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Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

141 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 141
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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charlzm

California

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed April 23rd, 2010.

Drank from a bottle so cannot comment on appearance.

Aroma is dead typical for the Asian lagers I have had. Clean, ricey, grainy with a slight alcohol component. Despite this beer's claimed all malt ingredients, I call rice.

Flavor is exactly as you would expect from a Japanese lager - clean, crisp, almost like barely-flavored water. Almost no flavor at all, actually. A slight biscuity trace then thin, inoffensively lingering hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, though not parching by any means. Sudsy.

Is this really one of the best Japanese lagers? Won't be seeking this one out for another round again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 21:40:21 | More by charlzm
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Boneheadmx

California

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a copper with a small head that subsides quickly into a half-finger head.

Smell is sweet, hops are very very faint to nonexistent.

Taste was rather surprising. Very sweet, lightly malty beer with a pretty clean finish. Hops are very light and do not overpower the taste.

Mouthfeel is much better than your run of the mill macro. Much less carbonation and thicker consistency make the beer quite enjoyable.

Drinkability is pretty high on this one due to its lightness. I'm quite surprised by what I thought would be just your average lager!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 03:08:44 | More by Boneheadmx
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plaid75

New York

3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderately doughy malt and fresh grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a clean cereal malt with a bright balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a pleasant and easy to drink lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 16:26:38 | More by plaid75
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

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.

Serving type: can

12-23-2009 18:11:11 | More by wl0307
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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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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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Halcyondays

California

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a gold yellow with a light white head, fair retention, standard pale lager look.

S: Some bready malt and husky grain, but not a huge nose by any means.

T: Lighter flavour than I expected out of the all-malt label. Good pilsner-style malt, soft noble hop flavour but light.

M: This was good. Medium-bodied for the style, with a nice creamy mouthfeel, well done.

D: I've certainly had better Dortmunders, this was a bit of a letdown. Had it with some Chinese food and it seemed to work there.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 20:16:02 | More by Halcyondays
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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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beerorRIP

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: yields a think one finger head that reduces quickly to a thin layer of foam. the body is super clear, and straw yellow with some tiny bubbles lazily heading for the top. didn't notice much lace.

smells like a bit of hops, and then cereal-like grains. a bit of a sweet smell, but not much else. simple and non-offensive.

the taste has a nice bit of herbal hops, followed by some nice sweet malts. not too much in complexity, but well done and tasty. the bitterness is nice since it's hop bitterness, not lack of malt and astringent bitter.

not super carbonated like you might expect if you've had beer from this country before. the body is medium-light, as it's not as thin as other lager-type beer. the carbonation does tickle the tongue nicely.

easy to drink and light enough that throwing a few back isn't any kind of issue. perfect with those japanese dishes. a welcome replacement for the bad sake at a hibachi restaurant or sushi bar.

i was in japan and did try and find a whole bunch of beers, and recall this one being the best of the bunch. too bad it's rather pricey stateside.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 23:30:55 | More by beerorRIP
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, I find it odd that the bottle of Yebisu I'm about to taste was brewed and bottled in Tokyo, yet the bottle of Sapporo Reserve I had earlier came from Canada. Odd, but that's business I guess, so OK....

Yebisu is an all malt beer and that's reflected in the color. It's a deep golden, and crystal clear. I can almost see my fingerprints through the glass, and fine bubbles rise steadily to the surface indicating that there's some sort of body there to keep them at that pace. The short but creamy head holds for a few short moments, receeds, and then thins to a whispy surface covering, leaving behind only minor spots of lace about the glass.

The nose expresses sweetish grainy malt and bright, floral and lightly spicy and woody/herbal hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a creaminess as the beer warms and foams. It's delicately tingly, then creamy. Smooth.

The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates, and it's surprisingly bitter at about 35 IBU's - somewhere along the lines of a German pilsner. So that's what you get here, more malt, more hops, and more bitterness than usual. Is it worth it? Yes, I think it's a really solid lager with a firm malt base, interesting hop flavors, and a rigid bitterness backing it. It's anything but a mass-produced adjunct lager. It finishes clean and dry with a lingering bitterness and some herbal and floral hop character.

Very nicely done! Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 18:21:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden colored lager with a good sized head.

Clean and strong Nobel hop scent with a biscuit malt backing. Herbal and clean there is a slight lemon aroma.

The taste starts out Clean and VERY malty for a lager. Hops are present but not that strong just an herbal and lemon aftertaste. OK bitterness but this is actually on the malty side of the equation.

Quite a great mouthfeel for a lager here.

Good beer though I prefer much more hop bite. Still I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 03:45:54 | More by Zorro
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour with a large fluffy white head. Floral aroma with sweet honey. Some caramel and honey in the flavour. A very decent malt profile, that had hints of Dead Guy to it (but with far toned down hoppiness). Medium body with lighter than expected carbonation. This is a very decent offering from a macro, and probably the best beer I've had from a major producer.

Serving type: can

10-12-2008 18:37:03 | More by bobsy
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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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sloejams

California

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

My favorite sushi spot in Los Angeles just started carrying this which is a step up from my usual draught Kirin.

I actually quite like some of the macro rice Japanese lagers when paired with raw fish. I realize they are all made somewhere other than Japan. Yebisu is not.

It's has a nice malt profile - something you won't find in the rice beers. It also has a slight yeast flavor - something I've never really came across in lagers. It's a unique beer and quite tasty. Enjoyed with some sushi, if every you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 00:32:05 | More by sloejams
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thierrynantes

France

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2005.
Appearance : clear color, white foam head.
Smell : malt
Taste and mouthfeel : In the mouth it is very dry. The finish is lightly acidic.
Drinkability : pleasant and refreshing beer in Dortmunder-style lager from the Japanese Sapporo

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 15:03:43 | More by thierrynantes
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DogFood11

California

4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle going for a whopping $2.79 a bottle. Yikes. Easily managed white head sits atop a golden bodied beer. Traces of sliding lace.

Well this is pretty damn good. Price per value could be argued negatively but it is good. Very smooth malts and the body is firm enough that it seems almost milky smooth. Small but effective bitterness. I pulled back a couple of these and wanted a third. Gobbly stuff.

Notes: If the price was right this could be a staple sessioner in the beer fridge but at roughly $18 a sixer I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:02:02 | More by DogFood11
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brendan13

Australia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 07:49:14 | More by brendan13
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: generous frothy head sits atop copper colored body

s: noseful of syrup malty sweetness w/ slightest hint of what may or may not be bitter hops at the finish

t: flavor actually has surprising amount of good bitterness for a macro lager but overall sweet grainy malts dominate

m: nice and creamy for the style but still very refreshing with nice crisp light carbonation

d: incredibly drinkable; i think this is the ultimate session macro lager not too heavy not too watery; just right

i think this is by far one of the best of the higher end japanese macro lagers.

Serving type: can

11-05-2007 14:43:49 | More by hoegaardenhero
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Floydster

California

2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
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

Serving type: can

09-12-2007 17:36:52 | More by Floydster
Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.