Fujizakura Heights Sakura Bock is a doppelbock style beer from Fuji Kanko Kaihatsu in Yamanashi. It’s an 8% spring seasonal that can be found on the shelves for quite a while due to its long shelf life of around six to eight months. It’s also a multiple award winning beer, having even won awards for World’s Best German Pale Lager, even though bock translates into dark. Go figure..
Fujizakura Heights Sakura Bock Aroma and Taste
No expense was spared for Fujizakura Heights Sakura Bock and the special aroma glass from the BeerFes Yokohama 2014 event was brought out to try it in. The body was a dark brown colour with a long lasting off-white tan head that wasn’t much but enough. This was made with fresh sakura, also known as cherry blossom, and there was a slight sweetness that could have been attributed to it though it was too hard to tell with the malts also bringing a sweetness that seemed to merge together as one.
Even at 8%, the alcohol couldn’t be detected and was well hidden throughout the beer. The caramel flavour was quite intense for a doppelbock and it seemed to be overpowering the sakura flavours I was longing for. After about 15 minutes, the bottle had warmed up enough for the second portion of beer to be served and thankfully, the sakura flavours were more pronounced – a lesson in being patient had just been taught by a bottle of beer. The sweetness stayed through right into the aftertaste and left some chocolate flavours behind too.
Fujizakura Heights Sakura Bock One Line Review
Fujizakura Heights Sakura Bock is a decent doppelbock that should be sipped and not quaffed in one.
Where to Buy Fujizakura Heights Sakura Bock
Fujizakura Heights Sakura Bock is a spring seasonal and is available from mid February onwards. It can be bought at the following places: