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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
17.22%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
30
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Photo of monkist
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eman17
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doktorhops
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BAsbill
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spycow
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of patre_tim
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sephyrott
2.84/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bwbetts
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of EOC
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerman1977
2.18/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of LukeGude
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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 EdgarGerik
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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 newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of daigakusei11
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biernack
2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's an ok beer, but there are much better Japanese beer out there.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
2.36/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Better and more bitter than I thought. A nice surprise.

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Photo of Hiwattowner
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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