Not sure about that, all the major Japanese brands taste like a 'beer-like drink' to me! Compare to say a German weissbier, English real ale, or some of the US micros.aster wrote:Sorry, I've mistake it for the Baron's strong beer that I've seen here and there.
Not much of a fan of sweet beers, I prefer the taste of Japanese lagers and especially the likes of Yebisu for my first beer - after that one any beer will taste like it has "added sugar."
The Japanese must be brewing their beers the traditional way, not like the turbo-brewing processes that have turned major beer brands into a "beer-like drink." Just check out the froth from Jap beers, that's a certain give-away, and compare it to Western lagers.
The Japanese like a lot of head on their beer, in fact perversely they equate it with quality (the more head you get, the higher quality it must be). So in a bar you'll easily stand for ten minutes while they pour a lager, and still end up with a glass half-full of froth. We got so tired of this in our Tokyo office we trained the staff in our local bar how to pour 'London-style', i.e. slowly, down the side of the glass. The long and short of it though is that if you put a crazy amount of nitrogen into a beer you'll get a crazy head, I mean just look at Guiness