Japanese Name: サントリー 麦の深旨
Release: Aug. 26, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥214 @Heiwado
Suntory has been on a roll this past year, releasing batch after batch of limited production beers. Their latest effort is for the Nichiriu Group of grocers, of which the coop in my prefecture is Heiwado. Dubbed Mugi no Fukauma, this all malt Japanese beer uses some roasted malt to bring in some color and flavor. Let’s see how this beer stacks up.
Fukauma pours out a rich golden in the glass. The aroma has malt and hop with hints of spice. Up front, it has a thicker mouth feel but starts off quite plain. Fukauma’s malt kicks in mid-palate, and ends with a touch of bitterness on the back.
Although Mugi no Fukauma is labeled as having a deep and rich flavor, its comes off as surprisingly light and somewhat bland, especially on the front end. Some maltiness kicks in on the mid to back, but overall it’s not anything to get excited about. In the end, Suntory’s Mugi to Fukauma is just an average beer. For those interested in sampling the Japan’s limited beers like me, do try, but for the others there are bolder beers on the market.