Cantabrian (986) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not bad, within the context of Japanese lagers for the masses. No aroma, but nice, crisp and bitter. Justifiably a pilsener, as the label says.
Wim (3636) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
gold blond colored body with a white head and a spicy hoppy flavor with a spicy hoppy bitter sweet taste with a bitter finish
Westkyoto77 (620) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery tour. Far, far better than from a can. Thick creamy head, delicate carbonation. Light to medium mouthfeel, but much stronger and more balanced flavours than most Japanese macros. Malt is strong but nit overpowering. Nice citrus notes. My favorite mainstream Japanese beer.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Canned, bought at a local store in Seoul, Korea. Shared with Wim and Yves. Golden blond coloured beer with a small white head and a sweeter light malty hinted aroma. Medium to light palate. Finish is sweeter pilsener malty. Rather ok actually for a lager, but nothing to special.
pappaushi (13) - JAPAN - JAN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
A 100% malt beer and rather expensive.Thatís due to Japanís taxing of Barley malt! Donít get me started on this insane issue!! This beer is known for itís smooth rich taste and yes it does taste good. A very light hop delivery and a head that is sadly very short lived maybe worse than some low malt competitors. Some taverns offer a discount with a purchase of a pitcher.
I give it a thumbs up on taste alone...but not real exciting.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap@SomeRestaurantTokyo. Nice clean lager with a distinctive German bottom fermented character.
TripleX (5) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 9, 2012 does not count
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pour medium yellow with a big white head. Traces of malt aroma. Noticeable malt taste. Lots of carbonation. Not bad as a mass produced lager. But cannot compare with a decent craft beer.
Inferno2010 (7) - CHINA - NOV 23, 2012 does not count
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Found at the local Family Mart. Probably one of the better beers to buy in China. Extremely cheap. Not sure why itís labeled as Premium because itís still very low on the tast factor. Suitable for crushing....
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - OCT 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ottima pils, per essere uníindustriale....
GarrettB (1431) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
December 6th, 2010 - Beer blogs and certain brewers will be eager to tell you about the gains made in the civil war waging in Japan. No, the Boshin sensou hasnít re-ignited, but their is a battle of wits and laws and economics being waged, and the prize is the hearts, minds and guts of Japanís affable quaffers. One of the keystones of the macrobrewers is the Suntory Premium Malts - unfortunately, it is the Lexus of the beer aisle at 7-11 or Suntoryís, in price and prestige. In all fairness, the taste is fuller, thicker, pairing that universal pale lager bitterness with genuine malt and wheat flavors, and even soft touches of puffed rice. The color too suggests substance - deep and golden like a cider. Still, it is a lot to pay for a minute improvement, and when youíve just given up the whole beer drinking hobby in Japan in favor of munching kaki no pea and drinking sake, the financial disincentives are too strong. I hope that this standard bearer of luxury is knocked on the side of its head, and that one of Japanís many aspiring craft brewers can show the islands what a good beer is for (even if it costs a couple hundred yen more.) That will be the kind of beer where you can forget your socio-economic or demographic woes, or even better, ponder fixes for them. The Suntory Premium Malts? A relic of an age whoís time is passing in America, and whoís time may also pass on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.