Japanese Name: サントリ ザ・ロイヤル・ビター
Release: Feb. 14, 2012
Purchase Price: ￥217 @Sankus
Suntory’s most recent limited production beer was released exclusively to convenience stores around Japan last week. Suntory The Royal Bitter uses the labor intensive decoction brewing technique found in German and Czech beers, resulting in a very yummy brew.
In the glass the golden-orange highlights the hoppy aroma that fills the air. Its full bodied, well rounded flavor awaits you, and as the name states, the “royal bitter” flavor stays with you as the first gulp slides down your throat, lingering on the back of the tongue until you reach for another.
While I find Suntory’s The Premium Malt’s to have a slightly off-putting sharpness, The Royal Bitter hits my sweetspot of full flavor and a round bitter taste. It’s really a good beer, for those looking for a little more in their Japanese lager. Stock up at your local conbini while supplies last.