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Yebisu Black Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

2.1/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-06-2010 16:57:06 | More by jeranbrews
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -29%

01-02-2013 03:06:28 | More by pin
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smi

New York

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

04-06-2012 22:28:59 | More by smi
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Norseman

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

04-18-2013 01:04:17 | More by Norseman
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JeremyBrews

Japan

2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 15:37:55 | More by JeremyBrews
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weerezboy

Washington

3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-06-2013 21:49:09 | More by weerezboy
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francisweizen

Alaska

3/5  rDev -14.8%

10-01-2013 16:52:07 | More by francisweizen
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Naerhu

Japan

3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-18-2003 10:33:18 | More by Naerhu
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SargeC

Japan

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-30-2011 10:56:22 | More by SargeC
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-19-2003 14:30:54 | More by donnebaby
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: can

05-29-2006 01:28:52 | More by Erdinger2003
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-13-2009 01:27:40 | More by taylor714914
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BlazedNug

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-06-2013 07:15:53 | More by BlazedNug
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hunteraw

China

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-10-2009 06:40:58 | More by hunteraw
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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...

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 10:36:14 | More by JoeAmerican77
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shivtim

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2007 17:38:21 | More by shivtim
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eye2

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 00:32:15 | More by eye2
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 18:36:51 | More by crwills
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xylophonica

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-22-2011 09:24:18 | More by xylophonica
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davidchollar

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2006 15:07:04 | More by davidchollar
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-23-2014 08:58:10 | More by warpedrevolution
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OregonMicrobrew

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-19-2012 23:53:08 | More by OregonMicrobrew
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12-30-2011 17:46:09 | More by cdwil
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kbrown

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-20-2013 23:05:42 | More by kbrown
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amano_h

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-08-2014 05:27:20 | More by amano_h
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Yebisu Black Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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