Frank (4220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2017
This tastes a lot like a cheapo Euro lager so I like it. It is a mild pilsner-ish brew with some actual malt character and a touch of herbal, floral hops. It’s maybe a hair sweet and thick for my taste but does have a pleasantly potent smack of bitterness in the finish. I’d put this a cut above most Japanese lagers at least in terms of being flavorful. futre7 (241) - Taipei, TAIWAN - MAY 12, 2015
Intriguing can. It is a spring brew and very light and refreshing. Pours a nice gold colour and has a frothy head. Some lacing on the glass which is unusual for a Japanese lager. Nose reveals light grain and a touch of rice. Mouthfeel is a little oily. Taste wise it is crisp, clean and thirst quenching. A typical Jap lager. I get grain, rice and maybe a little lemon. Solid beer when it is starting to get hotter outside. Orion very rarely disappoints but also rarely blows me away. yenbeer (188) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 17, 2015
Springtime with Orion, this one smells a bit plastic but the flavor is nice. Picking up a little spicy kick in there. SHIG (4963) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Draft after the brewery tour: Poured golden color with white head. Metallic aroma. Watery malt, not very impressive. JaKeAFC (1248) - ITALY - JUL 7, 2014
35cl can from a market in Causeway Bay Hong Kong, nice design, 5%. Clear light gold, short white head. Nothing particular on the nose. Aroma is slightly malty with a focus on hops, flowery hops, straw, hints of honey. Taste is fairly bitter, finish is dry, crisp. Tastes like a pilsener.
jgb9348 (6394) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Clear golden coloured body with a very thin white head, only about a centimetre tall, but pure white. Aroma of rice, alcohol, malt and not much else - fairly mild. Light-bodied; Strong rice and light grain flavours with hints of lemons and alcohol, but very light and showing no assertive aftertaste or funk at all. Aftertaste shows only a handful of rice and lemon characteristics with nothing else bad. Overall, a surprisingly decent lager with some lighter notes for beating this heat and some subdued lemon flavours for the refreshing qualities. I sampled this 33 cL can purchased from City’Super! in Harbour City, Kowloon, Hong Kong on 04-July-2014 for HK$15,00 sampled a bit later in my hotel room here in Wan Chai, Hong Kong on 04-July-2014. KansaiBeerLvrs (5249) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2014
Can from the local Lawson. Served in a pilsner glass. A clear deep gold with a thick fizzy/fluffy head. Big yeasty/grainy aroma with grassy notes. Slick oily medium bodied, sugary sweet grainy flavor with very light spicy hop notes in the finish. Ok but fairly average.
biirusaikou (2705) - - FEB 9, 2014
Smelly toilet nose. Sakura, sweet malt, grass, mild bitter finish. Hmm I get the sakura twist but still pretty much a sub-average lager... petewhitley (570) - Nagoya, JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
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330 ml can bought at CitySuper in New Town Plaza, Shatin. Clear golden orange colour; Half finger head and white foam which last for about 40 seconds; Small and sticky lacing and very fizzy carbonation. Strong aroma of malt, bread and grass; Very light sweet and pleasant taste of malt, bread, faint citrus and light grassy hops; Mid to full body, oily palate; Taste profile is nice sweet bready malt and light grass throughout, with hidden hoppiness - again low and pleasant - shows up nicely as a finish. Slightly dry after taste, very easy to mouth.
Comments: I’ve been using “pleasant” repeatedly to describe this one and it shows. Unlike most overtly sweet Asian macro lagers, its malt’s sugar sweetness is very low, a good sign of a well-attenuated beer. Its hoppiness is stronger in grass than bitter, which I like. All in all it tastes like a good Helles, which is a rarity among Japanese / Asian macros. Recommended.