- My Rating: [C+], I gave it a (3.1 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
秋田美桜酵母ビール (Akita Biyōkōbo Beer) – Kohan no Mori Beer, 5.5% ABV, 330 ml., (Akita, Japan)
on the front:
“桜の木に住んでいた自然酵母の力をかりました”, which I translate as:
“We borrowed the natural power of the yeast living in the cherry blossom tree”
- Style: Sour/Wild Lager?
- Taste: Smooth crisp bite apple sweet lager barley malt gentle hints of sour
- Where I got it : Tokyo
- How much: ¥450 ($5.70 CAD) – 330 ml., September 2015
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah
Visual: Pours almost clear golden yellow with a decent sized foamy head, a 2mm layer of retention, mostly thick sticky lacing.
Nose: lager barley malts, hints of apple. (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: crisp, fruity barley malt
Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), light citrusy-grainy lager barley malt, mild wild yeasty tanginess
Finish: clean, trace amounts of bitter hops.
Summary: Not quite sure the exact style, but definitely not a spiced/herb/veg beer. It drinks like a hybrid ale mouthfeel body/lager barley malt and just a touch of sourness from the wild yeast. Mildly interesting, very drinkable.