Japanese Name: 白生 にごり 二段仕込
Brewer: Imported from Belgium by Nippon Beer Co., Ltd.
Type: Happoushu （発泡酒）
Purchase Price: ￥246 @Kaldi (import specialty shop)
Ok, Shironama is actually not a Japanese beer, but a Belgian import. It is imported then distributed in Japan by Nippon Beer Co., Ltd. in Japanese packaging so I’ve included it in my list.
Out of the can, there’s a pale straw color with opaqueness imparted by the presence of yeast and wheat particles remaining from the brewing process. After spending most of my time with Japanese brewed beers, I immediately notice the difference in flavor with this Belgian White. For me the citrus notes are the highlight, creating a refreshing long lasting flavor that continues to stick around after ingesting. Interestingly, this beer has a little bit of thickness to it, giving a “chewy” mouth feel.
Shironama is a nice change of pace from the everyday Japanese lager style. I can imagine drinking this one with a squeeze of lemon on a hot summer day, along side some white fish tempura. Look for it in Japan at your nearest specialty food store.