Japanese Name: アサヒ プレミアム 生ビール 熟撰
Release: Dec. 8, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥246 @7-eleven
In a limited production release exclusively for 7&i Holdings, Asahi has chosen to bring back the canned version of Jukusen. This is the first premium beer Asahi created back in 2004 and is still served at certain establishments. Jukusen is made with a combination of bitter, aroma, and fine aroma hops added in three stages to preserve their individual qualities, and is aged two and a half times longer than Asahi’s standard brewing process.
Jukusen pours into the glass the standard pale straw that you’ve become accustom to in Japanese beers. The nose is fairly toned down, nothing out of the ordinary here. My first gulp is quite sharp up front, releasing across the tongue to present a rounded malt flavor. Jukusen does have a nice bitter finish, however the flavors on the front side seem a bit watered down compared to the back end and finish.
For a premium beer, I would expect more flavor across the board. To me, Jukusen is a cross between Asahi Super Dry and Super Dry Extra Sharp. Even though it’s been five years since I first had Jukusen for the first time, I still think this one is a pass.