KyotoLefty (10810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 2007 version, bottle.
Orange-brown color. Very cloudy, low fine head. Aroma similar to a weizen. Malty, spicy, bananas, plus a sour note. Very interesting rye malt flavor. Weizen-like, but really different. Very fruity, with lots of bananas and some citrus. Cloves and other spices. Good hops. The best of the Japanese rye beers I have tried. Very complex. Fresh, fruity, excellent. Very much like a good medium to dark weizen, but a bit different.
2008 bottled version got exactly the same score (blind). I also had it on tap, but it was thinner and completely lacked the complexity of the bottle. I think the ''hefe'' was missing from my glass. This is great. TimE (6275) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2007 Dark golden color. Rye, whisky, wheat in the nose. This is much more of a rye wheat than anything. Like spritzy body that has the esteriness of a hefe, but the spiciness of the rye really adds character and dries things out. Very thrist quenching. Love it. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle. Straw color, pretty clear, lasting thin eggshell head. Strong rye presence but well-balanced. Firm mouthfeel, bready, very malt-forward and satisfying. A little spicy, some orange peel. Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy orange coloured with a huge head. Yeasty, fruity and slightly hoppy aroma. Fruity flavour with a slight sourness. Rather light bodied. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2005
Clioudy orange with a large, lively, frothy head. Bready aroma of oranges and apricots. Fruity but a bit thin flavour of white bread and oranges . Light sourish aftertaste, hints of ryebread and potatoes.
omhper (25956) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2005
Bottled, thanks IslandHaole!
Cloudy orange, extremely lively, huge head. Aroma of bubblegum and bread. Papery and fruity, fairly sweet with clean mouthfeel and notes of blackberries. Short, salty finish. Flavourful and interesting. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Thanks to IslandHaole for this one. Pours turbid dark brown with big white head. Aroma of hopcit, some apricot, slight berries, and slight rye bread. Tastes dry, bready, with hopcit, and some tart fruitiness at the finish. Nice complexity. This is a superb beer. As I expected, there was a layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Thanks once again to IslandHaole! HOLY CARBONATION! I maybe got 3 oz. in my pint glass before the head almost poured over the top! HUGE churning head, tons of carbonation, leaving a lot of chunky lace...Tingly, almost astringent amroma, full of spice and lemon. Very clean and refreshing flavor about it. Very tingly on the tongue, initially a citrus sweetness, then fading to lighly bitter, medium finish. This would make an outstanding session brew, if only I could buy it here! IslandHaole (1301) - Misawa, JAPAN - APR 20, 2004
Of the 4 beers from this company that I picked up, this is the one I have been waiting for with the most anticipation. I love rye bread and the flavor of caraway so I have always wanted to try a Rye beer. A cloudy honey color with a massive beige head, the bubbles are absolutely volcanic! I've never seen this much motion in a glass! Smells very much like a Belgian Wit, Corriander, Orange peel.....no ...wait, something a bit different here, must be the Rye. Like a good hefeweizen with a bit extra, sweet malts, wheat, caramel, citrus, spice, yeast, Oh yummy! This is easily the best beer from this brewer and one I will stock up on during my next trip down to Morioka! Rivals Ginga Kogen as one of my favorite Japanese made brews!