meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2012
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Nice clean lager with a distinctive German bottom fermented character.
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
Found at the local Family Mart. Probably one of the better beers to buy in China. Extremely cheap. Not sure why it’s labeled as Premium because it’s still very low on the tast factor. Suitable for crushing.... Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - OCT 25, 2012
Ottima pils, per essere un’industriale.... GarrettB (1599) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
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 hasn’t 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 Japan’s 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 Suntory’s, 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 you’ve 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 Japan’s 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 who’s time is passing in America, and who’s time may also pass on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
Tovrleaf (22) - - OCT 10, 2012
Cheesy aroma, malts. Appearance is golden. Taste is full, malts. At first, palate is sharp but disappears really fast. A good beer. floydian1 (1464) - FNQ, Australia, - AUG 31, 2012
Brown bottle in Hong Kong (334mls) as "The Premium Malts Suntory Pilsner Beer" (5.5% ABV). A golden beer with a small short lasting lasting white head. Nose of sweet golden malts and little else. Flavours are similar with a light hop presence. Reminds me of Crown Lager in Australia sold as a "premium lager" in a similarly shaped bottle. petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 26, 2012
500ml Can. Pours yellow-gold with a thick white head, that quickly dissapears. Smells cheesy yeast, with some caramel malts. Tastes lively with strong cheesy yeast, some citrus hops and a small amount of caramel malt. Altogether not a bad lager. BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Poured from bottle pale yellow color. Aroma of citrus, hops, grassy with a little caramel. not a bad every day beer. worldbeertaste (1805) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle - Pale yellow gold with a thick creamy lacy head. Smells of citrus hops, fruit and sweet malt with some lemon grass. Grainy dense medium body. Taste of malt and a light fruitness with a bitter dry hop aftertaste. Nice balance with a decent amount of malt. Though this is one of the best of the mega produced beers its still not that wonderful.