2 Brothers Kung Foo Rice Lager

Total Score: 5.8/10 PapayaMango1 Barley1 CutGrass1 Stein1

*RICE LAGER FACE-OFF!!!* A Japanese classic (Echigo Beer Koshihikari Rice Lager) versus the young Aussie upstart (2 Brothers Kung Foo Rice Lager), who will win my beer drinking affections? I’m surprised that I haven’t reviewed a 2 Brothers brew yet, I’ve seen them around and I’ve been told that their Voodoo Baltic Porter won best beer at some Australian beer award thingy, I guess it’s time for 2 Brothers to step up to the plate (to coin a baseball phrase).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Weird: This Rice Lager has a pinkish hue to its very pale clear golden body… in all my years I’ve never seen a beer this peculiar. There was a white head which disappeared completely in three seconds. 2/10.

S: The aroma hits straight off with lychee, follows through with sweet treacle, papaya and Sake notes. This definitely has a more exotic/less typical fragrance than the Echigo, which is a surprise considering the origin of both brews. 7/10.

T: Dry from the get-go, kinda odd with funky notes mixed with lychee, papaya and grain characters. There is a hint of sourness as well… this is one out-of-the-box Lager. The finish is very dry with a Sake aftertaste that reminds you exactly how odd this beer is. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, some wateriness, and an almost flat carbonation. 4/10.

D: Well I’m stumped by this one, not sure where the brewer was going or what they were thinking but this is an exceptionally strange Rice Lager, stranger than it should be. I guess this face-off goes to the stalwart Echigo… I will say one thing in 2 Brothers favour – this is by far the driest beer I have ever had the (mis)fortune of sipping, and that is something Japanese brewers have strived towards ever since Asahi Super Dry was released.* 6/10.

Food match: Get me a glass of water – my mouth has become a desert.

*Google “dorai senso”. I never ask you to do any homework, consider this your first assignment.

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Echigo Beer Koshihikari Rice Lager

Total Score: 6.65/10 GreenApple1 Barley1 CutGrass1 Stein1

*RICE LAGER FACE-OFF!!!* A Japanese classic (Echigo Beer Koshihikari Rice Lager) versus the young Aussie upstart (2 Brothers Kung Foo Rice Lager), who will win my beer drinking affections? Echigo is the benchmark and a brew I’ve had before at one of those trendy new dumpling places in Fortitude Valley (Brisbane). I recall being impressed with how interesting this brew was and I wish I had reviewed it at the time, but all’s well because I managed to pick up a bottle at Plonk.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Presents a clear pale gold body with a 1cm white head. A little lighter toned than most Lagers but otherwise spot on. 8/10.

S: The aroma has typical Euro Pale Lager hints of cut grass and green apple, along with a prominent Sake note as well. Touches of malt grain in the background. A straightforward but well-crafted Lager fragrance then. 7/10.

T: All of the above: Cut grass, green apple, Sake and malt grain is presented in the flavour profile with a crisp dry finish. There is a bit of honey sweetness to it as well which is levelled out in the long dry finish. Aftertaste is apple and rice. Again we have a well-crafted Lager with little to detract from it. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light/dense carbonation… in fact a bit more carbonation would be right on for the style, it is lacking in this respect. 5/10.

D: And now the downside: Echigo Koshihikari is far too expensive (at $8/500ml) for what you get – there are plenty of other Lagers out there with similar qualities but cheaper (like Brok, Mythos or Stella Artois). Other than that I did enjoy drinking this, and I think it would suit a nice sushi platter. As it warmed up the fruitiness of this Lager really became more prominent and interesting, good to note for future reference fellow beerethren. 6/10.

Food match: Sashimi set and match.

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