most outstanding quality was the sugary coating on my teeth. Not something to enjoy!
Monday, August 24, 2015

olio
3.2
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Dark Ale
35 cl can @ Timo A.
Pours dark red-brown color with a small off-white, rapidly dissipating head. Mild chocolaty aroma, some faint fruity notes, malts and some caramel, faint cocoa. Chocolaty flavor, strong carbonation disturbs a bit, malty, slightly fruity with a cocoa finish. Decent.
4323

Monday, August 03, 2015

lusikka
3.4
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Dark Ale
350 ml can. Thanks Timo A. Pours a dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma is rather rich with roastiness, burnt caramel and some bread. Flavour of rich roastiness, almonds, caramel, some licorice notes and grassy bitterness. Loads of dry hay. Medium bodied and quite rich mouthfeel. Nice dry roast finish. Surprisingly good.
Monday, August 03, 2015

olio
3
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
35 cl can @ Timo A.
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Pale malts on the nose, mild orange, some apricot. Flavor is sweet with orange, hay and some faint gooseberries. Fruity and moderately bitter, okay.
4424

Monday, August 03, 2015

lusikka
2.9
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
350 ml can. Thanks Timo A. Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a small head. Aroma of biscuit, mild graininess and sweetness. Flavour of nice citrusy fruitiness, rather mild bitterness, biscuit and mild caramel sweetness. Light bodied and low carbonation. Good drinkability. Mild and easy.
Monday, August 03, 2015

olio
2.7
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Koshihikari Ale
35 cl can @ Timo A.
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Pale malts, some fruity notes, mild hay and some faint hops. A bit bland flavor, some pale malts, mild nutty notes and maybe orange. Soft carbonation, low bitter palate. Meh.
4323

Monday, August 03, 2015

lusikka
2.6
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Koshihikari Ale
350 ml can. Thanks Timo A. Pours a golden colour without a head. Aroma is rather bready, mild graininess and some rubber. Flavour of mild graininess, mild grassy bitterness, bread and mild fruitiness. Light bodied and low carbonation. Very mild and unoffensive.
Monday, August 03, 2015

KansaiBeerLvrs
3.6
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Dark Ale
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Dark Ale Listed as a Stout on ratebeer, served in a shaker pint. It pours a dark reddish black with a rich savory chocolate with dark stone fruit notes. Medium bodied with soft mouthfeel. The taste is quite solid semi-sweet dark chocolate, a bit roasty, some biscuit. Surprisingly solid compared to their other beers. This is much much better.
Monday, July 20, 2015

KansaiBeerLvrs
1.5
Hokuriku Gran Agri
Can from Heart-In in Kanazawa Station served in a weizen glass. It pours a light cloudy honey gold with a thick pillow like head of foam that unfortunately has limited staying power and leaves no lacing behind. The nose is bready, buttery wheat and cloves. Light bodied with a seltzer like carbonation. This is off, it’s got a nail polish oily flavor - yuck, drain pour & worst of the day. Wait I pinned it down, it tastes like a burnt tire.
Friday, July 10, 2015

KansaiBeerLvrs
2.8
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Koshihikari Ale
Can from Heart-In Kiosk in Kanazawa Station as Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Beer Koshihikari Ale, 4.5%. Served in a pint glass, it pours a clear orange gold with a fruity, clove (banana too?) and possibly a bit sour nose. Very sharp carbonation on a light body. The taste has some buttery diacetyl and ashey character but is also fruity with a dry finish and light clove notes. This is just strange, did they use a weizen yeast on this? Not bad but it is all over the place...
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

biirusaikou
3.2
Hokuriku Gran Agri
Bottle from Nomono. Green banana aroma. Creamy banana, orange cake, egg, bubblegum, touch of salt, peppery finish. Had low expectations but this is a fairly ok and drinkable weizen.
Monday, July 06, 2015

jinroh
3.2
Hakusan Waku Waku Koshihikari Ale
Can. Pours somewhat hazy, nondescript pale golden. Aroma has some soft fruitiness at first then rice come out - and a bit of wet cardboard. Not terrible though. Taste has some fruitiness, lots of rice, something bitter. Simple beer with a rice addition. Normally I am not a big fan of rice beers (or koshihikari beers) but I had this one straight out from fridge and it worked wonders with my homemade gyoza meal. Maybe I was just thirsty?
Sunday, June 14, 2015

jinroh
2.7
Hokuriku Gran Agri
Pours pale, looking maybe just a bit more amberish than I would have expected from a Weizen. Head is good at first but comes down soon, carbonation is not that great. Aroma has some wheat, bit of cloves but also honey (?) and berries. Taste is also wheat-sour, feels about right, but just barely, maybe too much sweetness. Still refreshing and works the way I wanted but below average beer.
Monday, May 25, 2015

jinroh
2.7
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
350 ml can from Natural Lawson. This convenience store seems to be stocking up with local beers recently, they had quite a good selection of canned versions of regular suspects. This on pours hazy copper with a rich foamy head that stays and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is quite faint - but it does have some hops, and malt backbone. Kind of what I would expect from a biter actually. Taste is a bit fruity first going over to slight bitterness and… ending up in terrible soapiness, just as if I had taken a bite of a soap. Body is not bad and overall it could be even a nice session beer but this soapiness really ruins it for me. Too bad.
Thursday, April 17, 2014

KansaiBeerLvrs
3.2
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
Continuing my quest to try as many breweries as possibly tonight I am drinking a can of Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale, 5%. This can is about 2-3 weeks old. It pours a clear deep yellow gold verging on copper. A decent head of fizzy foam morphs into a nice filmy head with solid light lacing. The aroma is quite malty with a soft spicy quality to it that evokes almost a flan or caramel pudding. A very soft nose, it is a subtle caramel spicy note but pleasing. Decent med-full body with a smooth palate the taste is that same soft caramel, kind of like those caramel squares I used to get for Halloween but much more subdued, some honey, which is followed by a sharp zesty carbonated finish with a mix of lightly hoppy & malty flavors. A tasty malt forward beer, I feel it is halfway between an English Pale Ale & an American: maltier but less hoppy than most APA’s I am used to. Good enough but as you drink it & it warms up the sweetness gets a little cloying. That caramel does a have but of a buttery quality to it so I can see what KyotoLefty was getting at, in my case I felt it detract from the beer so much. Most non-beer geeks wouldn’t notice it I think,
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

shoulderbroken
3.7
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Dark Ale
Dark brown black colour, small golden head. Aroma is roasty, little bit of smoke, little bit of soy sauce. Taste is nice enough, lots of roast, light fruity element in the background, bit of creaminess. Nothing very exciting, but nothing wrong with it and easy drinking.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

KyotoLefty
2.6
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
Can from Le Collier. Malty nose, slightly burnt, caramel, toffee. Medium amber color with a fine head. Sweet and biscuit, cloying, caramel, toffee, butter. More like a sweet brown ale. Not very enjoyable.
Sunday, December 08, 2013

shoulderbroken
3.4
Hakusan Waku Waku Koshihikari Ale
Can, thanks K. Clear light golden colour, small white head. Aroma is bit sweet, bit of lemon, light graininess. Taste is bit strange, can taste the rice, bit starchy, lightly sweet, bit fruity, strawberry maybe and finish is a little bit bitter. It’s alright, and pleasantly surprised after reading KL’s rating. Bit thin maybe but perfectly drinkable.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Silvan7
2.5
Hakusan Waku Waku Koshihikari Ale
Bottle from Kanazawa Omicho Market. Buona, ma indefinibile. Il gusto ricorda molto quello di una saison, forse è proprio quello che volevano fare: una saison al riso. Il propfumo è buono ma molto debole. Si percepisce una luppolatura erbacea e parecchia scorza di agrumi e spezie. Il colore è un bel giallo carico, molto opalescente e con una schiuma vaporosa e persistente. Non ha quasi corpo, scivola via come acqua, ma non perchè sia secca, è solo un po’ piatta. Meglio l’assaggio dell’aroma sicuramente.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

shoulderbroken
3.4
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
Can from one of my students. Thanks Nanae! Golden coloured with off-white head that goes quite quickly. Aroma is lightly sweet caramel maltiness, bit herbal and a touch of citrus hops. Taste is more caramel and a bit of toffee too. Honey in the sweetness. Not much bitterness. Pretty drinkable though. Would be a good thirst quencher and if I was given this at a picnic rather than a super dry I would be pretty satisfied.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MartinT
2.9
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale
My Bottom Line:
Tea-like leafiness subtly finds its way into this generic brew’s crisp body, producing feeble flavor and bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam settles atop the misty golden.
-Light citrus is found upon closer inspection.
-Drinkability is sky high, but mostly because the beer lacks flavor.
-The fierce bubbling increases drinkability as well.
-Malts offer mild honey as well.
-This may not be much of Pale Ale, but you can’t fault it for being poorly executed.

Can.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

KyotoLefty
2.1
Hakusan Waku Waku Amber Ale
3/4/5/3/8 Dark, dark brown with an orange glow and a lovely, frothy head. Cloudy. Aroma of dark caramel and chocolaty malts, and, wait, yes, creamed corn. Also lots of minerals. The malt does a decent job of almost covering it up, though. Rich caramel malts, dark chocolate. No noticeable hop aroma, but a bit of grassy, earthy hop flavor and something approaching balance. Less DMS noticeable in the mouth.Full palate. Their best so far, but that also means least infected. Wish they would solve the problem.
Saturday, May 22, 2010

KyotoLefty
1.9
Hakusan Waku Waku Gold Ale
Bottle from Omicho Market in Kanazawa. Medium amber-orange color with a low, lacy head. Aroma of fresh, sweet, corn! With a bit of amber malt and grassy hops. Corn dominates—overpowering. DMS infection. Flavor of golden malts, honey, grassy, citrus hops, and a bit of sweet corn. Corn is not as noticeable now. Nice hoppy, grassy finish. Body average. Might be decent if not for this off-flavor. I wouldn’t normally add this, but it was fresh, so it’s obviously their fault.
Saturday, May 22, 2010

KyotoLefty
2.1
Hakusan Waku Waku Koshihikari Ale
Bright golden color with a medium, foamy head. Malty, biscuity aroma with some citrus hops and just a bit of corn. Unfortunately this too seems to have a DMS infection, though it is no where near as bad as the last one. Rice is strong in the after taste. Clean and crisp, and though it isn’t all that interesting, would be a refreshing summer ale if not for the corn. Still drinkable, though again with this one the rice adds nothing to the beer, and probably takes away if anything.
Saturday, May 22, 2010