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Suntory The Premium Malt's - Suntory

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Japan

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Naerhu on 01-19-2003

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
2.21/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin head with low retention on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is candy corn... not good.
The taste leads with metallic bitterness followed by candy sweetness.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
Too sweet, not good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Purchased by my wife at the local Family Mart, Yomitan, OKinawa...

A - Decent looking pour, two fingers of white head, window pane clear golden pilsner color

S - Sweet malts, and dry grass on the nose

F - Same as the nose except more pronounced; sweet malts in the front, dry hay and citric bitterness in the rear

M - lBoasts a refreshing light medium body and small bubble carbonation which leaves a creamy texture

Overall I enjoyed this the more I drank it, better than many of the other "Macro" Japanese offerings. I would suggest you have it when compared to say, Kirin, Orion, Sapporo etc

Photo of sfprint
4.04/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: quickly disapating sudsy head but pretty much no lacing. lively small rising carbonation, yellowy/green gold
S: light, fresh and clean malt, slightly sweet. german style hops.
T: very very fresh, hint of "spicyness" in the bitterness. very excellent version of bitterness which gives a quick punch but nothing harsh and lasting. also relatively sweet, but not too sweet. very nice degree of sweetness. Flavorful. Very good.
M: The sting is great. excellent carbonation. I hope it's not radiation i'm feeling. whatever it is, its really nice.
O: Excellent balance, good beer. Lots of very nice qualities. How do the Japanese get it better than the Germans?

Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Back at the Asakura Smile hostel here in Tokyo. My bottom bunk is awful comfy, but I was charged an extra 100 yen for a towel. Oh wait, this not hosteladvocate, this is beer advocate. Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of malts. Taste is malty, a bit sweet, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of adjunct and grainy malts in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy and adjunct malts. Only a light amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves your mouth a little dry.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink but seems like a hybrid between a pilsener and an adjunct lager.

Photo of atigerlife
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a big, fluffyhead which was slightly chunky. Spotty lacing. A light golden color with some visible carbonation. Decent enough start.

Aroma is of malts with some lager yeast. Not much else.

Taste is very sweet with some faint citrus in there. Decent hops backbone.

Mouthfeel was somewhat dead. Very light and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a drinkable beer and would be decent in a pinch. Nothing to get too excited about, but different than the typical Japanese rice lager.

Photo of ronniebruner
4.05/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, this is by far one of the best japanese brews Ive had in a long time. The beers like a typical lager with a golden hue and medium to heavy carbonation. The aroma is of very good malts and has a nice taste on the tongue. A very well effort, especially for a lager.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white sudsy head that quickly reduces to a small patch of thin larger bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with lighter amounts of adjunct malts (grains) that give sweetness to the smell. Slight notes of earthy hops.

T: The beer starts out with some grainy malts combined with a little bit of adjunct grain malts that contribute a touch of sweetness. Very light amounts of earthy hop flavors. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish that lingers..

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable, slightly interesting take on the German Pilsener style with the additional of adjunct malt sweetness.

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks and big ups to Jerriko for picking this (and a few other) CAN up for me during his recent trip to Japan. BlackHaddock and I just had a convo about The CANQuest (TM) and in its infancy, I naively thought ~ 100 would be the upper limit, a) NOT for seeing the craft CAN explosion and b) NOT thinking globally, just locally, which I should have known better as a US Navy retiree. B.H. reminds me that in the UK, they are called "tins", but he still does not care for them.

From the CAN: "Esteemed quality with fine barley malt, aroma hop and natural water." Also, lots of Kanji, which I CANnot read.

The Crack & Glug presented the legendary Stone "fizzy yellow beer" - two fingers of rocky bone-white head exploding itself out of existence above fizzy golden-yellow beer with NE-quality clarity. The nose was solid - a biscuit malt light sweetness underlain with a grassy hoppiness. It is when I come across well made beers in a CAN that this all seems worthwhile (as opposed to those last two clunkers). Mouthfeel was medium with a more grassy than malty taste on the tongue, despite its name. Finish was dry, crisp, grassy and simply very flavorful. Would I put this in a cooler headed to the beach or in a backpack to go up Mount Fuji? Bet on it! Good stuff!

Photo of sharkheadlasers
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from a friend who brought it directly from Tokyo, Japan. The color was a nice dark brown pushing into black. The head formed up nicely, and faded out over a few minutes. The aroma brought out chocolate, cigarettes and the lightest hint of hops. The taste was just a stronger version of the aroma...roasty, smoky, chocolate. The hops was hard to detect except for the bitterness.

Photo of Healfdene
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing light amber color for a Japanese beer. Lovely hoppy smell which brings me back to the days of yore when I had the geographic ability to indulge in an IPA whenever I god damn wanted. This alone may be enough to bring me back to this beer again and again. The taste, however, does not quite deliver to what the smell promises. The initial impact is a hopeful one, but one is soon let down to discover it fizzle out into the usual clean finish, with a little 5.5 ABV bite. Still. Hoppy smell.

Photo of Everydayoff
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350ml can poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

A:
Clear golden yellow color with surprisingly massive frothy white head that very well endures and leaves much bubbly lacing, fine carbonation, effervescence-looking upon swirl.

S:
Rich malt trait, floral hop that is also slightly herbal upon deeply sniffing.

T:
Delicately hop bitterness balances by malty sweet with a bit spice from hop also.

M:
Light to medium body, mild, not too sharp carbonated, clean finish.

D:
Better than I expected and very drinkable, good Pilsener from Japan.

Photo of bearish
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 334ml bottle poured into a Suntory Glass at a local bar.

Pours a nice golden with lots of head that stayed for a while before going down to around 1cm thick. This may be good I thought. Head retention is quite wonderful for a pils.

Smells great! Grapes, lots of hops aromas.

Crisp, clean, yet hoppy enough. Had some calamari as I was tasting this. Second mouthful. Sweet and little bit of hoppiness came through. Became quite dry after that.

Worth considering a second visit for this beer. I'll munch up my calamari first and order my next beer. A good brew that impressed me after having over 30 Belgian labels in a month. Well done Japan!

Photo of TheMistler
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuggled to me in the luggage of a friend that visited Japan and knows me all too well.

Very, very light and clear golden yellow. White heads puffs up quick with the snap, crackle and pop of a soda, and dies down almost as instantaneously.

A decent pilsener aroma, though it admittedly first hits the nose rather watery. Malty (some hints of biscuit) with a bit of grass poking through here and there. A twinge of tang, becoming a somewhat pleasant sharpness as the beer warms.

Slight toasted white bread comprises the majority of the upfront taste; although it again starts somewhat watery. Hop presence is initially non-existent and is then muted, with slight bittering towards the end. It becomes more pronounced in the aftertaste. The aftertaste, while always rather clean, also maintains a bit more malt flavor as the beer warms.

Very easy drinking, as one would likely expect. Amply carbonated, this is a crisp and light bodied lawn mower beer. Not too shabby.

Photo of donnebaby
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one's got some quality bubbles on it, slowly dissolving--which lent a very attractive quality to it, especially as it pegs itself all around the glass. The smell is also interesting, malty and zesty, like you're about to take something in that's got substance. Robust.

As for the taste, the big plus is the grainy and quite long hoppy trip. I think it's particularly lacking in the mouthfeel department, feeling pretty flat in the mouth. Let-down. Still, I could drink quite a few of these, but I'd probably go for the normal Malts, by Suntory, which I feel to be a superior-tasting brew.

An interesting and confusing aspect of this beer is the bottlecap, which has a strange symbol that I've never seen Suntory use. It looks something like a creature from Space Invaders, or some sort of Aztec wall art. Bizarre and unexpected. Don't know what to make of it.

They also call this "chilled beer", which one may also ponder.

Photo of Evocatus
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can. Appearance is a nice looking deep golden color with a white head. Smells of malts and some hops. Tastes slightly sweet and grassy, not bad at all. Not too thin, but goes down pretty easy with no unpleasant flavor. One of the better asian macros or macros in general for the matter.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saigon

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of TheHammer
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn you form timeout! You cost me this review. Anyways, this might be a bit brief as a result, as I had to retype it. I got this one from a buddy who came home from Japan.

Appearance: Poured with barely a single layer of carbonated bubbles that vanished almost immediately and didn't lace. The body is a standard gold lager colour with slow carbonation.

Smell: Citrus hops and Water Chestnut to a backing of fairly plain grain. Nothing too special here, and could be a bit stronger.

Taste: Starts with a mild malt with a grainy taste that turns right into a hit of earthy and citrus hops. Doesn't dance around, gets right to the point and does it well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with a nice mild hop aftertaste. Surprisingly good carbonation. Could be a bit gentler transitioning and a lack of frothy head always grinds my gears.

Drinkability: Light, refreshing but interesting. I dunno if I'd want to drink it all night, but it's smooth and crisp like a pilsener should be.

Final Thoughts: The right blend of Japanese and German brewing. I wouldn't say it's world shatterer, but all in all it's well done. It's kinda sad, because it's a good beer but not so good that it would likely justify the import costs. Oh well, give it a shot.

Photo of watchnerd
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical golden pilsener color, pours cleanly with a head that disappears to a light foam ring. Has notable lacing in the glass.

Not much there for smell, but nor is it offensive.

Taste is somewhat halfway between a Japanese 'dry' style macro-lager and a German pilsener. Unique, but I'm not sure splitting the difference creates a better beverage. I honestly found myself wanting either a Japanese macro lager or a German beer while drinking this hybrid.

Mouthfeel is light on the tongue and reasonably carbonated, with just enough thickness to give it some body. But, really, you don't notice it.

Goes well with food, particularly Korean food.

Photo of Floydster
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sixteen ounce tall thin glass at a bar in Kashiwa, Japan

Great beer from Japan and Suntory's finest without question

Golden yellow pour with a large white head and lots of carbonation

Taste was nice like a pilsner out of Germany

Could drink a lot of these, had five during course of an hour and forty minutes

Photo of shigg85
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap recently at Gatten Sushi in Iruma, Saitama, Japan. Amazingly different from the can... a much thicker white head with a beautiful thickness that lingers in the mouth like marshmallow. The flavor of the hops comes through much clearer from the tap as well, greatly improving on the taste in general. Overall, on tap, this might be my favorite standard brew in Japan, and I would definitely recommend it if you can find it on tap.

[Can Review - 3.35] This is one of my normal beers I drink by the can here in Japan. A beautiful golden brew with a nice bubbly white head that leaves a bit of random lacing. The smell is a bit sour sometimes, especially coming from a can, but this is different from bottles. A wonderful taste with lots of hops and even some caramel. However, this is a gassy gassy canned beer. Every swallow is immediately followed by a burp. Less than attractive and unnecessary. A little Barney from the Simpsons. I wish this weren't the case in the canned brew, but it is, so I have to judge this review on that. Overall, this is a tasty beer that goes well with most Japanese foods (especially with spicy Korean -- amazingly well!)

Photo of Naerhu
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ingredients: malt, hops
Brilliant gold color. Light fine head. Light body, light taste. Significantly more bitter than the average Japanese lager. No significant difference from Malt's Beer, except for a slightly more hoppy floral aroma, the bracing bitter after taste lingers for a little longer and 0.5% more alcohol.

Photo of davidchollar
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm just now reviewing this, but i could've sworn i entered a review for this months ago. i like "za purimiamu" and it has almost replaced yebisu as my regular go-to j-mac.

nothing special for appearance, looks like 1000 other beers. but the head retention is pretty good, and today was a muggy warm may day so a cold lager is music to my eyes. nice smell, not very pronounced but definitely pleasing floral, hoppy aroma.

this is almost watery-weak compared to some better bitter pilseners. it does have an acceptable bitterness, and it's almost ridiculously better than asahi super dry, but there are much better pilseners to be had. recommended.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

classic yellow beer here, except i get no off flavors, none of that corn syrup thing, and a pretty solid mouthfeel actually, with lots of carbonation and a very clean finish. bright and bubbly looking sunny colored brew, inch of white foamy head, and for what i assume to be a budget beer in japan, it looks awfully good. fresh grain, a little sweet, pale barley and light crystal malt in this one, with basically no hops. its refreshing because of the feel, but has that mild sweetness throughout. this is the kind of beer that goes good from the can after yard work, or with a spicy fish dinner, just clean refreshing beer that cuts through some big flavors when it is asked to do so. in the american craft beer context its sub par, but in the international lager type world, its ahead of many of its peers. cool to try bu i wouldnt buy it here.

Photo of Haman94
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tapped. Its favour is quite well. Great comparing with other Japanese lager.

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