Kirin Ichiban Beer (It’s not noodles?)

I had a good night’s rest after wandering through the Shilin Market in Taipei, then had a lazy morning before beer O’clock when I sampled a Kirin Ichiban Beer.
Yah, you know, you can get this stuff anywhere, but I figured I was pretty close to Japan, so I should try it here for a change.
It is a straw-gold brilliant colour, with a weak head (2/5).
The aroma intensity is a 3/5, apple, sweet, nice. (4/5 rating)
The flavour has an intensity of 3/5 with apple, grain and rice flavours. It is slightly sweet with a light body. The carbonation is a 2/5. The finish is a relatively short (2/5) and sweet with an intensity of 3/5.
The craftsmanship is a 4.9/5 and a 5/5 for freshness. My personal taste gives it a 4.6/5. Beer-rigato!

Suntory Beer

I was really planning on tasting more Taiwan Beer brands, but couldn’t find the rest at the corner store just yet. So, instead, I opted for this beer, Suntory. I think it’s from Japan.
It was a straw Gold colour, brilliant. The head was lively but short-lived. The aroma is a 3.5 in intensity, and a 4/5 in sharpness. Overall, my impression of the aroma is a 3.5/5
APPLES!!! This beer tastes like apple juice. Seriously, I think this might be apple juice. It’s not. It says 5% alcohol on the label.
The taste is sweet and slightly caramel (and apples). (fuji or gala apples to be precise). (Must be fuji apples).
The taste is an intense 5/5.
The mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body. The finish is long and sweet.
As for craftsmanship, this is not a boring beer. I got excited, but it’s partially because I don’t know what I am drinking. This could be cider. I have never had cider. So much is unknown! Some beers aren’t session beers because they are hoppy, but this one is not a session beer because it is so sweet.
If they threw apple flavouring in this, I will be really upset, but if it’s just apple hops, that’s okay. Still, not much respect for this brew, but it was good fun. 3.3/5

Suntory in a hotel water glass... Crispy