RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Looking for something a little different? Brewed with rice and barley malts, Samurai is an easy drinking, unfiltered ale that changes the status quo for unfiltered beers. The addition of rice gives Samurai a slightly fruity, crisp, refreshing and clean taste. This is definitely not your everyday unfiltered beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours a clear yellow w/creamy head. Light malt with no hops. Lite body with a fair amount of CO2. Flavor is light and fruity. No bitterness. Cant say Ive ever had a rice ale before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Tap at brewery.
Pours a translucent gold with a faint honey aroma. Flavor is nice and light, with floral highlights and a slight hops finish. Palate is slick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12571) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Draught at Breckenridge at the Ballpark. Pours cloudy yellow with a medium white head and lined lacing. Clove, lemon and banana aroma with hoppy citrus notes and malt, yeast. Lemon, clove, and mace flavor with a malty finish and grapefruit hop notes. Light bodied and crisp, refreshing palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 16, 2005
On draft at the brewery: Poured cloudy yellow with a full white head. Aroma is somewhat grainy and cereal-like. Mild sweetness in the flavor with more cereal notes and mild hops. A decent beer nevertheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2005
I had this on draft with willblak in my hotel bar during GABF.
pours a hazy golden with hues of copper.
To begin, the beer was way too cold. It took a good while to warm so I could get some flavor and aroma from somewhere. Now where those sensations came from is an entirely different story because there were not very charming! Rotting lemon and bruised orange peel, old decaying hay and wheat. Cornflakes.. a little sweetness but that was drown out by the strange astringency. I cant say it was much worth manufacturing tap handles for this beer. Please dont bottle it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (6213) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 On draught at the brewery, 9/30/2005. Pours a light, yet unfiltered (basically a chill haze) and rather shiny golden-yellow, with an absolute perfect amount of white, foamy head. Retained all the way to the bottom of the glass with ample lacing. Probably speaks to how fresh this stuff is. Sparkling appearance, with large bubbles rising. Aroma has notes of dry, papery/grainy malted grains, dry rice-like notes and a bit of dry doughiness from the yeast, kind of like overboiled white rice. A hint of lemon-pepper from the hops. Flavor is dry, with a very light body, mostly water and rice, some light graininess and a moderately sharp finish, not altogether unlike some notes you get from sake. But thats not surprising because I knew to look for the rice, being in abundance at 20% of the grain bill. Carbonation was a bit too stiff and sharp for my liking, but it wasnt unclean in my book. Light lemons and sponge cake as it warms, soft, almost nutty-like hops bitterness is light, with little to no hops flavor. Some honey rounds out the finish. Obviously, it could stand to have more malt flavor, more hops and less rice and high water to malt ratio, but for what its shooting for, it does pretty well. Like a clean, well-made version of Coors Light. Really like the lack of filtration. Though it was too carbonated, it did have a good amount of substance to it, relative to style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Lasting white head covers the clear light golden robe. Not very smelly at all, husky, candied light malts do have that ricey kick, while softly peppery hops have no pretension to add more character than it already has. Light and thin bodied, rather sweet and dull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Draught at the brewery. Light, grainy aroma, bready and citric with faint lemony touches. Light-medium golden color, mostly clear, with a fine, creamy head.Lightly sweet, honeyish, bready/grainy flavor, with a gentle hop finish. Slight citrus (lemon) throughout. Pretty well balanced. Very light mouthfeel; effervescent. Not bad but very light and incredibly simple profile, would definitely work best as a "lawn mowing beer".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
09.29.05 Tap. Clouded yellow gold. Thick white head lasts. Fine lace. Aroma is sour and fruity, some tropical fruits, something grainy. Sweet pex flavors, strawberry , tart. Uninspired. Finishes wet and sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2005
tap at the brewery. uhhh, i had to double check this with brian dunn, but they are serious with this. i guess it does fit a whole in their beer lineup. poured hazed whitish with a thick cream head. not much aroma, just a tad lemon grass. taste is clean but empty. not unsatisfying, but neutral. some yarn like flavor to this.

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