Rather than writing our usual whole page review for a beer, we’ve come up with this mini review page for Oriental Brewing at their Higashiyama and Korinbo branches.
Style: English Pale Ale
Oriental Brewing Katamachi Beer Ookami Mini Review
Appearance: Orange brown with a plump white head.
Nose: Malty with some hints of earthy hops. Low fruitiness but a subtle buttery nose.
Body: Initial bitterness fades to a caramel and earthy hop flavour. An edge of butteriness pervades but not offensive.
Style: Japanese White Ale
Oriental Brewing Kima Beer Mini Review
Appearance: Light hazy golden straw colour with a fluffy white head.
Nose: Some hints of orange and coriander on the nose, with an underlying wheat biscuit aroma. Some spicy peppery notes once it warms up.
Body: Spicy peppery body with fruity orange undertones. Light wheat and biscuit body and a dry body. Lingering orange flavour plays off nicely with the pepper.
Oriental Brewing Kagabacha Stout Mini Review
Appearance: Pitch black with a slightly off-white head that faded fast.
Nose: Chocolate, coffee, with some roasted black malts. Tea shines through once it has warmed up.
Body: Slight acrid body, but tea balances out. Interesting mix of chocolate and coffee flavours to it. Tea doesn’t linger for long though. Well made and drinkable.
Style: Fruit beer
Oriental Brewing Yuwaku Yuzu Ale Mini Review
Appearance: Hazy dull yellow colour with a pure white head.
Nose: Yuzu is the strongest aroma, almost to a washing-up liquid like level. Little else comes through.
Body: Tastes like a hefeweizen with a frothy bubbly body. Yuzu more restrained in the body but a tad astringent with some grapefruit. Fairly one-dimensional and forgetful.
Style: Milk stout
Oriental Brewing Hobo Collaboration Mini Review
Appearance: Pitch black body with a slightly off-white head that clings to the side of the glass.
Nose: Vanilla, lactose, with chocolate and black malts paired with some coffee.
Body: Creamy body with hints of vanilla paired against mixed dark malts. Once it warms up, some chocolate and coffee comes up against the creamy flavours. Nice.