Hanamachi
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Style:
Japanese Rice Lager
Ranked #1
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
83
Ranked #31,412
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
71
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Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear, very pale yellow brew with a modest mustache in the tall wheat beer glass. Warm and malty, clean, and flavorful. The cereal taste goes on and on. The mouthfeel is flabby with just a wee prickle. Aftertaste is perfumey.

The flavor is quite pleasant, like the best Blonde Ale you ever had. The stuff is anything but crisp, however, and somehow the carbonation doesn't give it a lift. Why is it so strong? Two percent less with some of that grainy rice taste it would be a great quaff. Overall this is very interesting in a style that brewers should experiment more with. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Logic must be proud of this beer.
It respects food (I had it with a medley of lunch and leftovers.)
Hanamachi has more ratings than any domestic rice lager. First brewed five years ago, it is poised to pass Japan's Big Boys. And it is ranked #1 in its style by BA members; setting the standard for the Japanese macros who thought they owned the style.

Hanamachi Looks more intriguing than the typical clear pale rice lager. Smells are less eventful; but does OK given the grain. Tastes are balanced; a low-level of hops to match a pleasant lager. Finishes dry as advertised and it lingers nicely.

For guys who make their money brewing stouts, they seem to have mastered the opposite end of the spectrum with Hanamachi. Curious about them, I went on Bottle Logic's website and was impressed by their overall presentation and even their slogans "United in The Thirst of Knowledge & Beer." But of course, it will be hard for me to find them outside of California. So that gives me reason to visit their taproom some winter to avoid Chicago's winters.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like my 3rd ex that was a wreck, this one is one dimensional and flat. She couldn’t cook, hated doing the laundry, and on top of that, she’d always chastised Raul when he ordered a second pour at the hipster bar. “But Raul, we’ll be late for our reservation... Raul, there’s a sale at Forever 21... Raul...” Ahhhh! Never again.

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Photo of pkalix
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this could be so good.... no carbonation, just like their dark lager. the Lagerithm could be a world class brew except there is no carbonation in their bottles... this is okay. actually some decent flavor along with a mediocre lager aroma, but again.... no carbonation on this. and, NO DATE on bottle.... such an injustice.....

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bomber into a Pint glass, pours a light gold with a thin white head

S: Grass and rice, kind of smells like dried urine to be quite frank

T: Malty on the nose, a bit of hop, with the rice to balance it out, quite tasty

F: Light bodied with an extreme amount of carbonation

O: A pretty interesting take on the Japanese lager, like Asahi, but with a bit more hop to give it an extra umph.

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Photo of kisthekids
4.93/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From tap at Bottle Logic Tasting Room; later from bottle poured into pint glass tasted back to back with Koshihikari Echigo Beer.

A- Golden yellow with a slightly more cloudy appearance than your average lager or Japanese rice lager. The head gradually disappears to absolutely no head. Carbonation never stops bubbling up. 4.75

S - No smell at all. 4.75

T - Immediately light, crisp, refreshing taste of some fruity green apples and a bit of a floral character. Alost no bitterness at all. Very smooth and bright. Maybe a slight taste of sweet rice. A definite, lingering taste of sake, though not overly strong. Quite dry. The sake taste is unique for the style… Though Hitachino XH comes to mind as a similar beer in that regard. This tastes great; I could drink this every day. 5.0

M – Super light. Super dry. Carbonation never stops bubling in the glass, it seems. On the mouth the carbonation makes it seem even lighter. For a beer this light, it is incredibly packed with flavor. Anyone can chug a whole bottle of this as well as any American Adjuct Lager…. But it has great flavour! 5.0

O – This beer definitely fits the style of other Japanese Rice Lagers with really light, smooth, easy to drink, goes excellently with just about any food… But it has a couple unique flavors added that kind of put it outside the mold of a standard rice lager… the kind of fruity apple and sake flavor definitely make it different/unique. Trying it back to back with Koshihikari Echigo just brought out the fact that both beers are absolutely excellent. Echigo is more traditional, with simply a kind of barley-ish flavor- but just the amount and flavor desired for a refreshing meal-side beer. Hanamachi really packs in some extra flavors without getting heavy or feeling like too much to help wash down a big meal. Though, to some extent, it doesn’t feel simple enough. It doesn’t feel traditional enough…. And, because of that, I give it a tie with Koshihikari Echigo. Both are the tops when it comes to this style. With the extra unique flavors, Hanamachi is like Bobby Flay’s Japanese Rice Lager recipe, if he were to make one. Ha! Outstanding.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, rice cake, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, cracker, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Hanamachi from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 71 ratings