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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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3.6
gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2017
From old tasting notes. Nearly opaque reddish brown color with a huge creamy tan head. Roasted malt aroma with sour undertones. Roasted malt flavor has a fruity sour character upfront. A mild dryness pervades in the midtaste. Light dry aftertaste has a hint of licorice. Quite tasty and unique.

3.9
superspak (5606) - Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2017
22 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 8/8/2016. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malts and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; with a great hop/roast bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from hop/roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a delicious schwarzbier style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. Nice well rounded and complex Munich/roasted malt profile; with just enough hops for balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

4.4
ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2017
DOC: 3/16/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 8B Schwarzbier

AROMA: Medium malt presence, especially dark malt with slight confectionery overtones. Roasted malt is present akin to a black iced coffee aroma (nothing acrid or burnt). Faint herbal/spicy hops presence. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Very dark [mahogany] brown with magenta/garnet blush. Large tan foam retains and laces well. Clear body. 3/3

FLAVOR: Light-moderate malt flavor with mild sweetness up front. There is a toasted bready presence in the background. Low earthy/spicy bitterness offers balance throughout the palette. As it finishes there’s a fairly assertive taste of coffee with cream and a roasted malt flavor on the aftertaste without astringency. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Texture is smooth and just the faintest bit watery. This could be served on nitro just as well. Plenty of flavor and easy to quaff at only 5% ABV. Versatile palette would pair well with a savory dinner or dessert. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely to-spec in all aspects. This beer could hold it own with authentic German examples. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

3.1
Scipio (1085) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Pours a deep brown with a medium, light tan head. There isn’t much of an aroma in here. There are faint roasted malt and maybe smoke, but that is about all. The taste is on the dry side and is a bit sweet. More is going on here than there was in the nose. Toasted malts, nuts, light licorice and smoke, and just a bit of chocolate. The smoky currents come through most in the aftertaste, although that isn’t all that potent. Light in body thinner in texture, and average in carbonation. The Sapporo Japanese release of this style was better than this.

2.6
pkbites (947) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Dark brown with brown head. Light roasted grain aroma. Toasty notes of low alcohol. A brew this dark should have some warmth. It doesn’t. Not bad, but rather mediocre. I expected a lot from this. It didn’t impress. Can.

3.2
Kleg (258) - The Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2017
22 oz can. Black pour with ruby highlights and a beige head with decent retention. No lacing. Low carbonation. Light body. Muted roast lager flavor. Smooth and easy drinking. The flavor is simple and short-lived. Decent.

3.2
wlajwl (6816) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2017
Aroma and flavor is mild/medium roasted/dark malts, grainy in the middle, a hint of fruit and a mix of relatively light acidity and beery in the finish.

3.7
Pershing (562) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2017
22 oz can into a 16 oz. paneled mug. Black - NOT dark brown with a short lasting beige head. Aroma of Roasted Barley - NOT toasted malt. Slightly bitter taste from the dark malt i.e. black patent that was used with more roasted barley. Thin body with a slightly dry finish. Goes well with Chinese cuisine.

3.2
rougeau13 (3032) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Can at Akashi in Katy. Almost black pour with a sizable beige head. Aroma of cocoa and toasted malt. Tastes lightly bitter and roasty. Light-medium bodied and pretty smooth.

3.3
mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Canned from Bottle Bin. Haven’t seen this beer in almost twenty years. Wanted to try it again for quite a while. Probably not as good as it seemed back then. Roasty up front with a little hint of sweetness. Fairly thin on the palate. Some good roasted coffee notes and a little bit of black licorice. Some burnt grains as well. Fairly decent roasty finish. Not too bad, but gets a little cloying. Roast is good though.


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