Kirin Ichiban Shibori | Komugi no Umami

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Japanese Name: キリン 一番搾り 小麦のうまみ
Brewer: Kirin
Release: Mar. 24, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Alcohol: 5%
Purchase Price: ¥183 @Aeon

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Tasting Notes:
Marking its 25th year on the market, Kirin’s Ichiban Shibori brand has created a wheat beer entitled Komugi no Umami using its Ichiban Shibori brewing method. Here’s the rundown!

Komugi no Umami pours out into the glass with a wonderfully light and fluffy head. Unlike most wheat beers, it’s quite a bit darker than you’d expect and has a very yeasty, chewy aroma somewhat like freshly kneaded dough. The first gulp is unlike any standard Japanese beer. From the moment it passes across the lips and tongue, you can sense a creamy, hearty mouthfeel. And while going down the throat with a little air to bring out the flavors, it’s very rich yet delicately smooth. The finish is nice and clean without a lot of bitterness, yet has a touch of acidity.

For those beer drinkers seeking something flavorful, but lacking the usual hoppy bitterness that comes along with the more interesting brews, Kirin’s Komugi no Umai is what you’ve been looking for. It is really unlike anything Kirin has released to date, and is a must try. Komugi no Umami might not suit everyone’s taste, but it is yet another example of the Big Four trying expand the tastes of the mass market.

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