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Yebisu (Premium) | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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BEER STATS
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
162
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
19.94%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan | website

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Naerhu on 03-08-2001

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 162
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 1 Pint bottle has particulates in it leading me to believe it to have some bottle conditioning. Pours golden with just a hint of amber to the color. The Head is thick and luxurious settling quickly to a fine lace on the glass with the faintest hint of tan color. The nose is reminiscent of very fresh and bitter hops. The nose released from the head is quite good. The 1st sip is malty and sweet. This is quite good. Malt with hops and a distinctive bitter aftertaste. Well balanced beer though the finish builds to a powerful bitter. But I like Bitter so Hoo Rahhh! Mouthfeel is like liquid silk. Verrrrry smooooooth beer. I am so happy I tried this one. Not quite a 5 but damn close - especially for an Asian beer.

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Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First, a word about my high rating- the rating is relative to all lagers, not to all beer ever made. Second, review is of a made in Japan Yebisu.

Color- clear gold. Medium head quickly settling.

Aroma- mild bread and hops.

Taste- Clean, smooth, and refreshing. Finishes with a mild lingering dryness with hint of mellow citrus. A Lexus of lagers. Coworker from Singapore drove to Malasia 4 hours to hand it off to another coworker who personally fly this can to Austin.

Tasted May 2, 2010.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love having a local, in-person trader like tone77 who not only makes a far out trip to the Far East, but brings back some CANned beers for me in the process!

From the CAN: "Yebisu Traditional Brew"; "Yebisu Beer is a rich and mellow premium beer brewed from 100% fine malt and select hops with Sapporo's traditional art."

The previous beer made me a little nervous with its propensity to foam up and overflow, so I went with a more gentle pour on this one. It was still slightly foamy, perhaps due to heat and humidity, but it was under CANtrol all the same. Two fingers of rocky, bone-white head were the result and I watched it as it slowly bubbled and popped its way out of existence. Color was a gorgeous golden-yellow and I could only laugh as Croesus, Mammon and King Midas fought for a drop. Nose was very honey-like, very much like a clean, unadulterated lager. From a CAN?!? I am already a fan. I CANnot tell you how many AALs in a CAN that I have been subhected to and it is never pleasant. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and I caught a grassy hoppiness that made me think of a GER Pils, but I will buy Dortmunder. Finish was pretty dry, a real gem on this hot, humid day. I really liked the grassy finish and might CANsider it for a lawnmower beer CANdidate.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle going for a whopping $2.79 a bottle. Yikes. Easily managed white head sits atop a golden bodied beer. Traces of sliding lace.

Well this is pretty damn good. Price per value could be argued negatively but it is good. Very smooth malts and the body is firm enough that it seems almost milky smooth. Small but effective bitterness. I pulled back a couple of these and wanted a third. Gobbly stuff.

Notes: If the price was right this could be a staple sessioner in the beer fridge but at roughly $18 a sixer I'll pass.

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Photo of bobsy
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour with a large fluffy white head. Floral aroma with sweet honey. Some caramel and honey in the flavour. A very decent malt profile, that had hints of Dead Guy to it (but with far toned down hoppiness). Medium body with lighter than expected carbonation. This is a very decent offering from a macro, and probably the best beer I've had from a major producer.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a copper with a small head that subsides quickly into a half-finger head.

Smell is sweet, hops are very very faint to nonexistent.

Taste was rather surprising. Very sweet, lightly malty beer with a pretty clean finish. Hops are very light and do not overpower the taste.

Mouthfeel is much better than your run of the mill macro. Much less carbonation and thicker consistency make the beer quite enjoyable.

Drinkability is pretty high on this one due to its lightness. I'm quite surprised by what I thought would be just your average lager!

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Photo of atis
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden colour, white head with partial and down-sliding lacing.

As it says on the label, aroma is mostly pleasant malt with some floral character. Flavour is similiar with rich malt and bittery finish, maybe with some sourness on the back. Overall, very drinkable and refreshing, very good for the mainstream beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on a JAL flight to Tokyo today. I don't think it's marketed to America in great (if any) numbers, so I took the chance to try it.

The appearance was really good, surprisingly good lacing on the glass and nice dry-looking foam in general. The aroma is neutral malty, pretty good. The flavor was all malt, nice for the style. Very drinkable, I had two in quick succession.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, I find it odd that the bottle of Yebisu I'm about to taste was brewed and bottled in Tokyo, yet the bottle of Sapporo Reserve I had earlier came from Canada. Odd, but that's business I guess, so OK....

Yebisu is an all malt beer and that's reflected in the color. It's a deep golden, and crystal clear. I can almost see my fingerprints through the glass, and fine bubbles rise steadily to the surface indicating that there's some sort of body there to keep them at that pace. The short but creamy head holds for a few short moments, receeds, and then thins to a whispy surface covering, leaving behind only minor spots of lace about the glass.

The nose expresses sweetish grainy malt and bright, floral and lightly spicy and woody/herbal hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a creaminess as the beer warms and foams. It's delicately tingly, then creamy. Smooth.

The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates, and it's surprisingly bitter at about 35 IBU's - somewhere along the lines of a German pilsner. So that's what you get here, more malt, more hops, and more bitterness than usual. Is it worth it? Yes, I think it's a really solid lager with a firm malt base, interesting hop flavors, and a rigid bitterness backing it. It's anything but a mass-produced adjunct lager. It finishes clean and dry with a lingering bitterness and some herbal and floral hop character.

Very nicely done! Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Murph
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a decent white head that sinks quickly and lots of yeasties floating around as I didn't know the beer was bottle conditioned when I was pouring it. Slightly sweet malt smell with a husky grain quality to it. The beer has a very dry and grainy start to it that makes it rather refreshing and quenching. The brew retains this excellent dryness until a short and sweet malt burst at the end comes through. It is then back to the dryness for the slight lingering finish however. The graininess provides a very dry and crisp mouthfeel which makes the brew very refreshing and very drinkable. I can imagine that this would go excellent with sushi and other japanese foods.

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Photo of pettis
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty much like any fizzy, golden-yellow beer. The head lacks density, though, and thins out quickly before disappearing

Grass, grain, and a little bit of citrusy hop zest in the nose. Dry, grassy, malty, with just enough Saaz-like hop spice and a nice, lingering hop bitterness on the tongue.

Dry, crisp, and refreshing, with a strong-enough malt body to keep it interesting for an easy-drinking pilsner. Hands-down my favorite mass-produced Japanese beer.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't even know this beer existed until last night at a sushi restaurant. The label caught my eye: "all malt" making it unusual for Japanese beer. I tried it and was very pleasantly surprised. It's darker in color than other Japanese lagers. The hop aroma is actually fairly strong and the malt smell is there too. It's has a pleasantly sweet taste and is not as dry as other Japanese beers. This is a surprisingly good beer. Seek it out next time you're out for sushi.

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Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden brew with a foamy white head.

Smell: Bold malt presence with a good hop profile. Clean.

Taste: Sweet malt with a semi-bitter hop finish. Good attention to detail in this brew. Consistently good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dry finish. Good consistency.

Drinkablity: Very well crafted all-malt beer. Deserves a place alongside the world's great beers.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazed bright yellow with a thin head of moderate retention. Some spotty lacing to it. Aroma was of clove and citrus. Taste was surprising; crisp with a bready note that shifts intio a tangy citrus flavor: lemony-grapefruit. It reminded me of a spiced wheatbeer. This was served very cold at a local Japanese restaurant; the taste definately improved as it warmed.

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Photo of sloejams
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite sushi spot in Los Angeles just started carrying this which is a step up from my usual draught Kirin.

I actually quite like some of the macro rice Japanese lagers when paired with raw fish. I realize they are all made somewhere other than Japan. Yebisu is not.

It's has a nice malt profile - something you won't find in the rice beers. It also has a slight yeast flavor - something I've never really came across in lagers. It's a unique beer and quite tasty. Enjoyed with some sushi, if every you get the chance.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium golden color with a decent snow-white head and spectacular clouds of rising bubbles, lots of thick, sticky lace. Nice aroma of sweet malts, grain, and hops. Taste begins with grain flavors and a sting of carbonation, mild bitterness and dry characteristic appear midway through. Slight sweetness and a bit of metallic bitterness bring the taste to a close. An eminently refreshing and drinkable beer.

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Photo of soju6
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Yebisu Beer Museum in Tokyo.

A: Dark golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: has a sweet roasted malt aroma with a hint of spice.

T: Roaste malt flavor with a nice touch of bitterness. has a clean finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth.

Drinkable brew. Nice change from the standard Japanese beers. Worth a try.

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Photo of zerk
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far the best beer I've had in its style... dry, as you would expect... malty, and refreshing. Deep gold, with a very thin head... malty smell and flavor, with a balancing hop bitterness. Thin to medium mouthfeel, and highly carbonated. There just might be no better compliment to a good sushi dinner.

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Photo of beerorRIP
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: yields a think one finger head that reduces quickly to a thin layer of foam. the body is super clear, and straw yellow with some tiny bubbles lazily heading for the top. didn't notice much lace.

smells like a bit of hops, and then cereal-like grains. a bit of a sweet smell, but not much else. simple and non-offensive.

the taste has a nice bit of herbal hops, followed by some nice sweet malts. not too much in complexity, but well done and tasty. the bitterness is nice since it's hop bitterness, not lack of malt and astringent bitter.

not super carbonated like you might expect if you've had beer from this country before. the body is medium-light, as it's not as thin as other lager-type beer. the carbonation does tickle the tongue nicely.

easy to drink and light enough that throwing a few back isn't any kind of issue. perfect with those japanese dishes. a welcome replacement for the bad sake at a hibachi restaurant or sushi bar.

i was in japan and did try and find a whole bunch of beers, and recall this one being the best of the bunch. too bad it's rather pricey stateside.

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Photo of scottoale
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

334ml. brown bottle with gold foiled labels on front and neck, a small brown and white label on the back. It pours a bright yellow-gold with a faint haze, topped with a white 1/2" foamy head. Carbonation is good, the head eventually settles to a ring and some patchy lace.

The smell is somewhat sweet, with grain and huskiness. Raw malty brew with notes of cereal cracker and grain.

Sweet grain intro, very much like raw straw, with the grassy hop flavor taking it down to a quenching clean finish. Very nice grainy flavor for this style...rather tasty too my surprise.

Medium body with some wateriness to the mouthfeel, other than that it's a very easy too drink, sessionable type lager. I prefer it to the canned Sapporo I've had in the past.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a layover at Narita airport on my way back to the states from Korea. I loved the fat fisherman in the can design. Poured fairly light, maybe more toward yellow than gold with minimal scent but not grainy or skunky like many Japanese beer. Taste was upbeat and the beer tasted very crisp and clean in the mouth. Looks like they have some quality water supplies at Sapporo after all. A surprisingly good Japanese beer that doesn't offer tons of flavor but is very refreshing and easy to drink. A pleasant goodbye from the land of the rising sun.

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Photo of joecast
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear yellow with a fine, foamy white head. good stability. tiny bubbles, medium carbonation.

sweet malty aroma, with some spicy hop characteristic. nothing too mind-blowing.

flavor is a good mix of malt sweetness, light hop spiciness, and a dry finish.

smooth mouthfeel is fuller than expected, but very welcome. wasnt sure what to expect from this, but a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden colored lager with a good sized head.

Clean and strong Nobel hop scent with a biscuit malt backing. Herbal and clean there is a slight lemon aroma.

The taste starts out Clean and VERY malty for a lager. Hops are present but not that strong just an herbal and lemon aftertaste. OK bitterness but this is actually on the malty side of the equation.

Quite a great mouthfeel for a lager here.

Good beer though I prefer much more hop bite. Still I would drink this again.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clear yellow with tons of white foam. Spotty lacing.

Light, milky, skunky, dry, piney.

Deep wooden flavor. Oaky, light, crisp, dry, buttery, nice even coating, bitterness is spot on, zero sweetness.

This is a damn fine foreign brew. Thanks Brian and Diana for the travel brew!

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Photo of tjd25
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is dense, the color pale golden with an apparently high level of carbonation. A very tasty brew. The fruityness of peaches and lemon give the beer a very round mouthfeel, with maybe a fig like dryness. Hops encircle the palate in a nicely balanced way. Pretty nice.

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Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.