The Premium Malts Kaoru Ale
Suntory

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Beer Geek Stats:
Style:
American Blonde Ale
ABV:
6%
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Avg:
3.16 | pDev: 5.06%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
5
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Japan
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Year-round
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Photo of MrOH
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold, white head, decent retention and lace
Bready malt and fruity yeast aroma
Pretty much tastes like it smells
Fullish body, but clean and crisp. Nice carbonation
Not my favorite

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Photo of jgerry2002
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Going to rate this a little higher. Ok - so its not anything like what is a true Blonde Ale. But, as far as the world of IYL and its variants this is mildly pleasant and easy drinking. There is enough malty flavor to at least seem somewhat interesting for at least a minute or two. Does not have that typical acidic feel that most of these styles have. Just a decent drinking beer that goes wonderfully well with sushi or something else Japanese.

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Photo of monkist
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Okay, so you should not expect miracles from a commercial brewery when they venture into craft brewing. Suntory Premium Malts is a common beer in Japan but when they came out with this "fragrant ale", I wondered how it's like.
Well. It doesn't smell that bad, but then it tastes mildly sweet and most of all, flowery, to an extent that it feels very artificial, making you think it is mass produced with some added flavor... Not exciting, as snaotheus said below. So true.
Not exciting, not really worth trying it out as it is too mediocre.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.07/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2018-11-30
500ml can served in a pint glass. Brought to me by a colleague visiting from Japan. 2019.05 and 2018.09 are on the bottom of the can.

Pours a clear golden with a smallish head and not much carbonation. Smell is hard to detect. Something slightly spicy if I stick my nose in the can.

Taste is a little honey / malty, that same kind of spiciness. Overall mild. Not bad. Not exciting.

Mouthfeel is dry, light. Overall, it's not bad. Not exciting.

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The Premium Malts Kaoru Ale from Suntory
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 5 ratings