Japanese Name: サントリー モルツ サマードラフト
Release: Jul. 15, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥223 @Sankus
Malt’s Summer Draft from Suntory was one of the only true beers brewed especially for the 2014 summer months. This all malt Japanese beer was released through the conbini circuit, and on top of its all malt base, it was brewed with citra hops for their fresh fruity flavors. Without even pouring the can, one can almost imagine what Summer Draft will taste like. Let’s see how imagination meets reality.
The package design for Summer Draft is very eye appealing. I like the feeling the use of green, blue, and gold bring out; it’s quite refreshing just to look at the can. Poured into the glass, Summer Draft is has the usual straw color and maybe I was looking at the can too long… it seemed to have a hint of green. The air above the head is fresh and crisp, nice and hoppy. My first gulp was wonderful. Summer Draft has a flavorful light body, crisp effervescence on the tongue, with balanced acidity. Pine comes through on the back, as does a perfect amount of bitterness.
Suntory brewed a real winner with Malt’s Summer Draft. When I think of a summer brew, I imagine something light and refreshing, something you can drink gallons of on hot days. Summer Draft has the lightness and it is definitely refreshing, but you also get a ton of flavor and bitterness you’d expect in a quality beer. I’m truly disappointed that I didn’t discover Malt’s Summer Draft until late August, as they’re already disappearing from the conbini shelves. And even though the fall brews are just starting to arrive, I think Suntory Malt’s Summer Draft has my vote for best seasonal beer of 2014!