Beer Pick: Try Arches Yūrei Japanese-style pilsner this weekend

Yurei, Arches refreshing new Japanese style Pilsner, is brewed with rice. / Bob Townsend for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Yurei, Arches refreshing new Japanese style Pilsner, is brewed with rice. / Bob Townsend for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Lately, Justin Ramirez, the head brewer at Arches Brewing in Hapeville, has been playing around with some really interesting takes on lagers.

The newest one is Japanese-style pilsner called Yūrei. And not only is it this week’s Beer Pick, but it will be available at Good Word’s super cool Little Beer festival on Saturday.

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Yūrei Japanese-style Pilsner

Arches Brewing, Hapeville

Available in six-pack 12-ounce cans and on draft

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According to Arches, Yurei is the Japanese word for ghost, and the primary hop in Yūrei Japanese-style Pilsner is German Grüngeist, which translates as “green ghost.” Light in color, and in body, it was brewed with an ample portion of rice, which gives it some sweetness on the palate. The Grüngeist hops feature peach and passion fruit notes that strike a nice balance, along with hints of lemon peel, and some soft bitterness in the crisp, dry finish.

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At just over 5% alcohol, Yūrei is easy to drink, and will likely appeal to wine drinkers, as well as beer drinkers. Try it with Japanese favorites, including sushi, ramen, tonkatsu, and yakitori.

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