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Suntory The Premium Malt's - Suntory

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Japan

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 01-19-2003)
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Photo of samparkique4
4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

samparkique4, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of sfprint
4.1/5  rDev +29.3%

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?

sfprint, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of ronniebruner
4.05/5  rDev +27.8%

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.

ronniebruner, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Hebi
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Hebi, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%

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!

woodychandler, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%

Appearance: Clear gold brew with a billowy, gold-white head.

Smell: Malt, grapes and a touch of hops. Very clean.

Taste: Smooth malt taste with hints of grape peel and apple. Solid yet light at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Very good craftsmanship.

Drinkablity: Very tasty brew. Semi-complex, with a good refreshing quality. Another good high-end Japanese brew.

SargeC, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of jackveiga
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

jackveiga, Jul 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

ColSanders123, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Coming in a 500ml can, produced in 07/2011, BB 03/2012, served chilled in a slim pilsner glass. Notes: the beer not only uses 100% Aroma Hops, 100% Malts, but also comes “unpasteurised”, according to the info. printed on the can.

A: light straw in colour, coming with lively yet smooth flows of tiny & medium bubbles, topped with a lasting thin off-white foamy head.
S: the nose is full of “Aroma Hop” as specified on the beer label, with traces of apple-ly aromatic notes plus sweet peach-blossom hints, possibly rendered by Saaz hops (in fact this aroma reminds me of several lower-abv. Czech pivo tasted on tap in that country); a good body of lager malts with smooth sweetness stays underneath, with a very mild edge of doughy sourness in the remote corner. Altogether the nose is balanced and aromatic, pretty enjoyable.
T: the entry is sour-sweet malty, pleasantly fruity with hints of peach blossom, with bitterness ensuing seamlessly behind; the middle settles with more hop bitterness at its medium level, while malt’s residual “adouki bean-ish” mashy notes and bitter-nutty notes reveal themselves in the aftertaste. The lightly spicy finish is rounded yet clean, not very bitter or dry, and yet never cloying.
M&D: despite the low serving temperature, the fizziness feels rather smooth on the palate, while the body remains at the medium level throughout the drink. All in all, I find this balanced lager beer a rare, refreshing treat after tasting quite a few mass-produced lagers from Japan. The “All Malts” definitely is the better idea for lager-making, I hope the brewery also agrees! I can’t seem to agree on this beer’s designated style here, which I personally would describe as Czech Pilsner or Czech Svetlo Pivo, but it doesn’t matter as the beer tastes pretty nice anyway. Recommended to beer lovers, especially those located in East Asia who are thirsty for a quality lager.

wl0307, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of bearish
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%

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!

bearish, May 27, 2011
Photo of TheHammer
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

TheHammer, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Naerhu
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

Naerhu, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of Everydayoff
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

Everydayoff, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of shigg85
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%

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!)

shigg85, Mar 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

bearbreak, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Raven3464, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

jeon123123, Jan 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

DasBoot2112, Sep 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Poupae, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Evocatus
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

Evocatus, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of donnebaby
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

donnebaby, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of Floydster
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%

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

Floydster, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of davidchollar
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

davidchollar, May 16, 2006
Photo of watchnerd
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

watchnerd, Jun 06, 2011
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Suntory The Premium Malt's from Suntory
75 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.