biirusaikou (2705) - - JAN 12, 2016
Fairly skunky aroma. Sweet malt, hay, mildly creamy, fairly empty finish. Light and boring beer substitute, still fairly quaffable overall. yenbeer (188) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2014
Best of the happoshu variety without doubt. Keep in mind this is meant as a mega-refreshing beverage along with your meal. GoufCustom (2128) - HONG KONG - JUN 12, 2014
Brentv (682) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2014
350 ml can bought at YATA in Grand Century Place, Mong Kok.
Piss golden yellow colour; Three-quarter finger head and white foam which fades in 40 seconds; Moderate sticky lacing and active carbonation;
Very pungent smell of malt, with soaked urinal, strong grains, light burnt rubber, thick bread, light lemon and smelly pissy grass; Light sweet taste of thin malt, with strong grains, wet cardboard, chemicals, soda water, bread, thin lemon and faint bitter grassy hops; Light body, watery palate;
Mouth feel is Happoshu-level very thin malt water, soaked with slightly sickening cold medicines, cardboard, strong grainy notes and stale bread. Doh!... Hoppiness is piss grass and light lemon nose and taste. Faint bitterness for chemical non-finish;Dry after taste, easy but awkward to mouth.
Comments: Yes, this is a lowly Happoshu - it stinks in my nose, taste like near water and quite chemical-ish, but this is not the worst offender, at least it has some light malt and grain palate, and I managed to finish half a can before I poured it down the drain.
Pour from a can is clear yellow with slight white head. Aromas of grains, a little grassy, some sweat. Taste is grains, slightly sweet. Thin mouthfeel. Full carbonation. Very easy to drink and refreshing, but without much character. petewhitley (570) - Nagoya, JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
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maekchu (4024) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2012
Can. Good Lord! No one has rated this for two-and-a-half years. Well, guess what? It hasn’t got any better. Some fruitiness in the aroma, also hair perm chemical, and maybe elephant piss. Typical pale yellow, thick 1-2 cm. head. Harsh grassy initial; cardboard emerges in the mid palate -- but it is very clean cardboard; the finish goes off into the fourth dimension... and I could not follow. Thin palate, with a strange sharp whole mouth feel, like a sort of mild mouthwash. Yuck! Warning: this happoshu should be consumed for research purposes only. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2010
Can. Clear, bright gold. Scant head. Dirty socks and hot electronics aroma. Harsh rubbing alcohol and acetone in the palate and flavors. Finishes dry and does have some malt character. Oakes (18543) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
Golden-straw. No head. A little bit biscuity, bready nose. Relatively full body. Slightly toasty, but also a bit taart in the finish. Fairly bland. faroeviking (11119) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 16, 2009
Can. Comes as “Sapporo Hokkaido Namashibori”. Clear yellow, short bubbly white head. Bit malty aroma with somethin grassy. Thin mouthfeel. Mild flavour of some malt, bit of grains and grass. Brewed with Ryofu barley grown in Hokkaido only. Sapporo claims that you get a "sense of nature" with this beer…. Hmmm. austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2008
Painful stuff - very light, thin and watery. There is no English on the can, not even the word Sapporo, except for "namashibori.com" in real small text on the side. A typical asian brew, though not as dry as most Sapporos.
For tax reasons, Japanese brewers create these "happoshu" (low-malt) beers which are made with rice, I guess, instead of barley. Lots of water flavor.