Please note: considering the huge and neverending development of the world of beer in many countries, my comments below may be quite out-of-date.

Certainly the best asian beer country. Apart from the worldwide known, average Asahi and Kirin (which are in the top ten of the largest breweries in the world), Japan seems to hide interesting treasures, like the products from Kiuchi Hitachino and Baird.
Beer is quite popular in Japan and they have even invented a new sub-style: dry beer. I suspect that the beers labeled stout are not really stouts but more likely schwarzbier, heir to the german original influence.
Breweries: 650 to 900 / Beers: 2000 to 4000

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Total: 52 beers Weighted average: 12.96

country rating:

my favourite breweries (min. 3 beers)

  1. KIUCHI 13.76
  2. BAIRD 13.46
  3. YO-HO 13.27
  4. KIRIN 10.77
  5. SAPPORO 10.43

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BREWERY & BEER NAME
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HAKUSEKIKAN CRYSTAL ALE 12 Belgian Strong Ale 12.8  
YO-HO HARE NO HI SENNIN (2013) 9.5 Barley Wine 16  
BAIRD DARK SKY 9 Stout - Imperial 15.6  
MINOH BEER BELGIUM LAMBIC 8.5 Sour / Wild Ale 12.4  
BAIRD SURUGA BAY 8.5 IPA - Imperial / Double 15.6  
BAIRD PINTA BALTYK PACIFIC 8.5 Porter - Baltic 13.6  
BAIRD BUREIKO JIKAN GOLDEN ALE 8.5 Belgian Strong Ale 15.2  
TAMAMURA-HONTEN HOUSE IPA 8.2 IPA - Imperial / Double 15.2  
KIUCHI HITACHINO NEST XH 8 Belgian Strong Ale 14.4  
KIUCHI HITACHINO NEST REAL GINGER ALE 8 Spice / Herb / Vegetable 13.6  
KIUCHI HITACHINO NEST ANCIENT NIPPONIA 8 Specialty Grain 14.4  
KIUCHI HITACHINO NEST JAPANESE CLASSIC ALE 7.5 India Pale Ale 14  
KIUCHI HITACHINO NEST ESPRESSO STOUT 7.5 Stout / Dry Stout 15.6  
BAIRD FRUITFUL LIFE CITRUS IPA 7.5 Fruit Beer 16.4  
YO-HO AOONI 7 India Pale Ale 16  
KIUCHI HITACHINO NEST RED RICE 7 Traditional Ale 15.6  
BAIRD the CARPENTER'S MIKAN ALE 7 Fruit Beer 13.6  
BAIRD FOUR SISTERS SPRING BOCK 7 Bock - Hell / Maibock 16  
BAIRD MIKKELLER FRUITFUL LIFE COLLABORATION ALE 6.8 Fruit Beer 13.6  
BAIRD SECOND STRIKE APPLE ALE 6.7 Fruit Beer 10  
BAIRD ANGRY BOY BROWN ALE 6.2 Brown Ale 14  
BAIRD WABI SABI JAPAN PALE ALE 6 Spice / Herb / Vegetable 13.2  
BAIRD TEIKOKU IPA 6 India Pale Ale 13.6  
BAIRD RED ROSE AMBER ALE 6 California Common 15.2  
BAIRD KUROFUNE PORTER 6 Porter 13.2  
YO-HO YONA YONA ALE 5.5 Pale Ale - American 14  
KIUCHI HITACHINO NEST WHITE ALE 5.5 Belgian Witbier 15.2  
KIRIN ICHIBAN 5.5/5.0 Pale Lager 11  
KIRIN DRAFT 5.5 Pale Lager 11  
GINGA KOGEN STOUT 5.5 Brown Ale 13.6  
BAIRD NUMAZU LAGER 5.5 Amber Lager / Vienna 12.8  
BAIRD CBC CELEBRATION ALE 5.5 IPA - Imperial / Double 14.8  
BAIRD RISING SUN PALE ALE 5.1 Pale Ale - American 12.4  
YO-HO TOKYO BLACK 5 Porter 16  
SUNTORY RICH MALT 5 Pale Lager 7.2  
SAPPORO YEBISU PREMIUM 5 Dortmunder / Helles / Premium Lager 9.2
NIKKO NIKKO BEER (AMBER) 5 Amber Ale 11.6  
KIRIN PREMIUM LAGER 5 Pale Lager 9.6  
ISE KADOYA SINTO PALE ALE 5 Pale Ale - American 15.6  
ISE KADOYA BROWN ALE 5 Brown Ale 16.8  
BAIRD WHEAT KING WIT 5 Belgian Witbier 8.8  
BAIRD SHUZENJI HERITAGE HELLES 5 Dortmunder / Helles / Premium Lager 15.6  
ASAHI SUPER DRY 5 Pale Lager 11
ABASHIRI OKHOTSK BLUE RYUHYO DRAFT 5 Spice / Herb / Vegetable 6.4  
BAIRD SINGLE TAKE SESSION ALE 4.7 Mild Ale 12.8  
YO-HO SUIYOUBI NO NEKO 4.5 Belgian Witbier 11.2  
SAPPORO SILVER PREMIUM LAGER 4.5/4.7 Pale Lager 6.4  
BAIRD SHIMAGUNI STOUT 4.5 Stout / Dry Stout 14  
SAPPORO IMPORTED BLACK STOUT DRAFT 4.3 Schwarzbier 14  
YO-HO SORRY SESSION YUZU ALE 4 Fruit Beer 13.2  
KIUCHI HITACHINO NEST COMMEMORATIVE ALE 2014 Spice / Herb / Vegetable 15.6  
HYOUKO YASHIKI NO MORI SWAN LAKE AMBER SWAN ALE Amber Ale 14.8  

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