Japanese Name: クリアアサヒ 吟醸
Release: Oct. 12, 2016
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥143 @Sankus
Asahi’s winter limited brew for its Clear Asahi line is Ginjo. This new genre brew uses 1.5 standard amount of barley along with Citra hops, and combines a long aging process to develop a rich yet clean taste.
In the glass, Ginjo has a pale straw color, with the pleasant tang of malt on the nose. The first gulp is very full and rich with a smooth mouthfeel. There is plenty of malt to go around, giving a very flavorful mouthful across the palate. On the finish, this brew slides down the throat, clean with just the right amount of bitterness.
Clear Asahi Ginjo doesn’t possess anything out of the ordinary in terms of flavor. However, it is one of the few new genre brews that could go head-to-head with other true Japanese lagers, and I think that says a lot. The bottom line is that Ginjo is a great drinking new genre with a decent amount of malt flavor. It would be one that I would buy by the case if re-released.