Japanese Name: サントリー くちどけの冬小麦
Release: Oct. 1, 2013
Type: Liqueur (発泡性)
Purchase Price: ￥100 @Yamaya (6-pack)
For their winter limited brew, Suntory has chosen to create a wheat beer. Unlike the wheat beer from YO-HO, this one is a true third tier brew, and comes at a price that’s easy on the coin purse. Even so, Kuchidoke no Fuyu Komugi is a welcome change from the usual lageresque scene.
Fuyu Komugi pours out a very pale straw in the glass, it’s almost a white wine color. There’s nothing mentionable on the nose, just a clean aroma. You’ll notice some nice effervescence on your first taste, along with a generally light clean taste across the palate. It starts clean and finishes clean with a little tang and hardly any bitterness.
In short, Suntory Kuchidoke no Fuyu Komugi is a very easy drinking brew. There’s not a whole lot to mention because it doesn’t have a bold flavor profile; it’s just clean and very straight forward. If you’re a light beer drinker, you’ll definitely appreciate Suntory’s effort. With Japan’s “hot pot” winter season, Kuchidoke no Fuyu Komugi would definitely pair well with mizu-taki or some of the lighter style chicken or fish hot pot dishes.