Japanese Name: サントリー ザ・モルツ
Release: Sep. 8, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥192 @Aeon
As a followup to Suntory’s original all malt beer with a 29 year history, The Malt’s has some big shoes to fill, not to mention needing to be able to compete with the likes of Super Dry, Ichiban Shibori, and Black Label on the standard Japanese beer field. There’s no doubt that Suntory can made an excellent brew, but can they make a beer that can overtake the others?
The Malt’s pours a delicious golden hue into the glass, it’s ever so slightly darker than the original Malt’s. Coming off the head is the same musty aroma, though, with some tangy notes tagging along. The first gulp is a completely new experience, it starts off somewhat fruity and crisp, a little citrusy with some sweetness coming through on the back end. It has a very fresh yet full flavor with a nice front to back transition. On the back comes a light amount of bitterness, but you can really taste the malt as you exhale through the nose.
When looking at the can, I picture a Duracell battery, black and copper. And thinking about the copper, if you’ve ever tasted a penny or licked a 9-volt it’s got some zing to it. That’s what I taste in this beer. Suntory has taken their drab Malt’s beer and kicked it up a notch, Bam! The Malt’s is a very refreshing, flavorful beer that poses a worthy challenge to the other labels’ standard line-up. I also believe in Suntory’s commitment to making a real beer free of adjuncts, long live all malt!