Hokusetsu Shuzo Co. Reviews




GreatDane1632
3.1
Nobu Special Reserve
Rated based on notes from 24 May 2012 -- 500mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Well crafted beer, that is very enjoyable to drink.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

TimE
3
Nobu Special Reserve
Medium golden color with malty caramel nose. Hops are very subtle. Very malty body with caramel with hops very subdued.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

KyotoLefty
3.4
Hokusetsu Junmai Sake
Taster at PPonshu-kan. Fruity nose, rice, citrus. Light citrus fruit sweetness, then gets dry, with an alcohol burn. Rather light and clean, decent acidity. Nice fruity and spicy dry sake.
Sunday, June 22, 2014

KyotoLefty
3.9
Hokusetsu Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Tasting glass at Ponshu-kan. Dry, fruity, mineral nose. Orange, melon, pepper, koji. Very spicy flavor, quite sweet, minerally, some sulfter, orange, melon. Light and tasty. Dry finish.
Sunday, June 22, 2014

Oakes
3.6
Hokusetsu Nigori
Had at Nobu, Cape Town. Cloudy, milky. †Slightly alcoholic, dry, woody character for a nigori, with a touch of complexity. †Not bad. Good, not sweet like usual.
Thursday, December 20, 2012

taphandle
3.3
Nobu Special Reserve
Clear, light brown, good carbonation. Aroma has some toasted bread to it but the flavor is whatís interesting - itís dark spices wrapped in with a bit of citrus twang. The finish fades with malt and more spices. I think this is probably the best Japanese beer Iíve ever had. It may rank low in itís category, but itís worth seeking out and giving a try.
Sunday, August 28, 2011

chibuck
2.9
Nobu Special Reserve
This beer is brewed exclusively for Nobu Restaurant so its very hard to find. I drank it at the Nobu in Las Vegas. It pours a medium gold with a white head that doesnít last long and no lacing. The smell is very unique, it is hoppy with accents of butter and a couple other things I could never put my foot on. It tastes light throught nothing really ever hits you, some grass and hops. Nobu food is great, beer not really, but its cool to drink something so rare.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

adrian910ss
3.4
Nobu Special Reserve
Bottle at Nobu in NYC. Pours a cloudy light coppery orange with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of fruit, malty notes and bread dough. Taste is much the same as the aroma.
Friday, September 24, 2010

beerfest5
4.4
Hokusetsu Nobu Junmai Daiginjo Sake
with my very very limited knowledge of sake, even I would know that this is absolutely delicious. served at the nobu in the shore club, miami beach, this is a very traditional, light, and effervescent sake that is not overpowering, it is meant to go extremely well with sushi and let the dish bring out the flavor of the sake, not the other way around. very enjoyable.
Friday, June 11, 2010

beerfest5
2.6
Nobu Special Reserve
better than most japanese pale lagers, a little more of a distinctive taste. had this one at the nobu in miami beach. went well with the suishi as a light colored and bodied beer. a one and done.
Friday, June 11, 2010

jkwalking05
2.1
Nobu Special Reserve
Gold in color with a small white head. Aroma is of corn and grain as is the taste.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010

bu11zeye
2
Nobu Special Reserve
(11.2oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of light citrus, herbs, dough, and grass. Flavor of herbs, grass, and grain with a somewhat dry finish.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

KyotoLefty
2.1
Hokusetsu Sado no Onigoroshi Sake
300 ml bottle, more than 2 years old (fond out after I got it home). Light and think looking. Aroma of citrus fruit, pepper and spices, lots of rubbing alcohol. flavor thin, hot, some fruit and sweetness, gumballs. Rough and harsh, very strong. Drank it but didnít enjoy it much.
Sunday, December 20, 2009

SphinxTX
3
Nobu Special Reserve
Bottle thanks to Blutt59. Pours a murky gold with white head. Aroma is very malty with strong, sweet fruit. Flavor has a nice malty sharpness, some faint fruit and a bit grainy. Mouth feel is kinda watery but decent. Overall, it is an interesting beer to me and I kinda liked it, easy drinking as well.
Sunday, December 06, 2009

travita
2.6
Nobu Special Reserve
Bottle thanks to blutt59. The look is clear, golden in color, with a light white head. The smell is corn, grains, sweet, and floral. The taste is malts, light roasty, grains.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

mar
2.8
Nobu Special Reserve
bottle thanks to blutt59. gold with a white head. syrup, sweet malts and not much else for the aromas. decent on teh palate with a syrupy sweet malt flavor.
Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cavie
2.7
Nobu Special Reserve
Bottle courtesy of blutt59. Clear gold pour. Smell is light grainy aroma. Taste is dry and sweet that reminds me of picking rice back in old country.
Sunday, November 08, 2009

BMan1113VR
1.1
Nobu Special Reserve
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Labeled as an "ale" for Texas...awesome... Pours with a golden body and a fading white head. Aroma of sourness, lemon, acid, tires, and something else that I cannot read from my notes, but I donít think it was "great!". Taste is grass, and bitter with orange peel. Fizzy and dry.
Friday, November 06, 2009

blutt59
2.8
Nobu Special Reserve
bottle, clear yellow color with tight foam, grainy sour lemon and wheat flavors, finish is lacking
Friday, November 06, 2009

altonbrownd
3.5
Hokusetsu Nobu YK50 Daiginjo Sake
Chilled at Nobu London. Nice and cool. Water body. Sweet and fruity nose. Some fruit in the taste. Went very well with the sushi and the house beers.
Thursday, August 20, 2009

altonbrownd
3
Nobu Special Reserve
Enjoyed two of these at Nobu London for GBP6 each. A glowing amber body with rocky head. Buttery and malty nose. Taste also of malts. Very smooth and creamy. Finish very subtle. Wonderful alongside the best sushi Iíve ever had.
Monday, June 22, 2009

jeremytoni
2.8
Nobu Special Reserve
From a bottle poured a golden color with a good amount of head. Nice light malty flavor with no real finish.
Thursday, October 30, 2008

RollinHard
2.9
Nobu Special Reserve
Pours gold with a moderate white head. Aroma is pretty faint, but absent of skunk with some sourdough bread, corn kernals, and breadcrust. Tastes pretty flavorful with a good toast flavor and earthy grassy pilsner malt. Finishes grassy and subtly bitter with a drying effect that’s pretty welcome after the bread flavors. Medium-light bodied and certainly packing more flavor than any industro-lager out there. Pretty good but overpriced as hell!
Thursday, August 21, 2008

WeeHeavySD
2.7
Nobu Special Reserve
12oz bottle @ Nobu San Diego, great food, beer not so good. Poured gold with a 2 finger bright white head. Nose was dead. Taste was eh.
Sunday, June 22, 2008

pintsize
1.9
Nobu Special Reserve
11-18-07 bottle. Skunky musty metallic smell with a taste that is just about the same. Clear yellow urine colored. I would rather drink a Bud Light - sue me!
Sunday, December 16, 2007

jgb9348
2.7
Nobu Special Reserve
Deep copper coloured body with a dense tannish coloured head. Aroma of rice, roasted malt, nuts and some toffee and light caramalised sugars. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour up front with some figs and nuts following soon behind. Aftertaste shows a light sweetness, a very faint hop flavour and very little else. Overall, not a horrible beer by any means, but nothing entirely special. Better than most japanese beers, but not a bad choice at the restaurant. I sampled this 500 mL bottle purchased from Nobu (downtown) in New York, New York on 09-December-2007, for $12.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007

lb4lb
2.4
Nobu Special Reserve
Pours a medium attractive gold. Small white head. Smell is pleasant sweet honey like malt. Taste is similar honey like sweetness, followed by a finish of noticeable tart hop bitterness. A bit sweet at times, but for a pale lager, this isnít too bad. Not as good as it warms up, but if had cold this is pretty decent.
Monday, November 19, 2007

Beerlando
3.7
Hokusetsu Nobu YK50 Daiginjo Sake
Rated 7/25/07. Ordered with dinner at Nobu in Las Vegas, NV. Served chilled. Crystal clear appearance. Looks like water. Aroma was floral, fruity, and very appealing. I couldnít pinpoint the specific fruit content until I tasted it several times. As I did, lychee, pear, and a faint bit of apple revealed themselves. The palate was soft up front, but the sweet fruitiness gives way to a mildly sharp, smokey finish. Nice sake that paired equally well with my Kobe beef appetizer and my sushi entre. Nice Daiginjo.
Thursday, July 26, 2007

bitter
2.9
Nobu Special Reserve
i saw this on the menu at nobu last week. however it is called nobu special reserve STOUT. which was even more interesting because this isnt what any of us would consider a stout. first off the color is a light amber golden color, definately not the dark color you would associate with a stout. little to no nose of metallic rustiness. mouth was dominant in crisp malt character and more sweetness that pushes rice characters. i guess this is the only place in the world you can get this brew....but its not a stout by american standards...maybe the japanese think it is??
Monday, March 20, 2006

JoeMcPhee
3
Nobu Special Reserve
Although this brewer is primarily known for their sake, they do make this one brew exclusively for the Nobu restaurants in New York and Tokyo. 500 ml bottle. Pale golden with a light red tint and a white head. Sweet caramel and pale malts with a noble hop spiciness. Flavour has a light fruitiness in addition to the sweet malt and hop spiciness. Crisp, clean, finish. A touch of tapioca like sweetness as well.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005