Japanese Name: サントリー 金麦 琥珀のくつろぎ
Release: Dec. 2, 2014
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥105 @Aeon
Made in part with German Aroma Hops and roasted malt, Suntory has created a flavorful brew for those beer drinkers on a budget. At around 105 yen at the grocery store, you can opt for something a little different than your everyday new genre brew. And with a 6% ABV, a little can go a long way!
As expected, this one pours out a rich brick color. Be sure to pour carefully to get your 70-30 ratio, this is Suntory after all. There’s not much on the nose, so skip ahead to your first gulp. Kohaku no Kutsurogi is very flavorful up front. The roasted malt comes across the lips and down the throat, leaving an alcoholic bitterness that stays on the middle of the tongue. The hops come through on the back bringing a nice bitter flavor down the back of the throat.
In the new genre category, we see quite a few of these brews from Suntory. While they’re all pretty good, the do taste quite similar to each other. And when comparing these new genres to an actual “Japanese beer” you do notice the lack of depth and roundness an all malt beer provides. The bottom line is Kohaku no Kutsurogi has some nice flavor and does right for the third tier brews, but it can’t hold a candle to the other limited edition beers on the market.