To all the beers I’ve drunk before

4 Aug

I don’t claim to be a beer ソムリエ (sommelier), but I know what I like.

I’m gonna try and make a list here of as many of the different beers I’ve tried that I can remember. And I’m gonna try to rate them (with a rating scale of 1-3 stars (★★★). One star () being the lowest, and three (★★★) is the highest).

I also wrote the beer’s country of origin.

The star ratings are simply my personal opinion. Kirin Beer is my favorite. And I think any cold lager is good.

Just so you know where I’m coming from.

  • Kirin Lager () – Japan
  • Kirin Classic Lager () – Japan

  • Kirin Ichiban () – Japan
  • Kirin Strong Seven () – Japan

  • Kirin Tanrei () – Japan
  • Kirin Tanei Double () – Japan
  • Kirin Tanrei Green Label () – Japan
  • Kirin Nodogoshi () – Japan
  • Kirin Enjuku () – Japan
  • Kirin Koku-no-jikan () – Japan
  • Kirin Aki-aji () – Japan
  • Budweiser () – America
  • Bud Ice () – America
  • Bud Dry () – America
  • Heineken () – Netherlands
  • Guinness () – Ireland
  • Hitachino Nest Beer () – Japan
  • Asahi Super Dry () – Japan
  • Asahi Hon-nama Draft (red can) () – Japan
  • Asahi Hon-nama Aqua Blue (blue can) ( ) – Japan
  • Asahi Hon-nama Gold (gold can) () – Japan
  • Asahi Cool Draft () – Japan
  • Orion Draft () – Japan
  • Orion Southern Star () – Japan
  • Suntory The Premium Malts () – Japan
  • Suntory Malts () – Japan
  • Suntory MD Golden Dry () – Japan
  • Suntory The Straight () – Japan
  • Suntory Jyokki-nama () – Japan
  • Suntory Gold Brew () -Japan
  • Carlsberg () – Denmark
  • Beck’s () – Germany
  • Yebisu Premium () – Japan
  • Yebisu Premium Full Malt () – Japan
  • Sapporo Draft One () – Japan
  • Sapporo Nama Kuro Label () – Japan
  • Satan () – Belgium
  • Singha () – Thailand
  • San Miguel () – Philipines
  • Corona () – Mexico
  • Samuel Adams () – America
  • Miller Genuine Draft () – America
  • Kamakura Moon () – Japan
  • Coedo Ruri () – Japan


    "Coedo Beer" from Kawagoe (Koedo), Saitama, Japan

I may have tried others that I’ve forgotten. This is all that I can remember off the top of my head.

As you can probably tell by my ratings, I love beer…and I’m not real picky. But I’ve tried Guinness Beer and I didn’t think much of it. やっぱり、I like lager beer.

What do you think of my list? Have you tried any of these beers? Are your impressions different from mine?  What’s your favorite beer? How often do you have a beer? I have a couple with dinner everyday.

42 Responses to “To all the beers I’ve drunk before”

  1. Beer March 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Your taste of beer is up your a**……..


    • tokyo5 March 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      First of all, you may have noticed that I slightly edited your “comment”.
      Personally, bad language doesn’t bother me … but my blog is accessed by people of all ages, so I like to keep it “clean”.

      As for your message to me … I didn’t claim to be a beer conessior; I only wrote my opinion.

      I wonder what the point of your comment is.
      If you’re an expert on beer, I assume you would have offered a suggestion of a beer to try.

      But, as your comment is simply an insult, I suppose your goal was to upset me.
      I’m sorry, I’m not offended by “bad words” or insults.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.
      Please feel free to continue commenting!
      I appreciate all of the comments on my blog … I reply to them all.


  2. MoIppai October 5, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    Pretty comprehensive lager list!
    I actually quite like the new Kirin Aki Aji
    ( . I picked up the Coedo lager the other day but haven’t tried that one yet.


    • tokyo5 October 5, 2009 at 9:39 pm #

      >Pretty comprehensive lager list!

      Thanks. But actually I drank other beers since I wrote this post and haven’t bothered to add them to this list. 😉

      And I’m sure you’ll enjoy that Coedo Beer!


      • MoIppai October 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

        You’re right, I tried the Coedo Ruri (blue can) and the Kyara (brown can).
        Both excellent!


      • tokyo5 October 22, 2009 at 1:06 am #

        I agree. It’s a good beer.

        Thanks for coming back to my site and for posting another comment.


  3. Lisa September 25, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    Kirin Lemon has no alcohol? I thought I read “Alc. 6%” on the can. But that would make sense, such a light taste!

    Talking about bars, yesterday I went to a metal bar called “Godz” in Kabuki Cho. It is awesome, very loud music, but nice people.


    • tokyo5 September 25, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

      Kirin Lemon” is a soft-drink. No alcohol.
      Kirin also sells “chu-hi” drinks in cans…which are fruit juice and Japanese sake.
      I believe the “Kirin Lemon chu-hi” has 7% alcohol (not 6%) though.

      You went to Kabuki-cho? There are alot of unique characters that come out at night in that part of town!


  4. hopjuice September 24, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    Kirin city is OK because they have more than just standard Kirin.

    You may be interested to know that Guinness recently bought a controlling share in Kirin, and that the standard Kirin recipe changed this year to be all malt. Kirin also make Heartland beer.

    Come out one night and I’ll show you some places to get fantastic beers in Tokyo.


    • tokyo5 September 25, 2009 at 12:20 am #

      I didn’t know that Guiness bought shares of Kirin. 😦
      It’s bad news. Kirin is my favorite beer…and I don’t care for Guiness!

      How long have you been living in Tokyo, by the way?


  5. Lisa September 23, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    I have tried Kirin stout today (called Ichibanshibori if I remember correctly) at a place called “Kirin City” in Shibuya, and I really liked it. I have also tried “Kirin Lemon” in a can, but it was just like a lemonade to me, not that good. Eager to try all the other Japanese beers!


    • tokyo5 September 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm #

      Kirin “Ichi-ban-shibori” is a great beer. (I forgot to add it to my list! I’ve drunk it many times!)

      Kirin (as well as the other brewers in Japan) also make soft-drinks…
      Kirin Lemon” is a lemon soft-drink. It is a type of lemonade. No alcohol.

      (Kirin City, by the way, is kinda expensive! There are much better places to go.)


  6. tokyo5 September 18, 2009 at 12:51 am #

    I just had a new beer (発泡酒) called

    Asahi Mugishibori ★★★ -Japan

    I wrote a post about it here.


  7. Lisa August 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    Interesting list! I know almost all the foreign names, but almost no Japanese ones! I have catching-up to do, and I love the idea!!!
    I love Guinness but I also like other types of beer. I am a beer lover too!

    In France (coming from Belgium, THE beer country), we have hundreds of delicious beers. Usually bottled strong beers, very tasty, not very sparkling, that you drink at a certain temperature (not cold, usually at around 10°-15°). Just like the ‘Satan’ you tried.
    In the north and east of France (next to Belgium and Germany, beer-lover countries), you can find a lot of places called ‘Académie de la bière’ (‘Beer Academy’) or other beer-related names pubs. Usually you find about 20 draught beers and 300-400 bottled beers from all over the world. I wonder if there are places like that in Tokyo and if beer is popular in Japan?

    I especially like trappist beers, but also local beers. For example, there are pubs where the beer is made right there, all around you. And pubs selling beers from local producers.
    I also like ‘sugar-beers’ (I don’t know how to say, like Kriek (cherry beer, strawberry or apricot beer, or ‘panaché’ with lemonade) and ‘cocktail beers’.

    The beer map on the homebrewjapan website is awesome!!!


    • tokyo5 August 11, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

      >almost no Japanese ones!

      You should try Japanese beer!

      >I wonder if there are places like that in Tokyo and if beer is popular in Japan?

      I have never seen a place with 300 – 400 types of beers…but beer is very popular in Japan.

      I have never tried a fruit beer…but you can buy it in Tokyo too. And other types too. Including “milk beer” and 「こどものビール」 (“Kids’ Beer“) (of course, non-alcohol!)


  8. Homebrew Japan August 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    Wow – don’t see many of the Japanese small breweries listed here. What about Baird, Hakusekikan, Kiuchi’s Hitachino Nest, Shiga Kogen, etc!

    Make sure you check out Tanakaya in Mejiro – awesome off license (liquor store) with an amazing range of Japanese and import beers. Even though it’s not a bar, it gets an honorary listing im my Tokyo’s Best Bars page:


    • tokyo5 August 6, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

      Oh, thanks, I almost forgot…
      I have drunk “Hitachino Nest Beer” before.

      I’m adding it to this list!

      And thanks for visiting my site. Please comment anytime!


  9. archaznable August 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    lol taste like Shoyo … 😀 hehehe 😀 well I feel honour that you taste our beer. And I’ve only seen one but there are so many beers here … 😀 like Red Horse … 😀


    • tokyo5 August 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

      >I feel honour that you taste our beer.

      Which beer is that?


      • archaznable August 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm #


        It’s San Miguel Beer … hehehe 😀 Philippines official Beer … that taste like Shoyu


      • tokyo5 August 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

        I wouldn’t say it tastes like soy sauce. But, personally, I don’t like San Miguel beer.


  10. gigihawaii August 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    Someone told me that dark beer (e.g., San Miguel) tastes like SHOYU.


    • tokyo5 August 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

      I wouldn’t say it tastes like shoyu (soy sauce).
      But it certainly doesn’t taste like my idea of “beer” either.


  11. Eric August 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    Fuller’s London Pride is not a dark beer, it’s just a shade darker than a lager. It’s an ale, not a stout (which are the dark ones). You should definitely try it if you can find it. You might like it. Don’t worry it’s not thick either. Juts drink it cold.


    • tokyo5 August 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

      Alright. If I find one, I pick one up then.


  12. Eric August 5, 2009 at 12:46 am #

    Wow, you’ve only just scratched the surface. I’ve tried like 10 times more. Japanese beers are not bad, but no where near as good as some of the Canadian and European beers. I suggest trying Fuller’s London Pride, and Hoegaarden (which is fantastic in the summer).


    • tokyo5 August 5, 2009 at 12:51 am #

      You’ve tried ten times as many!?
      I don’t drink alot of imported beer. To me, Japanese beer is great…and less expensive (although I did find a store that sells Heineken for ¥100 a can).

      “David” commented above and suggested “London Pride” as well. I’ve never heard of it before.


      • Eric August 5, 2009 at 8:51 am #

        In Canada we have a wide selection of of beers available, especially in Ontario. We have two govt. run stores called the Beer Store, and the LCBO. Which carry 698 different types of beer, and all at very reasonable prices (much cheaper that Japan). So, yes I’ve been able to try a lot.

        London Pride is super delicious!


      • tokyo5 August 5, 2009 at 11:51 am #

        I looked at those links. They look like great stores. Many different beers!

        I also “googled” London Pride. At first, I got a website for a gay festival! Then I tried “London Pride Beer” and found it.
        It’s a dark beer, isn’t it? I really prefer lagers.


  13. soysaucequeen August 5, 2009 at 12:07 am #

    Oh……………… I miss Japanese beer.
    I like Kirin, Sapporo, Asahi. I do not like Budwiser.
    My favorite beer is “Stella Artois”.
    Stay away from “Sierra nevada pale ale” , it is the worst beer in the world.


    • tokyo5 August 5, 2009 at 12:42 am #

      >I miss Japanese beer.

      Is it hard to find in America? Expensive?

      >I like Kirin, Sapporo, Asahi.

      Have you ever tried Okinawa’s “Orion Beer“?
      (See my post about Japanese beer: )

      >I do not like Budwiser.

      Last time I drank Budweiser was when we visited Florida five years ago. I’d say it’s “so-so”.

      >My favorite beer is “Stella Artois”.
      Stay away from “Sierra nevada pale ale” , it is the worst beer in the world.

      I’ve never even heard of either.


  14. gilbert August 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    If you ever get a chance, try some Finnish as well. Lapin Kulta, for example (Lapi Gold, in translation) or Karhu (Bear) or Koff.


    • tokyo5 August 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

      OK, thanks. I’ll look for those the next time I’m in a shop with imported beers.

      Have you tried Japanese beer?


  15. tokyo5 August 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Here are a couple more beers that I just remembered that I’ve drunk before:

    Miller Genuine Draft (★★★) – America

    Suntory Gold Brew (★★★) – Japan (Click here to read my post about this beer).

    (edit: I just added these two to the list above (along with some more Asahi Beers)).


  16. David August 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    What, no British beer? For shame!

    (No, Guinness doesn’t count 😉 )


    • tokyo5 August 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

      British beer. No, sorry.
      I like cold lager beers and my image of British beer is warm, flat dark beer.
      Maybe I’m wrong. Which is your favorite?

      And actually, I don’t drink imported beers often. I prefer domestic (Japanese)…they’re less expensive (and taste great).


      • David August 4, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

        I tend to avoid lagers in the UK as they are usually just full of gas and have probably been watered down. And most of them are imported anyway – the only domestic lager I can think of is Carling.

        Some of the beers I like are London Pride, Old Speckled Hen, Spitfire, and Newcastle Brown Ale.

        Traditional cask ales are not refrigerated, but they should not be “warm”. Usually they are cool because the casks are kept in the cellar.


      • tokyo5 August 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

        “Not refrigerated.”
        I like beer ice cold.

        And “Old Speckled Hen“?? Quite an unusual name.


      • David August 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

        Many English ales are named “Old xyz”.

        “Old Hooky” and “Old Peculier” (not a typo, it’s actually spelled like that) are a couple of others I had during my recent visit back home.


      • tokyo5 August 4, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

        That is peculiar. 😉


  17. gigihawaii August 4, 2009 at 4:20 am #

    David and I always drink BECK’S, a German beer, which is not on your list. Used to like CORONA until someone referred to it as Mexican Piss.


    • tokyo5 August 4, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

      Oh yeah, I’ve had Beck’s Beer before too.
      It’s pretty good. I’ll give it (★★★).

      (edit: I just added to the list above) 🙂

      Don’t you think Corona Beer is good?


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