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Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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142 Ratings

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 03-08-2001)
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3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Presentation: 16oz custom Sapporo bottle. Label states that this is a 100% malt brew, a super premium stout (as in strong) draft. A chubby, cheerful character holds a large red fish and a fishing pool. No freshness date.

Appearance: A bright, clear, light golden with a very nice bubbly white foam head. The lively carbonation keeps a thin ringed lace with some stick.

Smell: Quite aromatic with a distinct floral nose and faint grain. Very clean smelling.

Taste: Interesting and unique falvour. Malt flavour is incredibly smooth and creamy on the palate, lightly fruity, sweet with grain flavours and a crisp medium body fullness. A mellow malt richness can be detected in the consistency. Hops are lightly bitter, a little lemony, floral and tea-like towards the end. Finishes clean with some slickness on the palate.

Notes: This is a rather good imported lager. Totally beats the pants off of so many, and could possibly be the best out of the entire Sapporo line-up of beers. The fact that it is ceramic cold-filtered also comes across in the overall finish of the beer.

The beer is named after one of the 7 Shinto gods of goodluck, Yebisu is a gentle god that brings wealth. Yebisu beer was first brewed in 1887.

Thanks to Yukiko Ueyama of Sapporo USA, Inc. for the fresh samples.

03-08-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Like everyone else, I had this at a Japanese restaurant last night. It was definately an above average lager. What struck me was how different (in a good way) a mass-produced lager can be without the use of adjuncts. Hoppier, maltier, creamier than any US macro. Enjoyable.

08-29-2002 07:06:37 | More by pbrian
Photo of Everydayoff


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

350ml can poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

Slight hazy golden yellow in color with one finger white velvety head with moderate retention, it leaves some stickiness lacing, high visible carbonation.

The smell consists of aromatic floral hop, slight herbal and earthy yet a bit spice, light biscuit malt, dry grain and lemony zest.

Subtle sweetness from biscuity malt with moderate bitterness from hop to unite, fruity and citrus zest reveal to make cascade layer of flavors. Aftertaste is mingled by hop bitterness along with zesty citrus and slight sweetness.

The body is light with good crispness from lively carbonation lending a refreshing yet smooth mouth feel. Finish is clean and dry.

Clean and go down well easy either drinking it alone or pairing with some foods, high drinkability.

01-22-2012 18:07:20 | More by Everydayoff
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3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a can, that my wife brought back from Tokyo, into a pint glass.

A: A bright golden color, quite a bit more color than your standard macro lager.

S: Grains, malts, a little bit of hops.

T: Probably the best Japanese beer that I've had. It starts off with a rich malt flavor that goes down smooth. It follows with a slightly bitter hop finish. It's crisp, very drinkable and quite tasty.

M: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

D: Very drinkable. It's a much better beer than your standard Japanese rice lagers.

06-09-2007 16:52:48 | More by willjschmidt
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3.58/5  rDev +5%

Pours amber tinted black color with brownish head. Aroma is porterish with some roastyness to it. High carbonation for a dark beer. Taste is on the light side with just hints of dark roasted and chocolate malts, bit of mild hop flavor but with such an overall lightness this beer does not really need a lot of hops. Overall a nice drinkable beer, nothing really special about it but a decent flavor and high drinkability, feels a lot lighter than it looks due to thin body and high carbonation. I could go through a few of these with some Japanese BBQ.

07-29-2006 06:21:17 | More by kgotcher
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3.58/5  rDev +5%

"I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese,
I really think so."

--The Vapors (and their veiled paean to onanism)

Particulate-flecked goldenrod with a slight orangish tint. The eggshell colored head displays a magma-like surface with popping bubbles galore. The cap lingers for a while, eventually laying down a decent amount of thick lace in small sheets. I like unkempt looking beer.

The nose is just okay for the style. On the good side, it smells like fresh grain. Unfortunately, there's very little hoppiness, which is surprising. I do get a whiff of sweet, floral hops, but like the aroma in general, it isn't outgoing enough.

Yebisu tastes scarily similar to legions of Euro pale lagers emanating from Eastern Europe. There's an acceptable malt structure with a mildly sweet, untoasted grain flavor. Hops are more prominent on the palate. Trouble is, I don't care for the varieties chosen. I'm guessing that German nobles are in use, which is probably what's responsible for my impressions of an average Czech pilsener or an EPL.

Hops outlast malt, as they so often do. The result is that the finish is bitingly hoppy and impressively dry. Thanks to the generous amount of ingredients, the mouthfeel is solidly medium, maybe even medium-full for the style. I approve.

Super Premium Yebisu Stout Draft (everything except 'Yebisu' is a misnomer) grew on me with drinking. It will never make me forget my favorites of the style, but was enjoyable while it lasted. It makes no serious missteps and is worth a look if you happen to run across a bottle.

09-15-2005 14:08:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

Mom brought this back from Japan for me.
Hoping for the best (that it tastes better than Sapporo Premium for one)

A- Crystal clear slighlty caramely gold. Decent amount of dirty white head.

S- I can already tell it's not as dirty as Sapporo Premium. Still, a lot of the same aromas in here. Sweet grain, burnt cream of wheat. I'm very thirsty so the ''beer'' smell is pulling me in but there's nothing really appealling in here. Some cream soda which is kind of nice.

T- Seems like I'm getting some nice lime and a bit of grapefruit from the hops which is nice. Nothing too dirty. Slight grapefruit rind bitterness. Taste is much better than smell.

M- Strange how it's kind of a two parter: thin in the front, full towards the back. High carbonation.

D- Quite good. Refreshing. Some nice hoppy flavors but a little dirtiness too.

About as good as I expected which is just a bit better than Sapporo Premium. I would buy it again if I found it for the same price or cheaper as other similar tasting german or Czech imports we get in dépanneurs here (Bitburger, Konig, Wernesgruner.

01-30-2011 05:31:50 | More by Yoonisaykul
Photo of TokyoCO


3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

Can bought in Japan, poured into a goblet. Served fairly cold.

A: Light golden in color. Very clear, bubbles rising from bottom.

S: Grain, slight hint of hops, light citrus notes as well.

T: Grain, barley, again a light hint of hops. Quite bitter, but maltyness is dominant. Not complex but very refreshing.

M: Light, high carbonation.

O: One of the better macro Japanese beers. Malt forward beer that has great grain notes. It really is refreshing.

05-23-2013 09:44:05 | More by TokyoCO
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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

Yebisu Stout Draft: Served from a fairly fancy sixteen-ounce bottle. Stout draft? No, not Guinness, but rather a darkish gold color under a very impressive thick white foamy head. Left some fairly thick lacing down the side as well. The aroma is fairly impressive, some skunk, some malts. The taste is impressive, and hard to compare to other beers. I can taste somewhat of a pronounced floral/vegetable taste, which follows up closely with bready malts. At the end, it is fairly clean, with a tiny bit of hops.

02-19-2003 19:29:14 | More by jackndan
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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

Yebisu is one of my favorite canned beers to drink simply because the malty flavor carries through even packaged in such a medium. Often, canned beers lose so much of their magic that is normally found in bottles or especially via tap (take Guinness as a perfect example). However, as far as canned beer goes, Yebisu is amazing. Full of malt, wheat-flavored with a bit of citrus in the aftertaste, this beer goes particularly well with things like Korean BBQ or curry with some spice. I often pour it into a glass, and any pilsner or tulip style glass will do, depending on how much head you want on it. The only negative side to this canned version that does not bother me when it comes from the tap is the excess gas in the beer that translates to some nasty burps. I've had Yebisu in all forms (even from the brewery in Ebisu, Tokyo), and this only seems to happen when I drink it from the can. However, since that does affect my overall image of the beer, I do have to stick with this ranking for now. If you have a chance to have it from the tap, I would recommend it, as it easily would rank a 4+.

02-06-2012 04:47:03 | More by shigg85
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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

Clear goldenc olour with a smooth, foamy white head. Fair head retention.

Crisp, grainy aroma with a herbal, grassy hop note.

Light, crisp malt with some carbonic bite. Quite bitter.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A crisp, clean, bitter lager. While it's nothing special it is nice and refreshing.

09-28-2011 09:53:17 | More by dgilks
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

09-02-2012 11:55:58 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-01-2014 16:25:57 | More by Griffith
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-10-2014 09:14:24 | More by ironchefkook
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

01-31-2012 10:28:57 | More by pperez38
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

12-30-2011 17:22:07 | More by cdwil
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Fairly good example of the style. Was sold to me as a stout at RFD's, which I was not happy about when I saw the pour, but I decided to try it anyways. Crisp, slightly dry, nice hop bite at the end. Very pleasant session beer if nothing else, though there's plenty of other beers I'd buy for the price that was charged.

04-07-2005 18:16:57 | More by ChrisBowers
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-06-2013 21:48:32 | More by weerezboy
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Pale gold, white head that sinks.
Grassy aromas, tinge of sulfur.
Nutty grains and strong hop bitterness. Flavour reminds me of Resch's Pilsener of a decade or two ago, implying the use of Pride of Ringwood. Some nutty grain flavour.
Bitterness a tad unbalanced.
Good, crisp, & refreshing, but bitter.

01-13-2007 01:48:27 | More by vancurly
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-06-2013 17:39:34 | More by Nunya
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-08-2014 05:27:03 | More by amano_h
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-19-2014 18:41:36 | More by boxer0029
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-28-2012 04:08:00 | More by od_sf
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Fairly dark golden colour poured with a medium sized fluffy white head.
S - Floral & grassy notes on top of a slightly sweet grainy aroma.
T - Very much like the smell.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly high crisp carbonation.
D - Nothing to get too excited about. Just a nice, well balanced and refreshing lager.

01-14-2008 07:49:14 | More by brendan13
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Coming in a 350ml can, produced in 09/2009, BB 05/2010, served lightly-chilled in a straight pilsner glass.

A: pours a dark yellow-ish straw hue, coming with semi-lively streams of small- and large-sized bubbles and a thin layer of white pillowy head.
S: actually the nose resembles Helles and Pilsener by 50-50, that the floral hints of hops come on a par with a lightly sweet and doughy sourness and rather clean grainy malts. A swirl highlights the maltiness with an additional touch of cream, but only just. Not bad.
T: the mildly-flavoured swallow of semi-grainy malts quickly gives way to an intensifying flow of floral hop bitterness and, along with it, a pleasantly dry undertone. In line with the tradition of Sapporo beers, this lager finishes really dry, thus making it more like a German Pilsener than a Helles lager. Plus, the malt flavour remains restrained throughout the drink, while in the end an interesting salty edge skirts the dry-ish touch, rendering a quaffable and inviting finish in each sip.
M&D: lightly carbonated, light-bodied, the flavour profile gears towards the dry and bitter side of hops not unlike the German Pilsener style. I once tried the bottle version and to my best collection this canned version is not too different - all in all a pretty decently-made dry lager.

12-23-2009 18:11:11 | More by wl0307
Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.