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Yo-Ho Brewing Suiyoubi no Neko 
Posted: 6 June 2015  Beer Republic 5.0 
Yo-Ho Brewing Suiyoubi no Neko from Japan The most popular Belgian wheat worldwide is probably Hoegaarden. This is the mainstream version of a Belgian wheat and not a bad benchmark.  Suiyoubi no Neko isn't fruitier than Hoegaarden.  It's not more citrusy than Hoeegarden. And it's not the same price as Hoegaarden.  Sometimes the mainstream is better.      
Avg price/liter: USD 16.00   ABV %: 4.5  Type: Belgian Wheat   
       


Yo-Ho Brewing, the Japanese craft brewery Kirin recently bought a piece of, considers itself more like an American craft brewery than any of its Japanese craft brewing competitors.  Perhaps founder Keiji Hoshino felt some allegiance to the United States after being an exchange student there.  Yo-Ho isn't completely full of delusions being American.  The former head brewer once worked for Stone Brewing in Escondido, California and now runs the Ishii Brewing Company in Guam, an American possession, hawking his Minagof brand of brews.         

Yo-Ho's cans, however, are distinctly Japanese and catchy works of art in their own right, and Suiyoubi no Neko, Yo-Ho's take on a Belgian wheat beer, is probably their most eye catching can yet.       

Books are judged by their covers more often than I think beers are by their cans or bottles. Much of the time we drink beer on tap where there ain't no bottle.  Yo-Ho's Suiyoubi no Neko, besides being hard to remember for non-Japanese speakers, peaks before you open the can.  Yep.  The can is the best part.         

The most popular Belgian wheat worldwide is probably Hoegaarden. This is the mainstream version of a Belgian wheat and not a bad benchmark.  I think it's a very fair assessment, when sipping a Belgian wheat, to ask, "Is this beer better or worse than Hoegaarden?" and grade accordingly.        

Suiyoubi no Neko isn't fruitier than Hoegaarden.  It's not more citrusy than Hoeegarden. And it's not the same price as Hoegaarden, but a fair bit more.  Would you drink a craft lager if it cost three times the price of Budweiser and tasted worse?       

Sometimes the mainstream is better.  Buy for the can and then fill it up with something that's actually worth the price.           

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