Brewed by Kizakura Sake Brewing Co. Ltd.
Style: Kölsch
Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This is Kyoto’s first craft beer. Kölsch is slightly fruity aroma. Soft and smooth taste.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1947) - HONG KONG - JUN 29, 2016

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

Translucent straw golden colour with a crust of yeast sediments; One finger head and crumpety white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing and active carbonation; Pungent and sweet aroma of malt, with strong caramel, dark fruits, pears, light mustiness, chemical, strong floral, sugar, bread, yeast, lemon and fair grass; Medium sweet taste of Ale malt, with grains, light honey, light dark fruits, yellow fruits, floral, molasses, bread, strong yeast, lemon, medium bitter hops and grass; Close to medium body. Slick and creamy palate; Mouth feel is good Ale maltyness in a pretty thick and smooth background, with good clean lager-ish character to the tongue. Notable good touch of dark and yellow fruit esters, strong floral and just right sweetness. Bready with quite lemony to round. Pretty nice!... Hoppiness is strong floral, lemon and fair grass in nose, and stronger in taste; Bitterness is pretty strong for a lasting, mid to high astringent sweet malty finish; Fairly dry after taste; Sweet fruity and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is a pretty faithfully-brewed Koelsch, with good head and body, strong Ale maltyness, clean lager-ish taste, nice fruity esters and strong hoppy end. Just the chemy aroma from the yeast is the real minus, otherwise it stand tall with the real German ones. Nice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 19, 2016
Can as Kyoto Pale Ale, blue label. Chill haze golden color with good foam. Nose is canned corn, creamed corn. Taste is fairly clean, mild citrus, good body, low acid, big breadiness. Fairly drinkable, but I thought this was a pale ale as in hoppy beer, but turns out that this is just the pasteurized version of their Kolsch.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HuskerTan (2134) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Can. A- Cereal, grains, subtle lemon, slightly hoppy. A- Yellow color, hazy liquid, white head. T- Subtle bitterness, cereal, straw, subtle citrus. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, off tasting finish. O- The can matched this one exactly but also said pale ale on it. They must be confused and this beer definitely tastes confusing. It’s not good. I feel bad for Kyoto.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrepintado (3260) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle in Lisbon. Hazy gold color. Thin white head. Medium bitterness, light sweetness. Aroma is malt, light vegetable, raw cereal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martjoobolut (4084) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark golden with whiteish head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, fresh fruits, apples, malt. Flavor is sweet, fresh fruits, apples, sugar, caramel. Body is on a thin side. Overall: ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (7487) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 30, 2016
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear pale amber color. Medium size, white head, stays. Sweet, malty, sourish in aroma. Malty, sweet, sourish, bit yeasty in taste. Perfectly normal lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
FatPhil (15813) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 29, 2016
330ml bottle (Pothouse, Tallinn)
Pleasant sweet fruity esters in the aroma. Pale, large frothy head. Slightly dry papery lagery taste, but not a pale lager per se. A bit watery palate. Slight breadiness. A bit papery in the finish. Another lager-gone-wrong experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suurjuust (3504) - ESTONIA - JAN 2, 2016
Hazy golden pour, medium white head, filmy retention. Nose is toasty, malty, some fruity and hoppy-doughy notes. Love the toast. Flavor hasless toast than the nose, but more semi-floral hops. Hops and doughy notes in the finish. Smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westkyoto77 (635) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2014
Draught at brewpub, Fushimi. Murky gold with a thin, short-lived head. Interesting aromas of yeast and stone fruit. Medium body, finely carbonated. Peach, banana, touch of spice. Not bad. Distinctive, certainly, but can't help but feel it lacks something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
melush (3849) - SPAIN - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Botella de 33 cl. Color dorado. Sabor a malta y lupulo, suave. Comprada en Super Market Kohyo, dentro del Aeon Mall de Kyoto

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