Japanese Name: サントリー 春の“旬味”
Release: Feb. 23, 2016
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥126 @Nyusankyu
This year’s spring limited new genre brew from Suntory is entitled Haru no Shunaji. It is stated to show off its bitterness with a combination of aroma and bitter hops. The package design incorporates cherry blossoms, but also features a plate and chopsticks signifying the importance of enjoying Haru no Shunaji with the seasonal dishes of spring.
Haru no Shunaji pours out a deep gold in the glass, its frothy head quickly disappearing as the glass sits. The aroma is clean and fresh with hints of malt. The first gulp is full of “malt” flavor up front with a fair amount of sweetness giving a fuller body than you might expect. Flavors of corn come across the palate finishing with a nice bitterness. It does, however, have a strange dough-like taste on the middle of the palate.
As a new genre offering, Haru no Shunaji is just average. It has a nice bitterness and is quite easy drinking, but is a bit on the sweet side for my palate. Still, if you were to throw a few of these back under the cherry blossoms I’m sure you would not complain.