Formerly brewed at Hakusekikan Beer/Stone Iwamoto Co.
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Ena-gun, Gifu, Japan
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed with wild yeast from the air around the brewery in Hirukawa village.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
One note wonder of phenols. Slightly lactic on the nose, bit of apple cider in the taste.

levifunk (42) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle from mrmiles. Sat in my cellar for a while and then in a friends fridge for the last year. Label says "wild yeast ale" so that is how ill review it. Aroma started off just like a berliner, but as it warmed up there was a strong honey like sweetness. Taste isn’t very intese but has a delicate complexity. Grain, apple tart, honey, earthy. It isn’t anything paryicularly exciting, but its hard to find fault.

phaleslu (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle shared by STLWill- thanks, Will, for sharing this oddity. Pours a hazy gold color with a small white head. Aroma immediately gives off a big skunky note, with grass, sweet malts, and bready funk. The flavor had some skunk but not as much, bready and pale malts, apple, lemon, and sugar. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a tart, bready, skunky, dry mouthfeel. Like a skunked green bottle lager with a shot of lemon juice in it.

brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
The pour is a hazy golden/yellow color with a tall white head. Smells really, really funky. Rice, anise, lots of barnyard, and tons of yeast. Sort of a sake like aroma to it. A bit of citrus and bread, too. Light lactic tartness on the back end. The flavor is similarly interesting. Intense funk of yeast and bacteria. Sake, rice, light mildew, and barnyard. Definite anise, some malt, citrus peel, and lemon. I actually thought this was pretty good.

obguthr (6659) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Creamed corn nose. Fizzy, cloudy, pale yellow. Flavor is lemon, but heavily dominated by cream corn. Lambic? Wild ale? I say, infected ale.

DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Pours like fizzy yellow beer except that it has a slight yet mysterious gray haze to it. The head was white..shrank pretty fast but started out fairly tall. Nose combined things like lager yeast and sour grapes as well as some hefeweizen-like smells in background. Flavors were somewhat redeeming though I think...very light and lagery but with a soft tartness making it considerably more refreshing than it would have been otherwise. Body is pretty light..in fact, it’s kind of like a bottom fermented semi-wild lager.. I don’t see an ale yeast producing this...but what do I know, it says "Wild Yeast Ale" on the bottle. The carbonation here is also quite fierce and abundant. Now, if this 12oz bottle wasn’t $6.40, I could see this as an interesting session beer on a hot summer day...but $6.40 for a 12oz bottle of this is kind of retarded. In any event, tastes like a decent and clean japanese lager with a touch of tartness.

dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Bottle pours gold with a white head. Aroma is yeasty with a touch of tart citrus and wheat. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of apple, apricot and a touch of funk. Thin and somewhat tart.

daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Yellow pour, light white head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity, barely any hint of sourness. Flavor is yeasty, lightly tart, light manure...interesting.

beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow color with a creamy white head. Pleasant aroma of wild yeast, wheat and citrus. Good flavor of citrus, wheat and wild yeast. The body is light with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Interesting, more brewers should experiment by including wild yeast in a witbier.

Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a murky light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some light tartness. The flavor is tart with sour lemons and sour wheat notes. Overall, a relatively low level of tartness but the finish is quite tart. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
(Bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a moderate white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus, apricot, and some horseblanket. Flavor lemon, wheat, grass, brett, and herbs.

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