Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch is a 5% kolsch style beer from Kanpai! Brewing, based in Bunkyo ward, in Tokyo, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch is brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malt and is hopped with Hallertau Mittlefruh, Hersbrucker, and Magnum hops.
Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch : At A Glance
- Alcohol : 5%
- Style : Kolsch
- Hops : Hallertau Mittlefruh, Hersbrucker, and Magnum
- IBU : 20
- Availability : Regular
- On Sale : From April 2020
- Size : 330 ml
- Price : From 600 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Light sweet pilsner aroma with some noble hops. Faint butteriness when warm.
- Notable Tastes : Dry and light with subtle pilsner bite. Some butteriness to the body.
Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch : Aroma & Taste
I’m glad to see more breweries are making kolsches – they’re normally a light and dry beer that is pretty much well suited to the first beer of the day or something for warmer weather.
Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch poured out a golden honey colour, though was pretty clear, in spite of the picture above showing some chill haze. The aroma started off with a light, sweet pilsner smell that combined with some noble hop-like quality to it as well. The main problem though with Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch is that there was some butteriness – an undesirable quality in a kolsch – when it had warmed up a bit.
The body was dry and light, which would have been good for a warmer day than I had drunk Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch on – 5c and probably should have had an imperial stout! There was a touch of pilsner sweetness from the malt but once again, the butteriness was present in the body which detracted away from the main flavours of the beer. That same butteriness lingered on and became more unpleasant as Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch warmed up.
Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch : The Bottom Line
Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch started off well but failed where it shouldn’t. Give it a miss.
Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch : Where To Buy
Kanpai! Nozoki Saka Kölsch can be bought online at the following places: