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Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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78
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137 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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beerguy101

California

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 03:50:11 | More by beerguy101
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 15:00:35 | More by eduardolinhalis
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CMW

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2009 01:01:39 | More by CMW
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Gobzilla

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:25:37 | More by Gobzilla
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DoubleJ

California

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 03:41:12 | More by DoubleJ
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davidchollar

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 14:57:28 | More by davidchollar
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sleazo

New York

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 02:28:59 | More by sleazo
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-29-2008 21:54:54 | More by tempest
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xylophonica

Australia

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-22-2012 08:22:56 | More by xylophonica
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kbub6f

New York

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 08:06:34 | More by kbub6f
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Naerhu

Japan

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 07:27:40 | More by Naerhu
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-26-2012 00:45:49 | More by TheHammer
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft in Japan.

This lager poured a clear, golden yellow color with thick, creamy, white foam that had good staying power and left a coating on the glass. The smell was faint and malty. The taste was light: slightly sweet malt, hints of hops (floral and bitter) in the background. The mouthfeel was clean and smooth with medium-light body and medium carbonation. The aftertaste was mildly hoppy. This was an easy-drinking lager on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2003 20:38:05 | More by UncleJimbo
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

09-02-2012 11:55:58 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-01-2014 16:25:57 | More by Griffith
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ironchefkook

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-10-2014 09:14:24 | More by ironchefkook
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pperez38

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

01-31-2012 10:28:57 | More by pperez38
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

12-30-2011 17:22:07 | More by cdwil
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 18:16:57 | More by ChrisBowers
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weerezboy

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-06-2013 21:48:32 | More by weerezboy
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vancurly

Australia

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 01:48:27 | More by vancurly
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Nunya

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-08-2014 05:27:03 | More by amano_h
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boxer0029

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-19-2014 18:41:36 | More by boxer0029
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od_sf

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-28-2012 04:08:00 | More by od_sf
Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.