Japanese Name: ススキノビール ピルスナー／缶
Brewer: Susukino Brewery
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Microbrews are a rarity here at Beers of Japan, so it’s nice to sample what’s going on in Japan’s craft brew scene. Tonight we have an all malt pilsner from Susukino Brewery in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Here’s the lowdown.
This pilsner pours out a very light straw in the glass and has a wonderful creamy head that sticks around throughout the glass. It’s a lighter, smoother beer, yet has some complexities not found in the regular store shelf varieties. Susukino has a hearty mouthfeel with an acidic maltiness combined with bitterness from the hops. The finish is not terribly clean as to keep all the flavors of malt and hops on the palate.
Susukino no Biru is a very nice brew targeting the larger audience. I imagine this is a transition beer for the brewery. For customers venturing into the craft beer scene, you don’t want something that’s gonna knock their socks off with a over the top flavor profile. This one gives a very nice starting point, that will make their customers want to sample their other flavors.