Sweet Vanilla Stout by Sankt Gallen

Japanese breweries tend to produce sweeter beers around Valentine’s Day in the hope of enticing new customers to share the love; this Sweet Vanilla Stout by Sankt Gallen, while brewed all year round, is no exception. Made with fresh vanilla, it is technically a happoshu (like the Coedo Beniaka reviewed here); however, it still contains the essential ingredient: alcohol. Wait …

Hitachino Nest Lacto Sweet Stout by Kiuchi Brewery

Lacto sweet stout poured out.

“A lacto sweet stout?!” I thought. Worth a try as I like sweet things, I enjoy stouts, and I love all things made from milk, and you have to be a fan of all those three to ensure that you enjoy this concoction. Kiuchi brewery have produced a beer that’s got so much going on, that this lacto sweet stout is …

Sankt Gallen Pineapple Ale by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Pineapple Ale

So if something smells like a beer and tastes like a beer, then it must be a beer? By that same reckoning, Sankt Gallen’s Pineapple ale definitely smells like pineapple, and tastes like pineapple; however, that’s where the rule fails as it is most definitely a beer. This is another edition to their summer fruits beer, along with their Shonan Gold, …

Hitachino Nest Amber Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Amber Ale

  Hitachino Nest Amber Ale comes out- surprise!- as a nice amber mahogany colour, with a decent head and a light nose. The flavour is complex and layered; my notes included a lot of question marks. It’s bitter, so bitter, dry and woody, with smoke and roast malt nuances. Much like the Pale Ale reviewed here, the flavour is so …

Hitachino Nest White Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest White Ale is considered to be the flagship beer of the Hitachino range and has won gold medals at several beer competitions in both the U.K. and the U.S. Hitachino Nest White Ale is brewed in a similar manner to Belgian wheat beer with plenty of additional ingredients such as coriander, orange peel, and nutmeg. Hitachino Nest White Ale …

Yokohama Weizen by Yokohama Beer

Yokohama Weizen

This 5.5% Weizen, brewed with 50% barley and 50% wheat, is one of the main beers of the Yokohama beer line up and can be found on tap and in bottle around the Kanto, in particular Yokohama, area of Japan. Yokohama Weizen Aroma and Taste Yokohama Weizen pours well, with a typical golden hazy body as to be expected from a …

Kamakura Flower Brown Ale by Kamakura Beer

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Kamakura Flower Brown Ale is sold as premium local beer, at ¥500 a bottle and is also an award-winning beer from Kamakura Beer, having won the WBA World’s Best Brown Ale and also Asia’a Best Brown Ale in 2011. While there isn’t much competition in Asia for that title, it’s impressive that a small brewery like Kamakura Beer managed to …

Hitachino Nest Pale Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Pale Ale

Hitachino Nest Pale Ale is Kiuchi Brewery’s attempt at brewing a pale ale along the lines of an old English style. It is heavily influenced by the British style and also contains hops and malts that are usually found in British beers, such as Kent Golding and Cascade hops, along with Maris Otter malt. Hitachino Nest Pale Ale Aroma and Taste …

Sankt Gallen Shonan Gold Sweet Orange Ale by Sankt Gallen

Shonan Gold

Another summer and another offering from Sankt Gallen, using summer fruits in their recipes, this time around, using Shonan gold oranges to make this sweet Beer. And Shonan Gold Sweet Orange Ale. Kind of. Shonan Gold Sweet Orange Ale Aroma and Taste As soon as you open the bottle, the pungency of the orange hits you. Shonan Gold Sweet Orange …

Yokohama Bohemian Pilsner by Yokohama Brewery

Yokohama Bohemian Pilsner

Yokohama Bohemian Pilsner is a 5.5% Czech-style pilsner beer from Yokohama Brewery. Following the Czech influence, Yokohama Bohemian Pilsner is brewed with 100% Saaz hops and uses something called “three decoction mashing” or as the label puts it 3Decoction mashing, which is where during the decoction mashing part of the mash is boiled in a separate kettle. The boiled part is added …