Japanese Name: アサヒ クリスタルゴールド
Release: Jan. 15, 2014
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥116 @Aeon (6-Pack)
Once again, Asahi has produced another new genre brew to celebrate the Olympics. This time they’ve envisioned a brew crafted to represent figure skating. Let’s see if Asahi Crystal Gold deserves to be on the winner’s platform.
I’m quite certain no athletes were involved in the brewing process, but I couldn’t help notice the aroma of sweaty socks as I popped the top and poured my glass, no joke! Fortunately, that same aroma does not transfer to you first gulp, where you’ll find a little malt, a touch of bitterness, and a slight tart acidic finish.
In the end, Asahi Crystal Gold is not terribly impressive. It’s not bad, but is just your standard new genre brew. However, at 6% ABV it may just provide a kick to make the Sochi Winter Olympics a tad more enjoyable.