Japanese Name: クリアアサヒ 秋の琥珀
Release: Aug. 18, 2015
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥105 @Aeon
The fall Japanese beers tend to be a tad on the heavier side with the alcohol by volume weighing in at 6%. Asahi’s brand Clear Asahi has put out a fall version called Aki no Kohaku to satisfy your thirst for booze this season. It touts no less than four kinds of malt (is that legal??) and seven varieties of hops, so I’m hoping for some big flavor in this one.
Aki no Kohaku pours out a deep amber color, which is unusual (maybe a first) for the Clear Asahi label. It has a nice malty aroma with a little tang coming through on the nose. The first gulp is very clean, there’s not much in the way of “roasted” flavors as one would expect, but it does have some nice depth for a third tier brew. Mid-plate the malt and hops come out, ending with a decent amount of bitterness.
Asahi really did a wonderful job with Aki no Kohaku. If you’re into the bigger, full flavored beers you’ll probably be disappointed. However, if you’re looking for something cheap that has its flavor kicked up a notch yet still remains clean and easy drinking… look no further than Clear Asahi Aki no Kohaku. This just might be my favorite new genre for fall 2015.