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Yebisu Black Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Naerhu on 07-18-2003)
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1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

illiko, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of jeranbrews
2.1/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Going back for the can this time. Why? To document, to warn, to verify it wasn't a fluke.

A - Not bad. Decent Rorschach lacing that disappears like the super hero of the same name.. Somewhat clear dark brown color. Low head of a bone/beige color. The color is the redeeming factor.

S - Oh dear. Gaseous. Aluminum. Like a CO2 action BB gun that needs to be cleaned. Some bits of the hop but not that great. Hard to find the chocolate this time.

T - Mild medicinal flavor. Like when you crunch a pill into powder and mix it with water. Aftertaste is somewhat acidic. I taste some saran wrap plastic in there too. The can wasn't an improvement.

M - Not all that smooth. In Japanese fashion it's a bit loose and watery.

D - Yeah reach for the others when you are in a Japanese supermarket. This was fine when it was the only one on the market but now there are so many better ones both Japanese and imported.

jeranbrews, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

pin, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of smi
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Norseman
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Norseman, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of JeremyBrews
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark caramel color. Weak head that fades immediately. Zero lacing.

S- Rye bread with swamp/bog.

T- Nice initial hop passes the baton to toasted malt and rye bread flavors. Aftertaste is a bit of a salty, soy sauce experience.

M- Medium-light body. Carbonation was way too weak.

D- Overall a very average dark lager. Admittedly, though, I have pulled more of these off the shelves of Japanese convenience stores than any other beer - but this is mostly a testemant to the lack of dark brew options here.

JeremyBrews, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of weerezboy
3/5  rDev -14.3%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

francisweizen, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Naerhu
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The was an extraordinarily average beer. Tan rapidly disappearing head, medium to light lacing. The faintest aroma of coffee and nuts. This is very similar to the original Yebisu only, with the ever distant coffee and hazelnut flavor in the background. I would not bother to drink this again, but then again I am not a big fan of the style.

Naerhu, Jul 18, 2003
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

SargeC, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of hoptician
3/5  rDev -14.3%

hoptician, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of donnebaby
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yebisu, Sapporo's "premium" AKA expensive line of beers features the god of fishing (whose name is...Yebisu) and, of course, of luck, on a black and gold can: impressive.

I enjoy drinking this beer, despite its inflated price. It lacks the taste that Asahi's "black" beer pulls off, but it's great presentation and feels good in the mouth. The smell's a little watery, with only a slight maltiness. The very dark red color and fleeting head remind me of a nice Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer (not beer). There's a pretty high carbonation, which unfortunately doesn't give way to too much else. There's some type of earthy, slightly bitter unrefined beer taste, like peanut shells or something. Maybe a little dark cherry taste in there as well.

donnebaby, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is ok, the head is thin and falls fast and breaks the surface. Although it has a lacing that falls 3 or 4mm before stopping and sticking to the glass. The color is deep dark and ruby/purple. The head dissapears after a little time.

Smell is dark roasted, but light at the same time. The flavor reminds me of a weak stout.

The flavor is the same as the smell, but the finish is clean and the aftertaste is dark roasted malts with cocoa.

Mouthfeel is watery, but well carbonated and a little smooth in the finish.

It's a nice to try beer, seems like the Japanese has this for a session beer they can enjoy.

Erdinger2003, May 29, 2006
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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was given this from a friend

A- Dark in color, not black....almost like a dark redish brown. Pours with about a finger of head that quickly disappears and leave behind virtually no lacing

S- Roasted malts...thats about it.

T- Not really much going on here. It has some dark roasted flavors with some hints of coffee of burnt grains....overall not that impressive

M- Quite thin feeling with average/medium carbonation. A bit watery.

D- Maybe 2, but nothing more than that.

Overall, the beer was quite bland IMO.

taylor714914, Feb 13, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

BlazedNug, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of hunteraw
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at a Shanghai supermarket. I was impressed with Yebisu's "The Hop" and thought I would give this "black beer" a shot.

Appearance: Pleasant dark leather in color, clear with red tints. One finger khaki head with modest retention.

Smell: Aroma is less roast, and more vegetable. Faint hints of coffee.

Taste: Flavor is better than the aroma, reminiscent of a schwarzbier. Caramel, roast, and coffee but lager-clean.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Medium body, mild carbonation. On the whole, not nearly as good a beer as The Hop. Moderately drinkable.

hunteraw, Jan 10, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

wdf210, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the local AAA in Yomitan, poured from the can...

A - Dark as pitch with a muddy two fingers of rich head.

S - Roasted malts is the only thing I can make out of the nose.

T - Anise, roasted malt, and a smidgen of bakers cocoa in the front, lacking any burnt bitterness whatsoever.

M - Light bodied, creamy, and refreshing.

Overall this is a nice "euro dark lager" whatever that means, reminds me of a less impressive Lion Stout, still enjoyable, Would recommend if you are facing this versus any mainstream Japanese pilsner-esque beers... Orion, Kirin, Asahi etc...

JoeAmerican77, Jul 21, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the Yebisu Beer Museum's bar. It's deep black with brown edges and a tan head that fades. Looks good. Nose is roasted caramel malts, and slight hoppy sweetness. Taste is decent malty goodness, slightly burnt on the finish, and an underlying sweetness. Not bad. Average mouthfeel and drinkability.

shivtim, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of eye2
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Favorite Japanese beer.

A: Black/DarkBrown put still opaque. Almost no head.

S: Not much smell.

T: It has a taste. Slightly bitter and pleasing.

M: High carbonation and refreshing. Makes you happy to be out and about.

O: Overall, it's not super great. But it's probably the most tasty & refreshing native beer in Japan that you can drink all day at the park or just walking around.

eye2, Dec 07, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a macro, not bad at all. Had a couple of these at the Da Vinci bar in the ANA Hotel in Akasaka. Quite pleasant roasty aromas, and a good roasted caramel flavour, although fairly weak in body. Carbonation was a bit higher than I'd like as well, but still pretty drinkable.

crwills, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of xylophonica
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from what I think is a 350ml can into a tulip.

A - Jet black, slight hint of purpley-brown when held in the right light. Little or no head to speak of... but this is from a can.

S - Sweet toffee and caramel. Hint of honey & wheat as well.

T - Fairly smooth - minimal carbonation. Strong malt sensation with heaps of roasted flavours. Big, rich, dark-sugary tastes with some coffee as well.

M - As above the carbonation is fairly mild however it does have a slight aftertaste which is dominated by the bitter-coffee sensation.

O - Not a terrible example of the style. I think if you could get this on tap and it was just a little bit creamier it would be a damn fine beer. As it is, it's pleasant enough.

xylophonica, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of davidchollar
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i vaguely remember trying this one years ago and being unimpressed, but i think i drank straight from the can. revisiting it now in light of discovering the surprisingly tasty asahi stout.

appears very dark. black with just a little light shining through at the bottom of my guinness glass. average head, but poor retention and no lacing. the smell is pretty good, very much roasted malt, coffee smells. similar to a weak stout. it's really a nice change of pace from your average rice lager or pilsener, but it seems one-dimensional. not much beyond the obvious.

abv stated on can as 5%. this is a nice, well-balanced beer. no surprise, it's pale brother yebisu was my favorite macro for a long time. overall taste and mouthfeel, average, not bad. above average for japanese mass-produced lagers. worth a try.

davidchollar, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of OregonMicrobrew
3.5/5  rDev 0%

OregonMicrobrew, Feb 19, 2012
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Yebisu Black Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
81 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.