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Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Schwarzbier
Tokyo, Japan

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Note: this beer is no longer brewed or sold in Japan. Made in the US and Canada only.

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3.3
DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Sample can for review: The pour itself is more of a porter brown than black. In the glass, it looks dark brown to black, but with brown highlights. The smell has a bit of light coffee roast to it, and a sweetness like toffee; hey, that rhymes. The taste starts with pinprickly carbonation. The roast has coffee notes and is a bit grainy, but is rather light to make up for it. I’ve always considered Sapporo’s main lager to be dry, bu this has a residual sweetness that leaves a light coating on the lips, with a suggestion of a dark bock beer. Hop bill seems titlted toward German and milder bittering hops, resulting in a notable bitterness that works with the sweet malt.

4
Obfuscate (571) - Minneapolis, - JAN 16, 2017
A very nice session able black lager. Glad they are making this one again..

2.8
Bill Becker (1034) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Brewed in Canada. 650 ml can. A very dark brown..reddish highlights pour. Nice head of tannish foam. Smells of roasted malt, grain and some hops? Light roasted malt flavour, dark chocolate, which I would suggest brings the bitter notes to the table. There are some sweet chocolate/caramel tastes as well. Decent body with adequate carbonation. Not bad.

3.3
tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2016
22 oz. can poured to a pokal glass at Lunar Brewing Co. displaying a black/brown hue, with a frothy layer of tan foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was both roasted & toasted malt, subtle lager scent, a touch of woodiness, and light hints of prune & dark caramel. A little less than medium bodied, and somewhat dry, with fizzy effervescence that seemed to tone down midway through, after which the texture thinned a bit. Fairly solid, with decent drinkability. Resurrected as a U.S & Canadian product.

3
degbert (1773) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Can (sample from local rep). This is not retired -- or if it is, it’s coming back as a zombie to eat your beer brains. Pours a medium brown-black with a shallow, fine-grained, light brown head. Nose is light coffee, chocolate, smoke, molasses, and rye bread. On the tongue, it’s smoked chocolate and rye bread, with a little coffee bitterness; it’s a very well-behaved and demure schwarzbier, with nothing to offend anyone. Finish is clean. It’s not a standout, but it’s also not bad at all. With Kuronama Dark going away, we have to take what we can get.

2.4
Syfher (418) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle of 33cl, in a Lager glass; from the fridge. Hum... nor good nor bad. But still a pils, still light, still no taste. One day Japan, you will learn how to brew great beers.

2.9
slowrunner77 (12040) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"like a slightly sweeter, thinner porter. overall it was neat to try, but not something i’ll go back for. not a ton of hops, or body, but what’s there is good enough.

2.4
mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 29, 2011
Canned sampler jjs in Mississauga. Much better than I expected. Would have this again

2.7
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Sampled in the big metal can. Pours nice and dark black. Calls itself a stout but agree on the schwarzbier status. It drinks pretty nice. The malts leave a bit to desire but its alight.

3.1
rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
Canette de 500ml. Bière noire avec une belle mousse épaisse, nez frais, bouche tout en douceur, très bonne lager noire. (bu il y a 2 ans) 6/10


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