Brewed by Kizakura Sake Brewing Co. Ltd.
Style: Altbier
Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Serve in Klsch/Altbier


on tap

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This is Kyotos first craft malt beverage. Alt is sweet roasted malts aroma, mellow and bitter taste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (3670) - Hirakata, - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle from local Yamaya. Malty aroma, yeasty, light plum notes. Dark copper-brown, 1cm beige head. Tangy initial, mid palate sweetens, final is malty with a little bitterness and some yogurt. Thin-medium body. Tasty enough, but the heavy yeast gets in the way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
AssKicker (331) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - JAN 20, 2017
Couleur brune/rouge avec une bonne clart, trs joli. Mousse timide. Nez sur le caramel et le toffee. Idem en bouche, a fait un peu penser certains Barley Wine. Hlas, le reste nest pas du tout la hauteur. Cest fade, cest aqueux, a manque de corps, et les bulles sont trs grosses et violentent vraiment les papilles, un peu comme certaines bires industrielles. Pas trs agrable... Pas damertume, cest doux en bouche de ce point de vue l. Bref, la base malte est intressante mais tout ce quil y a autour est vraiment dcevant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cantabrian (1077) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2016
Aroma: 4 sweet but kinda foul. Appearance: 3 nice dark amber colour but thin, bubbly head. Taste: 5 bland, sweet caramel, biscuits, vinegar, cola. Palate: 2 watery. Overall: 9 Needs improvement

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JaKeAFC (1063) - ITALY - DEC 9, 2016
Can in kyomizu-dera, kyoto. Straight from can. Aroma of roasted malts hints of chocolate and bittering hops. Taste is light sour mild bitter. Light body dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
invinoveritas (148) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2016
Pours a ruddy hue with a thick, lasting head. Rich nose of treacle, caramel, tinned peaches and malt. Thinner and more watery than it smells - more bitter and less rich. Short and rather flat finish. Not bad, but doesnt live up to the smell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alex_leit (3239) - Minsk, BELARUS - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle. Amber color, average foam. Aroma: caramel, dried fruit, raisins, sweetness. Taste: sweet caramel, a bit sour, fruit and dried fruit, velvety.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayumiH (1168) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2016
Can in Kyoto. Pours amber colour. Light sweet caramel malt flavour. Touch fruity. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
colui72 (801) - HONG KONG - OCT 14, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2016 Clear copper, with a medium cream head, some lacing. Aroma is floral, with notes of caramel and dark fruits. Taste is very malty, medium sweet. Lot of caramel, toffee, biscuit. Some floral hoppiness. Pretty tasty decent ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (3018) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Can shared. Clear brown with a finger of foam that lingers. Dark fruit and toasted caramel on the nose. A little too sweet on the palate but some light peppery notes on the finish. Decent enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1814) - HONG KONG - AUG 9, 2016

330 ml bottle with pull-tap bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Looks: Clear copper colour with no yeast sedimentsOne finger head and crumpety off-white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with notable slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant full amber malt, with caramel, toffee, strong dark fruits, light chocolates, strong floral, Cola, molasses, dark bread, strong yeast, light lemon and grass.

Taste: Close to light sweet full Amber malt, with caramel, light toffee, faint dark fruits, floral, molasses notes, dry biscuits, yeast, lemon, medium bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Medium body. Slick and smooth palate.

Mouth Feel: Full Amber maltyness in a pretty solid and smooth background. Caramel and light toffee dominate, with floral and mute molasses notes to back up the clean dry light breadyness. Lemon and bitter grass to round. Very solid!

Hoppiness: Strong floral, light lemon and grass in nose, same in taste but a lot stronger; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, close to high astringent caramel malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Malty and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: This brewer is doing something good with its German-style beers, and this Altbier is perhaps the best of the bunch - very solid Amber maltyness, well attenuated with minimal sweetness, strong caramel, dark fruity aroma and lots of dark bread and lemon hoppiness. No chemy yeast in the bottle which is also a plus. Very enjoyable and definitely worth buying!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
villevav (458) - FINLAND - AUG 1, 2016
[2016-07-22, Happy brew, Vilna] Tummanruskea, samea, htihe luonnonvaalea vaahto. Tuoksussa mmmimist maltaisuutta. Maku alkaa mmmimisen maltaisena; humalointi on vhinen. Jlkimaku on paahteinen ja vetinen. Suutuntuma on kevyt ja miedosti hiilihappoinen.

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