味わい天空 (Ajiwai Tenkuu) – 湖畔の杜ビール (Kohan no Mori Beer) (Akita, Japan)

味わい天空 (Ajiwai Tenkuu) – 湖畔の杜ビール (Kohan no Mori Beer), 5.5% ABV, 330 ml., (Akita, Japan)


on the front:

“「澄み渡る爽快な宙(そら)」のようなビールを造りたいという醸造者の熱い想いの中、実現したビールです。その味わいはまるで天空を突き抜けるがごとく爽やかです。全体のコクと爽快さのバランスが、このビールの醍醐味。醸造者から「こよなくビールを愛する人たちへ」贈ります。”, which google translates as:

In the passion of the brewer that want to build a beer such as “perfectly clear refreshing the air (sky)”, it is a beer that was realized. Its taste is refreshing as if like penetrate the sky. Overall flavor and balance of freshness is, the best part of this beer. From brewer “to the people who love Koyonaku beer you gift.


  • Style: Dortmunder/Helles
  • Taste: Clean sweet drinkable smooth bready lager malt
  • Where I got it : Tokyo Subway Station
  • How much: ¥500 ($6.50 CAD) – 330 ml.,  September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent, but nah

Visual: Pours translucent marmalade orange with a smallish head, a thin layer of retention, scattered steady micro streams.

Nose: bread malt-forward lager malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-lively, incoming sweet lager malt

Mid-palate: bright clean (lvl-5-sweetness), creamy smooth bready lager barley malt, hints of honey

Finish: residual lager malt exhale, hints of apple juice, very subtle hops

Summary: A very clean and smooth easy-drinking lager. Not something I would remember, but it went well with a meal.

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.