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Japanese beer The Malt’s Umami


by Djons

The Malt's Umami Japanese Beer

I wrote about Japanese beer and expectations of it not too long ago. History repeats itself — inflated expectations, price in the ceiling and a Eurolager on the way out. Of course, Japan and even more so Japanese beer doesn’t owe anyone anything. They brew and they brew. Like everywhere else — to buy or not, it’s up to you! But, for some reason we expect a miracle from the Japanese.

Also confused by the inscription on the can — Umami. As you know, there are four flavors and the fifth is umami. The key phrase is «as you know». I’m closer to the theory that there are many more basic tastes than the four plus… For example — the taste of iron. How would you describe it in the «as known» paradigm? Salty? Sweet? No, it’s the taste of iron and no umami will help!

Nevertheless, seeing on the can such a bait, we expect at least Doshirak. And what do you end up with?

The Malt’s Umami (Japan, Tokyo) — 5/11 Aroma is weak. The taste of malt. The aftertaste is dry, the malt is noticeable, but the hops on the minimum. A simple eurolager. What the umami has to do with it! Poor, but clean. Not much different from the domestic beer giants, although, I lie — the price. The price is five times higher. Something like 260-280 rubles. And next to it was beer Eboshi and judging by the stock on the shelf, bought much better. That’s probably the point — put a super expensive Japanese one next to a cheap skoshi. The difference in taste is minimal, but the difference in the wallet is palpable. The Malt’s Umami grade is a «C.»

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Александр Иджон
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