Japanese beer, German style

My supply of beer from Munich is running dangerously low (only 1 crate left) so I was pleased to read about this German style beer that is available in a Japanese supermarket.

Eku Pils

One day way back in November last year I bought a can of it on the way home from work, stuck it in the fridge, and then forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago.

For a Pils (which is not usually my choice of beer because I’m not keen on the bitter taste) it wasn’t that bad, and maybe I’ll pop into the shop again one day and see if they’re still selling it (almost 3 months later). If not, there are plenty of other domestic beers to choose from.

This past weekend I found a stout beer from Kirin, which is much like a Bavarian Dunkelbier, and I can see myself stocking up on that when my last crate runs out.

Now if only they’d do a Weissbier…

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5 Responses to “Japanese beer, German style”

  1. jturningpin Says:

    Kirin also does (did?) a variant stout that only came in bottles and was a much richer and heartier brew, coming in at 8% ABV. Unfortunately, the local store stopped carrying it and has since replaced it with the canned version in a bottle, and I haven’t seen it anywhere else.

    I love Weissbier as well. You can find Franziskaner (if you care for the stuff — I do) in import beer shops, and there’s even a Franziskaner bar in Chiyoda-ku.

    If you’re big on beer, you might want to think about attending the Great Japan Beer Festival, which sports over 120 imported and craft beers. I went last year and it rocked.

  2. David Says:

    Franziskaner? Oh yes.

    Among the 4 crates I brought from Munich, 2 were Franziskaner. 20 bottles of the normal stuff, and 20 Dunkles (dark).

    I’ve not seen the Dunkles here, but I seem to remember seeing the normal ones in the Queen’s Isetan when I bought that Pils. It was pretty expensive though, and in smaller bottles. 0,3 or 0,4 rather than 0,5l.

    After my stock runs dry I reckon I’ll just have to make do with the domestic stuff – at least it’ll give me something to look forward to for the next visit back “home” to Munich.

  3. Asahi “Munich-Type” black beer « :: mdid :: Says:

    […] black beer, which is also by Asahi. It was right next to the Kirin Stout that I found last week so I’m surprised I hadn’t seen it […]

  4. Land Brauerei Echigo-Bräu Premium Beer Pilsner « :: mdid :: Says:

    […] the Eku Pils it’s not as bitter as a German (or Czech) pilsner. More like a Munich helles […]

  5. akira Says:

    did anyone taste this limited edition Japanese Space beer? wonder how it tastes
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/space-barley-beer-from-sapporo-japan/

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