ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2017 finn1918 (234) - Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013 Bought simply because the can was so appealing at the top of the shelf. 22 oz can of Reserve was the same price as the regular version, so I went with the Reserve. Pours a very slightly hazy orange/yellow with a large force-carbonated head that recedes to nothing and leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is essentially non-existent. Taste is not too far from a standard American lager; tastes like it’s adjunct-laden even though it’s all-malt. Decent drinking, but way overpriced for what it is. Neat can, at least. Also note that although the company is Japanese, this is brewed in and imported from Canada.
DOC: 3/2/2017ganache (6032) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2017
2015 BJCP Category: 2A International Pale Lager
AROMA: Light sweet grainy malt without cereal notes. Minor presence floral/spicy hops. Clean fermentation. 10/12
APPEARANCE: Clear golden color; large bright white froth mostly dissipates, but does leave a bit of lacing. 3/3
FLAVOR: A moderate, firm amount of sweet grainy malt. Almost has a bit of a caramel flavor in the background. Palette becomes a bit more rustic and cracker-like on the departure. There is a low presence of spicy/earthy hops as it’s finishing with a slightly dry bitter aftertaste. Clean fermentation. Well-balanced and quite enjoyable. 18/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. More smooth and calm than effervescent. Has the refreshing quality of a pale lager with a clean aftertaste. Plenty of character for 5% ABV and possibly sessionable. 4/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not the greatest beer in the world, but for the style it’s one of the best. This proves macro lagers can be enjoyable when brewed and served properly. 9/10
TOTAL SCORE: 44/50
24oz can, a really really thick one from Guelph that I can’t crush with my hand. Nose pretty lacking – a hint of malt wafting up, or perhaps imagined? Pour a brilliant and rich transparent golden, much nicer than is usual for this type of beer, hear is large and foamy eggshell. Taste lightly sweet with a medium and almost painfully hard bitterness, though not astringent, more like swallowing a rock. Medium-full body with malt, grass. Little bit of mineral, bit of hop prickle, very faint metal and floral. Would probably have again, mostly to have the can to prop up a leaning table. Seriously, buy it to check out the can. [2017.05.28: 1.9]
rougeau13 (3156) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Big can at Yen in Fulshear. Clear pale golden with a big white head. Soft aroma of grain. Tastes grainy and lightly peppered. Crisp light bodied. wlajwl (7011) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2017
Aroma is relatively strong malts and fruit in the background. The flavor is malts, a hint of caramel, fruit and a mix of clean and mild/medium sweetness in the finish. Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2017
Bottle. Clear golden color, white coca cola head. Light pepper aroma. Taste is clean, crisp, peppery. OK.
geologyguy (1650) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Very light malt smell, taste is lightly bitter and quite malty....Good mouthfeel... Light bread taste..Fairly smooth...At inakaya with Nora, Ashley and John after new years zvikar (6349) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 5, 2016
Yellow, small head, fruity aroma, caramel, toffee, bitter flavor, sourish, plums, weird, light bodied. kerenmk (5038) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 28, 2016
Can shared at a tasting at Max’ place. Thanks Excellent Little Brother! Clear gold with a white head. Sweet and a little papery aroma, sweet and papery taste. Light body, not enough carbonation, papery finish. csaso (2328) - Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Can - no head at all, pretty flat - not sure if it's supposed to be like that? Nice medium copper color though, sweet cereal malt aroma and flavor, mild fruity hops, flat finish, ok overall
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2016
Can sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Yellow with a small white head. Aroma of oxidation, cardboard, grape juice. Sweetish flavor with graininess, cardboard, and a faint bitterish note in the finish. Light-bodied.