Japanese Name: アサヒ ザ・エクストラ
Release: Feb. 19, 2013
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥215 @7-Eleven
Hitting up Asahi for an exclusive brew was 7&i Holdings, so in your local 7-eleven’s adult beverage cooler you’ll find the golden can that is Asahi The Extra lining those shelves of malted goodness. Asahi The Extra is not your ordinary beverage, it’s an all malt Japanese beer by law and has the price to prove it. Is shelling out The Extra yen worth it? Well, that depends on the person… but let’s try and find out.
In the glass, Asahi The Extra has a bit more color than your average Japanese lager; matching the can it comes in, it pours out a nice golden hue. Bubbles tickle the tip of the tongue, while The Extra has a thicker creamy mouth feel. There’s a building of rich malt flavor and bitterness from the hops that never gets out of hand, but you can definitely tell that you’re drinking something different from the usual big four offerings.
Asahi The Extra is a very good, enjoyable beverage. I liked how the effervescence and flavors started up front and continued to build throughout the mouth. If you tend to shy away from the more bitter Japanese beers The Extra hits a mid-point, it’s more robust in flavor, but yet you could drink it all night, if you can survive the 6.5% ABV.