秋田美桜酵母ビール (Akita Biyōkōbo Beer) – 湖畔の杜ビール (Kohan no Mori Beer) (Akita, Japan)

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.