Japanese Name: サッポロ生ビール黒ラベル エクストラブリュー
Release: Apr. 12, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥223 @Sankus
Utilizing a malt specially bred by Sapporo called Umasa Nagamochi Bakuga, which is a malt that retains its flavor for a long while, they created Extra Brew. This beer is the first offshoot from Sapporo’s Black Label brand in its 39 year history.
Extra Brew pours your standard pale straw in the glass, and has a nice amount of malt on the nose. The first gulp is refreshing, showing off a rich full malt flavor up front and across the mid-palate. It’s a bit on the sweet side, but has a slight metallic tinge. The finish has a good acidic tang that puckers the cheeks and a decent amount of bitterness.
From a standard Big Four Japanese lager standpoint, Sapporo Extra Brew is a half step up from the normal offerings. It has a nice rich flavor, slight sweetness, and acidity to balance things out. I’d always prefer an all malt beer, but this one is a solid brew none the less.