Kirin Nodogoshi | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin NodogoshiKirin Nodogoshi

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Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Style: Happoshu

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 08-25-2005

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8
Photo of Strakosch
2.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Basically reviewing this beer because it's gotten such a bad rap around the internet.

This beer is a 発泡酒, a Happoshu. It's not supposed to be great, it's made with less-than 25% malts in order to not be taxed as highly in Japan. I bought it for that reason - it's cheaper. Not by much - about $1.75 for a 500ML can, or 180 yen.

It's not a good beer, but it's good enough for what you want it for: a cheaper [by Japanese standards] beer with a normal alcohol content [5%].

At first it smells skunky. Looks like old apple juice. Doesn't retain a head. But, it's light and unoffensive, I enjoy it. Lighten up, internet beer reviewers.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought over for me by my sister in law, thanks Terry.
Pours a crystal clear golden color with a smallish bone white head and a persistent stream of carbonation bubbles floating to the surface. Initially smells of corn and skunk when I crack the can, but that subsides after the brew hits the glass. Bready pilsner malt dominate the aroma with a bit of earthy I guess its rice, but my nose finds a light corn aroma. Taste is lightly metallic with sweet almost honey like flavors. Spirited level of carbonation light body with a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. I'm glad I got to try this, but this is the last and probably my least favorite of the brews I got from Japan.

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Photo of DangerVoltage
2.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The name of this one means (something like) "a nice feeling to drink." And on a hot day in Tokyo, it does so pretty well. The fact that it's the only beer on sale for less than 200 yen in the komubini is also an added bonus.

Also recently learned that it is made primarily out of soybeans. Impressive that they can make something so pilsner-esque out of soybean pastes.

As long as you drink it before it even starts to get warm, you're doing just fine.

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Photo of SargeC
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, pale gold brew with a minimal fizzy head. Very large carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Minor malt, touch of hops.

Taste: Club soda-like flavor, very tame. The flavor did not match the smell at all.

Mouthfeel: Light body with very heavy carbonation.

Drinkablity: A serviceable brew, but it did not have too much to offer but the basics.

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Kirin Nodogoshi from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
2.87 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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