Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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78
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150 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Japan

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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Photo of gfreed
1.25/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I had this while waiting for a plane at Narita airport outside of Tokyo. The only thing good about this beer is that it helped me twiddle away an hour while sitting at the bar. I guess the glass was nice, too: it was clean and had no scratches. And the coaster on the bar was round and white and pleasant to look at. And... uh... well... hmmm... the bartender was courteous.

Everything else about this lager was terrible: wet-rope aroma, burned veggie taste, sour aftertaste, flat body. Sadly for me, this was the last thing I consumed before leaving Japan. Blech. To be avoided at all costs.

Photo of pin
1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

Photo of Celtics76
1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of Gusler
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The average pour a golden yellow, the head modest in size, bright white, frothy, the lace a fine sheet to coat the glass. Nose is all malt, lightly sweet, crisp and clean. Sweet malt start, top cadaverous, finish is strikingly acidic, hops apropos to the style, dry aftertaste.

Photo of BierReise
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honey colored, slightly cloudy, hardly any head or flavor really. Wasn't too bad once it warmed up a little. I like Japanese beer but this one is not a quality brew. Served it's purpose which was to wash down some Japanese food. I can't say enough enough about this beer for the required 250 characters.

Photo of sharkheadlasers
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought this to me directly from Tokyo, Japan. This beer was a pale yellow straw color. The head was decent and dissipated quickly. The aroma was faint. The taste brought out a smoky malt. The hops seemed only to be there for bittering...very light hop flavor. The flavor also seemed to bring out the flavor of cigarettes.

Photo of mrjez
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of sneaks2210
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Floydster
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can given to me by my host family in Japan while eating their teriyaki feast for dinner

Pour was very nice with a huge head and a nice golden color

Taste was not bad, but not overpowering in any sense and did not last long either

Could drink a lot of these because I did that night

Family thought I was weird when I was taking notes on this beer, did not understand the concept

Photo of laituegonflable
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this little number at a Teppanyaki restaurant and was told by some dude who I'd only just met that it was the most expensive Japanese beer available in Australia. Didn't do much for my expectations since I've been very unimpressed with beers from Japan or indeed the entire Asian continent.

My first look at the pouring didn't help, either. A very normal and very lagery appearance - amber coloured, not very much carbonation - which I guess could be a good thing since I'm not a huge fan of fizzy beers - and a fair, soft head. I mean, outrageously standard and lagery in appearance. I expected a slightly bitter, slightly-rough but ultimately refreshing drop.

I was similarly unimpressed with the nose, again fairly standard lager. A slight hint of honey but minimal and not enough for me to waver from my belief that this would taste very much like your average Asian beer. Mostly just hops and water on the nose.

Then for the first taste - and first surprise. It was actually surprisingly flavoursome. A lot of hops and a fair herby flavour to it. Slightest sourness on the back palatte but there really isn't much of a back palatte anyway so it's quite noticeable. None of this was really expected given the nose and appearance. It didn't really taste like the standard chugging lager I had expected, although there were touches of that flavour in there. I have to say, it's not the most pleasant-tasting beer I've ever drunk, slightly too sour for my taste, not much of an aftertaste and still not as flavoursome as I like. Having said that though, this is worthy of a lot more respect than the watery swills known as Kirin Ichiban, or Yanjing - to name just two. It's not something I'd drink all the time, but it certainly is a respectable drinking lager.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is a study in contradictions: The label calls it a "Stout Draft" in one place (and who knows that that is), then it reads "100% malt" and "brewed from 100% fine barley malt and select hops" elsewhere. Which is it?

Anyway, this is definitely the best Asian beer I have come across so far, but still not a great brew. Still, I think Sapporo may be on to something. Pours a very orange color with a medium off-white head. Medium sweet malt aroma. Lightly sweet malt flavor and medium effervescence. There was some hops in the finish but everything seemed understated about this beer. Nothing really stood out, but if I am in Japan I will order this before a Sapporo or Kirin.

Photo of HoppySeb
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of MisterClean
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

GF purchased while in Japan this summer.

A - Pours golden with 1.5 fingers of head, and dissipates moderately slow. No lacing.

S - Honey and DMS.

T - Honey, bittering hops, and DMS.

M - Full-bodied, well balanced, and slightly bitter.

D - Overall, doesn't compare to most dortmunders I've tried, but is drinkable in comparison to the adjunct lagers in the states. The bitterness and DMS content is a little much for the style and there is a lack of malt complexity. Will pass on further yebisus.

Photo of mpenske
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of GarthT
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of tone77
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Still in Tokyo and back at the hostel enjoying some beer. Poured from a 11.2 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of malts. Taste is also mild, some malts, dry at the finish, lacking in flavor or punch. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a sub par beer.

Photo of jdhilt
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick white head, leaves a lot of lace, golden color. Nose is clearly skunky and not stout-like. Indeed the label has stout draft but this is a whole new definition of stout - not dark nor medium/heavy bodied. Label is veeery misleading and won't be purchased again even at $2,75 for 16oz.

Photo of Beastdog75
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Yebisu is a premium beer by Sapporo that is supposedly 100% malt. It also carries the misleading "stout draft" tag on the label. Once you get past that misnomer, this turns out to be on of the more flavorful Japanese beers, even though in the end it really isn't anything special.

Yebisu pours a nice golden color with a thin 1 finger head that disappears in under 30 seconds. The smell was cheap and musty at first, but later some light malt and some fruity hop aromas made their way through. The mouthfeel is thin and sudsy. Flavor is quite crisp and clean (perhaps a little too clean). Nice cracker-like malt qualities, some fruitiness is detectable with some light/moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Although it claims to be 100% malt, the dryness in the finish seems "ricey." The dryness continues into the aftertaste, and the malty flavors actually stick around for awhile. Yebisu finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

As mentioned, this has a little more flavor that its brethren, but this is a pretty unremarkable beer. The flavor was crisp, clean, and quite drinkable. I would probably go for this if I see it in a Japanese restaurant.

Photo of Morris729
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color with a bubbly white head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is stale grains and a bit of cooked corn. Taste is a bit of sweet malts up front followed by some notes of wet hay and musty grains. Some mildly bitter hops are present in the end leading to a dry finish. Better than many other Asian beers I’ve had, it’s still no better than an average brew.

Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mscudder
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of PCfirefox
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mattmaples
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice lager, had a lot worse. Floral nose, creamy palet. Not bad but prety average.

Photo of bspain5
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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