Japanese Name: サントリー ザ・プレミアム・モルツ〈芳醇ブレンド〉
Release: Dec. 6, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥245 (330mL can) @7-eleven
Houjun Blend (The Blend) from Suntory’s The Premium Malt’s line-up is a beer that I have not had for quite a while. This all malt beer is a mixture of both the black and standard Pre-malt’s beers. This year’s naming means mellowness, so they must have come up with a good percentage to bring out a mellow flavor.
In the glass, The Blend pours a fiery amber color. It has a very round malty flavor, with a nice bitterness on the back and some acidity on the mid-palate.
As with previous releases, Houjun Blend remains a wonderful can of beer. It has a nice balance of malt and bitterness that make is an easy drinking flavorful brew. Indeed, it is mellow.