September 25 2010
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
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
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
An Altbier (German brown ale) style of beer from a Sake Brewery, Kizakura
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 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…