Asahi Honnama Red
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2.85 | pDev: 17.19%
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pub glass. The brew appears a straw yellow color with some fine particulate stuck in suspension keeping it from being perfectly clear. A white froth more than 4 fingers strong appears when poured down the middle of the glass. The cap slowly fades to a thin film atop and leaves some spots of lace on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top throughout the entire duration.

This brew opens up with a bit of mineral/metallic character that wafts away. What remains is a smell that is slightly sweet. It includes a combination of something along the lines of wheat, cereal grains, corn? and a hint of artificial bubblegum-like sweetness.

The taste mimics the aroma with a sweetness that covers most of the profile. It is more artificial and bubblegum-like than anything with a faint grain sweetness evident across the back. I am stretching here but the faintest amount of grain and hops are detected into the aftertaste along with some mineral/metallic character.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation that is quite fizzy straight out the gate but tapers off pretty quickly. For more than 5% abv, it works. I am not saying this is a great beer by any means but it is fitting for what it is. I could see myself sitting down and drinking a few of these with the appropriate Japanese food pairing.

Mar 13, 2012
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BeerAndBourbon from Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer on Thanksgiving. Thanks EinWeizenbitte! Sending some beer karma your way!

A. Pours clear yellow with fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S. Skunky hop flavor with that characteristic adjunct lager smell

T. Skunky hop flavor with rice and corn - just a touch of malty sweetness

M. Thin to medium mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation level

D. Very drinkable, but not something I really care to drink that much

Mar 11, 2011
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ktrillionaire from Florida

3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

EinWeizenbitte, acting in his unofficial capacity as the benefactor of nearly all Western Happoshu tickers, delivered this slender Japanese wale to my very doorstep. Well, the post did, but I digress...

I owe beerdom for this Happoshu, since EinWeizenBitte doesn't want anything. So if you need, say, Kvass, hit me up; I'll see what I can do.

Now, to the beer. I mean, the Happoshu...

A - It looks like a rice lager or a Bud Light. Minimal head, clear as glass, light in color.

S - This is quite light on aroma, nearly devoid. What little I can discern is pleasant enough; minerality, lightly sweet grain and a seltzer-like sharpness.

T - The taste is quite familiar to me, and a far cry from exotic. On the contrary, I think if you threw some kegs of this on the Bud Light handles, at, say, a NASCAR event, not a single person would notice. I am not saying it tastes like Bud Light, however; indeed it tastes significantly better than Bud Light, but nevertheless it is an exceedingly similar product. Where this improves on the standard adjunct lager is in the minerality and effervescence without the metallic and sweaty flavor associated with BMC adjunct. In all scenarios, any of the beers discussed are moderately-to-exceptionally bland, and somewhat watery. There is a time and place for everything, though. I use BMC adjunct for Shandy/Radler or other beer mixed drinks (Icebox, Chelada, Snakebite, etc.) as well as in cookery. I think I would usually, if not always, prefer this Honnama Red over the aforementioned American standards.

M - The feel is nice. The effervescence enhances the minerality, which is a good thing for this beer, since that is about all the flavor can offer.

D - Shall I pummel the felled equine any further? Thanks, very sincerely, to EinWeizenbitte for sharing with me, and so many other BAs.

Feb 21, 2011
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billab914 from Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks go out to Todd for sending this can. Poured from a 12oz can into my Starr Hill shaped glass. It poured a perfectly clear, light golden color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma is grainy with some malty sweetness to it. It's a crisp and clean aroma as well. The taste has a lot of the grainy flavor to it as well. Towards the finish it gets sweeter with some malty notes. It has a bit of a toasted malt or maybe rice flavor going on as well.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is a bit on the higher side. Drinkability isn't bad actually. I drank this one after a day of working on the house and it went down pretty easy. It didn't really have a lot of flavor or range though so it's not something I'd personally choose to drink much of. Not any worse then the American macros though and pretty comparable.

Jan 14, 2011
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TheKingofWichita from North Carolina

3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer was sent by a wonderfully generous BA: EinWeizenbitte.

The beer is a clear straw yellow color with a thick white head and a little small amount of lacing. Smells of corn, grain, and a little malty sweetness. Has that unmistakable American adjunct lager flavor. Tastes of corn, grains, and a little malt sweetness and a small amount of hop bitterness. The beer has a thin water mouthfeel and tons of carbonation. Drinkability is average.

Dec 09, 2010
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

2.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This experience was made possible by EinWeizenbitte. Can shared by drabmuh. A huge thank you to both Todd and Matt.

Served alongside Kirin Tanrei

A: The beer is transparent and light yellow in color. The head is light, white, fluffy and stands in at about a half inch tall. As it fades, it manages to leave some faint traces of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Grains, corn, sweetness. This aroma was slightly better than the Kirin Tanrei, as it lacked the off-putting, plastic, metallic aroma I disdained.

T: The taste is of grains and corn with a cheap, macro lager flavor. Overall, a bit better than the Kirin Tanei, but still basically a cheap, macro lager flavor that lacked any depth or complexity.

M: The beer is thin in body, with adequate carbonation. The aftertaste fades quickly, which happens to be a good thing, for the most part.

D: This was my second happoshu. Again, I was thrilled at the opportunity to indulge in this very elusive beer style. While it was very cool from an experience standpoint, the beer itself wasn't that enjoyable.

Dec 03, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex via someone for this style tick. Alex keeps feeding the beast...A sexy can served in my Darkness glass...Pours a super clear medium gold with about three fingers of head. The head just looks weak, watery and whispy but it actually hangs for a bit and has surprisingly full lacing...A medium skunk aroma, rice, alcohol. At first its pretty offensive but settles down...The taste is light, a little grain, almost no flavor. Like drinking a glass of water that had a drop of beer dumped in as flavoring. It doesn't taste bad or offend me like a bad macro...The feel is really bad, worse than water...Easy to drink, like a glass of water. But if I wanted something that light I'd just drink a glass of water...

Dec 01, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

1.86/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can thanks to EinWeizenbitte. Shared by drabmuh. Served in a Four Peaks Kiltlifter pint glass. My second Happoshu!

Pours a straw color with a slight white head. There is a tiny bit of lacing that clings to the side of the glass as it goes down. The nose is some slight grain, husk, and a bit of rice.

The taste is loads of rice along with some cooked vegetables. The mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation. This is pretty gross and near undrinkable. I might say that this style may be worse than American Light Lager if the two I've had are at all representative of the style.

Nov 30, 2010
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can-tastic. Beer is a gift from Einweizenbitte, thanks. Shared with some guys at my place.

Beer is yellow and clear with a white head of medium bubbles, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is grainy, mildly sweet, and mild overall.

Beer is thin and watery with a decently clean finish, it tastes like a really really light pilsner. overall its just OK. Better than the other one I had for sure.

Nov 29, 2010
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mader's 0.5L glass boot.

More thanks to EinWeizenBitte for allowing the sampling of two different happoshus!

And the boot experience comes to an end. The brew sits in the boot, creating the appearance of a pale workboot topped by a thick white sock. The nose comprises light corn syrup and rice. Not really anything else in there, if you ask me. The taste is more of the same, though with a bit less sweetness from the corn syrup. The body is rather light, with a light carbonation, a watery feel, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, another easily drinkable happoshu, but the touch of dryness at the end puts this one slightly below the Tanrei.

Nov 29, 2010
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Vdubb86 from Illinois

2.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to EinWeizenBitte for allowing me to try a spectrum of Happoshu.

This beer looks a pale golden straw color with a frothy white head. The smell is of rice and a sourish, adjunct funk. The flavor is mainly of the rice hulls that were used in the production of this beer. I didn't know they could be entirely made into a beer but this is that beer. It's pretty adjuct-like all around, so it's hard really to like this beer. It's the better of the 2 that I was provided, but it really wasn't too pleasant of a drinking experience. This almost seemed skunky, which coming from a can makes you just begin to wonder what was put into this beer. This drinks not all that great, but you can get used to it. If you want to tick it, go for it. If you were just curious about it, stay away from Happoshus.

Nov 28, 2010
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nickd717 from California

2.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

HELL YES FIRST HAPPOSHU TICK AND I HAVE NOW TICKED ALL THE STYLES!!! I can't express how awesome that is for me.

Can thanks to EinWeizenBitte. Huge thanks to Todd for hooking this very important tick up.

Pours a clear fizzy yellow color with a decently lasting white head.

The aroma is really grainy, lots of adjunk. Really ricey, not appealing.

The flavor is not great, with sweet pale malt, slight unpleasant hop bitterness, and ricey adjunk. Not good.

Thin and light on the mouthfeel with high carbonation. Maybe a bit cleaner than your average BMC.

Not a big fan of this happoshu really, but I appreciate the tick.

Nov 24, 2010
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largadeer from California

2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, Nick. Pale clear yellow with a thin head that retains poorly. Mild aroma, pale malt and rice; sweet and clean. Palate is malty, clean, mildly astringent. Some adjunct-y sweetness in the finish. Light and quaffable, not a particularly bad brew.

Nov 24, 2010
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jpBeerGuy from Japan

2.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Looks like your average happoshu.

Smell - More or less the same as a Budweiser.

Taste - More or less the dry version of a Budweiser.

Mouthfeel - Soapy.. or at least a cleaning agent.

Drinkability - Not so horrible once you've already had a few good beers for flavor and just want to knock yourself out with something cheap.

Not the worst choice when you are low on cash and want a beer.

Mar 31, 2009
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bacabuck from California

1.3/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Good ol Rex picked up a six pack at Bic Camera in Nagoya, Japan on a recent business trip. Purchasing any beer at a camera store sounds odd, but in Japan, you can buy brew anywhere, and I mean anywhere. I'd already had a few Asahi Classics and Super Drys before I got to this one while watching "Beerfest" on a 15" laptop screen with a couple of friends.

The beer pours a light straw color with almost no scent whatsoever. The taste is a bit like turpentine, or what I think turpentine might taste like. A heavy medicinal flavor with a finishing note of metal. Yum. This beer is worthless. I didn't finish the can.

Do yourself a favor, if you find yourself in Japan, leave any beer made by Asahi alone. Kirin is much better.

Feb 17, 2007
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davidchollar from Washington

3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i put this one off for a long time, assuming all the asahi happoshus were basically the same, with different colored cans. i was missing out on a relatively good one.

looks and smells pretty average. clear golden, head disappears quickly. smell is stronger than a lot of this style, not great, but pretty malty.

my first taste really surprised me. this tastes more like a real beer than a happoshu. initially it seemed extremely hoppy and bitter for the style, but as i finish the can i start to doubt my first impression. it could be that i really haven't had any happoshus lately - other than a review for namashibori - and this one just seems to have much more flavor. anyway, it's really not bad at all, i'll say good for drinkability, i will revisit this one some time.

Dec 20, 2005
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paterlodie from Belgium

2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BB 2006.04. Litle white head and a golden beercollor. Nicely filtered also. Nose does give me some hops that dominate and next to that some alcohol and even something sweet maltlike.
Taste misses body and is very clean but pale. Not much malt, not much bitterness, litle alcoholic and some ricetaste aswell as a litle whipped cream taste. Good carbonisation that's quiet high makes it even more watery. Drinkable, certainly on a warm day but don't expect lots of taste.

Nov 03, 2005
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Naerhu from Japan

3.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Transparent yellow body with carbonation readily apparent. Small white head that evaporates almost immediately.
S - The faintest aroma of malt is overwhelmed by a not unpleasant grain aroma.
T - Much like water, but with a favorable light malt like flavor. Slight sweetness is balanced by slight bitterness.
M - Very carbonated and light, but refreshing.
D - This was a decent quaffing beer, not to be saught out but something for a hot day.

Oct 06, 2005
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