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Beer is a widely popular alcoholic beverage. You see their advertisements on newspapers, TVs, magazines, and the internet. You can purchase them in convenience stores, supermarkets, and liquor stores. Here’s 9 Japanese beers you should try out. Enjoy your drink!
1. Premium Malt’s (プレミアムモルツ)
Premium Malt’s have pride in their quality. It does show; the beer has a rich taste and a pleasant aroma. It doesn’t really have the sharp tang of usual beer. Official site in Japanese here.
2. Yebisu Beer (ヱビスビール)
Yebisu beer is expensive compared to other beers. They make their beer strictly following the German rules and quality, and use ingredients from Germany; resulting in a deep rich flavor and aroma. Official site in Japanese here.
3. Kirin Ichiban Shibori (キリン一番搾り)
Shibori is a verb that means to juice out. Ichiban shibori uses the first juice from the ingredients of beer. They have a distinctive bittersweet taste in their flavor. Official site in Japanese here.
4. Asahi Super Dry (アサヒスーパードライ)
Asahi Super Dry as it does say in its name, is super dry. Their taste is bitter, and the aftertaste is extremely sharp. Not for those who want weak beer. Official site in Japanese here.
5. Sapporo Nama Beer Black Label (サッポロ生ビール黒ラベル)
Sapporo Nama Beer Black Label released a series of TV commercials called the adult elevator (大人エレベーター). The protagonist rides off certain stops, and has conversations with famous elders in Japan. Sapporo Nama Beer Black Label is advertising their beer for those who have a distinctive, mature taste. Official site in Japanese here.
6. Tanrei Green Label (淡麗グリーンラベル)
Like beer, but don’t like the sugars? Tanrei Green Label cuts off 70% of their sugars and is low in calories compared to regular beer. Official site in Japanese here.
7. Asahi Style Free (アサヒスタイルフリー)
Asahi Style Free is free of sugar, so it’s low in calories (24 per 100 ml), just like Tanrei Green Label! It’s technically not beer under the liquor definition, but it really does taste like beer. Official site in Japanese here.
8. Kinmugi (金麦)
Kinmugi is also a beer that is on the healthier side. They cut off 75% of their sugar. They take special care in making their beer taste like regular beer, by using spring water, and rich malt that has more umami elements compared to regular malt. Official site in Japanese here.
9. Mugi to Hoppu (麦とホップ)
Mugi to Hoppu is not beer. It’s a liquor made to taste, smell, and look like beer. It really does. Since it’s technically not beer, it’s cheaper in price. Official site in Japanese here.