Japanese Name: トップバリュ バーリアル ラガービール
Brewer: Unnamed Korean brewer in cooperation with TopValu
Release: Aug. 8, 2011
Type: Japanese Beer （ビール）
Purchase Price: ￥158 @Aeon
After the success of Barreal released under TopValu, Aeon Group’s private label, several subsequent beer-taste beverages have been added to the product line. The most recent, is TopValu Barreal Lager Beer which is quite surprising given its ￥158 price point. It accomplishes this feat by utilizing beer from a Korean brewer. TopValu Barreal Lager Beer is no slouch, brewed with 100% malt and German hops. Let’s see if this beer can give the likes of Ichiban Shibori, Malt’s, and Yebisu et al. a run for their money.
Out of the can, Barreal Lager Beer has a deep golden color, giving a hint as to what kind of flavor is in there. After drinking mostly new-genre beverages, my first gulp had a “chewy” thickness to it, loaded with flavors of malt and hops, and just the right amount of bitterness.
The conclusion, TopValu Barreal Lager Beer is fantastic. At its 158 yen per 350mL can, unless you’re really running on a tight budget, you can opt for a true beer, with a wonderful rich taste to drink everyday. Give it a try!