I was shopping in on of the Japanese supermarket in San Mateo and spotted a brand I had never seen before, Coedo. Though a little pricey, I picked a few bottles of this brew which had a special label on it claiming to have won many awards. Coedo is a small brewery in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan and produces mostly lager style beer but does have one wheat beer style.
Ruri is a pilsener style beer and the brewery describes Ruri as follows:
With the stark contrast of its clear golden hues and fluffy pure white head, this premium pilsener boasts a crisp refreshing taste. The name “Ruri” is Japanese for the gemstone Lapis, representing the pure clarity this beer abounds in.
Where I Found It. Suruki Grocery in San Mateo, CA.
Date Reviewed. September 21, 2009.
Serving Type. Bottle to glass.
Appearance. The color of Ruri is yellow straw with a hint of gold amber and a crystal clear opacity. You can clearly see all of the tiny bubbles floating to the top. The head is white and foamy with loose bubbles that leave a thin film on the glass. It must be nicely carbonated because the head stays as a thin layer on top.
Smell. The bouquet of this beer is slightly coppery, a little spicy, a little earthy but also green and a little floral. It is not citrusy. The aroma sweet malty, a little bisquity, and has grain attributes as well.
Taste. Ruri is malty sweet balanced by a touch of smooth hop bitterness to help balance the flavor. For some reason, however, it doesn’t seem quite bitter enough. It seems to be missing a bit of the crisp bite that I was expected from the smell. The sweetness, however, adds a nice complexity to the beer that give it a very mild fruity flavor while still maintaining a flavor of fresh grains..
Mouthfeel. This beer is medium to light bodied with a normal to lighter-than-average level of carbonation.
Drinkability. This beer is smooth and easy to drink but does not lack flavor. After a couple of these you would not be bored of it.
- Appearance (20%): 3.5
- Smell (20%): 4.0
- Taste (40%): 3.0
- Mouthfeel (10%): 3.5
- Drinkability (10%): 4.0
- Overall: 3.45
- Style: pilsener
- Brewery: Coedo Brewery
- Alcohol by volume: 5.0%
- Beer Advocate rating: 3.43 (as of May 2, 2010)
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