Suntory The Premium Malt’s: Summer Special (2016)

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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
Brewer: Suntory
Release: Apr. 26, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Alcohol: 5.5%
Purchase Price: ¥213 @Aeon

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Tasting Notes:
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.

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1 Response to Suntory The Premium Malt’s: Summer Special (2016)

  1. berndte says:

    German hop but still, the rich malty sweetness is quite intense. My search for a nicely hopped beer in the supermarket continues….

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