Asahi Dry Premium Houjou Zeitaku Hatsujikomi (2016)

Japanese Name: アサヒドライプレミアム豊醸 贅沢初仕込
Brewer: Asahi
Release: Dec. 20, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Alcohol: 6.5%
Purchase Price: ¥221 @Aeon

Tasting Notes:
From Asahi’s premium beer brand, the end of 2016 saw the release of Houjou Zeitaku Hatsujikomi. This premium beer’s ingredients were all grown in Japan and were freshly harvested before brewing in 2016 for this limited release.

Zeitaku Hatsu-jikomi has your standard golden straw color in the glass with a very sharp, refined aroma. The first gulp is full, having a good amount of malt flavor hitting the front of the mouth. The flavors tone down going down the throat leaving a smooth velvety mouth feel, a little sweetness, a touch of bitterness, and a very nice citrusy tang.

From a Japanese lager standpoint, Zeitaku Hatsujikomi is top notch. It’s really well brewed with a straight forward, satisfying lager flavor. Being a premium Japanese beer, it is a bit more expensive, but is worth the yen.

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