TopValu Barreal Rich Taste


Japanese Name: トップバリュ バーリアル リッチテイスト
Brewer: (Unknown Korean brewer, distributed by TopValu)
Release: Nov. 11, 2014
Type: Happousei (発泡性)
Alcohol: 6%
Purchase Price: ¥95 @Aeon


Tasting Notes:
The newest addition to Aeon Group’s BarReal line is BarReal Rich Taste, a low malt new genre brew selling for an incredible 95 yen per 350mL can, tax included! In addition to its low price, being made with all German hops is another selling point. At the current market prices, you’ll be hard pressed to find a cheaper beer, but how’s the taste?

Rich Taste pours out a straw color and in quite light in the glass. A slight metallic odor masks its true aroma, which is quite common in the new genre brews. The first gulp is quite nice; it’s not “rich” as in being full-bodied, but it does have a nice depth to it, almost beer-like. Up front there is some nice malt flavor, as well as bitterness form the hops. Rich Taste finishes clean and sharp with good acidity and little aftertaste.

I wasn’t expecting much from this one, but it’s actually an excellent new genre brew. In my personal opinion, it is one of the top third tier brews and at its price point is the hands down best bargan in the new genre category. Aeon has a real winner with BarReal Rich Taste, I’m onboard!

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