Updated: May 13, 2020
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The 5 Best Beer In Japan You Need To Know About

Arguably, the 5 best beer in Japan from major labels are Asahi, Yebisu, Sapporo, Kirin, and Suntory. Here are their characteristics.

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Beer in Japan

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Japanese people are pretty big beer drinkers, contrary to what people from the outside might think! They even have a saying that goes 'とりあえずビール' (toriaezu beer) which essentially means that the first drink has to be a beer where you're out drinking.

Below we'll introduce the top 5 best beer brands. If you want to learn about the craft beers of Japan, which is a wonderful world in itself, we recommend that you check out this tour if you're lucky enough to be in the country (tour can be booked on the same day).

Japanese Beers: The Great 5

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What would you imagine if you were asked what is the most popular kind of Japanese alcohol? Japanese sake? Japanese whiskeys? Some might even think of shochu (Japanese spirit). Actually, by far, beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage drunk in Japan!

Beer has - and for a long time already - been the most popular type of alcohol in Japan. Nowadays, beer accounts for two-thirds of the total alcoholic consumption of the country.

It is deeprooted in the culture. Generally speaking, Japanese people start off their nomikai (drinking parties) by having some beer for their first kampai (cheers).

Although not a traditional alcohol, beer is a good complement to Japanese traditional cuisine, and people genuinely enjoy the taste whether it has alcohol in it or not. Nowadays in Japan, many kinds of non-alcoholic beer-tasting beverages are also available.

There is a wide variety of Japanese beer brands. Among them, we have focused on 5 top ones from major labels. Our selection includes Asahi beer, Yebisu beer, Sapporo beer, Kirin beer, and Suntory beer. Each one has different characteristics and an original taste. Here's what you need to know about these popular and great-tasting Japanese beers!

Asahi Beer

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Looking for that Japanese taste? Here's what you want. Established in 1889, Asahi brewers have been producing one of the best Japanese beers for decades.

Even if you haven't tried their product, you may have heard of the product name "Asahi Superdry". The dry crispy taste is something characteristic of this one. For the one and only Japanese beer, give a try to Asahi Superdry beer!

Yebisu Beer

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Produced by Sapporo brewers, Yebisu beer has been one of their popular products for a long time. There are even some people who only drink the Yebisu brand!

Yebisu beer is a little expensive compared to the other Japanese beer brands. This is because Yebisu beer is produced in the most traditional way with only ingredients of high quality. They even have their own farm to produce barley only for the Yebisu brand.

This is the type of beer you should drink on a special day.

Sapporo Beer

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Sapporo beer black label is made in Hokkaido and is the main product of Sapporo beer brewer since the company was established.

Many people ask Sapporo vs Asahi, which one is the best? It really is a matter of taste, but in terms of difference, the color of this Sapporo beer is slightly darker than the Asahi product. Sapporo tastes lighter and you can feel a brisk hoppiness. In any case, for a guaranteed good beer, look for the star label!

Kirin Beer

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Unlike the ordinary beers which are made from first and second brewing processes, Kirin beer is brewed only once. It is well-known for its balanced clear taste. It goes well with any kind of Japanese food and enhances its taste!

Its fresh clear taste is incomparable!

Suntory Beer

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For its flourish deep taste, The premium malt's beer of Suntory beer brewer has been popular recently. The light flavor makes it very easy to drink, even if you don't like beer that much.

The Premium malt's offers you an enjoyable smooth foam that you've never had before when drinking a canned beer. Suntory even shares how to pour your beer into a glass.

Next, how about some craft beers...?

Did you know that Japan now has a booming craft beer industry? Check out the link below for more information on craft beers in Japan.
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