Sebilinz (2392) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 20, 2017 GarrettB (1607) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
May 19th, 2011 - Somewhere in the hordes of Japanese pale lagers and happoshu beers are agents and moles - spies, hidden amongst the flock of consistently weak brews. These are Japan’s craft brewers, practicing excellence and fine form against the bashing tides of a consumer demand pushed by sheer momentum. One of these furtive rebels is Hitachino, and this review is about their White Ale. Dressed in the pale garb of the style and with a nice cloudiness, you can immediately tell this is different from crystal clear lagers poured at every izakaya in the country. A stronger sign of its rebellious nature is found in the aroma - signals of flavor, scents of butter and wheat, deep and rich and flavorful, enough to entice the palate for a sip. Here I catch a lot of carbonation at first, but also ample butter notes and deep, bready wheatiness, lasting until the very end of the aftertaste. Here the bread flavor expires, exhausted, collapses and then a strange and curious squeeze of diluted lemon juice punctuates the flavor. It’s a clear and definitive conclusion, and feels strangely deliberate. Whatever the intention in manufacture, this is, by itself, a great light beer. But as a resident in and amongst Japan’s beer market saturated with flavorless suds, it’s less of a spy and more of a superhero.
Bottle. Pale yellow hazy body with white head. Aroma is malty with some citrus in the background. Taste is malts Wheat. Aftertaste is malts. geologyguy (1612) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2017
Smell is sort of like a solvent but light and not harsh....lemony I guess....quite pungent though...smooth and mostly malty taste...low carbonation....at flying saucer for trivia with crew....team welcome to thunderdome theprof (1015) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2017
Bottle. Aroma pine and spice with lemon notes. Pours pale yellow bubbly thin top. Taste goes medium sweet to sour. Some initial fizz on the tongue from spice but otherwise light and bland. klm1 (1590) - Bled/SF, - AUG 2, 2017
Pours yellowish golden hazy with fluffy white head. Aroma: coriander, orange peel, wheat grain, etc. Flavor: coriander, orange peel, nutmeg is very noticeable on second half before finish and it’s surprisingly well integrated....there’re also crisp like malt notes and wheat grain flavors, supported with peppery, floral, earthy hop character..hop bitterness is low, finish slightly dry. Body is moderate, texture soft, carbonation is medium. LittleBigTuna (8) - - JUL 27, 2017 does not count
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Helsdon (403) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2017
A Canadian in Paris drinking a Belgian white made by the Japanese . Fancy ! Pours as a white should. Little orange a little corriander. Overall good. Cal Bronse () - - JUL 21, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2017 Una birra che bevo spesso a cuor leggero, un amico mi ha fatto notare ’che aveva una nota di ’tappo, studiando gli ingredienti siamo arrivati alla conclusione che era la noce moscata! 😊 blackschyte (15) - Poirino, ITALY - JUL 21, 2017
Gold body and white head.
Spiced and sweet flavors.
Vegetables aroma ruin this beer. Navers (184) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2017
Bottle from Maryhill Tesco, Glasgow. Beer served in 12°C, Duvel Glass. Pours light yellow, cloudy, little head. Aroma is spicy, coriander, ginger, cardamon, nutmeg, potatoes, root vegetables, citron, orange. Juicy and lime after warming up. Flavor is malty, herbal, citrous, zesty and spicy. ironcontra (333) - POLAND - JUL 18, 2017
the element here that differs from the standard white ale formula is a bit of floral notes, even a premonition of a sour vector in there. to me a bit better than avg, but also a bit watery