The Premium Malt's
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #704
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
75
Ranked #46,645
Avg:
3.22 | pDev: 17.39%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
123
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Notes: 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
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Photo of MrOH
4.38/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light gold, white head, a little lacking in retention and lace
Herbal, sea-air hop aroma, sweet bready malt underneath
Herbal, spicy hop flavor, bready background
Nice body and carbonation
Pretty dang tasty

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Photo of NeilSilber1
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with light white head. Typical Japanese / Asian lager that is easy drinking, smooth, mellow, and low alcohol and little taste. Drink extremely cold, pairs well with sushi. (My father-in-Law’s GoTo lager).

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml can, plastic cup, appears canned in March 2019.

Quite a pretty pour that involves a cascade of beer creating a dense, rich layer of off white suds with crystal gold liquid beneath. Excellent lacing is a visual bonus. 4

Exceptionally clean lager yeast, crackers, malt sweetness. 3.5

The flavor is purely sweet light malt and clean lager yeast. This beer is as economical with hops as a Japanese sedan; hop leafiness is barely detectable. 3.5

The body is creamy and full with very light carbonation for a lager. 4

This really is quite good for Japanese macro beer. It has a certain richness to it that is enjoyable, though it’s certainly not a Pilsner as stated on the can. 4

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Photo of gandres
2.71/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:08 PM
12 ounce can to glass
Sight: Amber color, hazy, tan head that disappears quickly
Smell:aroma of malts
Taste: light bitterness, sweetness
Feel: medium body, fizzy,
Overall: good beer, not to repeat, not to look for

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a very mild in terms of flavor and aroma pilsner which works well when pairing it with food with subtle flavors. Mostly maty but with just enough hop bitterness to make this nice to drink

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
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 flyingpig
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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 monkist
3.67/5  rDev +14%
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 doktorhops
3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
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 patre_tim
3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Red5StandingBy
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I believe it says it was brewed on 8/31/15, but it's all in Chinese as I had this in Shanghai.

Pours a big fizzy foamy 1.5 finger head that never retreats with supporting bubbles everywhere, mild foamy lacing, crystal clear watery pilsner color.

Nose isn't too bad, toasted pilsner malts, grainy, little husky, doughy malts, little mineral note to the lagering, little raw dough, into mild grassy noble hops, hint of fruity lager esters.

Taste is dry, a little crisp, incredibly dry somehow, like chewing on hay, a little straw, toasted pilsner malts, very husky and dried grains, little raw dough again, grainy pilsner, with mild fruity lager flavors again, into a very mild grassy hop. Hint of mineral note. Finish again dry, very quick finish, clean crisp, no real bitterness but a little mineral weird lager taste late.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice popping carb, super dry.

Overall interesting, much better than I expected, but still not a great beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.21/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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

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Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of shigg85
3.51/5  rDev +9%
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!)

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Photo of wl0307
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
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?

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
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!

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Photo of watchnerd
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 123 ratings