Tazawako Alt by Tazawako Beer

Tazawako Alt

Altbiers are not that popular in Japan, with our last review of an altbier being the Karuizawa Asuma Kougen Alt, but let’s not use that as a yardstick.  Tazawako Alt is an award-winning altbier from Tazawako Beer in Akita, Japan. It has won awards from Europe to Japan and around the world over, with the last count being at twelve awards in 2015. Tazawako Alt has an abv of 5% and comes both in bottles as well as on draft, though the latter is harder to find outside of Akita it seems.

Tazawako Alt

Won more awards than there are awards, we think.

Tazawako Alt Aroma and Taste

The first thing I noticed about Tazawako Alt is the clear, deep reddish brown colour of the body, perhaps the darkest I’ve had for a while. The head contrasted nicely with a brownish tinge to it along with a thickness to it that was unusual instead of an expected frothiness to it that never came. The hops came through but it was the caramel sweetness from the malt that was most prominent in the whole mix, followed up a richness that reminded me of Christmas cake.

Tazawako Alt followed up this up in the body and I could easily imagine having this beer with some smoked sausage or salami. The bitterness was also a welcome addition though it didn’t last long. It wasn’t a heavily carbonated beer so the malts couldn’t quite punch through the bitter hops.

Tazawako Alt One Line Review

I would really recommend serving Tazawako Alt warm or at least cellar temperature and not fridge cold as you would be doing a disservice to the aromas and taste that come through.

Where to Buy Tazawako Alt

Tazawako Alt can be bought from the Tazawako Beer online store found here. I got my bottle from Nomono in Akihabara.

About the Author

Rob

Been drinking beer since longer than I can remember. You can find me in a bar, on the slopes, or doing DIY. I enjoy porters, imperial porters, golden ales, and amber / viennas.

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