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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of jmz62565


2.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden/yellow with a large white foamy head ,with the head leaving decent lacing. The smell is light with only hints of floral aromas and sweet malt. The taste is light,crisp, with floral and sweet malt,like the smell. The m/f is light and not impressive. This is a typical large macro beer,with only some flavor and little else.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 22:03:52 | More by jmz62565
Photo of changeup45


2.45/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a neat silver can although that doesn't boost the taste any. A small notch above some of the true crap swill. Light golden color, not a bad head on it. Malty, grassy flavor, a bit sweet and wheaty. It is somewhat refreshing. Didn't sample this with any Japanese food but I don't see how it would be any better that way.

Serving type: can

08-24-2008 18:06:44 | More by changeup45
Photo of StoutandBitter

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of oriental beers, and this is one of my favourites.

An nice, light colour, but little head and little lacing. Nice, light yeasty smell.

One of the best tasting lagers, Crisp and refreshing, packed with flavour, but dissapates quickly with almost no after taste.

This is a good hot day beer, perfect for those BBQ's and backyard pool parties. A great everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 19:10:12 | More by StoutandBitter
Photo of PatronWizard


2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Japan's oldest brand! From cool ass can into glass...

Clear golden yellow. Frothed up a respectable white foamy head for a minute.

The smell is.... well, without being rude, I'll just say that I've been smelling a lot of really good beer lately and the smell is... dissimilar. Unoffensive.

I taste the subtle difference that exists between this and most macros, but I couldn't name the flavor.

This serving is ice cold, so it's doing the job, which is too quench my thirst. Kinda harsh on the feel. Guess I should just down it and continue with my day.

Overall: marginal. If you get a chance - fine, if you never get the chance - fine.

Serving type: can

08-21-2008 04:50:25 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of hwwty4


2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 22oz bomber into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a light straw yellow with just a hint of a puffy white head. The aroma is boiled rice, slightly soured milk and a hint of canned corn. The taste is really basic. Rice, a bit of adjunct, and for some reason just a bit of milk. The mouthfeel is much fuller then a normal "Macro" lager. Its still light but the rice must add a bit of body to it. Also, the carbonation is more toned down than a Macro too. This is definitely my go to beer when I get Sushi but not something I seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 02:01:25 | More by hwwty4
Photo of burnstar


2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear pale gold. Medium sized head with some nice lacing for the style. Smell is mostly grassy hops. Taste is not very sweet. Rice crispness. Distinct light malt/adjunct aftertaste that's not unpleasant. Some grassy hops again. Light to medium mouthfeel. Wet. Pretty drinkable. Overall, a pretty standard generic lager. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 01:08:41 | More by burnstar
Photo of elniko


2.42/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Typical lager color, very little head. Average looking brew.

S: Not the best smelling brew, slightly skunky. Just bad.

T & M: Sweet beer, I get some major corn flavoring. Mouthfeel rather watery.

D: Not awful, but I'm not sure that I would want to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 00:59:47 | More by elniko
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. 12 oz. bottle poured into a glass. Tiny head even after a generous pour. A decent amount of lace clings to the sides.

S. Rice and grains. Light beer smell.

T. Sweet and crisp, more so than the american macros. I prefer this, it is sweet almost like in a wheat beer, but not as pronounced.

M. A bit watery and fairly smooth.

D. Very drinkable, pairs nicely with chinese food, as well as american grub. A palate cleaner for sure, good beer to drink at 11:30 in the morning.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 15:30:24 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of kinger


2.58/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have considered buying the double deuce numerous times over the years, well tonight I gave into temptation and purchased one. I got home after work and popped it open poured it into a glass and was intrigued by it's interesting taste. The first glass was pretty good but buy the time I finished the whole can I was a little disapointed. This beer tasted rather "sweet" to me. The greatest aspect of this beer is the beautiful silver can that it comes in, next time I will not hesitate to pass right on by this beer.

Serving type: can

07-29-2008 18:48:49 | More by kinger
Photo of Getinthevan


3.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a 22oz can of this last night with my sushi dinner and it hits the spot every time.

Appearance was a pallid yellow with minimal lacing, but a decent head. Overall, not a bad looking beer, especially from a lager, but nothing overzealous.

Smell was high in malts and rice. The rice aroma was very strong within the palate of my nose. Definitely a good warm-up to a delicious sushi dinner.

Taste was good. The malts were a bit bitter and the overall brew had a pleasant, wet rice flavor to it. This goes down fairly quickly with a nice, dry finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty decent at best. After the taste settles in, it pretty much dies off once it goes down the throat. Nothing impressive, but nothing bad either.

Drinkability is good for an environment like this. This goes great with oriental dinners and even if you wanna try something exotic on a weekend, this is a good "go-to" beer. Not bad stuff at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 18:30:19 | More by Getinthevan
Photo of everetends


3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle I got in the liberation of poor selling beers from my buddy's bar. I guess no one likes Japanese brews. Poured into a pint.

A: Poured a bright yellow/gold color. Had a very thin head, very fizzy, and a lot of carbonation. The head had very little retention. This school girl is not wearing any lacy stockings if you catch my drift.

S: Smell is of malt and rice. There is a sweet, creamy buttery not to this beer. Makes me crave steamed rice a bit.

T: Taste is of rice, malt and a touch of sweetness and grains. Not bad, but not great.

M: The mouthfeel feels like it is going to go down clean, but has a strange oily, stickiness to it. It is not pleasant. It doesn't take too much away from the beer, but just adds an awkwardness to drinking it.

D: Not bad. I could drink this over a macro if there wasn't the import premium on the price. This might be why it wasn't selling at the bar. Don't know. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 00:33:17 | More by everetends
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear, bright butter-gold with a very thin, micro-fizzy head that was quick to dissipate leaving no visible lacing. Visible carbonation was moderate strong and quite feverish as the bubbles rapidly raced to the surface.

S: faint buttery white rice and not much else.

T: buttery sweet, and lemony which quickly fades to a dried lemon peels and a light sourness. A bitter citrus hopping finishes things out in an otherwise ordinary flavor. Overall, was sweet, buttery and lemony with some acetic nature on the finish.

M: The body and mouthful was very light and thin, slick and oily and was very smooth on the swallow with a light trace of carbonation.

D: Drinkability was ok, not bad flavor wise but really didn't encourage me to looking forward to finishing the drink. Mediocrity at its finest.

Serving type: can

07-04-2008 11:31:05 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of clickpush


3.75/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz can, bought for $2.99, into pint glass. One finger of white bubbly head appears over a well carbonated yellow body of beer. Head quickly disperses with minimal retention.

Nose: A light, hoppy aroma blends with notes of rice and familiar adjunct characteristics. Some citric or bramble acidity and a hint of wax.

Mouth: Very dry body from start to finish. Lovely bubbles tickle the mouth. Hoppy bitter & dry long lasting finish. Not exceedingly complex but very little to complain about. Nice and refreshing.

Serving type: can

06-27-2008 21:36:12 | More by clickpush
Photo of krukster


3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Somewhat pale, yellow tint. Hardly any lacing

S - Smelled like a run of the mill American large company beer

T - Watery and somewhat bland. More taste than an American Light beer, but not much more.

M - Somewhat watery, but not a bad taste.

D - Not a bad beer, have had much better. In regards to drinkability I am sure you could probably put down a six pack on a hot summer day without much thought.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 00:55:23 | More by krukster
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Distinctive 650 ml can, poured into a shaker pint glass yields a gleaming-clear golden-straw body with trickles of active carbonation capped with a fat finger of fine-grained white head with wimpy retention at a patchy-fuzzed sheet , offering whatever is less than "a dearth" of lacing.

Smell is malty and dry. That's it.

Taste is malty and dry-- like an unbuttered biscuit with no jelly or honey--ok, but really lacking something... with the tiniest kiss of hops...cooked white rice in the finish.

Drinkability off the charts, as this is one step away from water. I do like the shapely silver can with the bevels on it, though.

Serving type: can

06-15-2008 14:20:13 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of hreb


2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz can of heavy aluminum of the variety that I usually order with sushi. No freshness date of any kind.

Beer pours from can a very pale golden color with a huge white head. Looks like nothing. Served cold in a pint glass.

Aroma is thin and mildly skunky. Initial flavor is slightly bitter with a sharp carbonation and a foamy consistency. Subtly sweet aftertaste which is unpleasant (it's supposed to be beer, right?) but mild enough to not be actually offensive or ruin the beer. There's not enough malt body to really be flavorful, but the hops can't really "dominate" since they're hidden away in the back.

Significantly better than kirin ichiban, slightly better than the Orion, but unfortunately, sweeter.

Overall: refreshing, overly carbonated, but not otherwise interesting. If it was carbonated a reasonable level it would probably be even less interesting. At least the can is kind of cool, as far as cans go.

Serving type: can

06-09-2008 01:59:01 | More by hreb
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz can into pilsner glass.

A - Very pale, perfectly clear yellow, with a one finger head that recedes to the thinest white collar. No lacing.

S - American macro lager graininess, yet somehow a little deeper and rounder, almost pleasant. Adjunct laden but balanced with a smidge of hops.

T - Quite tasteless. A lot like a really watery pilsner. Some semi-sweet graininess, followed by a late palate burst of spicy hops. A little bitter in the finish. Very bland.

M - Thin, watery, and highly carbonated. Works well considering it's lack of flavor.

D - Though not a particularly good beer, and a little pricey for what it is, it wouldn't be a bad alternative to American macros. Same general idea but pulled off with a slightly different spin.

Serving type: can

05-31-2008 06:00:01 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of rye726


1.63/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This pours an average lager yellow and doesn't present much of a head. The nose is grainy and unimpressive. Guess what, the flavor follows suit. Quite light with some rice and old hops. A light body has a bit too much carbonation to go down well. Just another macorish lager in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 05:39:14 | More by rye726
Photo of donteatpoop


3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with virtually no head.

Has a nice inviting skunky smell to it, a lot of hops hit the nose as well.

The hops pretty much domionate the tongue, but it leaves the mouth a little dry.

An okay beer that I probably wouldnt' seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 23:40:54 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of generallee

New York

2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a very clean light yellow color. The carbonation level was very low and it didn't make much of a head. Its aroma and flavor were subdued with hints of light malts and rice. There was only a slight dry bitterness on the tongue. The body was thin with a mild carbonation and a crisp clean finish. Over all a very simple ok beer.

Serving type: can

05-09-2008 21:16:16 | More by generallee
Photo of Exner83


2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was a common straw hue with average lacing. A very negligible smell. The mouthfeel is thin with a mediocre carbonation.

Flavor is of pale, boring malts with fairly assertive hops. Sleepy dryness pervades.

Nothing quenching or very sessionable about this guy. Like the Tao, it JUST IS. And boring at that. Wait - forget the Tao reference: The universe deserves better!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 05:19:38 | More by Exner83
Photo of osi


3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Kobe's steakhouse.

A - Poured a golden yellow that resembled a macro lager. Average trace. I did not get to check out the head the bar tender filled it to the brim and it was brought out to me at the grill table.

S - Not much smell emitting from here which I liked. Just faint hints of malts and not much more.

T - The taste was very light. Subtle flavors of malt and rice. As the beer warmed up the alcohol became more prevalent which was a minus.

M - Very clean and crisp. I rather enjoyed it.

D - This is a better than average beer that really paired well with the Japanese food. The very light and crisp taste was a plus. I would have this again if it were the right occasion. Hell, I might would have this for the hell of it. Give it a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 17:44:11 | More by osi
Photo of jar2574


1.73/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear yellow, unappetizing color. Very little carbonation. A tiny amount of head.

Nothing natural to the smell. Maybe a touch of rice? Metal? Water?

It tastes like I just drank some Coors Light out of a keg opened last night. Flat. There would have at least been fizz on a fresh macro-lager.

Somehow it manages to taste boozy while being only 5% alcohol. It's like water and booze strained through a rice paddy and served two days later. Nothing you'll ever want.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 02:17:12 | More by jar2574
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a pint of this when I went for sushi today.

A: Poured a light, straw yellow body with a a small white head with no retention and no lacing.

S: Smelled of a bitter, slightly malty smell. Alcohol was evident in the smell. Fairly bready. Like a macro-lager.

T: A slightly malty, fairly bitter taste with a kind of bready aftertaste. Slight hop notes that did not do well to compliment the malts. Overall, not too impressed.

M: Light and watery. Slightly crisp, which was good, but pretty light and watery overall.

D: Not too drinkable for me. Poor combination of mouthfeel and taste did not make this beer overly impressive for me. Not really a big fan of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 01:43:16 | More by maddogruss
Photo of lpayette


3.8/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this many times prior (mostly while in Japan) both on draft and from cans. I picked this can up on somewhat of a whim today.

Pours a crystal clear fizzy yellow as expected. It tries to leave a bit of lace, but can't quite do it. The smell is very weak and really doesn't have a lot worth pointing out. It seems that I can smell some rice, but that may be my imagination.

If I'm ranking strictly by style, I gotta admit, this isn't half bad. The taste is very clean and crisp, and very light. But this does seem a step above your typical BMC offerings. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style- light and moderately carbonated. This beer is built for drinkability, and I can't deny it props for that in ranking it. Maybe it just brings back good memories of my visits to Japan, but in those rare times when I'm just looking for something to drink that I don't have to think about and it's hotter than H-E-double hockey sticks, I wouldn't mind having a can of this around. Also, you have to admit, the can is pretty bad-ass.

Serving type: can

04-14-2008 04:54:20 | More by lpayette
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