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September 25 2010

Top 5 Japanese Beers

Ok, this is my top 5 Japanese beers, not the top 5 in terms of sales, etc here in Japan.
I’ve tried over 110 Japanese beers, lagers, happoshus and daisans in my time here in Japan, so I thought I’d share what I think the top 5 are.
I haven’t included any happoshus or daisans in this (I’ll make a separate top 5 for those), as it’s a bit unfair to compare beers with those “fake beers” I think.

In terms of my scoring there were several that tied for 3rd place with 90 points so I picked my favourite out of those…so here goes…in reverse order…

at No 5
Doppo White Chocolate Beer

Doppo White Chocolate Beer

This was a White Chocolate beer from Doppo Brewery in Hokkaido released especially for Valentines day in 2010. In Japan it’s “traditional” for women to buy men chocolates on Valentines day (go figure!), so this probably appealed more to men than the usual chocolates I think. Orangey, milky and a very unusual craft beer.
Full Review: Doppo White Chocolate
at No 4
Coedo Kyara

Coedo Kyara

An excellent All Malt Beer from Coedo Brewery in Saitama. Malty and heavy like a good British bitter, with a clean aftertaste. Recommended.
Full Review : Coedo Kyara
at No 3
Kyoto Beer

Kyoto Beer

An Altbier (German brown ale) style of beer from a Sake Brewery, Kizakura in Kyoto.
Quite light with a nice bittery malty taste, reminded me of something from England, like a Bass Pale Ale.
Full Review: Kyoto Beer
at No 2

This ale from Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki Prefecture is made with fresh ginger, and is very, very gingery.
Unusual, strong (7.5%) and definitely worth trying.
Full Review: Kiuchi Brewery Real Ginger Ale

and at No. 1
Orion Draft Beer

Orion Draft Beer

Orion Draft Beer from Orion Breweries in Okinawa, despite being the 5th largest brewery in Japan, you don’t see this much on sale around my way (Kansai area). But is’s a good, drinkable, session lager. Light and refreshing.
Full Review: Orion Draft Beer

So there you have it. My top 5 Japanese beers.
I’m sure many people will disagree so let me know what I’ve missed…


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