Made by the Kiuchi Brewery in Japan this rather cute beer bottle caught my eye in the local supermarket. Described as a "white ale" this beer is brewed with wheat malt, and flavoured with coriander, orange peel, and nutmeg. The bottle very politely stated; "please enjoy the soft and flavorful taste" and then took my photograph! Just kidding, but the Japanese are rather famous for taking lots of photos when abroad and why not? It's good to have something in your memory to remind you of a good time. I suppose that's why the rather clever looking owl image on the bottle and cap caught my eye. Cinabar loves owls and I couldn't help but think of her when I picked up the bottle. She has lots of t-shirts with owl images on them. One of which I call the "Zombie Owl", which freaks me out whenever she wears it as it's baleful gaze seems to follow me around the room! Anyway, I digress... This lively beer poured fizzily into my beer glass. I noted its misty wheat beer texture. It had an orange smell mixed with a leafiness and wheaty background, if that makes sense? I immediately figured that this beer would be perfect with a fishy meal, which is good because that's what I've got tonight! Even though it was strong in the odour, the orange peel was slightly lost in the taste, so was the coriander and nutmeg. All these flavours delicately merged with the wheat malt producing a refreshing and refined taste that danced gingerly across my palate, with no real bitterness. Good stuff this, but I'm saving some to wash down my dinner... Right, bring on the fish and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway!
Information on the bottle;
330ml at 5.5% volume.