Japanese Name: サントリー ザ・プレミアム・モルツ〈サマースペシャル〉2016
Release: Apr. 26, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥213 @Aeon
While first released for last year’s summer gift giving season, I didn’t get a chance to buy this one. Summer Special was popular enough that Suntory decided to make a limited release so that more people could enjoy this brew. This all malt beer is made with aroma hops from Hallertau, Germany, which have been incorporated in in quite a few beers over the past couple years.
Summer Special pours out a pale straw in the glass, with a light fresh fruity aroma from the hops. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel up front with a very round malty flavor that goes across the tongue. It has flavors of charcoal and toast towards the back and leaves the mouth in a smooth, yet satisfying bitterness.
While many summer type beers tend to be on the lighter side, Suntory keeps this beer a full bodied flavorful one. The full-bodied flavor makes this beer a really nice step up from your daily drag. Still, it does remain quite light and refreshing. Summer Special should be on everyone’s grocery list while it’s in stores.