Kaohsiung Taiwan is a warm and tropical place with friendly people, bright lights, and fresh beer to beat the heat.
One common way to help beat the heat is to have your beer over ice. Don’t ask me why, but when it is 35 degrees and ten at night, nothing is better than an ice-cold brew, poured, literally over ice.
The one we got at this place was properly chilled, no cubes needed. We strolled along the love river, admiring the colourful lights, and the mega party on the pier, where I sank my share of Heinekens, and where a trio of Heineken girls contributed to what was one of the best moments of my life.
(Haha, wouldn’t you like to know?)
Taiwan draft tastes a lot like Taiwan Beer.
(No notes) (4/5)
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!
This entry is late, very very late. I would like to extend my sincerest apologies to my reader (yes, you) for this very late entry to my blog.
At 5 am I arrived in Taoyuan airport outside Taipei after a relatively quick-feeling 11-hour flight from Vancouver. I then waited 75 minutes to catch a bus which travelled for 15 minutes to arrive at the bullet train station.
I purchased my ticket to Taiwan, then wandered to the 7-11.
There it was! Taiwan Beer. I looked for all the Taiwan beers I could…
But I found only one. The distinctive piano key label of Taiwan Beer. But 5 am it was, and having found it so quickly, I knew it would be easy to find later.
I caught the bullet train, checked my bag into my hotel. Check in time wasn’t until 1:00 (also beer 0‘clock). So I then wandered around taipei, visiting Taipei 101, as well as the museum of modern art. I ate some baked goods which for some reason are really good in Taipei. WOW.
I then wandered to the 7-11 (omnipresent in Taiwan) which was located at the subway station, and brought it back to the Tango Nanshi Hotel where I was staying.
By the way, this was one small but pimpin’ hotel room. I highly recommend this place.
The beer is a gold/straw colour, with a good head, slightly more yellow than your typical Canadian Lager. The head was good and brilliant, but short-lived. The aroma was a 3.5/5 in intensity, and slightly sharp. My overall impression was neutral.
The aroma was slightly toasty and earthy.
The flavour is a 3.5/5 in intensity with a grain and nut quality (maybe rice?) The taste overall is smooth and well-balanced, a nice 4.5/5.
The mouth feel is drying with lively carbonation. The finish was medium to long and moderate in intensity, well balanced initially, with a little sweetness at the end.
This is the first rice beer I have tasted. I give it a 4/5 for craft and 4/5 for freshness.
I liked it fine and dandy, thank you! Overall, a 4.2/5.
So, why is it the best? check out my next entry.