Awaji Rice Pilsner is a 3.5% rice beer from Awaji Beer, based in Hyogo, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. Awaji Rice Pilsner is brewed using a local strain of rice known as “Kinuhikari” and the beer also won gold at the Asia Beer Cup in 2017.
Awaji Rice Pilsner Aroma and Taste
A 3.5% beer?! Yes, we know what a lot of people of thinking about but hear us out. Awaji Rice Pilsner is actually a nice beer and is a true “session” beer. It had a sharp sweet nose to it, along with a slight sake, ricey nose to it, which masked a faint malty biscuit aroma. There weren’t any hops coming through in the aroma but the marriage of sake and malts was well balanced. The meagre white head faded fast to a few bubbles around the side of the glass.
The body was as crisp as the nose, though understandably a tad thin to really support all the flavours. The sake ricey flavour was the strongest; however, there was also a subtle malt backbone to Awaji Rice Pilsner that lingered through to the aftertaste. There was no hop bitterness to it yet the crisp body was really refreshing.
Awaji Rice Pilsner The Bottom Line
Though not for everyone, Awaji Rice Pilsner is plain and simple a rice pilsner and it does its job well.
Where to Buy Awaji Rice Pilsner
Awaji Rice Pilsner can be bought online at the following places: