Kirin's Nodogoshi Beer holds the No. 1 spot in the 2nd beer category. No barley or malt is used, but soy peptides are featured. They have some interesting information on their website so I will extend this topic to 4 posts. The important point I would like to make here is that this product uses a low amount of barley malt (actually zero) and therefore does not count as a beer for tax purposes. It is a completely fermented drink, with no added sprits (no added shochu), so it does not fall into the 3rd category beer category. The name refers to how easily drinkable it is, nodogoshi のどごし.
Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.