Japanese Name: トップバリュ グランラガーアロマ
Brewer: Unnamed Korean brewer in cooperation with TopValu
Release: Apr. 5, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer （ビール）
Purchase Price: ￥181 @Aeon
While Aeon Group’s private label TopValue has seen success with its Barreal brand, recently it has expanded its reach into the premium beer segment with Gran Lager Aroma. This all malt beer is made with a combination of the fresh and mildly aromatic German Hallertau Mittelfruh and citrus-like American Galena hops, and utilizes a triple hopping process to bring out a fruity aroma. It is aged for over twenty days below zero in an oxygen deprived environment.
Pouring a deep golden color in the glass, Gran Lager Aroma has a nice malty nose, though not much in the way of “fruity” notes as I thought it might have. This beer is very rich and full up front, well-rounded with some sweetness to it. Rather than fruity flavors, there are hints of citrus on my palate.
For a brew in the all malt beer category, Grand Lager Aroma offers a nice value. However, targeting the premium Japanese beer segment, I don’t think it’s up to par. The background flavors that should be produced from the hops are just too unpronounced while the only thing that really stands out is its full-bodied sweetness. I think the sweetness really drowns out much of the flavors I was looking forward to tasting. At this price point, I personally would be drinking a Japanese beer from one of the major brewers.