Top 50 beers from Japan right now

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beers 2675 º places 111 º 08:50 Fri 10/5/2012

score count style
1 Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout 3.82 631 Stout
2 Hakusekikan Hurricane 3.71 20 Barley Wine
3 Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia (Bottom Fermented) 3.71 47 Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
4 Hitachino Nest XH 3.66 579 Belgian Strong Ale
5 Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout 3.65 141 Imperial Stout
6 Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA 3.62 149 Imperial/Double IPA
7 Tamamura Honten (Shiga Kogen) House IPA 3.60 52 Imperial/Double IPA
8 Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale 3.60 521 Spice/Herb/Vegetable
9 Hakusekikan Brown Ale 3.58 11 Brown Ale
10 Minoh Imperial Stout 3.57 29 Imperial Stout
11 Sankt Gallen El Diablo 3.56 15 Barley Wine
12 Hidatakayama Karumina 3.56 22 Belgian Strong Ale
13 Sankt Gallen Imperial Chocolate Stout 3.54 19 Imperial Stout
14 Baird Ganko Oyaji (Stubborn Old Man) Barley Wine 3.53 15 Barley Wine
15 Fujizakura Kougen Weizen 3.53 28 German Hefeweizen
16 Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout 3.52 33 Imperial Stout
17 Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale 3.51 507 India Pale Ale (IPA)
18 Baird Temple Garden Yuzu Ale 3.51 64 Fruit Beer
19 Oze No Yukidoke Heavy Heavy 3.48 14 Barley Wine
20 Fujizakura Kougen Rauch Beer 3.48 36 Smoked
21 Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale 3.48 21 Amber Ale
22 Baird Kurofune Porter 3.48 224 Porter
23 Swan Lake Imperial Stout 3.47 10 Imperial Stout
24 Baird West Coast Wheat Wine 3.47 27 Barley Wine
25 Iwate Kura IPA 3.46 24 India Pale Ale (IPA)
26 Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter 3.46 137 Porter
27 Baird First Impact 3.46 11 Black IPA
28 Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale 3.46 213 Brown Ale
29 Hitachino Nest White Ale 3.45 680 Belgian White (Witbier)
30 Iwate Kura Stout 3.43 20 Stout
31 Fujizakura Rauchbock 3.43 13 Smoked
32 Shonan Imperial Stout 3.43 10 Imperial Stout
33 Daisen G Beer Barley Wine 3.42 25 Barley Wine
34 Ise Kadoya Imperial Smoked Porter 3.41 31 Smoked
35 Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi 2 Saison Noir 3.41 12 Saison
36 Baeren Ursus 3.41 19 Weizen Bock
37 Baird Natsumikan Summer Ale 3.41 78 Fruit Beer
38 Sankt Gallen Sweet Vanilla Stout 3.40 18 Sweet Stout
39 Coedo Shikkoku 3.40 35 Schwarzbier
40 Baird Morning Coffee Stout 3.39 12 Sweet Stout
41 Shiga Kogen IPA 3.39 37 India Pale Ale (IPA)
42 Hidatakayama Stout 3.38 11 Stout
43 Hitachino Nest Amber Ale 3.38 47 Amber Ale
44 Swan Lake IPA 3.37 13 India Pale Ale (IPA)
45 Baird Teikoku IPA 3.37 126 India Pale Ale (IPA)
46 Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale 3.37 211 American Pale Ale
47 Tamamura Honten (Shiga Kogen) Indian Summer Saison 3.37 17 Saison
48 Oze No Yukidoke IPA 3.37 31 India Pale Ale (IPA)
49 Hitachino Nest Beer 3 Days 3.36 63 Belgian Strong Ale
50 Baird Divine Vamp III 3.36 16 Black IPA

09:50 Fri 10/5/2012

To sad they’re hardly available in europe. If I could get very excited by beer atm then it’s most likely asian craft beer!

Any japan traveller coming to europe soon?

beers 6266 º places 352 º 10:28 Fri 10/5/2012

Yes, but IMO, too many great beers with too few ratings, so the beers don’t event register. ie. I think no one in Japan likes it as much as the Swedes and Fins :) (not rated by any of them, but well consumed by some of them).
As Gazza said "just go"
if you want to experience Japanese beer culture and Japan.


beers 7675 º places 235 º 12:45 Fri 10/5/2012

So many of these beers are great, and deserve to be much better known than they are. Consider number 21, for example. It’s just an amber ale, and nobody’s ever heard of it, but even with just 21 ratings it’s at 92%, and omhper gave it 4.2. I probably should have, too, because five years after the only time I tried it, I can still remember the flavour.

As for the Ratebeer Japan Gathering, please don’t tell me any more about it. I’m way too tempted as it is.

beers 106 º places 103 º 15:25 Fri 10/5/2012

Originally posted by theRunningBoar
To sad they’re hardly available in europe. If I could get very excited by beer atm then it’s most likely asian craft beer!

Any japan traveller coming to europe soon?
>i will be living in europe for 4/5 months next year and i will be in holland,BUT in approx 6 weeks i will only be logging into my rb account 2-3 times a year.if this is something you really want,sending me an email address would probably be a good idea.

beers 10808 º places 750 º 21:08 Fri 10/5/2012

As others have hinted at, this list is way over-dominated by brewers who export to the US, namely Hitachino Nest and Baird. Both are very good, even great (Baird), but inevitably over-rated, not only because they are some of the only beers to have enough ratings to lose the weighted ranking, but also because of novelty factor. In Japan now, almost no serious beer drinker gives a crap about Nest beers or their dumb owl.

There are some seriously good brewers who are not widely available yet, but are making amazing stuff lately, like Zakkoku Kobo, Mojiko, Hideji, Outsider, North Island, Aqula. After the RBJG 2, expect to see more of these names in the top 50!

beers 3925 º places 35 º 22:28 Fri 10/5/2012

I’ve had 16 of those, some pretty solid beers on that list.

beers 4256 º places 393 º 07:58 Sun 10/7/2012

Yeah, lots of stuff on there that probably won’t be as soon as more people rate stuff that isn’t exported. Definitely a good place to be living at the moment for beer.