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Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Yebisu (Premium)Yebisu (Premium)

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BA SCORE
78
okay

128 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%


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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stoutman

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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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zerk

California

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far the best beer I've had in its style... dry, as you would expect... malty, and refreshing. Deep gold, with a very thin head... malty smell and flavor, with a balancing hop bitterness. Thin to medium mouthfeel, and highly carbonated. There just might be no better compliment to a good sushi dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2002 20:02:47 | More by zerk
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pbrian

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like everyone else, I had this at a Japanese restaurant last night. It was definately an above average lager. What struck me was how different (in a good way) a mass-produced lager can be without the use of adjuncts. Hoppier, maltier, creamier than any US macro. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 07:06:37 | More by pbrian
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mickeymac

California

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't even know this beer existed until last night at a sushi restaurant. The label caught my eye: "all malt" making it unusual for Japanese beer. I tried it and was very pleasantly surprised. It's darker in color than other Japanese lagers. The hop aroma is actually fairly strong and the malt smell is there too. It's has a pleasantly sweet taste and is not as dry as other Japanese beers. This is a surprisingly good beer. Seek it out next time you're out for sushi.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2002 15:38:23 | More by mickeymac
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mattmaples

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2001 22:50:05 | More by mattmaples
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Todd

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16oz custom Sapporo bottle. Label states that this is a 100% malt brew, a super premium stout (as in strong) draft. A chubby, cheerful character holds a large red fish and a fishing pool. No freshness date.

Appearance: A bright, clear, light golden with a very nice bubbly white foam head. The lively carbonation keeps a thin ringed lace with some stick.

Smell: Quite aromatic with a distinct floral nose and faint grain. Very clean smelling.

Taste: Interesting and unique falvour. Malt flavour is incredibly smooth and creamy on the palate, lightly fruity, sweet with grain flavours and a crisp medium body fullness. A mellow malt richness can be detected in the consistency. Hops are lightly bitter, a little lemony, floral and tea-like towards the end. Finishes clean with some slickness on the palate.

Notes: This is a rather good imported lager. Totally beats the pants off of so many, and could possibly be the best out of the entire Sapporo line-up of beers. The fact that it is ceramic cold-filtered also comes across in the overall finish of the beer.

The beer is named after one of the 7 Shinto gods of goodluck, Yebisu is a gentle god that brings wealth. Yebisu beer was first brewed in 1887.

Thanks to Yukiko Ueyama of Sapporo USA, Inc. for the fresh samples.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Norwegianbrewer

Norway

3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a white head. This is an industrial lager that I used to drink a bit of while i lived in Japan, this one was a gift from the wife when she came back from Japan last summer. It might have stayed a bit long in the can as there is a metallic taste to it. Otherwise there is slight diacetyl. The beer is very light, some hop bitterness and just a little malt sweetness.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 20:23:04 | More by Norwegianbrewer
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clear yellow with tons of white foam. Spotty lacing.

Light, milky, skunky, dry, piney.

Deep wooden flavor. Oaky, light, crisp, dry, buttery, nice even coating, bitterness is spot on, zero sweetness.

This is a damn fine foreign brew. Thanks Brian and Diana for the travel brew!

Serving type: can

07-25-2013 01:25:07 | More by chugalug06
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love having a local, in-person trader like tone77 who not only makes a far out trip to the Far East, but brings back some CANned beers for me in the process!

From the CAN: "Yebisu Traditional Brew"; "Yebisu Beer is a rich abd mellow premium beer brewed from 100% fine malt and select hops with Sapporo's traditional art."

The previous beer made me a little nervous with its propensity to foam up and overflow, so I went with a more gentle pour on this one. It was still slightly foamy, perhaps due to heat and humidity, but it was under CANtrol all the same. Two fingers of rocky, bone-white head were the result and I watched it as it slowly bubbled and popped its way out of existence. Color was a gorgeous golden-yellow and I could only laugh as Croesus, Mammon and King Midas fought for a drop. Nose was very honey-like, very much like a clean, unadulterated lager. From a CAN?!? I am already a fan. I CANnot tell you how many AALs in a CAN that I have been subhected to and it is never pleasant. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and I caught a grassy hoppiness that made me think of a GER Pils, but I will buy Dortmunder. Finish was pretty dry, a real gem on this hot, humid day. I really liked the grassy finish and might CANsider it for a lawnmower beer CANdidate.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 19:43:28 | More by woodychandler
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 05:45:37 | More by tone77
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TokyoCO

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can bought in Japan, poured into a goblet. Served fairly cold.

A: Light golden in color. Very clear, bubbles rising from bottom.

S: Grain, slight hint of hops, light citrus notes as well.

T: Grain, barley, again a light hint of hops. Quite bitter, but maltyness is dominant. Not complex but very refreshing.

M: Light, high carbonation.

O: One of the better macro Japanese beers. Malt forward beer that has great grain notes. It really is refreshing.

Serving type: can

05-23-2013 09:44:05 | More by TokyoCO
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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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xylophonica

Australia

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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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shigg85

Japan

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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+.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 04:47:03 | More by shigg85
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Everydayoff

Thailand

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350ml can poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

A:
Slight hazy golden yellow in color with one finger white velvety head with moderate retention, it leaves some stickiness lacing, high visible carbonation.

S:
The smell consists of aromatic floral hop, slight herbal and earthy yet a bit spice, light biscuit malt, dry grain and lemony zest.

T:
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.

M:
The body is light with good crispness from lively carbonation lending a refreshing yet smooth mouth feel. Finish is clean and dry.

O:
Clean and go down well easy either drinking it alone or pairing with some foods, high drinkability.

Serving type: can

01-22-2012 18:07:20 | More by Everydayoff
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pettis

Japan

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 07:42:40 | More by pettis
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

01-30-2011 05:31:50 | More by Yoonisaykul
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soju6

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 12:56:13 | More by soju6
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gfreed

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 00:22:15 | More by gfreed
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +13.2%
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 -19.1%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +17.1%
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
Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.