Japanese Name: アサヒ コーラ＆モルト
Release: Apr. 15, 2014
Purchase Price: ￥150 @Aeon
Asahi Beverage loves to put a spin on their malt brews. Released last spring was Asahi Cola & Malt, which sat in my fridge for several months awaiting review. I try not to drink cola too often, so the urge to taste test this one never hit me. Now, there is a line up of wonderful beers piling up so I’ll just bang this one out.
Cola & Malt is a “beer” cocktail which might be something like doing a half and half with cola… why someone might do that, I cannot fathom. It pours out a dark tan and has a delicious looking creamy head. Immediately you get hit with a fresh scent of lemon, which is very refreshing. Your first gulp, or sip, if you prefer will taste just like… drum roll… cola with a hint of lemon! It’s quite sweet but does have a hint of malt and bitterness on the back from the hops. As the sweetness dominates, it’s hard to tell if the “malt” is really in there.
So the verdict is that as a thirst quenching beverage, it’s not bad. A beer it is not, it’s more of a cola hit with a touch of lemon and a dash of alcohol. If you’re a strict beer drinker you’ll want to stay clear, but if you’re the type of person that enjoys a jack and coke once in a while, you may find this one enjoyable. It’s certainly different than the old standards. Asahi Cola & Malt production has halted, but you probably can still find cans around.