Samurai Gazebo
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Lager - Japanese Rice
Ranked #1
Ranked #12,761
3.98 | pDev: 12.06%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Very Good
Notes: In a Zen-like state
The Samurai wets his blade
Then wets his palate
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 78 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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pudgym29 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Globe Pub in Chicago (near Begyle & Dovetail Brwys.).
I actually hit this venue because my laptop battery died darned sooned than I expected at my previous (outdoor) location. I knew I could get a crucial plug-in here.
Anyhow, that this beer seemingly has not been reviewed in _nine years_ is puzzling. The beer is a lucid yellow - the stock color of all lagers, including Japanese ones. Smell is slightly hoppy, but nothing close to what one would get from _pretty much every IPA_ Having been to Japan [fourteen times] and being relegated to consuming a typical Japanese lager (but I must recommend the Kirin tour at its brewery between Tokyo and Yokohama) any number of times {striving to experience the 'izakaya' atmosphere}, this does a superb job of replicating the flavor of a Kirin or Asahi (but _not_ a Sapporo, especially since what is now 'imported' to the U.S.A. is really coming from Ontario, Canada) without the oxidation you might perceive in a beer shipped over from Japan. I can surmise this beer will appear in other venues (perhaps particularly Japanese-angling restaurants). Taste it.

May 31, 2021
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Sean9689 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a mirky golden/orange color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Grass, lemon peel, citrus, malts/bread, and nice hop profile. The Sorachi Ace hops really give this beer a unique nose with some light spice and a floral character in there as well.

T - Grass & malts up front, light floral, citrus, and hops follow. Some light tropical fruit in there as well, but mostly fresh cut grass. Finish is light hops with some floral notes.

M - Light body, good carbonation, grassy clean finish.

O - Super-easy to drink and enjoyable for a light change-of-pace beer. The Sorachi Ace hops really take this beer in another direction compared to others in this style. Cool beer.

Jun 07, 2012
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thydarkprevails from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at three floyds. Served in an imperial pint. Pours a hazy yellow gold orange. Thick white head lingers a while and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is bread, lime, light grapefruit, and a sweet chalky candy. Flavor is bread, chalk, citrus, and something I can’t identify but it goes along with that sweet chalk candy aroma. Light mouthfeel. I like this lager a lot and it’s good paired with their short rib burger.

May 18, 2012
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Treebs from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at FFF. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with lighter golden edges. A thick head of white foam forms on the pour and leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Nice light hoppy FFF profile is up front. The sweetness of the rice pops up and sticks around for the body of each smell. As the beer goes on I get some nice tangerine flesh as well.

T: Light fruity hops are up front like the nose and the rice takes over. It's a like the sticky white rice that comes in sushi. The finish is a mix of sweet white rice and semi bitter orange pith.

M: Light to medium bodied with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and the finish is creamy and sweet.

O: Hands down the best rice lager I've ever had. That's not really saying much, but this is very well put together beer. Incredibly balanced. If you have the option of trying it please do.

May 07, 2012
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aasher from Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the day after Dark Lord Day.

This beer is a light bodied light bronze in color with a one finger creamy head. The nose is subtly sweet with plenty of sweet rice characteristic, spice, rosemary, and mint. The flavors are light, herbal, and minty. It's really interesting. I like it. It's like a sweeter, minty version of Sapporo. It's extremely light and sessionable and a different take on this style. It's a nice beer overall.

Apr 29, 2012
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hooliganlife from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at DLD

pour was a bright and electric like murky golden brown

very floral, lots of tropical fruit, bright

taste was similar to nose only with a spicy zest. floral and citrus hops combined with a refreshing zest.

moderate carbonation, light and easy

overall, this was a giant surprise, i would love to have this again

Apr 29, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Cask at Real Ale. Described as a West Coast Lager.

A: Hazy dark orange with a massive white head.

S: Loads of citrus flesh with a light sweetness. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Touch of white grape and earth. I get some mango as well.

T: Piney and herbal with an upper moderate bitterness. Lots of orange and tangerine flesh. Lightly sweet.

M: Okay on cask. Bubbles would be nice but it still works. Medium body.

Overall: A nice hoppy lager.

Apr 16, 2012
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ChugginOil from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the brewpub

Pours a murky brownish yellow color with an inch of white head. The spotted lace clings all around the glass.

The nose smells like sweet rice and develops into some citrus and grassy hop notes.

Thw flavor profile is much the same with the sweet nice and a fairly balanced bittering hop profile. The citrus notes linger underneath the light sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was pretty awesome. The rice shows with a tasty sweetness along with that Floyd hoppiness.

Apr 09, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 3 Floyds. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving tons of glass-coating lace. The body is an unfiltered, hazy, dark yellow body - looks a bit like there is some rice protein left behind in there.

S - Massive Sorachi Ace presence - lots of lemon, honey, peach, orange creamsicle, and a touch of earthiness in the periphery.

T - The taste isn't quite as excellent as the aroma, although it's still very good. Less fruit flavor and more of the bread malt backbone showing through. The moderate bitterness reminds you that Sorachi Ace hops have fairly high alpha acid content.

M - Medium body that is surprisingly hefty for only 4.8%. Slightly gritty body, with moderate carbonation, and some resinous hop oils that lingering into the finish.

D - This stuff was super refreshing after waiting in the big ticket line. Supremely drinkable, and a superb session offering at only 4.8%. Definitely my favorite lager from 3 Floyds and one that sincerely wish they'd sell in six-packs alongside Zombie Dust.

Apr 08, 2012
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ktrillionaire from Florida

4.94/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not sure how this tick didn't immediately get posted; I was so totally INSANE over this beer when I had it at Sheffield's in Chicago. Review from backlog.


Big thanks to Alex for pointing this one out to me; though it is a FFF one-off, APL is not always the style du jour for me. Put Sorachi Ace in the mix, well, we have a different story now...

A - The brew pours pale and translucent. I cannot honestly say what color these pints are, as it is too dark in this bar. The brew is capped with a decently pillowy head, given the style, and deposits some lace too.

S - The nose is comprised of a pristine pale malt base, suggesting minerals and spring water; this provides the optimal springboard for which to launch the intensely delectable Sorachi Ace notes. The floral aromas of confederate jasmine blooming during a sultry Southern night (I know this aroma well...) as well as my beloved white gardenia in full bloom are beautifully intense, but do not cross over into being perfume-y, which seems easy given the specific notes involved. There are some fruity kiwi-like notes as I get deep, deep, deep into the pint. There could be no more pleasurable floral note than this one, and this may be my favorite hop bouquet of all-time.

T - The flavor is just awesomeness liquidly quantified. Floral notes of gardenia, jasmine and rose are so sublimely delectable, vanilla and kiwi-centric tropical-citric notes are also suggested, and the paleness is just so pristine. This beer is almost sensual, as ridiculous as it sounds, in its sensory qualities.

M - Having a beer this delicious merely touch your mouth qualifies as an exceptional feel. Drinking several pints is far beyond that.

O - The brewers at Three Floyds have just blown my mind with this beer. This is one of the most masterful creations I've had. Furthermore, it blows the rest of the style out of the water. Additionally still, it is a combo of flavor so awesomely pleasurable, and yet these flavors are virtually unknown to my fairly experienced palate; it begs the question: why isn't every beer like this?

May 24, 2011
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fear025 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma:The nose is subtle on this beer. There is mild fruitiness, maybe apple and apricot. There is also some mild hop bitterness.

Appearance:Clear golden color with medium head retention.

Taste:The beer is pleasantly fruity, with apricot and exotic hops.

Mouthfeel:A pleasant creaminess stays with you through the mid and aftertaste.

Drinkability:A great sessionable beer, that's not at all typical of Three Floyds.

Jun 27, 2010
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mynie from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with some kind of mysterious Japanese hops, so it's experimental. At DLD it was described to me as a refreshing lawnmower ale, a great kind of beer to start off a long, hot day of hard and heavy drinking. At the brewpub the menu just focused on its foreignness.

The imperial pint pours like a hazy APA, more red than gold with a very nice, fluffy white head.

Smells very sweet and grainy, the same basic kind of "pound one and go 'ahhh'" sweetness you get from soda pop, but without any soda poppish nodes that would detract from the beeriness. As the beer warms up a little and I grow more accustomed to it, I realized that most of this refreshingness is from the strange fruitiness of the Sorachi hops.

The first sip, the Sorachi is pleasantly overwhelming. This isn't because it's super strong; just that I'm really unaccustomed to it. Remember the first time you drank a stout or an APA, how strong it tasted? This kind of like that only not as pronounced. Once I gain my traction I realize what a well-brewed, delicate beer this is, with dry, crackerish barley mellowing out the refreshing fruit of the hops.

May 31, 2010
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GbVDave from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint at FFF 4/5/10. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a rich, golden copper color capped by a thick and creamy, bright-white head. Very sticky lace was left behind.

S: Distinct white grape aroma, along with toasted grain, and mild citrus.

T: See above. Excellent.

M: Pretty smooth with a nice peppery/spicy bite at the finish.

D: Satisfying and refreshing. An awesome summer session lager.

May 08, 2010
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alleykatking from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap during DLD this past weekend. Review from notes....

A- Pours a clear copper color with some light golden highlights in it. One finger bright white head comes up and dies down fairly quickly leaving a small cap on the top of the beer. Nice sticky ringing lacing as I drank down.

S- Hops come out first in this beer. More earthy and light citrus brightness in the front. Grassy sweet (caramel) bready malts in the rest of the beer balance this out a little more.

T- The malts are the firs tthing to come out in the flavor profile. Sweet caramel malts rush to the palate with hints of a bready yeast. The malts come in and balance this out with a little earthy kick which I find to be very pleasant on the palate.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Crisp flavors overall and very well balanced...very very well balanced. Light bready malts left on the palate with some hop bite in the aftertaste. Very clean tasting!

D- This beer is a perfect session lager. I'm glad to see 3 Floyds branching out and doing their own thing with this style. A perfect summertime beer and I can't wait to get back to the pub to enjoy a couple more pints of this!

Apr 29, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Three Floyds Brewpub (Munster, IN) on 4/24/10 during Dark Lord Day. Served in an imperial pint.

Pours a nice clear golden copper, topped with a 1/2 finger of creamy bright-white foam. Retains with a thin foamy layer, which stays rich, and leaves heavy swathes of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is fairly hoppy, being earthy, citric, grassy, and spicy, with some robust smelling green fruits being present as well. Caramel and bread from the malts add a sticky and malty tang to the nose underneath. Solid.

The sweetness of the malts are a little more forward here, with a good bit of tight grainy breads and caramel flavors being wrapped up in the earthy, fruity, and lightly spicy character of those Sorachi Ace hops. Just great balance here for a Lager, while still allowing the hops to show off some of their assertiveness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being sharp, crisp, and smooth all at once and helping give this a great easy drinking and sessionable feel. Tasty and thirst quenching.

I starting to get to know this new Sorachi Ace hop varietal a little better and while I'm not convinced that it could quite carry an IPA by itself, this seemed just perfect for the hopping of a Lager. Great stuff that I would gladly have had more of if there hadn't been so many other great beers on tap.

Apr 29, 2010
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good hot weather refresher with a light barley crispness, soft maltiness, and spicy hop finish.

Samurai Gazebo begins with a color that straddles golden and copper. White foam forms a head that lasts longer than the average for the style. Light lacing and crystal clear. Looks much like most Maibocks.

Aromas of sweet grains mix with bready and cracker-like malts. Probably a bit more of a 2-row malt character than pilsner but the beer ends up very crisp, clean, and pleasantly dry. Hop spiciness is high for a softer malt base but is very characterful and balanced without hanging up with the sharp bitterness in the back of the throat. Very light fruitiness might be an ester note, but might be a floral hop character attribute.

The body of the beer begins with an airy froathiness. But that quickly fades away, starting with a soft and powdery mid palate, and then to a crisp, clean, and dry hop finish.

Samurai Gazebo is a nice sessionable beer that seems to be similar to their Gumballhead, only without the wheat and with a different hop variety.

Apr 25, 2010
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a dark amber/golden color. Good head and creamy. Drops to a film in 2 minutes. Great lace.
Smell is hops, resiny, sweet orange, maybe some malt.
Taste is sweet, orange, hops, malt.
A medium-full body, effervescent up front (tip of tongue). A hoppy orange aftertaste mellows some. Really good and only at the pub.

Apr 22, 2010
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with one and a half fingers of creamy white head.

Scent of hops dominate with hints of citrus and bread. One of the better smelling Pale Lagers I have come across.

Taste of sweet beady malts, grassy, and juicy hops. The sweetness of the malts works pretty well with the hops. Nothing great, but an easy drinking inoffensive beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation.

Mar 20, 2010
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thedrewski86 from Indiana

3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just got this at Three Floyds yesterday. Served in an Imperial pint glass, nice deep golden color, white head with chunky lacing. The menu says this was brewed as an "experimental lager" with sorachi ace hops. These are interesting hops as they give this beer a distinctly tart smell and taste. It mellows out a little as the beer goes down, but I really can't get past the sweet tartness. I would say give it a try, but this isn't really for everyone. Who knows, as this beer ages I may really grow to appreciate it.

Mar 20, 2010
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