Japanese Name: アサヒ クラフトマンシップ ドライメルツェン
Release: Oct. 20, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥249 @FamilyMart
Just in time for Oktoberfest is Dry Märzen, the 4th release in the Asahi Craftsmanship series being sold exclusively at convenience stores here in Japan. This 100% malt beer is made with German hops and Munich malt to impart its amber color and sweetness.
As Dry Märzen is poured a very fragrant almost floury-fruity aroma fills the air around the glass. It has a nice deep rusty color, similar to many of the beers recently reviewed here at Beers of Japan. Rich malt fills the front of the mouth, accompanied by subtle toasted bread. Bitterness takes over mid-palate and lingers in the back of the throat while finishing with an Asahi dryness.
Once again, the Craftsmanship series brews a winner. I think the lack of sweetness makes this Märzen style beer really enjoyable to drink. There’re plenty of flavors, one is very familiar but I can’t put my finger on it… yeast maybe. I’m reminded of pizza dough in a way. The Dry Craftsmanship beers quickly leave the shelves so you’ll want to purchase a few while they’re still in store. Check out your local conbini, before they’re gone!