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Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

140 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website
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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Poupae

Thailand

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

03-31-2013 09:39:08 | More by Poupae
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virinow

New York

3/5  rDev -12%

06-11-2013 18:52:22 | More by virinow
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Morris729

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 17:51:50 | More by Morris729
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10%

02-28-2013 05:26:21 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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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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MisterClean

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2009 04:56:06 | More by MisterClean
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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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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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Nunya

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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

California

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

334ml. brown bottle with gold foiled labels on front and neck, a small brown and white label on the back. It pours a bright yellow-gold with a faint haze, topped with a white 1/2" foamy head. Carbonation is good, the head eventually settles to a ring and some patchy lace.

The smell is somewhat sweet, with grain and huskiness. Raw malty brew with notes of cereal cracker and grain.

Sweet grain intro, very much like raw straw, with the grassy hop flavor taking it down to a quenching clean finish. Very nice grainy flavor for this style...rather tasty too my surprise.

Medium body with some wateriness to the mouthfeel, other than that it's a very easy too drink, sessionable type lager. I prefer it to the canned Sapporo I've had in the past.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 07:23:33 | More by scottoale
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Norseman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10%

04-18-2013 01:02:53 | More by Norseman
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joecast

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear yellow with a fine, foamy white head. good stability. tiny bubbles, medium carbonation.

sweet malty aroma, with some spicy hop characteristic. nothing too mind-blowing.

flavor is a good mix of malt sweetness, light hop spiciness, and a dry finish.

smooth mouthfeel is fuller than expected, but very welcome. wasnt sure what to expect from this, but a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 08:27:46 | More by joecast
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

1.75/5  rDev -48.7%

04-17-2013 15:25:18 | More by Celtics76
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atis

Finland

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden colour, white head with partial and down-sliding lacing.

As it says on the label, aroma is mostly pleasant malt with some floral character. Flavour is similiar with rich malt and bittery finish, maybe with some sourness on the back. Overall, very drinkable and refreshing, very good for the mainstream beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 05:49:30 | More by atis
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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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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -12%

06-03-2012 16:33:49 | More by JohnQVD
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jackndan

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 19:29:14 | More by jackndan
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This "premium all malt beer" is the most expensive widely marketed beer in Japan, made by Sapporo. If you show up at a party with a six of Ebisu, everyone wants to be your friend--because they know right away you're a HIGHROLLER.

A rich bronze color with big bubbles. Virtually no head whatsoever, giving it instantly a gold jelloesque appearance. The nose is not too impressive, barely perceptible maltiness (did I really perceive it?!).

It tastes great though, with some nice crisp hoppy bitterness and round malty body. There's an extremely sharp carbonation onset--very nice mouthfeel--which changes over to clean hops and then abruptly stops. Very nice, very nice.

Serving type: can

01-28-2004 13:42:04 | More by donnebaby
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a finger of bubbly off-white head over a golden body with considerable chill-haze.

Smell - 3.5
A clean and pleasant aroma that is malty sweet and slightly floral, but balanced with spicy hops.

Taste - 3.5
You can tell that this is an all-malt lager; it is slightly sweeter but much richer and more full-bodied than your run of the mill pale lager. A clean taste of grain, caramel, faint fruit, and finishes with a dry, spicy bitterness

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine and lively carbonation give a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
A great summer's session beer.

OVERALL 3.5
If it weren't for the price ($4.99 per bottle) this would likely be a frequent summer purchase for me. Unfortunately I am reviewing this on a cold autumn's day, it would be better appreciated (and possibly have scored higher) in summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 09:13:36 | More by LittleCreature
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SargeC

Japan

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden brew with a foamy white head.

Smell: Bold malt presence with a good hop profile. Clean.

Taste: Sweet malt with a semi-bitter hop finish. Good attention to detail in this brew. Consistently good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dry finish. Good consistency.

Drinkablity: Very well crafted all-malt beer. Deserves a place alongside the world's great beers.

Serving type: can

12-20-2009 05:14:53 | More by SargeC
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-12-2014 12:37:20 | More by BigCheese
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stoutman

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The "all-malt" on the label is a misnomer to a true malt lover. Guess yebisu is a malty beer compared to other to japanese zymurgical efforts.. this beer is dry, with a light malty mouth taste and feel. The hops too provide a mild aftertaste to the palate. All in all, a decent refreshing flavor. Served ice cold, this light beer could be a thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2002 14:31:30 | More by stoutman
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KimenTshom

California

3/5  rDev -12%

06-17-2014 12:23:03 | More by KimenTshom
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tjd25

France

3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is dense, the color pale golden with an apparently high level of carbonation. A very tasty brew. The fruityness of peaches and lemon give the beer a very round mouthfeel, with maybe a fig like dryness. Hops encircle the palate in a nicely balanced way. Pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 10:17:39 | More by tjd25
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jarmby1711

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 23:05:58 | More by jarmby1711
Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.