Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 87 | Display Reviews Only:
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
05-26-2012 00:45:49 | More by TheHammer
3.85/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
05-08-2012 23:39:17 | More by CaptJackHarkness
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
04-22-2012 08:22:56 | More by xylophonica
3.23/5 rDev -5.3%
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).
02-25-2012 15:38:02 | More by dbrauneis
3.18/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
02-25-2012 15:02:07 | More by metter98
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
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
3.88/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
11-04-2011 07:42:40 | More by pettis
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
3.35/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
02-23-2011 04:25:37 | More by Gobzilla
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
3.13/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
01-30-2011 05:20:48 | More by chefelf
3.83/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
01-14-2011 12:56:13 | More by soju6
1.25/5 rDev -63.3%
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.
12-14-2010 00:22:15 | More by gfreed
Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.