Japanese Name: サントリー ゴールドブリュー
Type: Liqueur (発泡性)
Purchase Price: ￥105 @Nyu Sankyu
In another private label collaboration, Suntory created third-tier Suntory Gold Brew for the CGC group, a grocery cooperative private label selling their brand at grocers across the country. It has been on the market for several years now, however since I do not usually shop at a store selling the CGC brand, I have just recently come across Gold Brew.
Comparable to your average lager, Gold Brew is a pale straw color in the glass. It has some nice malt notes with a hint of fruitiness on the nose. My first gulp had a nice silkiness on the tip of the tongue, with just a small amount of effervescence. The malt and hop flavors really come through. Gold Brew uses both aroma and bitter hops and a late hopping process that enhances the flavors imparted from the hops, hence the fruitiness on the nose. The finish is clean, without a whole lot of bitterness, while a hint of sweetness rounds of the drinking experience.
Suntory Gold Brew is a capable brew in the third tier beer category. Flavor-wise, it’s not terribly interesting, but is a solid tasting beverage comparable to your more expensive Japanese lagers. If you’re on a budget like me, give Suntory Gold Brew a shot.