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Baird Numazu Lager 
Posted: 27 March 2015  Beer Republic 6.0 
Baird Numazu Lager from Japan What is it about Japanese craft brewery lagers? Baird's Numazu Lager taste nothing like what you'd expect from a a lager. Baird is right. There is a deeper flavor here, and you could be forgiven for thinking you're drinking a pale ale. But it's not deep enough, I'm afraid. Try it once, appreciate it, then move on to something you'll appreciate more.    
Avg price/liter: USD 16.80   ABV %: 5.5  Type: Lager   
       


What is it about Japanese craft  brewery lagers?   I've sampled plenty of Japanese lagers in my lifetime.  The big four Japanese industrial breweries -- Suntory, Asahi, Kirin, and Sapporo -- specialize in the stuff, and all of them taste like you'd expect lagers to taste, but with a Japanese accent.     

Hitachino's Nipponia and, now, Baird's Numazu Lager taste nothing like what you'd expect from a a lager.  Baird describes it as "clean, soft, and flavorful local water [combining[ with floor-malted barley and a mix of world hops … that drinks rich and full like an Ale."  And Baird is right.  There is a deeper flavor here, and you could be forgiven for thinking you're drinking a pale ale.    

But it's not deep enough, I'm afraid.  I could tell the water was naturally carbonated, which is a nice touch to be sure, but this carbonation seemed to be stronger than the taste of the beer itself.       

I had high, high hopes for Baird months before I finally got the opportunity to try any of them, and I have no doubts Baird isn't cutting corners to produce these products.  Meanwhile, you have the four Japanese industrial giants cutting corners left and right, yet producing extremely favorable session beers at economical prices.  I paid a hefty premium to get my hands on Baird.      

Numazu Lager: try it once, appreciate it, then move on to something you'll appreciate more. If you're actually in Numazu, I'd forgive you for drinking two or three.

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