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Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt by Karuizawa Brewery

by BeerTengoku Writer

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt is another beer by Karuizawa Brewery. Just how have they produced so many different beers for such a young company? Thankfully, Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt is brewed using only hops and barley, unlike some of the other beers in their range. At the time of writing, Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt was only available in can form only.

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt

Seriously, these long names really need to stop.

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt Aroma and Taste

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt has a deep amber body with a fairly thin head that was about one finger deep. It didn’t last long on the beer or on the sides of the glass. It has a solid caramel sweet aroma coming off of it with some tones of alcohol as well thrown in. Never a good thing as I generally don’t like the smell of alcohol as it reminds me of that alcohol spray for your hands.

Yet the body of Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt seems to lack any real bite to it or substance that holds your taste buds. The caramel flavour is far less noticeable in the body and is paired with a wateriness that doesn’t suit it. Even though Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt is brewed with hops, you wouldn’t guess it from drinking it as there was no distinctive taste nor aroma.

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt One-Line Review

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt is a sub-standard alt that isn’t really worth trying. If you want a good altbier, then try here.


Where to Buy Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt

Due to the big push behind Karuizawa weiss from the parent company, Dover Ltd., this beer is fairly widely available in department stores and alcohol stores. I bought my Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt in Aurora Malls, Higashi Totsuka for ¥298. I have also seen this beer in Le Collier too.

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Christopher Phillips November 9, 2015 - 7:58 pm

IMO, these guys really suck. with such a great system and so much money, its dissapointing to see them making quite frankly shitty omiyage beer and slightly embarassing for this stuff to be called craft. ive only had 3 or 4 of their beers but they were all bloody awful and convinced me to stay clear of all the rest. its not that they cant make good beer, they seem to not want to. so i say screw those guys, there aqre plenty of other breweries with less money behind them that seem to care more about making a good beer and not just selling crap to make money. my ten cents. 🙂
oh!la!ho, kokage, sinhsu, yaho, etc all much better than these guys.

Rob November 21, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Yep, very much agreed. Seeing their brewery in person after a trip up to Nagano and then realising that they have no real idea about who they are aimed at is quite unusual for a brewery of this size.


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