GoufCustom (2122) - HONG KONG - SEP 23, 2016
maekchu (4024) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 26, 2016
330ml bottle bought at LY Drinks & Bites’s booth at HKCEC in Wan Chai during HKTDC Food Expo 2016.
Looks: Clear copper red colour; One quarter finger head with soapy off-white foam which fades in 40 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with notable slight carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant full Amber malt, with strong melanoidin, strong red fruits, strong dark caramel, soy sauce, light toffee, floral, dry bread and very light grass.
Taste: Close to light sweet full Amber malt, with dark caramel, red fruits, light dark fruits, light floral, fair molasses, light biscuits, light lemon, and very light bitter hops and fair grass.
Body: Mid to light body. Thin but very slick palate.
Mouth Feel: Strong amber maltyness in a slightly watery background, full of bock-ish Munich flavor. Non-sweet dark caramel with pronounce red fruits and dark fruit flashes. Light sweetness, light flowery. Quite biscuit with thin lemon to round. Joyful!
Hoppiness: Floral and very light grass and in nose. Light lemon, light floral and fair grass in tastel; Bitterness is low-to-fair for a lasting, light astringent caramel malty finish.
After Taste: Quite dry. Fairly rich and light bitter to mouth.
Comments: This one is quite faithful to German Altbier style - rich aroma of amber-ish dark caramel and malt fruitiness, and taste is malty with restrained sweetness yet in a surprisingly light body. Not as hopped up as I expected, this is still a very satisifying Alt not by the Germans. Yes!
Bottle from World Beer Market (Sake no Taniguchi). Yeasty nose, with very thick breadiness, caramel, and a spicy sort of earthiness. Dark reddish/brown, thin tan head. Malty opening, a bit of grass and fruitiness, small bitterness. Gets a touch metallic in mid palate and finish. Medium body. Fairly balanced. Seems just a little heavy for the style. Baramba (1038) - ITALY - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle. Reddish with off-white head. Malt aroma, herbaceous. Sweet caramel flavour, some hoppy finish willisread (3544) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Bottle from Tanakaya back in 2014. Light caramel and malt notes with some light grassy hops. Well-balanced on the palate with average carbonation and a medium body. Malt-forward but with some nice light peppery hops on the finish. Not a bad alt at all. minihame2 (723) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2015
Brown, bubbly body with a tan head. Weak aroma, some malts and grassy tones. Slightly bitter taste with some sourness. Smooth mouthfeel, little carbonation. Not impressive but a decent beer.
brandon31g (37) - HONG KONG - MAR 20, 2015
It is a straightforward and easy-drinking beer. It poured a copper colour with rich caramel and light maltiness on nose. The taste was still caramel and some hoppiness with slightly bitter finishing. shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle at home bought at Morioka Shinkansen station I believe. Copper coloured with golden bubbly head. Aroma is lots of caramel, hint of dijon mustard (!! maybe I have lost it) rich maltiness and orchard fruity. Taste is less exciting, very malty, light caramel but somehow salty too. Nice enough. I quite like it, and will drink it again, but couldn’t have more than one in a row. Light bitterness at the finish. KansaiBeerLvrs (5302) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2017 On tap at Bakujun in Kyoto. This beer poured a very clear reddish brown color. The flavor was well balanced with lots of maltiness followed by a mild hoppy aftertaste. It was very smooth & easy to drink, I think it would make a good session beer. Looking at their other reviews I guess they got rid of the cloudiness! jonno (2878) - JAPAN - JAN 6, 2012
----2017--- Bottle from the brewery, it is a pretty classic style alt and much better than most I've had outside Japan (I'm looking at you North America!) and while it isn't the most exciting style it is a solid brew so I am bumbing this up from the original 3.1 to 3.4 which I rank as an alright average brew. For the style I could go to 3.5 or perhaps even 3.6 this year this beer has been consistent, clear, crisp and on point.
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2015 Looks the biz. Dark amber hue. Soft caramel, cookies and noble hops - very faint though. In the mouth very middle of the road, more malty than bitter a bit thin and not terrible interesting. On tap this is a far better best. Quite aggressive bittering for the style, but good, weighted body to hold it all together. jonas (7985) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2010
Cloudy amber good lace.
Mellow, well balanced flavours akin to a pale ale, definitely not a alt.
Ok session beer.