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Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 160
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Naerhu on 03-08-2001

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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 160
Photo of xylophonica
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Please note I had submitted a previous review in error for this beer - that review was actually for the white label Yebisu and has been moved accordingly.

Poured from a 350ml can into a Jupiler signature glass.

A - Clear, pale straw coloured liquid. Mild head on top with some degree of retention.

S - Quite dusty with plenty of dry wheat. Variety of dry-roasted spices coming through as well such as pepper and sage with a hint of some lemon and/or orange.

T - At first smooth but slightly sour. Strong sensation of honey malt lurking there but it doesn't quite mask the sourness. Malty tang isn't quite as prominent as I'd expected - much more subtle. As it's consumed the malt starts to form a coating and the sourness becomes more obviously citric in nature. Definitely some sweeter lemon & lime flavours emerging later.

M - Plenty of sourness and malt to keep the tastebuds alive. Overall it's nothing that intriguing - sourness lingers probably a touch too long.

O - This is the fourth Yebisu brew I've tried and I'm finding that my first drop (the black) is likely to remain my favourite. Similar in some ways to the white label beer but with little to distinguish it as "Premium". It's a basic export lager with some ok flavour combinations.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

White 2 cm head on a yellow gold body. Leafy malty aroma. Reminds me of a restina, firm lasting bitterness, but more than the average Japanese lager. A little husky, rich flavor. Significantly different from the common Japanese swill, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of tempest
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. can brought back from Japan. Pours a brilliant clear gold with a tall white head and thick lacing. This is a great looking beer.

The aroma is a simpler pale, toasty barley aroma, more like a nice premium-style lager after pouring. The flavor follows with a similarly dull malt profile but there's a growing hop presence as the beer warms and eventually there's a pleasant citrus rind and pepper flavor. This turns into a lovely spicy hop aftertaste and a surprisingly taste beer overall.

Make sure to let this one warms up, it's nothing incredibly special, but for a mass-produced beer its pretty respectable.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

Ah, I get it. It's a "stout" as in: "That's a pretty darn stout lager". This clear gold beer has a big, sticky, coarse white head. The collapse is noisy, uneven and clumpy. Good lacing. Very little carbonation.

I smell muchu roastiu nutsu, along with proof of lager. The taste starts off with candy giving way to a sourish, nutty middle. The finish is tangy and slightly sour. This is actually pretty darn good.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Head went out of control on the pour, giving me more then two fingers. It did stick around for a while but lacing was absent. The body has steady carbonation and it's a darker gold colour.

Smell: Roasted grain with a slight floral hop note. It's just not strong enough to make a big play though.

Taste: A little bumpy roasted grain to start that turns sweeter quickly and ends with some floral hops. Not a lot of complexity here, but well done in it's simplicity. Needs a bit more of a kick.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation helps out the entire beer although starts out a little odd and excessive. The transitioning is easy going. A slight floral hop aftertaste also does a good job.

Drinkability: Fairly light, although not quite as light as I'd like it to be. The carbonation keeps on going after it's down, but it's not out of control. Refreshing and there isn't a lot to complain about.

Final Thoughts: I'm finding that the simpler styles of Japanese beer are done well, but not quite well enough to justify their import costs. I mean they solidly thump the macros and a lot of the European import Lagers, but aren't quite as good as local craft offerings. I'd really like to see Sapporo bring some of their other brews over to brew locally. Not sure how they could market it, but I've been a fan.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is the expensive premium beer here, a little more spendy than other japanese macros (j-macs) but noticeably better taste

looks clear and golden, very bubbly. thick egg-white head, sticks around for a long time.
smells like beer. you can actually smell it from a little distance, which gives this sapporo beer extra points. rich and malty, sweet smell but also just a hint of hoppiness.
tastes smooth and crisp, by j-mac standards quite bitter and not too sweet. i guess you could say it is balanced. nothing extraordinary, but smooth going down, doesn't have that tap water taste i'm used to. definately better than asahi and kirin.

this is the beer to drink with sushi or other japanese cuisine.

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Photo of sleazo
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yebisu All Malt Lager

A_Pours a nice tan/gold hue with a soapy medium sized head. A nice stream of bubbles keep it afloat and in good shape.

S_Light grain aroma, not much more. At least it is not skunked.

T_A slightly sweet grain husk flavour kicks in at first. After this a very dry hoppy kick comes through. Mildly vegetal, it manages to taste like a lot of other brewed in Japan lagers. The finish is fairly bitter which makes this a nice match for a bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen.

M_Slightly thicker than the typical godlen lager.

D_Surprisingly not bad. A good choice at many Japanese restaurants or izakayas though a bit more expensive.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Sapporo beer, eh? Unlike some of its siblings, Yebisu is actually brewed in Japan. But the bottle is only a 334 ml size. Well, shall I move on to the beer?

Big, creamy, and puffy dense head on top a body of semi-hazy goldenrod. The aroma is very sweet, akin to honey, with a pinch of cardboard, meh....tastewise, this is a pretty good beer. The hops come right off the bat and greet the palate. Malt level is high, providiing a strong and sweet flavor without anything nasty. Hint of aspirin, floral, and herbs. Crackery too. The body is medium, though it's a bit more snappy in feel than I'd like it to be.

This is a simple, yet flavorful pale lager. Sadly, the high price tag for a single bottle of this will have me choosing Sapporo/Sapporo Reserve over this the next time I want a Japanese lager.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a translucent golden yellow in color with a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very grainy aroma upfront alongside sweetness from the malts hints of citrus and spice as well.

T: the malty sweetness dominated the taste with some mild citrus, spice accents and a variety of grainy bready flavors.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild citrusy, grainy, and crisp finish.

D: was a decent dortmunder that was drinking really good and went really well paired with some yakitori and sushi.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Good Lager. Better than the previous Sapporo Premium that I've had.

A: Clear golden-yellow color with a huge white head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacings at all
S: Nice smell of malts
T: Good taste of malts with a balanced bitterness
M: Very light body and medium carbonation
D: Good

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: generous frothy head sits atop copper colored body

s: noseful of syrup malty sweetness w/ slightest hint of what may or may not be bitter hops at the finish

t: flavor actually has surprising amount of good bitterness for a macro lager but overall sweet grainy malts dominate

m: nice and creamy for the style but still very refreshing with nice crisp light carbonation

d: incredibly drinkable; i think this is the ultimate session macro lager not too heavy not too watery; just right

i think this is by far one of the best of the higher end japanese macro lagers.

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Photo of CMW
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at the Dubliner in Shibuya, Tokyo.

A - The same as many macros, straw yellow with medium carbonation. Decent head but very little retention.

S - The smell is mostly hops and some malt.

T - Same as the nose, however malt is more dominate. There is a slight bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Rather plain but a litle more body than your average macro. Definately has a dry finish that is pretty standard for Japanese beers.

D - I find Japanese beers as a whole very drinkable due to their light flavors and body.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium straw color, medium head. A medium bodied draft style lager. Nicely malty with a nice hop bite. Clean and crisp taste. Light taste but with some flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and round. Finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer. I don't mean to go on a RANT here, but STOUT DRAFT is confusing!!

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured golden, and had a rapidly fading white head. Not much in the way of lacing either.

The smell was somewhat sweet, with a bit of a floral hop nose. There was also a pronounced metallic smell that probably came from the can.

It has a very clean taste, not particularly malty, but the metallic presence in the aroma was not present in the taste. There was a mildly sweet initial taste, with a very mild bitter aftertaste that lingered on the back of the tongue. However it was a very smooth beer; it didn't have any painful overcarbonation. In fact it may have been a little undercarbonated (possibly causing the rapidly-disappearing head).

Overall drinkability was pretty good, I could have a couple of these, but wouldn't if a different beer was present.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. The head is just a thin layer of white bubbles and dissipates immediately. Very minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Aromas are of sweet adjunct malts (primarily corn and grain). Very mild aroma overall.

T: The flavor matches the smell, adjunct malts (corn and grain), some sweetness, and a slight bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Nothing special but not bad... probably would describe it as average for the style. Easy to drink and could be a session beer but personally I don't want to have a lot of this beer (I would save my time/money for something I enjoyed more).

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Photo of Healfdene
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color. Smells kinda nutty. Wheaty? Something like that. Before it was even described to me as one of Japan's finer beers, I thought this beer was one of the best I'd had here. Which is of course not saying much. Quite drinkable, and one of the beeriest beers in Japan (as most seem to taste like expired alcoholic tonic water).

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Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color. It poured with a moderate sized head consisting of big bubbles that never completely faded away and left some lacing along with a thick ring on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular along with some notes of grain.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of corn along with notes of grainy malts. There is a bit of initial sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves a good amount of dryness in your mouth.
O: This beer is easy to drink but the taste isn’t overly special. It’s not that bad compared to some of the other beers in the style.

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Photo of Norwegianbrewer
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a white head. This is an industrial lager that I used to drink a bit of while i lived in Japan, this one was a gift from the wife when she came back from Japan last summer. It might have stayed a bit long in the can as there is a metallic taste to it. Otherwise there is slight diacetyl. The beer is very light, some hop bitterness and just a little malt sweetness.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Given that this should be reviewed as a Dortmunder , I have upped my scores a little .
Label expectations were for a big big malty beer , but it was low key on the malt and the hops added plenty of bitterness and not much flavour.
It was quite spritzy in the mouth, making for a cleansing but not sessionability quality.
My bottle was a strange volume of 334 ml and I liked the large eared fisherman on the label

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yesibu (Stout Draft - huh?) poured a clear straw color with a modest white head. Funny, doesn’t look like a stout, draft or otherwise. Smell was a bit on the grainy side, sweetly malty, with some notes of floral hops. The taste was pretty sweet also. There were hints of tart apple in amongst the malt flavor and it had a light hoppy bite on the back of the palate. The feel was light, dry, and refreshing.
Strangely named, Yesibu (Stout Draft) is a decent beer to pair up with various Asian dishes, particularly spicy ones. By itself, it’s pretty average.

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Photo of Redrover
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As others have noted, the stout draft name is a bit of creative writing.

16 oz brown bottle with a fairly cool texture and label.

The beer pours a very light yellow with a soapy looking head. Not much lacing.

Beer does not have much nose. A little subdued malt and a grass aroma.

Taste is very sweet and I’m guessing that’s the malts talking. Virtually no hops. Beer reminds me of a sweeter version of an American Macro (think Old Style with more sugar). While the first taste is interesting, it did not hold my attention.

Mouthfeel is fine, but drinkability is no more than average. Not a good beer to pair with spicy food as the sweetness will not help cut the heat.

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Photo of chefelf
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I ordered this one at a sushi restaurant because it was the only "beer" on the list that I had never tried. Granted, it was a very short list. I'm not sure if this is even beer as I am very leery when they refer to the drink as "malt beverage."

That being said it was fine. There was something strange in the taste just as the beer hit my lips. Almost like a wet dog smell.

Overall it was fine. Totally average and went well with dinner.

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Photo of TXHops
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm, Stout Draft. That oughta mislead a lot of folks. I’ve looked at the bottle in stores several times, frequently expecting the beer to be at least somewhat dark in color. It never has been…

The beer emerges from the glass a bright gold color, with an embarrassingly large bubbled head of Bud-like foam. Luckily, the secondary head that slowly grew was composed of acceptably small bubbles, creating a more aesthetically pleasing ring of foam along the edge of the glass, looking much like snow drifts. The aroma wasn’t much to write home about—a touch of light apple and the vaguest hint of grain and hops? Maybe? Since I just finished a Sapporo Reserve (it’s Japanese beer night), this one was a welcome homecoming to all malt. Sort of… The body was a bit fuller than the Sapporo, in league with a Dortmunder Export like Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. The carbonation was fairly high and slightly prickly. An initial, fairly strong (for a light-ish lager) flavor of malt and grain (yes, they’re different IMO) dominated the front of the beer. The graininess was quite German, reminiscent of fresh St. Pauli Girl, and the maltiness was quite refreshing, from a standard lager. After the upfront grainy maltiness, lesser flavors take control. The hops (Noble, but not Saaz I’ll wager) provide a constant bitter backbone for appley tartness and foamy mediocrity.

Maybe I had hopes too high for this beer, but really, it’s nothing special. I’m happy that it’s all malt, and in a Japanese restaurant or a pinch, I’d drink this beer for that reason alone. In reality, it’s interchangeable with most all of the “Continental Lagers” I’ve had—Becks, Grolsch, Heineken (if not skunked). On the positive side, I realty appreciate the smoothness in the body (after the foamy carbonation settled down a bit thanks to my repeated swirling) created by NOT using fermentable adjuncts.

Not bad but not special in any way, other than being an all malt Japanese macro brew.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a gold yellow with a light white head, fair retention, standard pale lager look.

S: Some bready malt and husky grain, but not a huge nose by any means.

T: Lighter flavour than I expected out of the all-malt label. Good pilsner-style malt, soft noble hop flavour but light.

M: This was good. Medium-bodied for the style, with a nice creamy mouthfeel, well done.

D: I've certainly had better Dortmunders, this was a bit of a letdown. Had it with some Chinese food and it seemed to work there.

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Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep yelow color with minimal head,smel of pretty much nothing maybe a tad of sweetness.Taste was malty and maybe some apple tartness but pretty weak in the flavor department,highly carbonated and a little thin on the mouth.Was expecting more not to impressed with this.

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