Orion Craft Series Ryukyu White

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Japanese Name: オリオン クラフトシリーズ 第二弾 琉球ホワイト
Brewer: Orion
Release: Jan. 26, 2016
Type: Happoushu
Alcohol: 5%
Purchase Price: ¥192 @Yamaya

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Tasting Notes:
The second release in Orion’s Craft Series is Ryukyu White. This Belgian style white ale is made, in part, with wheat grown on Ie-Jima an island in Okinawa, and is infused with coriander seed and orange peel. Due to a malt usage of just above 50%, this Belgian style wheat ale is classified as a happoushu.

In the glass, Ryukyu White is a familiar pale straw given its wheat roots. The aroma after popping the top is very fragrant and spicy: coriander seed, orange pekoe tea, with a touch of lavender. The first gulp is fruity right up front, there’s a nice amount of fruity sweetness with aromatic spices. It has a roundness to it that keeps things in balance, which is nice. The finish, is fairly clean with a touch of hoppy bitters.

Although I haven’t been enjoying these wheat beers as of late, I must say that Ryukyu White is pretty good. Even though it is literally infused with aromatics, Orion has managed to keep the flavors toned down to a more palatable level. And although I’d choose a lager over a weissbier any day, Orion’s Ryukyu White ale gets a thumbs up from me.

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