The Premium Malt's
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #722
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
75
Ranked #47,533
Avg:
3.22 | pDev: 17.08%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
125
From:
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Japan
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  39
SCORE
75
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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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Reviews by ycsabu:
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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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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 Metalsnota
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwool
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 Naerhu
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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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 2beerdogs
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 atigerlife
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Healfdene
3.34/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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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 sharkheadlasers
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of TheMistler
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 bobsy
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

By the pitcher in a karaoke booth in Kagoshima. Clean gold appearance and a billowing white head makes for a classic pils appearance. Not much lacing though. Grassy hop aroma. Flavour doesn't really deliver. Its a bit too sweet and malty, and the promised for grassy bitterness never quite gets into gear. Light body and medium-high carbonation. Disappointing based on looks and smell.

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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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Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can on flight to Tokyo.
Pours with a clear amber body with a tall, creamy looking white head.
European hops dominate the aroma and the reasonably bold [for style] flavor.
Feel: Medium body with high carbonation.

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Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 125 ratings