Japanese Name: セブンゴールド 金のビール
Release: Apr. 14, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥228 @7-eleven
Another beer produced in cooperation between 7&i holdings and Suntory, Kin no Biru is a premium all malt beer made with four types of barley malt including Japanese grown Golden barley malt and aroma hops. It was released under the 7&i Gold brand which is 7-11’s premium label for a limited time. Here’s the rundown.
In the glass Kin no Biru has, as the name states, a golden color; it’s deeper than your standard Japanese beer. On the nose, there is malt, tart green apple, and hints of vinegarish acidity… very cider-like. Your first gulp will reveal the sweetness, it starts off almost like drinking apple juice. Full-bodied malt takes over the mid-palate, while a slightly cheek puckering bitterness comes in on the backend.
The sweetness lends a comparison to a sparkling wine in some respects, more like the sparkling apple cider you drank as a child while your parents were drinking champagne. While it is definitely a solid beer, the sweetness gets to me, for the amount of sweetness I think it needs a ton more bitterness to balance it off. At 6.5% ABV, you can get a nice buzz going if need be.