Otaru Pilsner is a 5% German pilsner from Otaru Beer, based in Otaru, Hokkaido. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found in both bottles and on draught. Otaru Pilsner is brewed to a traditional Northern German recipe and is aged for 8 weeks before bottling.
Otaru Pilsner : At A Glance
- Alcohol : 5%
- Style : German Pilsner
- Hops : Unknown
- IBU : Unknown
- Availability : Regular
- On Sale : From 1995
- Size : 330 ml
- Price : From 300 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Floral and noble hop aroma with light pilsner malt.
- Notable Tastes : Smooth with dry bitterness that fades to a floral and noble hop body.
Otaru Pilsner : Aroma & Taste
In spite of BeerTengoku having been around since 2014, it’s for some unknown reason that I’ve never got round to writing up about Otaru Pilsner. Perhaps laziness with it being so cheap or a German pilsner, which are ten a penny here in Japan. On the recent trip to Hokkaido for BeerTengoku, I was fortunate to have a few of these at the brewery, super fresh, and was hooked.
Otaru Pilsner poured out a clear light golden straw colour with a large amount of frothy white head on top that faded to a few bubbles around the side of the glass. The aroma was a clean floral and noble hop aroma when chilled, with some light pilsner malt thrown in once the beer had warmed up. It was a rather simple aroma, but the sweetness was more restrained than a macro lager.
The body started off with quite a dry bitterness from the hops, which shifted towards a floral and noble hop like quality. Otaru Pilsner had a light pilsner malt sweetness to the beer, and had a well balanced crispness to it. There wasn’t any over flavour to it – some pilsners occasionally have sulfur flavours present – but Otaru Pilsner was a pleasure to drink on a warmer than usual spring day.
Otaru Pilsner : The Bottom Line
Otaru Pilsner is a decent pilsner and at a very good price. Well worth trying when fresh.
Otaru Pilsner : Where To Buy
Otaru Pilsner can be bought online at the following places: