Japanese Name: 北海道麦酒醸造株式会社 小樽麦酒ピルスナー
Brewer: Hokkaido Brewing
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
On the coast of the Sea of Japan in Hokkaido is the port town of Otaru, home to Hokkaido Brewing Company. In addition to its beer line-up, they also produce chuhi and high ball bottled beverages. Tonight, I’ll be tasting their canned pilsner which is made from organic malt and hops.
This pilsner pours out a deep orange color in the glass with a superbly creamy head. The fragrance of yeast and malt come off the pour and give off a “chewy” bread like quality that is quite nice. Otaru Bakusyu has a thick mouth feel and boarders on the sweet side. It does pack a ton of flavor from the malt up front, which slowly dissipates across the palate leaving a clean, light finish with hints of honey and a touch of bitterness.
Otaru Bakusyu is a very easy drinking pilsner. For my personal tastes, it is a tad sweet, but I like its flavorful start and the hoppy bitterness that sticks around from gulp to gulp.