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Brewed by:
Suntory
Japan
suntory.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Premium Malt's is a traditional pilsner proudly made by gathering Suntory's knowledge, passion, and brewing techniques. This is a beer par excellence that gives drinkers “a floral aroma and rich, quality taste and aftertaste” thanks to carefully selected pure ingredients and exceptional brewing methods

Added by Naerhu on 01-19-2003

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#45,416
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
106
pDev:
17.46%
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Photo of uuoo33
4.5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best commercial beer in Japan

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Photo of Marvicsin
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm grading this as a simple Japanese macro lager. And with that, this is one of the best produced mass market beers in Japan. And readily available everywhere. Thumbs up from this guy.

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Photo of UnicornBrewing
2.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Suntory Malts - Finally find this on a Northwest flight, after seeing it mentioned on menu in flight magazine, but still no James Page, probably because they were slowly going out of business, kind of like Northwest Airlines, both based out of MN. This refreshes like a bathhouse in Siberia. Full enough body, full enough color, yet not that filling. Makes me wonder exactly who Malt is, and how to thank him/her for a nice refreshment. Not very aromatic, soft without being sweet. Went great with curried beef and salmon. Wish international flights served all the food you want like they do drinks.

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Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flyingpig
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

350ml Can from a Family Mart store in Tokyo (¥142):
This one was a fairly basic but somewhat drinkable offering from Suntory, it's not one that I'd go as far as to recommend anyone tries but it was fairly easy to drink lager with a solid malt taste & some subtle bitterness further on. There wasn't a whole lot to it really but it's not the worst Japanese lager I've tried either.

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Photo of morrowd3
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monkist
3.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost a year ago when flying with JAL I had the fortune to taste 3 different varieties of typical Japanese beers that I had before but never really thought about evaluating. That time this Premium Malts seemed to top the line, but now after a year having had it again was a bit disappointed.
It is somehow light and tasteless but perhaps this is how German beers should be. Otherwise it is clear, clean and easy to drink, mild and drinkable for everyone. Still way better than Euro Lagers.

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Photo of Eman17
3.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doktorhops
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An intriguing one I found at my local Genko Mart on “quick sale”: Suntory The Premium Malt's. So “yet another Japanese take on a German/Czech Pilsner...” I hear you moan. Yes, I can hear you, I’m monitoring you right now and can see where your hand is... you know you shouldn’t touch it all the time - you’ll wear it out... [your 2015 Pfizer annual general practitioner conference stress ball that is]... the question of where the cameras are hidden aside [remember that potted plant you didn’t buy], Suntory don’t have the best reputation when it comes to beer, however I noticed I haven’t tried a single one of theirs yet - let’s give ‘em a shot Doc. What’s the worst that could happen? The apocalypse? Perhaps [LOOK OUT!!!].

Poured from a 334ml bottle into a Sapporo (Ooo, sacrilegious!) stein.

A: Hazed golden body with a thin white lace ring... it sorta didn’t even manage to conjure up a head... bit disappointed with that rather lackadaisical effort from a Japanese Lager... perhaps it was the Sapporo glass? You should never cross the streams (or the glasses) it would seem. 5/10.

S: Toffee/caramel malt forward with a light floral note towards the back. An almost Fuggles (hop) earthiness lingers around too, is this a Lager or an Ale? The aroma itself is confused as to the answer. Without a doubt one of the weirdest Pilsners that I’ve ever sniffed, and I’ve sniffed a Pilsner or three over the years. 6/10.

T: Floral, minty hop notes mingle with grainy/earthy malts, some toffee sweetness and a hint of ume plum sourness... yes, this is quite a mixed bag of flavours from a Japanese Pilsner, however it goes down alright. Finish is less dry/crisp and more grassy bitter than most other Japanese Lagers out there. I get the general impression that this 5.5% ABV Pilsner doesn’t like to be trifled with... bit of warmth in the aftertaste as well. 7/10.

M: Surprisingly gassy carbonation given the non-existent head. Mid to light bodied, bit of chewiness in there as well. 6/10.

D: What an odd fellow this beer is - it reminded me of a clash of cultures, like a proper English gentleman from the Victorian era with a handlebar moustache, meerschaum pipe and stovepipe hat, who also wears a kimono and practices kendo in the evenings... an odd mix, that works in an odd way, and is oddly good. Which makes this Suntory one of the best Japanese Macro Lagers I’ve had (plus it isn’t brewed here under licence). 7/10.

Food match: Stew, Japanese cream stew if we’re sticking on theme.

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Photo of tommy5
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BAsbill
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spycow
3.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of patre_tim
3.37/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Straw with a slight haze, 5 fingers of yellowish head, and moderate soda carbonation.

Smells of malt, old citrus, and hints of hay.

Sweet, malty, hints of citrus and drying hay, it finishes with a yeast bomb, like being in a fresh made pizza joint.

Medium body, with little carbonation.

Fine, good, your standard for the style. Nice one for coming from Japan. Drank in Chiang Mai, Dec 19th, 2016.

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Photo of DamienI
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sephyrott
2.84/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bb-magic
3.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of EOC
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerman1977
2.18/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of LukeGude
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 16oz can with canning date of May 2016 into standard Stein.

L: Pale golden yellow, good clarity, finger width head dissipates into thin layer.

S: Malt presents itself first, then turning into mild hop aroma.

T: Balanced between initial malts and secondary hops. Not very complex.

F: Slightly thick feeling on the tongue.

O: Not the best German Pilsner out there.

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Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 106 ratings