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Ratings: 1,792
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 261 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: IronDjinn on 05-28-2003

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Ratings: 1,792 | Reviews: 624
Photo of pat61
3.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours brilliant straw producing a 1” rapidly disappearing white foam cap.
S: The nose is neither particularly big nor interesting, primarily composed of light grains, rise and a suspicion of hops.
T: Light grains on the palate – rice and light malts – with a light hop bitter accent on the finish. No perceptible hop flavor. A drying finish with above average rice flavor. Clean and crisp, with no apple, vegetal or sulfur flavors.
F: Light, with high levels of carbonation.
O: This is a light beer more noted for the flavors that it doesn’t have than for the ones it does.

Photo of drtth
3.24/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out into Duvel glass a clear bright golden-straw yellow color with a 1/2" white head that soon recedes to ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam that becomes an irregular island on the surface. There is a lot of fine carbonation rising to the surface and sipping leaves behind small patches of foam which mostly slide back down into the liquid. Because of the nucleation point in the glass there's a visible small stream for carbonation heading to the surface and feeding that irregular thin island of foam.

The aroma is light with only a subtle hop character showing along with some faint honey-like sweetness. The light hop character seems both a bit floral and grassy and is both gentle and well integrated with the malt and rice.

The flavors mostly follow the nose in that there's some sweetness along with some light floral and grassy notes. What bitterness there is comes in late in the game and mostly just sits quietly on the back of the tongue.

The mouth feel is on the light side and there is some light crispness from the gentle carbonation. The finish is long and dry and ends on a slight bitter dry note that invites another sip.

While this is not going to be a beer of choice for me at home it is definitely drinkable and something one could easily have more than one of in an evening. It is smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. I'd also guess that those folks who thrive on strong flavors would not care for this beer but I'm finding it reasonably pleasant, but not challenging. That said I'll probably not buy more unless in a situation where it is basically the only choice as I prefer a bit richer flavor in my beers. However, at a Japanese restaurant I'd be quite happy to have it as it should pair quite well with the traditional cuisine.

Photo of Bunman3
2.87/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Precisely what I expected for the price and the style. You could drink worse beer. This pairs nicely with Asian food. I won't go hunting for it, but would order it in a restaurant.

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

25 cent single from ABC. Pretty good for a rice lager...

Photo of RMD579
3.57/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good for a light beer, had it at a hibachi. It's mostly flavorless but it's a bit better than the beers you might compare it to.

Photo of ryho
3.47/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a light beer this is actually tasty.

Photo of Decker
1.77/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

A revolting lager that is reminiscent of Bud-Light.

Photo of 57md
2.87/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Straw in color. Smells like a pils. Sweetness on the flavor profile but not corny like an AAL. Slightly dry finish.

Photo of bongobeer
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sweet, easy drinking lager...would pair well with all types of food?

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've always enjoyed this beer and have so many from the supermarket it is crazy.

Photo of adacovsk
2.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Used to drink this in college... Looks like a typical lager, white foamy head. Faint yeasty smell. Faint, weak taste... I remember it tasting better.

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super underrated. Way more flavor than competing adjunct lagers.

Photo of TopherBreski
2.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

I've seen this advertised as beer and malt liquor. I looked at the $3.49 price and figured it must be good and although it's a golden yellow color and smells great, there is no taste. It's water.

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

there is a slight clove flavour some malt also in aroma but a huge amount of meh

Photo of Jobin_24
2.1/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Alright light, almost no flavor,malty taste

Photo of kplooki
3.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the style, pretty decent brew.

Photo of mjhall1989
1.94/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just some light beer, to be drunken ironically

Photo of dacoit
2.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not terrible in a pinch.

Photo of Roguer
2.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Quick notes:

Poor head and retention. Crystal clear. Oversweet.

Photo of JamesBondGA
2.94/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

used to drink the hell out of this back in the day in college. First time I've had this in 20+ years. It's decent now, sweeter than I remember...but I'm used to porters and stouts.

Photo of gshak
3.04/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a chilled can into my Bitburger Pilsner/lager glass.
A - clear yellow with a finger of head that dissipated into a thin ring quickly.
S - freshly toasted bread, sweet grains, faint lemon and hay.
T - sweeter than I expected. Grainy taste, with a hiss of lemony and grassy hops towards the end. I quite enjoyed this one. If only they could dial down the sweetness, I might fancy drinking this one regular basis.
M - tending towards light-medium, and the active carbonation makes it smoother than the norm.
O -a decent alternative to the regular AALs at a very affordable price of $6/6pk at TJs.

Photo of DefenCorps
2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From a can

A clear gold with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring slowly, this looks great! The nose is rather inoffensive. A mildly sweet, faintly hoppy, lemony character is present with some polished rice. Clean. The palate opens crisp if a bit watery, spritzy, a little lemony, a little earthy. No off-flavors. A little watery on the finish, but still quenching. Among the better pale lagers out there.Solid.

Photo of LittleNeko
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Drinkable but not very good

Photo of YumaLaowai
3.28/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Its good. Has a sweetish smell with a slight hint of sweetness but it goes down smooth with a hint of a nice kick. Problem is I don't feel like I'm drinking a beer from Japan.
Second review...
Second time was way better

Photo of chubenzino
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Nothing special about this beer

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